Posted August 10, 2013 - 09:05 AM
I still remember the day I landed in Berlin, I was a young 18 year old kid from Kansas, and the German Police were patrolling the Airport with sub machine guns. I thought what in the heck did I get myself into.
On my first trip to the East, I was standing on Karl Marx street, and a group of grade school aged East German kids started to gather around. They were probably 150 feet from where we were standing, they had their Communist Minders with them, so they didn't get to close. We had a black E6 in the group, Americans were not a common sight in the East, and Black Americans were even more rare.
Well ol' Sarge had been around a while and wasn't no dummy. He had brought a pocket full of hard candy with him. He walked over to the group of kids and started passing it out. These little kids just lit up, they had been told how bad and evil Americans are, well Sarge proved that idea wrong. After just a little bit the Minders made the leave, kind of like the scene in Starwars, "move along, there's nothing to see here".
I'll never that event as long as I live!