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Looking for more information from military/civilian personnel assigned to or associated with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1945 to 1989. If you have any stories or thoughts on the subject, please contact me.


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1st Brigade
 
1980
(Source: USAREUR Telephone Directory - Troop Units, Spring 1980)
ORGANIZATION (Spring 1980):
  UNIT   STATION  
  Hq/Hqs Company   Schweinfurt  
  1st Bn, 30th Inf   Schweinfurt  
  2nd Bn, 30th Inf   Schweinfurt  
  2nd Bn, 64th Arm   Schweinfurt  
  3rd Bn, 64th Arm   Schweinfurt first unit in USAREUR to receive the M-1 ABRAMS (early 1982)
  3rd Sq, 7th Cav   Schweinfurt  
 
 

 
2nd Brigade
 
1980
(Source: USAREUR Telephone Directory - Troop Units, Spring 1980)
ORGANIZATION (Spring 1980):
  UNIT   STATION  
  Hq/Hqs Company   Kitzingen  
  1st Bn, 15th Inf   Kitzingen  
  2nd Bn, 15th Inf   Wildflecken  
  1st Bn, 64th Arm   Kitzingen  
 
 

 
3rd Brigade
 
 

Mural found in Bldg 404, Ready Barracks, May 2012 (Martin Kühnel)
 
1973
(Source: Email from Wayne Lutz, HHC, 3rd Bde, 3rd Inf Div (M))

Wayne Lutz and
"The Little Bastard"

  Having served two tours in Germany during the cold war I enjoy your site, of course. In particular I get a kick out of the photos of Ready Kasern, in Aschaffenburg, which in my time (1973-76) was home to HQ, 3rd Brigade, 3rd ID.

The attached photos were taken in late Spring/early Summer 1973. The first is the tank just inside the main gate of Ready Barracks, in Aschaffenburg. I don't remember the history of the tank dubbed "The Little Bastard," but I do remember hearing that several years after my time there a decision was made that the name was not PC and it was painted over.

The building directly behind is Building 406, which at that time was the barracks for HHC, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. The second photo attached is the sign outside the door of that building.

You have some great photos on your site of 406, as well as 405, the mess hall which I remember well, and 401 to the right of that, which was the headquarters of the 3rd Brigade, housing the Commander's office, S-2, S-3, S-4 and other administrative offices. I was in the commo platoon, I was a teletype operator. There was a very secure room in that HQ (Building 401) on the second floor. This room was the communications center for the HQ. Our commo was teletype, and it was encrypted by "crypto" equipment. I held a "Top-Secret, Crypto" security clearance for the purposes of working this communications center.

The building shown in my photo of the tank is 406, the barracks. I had a two-man room on the first floor, far right, rear. The German/American boy who carried the STARS & STRIPES newspaper used to deliver mine to me through the window.

A few days ago I found some photos of those buildings, just a coincidental find on the web, taken by a guy who had done a motorcycle trip in Aschaffenburg. He photographed the same buildings, and the year was 2005. The buildings were crumbling and abandoned. He also had a photo of the community chapel across the street from Ready barracks, the very chapel in which my wife (A German Girl) and I were married in 1975. I contacted this guy and he responded, and if you would be interested in those I'm sure he would let you publish them.

Again, I very much appreciate your website. I am proud of my three years of service in the 3rd Infantry Division in A-burg. I later did another 3 year tour on Spangdahlem Air Base, on the Mosel River near Bitburg.


 
1980
(Source: USAREUR Telephone Directory - Troop Units, Spring 1980)
ORGANIZATION (Spring 1980):
  UNIT   STATION  
  Hq/Hqs Company   Ready Bks, Aschaffenburg  
  1st Bn, 4th Inf   Aschaffenburg  
  1st Bn, 7th Inf   Aschaffenburg  
  4th Bn, 64th Arm   Ready Bks, Aschaffenburg  
 

 
3rd Division Artillery
 
3rd Infantry Division Artillery Pocket Patch
 
Early 1980s

1st Bn, 10th FA (155mm)

2nd Bn, 39th FA (155mm)

2nd Bn, 41st FA (155mm)

Btry A, 76th FA ()
 

Btry A, 25th FA (TA)
       

1960
 
(Source: Email from Jimmy Smith, 6th Bn, 18th Arty, 1960-62)
I served with "A" Battery, 6th Bn of the 18th Arty in Aschaffenburg, Germany from 6/1960 to 12/1962....I have photos of A Btry and some of the guys that served.

The 6/18 was disbanded in April of 1963 (Webmaster note: probably as part of the division reorganization under ROAD.)

(Click here to see Jimmy's Ready Barracks photos on the Aschaffenburg Page.)

6th Bn, 18th Arty

 

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1969
(Source: Email from John deTreville, 2nd Bn, 39th FA, 1969)

2nd Bn, 39th FA

 

1. HHB convoy during CPX Oct 1969

2. M-109's at railhead in Schweinfurt, 1970
 
3. Train ready to leave for Graf, June 1970
 

4. M-109's of B Btry in firing position at Graf

5. B Btry convoy on tank trail at Graf
   

 
1967
(Source: USAREUR STATION LIST, 30 June 1967)
ORGANIZATION:
UNIT STATION
  Hq/Hqs Battery Larson Bks, Kitzingen
  1st Rkt Bn, 9th Arty (3) Larson Bks, Kitzingen  
  1st How Bn, 10th Arty (1) Ledward Bks, Schweinfurt  
  2nd How Bn, 39th Arty (1) Ledward Bks, Schweinfurt  
  2nd How Bn, 41st Arty (1) Fiori Bks, Aschaffenburg  
  3rd How Bn, 76th Arty (2) Larson Bks, Kitzingen  
(1) 155mm SP
(2) 155mm / 8in SP
(3) Honest John

 
1980
(Source: USAREUR Telephone Directory - Troop Units, Spring 1980)
ORGANIZATION (Spring 1980):
  UNIT   STATION  
  Hq/Hqs Battery   Kitzingen  
  1st Bn, 10th FA   Schweinfurt  
  2nd Bn, 39th FA   Schweinfurt  
  2nd Bn, 41st FA   Bad Kissingen  
  1st Bn, 76th FA   Kitzingen  
  B TAB, 29th FA   Wertheim  
 
 

 
1st Battle Group, 7th Infantry
 

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(If you have more information/corrections for any time period
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1962
(Source: Email from Paul Kelly, 1st Battle Group, 7th Infantry)
I was stationed in Germany in the Third Infantry Division, from 1 Mar 1963 to 12 Sep 1965.

I was in Company B, 1st Battle Group, 7th Infantry at Graves Kaserne, Aschaffenburg, West Germany, from Mar 1963 until June 1963. When the Army instituted the ROAD Concept, I became a "Charter Member" of HHC Third Brigade, Third Infantry Division (Mech), at Ready Barracks, A-burg.

In Feb 1965 I was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion,7th Infantry, back in Graves Kaserne!

I am familiar with Graves Barracks and can point out some of the sites (see annotated installation map above).

Just before the Battle Group became First Batt, President Kennedy came to Germany, in June of 1963, to deliver his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in Berlin. The President "Trooped the Line" of various 7th Army Troops, arrayed on the Tarmac at Fliegerhorst Kaserne, in Hanau. Hanau was about 16 Klicks up the Autobahn, from Aschaffenburg, where I was stationed with the 1st BG. One of the Senior NCO's grabbed a bunch of us ("You, you, and you, get in Class A's and be in the Company Street in 15 minutes"!) We were to go up to Hanau, as spectators, for the President's visit.

I must say it was one of my favorite moments in my time in Germany, not to mention my young life. He rode right by where we were standing, and I can still see the sunlight hitting his red hair! I kept the program, with it's attached orders. It has a drawing of his route of entry into the Parade Ground Area, something, after 11/22/63, that I am sure was never done again!

Shortly after Kennedy's visit, the ROAD Concept was put in place! 1st BG 7th Infantry transferred into 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mech). The old BG HQ, located in Ready Barracks, became 3rd Brigade HQ. Company's A, B, and C of 1st BG became 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry. Part of the Combat Support Company of 1st BG was integrated into HHC 1st Bn, 7th Infantry. All of these units were located now in Graves.

2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry was created by taking Company's D and E of 1st BG to become Company's A and B of 2nd Battalion. An Infantry Company from the (I believe 2nd BG 38th Infantry, located in Schweinfurt or Kitzingen, further south), was brought up to become Company C, 2nd Bn, 7th Infantry. Elements of Combat Support also were utilized to flesh out HHC 2/7 Infantry.

The 38th Infantry was retired from the 3rd Division and was represented in the newly re-activated 2nd Infantry Division, at Ft. Benning.

I ended up in HHC 3rd Brigade, as part of a newly formed Brigade Band! That is another "interesting", but short term assignment, worthy of a telling at a later date!

Also, "Ich bin ein Berliner" actually means "I am a Jelly Doughnut"! Adding the article "Ein" changes the meaning of the expression! I hope Kennedy fired the guy that missed that little piece of translation! A simple "Ich bin Berliner" would have gotten the point across!

Some notes concerning the map: The "Track Park" (No. 14) was where the Battalion kept it's Armored Personnel Carriers.

There was a Gym somewhere, over by the Movie Theater, but I can not remember where. I can't remember the other buildings.

The "Heli-pad was not there in 1963-65 when I was stationed in A-burg.

History has it that the pre-World War German "Heer" 106th Infantry Regiment was stationed at Graves. I think that unit needed in Norway for occupation duty during the war.

In the 3rd Brigade Headquarters building they maintained the History Museum of the 7th Infantry. All of the old Flags, pictures, memento's were kept there. As the Regiment was the most decorated Infantry Regiment in the Army (60 rings on the Regimental Standard, then, and after Vietnam; The Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, about 20 more) it was quite a place to see. They also had a large bale of cotton. Placed near the entrance to the Offices in the HQ. The Cotton bale had been donated by the City of New Orleans, in honor of the defense of that City during the Battle Of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Thus the Regimental name "The Cottonbalers", signifying the use of Cotton bales as defensive works by the 7th Infantry! I hope this information is helpful to you.


 
3rd Battalion, 63rd Armor
 
1982
(Source: AUGSBURG SCENE, April 15, 1982)
 
Armor battalion revamps concept

The activation of D Company - 3rd Battalion, 63rd Armor's fourth tank company and deactivation of Combat Support Company was the occasion for the ceremony held April 1.

The reason for this organizational change is that armor battalions, Army-wide, currently redesignate under Division 86's organization concept. Division 86 will be organized under a new table of organization and equipment. According to Maj. Hondo Campbell, Battalion Operations Officer, this reorganization will make the battalion, as a whole, more combat effective.

Capt. Charles Lamb, former Combat Support Company Commander and now D Company Commander, said that the nature of the company changed tremendously. Approximately 60 people, who hold MOS 19E (tanker), and 14 tanks make up the fighting force in the 3/63rd Armor.

All maintenance sections, scouts mortars, air defense weapons, and armored vehicles that used to be assigned to Combat Support Company were transferred to Headquarters Company. This increased Headquarters Company's strength to 340 men.

A main attraction at the reorganization ceremony was a M-1 "Abrams" tank that was brought for the day from the M-1 Materiel Fielding Team, located in Vilseck.

3rd Battalion, 63rd Armor is slated to receive a total of 58 M-1s.

"This battalion is configured so that each one of our four tank companies will have 14 new tanks, and our headquarters tank section will have two M-1s. As it relates to this battalion, the M60 will be slowly phased out," Campbell explained. "It's a very sophisticated weapons system. There is no question in my mind -- the M-1 is the most capable system known to either the free world or other Warsaw Pact nations," he said.

The M-1 is a four-men, highly mobile and fully tracked 60-ton fighting vehicle. Improved survivability in this tank is provided by a perfected ballistic protection and the compartmentalization of service ammunition and fuel, which means that if a shell would penetrate the M-1's magazine, the exploding shells blow skyward rather than into the tank chamber where the soldiers are seated.

The M-1 also has a fully integrated day and night shoot-on-the-move fire control system, a 105mm main gun and coaxially mounted M-240 machine guns. A 1,500-horsepower turbine engine permits the M-1 a speed of 45 mph on secondary roads and 35 mph on cross country, with an acceleration from zero to 20 mph in 6.4 seconds.

According to 1 Lt. Richard Ricklefs, Intelligence Officer, the units will deploy to the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas for the initial M-1 training. A 65-day training cycle for qualifications and tactical training will prepare tank and maintenance crews for the new weapon.

 

3rd Bn, 63rd Arm moves to Kitzingen
 
(Source: AUGSBURG SCENE, January 20, 1983)
Article provides some historical details about the 3rd Bn, 63rd Armor's stationing in Augsburg since the 1960s and its move to Harvey Barracks, Kitzingen in early 1983.

 
1st Medium Tank Battalion, 68th Armor
 
1st Med Tank Bn, 68th Armor DI
 

 
3rd Battalion, 76th Field Artillery (redes 1st Bn, 76th FA in 1972/73?)
 

An M-110 of B Battery at Grafenwoehr, May 1970 (John Spengler)
 

3-76 change of command ceremony at Larson Barracks, 1 July 1969 (John Spengler)
 
(Source: Barbara "Ladycliff" and John Spengler, Flickr photo stream)

To view Barbara's complete "Kitzingen" set on Flickr, click here. (Great color photos!)

3rd Bn, 76th FA
Kitzingen

 

1. Graf May 1970 

2. Graf May 1970
 
3. Graf May 1970
 

4. Kitzingen railhead

5. Kitzingen railhead

6. Kitzingen railhead
 

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