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This marvelous shot of Karoline Lederer at the age of
76 in 1955 was taken by her grandson Walter, and sent to Berta and Christian
In 1958 William graduated from Harvard,
and began a compulsory service of three years with the U. S. Navy.
Hoping to be posted overseas, he applied for a lone LST (Landing Ship Tank)
stationed in Naples. That plum assignment did not come through, but
he was assigned the amphibious navy anyway, serving all his time on the
Attack Transport U.S.S. Chilton APA-38. (1) LT (jg) Palmer looking pretty
glum because his hat is too big, but you take from history what she gives
you. (2) The Chilton at sea.
The navy connection turned out tobe
fortuitous, because William was soon assigned to CIC school in Glencoe,Georgia,
after he participated in the 1958 "stabilization" of Lebanon. William managed
to travel from Beirut to Georgia via Geradstetten, where he saw most of
his German relatiives for the first time. (The exceptions are Walter and
Inge Siegle: he met them in Coopenhagen ijn 1955.)
(1) William, Stuttgart in the hazy distance, his Retina Ia at the ready.
(2) William with Tante "Rikele" (Friderike) and grandmother "Ahne"
(1) Berta and Christian in the late '50s, probably with Stuyvesant
Town in background
(2) Wedding of Hannelore and Karl Siegle, 1961. Left to
right: Karoline Lederer, Karl Siegle, ?, Friderike Siegle, Hanne
and Karl, and probably Hanne's parents and grandmother.
(1) Hanne and Karl exiting from
church (2) Family grouping, Abendbrot, 1962. Left to right, Inge
Siegle (Walter's wife), Hanne and Karl, Karoline Lederer, Karl Siegle and
(1) Inge and Markus Siegle, 1965
and (2) Christian and Berta, Forest Hills, 1965
"Schnee in April, 1965" Hirschgass
28, the Lederer homestead
(1) One of the two charming people
shown in the next photo. (2) Heike Siegle (daughter of Hanne and
Karl) and Markus Siegle (son of Inge and Walter.)
(1) New house built by Gemeinde to
replace the Fronaeker house (2) Berta and Christian, Jones Beach, late 60s.
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