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 childrens childhood and teenage memories are even better that mine, and thats 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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WORLD WAR II "DULAG LUFT" 1939-1945
POST WORLD WAR II (1945-1953)
The Gehlen Organization
AMERICAN MILITARY UNITS (1953-1995)
THE FRANKFURT AMERICAN MILITARY COMMUNITY
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