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November 26, 2014



Happy Thanksgiving. Interesting that you say you were protected in West Germany in the 70's. A friend told me about serving in the army in West Germany then and how the Red Army Faction was going around blowing up and shooting both Americans and Germans in the 70's and 80's. I guess it is all about perspective.


Love the vid and your post on Ferguson, Hattie.

A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours :)



Ingineer: Bader-Meinhoff, I guess you mean. Hardly noticed. A blip on the radar for me, compared to what was going on in the U.S. and Vietnam. And certainly nothing at all in Switzerland! When we first were in Freiburg in 1971 we saw paramilitary forces there at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration. But all that had pretty well died down when everyone realized demos did no good, and most of the late 70's and the early 80's were quite peaceful. And everyday life was very peaceful and Germany and Switzerland were great places to bring up kids. Baader Meinhoff (Rote Armee Fraction) were not very nice and killed a lot of people, can't deny that. They were shown no mercy.
American military, of course, did not mingle with the populace, not being the most adaptable of people, but lived on their bases as if they were in America and were very defensive and paranoid about the German peacenicks. The U.S. was in the process of destroying Vietnam, as you may recall, and some Germans, well, did not like that. The war was a factor in our leaving the U.S. when we did. Not the only factor: also the job situation was bad. So it was a good deal to go where there was work and the country was not at war.


Among the things I'm thankful for, besides family, food, shelter, is getting to meet up with you at Lam's. And this blog. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and to the regular commenters here.


Finding a good job is a good move. I dont remember what town he was in, but a bar that he went to was blown up and the German police while looking for the suspects shot up a house full of people only to find out that it was the wrong house. So it had a pretty big impact on his experience. I can't ask him where he served because he was killed by a drunk driver a couple of years ago while manning a highway closure for another fatal crash.


Brandon: You add so much to this blog, and now to our Nation Magazine discussion group. So I'm thankful to you, too. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Ingineer: That is terribly sad! How awful. Several years ago a friend of mine lost her son, who was an off-duty sheriff moonlighting at a bar, when he tried to stop a fight. This was in Honolulu.

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