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Eagles at Bob's House #8‏
25 Feb 2015 From: Jo Helmers - click image to enlarge

That jacket now belongs to Jim Skaggs, but it once belonged to Coach Shugart, the first coach at Frankfurt High.
We gathered in the back of Bob's house for talk and food, which included those big German soft pretzels I love.  When I'm in Germany, I always try them to see if I can possibly find one as good as the one I bought out of the basket of an old woman on a street corner in downtown Frankfurt when we lived there so long ago. Undoubtedly it was baked in a brick oven. These were not, but they were good enough to bring back wonderful memories,
That is I, Sue Topp '62, talThat is I, Sue Topp ’62, talking to Sheila Seelander. king to Sheila Seelander. That is I, Sue Topp ’62, talking to Sheila Seelander.That is I, Sue Topp ’62, talking to Sheila Seelander.


Bob Osborne has a very nice collection of lead
soldiers and I couldn't resist photographing them with my iPad.Bob Osborne has a very nice collection of lead soldiers and I couldn't resist photographing them with my iPad.
Dirk took pictures too.  (Thanks, Dirk) Here are the eagles from the 1960's.
Front row:  Dirk Howard '65
Middle row:  Jill McIntire '62, Lana Lickteig '62, Sallie Dixon '65. Sue Topp '62, Bobbie Lewis '62Front row:  Dirk Howard '65 Middle row:  Jill McIntire '62, Lana Lickteig '62, Sallie Dixon '65. Sue Topp '62, Bobbie Lewis '62 Back Row:  Sydney Clark '62, Janelle Darnell '60, Sandy Ciocchi '60, Kathleen Taylor '61, Bob Osborne '61, Kathleen Barr '62.
Back Row:  Sydney Clark '62, Janelle Darnell '60, Sandy Ciocchi '60, Kathleen Taylor '61, Bob Osborne '61,
Kathleen Barr '62.



The reported demise of the Dackel Association appears to have been greatly exaggerated!

Oh, sure, we no longer have a chairman (though Dave is still our go-to guy), or a treasurer (though flowers and notices seem to be distributed when timely) and no pr/newsletter (though I’m still passing on the juicy news that sometimes comes to my email addy).

FOR EXAMPLE, twenty-eight of our members have signed up for the 2014 CRUISE—a larger number than have attended some previous reunions!

DON’T MISS OUT –The absolutely positively final date to finalize reservations is MAY 7, 2014. That is the Norwegian Cruise Line deadline. A deposit of $250 per person must be made before the deadline of May 7th. No exceptions. Final payment is June 1, 2014. An optional insurance plan ($89 per person) is available for refunds if cancellation is made by June 30 (76 days prior to departure]. Contact our cruise director Carolynn Brislawn immediately at or 937-426-3253.

SO WHY GO? – Let me count the ways. Just getting together without a hassel would be one, if only for coffee during a road trip. Seven days together at a rate that is lower than most upscale hotels a good one. Most of us went to Germany on ships out of New York, which should bring back memories. But this won’t be the USNS Henry Gibbons. The Norwegian Gem offers free style dining, meaning you can dine at anytime at the available restaurants. Nor did we stop at delightful sea ports along the Atlantic coast. And hey, haven’t you enjoyed those annual get togethers?

WHY NOT? – Oh, the aches and pains? I just celebrated my 80th birthday and believe me I know about those. Funny how having fun with friends helps you forget about them for awhile. So it’s the money. Well, I guess you’re hanging on just to pass your pennies to grandkids, right. That’s the retirement you dreamed of? Oh, yeah, me, too. So following is the skivvy on what it’s going to cost. Our terrific cruise director can confirm your total after she knows your personal wishes.


Travel and pre-boarding arrangements: Plan to arrive in NY in time to be on board by 3 p.m., one hour before departure. The cruise will depart New York from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal at Pier 88 on 12th Avenue on Sept. 13, 2014, on the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship Norwegian Gem. For those arriving a day early, Carolynn has booked rooms at the Comfort Inn for Sept. 12. The rate is $249. Tax on the room is 14.74% plus $3.50 occupancy tax. A full breakfast is included. The cruise arrives back in NY by 8 a.m. Sept. 20th and no rooms have been requested as of today. PS: If you haven’t seen the 9/11 memeorial, there is time for a tour on the morning of the 13th. Let Carolynn know if you’re interested.

Accommodations on Board: Go to: and enter the Canada/New England cruise, NY-NY, Sept 13, 2014, and look at the deck plan of the Norwegian Gem. The cabin rate covers free style dining at any of the ships restaurants. The cancelation insurance rate of $89 per person is optional. The final total includes tip charge of $12 per person per day. There is also a ship credit of $25 per person. Some cabins at the following rates may still be available:

Double Occupancy:

*OUTSIDE (porthole) - $1,839.04 (Total for 2 incl ins)
* OUTSIDE (window) - $1,919.04 (Total for 2 incl ins)
* INSIDE - $1,619.04 (Total for 2 incl ins)
* BALCONY (DBL) BA - $3,179.04 (Total for 2 incl ins)

Single Occupancy
* INSIDE - $1,338.52 (Total, incl ins)
* OUTSIDE) -$1648.52 (Total inc ins)
* OUTSIDE (porthole) - $1568.52
* BALCONY - $2,978.52

Optional Shore Excursions: Harbor stops include Halifax, Nova Scotia, St. John, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Bar Harbor, Boston and Newport. For optional shore excursions, go to and click Shore Excursions/Canada and New England (Norwegian Gem). Press “print cancel button” if you do not want to print the list. Costs vary $39-$99. It may be possible to be on the same buses if enough share the same interests. Coordinate with Carolynn.

SOOOOOO, it’s time to decide. Call Carolynn Brislawn today to secure your spot.

Joyce “Jo”Dixon Helmers, FAHS 52

A thumbs up from me. Some of the Giessen gang came to Memphis to help me celebrate the big 80 last week. L to R: James Skaggs FAHS ’51 and his wife Donna, Mary Lee Bradbury Matthias FAHS ’53 and her husband Norman Matthias FAHS ’49.

From the Overseas Brats magazine - the OSB Homecoming, Aug. 8-11, 2013
1945-47 Photo Album

GI Photos In and Around Frankfurt A/M 1945
USFET "Frankfurt am Main" Book c.1946-8

See Class of 51 Page

Cartoon Map 1954

See Class of 55 Page


See  Clara Schillace Donahoe

See Class of 52 Page

See Class of 53 Page

The First Frankfurt Football Team

From the 49 YB    page 122


Dear Dackels and Eagles --
Another year has passed (since the "final" reunion) but a bunch of our group made it to the Overseas Brats Homecoming at Daytona Beach last week. I wasn't able to make it but Eddie Garcia, Class of 52, was among the attendees. Here is his review -- to be followed shortly with individual pictures of some of the guests.
Wie geht es einen?
Jo Helmers AKA Joyce Dixon '52

It was a swell time! The Plaza Resort is a very large, quite old but very nice hotel. Large Rooms, Great food and every amenity you could ask for...two swimming pools and located right on the beach.

Rappaports, Klingers, Bagleys and a host of others attended. I will send you some photos tomorrow. Activities were somewhat limited among the various little groups but we did enjoy two wonderful group dinners at which all the groups were in attendance. Two authors spoke about their books, soon to be published... Steve Bassett has written a book titled The Golden Ghetto..."How the Americans and French fell in and out of love during the cold war.

I hope you have sent similar emails to the Klingers and Rappaports~~~They know our Frankfurt Group much better than I and can tell you who all was there...I recognized several but could not remember names...

Joe Condrill, President of Overseas Brats, put together an outstanding event. Very professional, with the Plaza participating to a great degree with some nice discounts on room rates, specialty drinks and spa services. There was even a free breakfast our last day.


FHS alumni from claases 47-69 OSB Daytona Beach 8/13

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Maria & Klingers‏

Jane and Allan Rappaport on the left and
Harriett Stubbs on the right.
 - picture from Ed 

Pete Darlington, Wally Campbell
and Jane and Allan Rappoport


Gaylord & Mrs.‏

Tom Bagley & Mrs.‏

Ed & Maria‏


Give a BIG SHOUT OUT to Ed Garcia for a great report on the Homecoming.

Now ... looking to the future. Plans are in the works for a cruise up around Bar Harbor next summer. As you can see from these pictures you will really really hate to miss getting together again.

Auf wiedersehen


Dec. 5, 2012, Dear Dackels und Eagles,
If you have not already, you should be getting a hard copy in the mail of the latest... and final ... Dackel Nachrichtenbrief newsletter. It is in black and white so you miss some of the details. I am now attaching a pdf version in color which you can either "view" or "download." It has been fun putting these together over the last few years. I will keep my FHS email contact list for awhile so you may hear from me once in a while. ...
Auf Wiedersehen,
Joyce Dixon (Jo) Helmers
To read the final Dackel Nachrichtenbrief newsletter:  Click here  or click on the image below

The announcement that the Dackel Association is disbanding (with contact emails): Click here
San Diego, CA: The Frankfurt American High School Dackel Association (FAHS Dackel Association) has voted to disband, with Chairman Dave Klinger continuing to oversee phase out of association business.
The association comprises members of the classes of 1947-55 who attended the American military dependents high school in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Col. Klinger, US Army-ret, was one of the first graduates of the DODEA school system in 1947, and a founder of the association at his class’s 50th anniversary in 1997.
Fifty members attended the association board meeting Sunday morning at the Four Points by Sheraton in San Diego, where the association was holding its 16th annual reunion. A recent survey of membership showed that advancing age, declining health and low attendance at recent reunions were creating problems for the current membership. The decision to fold its banner was made in spite of the highest attendance at a Dackel Association meeting. There are 83 attendees at the 2012 Reunion from 20 different states and the District of Columbia, including seven people who attended Nurnberg AHS during the same time period.
Archives maintained by the association will be donated to the Smithsonian Institute.
A final newsletter containing the minutes of the meeting and other association news will be issued this fall. It will contain suggestions to members who have a desire to affiliate with similar organizations.
The 2012 FAHS Dackel Association Reunion was chaired and hosted by San Diego (Santiera) residents Jane and Allan Rapport. Vice-chairs were Jim and Donna Skaggs of Mesa, Arizona.
The reunion ends with a final awards dinner tonight (Sunday Sept. 9, 2012) at the hotel.

Chairman Dave Klinger, FAHS Class of 1947


Pictures from the San Diego 2012 Reunion

9/7/12 -- Helloooo from San Diego
The 2012 FAHS Reunion kicked off last night with a meet and greet in the Hospitality Suite at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel on Aero in San Diego. We had 24 early arrivals on Wednesday and approximately 70 last night, with more arriving in the late hours. Today we breakfasted early and boarded a bus to the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot for the graduation of 499 new recruits.
More later

Allan and Dave  
breakfasted early and boarded a bus to the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot for the graduation of 499 new recruits.


The updated registration form for the San Diego 2012 reunion.
- Jane and Allan Rappoport

The latest newsletter:  FAHS Dackel Newsletter Spring 2012 6 15 10pm.pdf

2012 Reunion Information

The 2012 FAHS Dackel reunion will be in San Diego from Sept. 6-10.

more to come soon:


from the  Dackel Newsletter Spring 2012




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49 and 50 Yearbooks hosted on Berlin American High School  1949   1950

Yearbooks on

47 Yearbook 48 Yearbook 49 Yearbook

50 Yearbook

Yearbooks on
1951 1952 1953  
From the 47 Dackel Yearbook from Dan Bunting '49 (click image to enlarge)
The Maroon Raiders a page of Sophomores

David M. Klinger's 1947 Frankfurt Military Post High School Graduation Ceremony Program

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Photos taken at the Dackel Association's 2007 Reunion in Mesa, AZ

48 Dackel Yearbook and other memorabilia

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Fantasy Letter Jacket

If the mascot was a Dackel instead of an Eagle (or a Maroon Raider), this could be the letter jacket.

More on Dan Bunting's Books

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Class of 48 Memorabilia
from Duane Leary'52-scanned by Allen Monasmith '61
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