My father was a Department of Defense civilian working in the intelligence field in the late 1960s. In the fall of 1970 we relocated to Frankfurt, Germany. Initially we felt lost in the strange country, mainly due to the strange language and customs. At first we lived in a small town called Bischoffsheim, located south of Frankfurt. I was only 3 years old at the time enjoyed the culture and as only kids can. I managed to make fast friends with the local people.
My Family in the late 1960's just prior to going to Germany (From left to right back: My Aunt Pat, My Mother, My Father, front: Me, Patty, Meghan, and Sean)
In the spring of 1971 we moved to Camp King, which is located in the town of Oberursel which is 16 miles north of Frankfurt. I was 5 years old upon arriving at the post and was very excited about being around other Americans again.
While growing up on the post, I heard rumors that the post had been a prisoner of war camp during World War II. It was said that unspeakable things, such as torture, had been used to extract information from prisoners. It was well known that interrogations had taken place on the post. It was also rumored that some sort of genetic experiments, involving fruits, had taken place on the post. The post had, at one time, been a farm. Various varieties of fruit trees existed.
In 1975 we were forced to move out of government housing and find housing on the German economy. We moved to Steinbach, which was located close to the post. Camp King was the predominant military community in the area.
In 1982 my family returned to the United States. The childhood memories of growing up on or near the post will never be forgotten. Many people think of their place of birth as home. For me, and I believe many others, Camp King will always be remembered as home. It is where we grew up and spent our formative years. Although the post no longer exists, as it did, it will always remain unchanged in our hearts and memories.
Some years after moving away, I became interested in the history of the Camp. I was curious about the things that had happened on the post as well as the rumors. I would like to stress that the major thrust of this history is from my experience; therefore, most information will be from the perspective of a dependent that lived on or near the post from the 1970s to 1980s. I have done copious amounts of research on the activities of the post during World War II. With the help of Raymond Toliver, author of the book "The Interrogator" and Franz Gajdosch, long time resident, I have been able to piece together what I think is an in depth view. I also have attempted to contact as many people as possible to ask them to share their memories to attempt to give numerous points of view.
It is with the help of many people that the following history is compiled. I give my heart felt thanks to everyone who assisted. I would like to especially thank the following people: Raymond Toliver (Author of the book "The Interrogator"), Franz Gajdosch (Resident Historian of Camp King), Charles Rollings (Author of the Article in "After The Battle Magazine"), Ginny Collins-Llope, Ricky Andresen, John Finnegan (HQ INSCOM), The Office of the Historian For United States Army Europe, Charles Kirkpatrick (Historian V Corps), Gerd Kraemer (Mayor of Oberursel), The SEWO, Heidi List (Oberursel City Planner), The Stars & Stripes Newspaper, Robert Wentz, Philip Nall, Michael Riedl, (1st TMCA), Kelly Totten (AFRC Europe),Nancy Miller,The Federation of American Scientist, Keith Curtice, and my sister Patty Ritter (Flynn). I would like to especially thank Bob Goldaisch who provided much needed motivation. Many of the literature leads, in reference to the intelligence field, were provided by Gene Warren to whom I am eternally grateful. His assistance made this site a lot more interesting.
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