Leonard Bartels


In 1963 we lived on Kenyon Drive in Bucknell Manor. Then we moved here, but when we moved here, I went to Vietnam. My wife and children came here to Hybla Valley. I am, right now, in the A.M.C. building over on Eisenhower Avenue by Cameron Station, Department of the Army Internal Readiness and Development Committee.

QUESTION: Are there any disadvantages or advantages for you and your family moving all over the country?

I think they like it. I think it has an advantage cause everybody gets to learn about people and other parts of the United States and other parts of the world. It teaches them, particularity children, to adjust to moving around when they become older.

QUESTION: When your family left Hybla Valley, where did they move?

In 1970 we moved to Indiana. Then we went to California, then we went to Iran, then we came back here.

Many of the stores that we used to deal with weren't around any more or they had moved to new locations. When we left here, the area was very clean, particularly Alexandria, and they advertised themselves as being the cleanest city in America and they were one of the cleanest I ever saw, but the situation is not the same anymore. Many of the people don't seem to be paying as much attention to their front yards as they used to.

QUESTION: When you retire, do you plan on living in this area?

No, either overseas, or wherever I get a job.

QUESTION: Are you able to get involved with the community?

Well, it depends on where you're at and how long you're going to be there and also the attitude that the civilian population has.

QUESTION: Has the military in this area increased in the past few years?

No, it has not increased in numbers. In fact, it is decreasing. The government is making an effort to keep the number down rather than allow it to increase.

QUESTION: How long will you be living in Hybla Valley?

Until June or July, because I retire at that time.

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