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2nd Armored Division
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124th Armd Ord Bn

2nd Armored Division Trains
(Source: SEVENTH ARMY STATION LIST 31 December 1952)
  Hq/Hq Co, 2nd Armd Div Trains   Foch Ksn, Bad Kreuznach  
  2nd QM Bn   Des Gouttes Ksn, Bad Kreuznach  
  2nd Armd Div Band   Foch Ksn, Bad Kreuznach  
  48th Armd Med Bn   Foch Ksn, Bad Kreuznach  
  Hq Co, 2nd Armd Div   Foch Ksn, Bad Kreuznach  
  124th Armd Ord Maint Bn (less Co A, B, C)   Foch Ksn, Bad Kreuznach  
  142nd Armd Sig Co   Foch Ksn, Bad Kreuznach  
  502nd MP Co   Foch Ksn, Bad Kreuznach  
  520th CIC Det   Foch Ksn, Bad Kreuznach  

124th Armored Ordnance Battalion

B Co sign in front of barracks, Mangin Kaserne (Walter Johnson)

B Co, 124th AOB was billeted in this building at Mangin Kaserne (Walter Johnson)
(Source: Email from Walter Johnson, B Co, 124th AOB, Mangin Kaserne, Gonsenheim, 1954-55)
Webmaster note: Additional photos submitted by Walter Johnson can be see on the Mainz Page (Kaserne section)

I served in B Company, 124th Armd Ord Bn, at Mangin Caserne in Gonsenheim from 1954-55.

(Source: STARS & STRIPES, June 3, 1954)
The Ordnance Shop of Company B, 124th Armd Ord Bn is located in a large barn-like building on Mangin Kaserne, Mainz. This is where the track vehicles for six battalions and three (separate) companies within the company's area of responsibility are repaired. Shop OIC is 2nd Lt Harold E. Brown.

The process begins with the receipt of a work request from a unit. The shop clerk reviewing the request shows it to a track vehicle inspector who determines the spare parts needed and who also fills out a job order and parts requisition form.

Next, the track section chief takes charge and assigns a crew to work on the vehicle. A wrecker operator is sent to ordnance parts supply to pick up the requisitioned parts. If an engine change is required, a transmission expert steps in and checks for deficiencies in the working parts. Once the new engine is seated in the vehicle, another specialist makes the electrical connections.

Another specialist puts the tank's electrical system under delicate tests which can last for several days.

An armoring crew and the voucher clerk complete the roster of specialists who handle every vehicle that passes through the ordnance shop.

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