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MAMF exhibit, “Schooling With Uncle Sam” needs your Memories…

By Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director, Museum of the American Military Family

As we continue to gather quotes and short memory pieces for our new exhibit, “Schooling With Uncle Sam”, we periodically post a topic for your collaboration—

Do you have short stories or memories you’d care to add to our exhibit panels?

  • If you attended a DODDS Boarding school when and where was it? What memories stand out?
  • Was your DoD school unusual in the sense it was in a repurposed building, like a tobacco warehouse, a Quonset hut, or a hotel? If so, what was it?

Over 17, 100 people visited our last exhibit, Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family over the summer—please help us showcase our unique schooling experiences!

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Please Contribute Your Thoughts To Schools Exhibit

The Museum of the American Military Family is planning its next exhibit “Schooling With Uncle Sam” and is collecting short quotes for its panels. If you’d like to contribute to the exhibit, feel free to post a short, complete thought under the post, along with the school/ year you were there. Please add if you were a teacher, student or parent. Additionally, if you have digital photos or movie footage to contribute to this exhibit or a possible documentary, either e-mail them to us or mail them to:


PO Box 5085

Albuquerque, NM 87185



Please indicate that all submissions become part of the museum collection.

Here’s our quote category:


The Host Nation: (Think about language classes/teachers, field trips, holidays, student exchanges)

Attention UMMC Alums in College Park area!

Screen shot 2014-03-19 at 6.23.59 AMDear Munich Campus Friends & Alumni

At our Munich Campus Celebration reunion this past October many of you suggested that we gather more than once every 5 or 10 years! Hence, the Munich “Munch” – a Bi-Monthly weekend event at various  reasonably priced restaurants to share friendship, ideas and beer (of course!).

Our first event is scheduled for College Park Maryland at the Hard Times Cafe

Saturday 12 April at Noon. A private Banquet room is reserved for our group. (Details below.)

There are over two hundred Munich Campus alumni in the greater DC/MD/VA area and we hope to have participation from ALL Classes. Family and Friends are welcome.

WHEN: 12 April 2014 – Saturday 12 Noon

WHO: Washington / Maryland/ Virginia Area

Munich Campus Alumni – ALL CLASSES – Friends and Family

UMUC Staff

WHAT:     Bi- Monthly Munich “Munch”

WHERE:  Hard Times Café

4738 Cherry Hill Road

College Park, Maryland 20740


Directions & Menu

COST: Cash Bar – Cash Menu

12 Noon to 12:30 Reception / Special UMUC Guests

12;30 to 1:30 “Munch”

1:30 to 2:30 – Munich Celebration Reunion Committee Meeting


Philip Callahan (64-66)

Class Representative / Chair

Munich Campus Celebration

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The First Press Release About MAMF’s Exhibit Coming in May 2014

Sacrifice & Service

Beer For Breakfast

Photo: A George

Photo: A George

In the fall of 1977 I was a freshman , and I was also a founding member of the Munich Rugby Football Club, which was not at all affiliated with the university. As Rugby is a physically demanding game, I embarked on a modest conditioning regime.  I would rise around 5:30 and meet friend and classmate Bill Tellman, who lived in Bouvier Hall. We would bring gym bags with a change of clothes and our schoolbooks and make for Perlacher Forst, the woods nearby McGraw Kaserne. We’d leave the bags at a hidden spot and then go for a run through the forest, usually for about a half hour or so.

     After running through those lovely woods  ( sometimes taking the Par Cours course, more often just running at random), we would collect our bags and make our way to the Harlaching Hallenbad , the large indoor pool not far from McGraw. There we’d swim for about a half hour or so and then lie on the heated stone benches for a while…after which, a shower and then a walk back to the Kaserne.

     This left us about an hour before class, so we would then go to Building 7, which wore many hats for McGraw Kaserne. Mainly, it was the home to AAFES- Europe’s  headquarters. It also had a few “spooky” outfits up on the 5th  floor ( the 3855th Security Detachment being one) and was also home to the Community Club. Also housed in Building 7 was the late, much-lamented Keller, site of untold merriment and depravity. Happily, it was also home to the  small  Kantine (the larger Kantine being near the Motor Pool on the other side of the base.) Peter Maag, a James Caan   look- a -like, and his lovely brunette wife, Inge, ran the small Kantine.  After  our  morning exertions, Bill and I would repair to the  Kantine  before heading to class. I’d usually get a pair of Wieners, Kartoffelsalat ,a  pretzel, and a beer, followed by another beer. Sometimes I’d get the spicier Depreziner sausages, and on Tuesdays, I’d spring for the Weisswurst.

     So, after a morning’s run and swim, we would  fortify ourselves for class with a hearty German breakfast and a liter of beer. It would now be about 10 minutes before 9 o’clock. Bill and I would walk past the Snack Bar, Bowling Alley, gymnasium, auto repair shop, and library and enter the university…a few  minutes  later we’d be listening to Murielle Odle discourse about King Lear mad on the heath, or Pirandello or maybe J. Alfred Prufrock.

     The forest, swimming, sausage, beer, literature, friendship…all before 9:30…a lovely introduction to college for this former New Jersey resident.

  Chris Collins, 1977 – 1980, From the book, Noch Eins! 



SACRIFICES (tentative title) EXHIBIT,


Please send us your personal thoughts, stories, and straightforward poems for possible inclusion in narrative components of the MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY’S Summer 2014 Exhibit at the Nuclear Science Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We may lightly edit submissions for length, content and clarity.  Submissions may also become part of our permanent exhibit once we have procured our own building.

DEADLINEDecember 15, 2013                 

SUBMIT BY EMAIL TO:  Military Family Museum  Continue reading ‘WE’D LIKE YOUR STORIES’

VOLK VERLAG 01/2013 MÜNCHNER GESCHICHTE(N): Crayons, Candy und bayerische „Gemutlichkeit“

Liebe Leserin, lieber Leser,
fast fünfzig Jahre zeigte die amerikanische Armee nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg Präsenz in München, und doch verblasst die Erinnerung an diese Zeit zusehends. Viele wissen nicht mehr, dass im Münchner Süden ganze Stadtviertel von den Amerikanern beschlagnahmt, Siedlungen hochgezogen und Straßenläufe verändert wurden. Heute sind diese Spuren der „Amis“ in Giesing, Harlaching und Ramersdorf noch zu sehen: Zum Beispiel die ehemalige McGraw-Kaserne und der McGraw-Graben, die Siedlung am Perlacher Forst und die ehemalige amerikanische „Housing Area“ an der Claudius-Keller-Straße.

Amerikanische GIs entfernen kurz nach ihrem Einmarsch 1945 alle sichtbaren Symbole des NS-Regimes in München.

Amerikanische GIs entfernen kurz nach ihrem Einmarsch 1945 alle sichtbaren Symbole des NS-Regimes in München.

Continue reading ‘VOLK VERLAG 01/2013 MÜNCHNER GESCHICHTE(N): Crayons, Candy und bayerische „Gemutlichkeit“’

Munich Campus Match

By Debbie Dyke

My husband, Michael Dyke and I met at University of Maryland, Munich Campus in 1975. We met in a geology class! We studied together and then took Mr. Steve Blake’s government class. At this time we were only friends but enjoyed hanging out together. After two years at Munich, I transferred to Georgetown University and completed college in DC. Mike and his family also came to DC and we met again through other Municher’s here in DC and this time our friendship turned more serious, next thing you know he asked me to marry him. 32 years later, here we are, still best friends and married! We married at St. Mary’s Church in Old Town Alexandria VA. Of course, we went to Munich for our Honeymoon. Over the years we’ve worked overseas in Germany: Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Ramstein, Holland and Albania. We travel at least once a year to our old stomping ground in Munich. Our children, Lisa 23 years old and Jordan, 22 years old also enjoy traveling and love to visit Munich.


1960 Tragedy in Munich, Germany

By Tom Drysdale

On December 17, 1960 an American military transport crashed in Munich, Germany, falling onto a crowded streetcar in the heart of the city’s shopping district.  All 20 on board the plane, including 12 University of Maryland Munich Campus (UMMC) students returning home to England for the holidays and 29 Germans on the ground were killed.

The US 3rd Air Force Commanding General at South Ruislip in West London, had sent his plane to Munich, as he had done before, to pick up London Central HS graduates attending UMMC and return them to England for the Christmas Holidays.

At that time, I was Deputy Superintendent of the DoDDS Atlantic Region (England, Scotland, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Iceland) and shared an office with Superintendent Clarence Kennedy in the 3rd AF Headquarters building.

The University of Maryland, Munich Campus conducted memorial services for the students on 20 and 23 December, 1960.  The student’s bodies were then airlifted to a large room at the rear of the 3rd AF building.  Appropriate Air Force personnel and chaplains escorted parents of the students to the back room to identify their sons and daughters. For Clarence and me, it was a terrible experience. We tried to be helpful and consoling. It was awful to witness the distraught, crying and grieving parents, going to and coming from that back room.

Shortly thereafter, Clarence and I suggested to HQ 3rd AF that a memorial be constructed on the Bushy Park High School campus in South Ruislip in memory of the students. Surprisingly, this was not approved because the students were no longer associated with DoDDS. Even so, a plaque with their names was donated by students and faculty and put on display in the LCHS library for many years. Hopefully AOSHS can someday honor and memorialize those long forgotten LCHS students who died in the Munich airplane crash.

While at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ and establishing the AOS Archives and AOSHS in 1989, I searched many times for the names and bios of the 12 students.

Later I followed up with the Bushy Park LCHS Alumni Association and advertised my search several times in Bushy Tales their newsletter. Eventually on Oct. 31, 2009, an ex-student by the name of Dee Roth sent an e-mail to me saying, “I think it would be great having some kind of memorial for the students who died in the plane crash, as part of the archives you have created. Hopefully the enclosed copy and pictures from a U of MD Memorial Edition will be helpful in developing the material for it.”

Dee had her sophomore year at Bushy Park, junior and senior years at Kaiserslautern (class of ‘60), and her freshman year of college at the UMMC. She sent 11 excellent photos of the 12 students, 12 short bios and part of a University of Maryland Munich Campus photo of their 12 caskets with flower arrangements on each one.

Munich’s American Era Exhibit

By Circe Olson Woessner

In early April 2012, I received a very interesting e-mail from Dr. Karin Pohl, who, with a team of historians, is currently working on an exhibit on Munich’s American Era, 1945-1992. It will focus on the surroundings of McGraw Kaserne, Giesing, Harlaching and Perlacher Forst housing area. The exhibit will run October 11th through October 28th 2012- with a possible prolongation until November 4th.

Dr. Pohl’s aim is to “put together an exhibit that doesn’t only talk about the Americans but actually also tells their Munich story. Former Munich High School students have forwarded their memories, photos and other memory items (such as year books etc.) to put together an exhibit which will be displayed at the “Giesinger Bahnhof”, a cultural center in the former train station not far from the former McGraw Kaserne.”

Article about the "Amis" (Americans) in Giesing : 20 Years after their Pullout from Munich (March 12, 2012)

The Freunde Giesings e. V. cultural society,  the Amerika Haus,  Munich University and the City of Munich Cultural Center are collaborating on the project.

Amerikanische Zeit in Giesing: The American Times in Giesing: Citizens are Creating an Exhibit. (January 25, 2012)

Dr. Pohl, a freelance historian, has published city-sponsored books, including a historical guide to Giesing which covers McGraw-Kaserne, Perlacher Forst housing area etc. Click here to read it:

In her e-mail, Dr. Pohl mentions, “While searching for information on the University of Maryland Munich campus I found your books [Bavarian Crème and Noch Eins!] …what a great source! So much information that we here in Germany have no clue about! To me the idea of students and military living so close together sounds like a crazy, at times even explosive mix. And Claire Schwan’s story on how the University  of  MD Munich was founded is stunning! Until I read this, I had thought there had been a real, organized plan — after all having a University for dependents sounds like a logical consequence if you have DoDDS. (The Defense Department Dependent Schools)”

“I also found your webpage about the Museum of the American Military Family. This aspect is really interesting and important to us, too: with interviews and pictures we want to draw attention not only to the soldiers but also to their families, and put a spot light on the lives of the wives and the children (who are my main source). And we try to explain what this nomad life means for the families. “

To help present this aspect of military life, Mary Lou Darst, author of “War Ready. In My Father’s Shadow” (2011) will be on hand during the exhibit and will read from her memoirs about her life as a “military brat” and living in Munich in the late 1950’s.

Aus Geschichten Wird Geschichte : From Stories Comes History March 19, 2012

Dr. Pohl admits “This is an aspect that the Germans have no knowledge of — but we have profited from this system since 1945 because the American presence assured our safety until the fall of the Iron Curtain.”

Indeed, the mission of the Museum of the American Military Family is to capture the experiences of American military families everywhere, and to share those stories with the public.

So, the Museum of the American Military Family is pleased to support our friends in Munich who are trying to capture a snippet of American German history and preserve it for all time.

If you lived or worked in Munich between 1945-1992, and you would like to contribute to the exhibit, please e-mail Dr. Karin Pohl or us. We can be reached at:

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