Posted on 2014-05-22 by stanistheman
I served in the Canadian Air Force in Germany from 1956 to 1959 as an Armament Systems Technician. In this capacity I serviced the Airborne Radar used by our squadrons. Lois and I lived in a “kleina Kuhdorf”, very small town, Hugelsheim, Rastatt, situated a few hundred meters from the Rhine River. Hugelsheim is in the south west part of Germany, not far from Strasbourg, France. For the record this 3 year period was a wonderful part of our life. We still fondly look back on the many good times we had, times made more enjoyable by the friendliness of our landlady and her family.
One got to know most everyone in your trade, as one might expect, while serving in the military overseas. This is the story of meeting one of my fellow airmen 46 years after we served together in Germany!!
Now fast forward our story forty-six (46) years, and change the location from Germany to Camp Inn, FL, on hwy. 27 South.
As we often did, Lois and I went to the Camp Inn Club House to play cards. That particular evening I wore a sweater I had purchased while on a trip to Nova Scotia. (Our home is Ontario) On the back of the sweater were the words Cape Breton and Nova Scotia.
The words caught the attention of at least one person. Said person asked if I knew anyone from Cape Breton. My immediate response, and this from a guy who can barely remember his wife’s first name!! “I once knew a guy in the military who was from Cape Breton ~~
His name was Kevin Davis”!!
Well, I thought the questioner was going to either faint or have a heart attack!!