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Some memories of my trip to Germany in 1969 to visit my brother George Payne and Family

As I locate other memories I will add them to this page.
One memory that I would rather forget is what happened back in Tazewell while I was gone. Tragedy strikes Tazewell twice in 1969.

21 Hours in Munich - 1972 Summer Olympics

1984 Los Angeles Olympic Security

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U.S. Passport of Joseph A. Payne 1969
Little did I know when I applied for and got my first Passport that I would be working for and trusted to receive these books straight from the GPO, open and stamp them before anyone ever saw them. Some more items from my 1969 trip to Europe to come.

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September 1969 travel to Europe
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Several visa stamps while traveling through Luxembourg, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium.
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My brother always made sure we were well informed on all aspects of our travel no matter what. Jim Sweeney I had known for years. Frank Niland and Gus Peleuses I would come to know while working in Washington 1972-1974 and 1975.
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I flew on military standby to Reykjavik Iceland from Kennedy International and then to Luxembourg.
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The J, or "Rolls Royce 400 JetProp", differed from the D-4s in that it featured a 4.62m (15ft 2in) fuselage stretch. It is the only aircraft to be redrawn from service (after WWII), cut, stretched and put into service again. In late sixties the CL-44J was the largest passenger aircraft over the Atlantic ocean with 189 passengers. This was bigger then 707 and DC-8.


Loftleiðir - Icelandic Airlines



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My trip to Newark Airport was no problem but my sister and I had to hurry to catch the return flight back. I had fifty dollars to my name and offered it as a tip to the cab driver at Kennedy if he could get my sister and I to Newark by the time our plane left. He didn't stop for one red light and we made our flight.
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This was a very rough flight. The weather was bad until we got almost to the European coast. Our landing in Reykjavik Iceland was no visability and I could not see the runway until we touch down. When I arrived in Luxembourg my brother had an Embassy Security official waiting for me. As I stood in the Customs line I heard someone calling my name. He took me out of line and I was not required to go through Customs. That was a first and last.
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The flight back was a Jumbo Jet with upper and lower decks. In 1969 we had a full lenght movie. Much more pleasant than the flight over.
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Many of our tours were in the larger cities. Here are tickets from a tour of Munich and one from Nymphenburg Castle. I think this was where King Ludwig III crated his famous outdoor park where there were long concrete tables that had water running underneath the seats. Ludwig would trick his visotrs into becoming comfortablly seated and then have the water turned on under pressure under his guests seats. His guests would be surprised to lean that they were seated on these fountains of water. Great excitement to the Crazy King Ludwig of Bavaria.
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Customs Phamplet from U.S. Customs Office 1969
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A brochure of Berlin and our guided tour. My brother had all out pictures made into slides and to this day I don't have the rolls and rolls of film that my sister and I took. We stopped while on our tour of East Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate. Many pictures of Berlin today can be seen by clicking HERE
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Just one of many many times we ate out all over Europe. Although at many of our stops we stayed in Embassy housing, even the American Ambassador's apartments and were able to eat at the American dining facility or shop at the U.S. Commissary.
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Berlin Today travel brochure.
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1969 October Fest Ad in brochure
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The Berlin Wall went up in 1961. This is the map from the Berlin Today Tour Guide Book. Notice Check Point Charlie location.
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A picture of the Standoff in 1961. It was only 8 years after the Wall went up that I visited. Read an article "Astonishment Turned to Anger" . Also the timeline of The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall
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The replica sign as it looks today. Read an article Checkpoint Charlie Monument Forcibly Destroyed See some pictures of the Standoff in Oct. 1961
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Dachau concentration camp memorial site.
Dachau, 1933 - 1945, will stand for all time as one of history's most gruesome symbols of inhumanity. There our troops found sights, sounds and stenches beyond belief, cruelties so enormous as to be incomprehensible to the normal mind. Dachau and death were synonymous. William W. Quinn, 7th US Army.

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Again since I never got my pictures I have found the best site for viewing history and photos to be THIS ONE.
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Again my pictures were never developed so I am going to refer you to a more recent trip that I found online. You can access the pictures HERE
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We stayed several days in Garmisch and took trips up to the highest mountain in the Southern Alps Also close to Garmisch was Oberammergau - famous for its "Passion Play" and painted houses. Residents swore an oath in 1633 to perform the Passion Play every 10 years
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Tickets to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Director Frietz Weisse
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Located in Berlin, the US-Army assumed control of the Harnack-House and converted it into an officer's mess. Among the first visitors was President Harry S. Truman and supreme commander Dwight D. Eisenhower. In the following years the Harnack-House was adapted to the needs of the American military. Occasionally the House was opened to the Berliners. The German-American "Dahlem Music Society" organized concerts of world famous musicians like Yehudi Menuhin and Walter Gieseking, and the "Harnack-House Club" included not only Americans but distinguished citizens from the political, economic and the social life of the city. In order to meet the new demands placed on it, the House was constantly being renovated by the Army. In the final years of their stay they rented it out for weddings, dances, and bazaars - until 1994, when the Harnack-House was returned to the Max Planck Society.
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Bad Godesberg became a municipal district of Bonn in 1969. It is located in the south of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Bonn was where my brother and family lived. It is located in the south of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. From 1949 till 1999 (while Bonn was the capital of (West) Germany), the majority of foreign embassies to Germany were located in Bad Godesberg. Some buildings are still used as embassy branch offices or consulates.
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The best part of the Polo Tournament was the halftime demonstration of Para Sailing and the Military band of the 1st Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders bagpipe performance.
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Neuschwastein Castle in the Southern Alps. The castle can be seen online by going HERE
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During out time in Garmisch we stayed ate at a local Cafe Bauer. This was the Bavarian Band that played there.
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Looking down on Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Pictures of Berchtesgaden - Germany coming soon and then on through Liechtenstein.

The region is bordered by Austria to the north, by Switzerland to the north-west and by the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto to the west and south, respectively. It covers 13,619 km² (5,256 mi²). It is extremely mountainous, covering a large part of the Dolomites and the southern Alps. The lowest pass across the Alps, the Brenner Pass, is located at the far north of the region on the border with Austria.

Pictures of Canazei, Dolomites, Italy - coming soon and then on through the Brenner Pass, Austria. And from there to visit with some friends at the Attersee Lake.


HofbrauHouse HofbrauHouse

The last episode of "Band of Brothers" (Easy Co, 506 Parachute Regt, 101st Airborne) viewed on the History Channel is filmed in Berchtesgaden, Germany among the German Alps. My family spent a week there in 1969 and I walked through the bunker (Führerbunker) where Hitler and his Mistress (wife) Eva Braun committed suicide. The "Eagles Nest" was Hitler's last defense against the allied Armies and the German high-command deserted it in early May 1945.

February 16, 2008 - ROME, Italy (AP) -- An 83-year-old former SS prison guard who was sentenced to life in prison in Italy for Nazi war crimes was jailed near Naples Saturday, hours after he was extradited from Canada.



How well I remember sitting in front of this landmark in 1969 on a tour bus, wishing we could get out or take pictures. Although during his four years in Bonn as the Regional Security Officer for most of West German Embassies, something my brother was never able to do was travel in the Eastern Block, unless he traveled there "incognito" or in 1950 while he was stationed there. Everything on the Eastern side of the Wall which you see in this picture was dark and drab and just across the Wall, West Berlin, was the influence of the West. Advertisement was not allowed in the Eastern block, no window advertising, etc.

The new U.S. Embassy beside the Brandenburg Gate 2008


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