After 60 years, U.S. hands over Babenhausen

Jun 30, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Stars and Stripes

“The face of our presence [in Europe] is changing”

Quentin Walsh, right, signs contracts returning Babenhausen Kaserne and housing area back to the German government on Friday as Sylvia Bechtel-Schneider stamps them. via Stars and Stripes

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Since: Jul 07

Fredericksburg VA

#1 Sep 5, 2007
I was in Babenhausen from 1979-1982 and loved it. I still visit there when I can.
Tammy

El Paso, TX

#2 Oct 16, 2007
We lived in Babehausen from 2003-2006. My family actually was one of the last families to leave Babenhausen before they turned it back to the German government. It was very hard to say goodbye to such a wonderful place. We loved it their and miss it very much. All the locals were very kind and we loved traveling and seeing new exciting things. I was very happy that my children got to experience such a great place, and they will always remember it.
Woody

Home, KS

#3 Dec 14, 2007
I served in A btry 4/27 from late 1992 to late 1994, I did alot of growing up on that post. I found out about the closing on this web sight. It makes me very sad, I had plans to go visit the old post sometime in the next few years I wonder if people are still allowed on it? Kind of ironic at the time I couldn't wait to leave that place now I want to return!
Allan

Santa Ana, CA

#4 Apr 29, 2008
Wow, I served in Babenhausen from 1988-1990 with HHB 4-77FA. When I first got there it looked so small. But after 2 years there, it was my home. I think about it often and remember the good days I spent there.
Neil

Colorado Springs, CO

#5 Jun 30, 2008
I was stationed at the Babenhausen Kaserne in 1962, with the 157th Ordnance Detachment. We supported the 1/38 Arty BN with their Corporal missiles. Babenhausen was a charming little town back then.

Since: May 08

Germany

#6 Jul 1, 2008
Neil wrote:
I was stationed at the Babenhausen Kaserne in 1962, with the 157th Ordnance Detachment. We supported the 1/38 Arty BN with their Corporal missiles. Babenhausen was a charming little town back then.
http://www.eucom.mil/english/index.asp

Wiesbaden-Erbenheim will be the new Headquarters, and I personally look forward to again have more Americans in Wiesbaden:)

http://www.eucom.mil/english/index.asp
Dave

Huddinge, Sweden

#7 Jul 13, 2008
I was stationed at Babenhausen with HHB 2/83 as an Artillery Surveyor from 1971 to 1973. I had many fond memories of that post and always had plans to go back one day. That happened this past week while traveling with my family. What I got to show them was a view from the main gate of total desolation. It was disheartening to see empty buildings, grass higher than your knees and junk laying around. I talked with a local in Babenhausen and he told me the town is in sad shape also. Many businesses are closed and a lot of unfinished construction because of no money.
Kirby DeHaven

Chicago, IL

#8 Aug 16, 2008
I was stationed with A Btry 4/27 FA from 1991 to 1995 with my family who lived in A'Burg. I have nothing but fond memories of the base.
Woody wrote:
I served in A btry 4/27 from late 1992 to late 1994, I did alot of growing up on that post. I found out about the closing on this web sight. It makes me very sad, I had plans to go visit the old post sometime in the next few years I wonder if people are still allowed on it? Kind of ironic at the time I couldn't wait to leave that place now I want to return!
julie

AOL

#9 Aug 19, 2008
I was a dependent from 70-73 and loved everything about it. Does anyone have photos of the teen club. officers club, housing area, including the duplexes, or any photos if hanau jr high and frankfurt high school or any of the dances they used to hold by the teen clubs?
julie

AOL

#10 Aug 19, 2008
I was a dependent in babenhausen 70-73, would love to see photos of teen club, officers club, housing area, duplexes included, frankfurt high school, hanau and ashaffenburg schools. JHayne05@aol.com. Anyone live there at that time who was also a dependent? Let me know. I was 12-15 years old.
41st Artillery

Grand Island, FL

#11 Sep 5, 2008
Killer of Giants wrote:
I was in Babenhausen from 1979-1982 and loved it. I still visit there when I can.
I was there at the same time !!
Do you travel military or civilian?
I have many good memories.PFC LOPEZ
Angel

Naples, FL

#12 Sep 23, 2008
I used to hang out with my friends in Babenhausen around 1994/1995: great times, great people and great memories! Miss them all!
Dan Valek Ohio

United States

#13 Oct 27, 2008
I was stationed there from summer 1992-1994, 77th Maint Co. Had a blast with the women and the beer! Hated to run P.T. around the airfield and woods!
T Warren

Cincinnati, OH

#14 Nov 19, 2008
We lived there from 83-86. Great memories. Learned to ride a bike there. Our building was right next the woods. We would get in so much trouble going out there and exploring until after dark. I went to the elementary school on the post. I remember taking field trips into town. I saw Gremlins in the theater. Scared the crap out of me! Man, I would love to go back. Feels like more like a dream than reality.
DJFUNKEEDEE

Germany

#15 Dec 22, 2008
Hello to all the people who know The Club 82 in Babenhausen Germany !
We had a very good time back in the days !
Hope your all good !

DJ FUNKEEDEE
P.S. check out http://www.myspace.com/ifunkeedee

some of the good old music youŽll hear there !
Seey ou !
Justin Ferrante

Harrisburg, PA

#16 Jan 16, 2009
I also called Babenhausen home for several years (1993-1995) while serving with 4/27FA C-Btry. I met alot of good people and had alot of good times on that post and across the street at Cheers. I often reminisce about those days and am sorry that I did not stay in contact with more friends from the past!
TRINI XAVIER CASILLAS

Ventura, CA

#17 Mar 9, 2009
HI, I HOPE THAT SOME OF MY OLD FRIENDS READ THIS POSTING. I WAS STATIONED THERE 1974-1976 WITH THE 2/5 FA C/BATTERY 175 SP GUNS. I ALSO SERVED WITH THE UNIT POLICE. I HAD A GREAT TIME WHILE I WAS THERE, ONE OF THE THINGS WE USE TO DO ON PAY DAY FOUR OF US WOULD GET TOGETHER AND RENT A VW FOR THE WEEK END, WE WOULD TRAVEL ALL OVER ON AN AVERAGE RADIOUS OF 200 MILES. ANOTHER ONE WE WOULD RUN FROM THE KASERNE TO THE CASTLE'S TOWER AND BACK. GOOD MEMORIES, I HAD MANY GERMAN AND SPANIARD FRIENDS KARL, FRANCISCO AND THE REST OF THE GANG HECTOR MARTINEZ FROM BROWNSVILLE TX, DANIEL MURO FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CHRIS FROM L.A. I'M SO GRATEFUL TO THE ARMY FOR DEPLOYING ME TO THAT WONDERFUL AREA BABENHAUSEN,GERMANY.
Lonnie Niedert

Ames, IA

#18 Mar 30, 2009
I was stationed at babenhausen from may 1974 to nov 1976. I was with the hhb 2/5 FA I was first with a bty then went to HHB bty Iwas aredeye gunner back then i loved every min I was over there had alot of great time great friends and just wish i could have made it back but with felling heath i will never make it. I hope all that have served there the very best in whatever their lives have brought them and may god be with you all
claudia

Savannah, GA

#19 Apr 2, 2009
i am from babenhausen but i live in savannah ga now ...people always ask me if i don't wanna go back but after what my family and friends told me it is a ghost town now...and it's just not the same ...maybe i go back and visit my family
Ross Terrell

United States

#20 Apr 11, 2009
I served with the 77th maint co from 91 to 93. At first I hated the place,but it grew on me after a while.Nowadays I think back to the times I had there and realize what all I had left behind.

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