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2-20-06 Seeking information about a Major
NOBLE who apparently served in Silk Purse EC-118 aircraft sometime between
1961 and 1965. I am a USAF vet but did not serve at Châteauroux. I am doing
some historical research and am simply trying to identify Major NOBLE whose
first name began DA-----. Thanks!
[jpnote: excerpt from
Eric's email to
Jerry Parker (7322nd CAMS)
with whom I connected:
2-24-06I enlisted in the Air Force after grad school and
was discharged in 1967. My active duty was entirely in the Air Training
Command at Lackland and at the Medina annex. I have been a gun collector since
I was a teenager. For seven years I have been collecting USAF firearms,
holsters and accessories, AF pubs about firearms, and photos of Air Force
personnel with small arms, especially pistols and revolvers. I did not know
about Chateauroux Air Station until September 2005 when I won an Aircrewman
revolver holster in an eBay auction. Attached to the holster I found a
fragment of an address label. Only this text remained: Major Da P.O. Box Silk
Purse ContAPO 10, New Later I found NOBLE neatly marked in blue ink inside the
holster flap. I quickly learned that APO 10 New York was established in 1951
to serve Chateauroux Air Station and related units. I also soon learned that
Silk Purse Control Group was the name of a mysterious Airborne Command Post
operation, based first at Chateauroux, then at RAF Mildenhall, and finally at
Lajes AB. Major Noble likely flew in one of the EC-118 aircraft assigned to
the 7120th ACCS at Chateauroux between 1961 and 1965.
7-31-07Just a note to say that I recently
visited Chateauroux with Claude and Bob Portelle. Claude is a native of
and Bob is a Massachusetts native who served at Chateauroux. They now own an
apartment in town and have been there for 2 months this summer. I stayed in
a Chambre d'Hote in Coings/Cere with a view of the airbase. The Chambre
d'Hote is called:
Altelier Welter in Coings/Cere. We had dinner one night at Joe's which is
now Tex-Mex. It was fun to learn about the base and the American community
in town. This was all new to me. I lived in France for two years (with a
Raytheon contract) that's when I met the Portelles. We all live now in
the Greater Lowell, MA area. I didn't see the new "airbus" but I was told
that pilots practice landing and take-off at the base. We visited the
Cathedral at Bourges and other medieval churches in the area. Something we
are all interested in. I practiced my French and I think I did pretty well.
It was harvest time, lots of wheat and a plant called Calzo. There had been
a lot of rain in early July. But by the middle of the month things had
improved. I enjoyed it very much. I especially enjoyed my last day in Paris,
my favorite place.
12-7-05 My name is Damien, i live in Déols, and
i'm very happy to see your internet site. I'm so sorry for my english is
very bad. We've got 1 point in common, we love déols. If you want, one day,
it's possible for me to take some photos and i send us by the net. For the
moment I live in Bourgogne, but i'm coming frequently in Déols, my family
live in châteauroux. Best regards... Damien Boutillet
1956 @ Toul Rosieres, France
San Antonio, TX
11-09-09 Valerie Gay Burton, a cute little
redhead, was born at Chateauroux AB hospital in 1956. We were then stationed at Toul
Rosieres AB near Nancy in Alsace Lorraine. She grew up on Air Force bases
- Torrejon AB, Madrid, Spain; Biggs AFB, El Paso, Texas; Moron AB, Sevilla,
Spain; and Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. [I] and Helen Burton, retired from the
Air Force in 1970. [I then] taught high school English, history, and
Spanish in Oklahoma City until 1993. [We are retired and live in San
Dick & Helen in Corpus Christi - September 2009
8-9-10 Helen, Valerie and Richard joined
us at dinner in San Antonio, TX during the Mike Gagne' Trip to the States.
"From Maine" - Joe's son, Mike's email address listed
Joe celebrated his 84th birthday 9-29-05.
Joe From Maine is still open and serving those great cheeseburgers and chili
we all ate with American gusto! Joe's daughter, Annette,
operates the bar/restaurant these days. Joe and his wife are happily
retired and living in Châteauroux. Son, Mike's entry below.
Janine & Joe - 2002
[jpnote: Every G.I. and every Chad High Student has a special
memory of you and your Joe From Maine Restaurant. There are many who send
you best wishes and would like to thank you for helping them pass many lonely hours
whiling away the time at your establishment while they were so far from home.]
GAGNE, Mike - Chad Class of 1968
(son of Joe "From Maine" Gagne)
Hello to all! Actually, I was just a student at high school but
I think a lot of you must have met my Dad "Joe" who ran the "Joe From Maine"
at the time. I am vice-president of the France-USA Association here in
Châteauroux and we are trying to keep alive the spirit of the Air Base and
relationship between the U.S. and French people who worked at the base until
GARCIA, David - misplaced David's email address
@ Chas: TDY 1963
20th ATS from Dover AFB Delaware
02/27/2003 Comments: We flew to Chas often.
I loved it! My wife and I now visit France to see our granddaughter in Nancy. On our next trip
we'll visit Chas first.
Baseball Pitcher -Milano, Italy
1-4-2005 Email written to John Doyle - [printed with permission]
As a pitcher with Milano I
met the Sabres at Châteauroux, Milano and Parma in the spring of '62,
and in Nettuno in the spring of '63. Strictly speaking, I don't belong to
the Sabres Veterans Club but I am still very proud of the CHAS patch on
the blazer Evo Mini gave me - probably in appreciation for my stubborness
as eternal losing pitcher when facing you guys. The Sabres played a great
role in disseminating the game in Europe. In fact you should put together
your pictures and scrapbooks and write the story of a fantastic team.
Great times indeed also for us green ballplayers from Italy when meeting
USAFE teams. I have the fondest memories of those days, in particular of
CHAS in the springtime. I am sorry that Marty Martinez passed away.
I would like to hear about the other Sabres - Col. Burley, Jim
Ledbetter, Bill Boatman, Rusty Draper, Steve Karsh, Glenn Vessel... and,
you guess, about the unbelievable Evo Mini, whom I last met in Boulder,
Colorado in 1968. If you have a chance to get in touch with them and the
other members of the 1962-63 teams please give them and their families my
very best wishes for a happy New Year. Thank you.
Saumur Signal Depot
8/10/00 The air
base was a nice place to visit. I drove the HS students down from Saumur a
few times. Your page is a great place to find old friends. We have a
yearly reunion in Saumur with the French Workers and their family.
611th Ord Co
Fort Worth, TX
1-30-05 I was stationed at Chize. I remember Châteauroux well.
I was riding the (Electric Bumper Cars) in Niort. When I got hurt, had to go to
Châteauroux for a cracked tail bone - worst pain have had. I was stationed in
Germany 1964 and on my way to visit some friends in Niort, I stopped at
Châteauroux PX and had the best hot dog and chili there...Nice city, I still go
every year to Niort, France to visit my friends, 39 years, just about every year.
I still enjoy the visit there.. Thanks CJ
Photos taken 1964 - Zindorf, Germany
Motorpool - Hd 4th Artillery
[3-3-05 jp email connected with Ted
3-1-09 I am still searching for American Gi's that were stationed
with the 611th Ord at Chize. I have found a few more men, and
now we have about 50 on our list. I have met some of the French workers
who worked at Chize and around the area and maybe Chateauroux back in the late 50's and
early 60's. I met them last year at
Niort. I go back to Niort every year to visit all my friends
that I have met since 1961. Niort is my Home away from Home. I enjoy the
French people very
much. They have been such dear friends for 48 years.
I know that you all had a reunion there awhile back. I
know it was a complete success. I am planning in the near furture to
have one in Niort for the 611th Ord Co. to visit Chize Ammo
Depot and some of the
small towns around.
The local newspaper in Niort has written
several articles and wrote an article about me coming over there and
etc. It was a very good article and I had a chance to give my
side of the story.
I still write Ted Tennis that you sent me is e-mail
address for the last 3 years.
My Webpage is
again for your Webpage. Charles Johnston - Fort
Worth, Texas. - Texan by Birth, French at Heart
Julien - Guest
I am neither an american vet or a
french guy living at the same [time] as the "americains"...Actually I am 24 years
old but I heard so many stories about the "american time" in my city. I would
like to thank you for all you did for my town which is now almost dead...please
[jpnote: Julien, thank you for the invitation to return. Much
nicer than what we used to see on every wall and sides of buildings 1951-66.]
Sallie Wren '52 photo
KEITH, Jack L. USAF (Ret.)
15 October 1957
10th Fighter Bomber Sqdn
Toul Air Base France
1-24-04 Read Jack's
Memory "No Sweat"
[jpnote: This is a very
interesting memory of the unknown heroes in the control tower at Déols.]
07/29/2000 Comments: Actually, I am a remote
relative to Garland Starnes and he invited me to your site. I too was in the
Air Force in the same period as Garland and he knows I appreciate military
LAVERGNE Family of Châteauroux
Hello, my name is Nathalie, I'm 23 years old,I leave
in france, in Châteauroux, near to "Touvent" my grandmother often tell me about
the american base because she used to work for americans people, she was doing
housework for them and she keeps lots of good remerbers. My father used to
play with american children, he also keeps very good remembers. Americans
offered him a teddy bear wich he gave me and I always keep it. I think my father
and my grandparents would be so happy to find someone they have known during
this period. So if someone recognize them, please write me..my grandparents are
named Marie Louise and Fernand Lavergne and my father, Patrick (moreover he was
liked for his name because of the st patrick)
MCCRAY, Jimmie L.
1955 thru 1960
Ammo Supply Depot - Chize, Fr
2-6-09 Searching anyone who served at Chize
during the time frame cited above. Fond memories of the forest during
spring and summer and of the surrounding area, La Rochelle, Niort, etc.
I'm a British writer researching
British secret service (SOE)/French resistance operations around Châteauroux
I came across your (very impressive) web site and wonder if you can confirm if
Déols and La Martinerie are two different sites - or one and the same. They are
both listed as the subject of British-inspired French resistance sabotage
attacks in 1944. I'm also aware that a German Luftwaffe fighter unit was based
at Châteauroux, Jagdgeschwader 103...again, Déols, La Martinerie or both? Any
Paul & I have exchanged emails and information.]
anyone who remembers our group playing as house band (1966) in the NCO club. We were
known as the San Antones, and we were from England. We played country music
[jpnote: Christian's father was assigned to La Martinerie as part of the french
gendarmerie who worked alongside the 7322nd AP at La Martinerie. Christian
is searching Harold Conner from California.]
French air "gendarmerie"
being installed in CHAS AP building from 1951 to 1967.
This picture date maybe 1962...my father,
beginning on the left is the tenth air gendarme.
My father's family lived in
"cité des jardins" for 13 years. I remember also many
American MP's invited by my father inside our house but I didn't know their
Christian's father - 1962
Note from Son, Christian:
Before my engagement in
french Air force as pilot (1964-1966) I worked as a "clerk" inside
CHAD for NATO depot.
During that time, I was
living every day with American way of life. It marked all my life; the
print is always here, 45 years after.
Many thanks for your really
interesting net site.
Below: Son, Christian
Resides in Chateauroux
5-16-08 Just to let you know, if any of you
are in need of ANYTHING from Chateauroux, I'd be glad to help out. from an
ex pat. LIVING IN CHATEAUROUX
WOERNER, Rev. & Mrs. Elie
@ Chas: 1962-1966
First Baptist Church
02/01/2003 I was the pastor of the
First Baptist Church of Châteauroux. Would love to hear from former members
of this Southern Baptist Church. The church closed in 1966 when the base
Photos and Memories
ZABUN, Halit - Turkish
@ Chas: 1955-1956 - Supply Inspection Course
Resides in Luxembourg
1-1-06 I was stationed in La
Martinerie attending Supply Inspection course. I remember there were officers
and NCOs from other nations like Yugoslavians. We had several instructor I
don't remember them all except one Miss Jump. She was not only a very
knowledged Instructor but has been a mother for us, five young NCOs from
Turkish Air force.In the short period I was in Châteauroux I managed to meet a
young french girl, got married in Ankara and have been marfied since. It is going
to be 50 years next November. I was in Châteauroux for Christmas period,
Most of the buildings in Déols and La Martinerie are still as same as when we
left them in 1966 - 1967 . Countryside is still beatiful and peaceful. I wish
to all of you and your families a Happy, Healthy 2006 and God Bless you.
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