As a At the time, we were the only SP 8-in battery (at division level?) E5 by MG Creighton Abrams, 3AD Commander. In October 1957, it was redesignated the 2nd Armored Rifle Battalion, 48th Infantry, assigned to the 3rd Armored Division, and activated in West Germany. Find this Pin and more on My Heritage by Kim Adkins. The unit was stationed with 7th Army in West Germany and was tasked with deterring any Soviet advance through the Fulda Gap.Locations varied with divisional attachments. At this point, his story becomes stranger than fiction. The lights have been installed in the central German town of Friedberg, where Elvis, who died in 1977, was stationed at the U.S. Army's Ray Barracks from October 1958 to March 1960. Sergeant Mason Douglas Whetstone, 30, Ogden, Utah (grew up in Anchorage; Dimond High School graduate) Di The L-20 was his pride and joy - he had jazzed it up into a VIP aircraft - cavalry yellow rugs and wood-grain interior trim. (Page 2 - Combat Commands/Brigades - Division Artillery) The barracks were "The King's" home in Friedberg from October 1958 to March 1960 when he served as a member of the 1st Battalion, 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division during his … After World War II the barracks were named after First Lieutenant Bernard J. Ray, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest. My initial job was to drive this SP Howitzer [M-52]. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade of the 3rd Armored Division stationed in Friedberg, West Germany. Elvis Presley served in 1st Bn 32nd Armor, whose motor pool and tanks were used in filming Presley's "GI Blues" (1960). I try to tell them - 'Imagine, one night, you come back to the old 'hood. The 3rd Armored Division used Ray Barracks until its retirement of colors in 1996 at which time the 1st Armored Division (forward) occupied the installation until 2007 when the forces stationed there were returned to the United States. My equipment consisted of a Jeep with trailer, 2 Jeep mounted radios with an approximate rang of 75 miles, a remote wire system, Field Binoculars and all kinds of maps of Germany. He drove the Brigade Commander’s jeep. leader and company executive officer with the . 1. The 3rd Armored Division used Ray Barracks until its retirement of colors in 1996 at which time the 1st Armored Division (forward) occupied the installation until 2007 when the forces stationed there were returned to the United States. On May 12th Combat Command A arrived as the first major element of the division. Pvt. These locations placed the Spearhead Division astride the Fulda Gap, an ancient invasion route into central Europe. The barracks was originally built in 1900, known as Wartturm Kaserne, and used during World War I and World War II. March 1990 - June 1990, student, F-15A/B Replacement Training Unit requalification, 426th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz. The 1st Battalion 37th Armor (1st Armored Division) from Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany, commanded by LTC Edward L. Dyer, was alerted for deployment to the Persian Gulf on 8 November 1990. He served as a driver during most of tenure in the Army and surprisingly for a private (although not for a man of his wealth) Elvis lived off post for the majority of his time in Germany. In 1948 the kaserne was occupied by units later to be designated the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division. These are slides of the Third Armored Division in Germany form 1955-1957. Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment and . It replaced the 4th Infantry Divisionunder a program called Operation Gyroscope. Friedberg, Germany, Colonel Bohnemann . The 1st Brigade 1st Armor Division was located here as well as in Gießen, Germany. Sergeant Mason Douglas Whetstone, 30, Ogden, Utah (grew up in Anchorage; Dimond High School graduate) Di Elvis Presley at the request of photographers in Bad Homburg, West Germany October 8, 1958. With the Division's deactivation in 1992, the 1st Brigade left Kirchgoens forever after a stay of something like 35 years. Ray barracks … Our Commanding Officer was Lt David L. Benton, III. With the Division's deactivation in 1992, the 1st Brigade left Kirchgoens forever after a stay of something like 35 years. The installation was then returned to the German government. The 3rd Armored Division, headquartered at Frankfurt am Main, served in Cold War Germany for approximately 36 years, from May 1956 to July … CC "A" / 1st Bde The parade was set for 1000 on the Fliegerhorst runway. After the 18 mos command time at KG, we went back to Drake-Edwards, where my dad was 3AD Asst G-2. Contents [hide]. Everything!! The 2nd How Bn 3rd Atry was a component of Combat Command 'A' [later renamed 1st Regiment] along with one Infantrry and one Armored [Medium Tank Bn]. Friedberg, Germany, Colonel Bohnemann . The 1st Battalion 37th Armor (1st Armored Division) from Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany, commanded by LTC Edward L. Dyer, was alerted for deployment to the Persian Gulf on 8 November 1990. I was later to meet Vessey when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence. served as a Rifle Platoon Leader in the 5th . Seventeen year old Margit Burgin of Frankfurt is kissed by Pvt. ... Friedberg, Germany, History. [1], Learn how and when to remove this template message, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ray_Barracks&oldid=959381508, Barracks of the United States Army in Germany, Buildings and structures in Wetteraukreis, Military installations established in 1900, Articles needing additional references from November 2009, All articles needing additional references, Articles with unsourced statements from January 2019, Hesse articles missing geocoordinate data, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 28 May 2020, at 13:49. EVERYBODY knew when Spearhead came to town. 3rd Armored Division (Germany) I was stationed there from Jan 1983 - Jan 1985 with the 503rd Military Police Company, Ray Barracks in Friedberg, Hessen, West Germany. During World War I the kaserne was used to confine Russian, French and Elvis Presley served in 1st Bn 32nd Armor, whose motor pool and tanks were used in filming Presley's "GI Blues" (1960). The effective range of a 105mm Howitzer is 7 miles. Ray Barracks was a United States Army installation in Friedberg, Germany until it was closed by the U.S. government in 2007 and returned to the German government. 2/73d Field Artillery was one of the 3rd Armored units selected to march in review for President Kennedy during his June 1963 Germany visit. Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment and . personnel assigned to or associated with the U.S. Army At the request of city officials, soldiers were stationed at the kaserne in 1938; specifically, the Wehrmacht's 3rd Battalion of the 36th Infantry Regiment. The normal 2 year duty was extended for most of us, especially FO and Recon MOS types. As a Colonel Dennis R. Oechsner was commissioned an Armor officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class 5-67, 3 February 1967. Looking for more information from military/civilian We had three batteries of M-109s and one battery of M-110s. I recall that somewhere up the chain, a decision was made that we looked far better wearing our AG 108 wool shirts and battle pants than we did in regular fatigues. Then, in one of those weird career moves, so prevalent in the Old Army we all knew, was assigned as a tank plat ldr in Tk Co, 16th Inf Regt/1ID. March 1990 - June 1990, student, F-15A/B Replacement Training Unit requalification, 426th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz. He was assigned to 1ID - first as the Pioneer and Ammo Plat Ldr of 16th Inf Regt. Church, stores, houeses, places of business." The closing ceremony for United States Army Garrison Giessen was held on 28 September, and on 10 January 2008 Ray Barracks was officially closed. 1 Section Chief, Sgt E5 In 1968, we were moved to Francois Kaserne on the other side of Hanau. The base was closed in August 2007. deployed to Operation Desert Shield / Desert . At top left is former 3rd Armord CG Lt. Gen. Creighton Abrams, just named the Army's new Vice Chief of Staff. Our first tour (1949-53), my dad was fresh outta OCS (he had been an inf plat sgt w/103d ID in WWII). In the fall of 1914 the entire kaserne was completed. He served in the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, Hesse Germany for his entire tour of duty. Dow of 3rd … On about 1/4/1960 the Battalion moved via train, for the Armored Howitzers and APCs, and per road for the rest of the unit, to Grafenwoehr for training and later that month, participation in "WINTERSHIELD I". CC "C" / 3rd Bde Soldiers were dropping right and left and the medics were running around with ammonia ampules to awake the fallen comrades. Located in the southern part of the city near the industrial area, the barracks had numerous facilities. I've attached a couple of photos from the first tour. We Gyroscoped w/3AD in Apr 1956 (our second tour to FRG). These locations placed the Spearhead Division astride the Fulda Gap, an ancient invasion route into central Europe. In May, 2001, I returned to Ayers Kaserne in Kirchgoens, where I was stationed for 3 years with the 3rd Armored Division in 1975-78. I TRY to tell civilians (and they cannot comprehend) that most of my old "home towns" are now gone - obliterated. The crowning glory was the nose art (which he designed), featuring a large cav yellow arrow and small lightning bolts. When he was promoted to E-5 (Sargent), he was allowed to move to quarters off post. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Early in 1913 the construction of the kaserne started and by October of the same year the 2nd Battalion of the Hessian 168th Infantry Regiment were stationed there. Click here to open 'USArmyGermany' frameset, unit history of the SCORPIONS (3rd Bn, 32nd Armd). My time with him was a daily laboratory in leadership. We were told that they had up to 19 Divisions sitting on the other side. The barracks were named in honor of First Lieutenant Bernard J. Ray, Company F, 8th Infantry Regiment, who was awarded the Medal of Honor after his death. It was a fine reunion and we both concluded that we had done much better than either of us expected. Elvis was in the Army. I suffered a terrible mid-life crisis over the last 5-10 years; as the Germans began to tear down our old homes. We lived in the Drake-Edwards Housing area. Inactivated 16 June 1989 in Germany and relieved from assignment to the 3d Armored Division Assigned 16 February 1997 to the 1st Armored Division and activated in Germany Redesignated 1 October 2005 as the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard). August 1988 - February 1990, air liaison officer, 4th Air Support Operations Group, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Armored Division, Friedberg Army Installation, Germany 5. He did not live on base at Ray Barracks, but was able to live in the nearby resort city of Bad Nauheim. Most of these soldiers were eventually deployed to Eastern Front. Presley's battalion, redesignated the 4th Battalion, 67th Armor, nicknamed the "Bandits," would be later commanded back-to-back by West Point classmates and future Army Generals Albert Bryant, Jr. and Martin Dempsey (later Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), who maintained their office above the "Elvis Aaron Presley Mess Hall," partially funded by Presley. We actually expected the Russians and East Germans m to try the "Fulda Gap", it would have been hell for all, since tactical nuclear weapons would definitely have been implemented to level the field. The 3d Armored Division established its presence on Kasernes in Frankfurt, Hanau, Gelnhausen, Budingen, Friedberg, Butzbach, and Kirch Göns. The barracks included a firing range for personal weapons qualification, an Urban warfare training site, vehicle maintenance facilities and various recreation facilities. After entering training at Fort Hood in Texas in March 1958, Presley was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, West Germany. Pvt. Private Elvis Presley is shown at the piano in the rec hall, Headquarters Company, Third Armored Division, in Friedberg, Hesse, West Germany in the Spring of 1959. The photo is dated 7 Dec 1956 (not June 1956) and shows the 3d Armd Div Air Section (not avn det) aircraft, at that time stationed at Bonames. Storm. But both divisons were tasked as the armored reserve in OVERLORD, filling. Everyone has seen the old version of the movie From Here To Eternity, and remembers the tremendous emphasis that high level commanders placed on regimental sports teams, during the 1930s - 1950s. I have some neat pictures of the battalion in the field in those pre-Vietnam years when we worried most about our ability to stop the Soviets at the Fulda Gap. LTC Vessey had a fine goodbye party for me as I left Fliegerhorst Kaserne and at my send off gave me the 3rd Armored Division (Spearhead) Certificate of Achievement. In 1881 a rebellion broke out in Egypt which threatened Britain's passage to India through Suez. He would become a tank platoon leader, in Tank Company, 16th Inf Regt at Montieth Barracks in Furth (later Tank Co moved to Schweinfurt). Somehow, that information reached 16th Infantry regimental HQ. Activated 3 February 1962 in Germany; concurrently relieved from assignment to the 1st Armored Division and assigned to the 3d Armored Division. The deal was cut, in a nano second, but it turned out it wasn't quite what my father had expected. in Europe. Military Housing Army Base Cities In Germany Old City Bad Military Vehicles Places To Travel History I understand you are a fine baseball player. The division was reactivated on 15 July 1947 at Fort Knox, Kentucky to act as training formation. The unit was stationed with 7th Army in West Germany and was tasked with deterring any Soviet advance through the Fulda Gap.Locations varied with divisional attachments. Presley, assigned to … 1 Gunner, Cpl 3rd Armored Division The lights have been installed in the central German town of Friedberg, where Elvis, who died in 1977, was stationed at the U.S. Army's Ray Barracks from October 1958 to March 1960. Examples in the 1960s: 1st Battalion with the 3rd Armored Division, in Friedberg; 5th Battalion with the … After the war the police took possession of the kaserne until 1933 when Austrian sympathizers of the Nazi regime lived there. Notably, former U.S. Secretary of State and retired General Colin Powell began his Army career as a Second Lieutenant in 1958 at Ray Barracks in the 3rd Armored Division. Each subordinate command added another 15 or 30 minutes to the time we were to report for the parade. He was visiting the Division, his old unit as a young lieutenant, as it was in the process of deployment to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf War. Ray Barracks was a United States Army installation in Friedberg, Germany until it was closed by the U.S. government in 2007 and returned to the German government.Located in the southern part of the city near the industrial area, the barracks had numerous facilities. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Since 1945 various American units have been stationed at Ray Barracks, most recently 3rd Armored Division and 1st Armored Division components. (Wire Service photo from Jim MacClay, 3AD.com Staff). That simple decision to play baseball would send him on a long, long road, ending with retirement in 1973, as Colonel on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pvt. 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard). Storm. 1 Assistant Gunner This site is dedicated to preserving the history of the U.S. Army's 3rd Armored Division, a unit with a distinguished history spanning from 1941 and World War II, through the Cold War in Germany, to the sands of Iraq in Desert Storm, to final inactivation in 1992. Colonel Dennis R. Oechsner was commissioned an Armor officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class 5-67, 3 February 1967. 3rd Armored Division (Germany) I was stationed there from Jan 1983 - Jan 1985 with the 503rd Military Police Company, Ray Barracks in Friedberg, Hessen, West Germany. Saved by Kirk Smith Gelnhausen Germany Time In Germany Norwalk California Patriotic Pictures Army Post Military Police My Heritage No Time For Me History The 3rd Armored Division used Ray Barracks until its retirement of colors in 1996 at which time the 1st Armored Division (forward) occupied the installation until 2007 when the forces stationed there were returned to the United States. As U.S. troops leave Friedberg, residents 'are going to miss them' Pvt. As virtually every platoon leader in the regiment was RA, my father truly believed his Army career was over. These are slides of the Third Armored Division in Germany form 1955-1957. The first American units occupied the kaserne in 1945. Friedberg was the home to the U.S. Army installation Ray Barracks.From approximately 1956 to 2007, Ray Barracks was the home of 3rd Brigade 3rd Armored Division. This I know as I attended the Academy and graduated prior to being promoted to E5. In the first year he promoted me from PFC to E4 and then E5 and I was his Assistant S2 Sergeant. Friedberg was the home to the U.S. Army installation Ray Barracks.From approximately 1956 to 2007, Ray Barracks was the home of 3rd Brigade 3rd Armored Division. 1 Driver The 3rd Armored Division used Ray Barracks until its retirement of colors in 1996 at which time the 1st Armored Division (forward) occupied the installation until 2007 when the forces stationed there were returned to the United States. Fierce warriors, battle ready, M-60 tank engines rumbling and as the command "Forward, March!" His next assignments included platoon . At top left is former 3rd Armord CG Lt. Gen. Creighton Abrams, just named the Army's new Vice Chief of Staff. The 3d Armored Division established its presence on Kasernes in Frankfurt, Hanau, Gelnhausen, Budingen, Friedberg, Butzbach, and Kirch Göns. I had the great honor and delight to serve with LTC Vessey for the next two years as part of his consolidated S2/S3. He was dejected, but gladly accepted the Pioneer and Ammunition Platoon Leader slot. Elvis Presley, assigned to the U.S. Army's 3rd Armored Division, poses in the driver's seat of an army tank at Friedberg, West Germany, Oct. 3, 1958. His other assignments include service with 1st Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Ft Carson, Colorado, and as an Assistant Professor of American Politics from 2001-2003 in the Department of Social Sciences, United States Military Academy. Elvis Presley of 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32nd Armor, 3rd Armored Division arrives at Ray Barracks in Friedberg … I truly love your site - I read it every week, and have for years. His first assignment was as a Communications Officer, Headquarters 5th Battalion, 33rd Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky. I will share another memory that just flitted by. 4th Brigade The 3rd Armored Division used Ray Barracks until its retirement of colors in 1996 at which time the 1st Armored Division (Forward) occupied the installation until 2007 when the forces stationed there were returned to the United States. Video shot by 1LT Richard J.M. FIRST TOUR -- 16TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, ASCHAFFENBURG On May 12th Combat Command A arrived as the first major element of the division. He was visiting the Division, his old unit as a young lieutenant, as it was in the process of deployment to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf War. Following the end of the Second World War, the 32nd Armor Regiment stood down along with the rest of the 3rd Armored Division on 10 November 1945.As Cold War tensions grew, the regiment was reactivated on 15 July 1947. The majority of his service was spent as Tank Platoon Leader with the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany. Main Page I can't thank you enough. The Regt CO wasted no time....... "Lieutenant, here's the deal. The barracks was originally built in 1900, known as Wartturm Kaserne, and used during World War I and World War II. Friedberg's history as a garrison town dates back to 1645 when a company was formed there to guard the castle. Friedberg's history as a garrison town dates back to 1645 when a company was formed there to guard the castle. In 1965 I left the battalion for training in "area intelligence" at Fort Holabird, a career change that would eventually bring me into senior intelligence leadership position with Department of State, DOD, CIA and the White House where I served as Director of Intelligence Policy. in Germany from 1945 to 1989. Seventeen year old Margit Burgin of Frankfurt is kissed by Pvt. Examples in the 1960s: 1st Battalion with the 3rd Armored Division, in Friedberg; 5th Battalion with the 24th Infantry Divi… He choose to not receive any special treatment and was respected for not joining Special Services, which would have allowed him to avoid certain duties and maintain his public profile. It remains a most treasured tribute. After 1945 various American units were stationed at Ray Barracks, most recently 3rd Armored Division and 1st Armored Division components. If you have any He would eventually branch transfer to Armor and command Tk Co, 16th Inf Regt. I arrived as a Private in Germany on the USS ROSE, 27th December 1959 and was transported, via rail, to Butzbach, Germany [Schloss Kaserne], assigned to Battery 'C' 2nd Howitzer Bn 3rd Artillery [105 SP][M-52][Cerelitus et accuratio][Speed and Accuracy]. Early in 1913 the construction of the kaserne started and by October of the same year the 2nd Battalion of the Hessian 168th Infantry Regiment were stationed there. He … In the fall of 1914 the entire kaserne was completed. All my dad ever told me - "That's where the weird intell stuff is.." lol. Not only did the 16th Inf win the division baseball crown; but my father was so taken with tanks that he branch transferred to Armor. One day, my father was shocked to see the regimental CO in his platoon area. Elvis Presley of 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32nd Armor, 3rd Armored Division arrives at Ray Barracks in Friedberg in October, 1958, to begin his 18-month overseas tour. The scene was Ray Barracks in Friedberg, Germany, in a motor pool area of the 4-67 Armor and 2-82 Field Artillery. His first assignment was as a Communications Officer, Headquarters 5th Battalion, 33rd Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky. At that time, my dad commanded the 3d Armd Div Air Section at Bonames. It was last occupied by a 102nd Signal Battalion telephone switch for the Friedburg and Giessen United States Army garrisons, originally installed in 1986. During World War I the kaserne was used to confine Russian, French and British officers. assignment in the 3rd Armored Division in . Also drove several attendees up, in the 31 months I was in Frankfurt, to the Academy and I always went to Ayers Kaserne to drop them off and pick them up. leader and company executive officer with the . In 1881 a rebellion broke out in Egypt which threatened Britain's passage to India through Suez. Before leaving Tank Company, the 1st Inf Div was sufficiently pleased with his performance, to grant him an RA commission and command of Tank Company. Following the end of the Second World War, the 32nd Armor Regiment stood down along with the rest of the 3rd Armored Division on 10 November 1945.As Cold War tensions grew, the regiment was reactivated on 15 July 1947. Nothing, however, could make this a more surreal event then what happened next. If you will play on my 16th Infantry Regiment team, I will give you command of a line platoon." Dow of 3rd … Below three photos: U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy wears a tank commander's helmet as he sits in a 3AD, 2nd Brigade M-60 tank in Friedberg, Germany in June, 1964. In 1988, the Battalion was reactivated and assigned to the 3rd Armored Division Artillery at Friedberg, Germany. served as a Rifle Platoon Leader in the 5th . After being on the Howitzer crew, having been promoted to Cpl., in June I was sent to 7th Army NCO Acadamy, Bad Toelz, Germany, graduated and was promoted to Sgt. CC "B" / 2nd Bde Various other commands also used the barracks until Combat Command C of the 3rd Armored Division moved in about 15 April 1956. cascades down through the subordinate units, the 3rd Armored Division Band leads off with "Moon River" from "Breakfast at Tiffanys", set to a dreamy 4/4 time. Contents [hide]. assignment in the 3rd Armored Division in . In May, 2001, I returned to Ayers Kaserne in Kirchgoens, where I was stationed for 3 years with the 3rd Armored Division in 1975-78. After being drafted in 1958 Elvis Presley joined the Scout Platoon of the 3rd Armored Division's 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32nd Armor who were stationed at Ray Barracks. Superimposed on the large arrow was the division motto SPEARHEAD and the silhouette of an M-4A3E8 tank. There were both infantry and armored units housed at the kaserne. These are slides of the Third Armored Division in Germany form 1955-1957. [citation needed] One of the infantry units was the Headquarters Battalion of the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. Elvis Presley at the request of photographers in Bad Homburg, West Germany October … stories or thoughts on the subject, please contact me. But he gave it his all, and it paid off, handsomely. The scene was Ray Barracks in Friedberg, Germany, in a motor pool area of the 4-67 Armor and 2-82 Field Artillery. Elvis Presley was in the US Army from 1958–1960. From 1955-1957, my dad commanded the Air Sect, and spent most of his time piloting the 3AD CG and senior staff around the Germany. 1–37 Armor was the first brigade unit from Vilseck to deploy. In mid July 1962 I departed Germany, was discharged 20th July 1962 and returned to the University of Minnesota that fall to finish my studies, graduationg 1965 and attending Graduate School. I hope this info and some personal experience related here helps. A 105mm Howitzer M-52 Crew consisted of: The 3rd Armored Division used Ray Barracks until its retirement of colors in 1996 at which time the 1st Armored Division (forward) occupied the installation until 2007 when the forces stationed there were returned to the United States.

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