LAON THEN AND NOW
with the precious help of Glen BRADY (1953), Bill O'Brien - Mr B., Elmer PEARCE (1963),
Jeff MADDOX (1965-2000)

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The hill like it appeared in 1953 to those who were going to climb the stairs.
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One usually preferred seeing the stairs from this viewpoint !...
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The american tent area when they arrived at the Base of Couvron...
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...had its "military look" a little later.

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Bathroom fire, cause of a stove pipe getting red hot.  A lot of tents also went up in fire, because of the stove pipe's, but none got hurt.

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Many of the ancients of the AFB kept very good memories from their staying in Laon area.

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The main street of Couvron...

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and the Ardon Gate of Laon did not change a lot.

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Raymond MORY, of the french personnels, worked ont he AFB from 1952 to 1967 (here in 54)

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For those that had cars at the barracks.

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The Base PX:   Where to buy different things, cigarettes, candy, etc

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Fubar :this plane took the americans to Cannes, France for R&R (Rest & Recreation).


 


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In 1963, a new housing built near the GRH...
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Since, trees grew up around the old people's home.
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The sight on the park of the train station changed
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since a new buses and "POMA" station was built.

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But the face of Carnot Avenue

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did not change a lot since 1963.

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From the down end of the stairs

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one has still the same sight...

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looking up the hill...


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...on condition not to want to take a picture of
   the Cathedral !

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On Lyon Boulevard, then...

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...there were less cars on the sidewalks.

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The park, in front of then "Normandy",

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filled itself, too.

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The old rack rail tramway

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let place to the "POMA".
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The Châtelaine street

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is always decorated for Christmas.

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Ardon Suburb

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is still the same.

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But between Ardon and Laon

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new districts appeared on the left and on the right.


Blair Maddox in 1965 down the stairs


and in 2000 at the same place.