|As a twice-over graduate of the DLI Eastern European Language School at Skytop, I am totally ashamed of the fact that it took Syracuse University and
the USAF Security Service and it's progeny close to 54 years to recognize the deaths of a group of our airmen attending Syracuse University in 1959
while sleeping in a tin plated firetrap of a WW II barracks in the middle of a freezing cold, snowy winter night.
Thankfully and unknown to many of us graduates of the Skytop program between the early 50's and the early 70's, a group from the "Prop Wash Gang"
(if you don't know them already, you don't really have the "need to know"!) drove home an effort to establish a memorial to honor and remember our 7
fallen and our 19 injured brothers in Air Force Blue while on active duty in that bitter winter of 1959. There is a Hofer listed among the injured,
Edward F. Balliet.
text and above photo by the Webmeister
The Visible Iron Curtain!
The photo below was taken on Bernauerstrasse in the French Sector of
Berlin, in 1967, from an observation post built by the French, looking into the
East Zone before the Wall was "hardened".
It was a truly ugly place.
Photo by Jerry Mangas, Webmeister.
|The upper floors of the building fronts have been removed. The top of the remaining walls were covered with broken
glass to deter climbing. Two Grepos with AK's are visible walking away and there was a dog run out of sight to the
left. The area to the right of the "wall" out to the curb was actually East Zone territory but the West Berliners placed
memorials wrapped in barbed wire all along the side of the Wall to remember the many victims of Communist terror
who were killed there.
This section of Berlin was also a prime escape tunnel area since the sub-soil of this part of Berlin
was perfect for tunneling.
|A SKYTOP MEMORIAL
|THE REMAINS OF BARRACKS M-7, 1959
|This plaque in honor of the many contributions of the Hof Reunion Associaton
over the years has been placed at the door of one of the guest suites in
Bob Hope Village #2 in the Air Force Enlisted Village in Shalimar Florida.
The primary purpose of the furnished guest quarters is for dire need military
widows who come to the AFEV in need of a safe, secure home. AFEV also
rents the guest quarters to residents' family members when they want to visit
family and friends at AFEV.
|More information below
|The Memorial dedication ceremony is viewable at this link on youtube!