Epilogue

The first thing I hope was clarified was the actual use of the post prior to and during World War II.

I hope everyone who reads this gets an idea of what life was like on the post as a dependent. I did, however, attempt to avoid personalizing this history. I believe that if I had personalized the history, it would be unfair as it only shows one point of view. I did have to draw on my experience for most of the activities' section as well as the physical plant section.

Although my stay on the post was a short period of its history, I will always love and cherish what the post was to me.

It is interesting that Camp King is again a sign of German prosperity. That the post no longer needs to exist, militarily, is a sign of peace. Once the Cold War ended, there was no longer a need for the large American presence in Germany. However, the people of Oberursel remembering the American presence shows that a great friendship was established. I hope that the new families that move to the post love and cherish it as much as I do. I hope their children’s childhood and teenage memories are even better that mine, and that’s not easy.

I have heard from many people that the military life is no place for a family. I strongly disagree. The advantages and experiences that we had were some of the best of our lifetimes and will always be remembered. The opportunity to explore a different country and culture is something most adults only dare to dream of. We were able to accomplish this before starting our adult lives.

I deeply miss Germany, the Post, Oberursel and Steinbach. I thank the German people for enriching my life by letting me experience theirs.

I understand that I am not a literary genius and that my writing style leaves a lot to be desired. I hope that the format and style has not been too much of a hindrance to the information that I am attempting to convey.

Twenty years after this project was completed, put on the web, taken down and now reposted, I can say in retrospect that I still feel the sme way about Camp King. Most people tell me I would not recognize it now with al the cahnges; however, I think I would. The commuunity is still a great place for new families to flourish. I can only smile and hope that their experiences are as good as mine.  I want to express my gratitude to the people of Oberursel and Steinbach for allowing me to experience their culture.

 

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PROLOGUE  

PRIOR TO WORLD WAR II1936-1939

WORLD WAR II "DULAG LUFT" 1939-1945

POST WORLD WAR II (1945-1953)

The Gehlen Organization

AMERICAN MILITARY UNITS (1953-1995)  

PHYSICAL PLANT  

 SCHOOLS

THE FRANKFURT AMERICAN MILITARY COMMUNITY  

ACTIVITIES

EMPLOYMENT TELEVISION, RADIO AND THE STARS AND STRIPES NEWSPAPER

POST SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND TERRORISM

THE PEOPLE AND CITY OF OBERURSEL  

POST CLOSURE AND FUTURE

FIS'ERS