The Frankfurt American Military Community
Camp King was assigned to the Frankfurt Military Community. This Community was designated by the US Army and a Community Commander was assigned.
Although most of the Military activities occurred in Frankfurt, there were many smaller post in the area surrounding Frankfurt.
For larger items or for better services, the people of Camp King had to go to Frankfurt. The Post Exchange and Commissary services on Camp King could be equated to a convenience store. The bigger stores, the size of an American Department Store and Grocery store were in Frankfurt. The Army and Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) provided all services with the exception of the Commissary. AAFES operated not only the small PXs but also some cafeterias and vending machines. German vendors were also allowed to sell their services to Americans through a Bazaar located in the Main PX area. The Commissary was run by the Army itself. The only other means of obtaining items was to buy through catalogs or on the German economy.
Public Transportation made accessing the services provided in Frankfurt convenient. The strassenbahn, streetcar, which had a stop located just outside the main gate, provided transportation for a reasonable fee. The German public transportation was excellent. Some form of transportation, bus, train, or streetcar ran at opportune times and went to every small town and village. The Army also provided a shuttle bus that ran at least once per week.
In many cases, Frankfurts services not only supported the Frankfurt Military community but also other military units throughout Europe and the Middle East. For example, as mentioned earlier, the High School had a dormitory. Another example is the 97th General Hospital that served as a regional medical center for most of Europe.
97th General Hospital located in Frankfurt. (Courtesy of Charles Kirpatrick, Historian headquarters V Corps)
If comparing Camp King to an urban area, Camp King would be suburb of a major metropolitan area.
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