Caserne, Orleans, early 1950s
The long building
in the back is where I worked. The lower floor had a garage,
showers and mess hall. The second floor had, starting from
the right, stairwell and rest rooms. The sign area was next.
There were 2 hallways. The front one had the photo lab and
the entrace to the message center and all the way back was
the switch board with all the French girls doing the phones.
The back hall had the Crypto rooms . Each was used 6mo for
security. That was where I worked. Next doors were on the
left" Teletype repair" and across the hall were the offices.
There was an officer and a WAC. She was in charge of all
the French girls on the phones and the message center. Straight
back was the Message Center. I also worked there on third
shift. I came to use the 7774 *Signal Det) when the regular
phone lines went down. After my security clearances came
through I went to work as a Crypto Spec till my time to
go home. The photo was taken in the early 50's so you will
still see damage from WW2.
PS The building in front was where we had to go to get our
security msgs signed for. Street in front was south downtown
Orleans and north to Saran.