The Goulash Brothers celebrated their 4th year anniversary in Santos, Hungary at Joe’s Place.
By that time I had become the Deputy Site manager, two other Goulash Brothers were working with the CI teams and the other Goulash Brother was the head translator for the command group.
This was a once in a lifetime experience that changed all our lives. It was an honor to serve and we were so fortunate and lucky to have been a player in this historical opportunity.
We celebrated again with an Unicum moment.
God Bless America and Long Live the Goulash Brothers!
The Goulash Brothers all signed on to be a translator for one year but everyone of us stayed for many more years. It was a dream job come true and we all enjoyed what we were doing and we were also good at it. We were given the opportunity to serve both our countries. We were all patriots and proud Americans and we were all born in Hungary or of Hungarian descent. Being a Goulash Brother too on a meaning of its own but it was basically a group of young men who were experiencing a once in a lifetime opportunity and were going to make the best of it, which we did.
The American soldiers that had the opportunity of being stationed in Taszar, to this day consider that their most enjoyable deployment in the military. The translators that were hired locally for the mission in Hungary, Bosnia and Croatia all had a very positive experience and were also paid an above average salary which came in handy, especially to those living in Bosnia.
The Goulash Brother minded their own business and became very good friends. The Goulash Brothers became a legend in their own minds and they even had their own logo, which we felt was appropriate.
Once we got settled in we received our assignments. One Goulash Brother was assigned to the Command Group, the other to Counter Intelligence and I was assigned to civil affairs. It didn’t take long before the other linguists heard that three people arrived from the US. Within a week we bonded with another person who became the 4th Goulash Brother.