Curtain, flag drop on Giessen

Curtain, flag drop on Giessen

There are 86 comments on the Stars and Stripes story from Sep 28, 2007, titled Curtain, flag drop on Giessen. In it, Stars and Stripes reports that:

“Today's ceremony marks the end of the transformation process for U.S. Army Garrison Giessen and the end of the official presence of our military in this community”

Soldiers from U.S. Army Garrison Hessen fold the flag for the last time in Giessen, Germany, at the closure ceremony for the garrison. via Stars and Stripes

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Doug Byrd

Charlotte, NC

#1 Nov 6, 2007
I was stationed at Rivers Barracks in Giessen many years ago, and felt nostalgia that the U.S. Army is leaving Giessen because I have fond memories of the area.I realize that our being there was meant to be temporary and I am glad the German people are getting their country back.
Michael S Terrell

AOL

#2 Mar 27, 2008
I served in C battery 2nd Bn 92nd Field Artillery at Rivers Barracks,Giessen Germany from 1967 to 1970. I just want to say I am & was proud to serve in Germany under the capacity of knowing my presence among many were a determining deterrent against Communism from spreading through out the European nations that remained free.I miss Rivers Barracks in some ways. I have seen pictures of how run down and damaged it is since it fell back into German hands.I was hoping some kind of respect would have been represented to keep it in decent shape.But guess not.....
Dave Hart

United States

#3 Apr 14, 2008
I was stationed at Rivers Barracks from 84-87 in Svc Btry 5/3rd FA. This was during the cold war. I now look back at this time which we spent{hours and hours of training,maintaining our equipment} all of our time trying to achieve the most highest level of readiness. This was done to deter the threat of warsaw pact countries basically walking through the Fulda Gap and violating German soil. As I look back on these times, I realize now that we "soldiered" in V CORP. As I look back on the 10 years I served,my time in Germany was the most memorable,eventhough most of it was spent in Graf. Thank you Rivers Barracks or "THE ZOO" as we often called it.Everyone knew when you went to Germany,that was the "Real Army". Unlike stateside duty,which was a joke. "FIRST ROUND"
Robert Guinn

Pico Rivera, CA

#4 Nov 11, 2008
Doug Byrd wrote:
I was stationed at Rivers Barracks in Giessen many years ago, and felt nostalgia that the U.S. Army is leaving Giessen because I have fond memories of the area.I realize that our being there was meant to be temporary and I am glad the German people are getting their country back.
I WAS STATIONED AT RIVERS BARRACKS ALSO BETWEEN 69--71 WITH THE 6&9TH FIELD ALTILARY , MY JOB THERE WAS NCOIC OF THE BOILER ROOM THAT SUPPLIED THE HEAT FOR THE BUILDINGS AND STEAM FOR THE KITCHEN , IF YA HAD HEAT , I SUPPLIED IT. MANY MANY MEMORIES FROM THAT PLACE , DID YOU EVER GO TO THE GO GO CLUB DOWNTOWN.....I WAS THE DISC JOCKEY THERE SPINNING RECORDS , DO YOU REMEMBER A GUY NAMED FRED HAMMOND? HOW ABOUT THE MOX-NIX MAN AT THE GATE ON PAYDAY....LOL....IT WOULD BE NICE TO TALK TO YOU , IM AT rguinn50@hotmail.com and i live in Roanoke , va now......
Robert Guinn

Pico Rivera, CA

#5 Nov 11, 2008
Michael S Terrell wrote:
I served in C battery 2nd Bn 92nd Field Artillery at Rivers Barracks,Giessen Germany from 1967 to 1970. I just want to say I am & was proud to serve in Germany under the capacity of knowing my presence among many were a determining deterrent against Communism from spreading through out the European nations that remained free.I miss Rivers Barracks in some ways. I have seen pictures of how run down and damaged it is since it fell back into German hands.I was hoping some kind of respect would have been represented to keep it in decent shape.But guess not.....
HELLO , I ALSO WAS AT RIVERS IN 69--71.....6TH OF THE 9TH FIELD ALTILERY , BOB GUINN IS MY NAME....DID YOU EVER GO TO THE WHISKEY GO GO CLUB DOWNTOWN....IT WOULD BE NICE TO SHARE STORIES ABOUT THAT PLACE , YOU CAN REACH ME AT rguinn50@hotmail.com........
Robert Guinn

Pico Rivera, CA

#6 Nov 11, 2008
Dave Hart wrote:
I was stationed at Rivers Barracks from 84-87 in Svc Btry 5/3rd FA. This was during the cold war. I now look back at this time which we spent{hours and hours of training,maintaining our equipment} all of our time trying to achieve the most highest level of readiness. This was done to deter the threat of warsaw pact countries basically walking through the Fulda Gap and violating German soil. As I look back on these times, I realize now that we "soldiered" in V CORP. As I look back on the 10 years I served,my time in Germany was the most memorable,eventhough most of it was spent in Graf. Thank you Rivers Barracks or "THE ZOO" as we often called it.Everyone knew when you went to Germany,that was the "Real Army". Unlike stateside duty,which was a joke. "FIRST ROUND"
i also was at rivers ( THE ZOO ), i was there from 69---71 , what a place !!! id love to share stories about that place with ya , you can reach me at rguinn50@hotmail.com.......did you ever go into the tunnels at rivers ?
Robert Guinn

Pico Rivera, CA

#7 Nov 11, 2008
IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A TRAVEL PARTNER , IM READY TO GO ANYTIME , I TRAVELED EUROPE FOR 7 YRS AND KNOW MANY PLACES YOU WOULD NOT FIND ON YOUR OWN , I LIVED IN GIESSEN GERMANY.....YOU CAN REACH ME AT RGUINN50@HOTMAIL.COM..WRITE SOMETIME
jason

Germany

#8 Jan 22, 2009
did someone of you knew a soldier that was stationed at rivers barracks whose name was michael linwood??
Dillon Mahoney junior

Mosbach, Germany

#10 Oct 11, 2009
Hi,
i was stationed at Ray Barracks Friedberg from 1998 - 2005.
Richard Manning

San Antonio, TX

#11 Dec 11, 2009
I was stationed at Rivers Barracks in the C Btry, 2/92 FA from September 1974 until September 1977. I have many great memories from those years when I went from a 19 year old country hick kid to a 22 year old man. I was proud to serve my country, and still serve today as a Law Officer in Houston, Texas. richardmanning55@msn.com I hope to hear from old friends from C Btry 2/92 from the 1974 to 1977 era
Richard Manning

San Antonio, TX

#12 Mar 1, 2010
I'd like to hear from some old friends who were in C Btry 2nd 92nd FA from October 1974 to September 1977..Drop a line at facebook.com or richardmanning55@gmail.com
chris gutierrez

Riverside, CA

#13 Mar 15, 2010
I served in the 3rd and79th from febuary 77 to febuary 79 and was planning aq trip back but read it was closed down. I still might go but was wondering if anyone was with my same unit at that time, i would like to hear from you,thankschris
Johnny Nash

Talihina, OK

#14 Mar 19, 2010
Richard Manning wrote:
I'd like to hear from some old friends who were in C Btry 2nd 92nd FA from October 1974 to September 1977..Drop a line at facebook.com or richardmanning55@gmail.com
Hi Richard I'm John Nash Retired from US Army I was also at the Zoo 1974-1977 A Btry 6/9th FA, I Retired in 2000 from the Army. Did you know Ron Price SSG in the 92th, or Robert Christoher??? Let me know???

Regards MSG Ret, John Nash Lawton, Ok
SP4 Hamrick

Candler, NC

#15 Mar 29, 2010
HHB 2nd Bn 92nd Field Artillery. 1976 to 1979.

Battalion forward observer. Radio operator. S3 Gopher.

I really miss Giessen Germany. Probably because I was so young, 17 when I first got there, that it made such a big impression on me.

The German people were the best especially over at Fulda where we would take the Might Eights to practice shooting Tactical Nukes at the Soviet Tanks that were sure to come roaring through the gap.

Many fond memories of Giessen. I was sad to see the 2nd Bn 92nd Field Artillery retired. Sometimes I wish I had reenlisted while at Ft Lewis, HHB 1st Bn 84th Field Artillery 1979 to 1980, and gone back to Giessen.

But you don't know what you got till it's gone. I would go to Graf a million more times if I could go back.
jerry l walker dothan al

Dothan, AL

#16 May 21, 2010
i was rivers 1954 1957 we were the hg 18th engr a co was at cassel b co fulda c co atwuzburg iwas onely 17 when i gate ther we was a demo bn with targets along the fulda gap my barricks was in frunt of em club i did injoy my time there but an old man who can not typ or speel i will never go back onley in my dreams the18th was deactaved in1957 ifeel as gissen my 2nd home towm gmail walkersworld@gmail,con
devry

Lancaster, OH

#17 May 23, 2010
done destroiyng germany jews new enemies are in the middle east forward march goyim
jjerrywalker

Dothan, AL

#19 Jun 4, 2010
i spent3years in germany 5 years ft huachuca az wiyh the 416 sig avn co c/c on h19 helecopters we had 60 officers 54 inlested me belive me ti was no joke rivers 1954 1957 that was good duty 7822
Dave Hart wrote:
I was stationed at Rivers Barracks from 84-87 in Svc Btry 5/3rd FA. This was during the cold war. I now look back at this time which we spent{hours and hours of training,maintaining our equipment} all of our time trying to achieve the most highest level of readiness. This was done to deter the threat of warsaw pact countries basically walking through the Fulda Gap and violating German soil. As I look back on these times, I realize now that we "soldiered" in V CORP. As I look back on the 10 years I served,my time in Germany was the most memorable,eventhough most of it was spent in Graf. Thank you Rivers Barracks or "THE ZOO" as we often called it.Everyone knew when you went to Germany,that was the "Real Army". Unlike stateside duty,which was a joke. "FIRST ROUND"
jerry walker

Dothan, AL

#22 Jul 21, 2010
my email is thewalkersworld@gmail.com
Gene Stevens

Canton, GA

#23 Oct 27, 2010
I was a medic at Rivers Barracks with the 2nd 92nd from 1965-1967. I served with John North, Veldon Nelson, Jim Hargas, Henry Mitchel, Leroy Williams, James Stidham Willie Craven and many others. I went over aboard the USS Patch.There were a great group of guys there two I know who were subquently killed in Viet Nam. Anyone rember Liz Karsten?
Wayne Mogg

Owosso, MI

#24 Nov 12, 2010
I was at Rivers 3rd/79th 1967/68 Was the TAERS clerk for A-Battery. I always wanted to find Tommy Mitchell my friend from Louisiana.

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