Great trip to Germany
Visited most of the old 3ID facilities in Germany.
Tim Stoy, Mayor
Meyerdierks, Monika Stoy and COL Rohrmueller
Lord Mayor Herzog of
Aschaffenburg, Dr Edmund Wilhelm, Monika and Tim Stoy
Former 3e BDE 3ID HQ in Aschaffenburg
We met with the Lord Mayor of Aschaffenburg to
discuss placing a plaque there in memory of the US soldiers who
served there in the Cold War - I was there May 1983 to Dec 1985. We
are shooting for 8 May 2014, but that may be too tight and may slip
to April 2015.
While in Aschaffenburg we looked at the old US facilities
there - there were six kasernes and a large housing area. There is
little left of the US presence. My old kaserne, Fiori
Barracks, is completely gone. The old 3rd Brigade HQ building is
empty and decaying - it should be demolished soon.
We also stopped in Wildflecken to thank Mayor Schrenk for
his dedicating the plaque last July honoring the US troops who
served there in the Cold War. COL Rohrmueller and Heinz
Leitsch were instrumental in making last July's event possible. They
are both members of the Reservist Association of the Rhoen - the
area in which the Wildflecken Training Area is located. We
visited the kaserne and most of the old 2-15 IN buildings are still
in use! The beloved old Rod and Gun Club is still in use as the
officer/NCO club for the Germany troops stationed on the post.
While in Wildflecken we stopped in nearby Bad Brueckenau to
visit the memorial stone and plaque dedicated two years ago and to
meet with Mayor Brigitte Meyerdierks.
We passed through Wuerzburg and saw that Leighton Barracks,
former home of 3ID HQ, is being used by the neighboring University
of Wuerzburg for student housing as well as some faculties.
OP Europe continues to work with former 3ID communities in
Germany to dedicate memorial tablets commemorating US forces who
served there during the Cold War. Most of the old Marneland
communities are supportive of this effort.
Comments:I enjoyed looking at your website / photos.....brings back fond
I was in the 703rd from early 1960 to 1962. I was
first stationed in Bamberg for about six months and then transferred to
Aschaffenberg where I served until my discharge in August 1962. I
operated a wrecker and did primarily American - German relationship type
of work. Helping Germans when they needed heavy lift equipment.
am planning to visit Bamberg summer 2014. I can't recall where
(barracks) in Bamberg we were located. I had a buddy who was in the 7th
Cav and I know I could walk to his barracks.
Would you know where
in Bamberg the 703rd was located and if a civilian can visit the site.
Thanks for your help. Dennis Caren Dwcaren@gmail.com
Date: December 9, 2013 REQUEST #5544
I was stationed in Kitzingen, West Germany, from September 1966 to
January 1969. Another soldier, Dewey F (Frank) Armstrong, and I have
tried all of the web sites that don't charge a fee but without any
luck. All three of use were in HQ company; I was the supply sergeant and
Gary and Frank were assigned to the motor pool (Gary was a mechanic and
Frank was a clerk).His name was Gary Bean and all we can remember is
that he was from Iowa and his family owned a large pork/hog farm.Any
ideas how we can find him? If you look at the attach photograph,
Gary is on the left and Frank is on the right.
Hi My Name is Roberto Gil I served
with E co 10th Engr Bn 3rd i.d 1980-1982 Kitzigen Germany I've looked at
other sights but nothing like yours my company group picture posted
thanks for the memories I sent a few pictures I have from 1980-1982 I
have other pictures but most of them of me Thank you for posting the
group picture of E COMPANY 10TH ENGR BN 3RD I.D. my daughters were so
surprise to see me in that old photo Best Regards Roberto Gil
I served with Headquarters
Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery at Ledward Kaserne,
Schweinfurt, from January 1965 to May 1966.
I have submitted photographs
taken in and around the barracks, the post, a battalion inspection
wherein it snowed(of course!) and photographs of fellow troops in the
field at Grafenwoehr in particular.
I included a few taken on board
the U.S.N.S. General Maurice Rose coming into New York Harbor on June
1st, 1966 upon our separation from active duty
Russell H. Satterthwait
Photos 1st medium tank
battalion, 68th Armor. Co. D
I came across about 20 negative and B & W and color photos on the above
subject matter. I am getting them scanned in. These photos include field
photos and photos of the 3rd ID Kitzigen football, baseball
and boxing teams.
Maybe they might be useful to family members?
I have attached one photo of Pvt. Woods.
Terrance Wilson amish234 @comcast.net
Technology, and Education Links of Interest
Who remembers this photo from E Co. 10th Engr Bn 3d I.D. 1980 Kitzigen,
Germany? Nino Mancini, Sr
Here's a photo of Robert Farrow's arm submitted
by Toni Westland, daughter of Society Chaplain Jerry Daddato
Toni Westland forwarded me the shot of my tattoo
on your web page.I have to
say I was pretty surprised...and very proud!I also wanted to say that I have been going through all the other
links within that page and looking at some of the pictures of old Larson
Barracks brought back a lot of very good memories.There was even a shot of my old barracks and the window of the
room where I spent my very first night on Larson, December 31, 1979!Love the site and will be an avid follower!
Here some new
pictures (MAY 2012) from the former Larson barracks in Kitzingen. It's renamed now to
INNOPARK Kitzingen (www.innopark-kitzingen.de).
Here are some photos
related to the 3rd ID in Germany taken 1979. These might be appropriate
for inclusion on the 3rd ID web site. I was stationed in Aschaffenburg
and commanded Co. B, 3rd Medical Battalion. The battalion was located on
Graves Kaserne. The photos included the awarding of the Expert Field
Medical Badge, photos of a field training exercise and a change of
command when I left and was transferred to Nuremberg.
Glenn Shields USA Retired
My name is Doug Thompson and I served in the 3d
Infantry Division from Jul 77 thru Nov 79. I was stationed at
Leighton Barracks in Wuerzburg and worked in the division
headquarters. I worked for the Division G-3 originally and later
worked for MG Tice and briefly for MG Wetzel prior to my PCS to Ft
Stewart. This is my first reenlistment at the division headquarters.
I joined the army in Oct 76 and served on active duty, Army Reserves
and Army National Guard until 1998. I received a commission in Feb
86 and served as a Mp Platoon Leader for the 82d Abn Division during
operation Desert Shield/Storm. I hope you like the picture. Thanks
I believe these were taken at Grafenwoehr. If I recall it was the only
training site in W. Germany with a range where the 8 in howitzer could
fire. The 1st picture show Capt. Steven White (USMA – not sure what
year), Battery Commander, on the gun during a live fire exercise. The
2nd picture has the unit getting set to leave the range.
I was stationed with B Battery, 1/76 FA from
Oct. 1973 – Jun. 1977. The 1/76 FA was an 8 in. self propelled howitzer
(M-110) Battalion located at Larson Barracks in Kitzingen. Thanks for
the work on this great web site. Ken Crevier, P.O. Box 386, Belmont, NH 03220
3rd Inf Div - Cold War: 1st
Battle Group 30th Infantry
As a PVT, I arrived in Schweinfurt in January
1961 and was assigned to Hqs Co,1st BG 30th Inf in Ledward Barracks.After a bit of shuffling around, I wound up in the S3 shop as a
clerk typist.As it has
been 50 years, I only recall a few names:
COL William E DePuy, Battle Group CO.Google him and you’ll see he wound up as a 4-star, CG of the
Army’s TRADOC in the 70s.
MAJ Collins, S3.I saw him in Saigon in 66; he had finally made LTC.
CPT Abe Sternfeld, S2.A funny old guy.No
idea why he was still only a CPT.I also saw him once in Saigon in 66; he was in civies and may
have been retired from the Army.
MSG John F Lavoie, Ops Sgt.A stern, but very fair, NCO.He was the right man to introduce me, a new PVT, to what the Army
was all about.He was a
WWII vet.Last I saw, he
was the Command Sgt Maj for GEN DePuy in TRADOC.
SGT Jimmy Brewer, Asst Ops Sgt. Good old boy,
from Texas, I believe.I
hope he’s done well.
Rolf T Gusland, my fellow clerk in the S3 shop.
Vasconcellos, our fellow clerk in the S2 shop.
I also recall the BG Sgt Maj was a frightening
fellow who definitely knew how to run the place.He was airborne during WWII and was the only man I knew who had
combat stars on his jump wings.
We had LTs and CPTs in the shop for short
assignments – sort of stop to get their staff experience before taking a
company.Names:CPTs Griffin, Huber; 1LT Wootten.There were more.
I was only with the BG for about 18 months
before being reassigned to Heidelberg.During my time, COL DePuy was the senior officer on post.Our BG Hqs was on the top floor of the Hqs building.2/38th BG Hqs was on the second floor, and the post admin offices
were on the first floor.
When standing on the street facing the Hqs building, the 1/30th was on
the right and the 2/38th was on the left.There were two companies in each barracks:A & B, C & D, a blank for a WWII destroyed barracks, E & Hqs, and
C/S Co was on the first floor of the first building on the 2/38 side.As a WWII German Kaserne, Ledward Barracks extended “back and to
the right.”The US did not
take that area, and it was sort of a slum.Across the street from Ledward was the Post Library; the BG band
was also located there.
Compared to the line companies, life in BG Hqs was not bad – minimal PT,
no guard duty, but we had to pull KP after the German KPs were dismissed
when they demanded too much pay.On the flip side, we in the S2 and S3 shops were out in the field
for all exercises, down to company level.
Exercises were of all sorts, and COL DePuy was
certainly heavy on training down to squad level.No wonder he eventually became TRADOC CG.Line companies went to Wildflecken for small unit training, and
the entire BG went to Hohenfels a couple times a year.We made the trip once as a rail movement.Maneuvers around Schweinfurt were continuous and all types and
sizes, including FTXs and CPXs.There was a division exercise where we even had clearance for a
smoke generator unit to do its thing during a Main River crossing
exercise.Of course, the
weather changed, and the smoke did not clear by the designated time.The CINCUSAREUR, GEN Bruce Clarke, “dropped in” to see our TOC;
our TOC was two APCs backed up to each other with a tent enclosure
between them, making a pretty good-sized work area.Village bakeries around Schweinfurt always did good business with
troops during maneuvers as fresh baked bread was always preferred to go
with field meals.We always
had to be careful in forest areas as the “Forstmeisters” would tally up
the damaged and destroyed trees after a maneuver and submit a bill to
the Army.And did everyone
have a bottle of booze in his alert bag?We did.
Some time in 1961 our Combat Support Co sent a
small group of men to the States for training on the Davy Crockett
weapons system.I don’t
recall seeing that weapon on maneuvers, though there was a demonstration
in the BG.I certainly
don’t recall if the BG actually had its warheads in Schweinfurt.
13 August 1961 – I believe it was a Sunday – was
the only time when we all thought, “this is not fun.”MSG Lavoie personally rousted us S3 personnel out and into work
with, “this is not an exercise.”The Berlin Wall was going up.Officers and clerks spent most of the day in the BG war room
working on the “real” maps.
Company commanders were sent out to survey their “real” wartime
positions.We were all
thankful that things calmed down quickly.Some time after, when things were back to normal, COL DePuy had a
fun idea for starting an FTX.He set it up with the Cav on border that they would do an
exercise, and our BG would barrel out of Ledward with radios on and head
toward the East German border.We went a distance and then broke off.We learned later from ASA that the East Germans were initially in
a bit of a panic.
This was all a long time ago, wasn’t it?
LTC, AUS (ret)
San Antonio, TX
My name is Bret Sayer. I served as a Sgt. with B co 1st Forward Support
Bn 3rd ID at Conn Barracks Schweinfurt Germany from 1984-1986. Worked as
a track vehicle mechanic supporting 2/64 and 3/64 armor and 10th
engineers. I have enclosed a few pictures and would like to locate
anybody that served during that time with B co.
stumbled on the site today....thought I'd send a couple pictures
from Kitzingen from 1968......I was stationed in Germany for two
years, 1968 and 1969.
I also edited a post newspaper for Harvey Barracks and have 5
issues of that small paper if this is something that is of
interest to you. I am attaching two photos of me, one in civilian clothes in
front of the 3rd Infantry Division stone outside the
Headquarters Building in Kitzingen and the other is a picture of
me with the 3rd ID patch in my office in the headquarters
building at Harvey Barracks. I will also attach page one of the May issue of the Harvey
Sentinel.....if the file is too big, I will chop it up a bit. Ed Holt Unit Supervisor Hennepin County Adult Protection Ed.Holt @ co.hennepin.mn.us
(Click on pages to see enlarged view)
2BG 38th Infantry Regiment
3rd Infantry Division B company, Weapons Platoon
Pictures from Jim Wefers
Front row left to right Seymor Trachtman, Larry Lowe, ?
Lesuier, Charlie petersen, Dennis Pemberton. Back row Lou Tomaki, Bob Penta, David Stevens, Art Strumpski,
William Simmons, Ron Zerner and Ralph Torres. All members of B
company were part of Operation Gyroscope when the 3rd Div
replaced 10th Div in Germany. On September 1957 we started basic
training at Fort Benning, Ga. and left in March for Schweinfurt.
Weapons platoon had 81mm mortars, 106 recoilless rifle, FDC and
FO. We were a great group together for two years. We were
stationed at Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt. Trained at
Hohenfels, Grafenwoehr and Xray....
This photo was taken at Hohenfels, Germany October 1958. B
company, weapons platoon, 2BG 38th Infantry Regiment 3rd
Infantry Division..... left to right front row Melvin Doyle, Wilbur Lloyd, Larry Lowe,
Jim Wefers and Patrick Lambe. top three left to right Bob Salvaggio, Charlie Petersen and
B company cont'd....... left to right Charlie Wilson, Peter Manfredi, Allan Novins,
Wilbur Lloyd, Larry Lowe and Ralph Vito
My name is James East and I was stationed
at Larson Barracks 703rd Maintenance in 1968-69.
Hopefully you can use these photos. Thanks for the web site -
it's great. Anyone can contact me at
I mailed some photos today of my stay in Larson
barracks 1968 and 9, I noticed that Russell Hicks enclosed photo
of the motor pool I worked in the last half of 1968. In 1969, i
was installed to replace the German civilians, mostly in the
coal furnace room (that heated the post water and heat). I
shoveled tons of coal. I loved working with the Germans,
Heinrich Paul and old John (who got shot by a Soviet tank). I
still send Christmas cards to the Paul family today. I had a
wonderful experience and will never forget it. I made a visit to
Kitzingen about 3 years ago and the gates were chained and I
talked with the German guards about the base closing and with
real tears in there eyes they spoke of all the great times they
had with the American GIs. The one guard spoke of her
grandmother that would bake sweets for the tank crews back in
the late 1940's and said she was so proud of them and to never
forget what the Americans did for Germany. This made me feel
better and proud of our country than I had felt for a while. I
will go back there again and continue that relationship. Jim East, Rockledge, Florida.
WILD TIMES in KITZINGEN
The Cultural Society PAM eV in cooperation with
the city of Kitzingen is currently conceiving an exhibition,
titled "WILD TIMES in KITZINGEN". This project examines the
many-sided effects of the American military presence on the
daily and cultural life of Kitzingen in the years from 1945 to
1975. In particular it focuses on the immense impact of the
American music on the German youth of that time.
To succeed we depend on external help, since we need photos,
films or personal reports and memories of former U.S. GI´s about
their time in Kitzingen. We'd appreciate it very much, if you
could help us by placing a link to our website
http://www.wildtimes-kitzingen.com at your homepage so that
your readers can get details and information about our project.
We hope to reach quite a lot of the former GI´s with your
Thanks for your help.
Merry X-mas & a Happy New Year!
KD. Christof & Renate Haass
The clan: Harvey Barracks EM Club 1956,
Dinkins, Langford, Edwards & Shaw
3 Platoon 10th Recon Co Kitzingen :
Later became C troop 3d Squadron 7th Cav, about 1957
703rd Maint Batt
Hq Co A Kitzingen, Germany 1966- 1967
After reading the Mails from other
703 Vets re Schutzenhaus etc thought I should send a few actual (May
2009) Photos of Larson and Kitzingen. Its been closed now for over a
year and it's very sad to go up there anytime - A film runs across
your mind reflecting the times you have came in and out of this
Front Gate with your old VW - Now Chained-Up Gate. This lonely Front
Gate which used to hustle with life. Now its chained-up. My Signal
MOS was 31L20 and I can remember the row of Signal repair Trucks
parked in the Hall. And the Alerts, and down the hill where the
strange Rockets and mounds were. All has been said about the
Hillbilly and all others. The Pizza places etc. God Bless. Photos
Front Gate - Guard House Back Gate - Camera thru the Gate Rails -
Larson Sign - a+b SCHUTZENHAUS - Schnitzel with Bratkartoffel
Help for ON POINT article
I am a Life member of the Society (Aschaffenburg,
7th Inf BG, 1958-59) who is doing a story about Army sports in the
1950s-60s for ON POINT of the Army Historical Society. What I need
to know is the BGs and their cities in Germany and the sports
nicknames. Kitzingen, for example, was the Red Sox. Are there any
sports photos of that era I can use to illustrate my story? I need
any sports art of that era. Kitzingen was USAREU baseball champs in
that era. Or any players from that era I can interview.
Thanks for the help.
7th Inf BG, 1957-59Address: 372 Nicholas Drive
City, State, ZIP: Lancaster, MA 01523
My dad was in the 76th Artillery stationed in Kitzingen in
the early 60s - I took my family to Germany in October and found
where we used to live. These apartments were directly across the
street from the entrance to the base. I had stopped in town at a
gas station and asked where the army base was... well, no one
knew where it had been so I asked where the train tracks were...
the train used to go right in front of this housing so once I
found the tracks I went right to it... I was only 9 years old
the last time I was there in 1964.
Kitzingen 1958 -
Great site, it sure
brings back some fond memories of Kitzingen and the German people.
Here is a picture (left to right) Red Lindsey, Tom Noel, Ray Johnson
and Ed Blair at the SCHUETZEN HAUS, (not sure of the spelling) but it
was on the way up the hill to Flack Kaserne ( later called Larson
Barracks?) a German bar with a small bore shooting range connected
to it. We also spent time at the Hillbilly, Florida and the Hole in
the Wall. I'll bet Kitzingen has changed a lot since we were there.
I also attached a picture from our 20th year reunion in 1977
(Lansing, Michigan) We were stationed at Flack Kaserne with Head
Quarters Battery, 9th Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division from 1958 to
1960. (the Elvis era)
Thanks for the time you spent on the site, I would be interested to
know if the SCHUETZEN HAUS is still there .. Regards Ray Johnson
20th year reunion in 1977 (Lansing, Michigan)
Here is a picture (left to right) Red Lindsey, Tom
Noel, Ray Johnson and Ed Blair at the
These were taken during 1962. The first
was taken outside of Ledward Barraks, Schweinfurt, Germany.
A Company 2nd Battle Group, 38th Inf. 3rd Div. The second
picture is a group of us getting ready to go on pass. Laster
is me. The Msgt is the platoon Sgt. 3rd platoon. The last
picture is of me and a buddy Don Steward outside of A
company in front of the mess hall.
8130 OP 7
3rd Aviation Bn. Kitzingen Germany
A correction to the
caption in this photo
I served with Chris Lawry in the Aviation Company,
Third Infantry Division during the early 1970's. I was there from April
1971 thru June 1974.
The man next to me (first from the right of the
photo) is USAF MSGT William "Willie" Waterman. The person to the left of
me (looking at the photo) is CPT James R. Lane. I would like to establish contact with Chris Lawry.
Do you have a current e-mail address for him?
My wife spent some time restoring these pictures, they are
Kitzigen Army Airfield from the air and two pictures of me working in the
tower cab. Chris Lawry
Photos from US Army Kitzingen ATTENTION
Do you remember KITZINGEN, that
small Bavarian town on the Main river? How about Harvey and Larson
Barracks? What about the HILLBILLY BAR, HAVANNA, ATLANTIC, FLORIDA
BAR, FRANKEN-KLAUSE, " HOLE in the WALL " or the BENGASI BAR?
Those clubs are all long gone, but the cultural society " PAM " of
Kitzingen is preparing a documentary about those wild times from
1950 to 1980. Our exhibition will focus on the
" American way of life ", its music, and the influence it has had on
If you were stationed in Kitzingen when it was known as " Little Las
Vegas on the Main " you might be able to help us.
We're looking for photographs, film material, or other documents
from those days.
If you could send us copies or scans it would be great for the
exhibition. If any of your friends were also stationed in Kitzingen
and would like to help, they can contact us by e-mail
Of special interest to us is the bar and club scene; inside,
outside, the guests, the bands, or anything else you can think of.
Any help would be appreciated. We're looking forward to your reply.
I was in Kitzingen, Germany 1969-1971 with the
1/15 inf, HHC company, as a medic. Here are some photos someone may
like to see. Also post cards purchased during that time. Most anyone
there will remember Graf. and Wildflecken. Especially Graf in the
winter. George Stewart, Portage, IN
3 BN 64 Armor
My name is Daniel Lewandowski. I
served in 3/64 armor at Conn Barracks, Schweinfurt, West Germany. I
am in possession of over 100 pictures that include the CATC 83
competition in which I was a participant. These pictures were taken
and saved by SP4 John Cook. If not for him, we could only talk about
Schweinfurt and the CATC 83. The picture of our "emblem" on the
turret has him sitting next to it.
I would love to share these photos with other soldiers AND their
families. I loved defending West Germany, and serving our country
while I was in Europe.
Members of B Battery, 1st FA BN, 9th Artillery
Members of B Battery, 1st FA BN, 9th Artillery met in May for
a reunion at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The individuals "Gyroscoped"
to Germany in 1958 and were stationed at Kitzingen.
1st row: J. Fazio, J. McCorkle, E. Davis, J. Bowers
2nd row: O. Mueller, C. Jones, J. Warren, S. Langley
I joined the 3rd Inf Div at Ft Benning early 1958. 3rd Div
was one of the "Pentomic" Divisions. Pentomic Div had 5 Battle
Groups. In April 1958, 3rd Div went to Germany, "Operation
Gyroscope" (gyroscope meant to career soldiers that you would
ALWAYS return to the US from overseas to the same place (Benning
in case of 3rd DIV). Meaning that a career soldier could for
once buy a house while still in the army. Gyro didn't last
When we got to Germany, Div HQTRS I believe was at Wurzburg,
but not certain. I was in Co. B, 123 Sig Bn. 123 Hqtrs I know
was Hindenburt Kaserne, Wurzburg. I was on a Direct Support
Platoon from 123d to two Inf Battle Groups at Bamberg. The two
BGs were: 1/15 INF (I think their unit crest said, "Can Do";
and the 2/4 INF. The other 3 BGs were at: one at Kitzigen; one
at Schweinfurt; one at Auschaffenburg (don't remember BG
numbers). Kitzigen also had the Div AVN Maint Spt and HQ 703
Ord BN. I was NCOIC (SP5) of DivSigMaint at Bamberg for 3
years. We supported primarily 2/4 and 1/15 Inf. Also a Sqdrn
of 7th Cav which was a move-where=needed, providing armored
support to 2/4 & 1/15 Inf if a live "RED" alert came in ("RED"
meant the soviets were attacking from the east vs the many many
"WHITE" practice alerts 3rd Div had (always "surprise" alerts,
any day of week or hour of day. Including like 0200 early
Sunday mornings after troops out drinking all day etc.
Just thought that little bit of 1/15 history of interest to
you maybe. I agree as to readiness posture of the 3rd Div, at
least during years (1958-1961) in Germany, was at all times, not
only just before some inspection etc, combat ready. We spent
probably 50% of our time in the field, training (NATO, 7th Army,
Division, BN, Company, and even down to Platoon in-field
training. Any minute of any day, 3rd Div was ready for war and
well trained to perform. Mission in 3rd Div, 58-61, Germany:
If soviets attacked we were to retreat to the west side of the
Rhine River (150-guess-miles from Bamberg/Wurzburg and the 5
BGs). Our Div mission was not to stop the soviets, but to delay
their advance a couple of weeks while retreating to the Rhine
giving the US time to bring in replacement infantry. Estimate
was that by the time the 3rd got to the Rhine, the Div would
have been pretty well "sacrificed" and not much left of it. We
were all briefed re that often.
Harvey closed 3 years ago and Larson closed last year. I was at
Harvey from 1/73 to 9/74. I don't know what years you were there so
I don't know if you will recognize some of these pictures.
I was in HQ Co.1/15th Inf. 3rd Inf. Div stationed at Harvey Barracks
from 1/73 to 9/74. I always wanted to go back and last week I along
with my wife did. The place was sad to see. Harvey has been closed
for the past 3 years.
was wrong about the closing date for Harvey. I wrote to the guy I
met in Wurzburg. He was the military liaison with the Germans. He
said Harvey Barracks, Larson Barracks, and the Airfield at
Giebelstat all closed in Oct. 2006. Leighton is scheduled to be
closed and returned to the German government during the Summer of
There is a big fence going around the whole place
with locked gates on the roads. We couldn't get in but was able to
see a lot from the road. Including my barracks. There were weeds
growing all over. It looked like a ghost town. Larson closed last
year and is also a ghost town. We went up there and the only thing
being used is the golf course (by the Germans). Next year they are
closing Leighton in Wurzburg. They closed Rhine Mein AFB a couple of
years ago and transferred everything to Ramstein.
We drove by Rhine Mein and saw them knocking down
the barracks where I rotated through. You know the Gateway to
Europe. I'm sure the Germans are happy to get all their land back
but a lot of places that relied on the GI buck went out of business
or changed to something else.
Harvey Barracks Post HQ looking through
Harvey Main Gate.
Harvey back gate.
My old barracks HQ Co. 1/15th Inf.
Across the road from Harvey
(Out of business)
Harvey Control Tower and Hangars
Swimming Pool Kitzingen
Deutsches Haus in Kitzingen
(No longer a disco)
The Cave in Sulzfeld
(Out of business)
The leaning Tower of Kitzingen
Wings of the Marne!
I am very proud of my time in the Third! I have never served in a
better trained, more motivated unit in my 23 years of service. You
know what they say, there is no woman sweeter than your first. The
Third was my first.
B Co "Bandits"
13th AHB, "Seek, Strike, Destroy, Marne Vipers!"
3rd Infantry Division (Heavy Mech)
The mighty 13th AHB readying for an awesome gunnery score.
We qualified as a battalion higher than any other AHB in the Army
Bandits on Range
This is my platoon sergeant
and the man that taught me how to be an NCO.
My Cobra -
This is 67-15477, my AH-1 and the first ship I crewed.
Home sweet Home -
This was the divisional ARTEP. We moved so much this FTX
we got tired of putting up and tearing down tents in the dark
so we improvised.
Took this at a gunnery at Graef.
Jake Berry - Jackson Percy Berry Jr.
My best friend and roommate, he lived in Lake City, FL
The is CWO James Reardon (sp) from
Comstock and Owens
Pictures from Kitzingen
I am Roland Richter and I was working on Harvey
Brks. For 30 Years. I may have some
pictures that may be interesting for your site. I was working at
Facilities Engineering Div. and hope we provided a good service
to you all. Here are a view pictures, if you want more I would
have to go through my pictures and scan them to send them to
you. The plaque on the memorial stone as you can see we’ve
planted 2193 trees during the our so
called Excellence Program.
Harvey Brks is
going back to the German authorities
at the end of March 2007. Marshall Height Housing Area is
closed, it is like an empty town
within Kitzingen. Larson I believe
is also going back soon if it hasn’t already. Since 1 Jan
07 I am no longer employed with the
US Army after 30 Years.
the fire ladder is in front of Bldg. 142 HarveyBrks. Previous 2nd BDE HQ at
this time I believe and later DISCOM HQ. The memorial stone to the
right of the fire ladder is called “Rocky” and I think it presented
2nd BD 3rd ID and “Rocky” was moved to the states with the units,
should be somewhere on an US post. (If it is the statue of
"Rocky" the Bulldog, it is in the Marne Gardens at Ft. Stewart, GA)
The memorial stone and it’s plaque was removed by order of the
Commander, since it was violating some Army
Reg.. Well it was a good idea of a civilian employee to place
some memories for his/her departing Boss.
some of the Local Nationals employed with the US Army going to an
annual outing riding on US Buses in the ’80.
The memorial stone and it’s plaque was removed by order of the
Commander, since it was violating some Army
Reg.. Well it was a good idea of a civilian employee to place
some memories for his/her departing Boss. Picture
shows the rear of Bldg. 142 and a tree planting action under the
lead of LTC Beckworth, DPW.
from the tree felling at Harvey Brks.
shows the rear of Bldg. 141, the right part is the Military Police,
in the center there are the garages for
the MPs and the Commanding General in the older days. The left part
is the local Firestation. The memorial
stone was place due to a heavy tree planting action on Harvey and
Larson, and Marshall Heights.
Harvey Dental Clinic
Harvey Engineering Division
Theater on Left-Clinic on Right
Soldier and Roland's Dad
US. Soldier with two locals
German American Friendship early 1950's
U.S. Army Bus- Wuertzburg
Larson Building 46 DISCOM HQ
Larson Tunnel, Building 6 & 9
These first two pictures are of the Schwanheim
Training area, the next two are Three Cross Hill (Aschaffenburg) and
the last is in front of 3rd Medical Bn.on Graves Kaserne, My last
night in Aschaffenburg.In the training area you will notice an
American Soldier sitting with an German Soldier, we were training
with them at the time.
Click on photos for larger image
These photos were taken around 1969-1970 at Graf . I was with A
Co. 10th Engineers at the time as we were field support for the
64th Armor Division. Here are more photos, but the left top one hit home.
I thought who ever was a member of Browns Renegades, they might
want this photo.
Thanks for what you do
for the 3ID. I have to admit that of all the units I had been a
member of the 3ID was the only one I felt truly a part of. It
was home even after I left Germany. I wish I had extended. I
will always be a Dog Faced Soldier!!
This is Frank R. Pizzo Bamberg (May 58 thru Oct
59). As I surf your peacetime site I see more and faces that I
recognize, its spooky, maybe I am just getting old.
703rd Maint. BN.
Kitzingen Germany Photos
Russell Hicks sent me some photos to get to a historian,
hopefully you can post them to the 3ID page and people will
contact Russell Hicks.
I came across this web page consisting of units of the 3ID at Larson
and Harvey Barracks as well as others. I was a Specialist 4th Class
on staff with the 703rd Maintenance Battalion in the S-2 section as
a Draftsman and Photographer July 1975 to July 78. I have in my
possession a few very early original photos of some of the bases
going back to the early sixties and even before. They were given to
me by my OIC. I have attempted to contact the current Battalion
Commander of the 703rd currently stationed at Ft. Stewart GA. With
no success, if you have any ideas how I could give these pictures to
the command for its unit history I would be happy to do so. I have
included a few pictures I took in 1976 and a group picture of us
from the S-2 Section at that time, I was 18 years old.
One note, the picture of the jeep wrecked happened during one of our
FTX it is B&W, but as GI’s will do this vehicle was stripped for
parts and painted various colors such as pink, purple and so on.
I only had the ability to take B&W pictures at that time.
Russell E. Hicks, II
1032 Archer Road
Max Meadows, VA 24360
PH: (276) 637-3571
searching on line for information on where I was stationed with 3ID in
the 1970's and I found this great link of photos of the barracks and
things. I think you could add these to our site (unless you already
have it there). There may be others like Wuezburg, Shwienfurt etc.
I was with the 703rd Maintenance Battalion, 3rd
Infantry Division, from 1983 to 1984. While stationed at Fiori
Barracks in Aschaffenburg and Larson Barracks in Kitzingen, I met a
couple of these guys. We certainly shared a lot of laughs and a lot
of good times. We were together at Larson Barracks for a Battalion
Ceremony. Phil DeRuntz
The first is John
Frick. This must be at the time of another 3:30am ALERT.
The group photo
consists of Art Garcia and Kevin Mitchell as well as Kevin Falvey.
I was with the 15th Inf.,
1BN, "C" Comp., 3rd Pl. from 10/1961 to 4/1964. First I was stationed
in Bamberg and later in Bad Kitzingen (or was it Schweinfurt - you may
have the station listing). The attached photographs are of a 3rd
Division parade (various units) and open house in either Bamberg or
Kitzingen(?) in '63 or '64 (my memory leaves much to be desired). I
thought you may want them for your website which I thoroughly enjoy by
Wally de Jongh
PS Bill Todd might be interested in the DH "Otter" airplane as
mentioned in his request # 425 (1/9/2001).
I WAS IN HEADQUARTERS CO., 123RD SIGNAL BATTALION,
3RD INFANTRY DIVISION AT HINDENBURG KASERNE, WURZBURG, GERMANY 1968
- 1970. HERE ARE A FEW PHOTOS I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE OF HINDENBURG
Photos Courtesy of Andrew
1st How Bn, 10th Arty
3rd Infantry Div Arty-Larson Barracks 1970
HQ and HQ Battery-Larson Barracks 1970
HQ Building-Larson Barracks 1870
3/76- Larson Barracks 1970
Service Club and HQ (rear view)
Photos courtesy of Bill
Henry, Dyersburg TN
I really like the web site I've spent hours browsing and I decided to send
these pics of what Larson Barracks looked like in 1989.
Ever wonder how everyone got their names on their headbands.
I just loved being a private.
Mortar Battery 1st BG
15th Inf. 3d Inf. Division
These photos were taken at Ft. Benning in January 1958. They are of the
First Platoon and the Detail Platoon. The Detail Platoon Sergeant, Claude
Rickett recently celebrated
his 80th birthday and is still active in our Mortar Battery veterans
We have approximately 65 members. Our Battery clerk Don Wilcox gets out at
least 2 newsletters a year and we have had bi-yearly reunions at Ft
Benning since 1998.
Our website is====>
This picture is from Basic Training, Fort
Oct. 1957 to May 1958 before we were shipped
to Bamberg, Germany
Some of these men in this picture I recognized
in one of your photos on your website,
the Audie Murphy Monument at Holtzwihr.
the picture of nine soldiers (0000holtz00.jpg).
Can you tell me anything about this picture?
Where did it come from? etc
Frank R. Pizzo
Company "C", 4 Platoon
1st Battle Group 15th Infantry
May 1958 to Oct. 1959
I was in HHD 4th Support Battalion, 3rd
Infantry Division at Larson Barracks in Kitzingen,
Germany-1985-1986. Here are some photos of the kaserne.
Photos of Headquarters of 4th Brigade, 3ID
My name is Martin, I'm from Aschaffenburg, Germany. I made some pictures of
ready Kaserne as it is today. I send them to you maybe you like to use them!
This is some of 3rd Platoon B Troop 3rd
Squadron 4th Cavalry at Grafenwoer, West Germany.
This is some of 3rd Platoon B Troop 3rd
Squadron 4th Cavalry at Grafenwoer, West Germany.
This is Bravo Troop 4th Squadron 4th Cavalry. After REFORGER 1988.
Contributed by Jim Warner
Staff Sgt. Jimmy Caldwell plays the part of the U.S. Army's
most-decorated soldier in a ceremony Tuesday, May 16, 2000, unveiling the Postal
Service's Audie Murphy stamp.
I served in 3rd Infantry Division 3/67 Air Defense
from 84-87 at Larson Barracks in Kitzingen, West Germany. I served in
Delta Battery (the largest and only exclusive Chaparral battery in the
world) until it was deemed an untamable logistical monster and the
Chaparrals were split between Delta and Charlie Batteries and intermixed
with Stinger crews. I then served with Charlie Battery 2ndPlatoon. It
was one of the most unforgettable post's of my Army career. Doug Simon
Harvey Barracks 1971 to 1973
Photos from Chris Lawy
Photos from Chris Lawy 3rd Aviation Bn. Kitzingen Germany,
Harvey Barracks 1971 to 1973