David Delaunay

Hanau, Germany 1974. We transferred there from Ft. Hood, Texas.  What a change!  We lived in Worms and Pirmasens, Germany on our first tour in 1967, but as a teenager it was another story. First we lived in the “temps” or temporary quarters. This was the attic floor of the building and we had 6 bedrooms and a back door I could sneak out of.  This meant going to the AYA dances at Sportsfied or the club at Pioneer Kaserne, which of course we should never have been at.

Those were the 2 pre-disco era years and the music was Soul….Stylistics, Isley Brothers and Earth Wind & Fire to name a few. The base was its own world.  Socially we all got along. Black, White, Hispanic… whatever. We weren’t segregated and we came to play sports and hear great music. Everybody it seems loved to dress up for school.  I don’t know how because we never had much spending money, but somehow we made it to the Kaufhoff in the German towns to get the latest jeans and cool stuff.

In 1975 Hanau High School opened and was a great success. It really formed a closer knit community that still gets together like in the “good old days.” I can honestly say that although we never had a true home, as brats our home was everywhere. We learned to make new friends as the old ones went “back to the world.” Little did we know that was where we were. It was a temporary world that taught us how to get along, all of us. We learned things fast. We made friends that would stand the test of time because we shared a special experience. We were pretty lucky brats after all and I for one wouldn’t change a thing except that it lasted a little longer. 😉

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