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2003 Guest Book

Served as Intelligence Operations Officer 67/68 under Lt. Col. Aakula, then Col Hyatt. One of my functions was to designate the Soviet Military Lliason restricted areas for our division maneuvers. Since the Russians had just invaded Czechoslovakia, I decided to restrict them from our maneuver area next to the Czech border, just to rattle the Ruskis' chains. Col. Aakula, who had fought as a Finnish Major against the Commies in WWII, looked at my map, grinned, and gave me a "thumbs up". I heard that the restricted area cleared USAREUR, and resulted in an unpleasant visit by the Soviet Amabassador in Germany to our American Ambassador in Bonn. At that point, we decided to let the Soviet Military Liaison Mission have access to the border area. I also defended an enlisted man in a court martial, a sergeant who seved in a Signal Corps unit under Col. Racke. I won my case, but Colonel Racke was not smiling. Of course, I doubt that he ever did, but he ran a good unit, and I always respected him. In my opinion, the man I got off was guilty, but I did what I had to do to provide him with an effective defense.
Wolfgang P. May <>
Dallas, TX USA - Sunday, December 28, 2003 at 09:24:00 (PST)
I was at the 504th Admin Co. from March, 1965 'til September, 1966. I lived at the End of the Building which is apparently being torn down, but by something larger than a backhoe, which might run 13,000 to 17,000 lbs. It is probably an excavator, or a demolition excavator, and may well exceed 100,000lbs. I have a few photos I'd like to send, including two or the Personnel Actions group as it was comprised about aug/sept of 1966. Also have 20-some photos of the PR group at a short-timer's party about April or May of 1966.
Jim Corcoran <>
Brentwood, TN USA - Saturday, December 27, 2003 at 11:39:52 (PST)
I was assigned as the 4/16th IN BN Chaplain from winter of 1987 - winter of 1990. Son, Jeremy, (now 16, 6'3") was born in Klinic Am Eikhert (Downtown Gerp). Daughters were young, now grown (ages 20 and 24). I have many fond memories - especially in the Chapel arena. Worked under Buddy Dugan and Ray Bradley. Battalion My Battalion Commanders were LTCs Sherron, May and Honore. I'll never forget going to Reforger in a "combat TMP van" with my great assistant, Tim Allen. Nothing quite like German coffee and brochen with cheese and butter... I retired this past March from Ft. Bragg, NC and am now in the Savannah GA area.
J.S. Hartman <>
Richmond Hill, GA USA - Friday, December 26, 2003 at 09:53:02 (PST)
I was stationed at Cooke Barracks in the 504th Admin Co. section PZ from Nov. 68 to Jun. 70.
Brooks Williams <>
Walterboro, SC USA - Thursday, December 25, 2003 at 15:26:10 (PST)
Was at Cooke Barracks with B company 1/28th , May 1972-November 1973
Jimmy Fain <>
Tulsa, OK USA - Sunday, November 30, 2003 at 00:54:24 (PST)
I want to wish all,who at some time or other served at Cooke Barracks, a "HAPPY THANKGIVING" where ever you are. R. Robison A Btry 899th AAA '51-'52
Richard Robison <>
Ocala , Fl USA - Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at 19:04:22 (PST)

Hello Everyone, I was stationed at Cooke Barracks with B-Co 1st Bn 26 Inf (BLUE SPADERS) from 1977-1980. This was my first duty station in my 20 year Army career and I have many great memories of Cooke Barracks. I went back to Cooke Barracks while on vacation in the summer of 2002 and many of the old buildings imcluding B-Co were torn down. This was really sad as this is where I believe I really grew up. I remember the PT runs in Blue Spader woods, going to REFORGER, IG Inspections, CPT Razle, CPT Strock, 1SG White, SFC Moody,SSG Jones,SGT Gilly, SGT Rhodes, SP/4 Schroebel, Sgt Station, SP/4 King and SGT Likes. Its hard to remember everyones name, but I often think of HQs Platoon and all the fun we had. If any Bravo Bears read this feel free to e-mail me as I would be thrilled to hear from you. Once a Blue Spader always a Blue Spader. SFC(Ret) Dannie Burton, Mead, WA
Sgt Dan Burton <>
Mead, WA USA - Sunday, November 23, 2003 at 16:47:30 (PST)
2/10/1955 to 11/11/1956 I was there as an 'Army Brat', my dad was Lloyd O. Hyatt. I know he went to the 7th Army NCO academy while there and was a football official(I have the certificate). I went to second grade there. If anyonbe knew of him during that time I would appreciate contact. If you would like more information about my time there I have lot's of pictures and information such as when we had a girl from Berlin, the same age as my Sister, come stay with us for the Summer.
Mike Hyatt <>
Sacramento, CA USA - Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 19:32:36 (PST)
KENNEWICK, WA USA - Friday, November 21, 2003 at 04:04:54 (PST)
KENNEWICK, WA USA - Friday, November 21, 2003 at 04:00:21 (PST)
this is a correction in my e-mail
robert e crumpley wilson <>
portage, in USA - Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 19:24:23 (PST)
In the early 1950's I served at Cooke's Barracks with The 28th Inf. Div. and with the 899th AAA AW BN (SP) being assigened with "Charlie" BTRY. I was a Section Leader who has many photos and would consider sharing them with the site or interested commrades.
William C Swingler <>
Columbia, PA USA - Friday, November 14, 2003 at 12:07:27 (PST)
I served with the 28 Div. 899th AAA AW BB (SP)at Cooke's Barracks in the early 1950's with "Charlie" Btry. As a section leader and have many photos to contribute. Please feel free to ask for them!
William C. Swingler <>
Columbia, PA USA - Friday, November 14, 2003 at 11:59:10 (PST)
If you want to see how Gerp looks today-this is a great website:
Excellent pic's!!!

Howard Martin <>
Goeppingen, Germany - Thursday, November 13, 2003 at 03:36:17 (PST)
I was a M.P from 1987-1990 had a great time and would like to see some of the guys!!
mike buse <>
monroe, WA USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 20:20:26 (PST)
I was stationed at Cooke Barracks from 1986-1988. HHC-299th support battalion. enjoyed my service, worked hard, played harder. On call to serve, duty first, no mission too difficult, no sacrifice to great!
Aaron Blair <>
canada - Sunday, November 09, 2003 at 19:53:53 (PST)
I was stationed at Cooke Barracks from 1986-1988. HHC-299th support battalion. enjoyed my service, worked hard, played harder. On call to serve, duty first
Aaron Blair <>
canada - Sunday, November 09, 2003 at 19:53:11 (PST)
I was stationed at Cooke barracks from 08/60 until 05/64. I was a Sp5 E5 assigned to Det."H" 504th Aviation Co. on the airfield. I just happened to stumble on this site and read the entries with great interest. Veterens day is only a couple of days from now so adding to this site seems so appropriate. I count my four years stationed at Cooke barracks four of the best years of my life. I say that because of many reasons. First of all I would have to say the people. I made some very good friends while I was stationed there,locals included. Then there is the location of Cooke barracks. As I remember it was only a short distance to Goeppingen where most of the after duty activity took place. If you didn't have a car,no worry,the German taxies were always parked next to the M.P. gate and could get you there Mox Snell for a couple of marks. But most of all because of my job as a crew chief on one of the UH1B helicopters, I got to see most of Germany from the air. I enjoyed Cooke barracks and my job so much that I reenlisted so I could stay there another two years. There is however a sad note. On Monday 05/27/63 pilot Capt Sam Delozier and crew chief Jonny Rogers were killed in a helicopter accident while trying to place a cross on the steeple of Christ The King Cayholic church in downtown Goeppingen. The church has erected a permanent memorial to them on the church grounds and the cross I understand is permantly set at an angle. But then there were the German american days,the air shows, Fashing,October fests,Greenabulm gasthouse,schnitzils at Mommas,Grafenwohr, Hohenfels,good local beer,and of course those early,early alerts. All in all I would say again I enjoyed my time there.
Frank Kirchgessner <>
Rochester, N.Y. USA - Sunday, November 09, 2003 at 09:40:16 (PST)
I was Station at Cooke Barracks,Goeppingen, Germany from: August1976 to June 1980.NCOIC of the Office of the Inspector General Office { IG}for three years and extended for one more year.and was the 1st of th 26th Infantry BN.Career Counselor,BLUE SPADERS.After returning to the States in 1980 Served at the Presido of san Francisco,CA where I retired June 1st 1982.My Rank is SFC-E-7.I also served Two Tours in Veitnam 1966-67 and 1970-71.
Jim R. Sharp Sr. SFC E-7 Retired U.S. ARMY <>
SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL USA - Friday, November 07, 2003 at 16:10:32 (PST)
I signed in above before reading any of the other entries. After seeing so many recollections, I feel I ought to ante up a bit more. What was it about that place? Did other kasernes or posts engender such fond memories by so many GIs over so many years? ... FYI ... In a novel I wrote in 1970, ("Chocolate Days, Popsicle Weeks") I fictionalized the place as "Baker Barracks," (clever, huh?) and tried to capture the excitement we all felt from being so young and sent to such a place, with its Luftwaffe history, nearby Refugee Camp, immaculate woods, castle, road-of-gardens, etc. Someone else's memoir below describes serving there w. General Patton's grandson -- in my time, the 4AD CO was Maj Gen Waters -- the same son-in-law Patton saved during WWII by diverting forces in mid-offensive. in 5/60, Gary Power's U-2 went down, and about a year later, 8/61, the Berlin Wall went up -- both events propelling us mach schnell to the border on Red Alert -- live ammo! -- and one summer at Graf we had an errant howitzer round land in Tent City. So it wasn't all fun and games. Also -- does anyone recall an incident involving a GI from the 144 Sig Bn taking his life while on guard duty at the ammo dump? I am trying to use this event in something I am writing and will appreciate any details from anyone. (I was OD when it happened, and even I never got the whole story.) While at Cooke, I also taught high school English nights and hope all my students who got their equivalencies or Uof Maryland credits went on to productive, grammatic lives. Our two eldest children (now adults in their early 40's!!) were born in the Army hospital at Bad Cannstatt, so all we have to do is look at them to recall those magic years on the hill past the sportzplatz over Gerptown. They can tear down buildings, but obviously, Cooke Barracks lives on.
ed hannibal <>
USA - Thursday, November 06, 2003 at 11:57:47 (PST)
w 504MI Detach, 7th Army, 4th AD, 6/59-6-62
ed hannibal <>
EAST HAMPTON, NY USA - Thursday, November 06, 2003 at 10:11:18 (PST)
1983-1985 HHC 4TH BN 16TH INF BN S-4
HUTCHINSON, MN USA - Sunday, November 02, 2003 at 21:10:02 (PST)
Stationed at Headquarters 4th Armored Division from Nov 1964 until Oct 1966. My phone # is 413-5323136 and the address is 24 Rampart Court in the city mentioned above.
Vincent G Brown
Holyoke, MA USA - Friday, October 31, 2003 at 18:11:39 (PST)
Thanks for the great website. I was stationed with the 504th Admin Co, Feb 61 to Aug 63. I was the stenographer for LTC Charles O. Henry, Div IG, Major Patrick Cullen, Asst Div IG. Worked in the office with David Harris from Troy, NC; AJ Bernard from Louisiana, SFC Galloway; MSG Winters and MSG G.F. Mayberry. Friends I remember after 40 years were Robert Armstrong from Chico, CA; Mel Halfon from Montgomery, AL; Barry Dolan from Southie (Boston); Larry O'Brien from West Virginia; Walter Carroll "Booger" Burton from Louisiana; Bobby St. Germain, Rhode Island and many, many more. Gerptown was visited almost every night with stops at The Paradies, Sieben Schwaben, till it was put off-limits, and Harry's Place a block from the Sieben Schwaben, with a stop at Ma Wiegles for a sandwich before heading back to the barracks. Also numerous visits to Sussen, and other communities in the area. I had a great time there and also got to visit Nurnberg often, and other 4th AD units while traveling on inspections and investigations. This site does prove that "You can go home again". Sorry to hear that all is gone now but I have the memories. Thanks again.
Roger Clemmons <>
Billings, MT USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 15:02:43 (PST)
I was stationed with the 504th Admin Co from September 1965 til May 1966 as a port call and assignment clerk for the entire 4th armored division. I had many wonderful times at Cooke Barracks. Several of my buddies and I played music in the barracks and we enjoyed it. I remember names like, Hargis, Covell, Beidelsheis, Wilson, Berger and more that I can't think of at this time. I have several pictures of the post.
Walter Hamlin <>
Talladega, Al USA - Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 08:40:52 (PST)
I was a SP5 with 4AD G3 Training and was there from June of 1966 until August of 1967. Your message board brought back many great memories of the times there. I have unfortunately lost contact with my old buddies at HHC 4th Armored Division. Many fun times at the NCO Club with the Irish gals we met from a neighboring town. Lot's of road trips in my VW bug on weekend passes. Way to much bier and Jagermeister over the course of my tour. If anyone out there remembers me and that era, drop me a line.
John Fuller <>
Canton, OH USA - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 12:20:50 (PDT)
Scott Oldmixon (son of LTC Robert J. Oldmixon, MAJ Oldmixon when we where there) 1980 -1983. Great news for those who have lived in Wharehouse Circle.... I just made contact with a guy who lies there now (2003) and has sent me pictures of what our old houses look like. If your interested, email me at sales@military-coins.com
Scott Oldmixon <>
Colonial Heights, va USA - Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at 12:22:50 (PDT)
I was stationed at Cooke Barracks from Dec 1989 to 1991 during the waning days of HHC, 1st ID(F), pulling duty at the brigade IG's office, with a six-month stint with HHC, 2nd COSCOM for Desert Shield/Storm. It's a shame that the post is all but gone. Like many of you, I also had great memories of the area. I'd eat at the "Yack Shack" at least two times a week (it practically became a major food group for me :) If anyone has photos of CB during its final years, please post them to the photo album! Thanks!
Luis Alarid (SPC) <>
Chula Vista, CA USA - Sunday, October 05, 2003 at 23:43:31 (PDT)

Assigned to 504th Admin, Oct66-May68. Worked at the PSD HQ for 6 months, then at Records Branch for the duration. Good memories included the traveling throughout Europe and watching sportscar racing at Hockenheim and LeMans in 67/68. Also the Fasching parties and trip to Oktoberfest in Munich, although never figured how I got back to Goppingen. Vielen Danke/ Many Thanks As a GS civilian employee in USAREUR HQ, Heidelberg, 94-95 visited Stuttgart but didn't go into Goppingen as the base was closed and sightseeing through a closed fence would be a waste of time.
Tom Roberts <>
Galveston, TX USA - Friday, September 26, 2003 at 16:35:45 (PDT)
Hi again all. Just wanted to show the site from military.com. This is the link. http://www.military.com/HomePage/UnitCreatedPage/0,11003,710256,00.html Hope you stop in and visit. Alpha Gators! Scott
Scott Reed <>
Mayfield Village, Oh USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at 21:25:53 (PDT)
I was stationed 1971-72 HHC 1st Armored Div. Was mail clerk. 2nd time was 1982-83 HHC 1sy SPT Bn. Loved Goppingen. My wife is from there.
Edward Kocher <>
Pittsburgh, Pa USA - Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 21:19:54 (PDT)
Stationed at Cooke Barracks from 1962-1964 with 144 Signal, HQCO Commo Plt (radio section) I was a sergeant. Sgt Snell section sergeant. Beautiful country!
Richard Cole <>
Hyde Park, MA USA - Thursday, September 04, 2003 at 08:41:53 (PDT)
I was assigned to hhc 299th as company mess sgt and served in the dining facility 1988-1991. I finally retired in 94.
Melanie L Gohery <>
Evansville, In USA - Monday, August 25, 2003 at 13:20:13 (PDT)
I served in 299th hq in the dining facility from 1988-1992. I have been retired since 1994.
Melanie L Gohery <>
Evansville, In USA - Monday, August 25, 2003 at 12:39:51 (PDT)
I was at Cooke Barracks from Dec 60 to Jan 63 with the 504th Admin Co, long building on the hill. Worked in Personnel/Finance. I had some great times there. Downtown memories at the Sieben Schwaben, Ma Weigle's, Wiesse Hohnen with Harry the owner and many others I can't remember. I'm sorry to find out the post is no longer there.
New Port Richey, FL USA - Saturday, August 23, 2003 at 09:19:15 (PDT)
Hi, I live near Goeppingen (Salach) and I´ve found this very good site. Between the 70´s till the end of Cooke Barracks my grandfather had rooms to rent for the families of the soldiers. I was born 1966 and grew up with their kids and have only very good memories of sweet cakes, the PX, the German-American-Weeks...and all the nice people I have the priviledge to meet...thank you for this, i`ll never forget ! This I told you to know the backround why I´m interessted in this site. So, now the point is...not all is gone at Cooke Barracks, the hangar still there, the entrance-building is also "alive" and best of all the NCO is now a bar and danceclub and is still called "the NCO" ;-))) On thing left...we had a family in our house I couldn´t remember the name. My grandpa is gone in 2001 an so I try it this way. We played together an had a lot of good times, so I would get in touch with him or his family. His name (the son) was "Clarence" (sorry for misspelling) and his mother is called "Gwen". His father was capt., major or something like that. I was between 1976 and 1980 I think. I have some idea that the last name of the familiy I search for was "Gage". Don´t now if I spelled it right but I think this could be helpfull. If you think you have some informations please feel free to contact me.If anyone can remember please let me know. So we miss you all, have a good time and god bless you Mike [Editor's Note: See the Post Cooke Barracks photo album for photos of Cooke Barracks in August 2003, courtesy of Michael Dietrich]
Michael Dietrich <>
Salach (near Goeppingen), - Germany - Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 03:42:03 (PDT)
1986-1989 -- Memories of Goppingen aka Geoppingen aka Planet Gerp, Cooke Barracks… I have wonderful memories as a civilian employee for DA and as a 4/16 Inf spouse. I worked in the following during my stay on Planet Gerp: HQ G4 as a clerk, DOL as a clerk, the Rec Center as a clerk, and the Central Accounting Office as an Accounting Technician. I miss that place but most of all the people that helped created the great memories during my 3-year stay. If you were station at Cooke Barracks from 1986-1989 and would like to chat, send me an e-mail at Juanita.Irvin@us.army.mil. May peace be with you always!
Juanita Irvin <>
Washington, DC USA - Friday, August 15, 2003 at 13:15:44 (PDT)
Ah, memories... Cooke Barracks was home for me from September 1964-November 1965. I tried to immortalize the place in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as follows: ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH © 1992 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Date Monday, March 23, 1992 By Harry Levins SMACKED - THANKS TO YOU, GEN. PATTON Back in 1965, a reporter from The New York Times visited Cooke Barracks, my Army post in Germany. He had soldiered there in the '5Os, and curiosity drew him back. He wrote a home-is-the-soldier piece, datelined Goeppingen, West Germany. His editors ran it in a Sunday paper, stuck way back with the girdle ads. I had to agree with their judgment; the story fell sort of flat. Ever since I got out of the Army, I've thought I'd like to go back to Cooke Barracks and try my hand at the same home-is-the-soldier story. But this month, I learned through a wire service story that I'd blown my chance forever. The Army's VII Corps is closing up shop and coming home, and among the first of its shops to close was Cooke Barracks. The Germans in Goeppingen never called it Cooke Barracks. They called it der Flugplatz, ''the air base,'' because it took shape as a Luftwaffe base in the 1930s, long before the U.S. Army set foot in Germany. When I was at Cooke Barracks, its stucco buildings housed the 4th Armored Division's headquarters and signal battalion -- maybe 1,000 soldiers. Mainly, we kept to ourselves. Downtown Goeppingen had little in the way of earthly delights, and anyway, our fumbling ignorance of the German language barred our way like barbed wire. My home-is-the-soldier story would have said little about Goeppingen. I wanted to revisit my old hangout, the Cooke Barracks Officers Club -- because there, on a Friday night in August 1965, Gen. Patton changed my life forever. To be precise, the instrument of change was Gen. Patton's grandson. Like me, he was a first lieutenant at Cooke Barracks, but that's where the similarity stopped. I labored in a shabby staff building as a public affairs officer. Patton's grandson sat at the right hand of God in the plushness of the headquarters building, where he served the division commander as an aide. The aide had clout. Just being Patton's grandson made him a force to be reckoned with along the bar at any officers club. But on top of that, the aide's father wore the four stars of a ful l general, and the aide spent his entire day rubbing elbows with our two-star division commander. Needless to say, majors and colonels treated the aide with a deference they withheld from other lieutenants, like me. I didn't care much for the aide, nor he for me. He shone with gung-ho spit and polish; I was a newspaper slob masquerading as an Army officer. At the officers club, we normally kept our distance. On this Friday night in August 1965, I held down one corner of the bar, making small talk with Trixie, the barmaid. The bar overflowed with customers, because a new crop of civilian teachers had just arrived from the states to staff the grade school that the Army ran for the GIs' kids. The aide held court at the far end of the L-shaped bar, and I noticed that he was making a move on one of the new teachers, a young woman with long, chestnut-roan hair. The teacher was talking to someone else and tried to ignore the aide. But in his little world, nobody ignored him, so he pressed on, as cocky as Patton in Normandy. The aide dropped his arm around the teacher's shoulder. She brushed it off. As I watched with morbid fascination, he put it back. This time, she flicked it off. He put it back again -- and without missing a beat in her conversation, the teacher backhanded him right in the kisser. She belted Gen. Patton's grandson - - and given her civilian status, he couldn't do a damned thing about it except retreat in haste and humiliation. I smiled broadly and said to Trixie, ''I don't know who she is, but I'm in love with her.'' I still am. General Patton had found me a wife.
Harry Levins <>
St. Louis, Mo USA - Monday, August 11, 2003 at 14:02:39 (PDT)
I was working as a switchboard operator on base at Cook Barracks between 1966 and 1970. My supervisor at the time was Mrs. Knopf and Jones or Jonsy as we called him was our best man at our wedding which was held at the NCO club in Goeppingen. On weekends I sang with an army band called The Dynamics at the NCO club. My husbands name was Denis Heartlein. Him and a few of his buddies rode motorcycles. I have pics from my wedding with all of his friends but can't remember their names. A guy named Dennis Kirsch dated a girlfriend of mine (also had a motorcycle). We had lots of fun and am wondering if you remember anyone by name. Let me know...Regards Sigrid or (Gigi)
Sigrid Schroter Spangenberg <>
Vero Beach, FL USA - Monday, August 11, 2003 at 13:09:25 (PDT)
Congrats to the webmaster who put this site together. I was stationed at Cooke Barracks from 1964-66, with the division's Public Information Office, assigned to 504th Admin. A group of us gets together every several years or so, but we wonder about some of the guys with we lost contact with --- Bob Beck, Sam Robinson, Russ Dybvik...the list goes on. Love to hear from or about them. or any of the other guys who hung around the office in those days.
Fred Hamilton <>
Bala Cynwyd, PA USA - Saturday, August 09, 2003 at 15:33:13 (PDT)
I was very pleased when my wife told me she had found this site. I was there from 86 till the end. Was in A Company 299th (POL) till they left and then worked at the TMP till it closed. I have alot of pictures to dig up and scan, even a very large photo taken of the whole base from the air. In the photo album I saw a photo of a halftrack, the one that was parked under the flag pole, i have a photo of the same track taken on the day it was removed for good. I will scan the photos this weekend and if anyone would like to have them just email me and I will zip them and send..I am not sure if i can upload all of them to the photo album at this site. Every few months I drive up there to remember old times and old friends. There is not much left standing these days I am afraid. I have taken no picture's of the place since it closed, I wish to remember it as it was..
Howard Martin <>
Goeppingen, Germany - Saturday, August 02, 2003 at 06:39:24 (PDT)
I was an inmate at Cooke Barracks from '77 to '78. I was assigned to 90th Med (Stuttgart/ 5th Gen Hosp) and attached to 762 Med and was a roomate of SPC Danny Porter (signed in earlier). I had screwed up an assignment in Presidio San Francisco at Letterman General Hospital (great story over beer). Being re-assigned to Cooke Barracks was my punishment. If you had your teeth cleaned in the Dental Clinic, I was the guy. Only dental hygienist on post. Some of you guys really should have taken a toothbrush with you to the field. I look back on the year and a half at Goep with great fondness. I have really have to say, if you remember Goep, you weren't having enough fun. Of course I wasn't one of you poor slobs sleeping on cold track ramps. That came later! Army '74-'96.
Gary Bartel <>
Springtown, TX USA - Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 17:32:43 (PDT)
This brings back so many great memories!!German American Friendship week,Krokodil,Maikaefer,Express-where I met my husband :-)...We were one of the last families to move,we lived for a while in Florida,but are now back in Goeppingen.Unfortunately a lot changed in Goeppingen and former CB...I don't like to go up there anymore...Just called my husband to tell him about your site-he's a nightdriver at Wackler's-so I'm sure he will write soon too!!!! Bye!! Dagmar
Howard&Dagmar Martin <>
Goeppingen, Germany - Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at 10:06:54 (PDT)
I was stationed at Cooke barracks from 1959 to 1961 in the 404 M.P. Company. The C.O. was Capt.Morn then, and later Lt.Leakey.Remember squad Sgts. Reese, Charlton, Ralph Lincoln,Woods, Cpl. Luttrel,MPs Mick Moore, Gilliam,Devlin,Blalock,"Gary","Charlie"," George",Gene Kasmire,Bob Schrammell,"Snake",.Cooke was one of the best Kasernes to be stationed at, no small wonder that many return to visit.Good luck to all that served their country at Cooke.
David Egrie <>
Erial, NJ USA - Monday, July 28, 2003 at 13:36:14 (PDT)
I was there from December 1989 untill 1991 in charlie co 4/16 INFANTRY under the command of captain Murphy. I will be happy to meet some old comrades.
Laurent Brulé <>
San Jose, CA USA - Monday, July 28, 2003 at 05:45:21 (PDT)
I was there from December 1999 untill 1991 in charlie co 4/16 INFANTRY under the command of captain Murphy. I will be happy to meet some old comrades.
Laurent Brulé <>
San Jose, CA USA - Monday, July 28, 2003 at 05:44:29 (PDT)
Hello. I was stationed at “Planet Goepp” between 1988-1990 in Det. 1, 101 MI (Bloodhounds!!! Always tracking the enemy!) I remember the Yak Shack, TV Jahn and lunch at that little eatery in the hangar building called Maggie’s. LTC May was 4-16 commander followed by LTC Russell Honoré (now a Maj. Gen.). Anyone remember the time when the Germans were working on the water system and the entire post came down with a nasty case of salmonella? There was an alert that day too! The clinic was jam-packed. What a disaster–but amusing in hindsight. Drop a line.
Dan Rose <>
Terre Haute, IN USA - Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 07:33:21 (PDT)
Anyone from the Signal Corps who went through Ft. Gordon might be interested in looking at www.signalcorps.org
Larry Jaderberg <>
LaGrange, Il USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 05:20:24 (PDT)
I enjoyed reading people's memories of Cooke Barracks. I was stationed in HQ, 1st Armored Division between November 71 to when we moved to Ansbach in May of 72 or 73. The barracks were old Luftwaffe vintage and I still remember the marble gun racks. Russo's was the main party room and I still can't listen to Led Zepplin and not be transported to that time and place. You always wonder what's become of folks: I voted John Meyer most likely to succeed (he was the clerk for the chief of staff) and recall Sandy, Art and Jacque with fondness, not to mention Eggbert, although I think he was strictly Ansbach. Also, remember the German-American friendship group that brought me to services of Christmas. Much to be thankful from that period.
George Matchette <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 14:58:06 (PDT)
Looking for Goeppingen Am Jr. High & Stuttgart Am HS students who attended 87-90. Especially those in Mr. Amberlangs 8th grade(87-88) homeroom class.
Katrina Johnson <>
Houston, TX USA - Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 15:20:33 (PDT)
Gruessen: I was stationed from 1953 to 1955 with the 28th MP Co. and later the 9th MP Company. We MPs hung out at Cafe Weigele near the post. Lords of the Company were Sgt. Charlie Gunn and Captain Wyatt Logan. Prosit! "Jake" Jacobs
leonard j jacobs <>
franklin grove , ILGrue USA - Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 19:39:21 (PDT)
This is my second hello to all the guys from C Company 144th Sig. Bn. '63-'64'65. Detached to Crailsheim (can't recall the base name). I have spoke to Bill Price, Sam Chastain, Danny Holcomb, Dick (Richard) Lancaster, Dave Bauerbach, Jim Hill, Nate Guidry, Henry Waffenschmidt, a long time ago with Chester Norris and Alan Longtin. We are trying to locate Alan. Can anyone help?
Larry Jaderberg <>
la Grange, Ill. USA - Sunday, July 06, 2003 at 19:49:16 (PDT)
After a fellow Goeppingener told me about this site, all I can think about is Jaegerschnitzel and Dinkel Acker Pilsner! I was with the the Det. 1, 101st MI BN from 89-91 (with a brief interlude to play in the sand in the Gulf). Does anyone who was there around that time remember the "Yak-shack" just off post? I could really go for some Currywurst right now!!!!
Matthew Cheers <>
Aurora, CO USA - Friday, July 04, 2003 at 12:50:14 (PDT)
Thanks for setting up this site... Nothing but fond memories of CB and "Planet Gerp." I was with D 4/16, but attached to S-1 as personnel clerk from Sep 84-Jan 86. Worked for Captain Vincent Brooks (now Brig. General) who some of you may have seen giving briefings as Deputy Commander of Centcom during the recent Iraqi action. Would love to hear from anyone who knows me.
Mike Sherwood <>
Portland, OR USA - Tuesday, July 01, 2003 at 17:35:21 (PDT)
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. USA - Monday, June 23, 2003 at 22:02:37 (PDT)
I was stationed at the PSD 504thAdminCo.From Jan 1964 to July 1966.It was a very memeroble time of my life.It was there that I met some of my best friends,whom i still am in contact with,after all these years..Hope others will sign,this so we can see who is still around.
Joe Malorzo <>
Frankfort, NY USA - Monday, June 16, 2003 at 20:30:40 (PDT)
I was stationed at Cook Barracks from '50 --- '52. At that time it was occupied by a portion of the 28th Division(Bloody Bucket). I was with the 899th AAA Battalion Self Propelled. We had M-16 half tracks with quad 50cal turrets (that sure dates me). In all the entrys I looked at, none were from the 28th Div. I was A btry Motor sgt., any body out there that was of that era and with the 899th or Hdq. Co, drop a line to --- swmpyanke3@cs.com
Richard Robison <>
Ocala , Fl USA - Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 19:27:29 (PDT)
Maybe this way I will find some old friends from the Monteith Barracks. I worked there from '82 till '92 at the Fuel-Point. If you will remember, answer me.
Rudi <>
Ansbach, Germany Germany - Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 17:55:48 (PDT)
Alpha company 299th Support Battlion (1987-1989)
Sandra Moore <>
Jackson, AL USA - Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 15:07:40 (PDT)
Great to read about all the old troops from Cooke Barracks. I was there from July 65 to July 67 in 504th Admin Co. worked at PSD Building across from 4thAD HQs. SP5 in Personnel Actions Branch, Officers Section. Great times with Rick Howell, Bruce Jahnig, Gerry Damsker. Larry Nitz, Harry Meserole, Sam Carducci, Curt Cheese and many more. Spent alot of time at offpost NCO Club and Ma's and numerous other gasthauses downtown. Glad to hear from any of you tht were over there at that time. Hope to make it back there someday! Thanks to you all for contributing the great info and pics to this site keep it up!
Dennis Kirsch <>
Hartland, WI USA - Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 10:06:42 (PDT)
Hello to all, I was stationed with the 404th M.P's from Oct. 1963 to Jan. 1965.Have a lot of fond memories of Cooke Barracks and my time there. Sorry to hear it is not there any more. Hello to Willie Jones Sgt.Sukitch , Lanzillo Donato,Hal Mercer,Tim Henessey 1st Sgt.Casorso And Mama who always made us feel welcome at her guesthouse. It is great that this web site was organized and I would like to thank Wiley. Would like to hear from anyone who was stationed there. So long for now.
Walter Hlewicki <>
Yonkers, N.Y. USA - Sunday, June 08, 2003 at 13:45:21 (PDT)
I was at Cooke Barracks at HHC 1st Inf Div (F), when we sent everyone home. I stayed and help shut down.
George Bravo <>
Guilford, CT USA - Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 10:58:27 (PDT)
Greetings to the soldiers, families, and civilian workforce that had once spent their tour of duty in Goepp!! I worked as the Leased Housing Manager for the Goeppingen and Schwaebisch Gmuend MILCOMs from 1976 until base closure in 1991, and may have some great memories to share with anyone interested, especially anyone who might remember me.... I have been living in St. Louis MO for some time, but will be back in Germany for the summer to sell or rent out our property. Hope to hear!!! Walter J. Baumgaertel
Walter baumgaertel <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Monday, June 02, 2003 at 11:55:45 (PDT)
hey at all! anyone who remember the long buílding, at the forest...near the motorpool... bad news...it has been torn down 1 week ago... sorry for all... Susi
Susi <>
Goeppingen, Germany - Monday, June 02, 2003 at 06:12:21 (PDT)
I was a Medic attatched to the 762nd Medical Detatchment from 1976 to 1979 and worked at the dispensary. If you went in the clinic & noticed the orange paint in the hallways, it was I that applied much of it & it really hit you if you had drank a bottle of Apfelkorn the previous evening. Looking back at it it was a great time in my life as I had much fun chasing the fraulines and drinking the beer. What I would give for a nice cold Stuttgarter Hofbrau right now. I lived in the Community Barracks accross the street from the Class VI store & remember the tiny deer and cookoo birds that lived in the woods and my 4 roomates that always complained about the Army (FTA) all of whom ended up becoming lifers. I wish that I had kept in touch w/ Ralph Morales and a few others. Great to see this site & wish all who served there the best. Sorry to hear that the place has closed down but we need the troops elsewhere these days.
Sp4 Dan Porter <>
Naperville, IL USA - Friday, May 30, 2003 at 09:33:21 (PDT)
Greetings All..I was with the 4/16 in the S3 shop from April 87 until March 88. I was the BN Chem NCO. Anybody remember SFC Walker? I think he was there for 10 years or more. LTC May was the BN CDR and I ran into him again at Ft Irwin...good man. In march 88 I took over the BDE Decon Platoon and our office was in the basement of the MP barracks (the last one before the gate going down the hill). We were assigned to the BDE HHC but attached to the HHC of the 299th "sports" BN that was great. I liked pulling staff duty at the 299 because the BN CDR's assistant (Deb Hancock) used to bring us "goodies". My oldest son was born at the Klinic am Eichart in Goppingen so someday we will return there so he can see the city he was born in. We made a lot of good freinds and spent a lot of time in Goppengen...It was so cool just walking the fusganger window shopping at night and then stopping for some good food. I can still smell the wood burning in the winter air while Christmas shopping and then stopping for warm cider or wine...really miss the place. The people there are on my mind quite often. Too bad about Cooke Barracks. I literally have shoeboxes full of picture of that part of the country...I'll see if I find the time to scan and post them. Most of them are of the decon platoon and some are of the bn S3. Please feel free to email me. Oh yeah My wife was in the army too, she was with the 101st MI and worked in the BDE G2.
Jeff Dunham <>
Harrisville, RI USA - Friday, May 23, 2003 at 06:27:19 (PDT)
I was at Cooke Barracks from 81thru82.SP/4 Breeze was my name,partying was my game.I was in the signal building (commo).I was a squad leader with some of the finest soldiers anywhere.I loved going to a club called LIFE.LIFE was uniquely differently from any club I ever frequent.
Breeze (Sipp) <>
Vicksburg, Ms. USA - Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 23:59:28 (PDT)
My Dad was stationed at Cooke Barracks March 1987-March 1990. His name is Carl Dick. I think he was with HHC 299th. I worked at the shoppette from '89-'90. I totally forgot about the Express until I read someone's guestbook entry here. I used to drink beer there while I waited for the train to Stuttgart. Most of the time I missed the train! LOL! What great memories.
Carla Harden <>
WA USA - Monday, May 19, 2003 at 11:38:29 (PDT)
Hello, im Vanessa 15years old and iam searching for my dad, all informations that i have are in my homepage. Please take a minute and read it. Here is my homepage: http://www.freehomepage.de/members/vanessafreier
Vanessa <>
Germany, Germany Germany - Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 08:24:37 (PDT)
Served with the 504th Adim Co PM and the 501st Admin Co PM in 1971. I was diverted to the 4th AD after being returned from Ft Lewis Washington. Had a great time in Germany. Bought a 1952 Volkswagen and had the opportunity to see alot of Europe. Some names I remember: Tom Darr, Sammy Huffman, Tim Poole, Johnnie Litchens,SSG Gene LaBarbara, Lt Toni Delesi,Greg Scalasi
John M. Pichler <>
Lyndora, PA USA - Friday, May 16, 2003 at 16:15:01 (PDT)
I was stationed at Cooke's Barrack in the 404 MP Company from 1959-1961. From the guest list I remember Don Dry and Mickey Moore.
Paul Reliford <>
Ashland, Ky USA - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 10:33:20 (PDT)
BELMONT, MA USA - Tuesday, April 22, 2003 at 07:42:53 (PDT)
I was stationed at Cooke from 1962-1964 with the 4th AD Band. Enjoyed living there and getting to see Germany. Met lots of great guys throughout the 4th AD have great memories of my time there. Enjoyed the pictures and will see if I can find some to send.
John Gibson <>
Sterrett, Al USA - Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 16:36:04 (PDT)
Was stationed with the 504th Admin Co. in 1966-67 which was the HQ company for the 4th Armored Division. Worked as a general records clerk as a PFC and ended up in the Division Reenlistment Section as a SP5. Do have some photo of the post if anyone is interested.
Curtis J. Cheese <>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 21:32:26 (PDT)
was with 404th MP Co, from 70 to 72, was company clerk when 4th A.D. became 1st A.D. 404th became, if memory serves me correctly, 501st MP Co. When I left, C.O. was Cpt Robert M Miller. Remember Germany as a beautiful country; being over there, reinforced to me how young our country is; I was in towns in Germany established before Columbus "discovered" America!
Bob Holmberg <>
Iron River, MI USA - Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 22:50:03 (PDT)
Member of the404 MP Co in Goppingen from 1958 to 1960. Do you remember the weiner schnitzels at Mama's place??
Don Dry <>
Salamanca, NY USA - Monday, April 14, 2003 at 16:18:34 (PDT)
Hello everyone,I lived at Cooke Barracks from ’80 – ’83. My father was at the time MAJ Robert Oldmixon (Retried LTC in '88 at Fort Lee, Va). I am trying to find pictures of Cooke Barracks, especially the housing area of Wharehouse Circle. Also, while we were there, my mother, Irene Oldmixon, was part of the Officers wives club and they made a cook book. The book is about 6x9 white cover with a picture of the MP towers at the entrance of the base, it also has a red plastic binding. My mother passed away in 1996 and since then I have been looking all over for that cook book. There are several recipes in there from her and us kids. If anyone can help me at all in finding a copy I would appreciate it very much.Thank you,Scott R. Oldmixon
Scott Oldmixon <>
Colonial Heights, Va USA - Monday, April 14, 2003 at 12:32:58 (PDT)
What a wonderful thing to see, so many found memories of our past. I was with the 404th MP Company from Sept.1966 to May 1968. I spent only a few weeks at our home company before going to the Bamberg Detachment. We were in support of the 793rd MPBN. Although not stationed at Cooke, the trips down from Bamberg for TDY and etc were wonderful. A funny side note is that our detachment won the 4th AD basketball championship against our own home company!!!! Our Company Commander Capt. Merrill was in a win win situation. Sure was a "GREAT" ride back to Bamberg--Recently I received an e-mail from Claudia Hummel--she is the Grandaughter of Mamma Weigle the owner of the Cafe Weigle. I am sure some of you must have a had a good time in there--I know I did--She is 90 now and doing well--she would love to hear from anyone that spent time with her--You can send e mail to her at ClaudiaHummel@web.de--It is a shame the 4th AD is no longer--Given world problems and the way the division was run--smoke would have been wrought on those that got in the way!!! Anyone for a trip to Graf. in December in open tops--lol
Mike Prater <>
Houston , Tx USA - Thursday, April 10, 2003 at 21:13:38 (PDT)
I was a SP4 in 3d Platoon, Company C, 4/16 Infantry, 1st ID Fwd from June 1984 to September 1985. I am interested to read that everything at Cooke Barracks is gone now- isn't there anything the German government could have done with the buildings- seems like such a waste!The building to the right in the photo showing the motor pool in the left background was my barracks- like seeing a long-lost friend...
Scott Anderson <>
Jacksonville Beach, FL USA - Wednesday, April 09, 2003 at 09:12:35 (PDT)
It's great to see a site lke this. Was in Geoppingen as a dependent from '72-'75 then moved to Nellingen til June '76. My dad, CW4 Charlie Brown, was in the 48th Trans. Would like to connect with other brats..Cathy Cone, Celia Dawson, Lori Moist, Diane Willis...and others...if you know their whereabouts, e-me. What about all those that shared the Word at the Coffee House, handing out tracts, bible studies? Chris, Paul, Jan, Bill ..... Lots of good memories!
Barbara (Brown) Barber <>
Newnan, GA USA - Monday, April 07, 2003 at 11:44:03 (PDT)
Served with 1st IDF 1st AG Admin Co Dec 1972 to July 1974. Worked on reading file for Gen Nutting and as courier in field and on base. Sorry to hear it is being torn down. Hello to any message center pals.
Bob Helman
Buena Park, Ca USA - Monday, March 31, 2003 at 09:16:06 (PST)
My Dad was stationed at Cooke Barracks from 1986-1989. I had so much fun. I am sorry to see that there is not much left. My Dad is Chief Warrent Office Joseph W. Barlow, Jr. If any of you remeber him and would like to say hi, please e-mail me. God Bless to all who are still serving our country.
Melissa (Barlow) Onderdonk <>
Selma, Tx USA - Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at 07:31:15 (PST)
Wow. Talk about bringing back some memories. I couldn't even remember the name of the barracks. I served with the 1st Infantry Division HHC in the G-5 office about mid 1981 to mid 1983. Cush job...writing stories and taking photos. I hung out withe MPs and the aviator guys. I have a lot of fond memories of that time. General Henslick was in charge, his driver was Dan something, Col. Shanneyfelt? was there (nice person) and I worked for Major Hemphill for most of the time. I babysat his daughters who probably have children of their own now. All names I haven't thought of in years. It would be great to hear from anyone around at that time. I remember Angie Lindsey, Becky Moody, Lt. Mann, Ziggy?, and I can't remember his name but the little short guy who got practically EVERYONE busted for "illegal use of a controlled ..." you get the picture. Oh yes, MP Don Brimhall...he broke my heart. Hope to hear from someone who remembers that time. It's basically a fog for me. Haha
Julie Wagner (Patterson) <>
Salem, OR USA - Monday, March 24, 2003 at 12:35:54 (PST)
I was stationed with the 404th MP Company from July 4, 1960 (started as a private) until January 22, 1965 (left as a Sergeant). Most of the time was spent in Goppingen, however was TDY to Ulm, Crailsheim, Nuremburg-Furth, etc at different times. Some names I remember during that time are Gilbert, "Slim" Holland, Willie Jones, Sfc Wilcutt, Sgt Vinson, Phil Policelli, Larry Jones (my best man, now deceased), Jack Backscheider (I was his best man in 65 after our discharge), Joe Tracy, Ray Rosenberry, Denny Monahan, Bob Wisan as well as Donato, Lanzillo, Lambreau, Stamateos, Gary Barnes in the enlisted category and Capts. Valimont and John Parks and Lts. Mullen and Strassberger. I understood he was from the Pittsburgh area; We have a Judge Eugene Strassberger III, (the 3rd)in Pittsburgh, however I'm not sure it's the same family. Over the years had personal contact with Guy Creighton (in California)and past contact with Joe Tracy (NYC then Phila, now?), Jack Backscheider (Cinci, Ohio) Larry Jones (deceased from Warwick, RI)and email or phone contact with some of the guys on this site as well as Guy Creighton and 1st. Sgt. Casorso. Some notes are that I met and married an "Army Brat" named Marion on September 1, 1962. Still married and went back for my 40th in August/September. I'm in Pittsburgh and I've been in International sales for the past 15 years first with a brewery and now an oil company and have prior to my latest trip made several trips back to Goppingen. On those occasions, I met with Hans Scheufele (Interpreter) deceased as of July, 2000 as is Rudy Droessler (Interpreter). On that recent trip in September of 2002, I met with Ma Weigele and her daughter Anita. It's amazing how little they changed, even after 40 years. I've taken some photos on that trip and will send them the the site. About Cooke Barracks, the MP Barracks as I knew them during my tenure as well as the 144th Signal Batallion barracks are now gone. Cooke Barracks is becoming an office park according to the plans I've seen. The golf course is still there as are the 504th Admin buildings, the Division HQ and dispensary. I will attach some photos to the Cooke Barracks site for anyone who may be interested, to view.Great Memories!!Bill
Bill Sukitch <>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Monday, March 24, 2003 at 06:41:05 (PST)
Hi at you all. i´m only 23 years old, but i still remember the american troops in Göppingen. i always was happy when i saw the big helicopters flying over Göppingen and my mum said: look at this, these are the americans that save us. i also remeber the" US-German-Friendship"party...i loved it. but since the early 90ies none of you is left. what we wanna say: we miss you and hope you still have good memories of germany!!!
gert schroeter <>
Göppingen, Baden-Würrtemberg Germany - Monday, March 24, 2003 at 06:24:49 (PST)
Hi all , I was stationed at cooke barracks from Jan 1979 to Jan 1980 with the 1st admin company. I worked in the AG's office,the printing office, and then they finally made me a courier for a short time. After that they shipped me to Neu Ulm to finish off my tour.I would love to go back for a visit I don't think I apreciated it when I was there. I would love to hear from any one
John Shearer <>
Beaverdam, va USA - Sunday, March 23, 2003 at 01:08:42 (PST)
Spent two years at the 404th MP Co. at Cooke Barracks from September 1964 to December 1965. Fond memories of a beautiful country, and cold jeep rides escorting armor to the field.
Richard Reed <>
Banning, CA USA - Saturday, March 22, 2003 at 21:07:08 (PST)
I was in A Co. 144 Sig. Battalion 1960-1963. Served in VHF section. I well remember some of the gasthauses downtown in Goeppingen. The Paradies, the SiebenShwaben, etc. Served with Calvin Peeler, Milan Korica, Vern Rutledge, Joe Carter, Marc Blackwell and many others. Hope all you folks are doing well andremember your time there with fondness.Luck to all, Bill Campbell
Bill Campbell <>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 09:56:11 (PST)
I was in HHC 1ST IDF Signal Detachment from 1976 till 1979. I don't remember alot due to an auto accident if there is any people that were in country at that time I would love to hear from them.
Ed Chenette <>
Albany, NY USA - Monday, March 17, 2003 at 16:02:42 (PST)
I arrived at cooke Barracks in Sept. 1964 and left May 1967. Those were some the best years of my life,except possibly the first few months there under the command of Ranger command of ranger Joe ParsonsEnough of that . Seeeing the pictures of the base was great. I hope to be going back there this coming summer if all goes well. It's great seeing this web site ,and I would like to thank David for brining it to my attention also lookinforward to any reunions that my come to passg forward to any
Joe Larrazolo <>
Afton, wy USA - Sunday, March 16, 2003 at 15:56:01 (PST)
I arrived in Goeppingen in Feb. 1959 where I became a member of the 404th MP Co.(the sharpest MP's in Germany !) The 404th did a lot of TDY supporting the 793rd MP Bn. As a result we would spend 45 days at a time at places like Schwaebisch Gmuend, Erlangen, Crailsheim, Nuremburg and Ulm, so most of the 404th did not spend all of their time in Goeppingen even though it was H.Q. for the 4th A.D. and home of the 404th. As I look at the current pictures of the Cooke barracks, it brings back great memories, but also disappointing as it doesn't look the same as I remembered. My 2 years in Germany were great, the country was beautiful and the people couldn't have treated us any better. I will always hold them with the highest regards.
Micky Moore <>
Lowell, IN USA - Saturday, March 15, 2003 at 19:47:24 (PST)
I was with the 404th Military Police from July 1960 until Aug. 1962. I worked in the Provost Marshalls Office with Lt. Col, Bruno Rolack, Captain Bill Tinsley, C.W.O. George Rutlage, Sgt. Kurt Wenzler and Spec.4 Bob Wisan. I was married and lived off post. We rented from a German family. We loved it there and have many fond memories of Cooke Barracks and Goppingen. We were back to Germany and Goppingen and Cooke Barracks last in Aug. of 1999.We still correspond with "Mama Weigle" from the gasthaus Cafe Weigle. She will soon be 91 years young. When we were there in 1999 they were just taking down some of the buildings. My old barracks were still standing as was the M.P. station, and quite a few others. The P.M. office building was just starting to be torn down. I took a few pictures of the base but it just wasn't the same. The airfeild was all grown up to tall grass and the tower was falling down. Great to read of others experiences at Cooke Barracks. Greetings to all.
Fred Trappe <>
Grand Rapids, Mn USA - Friday, March 14, 2003 at 07:13:29 (PST)
Was with the 404th MP Co from 1960 to 1963. Some memories were great, others not so, especially going to Graf or riding in open top jeeps in the middle of winter. Remember a lot of names but after 40 some years it's difficult to place faces with some of the names. Nice to see this website up.
John Heydt <>
Neptune, NJ USA - Friday, March 14, 2003 at 06:18:03 (PST)
Served for three years with the Cougars as Training and Operations Sergeant. We went through many First Sergeants, all were very good - though I always wondered what happened to Jesse The Barber (Baron)! We went through quite a few COs, most memorable one I thought was Capt Arthur. Good troops, NCOs and Officers made that company rock! Though there were a few bad apples that were weeded out. Fond memories - great duty! Seen or heard from a few guys through the years, but not as many as I'd like to touch base with. If you're still serving, our hopes and prayers go out for you! Be safe!
Jeff Nemnich <>
Hampton, VA USA - Friday, March 07, 2003 at 18:23:47 (PST)
I was in HHC 4/16 from 1989-1991 in HQ Commo. I spent a lot of Deutcsh Marks down at the Express and the Yak Shack. I remember a ferguson, dont remember if he was in Bravo Co. I do remember he was a big dead head. (Grateful Dead fan). I'd love to go back to gerp for a visit. I remember Chingus (spelling?) and Angie down at the express......man this brings back memories. Anyone remember ping, tz, spoon, ice, griffin, timmer, etc.....?if anyone remembers me email me at jslomka@aol.com. (nickname was crunch) later.
John Slomka <>
Carbondale, IL USA - Thursday, March 06, 2003 at 08:47:14 (PST)
Hello at all!I love to read old storys about the cooke barracks!and i love to talk with people about it!i am living in the big houses with the flats!so i just need 5 min to go there!Everyone who wanna talk with me about cooke barracks can send me an email!and if you want to have pictures how it looke now, just mail me!And it's soooo huge, but i read that just 5 % are still there!The hangar hall, has been closed, a few weeks ago!And everything is full with grafitty!Plz mail if you wanna talk about the cooke barracks!SusiP.S.: In the chapel, is a big hole in the floor!
Susi <>
Goeppingen, Germany - Sunday, March 02, 2003 at 10:00:28 (PST)
member of the 404 m p co Gerppingen Germany. year 1959 thru 1960.
Michael A. Lynch Sr. <>
San Antonio, Fl USA - Monday, February 24, 2003 at 14:12:38 (PST)
I was stationed at cooke barracks august 63 to may 64 transfered to pinder barracks may 64 to jan 66 then returned to cooke barracks.I was with CoA 144th Sig Bn. 4th Armoured Div. Enjoyed my stay there.
Nathan Guidry <>
Breaux Bridge, La. USA - Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 07:18:51 (PST)
I was stationed at the barracks in 56 and 57 with Hq & Hq Battery, 8th Division Artillery. We were part of "Operation Gyroscope" when the 8th replaced the 9th Division. Sorry to hear my "home away from home" has become history! Let me know of any reunions!
Bob Alder <>
Clearwater, FL USA - Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 09:56:45 (PST)
I served in the HHC 1st Infantry Division (Forward) in that run down hanger. At least the secretary there, can't remember her name, who also worked as the ATC was good looking. I think I touched a helicopter once or twice in my 18 months there. They didn't have any tools for us. I spent more time in the motor pool, and in town, then I did working on aircraft.
Richard Hernon <>
Boise, ID USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 16:51:07 (PST)
I served in Co. A 4th BN 16th INF from May 1984--Jan 1987.
Phil Holtzen <>
Seward, NE USA - Monday, February 17, 2003 at 00:37:07 (PST)
I served at Cooke Barracks from 85 to 87 as an MP. I have a lot of good memories. I look forward to returning to the area and visit some of the great sites in and around Goppingen.
Mike Musser <>
Chicago, IL USA - Friday, February 14, 2003 at 10:40:05 (PST)
I arrived in Germany for assignment to the 14th Armored Cav, but diverted to the 4th Armored Div for duty with the 504th Admin Co in May 1966. Originally a "cannoncocker" was assigned to the Finance Section. Stayed with the 504th Admin until reassigned to the unit's detachment at Monteith Barracks at Fuerth in Jan '67. Still have fond memories of the place. I will scan and send some photos -- jus wish I took more. Sal
Sal Romano <>
NY USA - Thursday, February 13, 2003 at 13:44:39 (PST)
The Yak Shack!Hay Dave, I think I sore of remember Todd F. Didn't hang around, but spoke a few words. It's been so long man. Anyway the YAK SHACK is all gone. The shack has been torn down all leveled. I guess business is gone once the GI move out. I am now civilian and got send to Germany on the Job. So I was lucky enough to go back least year 2002 and visit the old Cooke Barrack. It turn into a community and storage area now. Many are all rusted. Well, Glad to hear from the former 4/16.
Ken S. Chan Spec (vet) <>
Hayward, CA USA - Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 11:42:55 (PST)
Planet Gerp...Sure brings back memories- all good one too! I was with B Co. 4/16 Inf. from Oct 1988 to Jan 1992. -But not a "Mud Soldiers"! (a book by George Wilson) To those who knew Todd Ferguson he's still in! last know he's in Vilseck Germany. Anybody who knows what happened to anyone from B Co. let me know. What I would'nt give for one more night of Hefe Weizen at the "Express"! then a Gyros from the Yak Shack!
Dave Gaddis <>
Copperas Cove , TX USA - Sunday, February 09, 2003 at 19:08:47 (PST)
I was stationed at Cooke Barracks from Dec. 85 - Apr. 88. I was in HHC 4-16th and drove 5-ton cargo and fuel trucks. I really enjoyed my time in Germany. I met my wife there, she lived right in Goep. We get back once in a while so I've seen the barracks go thru different stages since it closed in '91. Sad to see the buildings being taken down; lots of memories going with them. If you were in the 4-16th during this time shoot me an email.
Brent Kuebler <>
USA - Friday, February 07, 2003 at 17:50:34 (PST)
I served at Cooke from 1989-1991. 1ST Infantry Division. Light Mechanize. Got sent to Desert Storm 90-91. I am looking for friends or anyone served there that can recognize me especially Alfa and Bravo Company 4th battalion 16th Infantry. The former Company commander at that time was Capt. Crowder and was later on transfer to Capt. Hobbs. Platoon Sgt first class. McLean and Platoon Leader LT. Angeluci
Ken S. Chan Spec (vet) <>
Hayward, CA USA - Thursday, February 06, 2003 at 14:04:16 (PST)
I was stationed at Cooke Barracks form 1986 to 1989. I was an MP and I also worked for CID the last year. Have some good memories....could tell a lot of stories. Miss it sometimes.
Steve Armbruster <>
Allentown, PA USA - Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 19:58:01 (PST)
I was at Cooke Barracks from 75 to 78.
Tracy Ratzlaff <>
Katy, TX USA - Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 18:22:15 (PST)
Was in 193rd Aviation Co. of the 56th F.A. Bde. '84 to '88. A big shout out to all of the "Pershing Eagles!" especially Sgts. Thoms, Emrie, Brassard, Schildt, Small, Castillea, 1sg. Price, and CWO Barlow. and all the maintenance dogs!
Bob "Maddawg" Madigan <>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 12:01:46 (PST)
I was stationed at Cooke Barracks from January 1969 to April 1970. It was C Company 144th Signal Bn. I worked in BSM, Batallion Signal Maintenance in the corner of the motor pool. The truck we used to use all the time was C29, deuce and a half. My sargeant in charge of BSM was Sgt. Crawley. I have many pictures that I can send. I was a Spec 5. I remember alot about that time if anyone wants to email me.
Bill Lorenz <>
Groveland, Ma. USA - Tuesday, January 07, 2003 at 19:28:47 (PST)
Hello,My name is Reni, and I wish everyone a Happy New Year 2003! I used to babysit on american children at Cooke Barracks between 1973 and 1975 and I had a great time. I wonder how these guys are doing today...Randy Leigh, Philip Spann, Denny Stevenson, Robert Cornell and Mr. Leon Mackey, I have some very good memories of them. I wish Cooke Barracks would still be there. I wouldn´t have to go to Robinson Barracks Stuttgart to celebrate 4th of July!Best wishes to all of you.
Reni Pols <>
Eislingen, Germany - Wednesday, January 01, 2003 at 16:29:01 (PST)