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First posted on March 11, 2004 - Time: 3:30 PM
My name is John Hayden and I was stationed at Bushy Hall from February 1956 to June 1957.
Just about this time the Army in the process of closing down the base. I was then transferred to Manheim, Germany to the 34th Nike brigade headquarters. While I was at Bushy Hall I meant an English girl and in August 1956 we were married. We have been married for 48 years come this August 25, 2004. It was the best decision I ever made at the young age of twenty. My second eight weeks of basis training was at Fort Lee, Virginia at the Quartermaster school. So when I arrived at Bushy Hall I thought I would be a clerk in supply. At the time I arrived at Bushy Hall the mail clerk was rotating back to the states, that is how I became the mailman for the base. Some of the people I remember from all those years ago were, Headquarters Battery CO Capt. Hill, First Sergeant Graeff, Bob Price, who was best man at my wedding, Joe Vaglia, Bill Lambert, Larry Bates, Ray Waggner, Joe Bulgo One special friend who I am still in contact with is Ron Laws. We were also stationed at Sullivan Barracks in Manheim, Germany. We were both married and lived off base until we rotated home. Over the years my wife and I have returned to Watford many times. Since retiring in 1998 we go back every six months. I have only visited Bushy Hall once in all that time. My wife and I are going back to England on March 25 for our visit and I intend to walk up Water Lane from Watford one last time, just to remember how great those days were.
John Hayden ---- firstname.lastname@example.org
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Front Gate Bushy Hall I stood guard their 1956 - 1957.
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