A note from David Wisniewski, Founder, CookeBarracks.com: The software program used to generate the 2002 through 2005 guestbooks did not have the capability to hide email addresses and I have manually removed them. Unfortunately, this prevents you from emailing the guestbook signer directly. If you recognize someone in these guestbooks, you can contact me for the last email address I have for them.
2005 Guest Book

I was at Cooke Barracks with the 404th MP company from 68-71. I have lots of fond memories there. I am looking for an old friend, Gordon Hanson, he was from New York somewhere. If anyone has any info on him, please contact me.
James (Jim) Steward <>
Shreveport, LA USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 17:11:57 (GMT)
I was at Cooke Barracks from Sept. 1955 to last of Aug. 1956. I was in Message Center . Sgt. Camic and Sgt Haw were my sgt's. Came to Germany on the ship Gen. Randel went home on the Gen Patch. Eight days on the water. Ray

Raymond Kyllo <>
Hayfield , Mn USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 01:21:53 (GMT)
I created CookeBarracks.com with the hope it would unite lost friends. In my particular case, finding lost friends has special significance because of amnesia from an auto accident I was in while stationed at Cooke. To complicate it all, my personal effects (photos and such) were lost during medivac to the States so I no records to begin my search for lost friends.

On Christmas day 2005 I received a wonderful gift from CookeBarracks.com in the form of a guest book entry from Axel P. Wicks who was assigned with me in the 404th. As it turns out, he remembers me and is the only person I've ever met who knew me in the Army. Thank you very much Axel! I can't wait to see the photos.

Because of amnesia, there is only one face I remember from Cooke. But I had no name for the face. About two years ago, I met Jim Steward thru Classmates.com who was stationed with the 404th with me. Neither of us remember each other but after I described this face to Jim, he was certain it was Sgt. Bruenger. That's all he could remember. I mentioned this to Axel Wicks and he said he remembered Sergeant Gary Bruenger well. Now I have a first name, too.

Today, I googled "Gary Bruenger" and came up with a tax document from some county in Kansas for a "Veterans Motorcycle Club, c/o Gary Bruenger". I did a search for Gary Bruenger and Veterans Motorcycle Club and came up blank. So, I googled "veterans motorcycle club" and "kansas". Now here's where it gets really interesting. The search came up with a "Brian Sheppard" for some Veterans Motorcycle Club in a completely different county in Kansas. What the heck, it also included a phone number. So I called Brian Sheppard and explained my case and my wild goose chase. Here is gets almost spooky. Brian's response: "Oh yeah, I know 'Sarge' very well." I about dropped my teeth. I asked, "Was 'Sarge' with the 404th in Cooke?" Brian replied, "Sure was". Now, are we in the Twilight Zone, or what? In any case, Brian's going to contact "Sarge" and have him give me a call <Twilight Zone theme song playing in the background>

I hope eveyone enjoys a wonderful New Year and your prayers & wishes are fulfilled, too!

David Wisniewski, Founder, CookeBarracks.com
Fiddletown, CA USA - Friday, December 30, 2005 at 23:55:48 (GMT)

Anybody from the 1st AG Admin Co. during 73-75 out there. Would love you hear from you. Especially if you knew Freddy Mock, Tom Coyle, Doug Mofle, Bob Helman or any of that crew. Had some good times there and plenty of memories. Loved those train rides.
Walter "Venus" Virgil <>
New Hampton, NH USA - Friday, December 30, 2005 at 03:13:44 (GMT)

I was stationed at Cooke Barracks 29th Med Svc Det from Jan 1955 to Aug 1956.
Tom Hamilton <>
Grafton, WI USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 19:50:46 (GMT)

What a wonderful trip down memory lane! My father, Master Sergeant Charles Doze' (4th Armoured Division, finance section) and family was stationed at Cooke Barracks from November 1963- May 1965. I attended third through fifth grade. I remember buying gummi bears at the small candy store near Kennedy Strausse; hiking up to Hohenstauffen; sledding down the hill through the clotheslines; the friendly German "fireman" keeping our apartment building warm with coal; and performing in a Christmas concert in the stadthalle in Goeppingern. Cooke Barracks provided me with many fond memories. My dad was quite the hiker and loved to take walks through the forest and lanes near our apartment. We lived in the three story apartment buildings that were on the western side of Cooke Barracks (bordered the rather busy road that led to Hohenstauffen). My mom, is German, so her heritage made our stay at Goeppingen extra special. Would love to get in contact with Dagmar Till, my best friend. David, thanks for the memories!
Karen Doze' Gillespie <>
Bellevue, WA USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 05:24:01 (GMT)
Served with 4/16, 11B, 1987-1990, anyone remembers me, send me a note.
Juan Oscar Medina <>
New Brunswick, NJ USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 00:49:22 (GMT)
LORENA, TX USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 17:30:48 (GMT)
I was a Plt Sgt in the 404th MP Co fr 1969 to 1972. Great assignment. I am retired military with 24 years service in the Military Police Corp. Retired 1SG in 1982. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me. God Bless America.
Axel P Wicks <>
Risingsun, Md USA - Sunday, December 25, 2005 at 02:38:23 (GMT)
Merry Christmas to all former residents of the Goeppingen Flug Platz! If the city of Goeppingen ever establishes a museum that displays, in a historic sense, the various items used or left in Goeppingen by the G.I.'s, they could put in there empty cigarette packs, chewing gum wrappers, a Dear John letter, and a Mox Nix traffic signal with an instruction book. Leonard J.Jacobs
Leonard J. Jacobs <>
Franklin Grove, IL USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 23:30:44 (GMT)
kelly collins <>
windsor, mo USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 15:12:26 (GMT)
Guess if I put in the URL for the 404th MP Company might be easier for everyone to find the site. It is on military.com where I have set up 80 MP Company webages for different BNs and MP units. Go to this site and click on my picture and when it opens you should see the list of MP units I have. Click on the name of the one you want and it will open.Also if you see someone on the site you lost contact with, click on that name and when the page opens there is a place to send the individual a message throught the sites. Here it is before I forget again....Hope you like it.... http://unitpages.military.com/unitpages/unit.do?id=743344
Dick Burch <>
Riverdale, GA USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 02:06:04 (GMT)
David, Here is a webpage I set up today for the 404th MP Copany.As there was none here is the start. I am putting together and have a draft of the History of the 4th Armored Division from when it was Activated on the sandy plains of Pine Camp(now Camp Drum,NY) 15 April 1942.After training at Pine Camp, Tennessee, California and Texan,the 4th Armorded Division sailed for England 29 Dec 1943 and landed on Utah Beach, Normandy on July 1944 or D-Day plus 36. It was deactivated in Germany and at which time it became the Headquarters and units of the Constabulary.Eight years later on 15 June 1954, the 4th Armored Division again became an active forece, this time at Fort Hood,TX. In 1957 the 4th Armored Division was alerted for the second time for duty in Germany. On 13 Dec 1957, the Colors of the 4th Armored Division was again unfurled on European soil and assigned to Goeppingen. I am researching for the date that it was deactivated. Hope you like this site. Any former member that were there during the 4th Armored Division departing can e-mail me. Hope everyone likes the site.
Dick Burch <>
Riverdale, GA USA - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 06:57:27 (GMT)
hallo friends, in 1963 a helicopter of the cooke barracks crashed in a church in goeppingen. the pilots captain samuel d. delozier and sargeant jonny m. rogers lost there life. now i want wright a little book about this accident. an i need many informations about the pilots and all. i saved a lot informations from the german part of the story and now i search for informations from the states. if someone want to see pics about the accident. send me a e-mail. many greetings from germany and merry x-mess
Markus Sick <>
Goeppingen, USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 20:42:20 (GMT)
I served with the 48th trans from 1974 to 1977, and was invalved in the change over to the 394th and the move to neligan barracks.
monty l. shobe <>
meridian, Id USA - Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 22:05:39 (GMT)
Hey all of you out there! Thanks for spending youre service time in germany.You left a whole lot of good memorys here in the are!!! And i know what im talking about.In my 35 Years i never met any kind of good friends like you out there!!! And i realy miss the good old days at the planet Gerp!!! Ralf
Ralf Stumpf <>
Schwäb.Gmünd, BW Germany - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 22:29:30 (GMT)
Hey yall! My dad was stationed at Cooke from 83-87..had a blast there...a few of the entries here look real familiar. I think i will be contacting a few of them...Specially Ms. Feeney! If anyone remembers me, please contact me! I would love to talk about the old times! Look forward to hearing from yall soon!!!
Kelly Avery <>
Peoria, IL USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 05:07:35 (GMT)
BUCKHEAD , GA USA - Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 18:44:24 (GMT)
terry reed <>
honolulu, hi USA - Friday, December 02, 2005 at 02:25:28 (GMT)
Where all my " Alpha Raiders!"...was @ Planet gerp from 1983 1983 to 1985 was with A 1/26th that changed to A 1/16th ..reuped to Finance and did OJT @ Gerp in Finance and Neu-Ulm ..Holla at me if you remember me !!..Anyboby seen or heard from 1SG Nelson Twyman, Manuela,Jasmine,Susie,Eve or any regulars at the life club?
Richardson, Robert L. Jr. <>
St. Petersburg, Fl USA - Friday, December 02, 2005 at 01:46:53 (GMT)
terry reed <>
HONOLULU, HI USA - Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 18:41:21 (GMT)
I was at gurp 83 85 when I ETS I remember the yak shack Maggies and the good time in town The old rod and gun club when it was behind the theater then it moved to a shanty on the air field then to the old golfclubhouse I was with the two cntact teams on Cooke from B Co. 299 I wanted to go back and see the Barracks But by the looks of some of the postings it now gone I will miss the good times there and that the good times out numbered the bad greatly and met many good friends any one is free to email me to talk abot the times there
Roger Bloxom <>
Showell, Md USA - Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 15:50:01 (GMT)
I started my Army career as a 2nd Lieutenant at the Flugplatz in 1983. It was a magical time, far away from home, being really on my own for the first time after college. At first I had a BOQ room in the 2 story white building that was the first building you came to after making a right out of the main gate and going up the hill. It was a short walk from there to the officer's club and some of the worst pizza I've ever had. As soon as I could I got out of the BOQ renting an apartment in a high rise in downtown Goeppingen in the middle of the Fussganger zone. From my apartment I could easily walk to the Bahnhof. My favorites in the shopping district were the bakeri with fresh brotchen; the outdoor vendor with the giros off the spit; ice cream parlor (only open in summer); and the candy store with the liquor filled candies. My favorite restaurant was the Schornblick. I remember on base going to the Cantina for lunch and having schnitzel with spaetzle and a Spezi to drink; it was loud and hectic as the German workers tried to get their lunch. It must have been around 1985 when McDonald's came to downtown Goeppingen. Soldiers no longer had to drive over the hill to Schwabish Gemund to get a taste of home. My first assignment was with the 18th AG Company but shortly after I arrived it was reorganized into Delta Company, 299th Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division (fwd). I was very sad to leave in the December of 1986. It was an awesome time in a wonder place and I will forever cherish the time I spent there.
Tim Shearer <>
Angels Camp, CA USA - Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 23:16:39 (GMT)
I HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH Gordon Bear, Jack Glieden (dec) and Gary Hammar, since our discharges in 1959 and 60, respectively. We all were in the MP's at Cooke's Barracks in the 4th Armored under Sgt Norris and Capt Riley. I was the first sgt's drive (because I didn't get lost in the field) and Gordon was on gate duty.
Duane Andreas <>
McHenry, Il USA - Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 00:25:06 (GMT)
I stationed at Cooke Barracks from 1984 to 1991 with Aco 4/16th Inf, go Raiders, then went to 3IDF in Wurzburg until 1996, Then retired out of Ft Lewis,WASH. Moved to Eugene,OR have two boys, Patrick 13yrs old and Philip 10 yrs old. Gabi and I celebrated our 20th anniversary in Portland. But what memories of Cooke Barracks, The family flew back four years ago, what alot of changes, we will be flying during the christmas holidays to revisit cooke barracks again and to see her parents as well. love to hear from anybody from, Aco S-4, S-2,S-1,Dco, There is just so many soldiers to mention,here is just a few names, Barry Taylor, Trimmal,Kevin Baker, Hobbs, Bucho is gone, I'll miss him, Germany American week on the air strip, the Fest every year,The Krok club downtown Goeppingen, what a great place!
Steven Suth <>
Eugene, OR USA - Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 19:07:01 (GMT)
Hey, does anybody remember catching SGM Love behind the old HHC building. You guys know what I'm talking about....Sgt Roberson where are you??
Rob <>
Minnersville, TN USA - Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 10:11:27 (GMT)
I too spent two years at Cooke with the 404 Mp Co. I also remember the interpreter with whom we worked, Herr. Franz Prax. He had three kids, one of whom, a daughter, with whom I spent some time, supervised, of course. I was privileged to attent party held in Lima Ohio for some of the 404 group.
Benjamin Winsor <>
Lewes, DE USA - Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 04:58:45 (GMT)
am again able to wish all who served at Cooke Barrack thru the years ** HAPPY THANSGIVING **. My first Turkey Dinner there was in 1952.
Richard Robison <>
Ocala , Fl USA - Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 02:54:34 (GMT)
I forgot to include a member of our squad that attended the reunion last week. Gordon Bear and his wife traveled from Bradley, Ill. to Lima, Ohio to attend the get together. We had a great time telling war stories about how we saved all the beer gartens in the Goeppingen area, especially cafe Weigel's. Glad to see they are converting the old police station to a restaurant. We'll check it out on our next trip to Goeppingen.
Robert Heitmeyer <>
Ft. Jennings, Oh USA - Saturday, November 19, 2005 at 12:39:46 (GMT)
I was stationed at cooke barracks in the 404 military police co. from 1957 to 1959. In the last year I started to contact some of the members of my squad and last week we had our first reunion since leaving Goppening in 1959. The members are: Howard Schumacher, Benjamin Winsor, Gerald Pennycuick, John Wittler, Bob LeVanseler, Ken Bobay, DuWayne Kjelshus and Bob Hemmelgarn. We all had very fond memories of the 404,Cooke barracks, and Goppingen. I wasn't aware or this website at the time of our reunion but I will pass it on to them and I'm sure they will enjoy it as much as I have.
Robert H. Heitmeyer <>
Ft. Jennings, Oh USA - Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 01:49:28 (GMT)
Like many in this guest book, I just happened to "Google" the 504th Admin and discovered this web site. Thanks. I was with the 504th Administration Company from August, 1966 - March, 1968. I was with the computer outfit at first and then ended up in John Francis' officers records branch, where I'm sure I drove him crazy because I wasn't all that good of a clerk, having originally been trained as an artilleryman. Incidentally, does anyone else remember John Francis' performance in "The Fantasticks"? Pretty good, for a Quanset hut production . . . . Despite my failings as a clerk/soldier, I have fond memories of Cooke Barracks and Goeppingen during that time, exploring the area extensively and dating both the American s and some German ones, too. I guess I achieved my pennacle in soldiering AFTER I got out of the Army, because I left Germany and travelled over the next few months down through Yugoslavia and Greece to Israel, where I ended up in a brief firefight and getting wounded at the kibbutz where I lived for awhile (oh, I had come back to Cooke Barracks to get some of my stuff and then return to Israel). However, after I recovered in the hospital, I came back to the States where I went to college, got married, worked for the US Government for 30 years, and then retired. All in all, a pretty good time, of which Cooke Barracks was an important part.
Steve Walker <>
Portland, TN USA - Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 19:56:16 (GMT)
Hallo my american Friends, very nice Website. I'am from Göppingen /Germany and I miss the very nice old Time and the Deutsch/ American " Volksfest" many greatings. Markus from Göppingen
Markus Sick <>
Göppingen, BW Germany - Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 22:26:42 (GMT)
I'm looking for Robert R. Spears, he was stationend in the late 80' to 1990, with HHC 4/16 Inf. in Cooke Barrack, Göppingen.
Kristina <>
Stuttgart, Germany - Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 15:10:24 (GMT)
William Wells.......what... you owe me money!!! Just kidding, yes I rember you breaking the General's duck.
Sgt. Lauders <>
phonex, nm USA - Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 23:00:57 (GMT)
From May-68 to Dec-69 I had a great time in Goeppigen 144th Sig Bn Co A. Don't remember any names but faces I do.
Herbert Borum <>
Detroit, MI USA - Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 02:27:11 (GMT)
Gregory Dowden I don't know if you remeber me, I served with you in Germany with HHC 4/16 Inf Regt, (Mortar Platoon). If you recall my name please drop me a email. P.S. I believe I still have a picture of you in Graf.
Matthew Wombaker <>
Cheyenne, Wy USA - Friday, November 11, 2005 at 10:15:40 (GMT)
Hi, my name is William Wells (the tall one with the flat top). I was a MP from 1987 to 1989 with the HHC 1st IDF. I would like to here from N. Krueger or B. Young my two of my roommates and the others as well. I miss the Yac Shack and Goppingen, I loved the food over there. I still think of all the people that I met while over there like, the PM Mr. and Mrs. Wardell. I also got to know some of the other soldiers and their families while stationed over there. If you remember me at all please feel free to drop me a line. I would like to hear from all. (amwwew@cox.net)
William Wells <>
Topeka, KS USA - Monday, November 07, 2005 at 12:25:26 (GMT)
Hi! I'm looking for anyone who knew Bill Traylor, who was stationed at Cooke Barracks until 1976. I believe he moved to Kansas when he returned to the US. Would appreciate to hear from anybody that knew him. Thanks!
Manuel Märtz <>
Göppingen, Germany - Friday, November 04, 2005 at 17:03:12 (GMT)
hi I´m looking for anyone who knew me and my exhusband. his name was David.W.Brothers he was staioned I guess from 81 (we met in 86 so I don´t remember exactly when he came to Göppingen) till 89. My american friends used to call me Michelle. Would be great to hear from someone who knew us.
Michaela Roecker <>
Göppingen, BW Germany - Sunday, October 23, 2005 at 10:26:07 (GMT)
1986-1988 A Co. 299th Trans.Plt. I will never forget Sudds, Cpt. Hate, "Top" Ross, Stockert, Micheal & Lance Brown, Gateway and so many more. The best part of Cooke Barracks was the yak shack and ozzo. Gutton Tag, Ya'll
Brashears, James <>
Frederick, MD USA - Friday, October 21, 2005 at 21:07:50 (GMT)
My husband Sgt. James Kline and I were stationed in Gerp from 89 - 92 (or there about. I also remember the Yac Shack we had many good friends while stationed there. Lots of Memories also. If anyone remembers us please drop us a line we would love to catch up on old times.
Monica Kline <>
Baltimore, MD USA - Monday, October 17, 2005 at 14:00:17 (GMT)
I was with A Co. from May 85-May 87. I worked in the motor pool as a mechanic. I came across this web site by accident. Those pictures sure bring back some memories. Many trips to the Rod&Gun. Remembering seeing the shuttle disaster while playing pool. I loved the country, but really didn't like the unit. Who would of thought that CPT Scott "Scotty G." West would one day make general. I ran into him and SSG Abbott again in Alaska back in 94-97. West was the support Bn. CDR at the time, and Abbott was a E-7 motor sergeant with the MI Bn. I'm still married to the former SGT Bailey (HHC and S-1 NCO). We have 3 children. It's hard to believe that it has been 20 years since I arrived there. Remebering people like Wimberly (now a warrant), Lemer, Lucas, Becher, Ray Garza (my squad leader until he got busted), and many more. Believe it or not, but I ended up making the Army a career. After 21 1/2 years I finally retired this summer.
Bob Bennett <>
Fort Riley , KS USA - Friday, October 14, 2005 at 22:35:37 (GMT)
I was stationed @ GURP from 88-91 If I remember correctly we were the bastard aviation detachment, first in HHC then in 299TH. I lived in the 299th building then in then m.i. building and finally we got some excellent rooms next to the hangars were we worked. we were also next to 193rd avaition. some of the guys..... stacy hayes and his friend mike sorry cant remember your name, dippolito, michael milton, yuri, mcbride, brian rosen, ken johnson, sgt blakeney, sgt. price, sgt lewis, kick heirholzer, don drummond room dog, dan comstock remember that blue bug, don brown room dog, mark allison room dog, charles from 193rd I think you lived in az. sgt cordero 193rd, sgt haskins from oregon ssg rodriguez our platoon sgt and ssg anaverde I HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE SAFE AND I ALWAYS THINK OF THE GREAT TIMES I HAD IN GERMANY AND ALL THE GREAT PEOPLE I MET THERE. Feel free to e-mail me any time and if you're in the Seattle area give me a buzz 206.604.3229 That also includes you John Christianson miss ya
Michael C. Gonzales <>
Bellevue, wa USA - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 05:10:19 (GMT)
I was a Medic 1984-86 surving under SFC Burney. Like the rest of you i belive it was some of my best times I ever had. Still looking for Tom Burns-I went to France whith him, saw WW1 battlefields. Also looking for Steve Brilerly, E Co. Co driver.
Joseph Calamia <>
mi USA - Friday, October 07, 2005 at 00:25:02 (GMT)
timothy j hier <>
cato, ny USA - Friday, September 30, 2005 at 17:37:54 (GMT)
michael hosmer <>
houston, tx USA - Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 18:32:20 (GMT)
I was an MP stationed at Cooke 1985-1987. Hope to hear from anyone who remembers.....
Jeff Clark <>
USA - Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at 05:40:08 (GMT)
Bill Bischoff <>
Milner, ga USA - Monday, September 26, 2005 at 00:34:09 (GMT)
I was stationed at Cooke Barracks Nov 1979 thru Jan 1991. Met and married Martina Grunewald in Oct 1990 we have been together ever since. I was stationed with HHC 1/26 Inf then later with the DISCOM Property Book Office. I am currently a STAMIS Logistics Assistance Rep with CECOM. Tina and I have 2 kids and 2 grand kids
Gary Boen <>
Harker Heights , TX USA - Friday, September 23, 2005 at 17:37:43 (GMT)
hi yall this is "rock" rodriguez from bravo company 1st platoon blue spader track driver for sfc.pedro rivera back in 1980 and 1981 we had good times at the club life in goppigen and we always went to 5th general hospital in stuggart..to the clubs there with all our friends... anyone remember me please holla back!!
eden, nc USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 22:00:39 (GMT)
Greetings. I really enjoyed reading about my old unit the 404th MP Company and all the members I served with really had a great time I was there from 1959 until 1961... TDY and working hard please contact me as soon as possible...
alton fennell <>
Columbus, Oh USA - Monday, September 19, 2005 at 03:31:03 (GMT)
Hi I was at Cooke barracks from Sept 85-Jan 88 Assigned to A Co. 299th POL Sure have some great memories of planet Gurp
Gary Myers <>
Cedar Rapids, Ia USA - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 20:39:44 (GMT)
I was stationed in HHC 4/16 with the mortar platoon from Feb. '88 until Feb. '90. We managed to do some of the craziest (not to mention dangerous and stupid) things there. I recall (barely) climbing out on the roof of the big HHC barracks to go knock on the window of a friend in another room so that some friends and I could "borrow" a bottle of Jim Beam to continue our game of poker for shots. I believe that was me and Josh Christensen. Any of you guys or girls remember me, drop me a line and tell me how you've been doing. "Duty First"
Greg "Bambi" Dowden
Ravenna, OH USA - Friday, September 09, 2005 at 16:20:53 (GMT)
Heard from Rolf Pausewang (former MP & CID Interpreter), resident of Eislingen about this website. I was assigned to the Goeppingen CID from 81-86, best assignment of my army career. The guys from HHC IDF, 701st SUP Bn, and 1/26th Inf were some of the best soldiers and party hard troops of any I ever supported. It bries reading about some of the unit commanders and first sergeants mentioned in these logs. I've been back to Goeppingen a number of times, last time in '04. It was sad walking around the fence and not seeing America's best working on aircraft, no Blue Spaders at the motorpool, none mingling at the YakShak, or playing softball and flag football against the MP's. Yeah, the Cohort Unit, Co A, 4/16 had a heckuva softball team, but as I recall, the MP's beat em at least once!! One 12 year old baseball and soccer player from my youth team coaching days at Goeppingen is now an MP Major. Ricky Horny was a great kid, now a great soldier. CPT Brooks, now a General. CPT Theede, now senior FBI Agent, MAJ MELI, PM still lives in Hanau; the list could go on and on but the names no longer are so easily retrieved from the memory cells. Gurp was a great assignment, the locals are still friends. I'd move back tomorrow.
marty quattlebaum
Lexington, SC USA - Thursday, September 08, 2005 at 18:33:52 (GMT)
Hi I was "uncle Russ" Driver from 1989 till 1990 at cook.
John Cerrone <>
Wangen, USA - Thursday, September 08, 2005 at 14:14:48 (GMT)
Great site, fond memories! I was a member of the Hq.Co.,4th AD (60-64)working at the Dispensary.Was also member of the Div.Soldiers Chorus as accompanist.I was a coach of the Div.soccer Team and was a piano teacher for many families.In 1964 we returned to Florida where I was a concert pianist and piano teacher.After winning an intl. piano competition, I was invited to be in a Hollywood film (Tops in Blue) 1965.In 1968 we returned to Goeppingen where we live ever since.I have a piano school here and also compose piano music. As an ex member of the German-American Club we have many fond memories and miss the American Community ever since they left Goeppingen.
Andor Shelby <>
Goeppingen, Germany - Thursday, September 08, 2005 at 09:26:11 (GMT)
Served with 48th Trans Co (GS) from 73 to 76 Great Tour, Great Friends, Great Beer, Except For that SJA Major Paul Weinberg!Never could hold his liqour or his Skoal!
Paul Taylor <>
Il USA - Thursday, September 08, 2005 at 03:15:57 (GMT)
hello everybody, nice site.. i am still too young remembering "cooke barracks times" in göppingen but it is very interesting to read something about the history where i live.. greetings from göppingen julia
göppingen, BW GERMANY - Wednesday, September 07, 2005 at 15:57:45 (GMT)
I worked at Cooke Barracks from 1983-1992, 1983, 1987-92 at the MP Station and from 1984-87 at HQ G-3 Training. I would be very happy to hear from some friends I worked with or met on the way.
Sabine Cizik <>
Eislingen, Germany - Wednesday, September 07, 2005 at 14:17:01 (GMT)
Hi. Just found this site.Great site. Found several names from persons I remember from duty. I was working from 1970-1991 at Cooke Bks. From 1970-1982 I was the Inv/Int at the MP Station and then LNCI for CID till closing of post. I live just around the corner of old Cooke Bks (Now Stauferpark)and whenever I drive thru Old Cooke Bks a lot of memories come up. It was a great time. If anyone remembers me, please contact me via e-meil to exchange stories from the old days.
Rolf Pausewang <>
Eislingen, Germany - Wednesday, September 07, 2005 at 13:08:22 (GMT)
Hi everybody! i used to babysit for a famile Lawny and Gilbert Bringhurst, they had 2 boys Aaron and ? Where are they?
Bayer Sylvia geb.Kallabis <>
73072 Donzdorf, Germany - Wednesday, September 07, 2005 at 07:29:55 (GMT)
Holy cow!!!!!! A good "Deutsche freundin" of mine turned me on to the site, and I am ecstatic. Absolutely the greatest time of my life, was at Cooke Bks/Goepp. 48th Trans. Co., 71-73, then I lived there until mid-76 as a civilian. I truly hope to hear from some old friends. I'll write more later.
paul gobert <>
ft lupton, co USA - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 at 21:34:44 (GMT)
Nice site. I remember the fest on your base in the eighties. It was great. Greetings from Goeppingen/Geislingen.
Torsten <>
Geislingen, Germany - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 at 08:37:23 (GMT)
Hi John. Just saw your comment about Uncle Russ. I saw him on of the news channels. LTG Honore Joint Task Force Katrina commander but fourteen years ago he was our BN CO back in the 4/16. Kick ass Ragin' Cajun.
Glenn Clark <>
Mercer Island, WA USA - Tuesday, September 06, 2005 at 07:25:24 (GMT)
Hey all, Just thought I'd post another one after seeing none other than Papa Russ on 60 minutes. Its now Gen. Honore. I was in the other room and heard that unmistakable voice emitting from my television. I'm just glad he didn't call the interviewer Dick. ha ha. Russ was on 60 minutes talking about the hurricane victims in Louisiana. My heart goes out to all affected by that horrible disaster. May God be with you and help you through. Later all......
John "Crunch" Slomka <>
Carbondale, IL USA - Monday, September 05, 2005 at 07:13:46 (GMT)
Scott..Good to see you again. Remember you from PCT. Remember having to do the slug 500 and all those pull ups to get into the chow hall. Alpha Gators!!!!
Scott Reed <>
Mayfield Village, OH USA - Saturday, September 03, 2005 at 21:38:50 (GMT)
fLots of old names I know on here. Selig, Kearns, Grisanti, Gillette (my first roomie), and I have talked with Chandler also. Does anybody know what ever happened to Mike Noonan (A Co, 4-16 NBC guy) OR Jantz Morey (Maury)(cant remember how it was spelled?).
Richard "Gooch" Scott <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Friday, September 02, 2005 at 02:33:54 (GMT)
Hello to all I was with 144th Signal Bn and did some projects with 504th Avn, Det.
Paul Branson <>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Thursday, September 01, 2005 at 03:00:39 (GMT)
I was stationed at cooke barracks from 08/81 till 12/90. Man I have some memories.
Sgt Imo Asaba Onyeulu. <>
New York, USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 16:03:48 (GMT)
I was with the chemical section of the 4th AD as an assistant division chemical officer from October 1962 to December 1964. The lasting memory of my time at Cooke and in Goeppingen was the birth of my second son. My wife went into labor and she and the doctor went on a wild ride to Stuttgart, but my son was born on the road. It was the first baby the doctor had delivered since leaving medical school. When I was getting my wife and son discharged from the hospital, the officious German woman in charge of issuing birth certificates asked me if my wife had stepped from the ambulance before reaching the hospital. I told her I thought not but I was not in the ambulance. She made me go back to the room and ask my wife. Of course she hadn't. The reason was that the birth certificate had to be issued in the kreis of the first place she stood after the baby was born. Thus my son has a birth certificate saying he was born in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, although he was born near Esslingen. I also had a great time teaching in the "floating" 4thAD chemical school that we took to various places in the division area. My bosses during my stay with HQ 4th AD were LTC Gerald Hoover, LTC John Cassidy, and MAJ Leon Pannier. My colleagues included Elliot Lipson and Larry Fleur, as well as Sergeants Whitaker, Dobel, and the unforgetable PFC Jeff Kaufman. It was a great two-plus years.
Frank Tapparo <>
Arlington, VA USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 22:20:26 (GMT)
Looking for ANY old friends who went to the ELEM School from 1979-1981. My father is SGM John J Kingeter.
Kelly Kingeter <>
Ickesburg, PA USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 16:53:06 (GMT)
Justuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, although he was born near Esslingen. I also had a great time teaching in the "floating" 4thAD chemical school that we took to various places in the division area. My bosses during my stay with HQ 4th AD were LTC Gerald Hoover, LTC John Cassidy, and MAJ Leon Pannier. My colleagues included Elliot Lipson and Larry Fleur, as well as Sergeants Whitaker, Dobel, and the unforgetable PFC Jeff Kaufman. It was a great two-plus years.
Frank Tapparo <>
Arlington, VA USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 22:20:26 (GMT)
Looking for ANY old friends who went to the ELEM School from 1979-1981. My father is SGM John J Kingeter.
Kelly Kingeter <>
Ickesburg, PA USA - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 16:53:06 (GMT)
Just found this site. My name is James Case, I was stationed with my family at Planet Goep from about 87-90. Hoping to see if anyone on here might remember me or my family. My dad is Msgt Case and was coach of just about every youth team there. If you were a kid living there and played sports, chances are you played for Coach Case. Three staight years we went to the Baden Wurtenburg championship game just to lose to the kids on the other side of the hill, Schwabish Gmund. Reading all this is bringing back tons of memories.....Yack shack, Frau Bader. If anyone remembers me or any of my brothers, Jeff, Rob, Matt or my mom and dad, contact me, I'd love to hear from you. GO RAIDERS !!!!!!!!
James Case <>
West Jordan, Ut USA - Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 06:30:41 (GMT)
I remember flying kites so high at the airfield that our mother could see them from the housing area from our 3rd floor window. I had wanted to go back just to connect with "that" time but I'm glad to just have memories of that time. My mother is from Germany and the home where she and her siblings were born and raised still stands. Recently her last sister passed away and the house is being sold. I wanted to go back to Germany where so many childhood memories are... but I don't want to change the wonderful images my mind still holds. Goeppingen, Ulm, Stuggart, the great German stores downtown. And the many beautiful castles and cathedrals I visited as a child that I would love to see again as an adult. I remember all of my friends from school and the neighborhood. Some came back to the same bases in the US and we continued the friendship. That was 30 years ago. I remember it like it was yesterday. My 22 year old son has had something I never did. A hometown. But I wouldn't trade the experience of traveing as an 'army brat' and seeing all that I did.
Austin, Tx USA - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 16:46:43 (GMT)
Well, I finally made it back to Cooke Bks after 15 years, what a funny feeling, I would of never thought to be visiting a place with so many memories, the whole city has changed, you cant drive directly in front of the only McDonald's that we had back then, that whole section has been blocked off for pedestrians, it looks much better than before, the city has modernized a bit. I entered the Cooke Bks area from the farthest part of the hill before the gate, after where the yackshack was, where you either made a right towards Hohenstaufen or a left towards downtown. The first thing I saw was the old housing area, know turned a German apartment complex, as I got close to the gate, which there is really not a gate there anymore, there was the old MP building to the right, to make the story short, this building along with the NCO Club, (German Admin Offices) the GYM, a children fun place, the old hangars and Headshed (abandoned) are the only standing original structures. All other buildings such as the barracks are gone, but you can still see the foundations which makes it more nostalgic. The air field is now a Golf Course. And my old company, HHC, 1st IDF, well, there is only the foundations left. SFC Eduardo Francis 1st PERSCOM Heidelberg, Germany Eduardo Francis, Heidelberg, Germany - Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 23:40:15 (GMT
eduardo.francis <>
heidelberg, Germany - Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 21:57:26 (GMT)
I was with the ASA detachment from 1961 -1964 Really enjoyed my stay there. Great place, I have been back a lot of times. My wife is from Heningen about 5 km from Goppingen.
Kenneth Rains <>
Hopkinsville, ky USA - Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 13:58:36 (GMT)
I am looking for anyone who taught at the Boblingen elmentary school during 1967-1969. I hope that someone can tell me something about Ellie Stoll or Lynn Stall. Thanks for the website. Mary Fran
Mary Frances Woulfe <>
McAlester, OK USA - Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 19:01:33 (GMT)
My father served with the 4th Armorded Div. in 1965/66. He was M/Sgt. Armand Guarnieri in the Army Band at Cooke. I was 13. We lived in the 4 story apt. buildings by the elementary school. Used to run down the hill, jump the creek and through the front gate. There was a great teen club and the movie theater was fun. Enjoyed reading all the posts!
Sam Guarnieri <>
Pembroke Pines, Fl USA - Monday, August 08, 2005 at 01:12:50 (GMT)
i was cooke from 1966 to 1968 in hhc worked in the for the 1st sgt. had a lot of fun.
ron j grob <>
cascade, ia USA - Sunday, August 07, 2005 at 17:59:09 (GMT)
Served with 144th Signal Bn. 1960-63 also had friends in 504th AV BN.
Branson, Paul G. <>
Lawrenceville, GA USA - Monday, August 01, 2005 at 21:26:57 (GMT)
hay,ich suche meinen vater.sein name ist james richardson.er war um 1970 in der bismarck kaserne in schwäbisch gmünd stationiert.er ist dunkelhäutig.wer kann mir weiter helfen.seinen dienstgrtad kenne ich nicht.ich habe nur ein foto wo er mit uniform zu sehen ist.gruß imke
imke margarete <>
sankt augustin, germany - Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 15:34:08 (GMT)
Planet Gurp!! 1983-1984 HHC, 1IDF, Worked in G-1 Had a blast..fell in love and never saw her again. She never knew cause I never told her. Got transfered to Boblingen to HHC 1-16 Inf. I used to wish for that one day we spent at the carnival together so that I could change destiny...Too bad you can't go back. I'd set my time selector on one day in Goppingen 1984.
Gerald Phipps <>
Rochester, NY USA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 21:01:05 (GMT)
48th trans, 67N20, 1/72 7/72 nice place. Two feet of snow on the ground when I arrived. Met Buffalo Bob Smith while stationed there. He was working on a television come back show in one of the small buildings near the theater / officers club area. Trying his act out on the local kids I suspect. Didn't get off base as often as I would have liked while there. Spent most of my 2 1/2 years in Germany in the Stuttgart area.
TruAnRksT <>
USA - Thursday, July 28, 2005 at 03:13:47 (GMT)
I have really enjoyed reading all of the comments about Cooke Barracks. I was at Cooke Barracks in 1959 and 1960. I was in 4th Armored Division, 4th QuarterMaster Battalion. Captain Robbins was our Company Commander and we had an outstanding softball team at the time. I remember Captain Walden was the Company Commander of Company "A" 4th Quartermaster Battalion. I have fond memories of my time in Germany when the exchange rate was 4 Deutsch Marks to a Dollar. I remember our 7th Army Alerts when we would be awakened at 4 am and go out in the field for breakfast with all the Company trucks and weapons from the armory. I bought a new VW when I came home in 1960. I turned in my old Opal and drove over to Ulm to pick up the car. It cost me 4800 marks which was $1200 at the time. I kept the car for 8 years and sold it for more that I paid for it in Germany. I remember the theater on the Post and going to the NCO Club for Sunday breakfast. I was the Company clerk for Company A, 4th QM Battalion. I use to hold my breath on Monday Mornings hoping none of the guys had gotten into trouble in town on Saturday night. I spent a lot of time preparing Summary Court Martials. Those were the days before computers and everything had to be done on typewriters. I remember the Class 6 stores and you could buy a case of Lowenbrau for $1.50 and a cheap German champagne for 60 cents. Gas on the economy with our ESSO stamps was 10 cents a gallon. Nobody believes me now when I tell them how cheap everything was back in 1959-1960. I would love to hear from anyone who was at Cooke Barracks during the time I was there. Plase take the time and send me an E Mail. I would love to hear from you. Dick Lancaster rglbalancaster@aol.com
Richard Lancaster <>
Encino, Ca USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 05:43:05 (GMT)
Outstanding site! i went to high school @ stuttgart but lived in GURP from 84-87. I remember the fights we would get into with the turks downtown, taking that long bus ride to school, and the best brought (spelling) wurst in germany. "with curry powder please" OH man, good memories. let me name a few of my friends, so that some of you can figure out who i am. [ bruce barns, joseph barron, TUBBS, big eric (and i do mean big), middle eric, little eric, herrald aka the Duck, this GI that use to break dance and hang out with us high schoolers] i remember the DYA and the black mannager that was married to a german that enjoyed kidding around with us. i found this site by accident. i'm actually in visiting germany now (25 July 2005) and was looking for directions, so i can take a walk down memory lane. any photos i get, i'll submit. peace from a former GURP BOY
richard (roach) marshal <>
Sicily, CA Italy - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 21:48:16 (GMT)
Hi Everyone, have not been online for a while. Well to tell you the truth, rebuilding of the MP Station in da Cthe MP Station in da Cookebarracks is running really good. We have had lots of visit from former Solders and people who still remembered how it looked like. We are the point to setup a WebSite so you all can take a look how the building is going on. Keep you updated as well as posible. BR MIKE
MIke <>
Gerp, Germany - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 10:32:20 (GMT)
Wow! Talk about strolling down Memory Lane! I was stationed at Cooke Barracks from 1976-1980, as an MP with 1st IDF MP Platoon. Looking through the guestbook, I saw the posts by Bobby Colburn and Jason Tlusty, and remember you both well. All these years and I still have great memories from "Gurp". The names I recall...SFC Brazleton, MSG Champion, LT Varcoe, CPT Sawyer, SFC Harris, LT Tyaki (sp?), Steve Wells, Don "Bird Dog" Burgess, SSG Hester, SGT Herman Hill, Ken Dougherty, Ron Slagle, SGT Dave Lawler, Michelle Jones (eventually became Mrs. Lawler), Kelly Jones, SSG Robert Smith, Joe Moseley, "Moose", Dave Schindler, Sergio Padilla, CSM Ligon, the two James Johnsons, SSG Don Swindle, SSG Wally Crum, Dave Crum, SGT Ed Clark, "George" the bartender at the NCO Club, Mike Harper (from the 385th MPs when they came to Gurp from Gmund), "Bonnie" the EM Club bartender, SGT Davis, Ken Garrish, Bonnie Frazier (whom I married), Laura Minnema (sp?)...I could go on, but I'll stop! Great site, thanks for the memories!
Rick Wagner <>
Tucson, AZ USA - Monday, July 25, 2005 at 06:19:34 (GMT)
I was stationed in Gerp from 87 to 91. Amember of Alpha Company 4-16. I loved every moment of it,revisited it a few time being stationed in Vilseck twice also. There was nothing like being there and no other place I woulld rather be. If there is any old Raiders or Gators out there feel free to contact me...
James Gillett <>
Savannah, Ga USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 02:50:39 (GMT)
Great site! Hope there are more photos that will come in. I was with the ALO (Air Force types) out at the end of the airfield past the choppers. Then we moved into the old Gym and last into the 299th Hanger across from the shopette when it closed down. Was stationed there from 84 to 91. Would love to hear from any of the ALO or SWO types that were there. Chuck if your out there drop me a line. Anyone remember the greek place in Eislingen called the RATSTUBE? Emanuel and Katina ran the nicest greek place in town. Loved the german-american friendship festivals that really do not go on here anymore. The Yak shack, The Life/Roxy, Kroc and the Express all bring back hazy beer influenced memories. I had the 1969 Black 911 with the whale tail. Thanks to the MPs we barracked with Im still in the service. Appreciate it. Thanks for the memories.....
Russ Carpenter <>
Wurzburg , germany - Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 21:51:45 (GMT)
WOW I cant belive the memories reading some of these postings have stirred up in me I still have goosebumps. My father was CWO Theodore Alverson and as a kid I think of my time as a kid in Cooke Barracks as some of the best times I had growing up. I remember when we arrived it was Christmas Eve 1964 when we got to our apartment and I remember going to bed in this strange place wondering what kind of Christmas we would have with no tree or presents, and then waking up and seeing all the gifts and even a tree set up that my day had pre arranged with some soldiers before we arrived. It sure made what I thought wasnt going to be a great Christmas a memory that I share with my children every Christmas. I remember playing pop warner football, and little league my dad was a coach and was always working on the field, spending evenings at the AYA at the dances, playing pool and eating Mrs. Freemans hamburgers. What a great place to live as a kid hiking picking cherries and crab apples to either eat or have a little fight with. Tetherball and camping out. I sure didnt miss not having a TV to sit in front of all day long we had more then plenty to do. If anyone knows Mike Bowling or Greg Peoples or Kenny Freeman I sure would like to say hi to them. Would love to hear from anyone who was there at the same time thanks for the site look forward to visiting it many many times.
Thomas Alverson <>
Clifton Park, NY USA - Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 02:52:19 (GMT)
hey anyone from 79-81 that was part of the DDC division data center?? remember spec4 warwas,gustum ssg darell donoho and his family-ssg tibor he morning. I was delivering the papers walking from building to building. When I got to the main gate the MP's brought a van over and some hot chocolate and drove me around for the rest of my route. That was a good day at Planet Gurp. I was your normal teen on base looking for adventure. I found alot to do in Gurp. The Yack Shack was like a second home to me. Nothing like a braut, pomfrits, and a huafbrau. It was a great time in gurp. There was this one MP that I called Clint Eastwood. Every time I went through the gate I waould whisel the tune to the Good ,Bad and ,the Ugly and he would join in. There is so much to write down. However my first 6 months there were rough I got kicked off the school bus for pushing the bus monitor. That is how I met the MP's. The bus driver took me to the station and the MP's started to question me. My father was ready to kill me. Yeah the good old days of Planet Gurp.I will save some for a later time.
David Koston Jr. <>
Hyattsville, Pa USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 16:26:28 (GMT)
Was in the 404th MP for 32 months around 1964 to 1967 (?) and had some nice life long memories if the post.
Bob Taylor <>
Big Bear City, CA USA - Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 03:32:55 (GMT)
I have been looking for a sight on Goppingen. I was there from the summer of 85 til the summer of 88. My father was a 1st SGT. I believe it was B co 4/16th. I got a chance to go back to Goppingen last year when I was stationed in Bamberg. It was great to see the old place again. Alot has changed since the mid 80's. I have pictures when I get a chance to send them I will. If anyone there remembers my dad being there 1st SGT. here is his address. David Koston Sr. 415 Wester Green Ln Wexford, Pa. 15010 I am sure he would like to here from his old soldiers.
David Koston Jr. <>
Hyattsville, Md USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 12:16:16 (GMT)
fMy dad was stationed in Gurp from 83-87. I went to school in Stuttgart American High School. I have alot of friends that I keep in contact with (Dave Koston/Ruben and Rogelio Ruiz) and others I would like to find. Jason Korn, Judy Alvarado, Michelle Basso,Roderick. If you remember me, send me an email. Would love to chat with all of you!
Jose DeJesus <>
Woodbridge, VA USA - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 03:38:57 (GMT)
I was stationed at Cooke Barracks from 1985-1987. I served as a platoon leader in D Co., B Co., and E Co. I finally found some pictures to submitt for this web site. Lots of great memories from Geoppingen and the wonderful folks I met there and worked with. I hope the picture help to bring back some memories for other members of the 4-16 INF.
Chris Parks <>
Keswick, VA USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 18:32:55 (GMT)
How wonderful to read the comments about my dad (Capt. Hoots). Yeah, he is the best, and we're proud that others agree! Like my sister, I also think of trees when I think of Cooke Barracks. I think we lived in those crabapple trees, the big one Jo mentioned and the ones by the road. And we would play by the creek and find incredible fossils there. (My husband and I went back in 84 and he found a fossil.) And the sled run behind our building. And James Bond movies on post. And seeing my school teacher chased around the officer's club by another handsome teacher (both so young, I realize now!) And the German waiter at the o-club who would pretend to stumble when he walked past us carrying a double-decker tray of glasses, seeing us big-eyes watching him. And the lullaby they would play on TV (only German TV, back then), with the little puppets on the cloud.
Jean Hoots <>
Richmond, VA USA - Monday, July 11, 2005 at 03:13:26 (GMT)
I was stationed at Cooke Barracks from Nov, 64 until Mar, 67. Assigned to the 504th Admin and worked in PSD as a Records Clerk, Team Leader and Special Projects Tech. I just came across this site last week and noticed some names from my time there. Captain Charles Bowling was the Chief at PSD but cannot recall the ones prior to him. The CG for the 4th AD was MG James Sutherland. I see names like Rick Howell from Virginia and Jerry Butterworth from Kansas plus Bob Wiseman. It really was a great time (too many beers and good food) but when I reflect back there were many good times. I have been back to Europe a couple of times since leaving the army but never back to Goeppingen. Really sorry to see that the post is no longer there but the memories will never leave me as long as I live. It would be great to hear from you who were there in the 504th and worked in PSD 64/67. Take care.......
Bill (Marv) Ross <>
Fredericksburg, VA USA - Sunday, July 10, 2005 at 00:38:39 (GMT)
I enjoyed reading the comments on this site and would love to hear from anyone who served with me in Germany as part of the BIG RED ONE from 1979 to 1982. I was in the 1/bn 26th Inf. we were known as the "Blue Spaders". I had a lot of good times and met many good people. I was in Charlie Co and Alpha Co. while I was there and even did a little time with HHC. I had many friends from all companies. I recently ran into SFC Jenkins from Aplha Co. and he is alive and well just left Orlando to move back to the Detroit area. He and I are trying to contact as many SPADERS as possible for a reunion sometime in the future. While I was there LTC Thomas E. Faley was our BN Commander and SGM Hawley ran the BN also. If anybody remembers me or even if you didn't we are Spadeers so were still all brothers. Hope to hear from someone soon
purcell wilson <>
Oralndo, Fl USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 19:50:36 (GMT)
I enjoyed reading many of the comments. I was stationed in Goppingen in 1979-1982 as part of the C Co and A. Co. 1bn 26th Inf. 1st Div. FWD. The "Blue Spaders" had the post before the 4th Armored returned to Cooke Barracks. Recently I got lucky and ran into SFC Jenkins from Alpha Co., we later was stationed at Ft. Benning. SFC Jenkins and I turned out to be real good friends, as I made many friends in all companies. He gave me our yearbook with pictures of everyone in the batallion in 1980 (we started to take the pictures in the fall on 1979). Our Bn Cmdr. was LTC Thomas E. Faley. One thing I can say with pride about the Blue Spaders is that we were like a family. I went on to serve in other units during my time in the military and none come close to the level of closeness we had as part of the BIG RED ONE's foward element in Goppingen. I was young and remember always getting into one thing or another. I had a lot of adventures in Germany, enough to pill a book. I useed to like to go to the Crowne Prinze, Life, and Leo's which was right outside the MP gate on the left and up the hill. I rememeber Cpt. Sundin our CO in Charlie C. and Capt. Nunely of Apha Co. My close buddies in Charlie Co. were, Lenny Hills, Virgil Bell, Robert Ladidgo, Bruce Kelly, Michael Gomes, Pvt Roman. I used to love to talk with SSG Richard Keeter who was my squad leader and Cpl. Samu my teamleader. The older guys in my company really took me and the other new guys under their wing and made sure we were alright. Lt. Cecil Giddens our Plt. Ldr. suffered an injury that put him out of commision and ended his service time prematurely, we all felt like we lost a brother when that happened and was upset to learn that he was gone before we had a chance to see him. Lt. Richard Liebert must of been the coolest officer I've ever met, funny and low key he didn't let his rank change how he dealt with the enlisted men and we respected him. SFC Jones of weapons plt. really knew his stuff and was buy the book and constanly stayed on me even though I wasn't in his platoon. SFC Jenkins of Apha Co. treated all his men as if he was their father. He was very firm but very humble and down to earth. He expected great things from his platoon which I was a part of. I would love to be able to post the pics from the yearbook or send them to family members. SFC Jenkins want to plan a reunion for us SPADERS and is trying to find as many as possible, I would like to help him so if there are any of you out there please let me know Purcell Wilson C Co. and Alpha Co. 1BN 26/TH INF 1ST INF DIV FWD BLUE SPADERS "LET HIM BARE THE PALM WHO HAS WON IT"
Purcell H. Wilson <>
Orlando, Fl USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 18:03:13 (GMT)
Markus White are you out there somewhere? We were young teens in Geoppingen 1975-1978. Your favorite song was December '63 (Oh What A Night) by The Four Seasons.
Sharon <>
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 15:22:34 (GMT)
What a surprise seeing recent entries from two former members and bosses of mine at 504th Admin Co., Cpt Rod Hoots and SSG John Francis. Really enjoyed your comments and also enjoyed working with both of you some 40 years ago at PSD. Cpt Hoots gave me the opportunity to work in that fine Officers Section of the PA Branch which was deeply appreciated by this soldier. Glad both of you are doing fine and enjoying retirement as I am. This is my third entry in as many years on this great website and also have a new email address. I was a SP5 with the 504th from July 65 to July 67 and as all of you have commented, many great memories and great guys to share them with while being at Cooke Barracks. Maybe we should have a 504th Admin Co reunion! Would enjoy hearing from any of you and keep up the great work Dave on this site.
Dennis Kirsch <>
Hartland, WI USA - Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at 14:55:18 (GMT)
What a pleasure to hear from my boss at 4th Armored Division after so many years. It wasn't just the scenery that made Cooke Barracks special, it was the people, and CPT Hoots was not just a fine man to work for but a fine man, period. I'd hoped he might find his way here when I posted his name in the guest book, and so he has. Thanks again to David Wisniewski for creating and maintaining this great Web site.
John Francis <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Tuesday, July 05, 2005 at 13:17:21 (GMT)
Thanks to you all out there who served in germany for giving me the best times and friends ever!It was realy sad to see you leaving in ´90 ´91!!!
Ralf Stumpf <>
Schwäbisch Gmünd, BW Germany - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 18:14:25 (GMT)

Our family was stationed at COoke Barracks from 1964-1967, after which we went to Laurel, MD, and my Dad to Vietnam (Capt. Hoots). I can't believe

Our family was stationed at COoke Barracks from 1964-1967, after which we went to Laurel, MD, and my Dad to Vietnam (Capt. Hoots). I can't believe this website exists, and it brings back so many memories. I remember the DP camps, and the kids from the camps who played in the back of our apartment building. They used to wash themselves in the creek behind our building, which contained sewage, and fill their baby bottles from it. We used to fight with the kids from the DP camps, because although the war was about 25 years ago, their parents remembered. I guess we kids just inherited the hate and bad feelings. I remember they lived in shacks, in what we would now consider appalling poverty. Other thoughts; my sister's and my best friend, Karen Twomey. Where are you, girl? We had so much fun playing on the big stone wall around the officer's club (rumor that Hitler spoke from the balcony in the big dining room), and in the forest behind the club. I also remember the AYA, and the woods around it with the tetherball court, where many a fierce battle for tetherball dominance raged. And when you left the AYA and ran down the hill to our apartment, you passed the BEQ (or BOQ?). There was a huge crab apple tree by it, with a treehouse, where we spent the summer reading Nancy Drew books. There are so many memories; I can't even begin to list them all! Anyone have any pictures of the Officer's Club and the AYA?
Jo Hoots <>
Alexandria, VA USA - Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 17:22:16 (GMT)

Googled into this web site and saw John Francis’ entry of 17 May 2005. My family and I were at Cooke from July 1965 to April 1968, while I was assigned to the AG Section of the 4th Armored Division, ending up as Chief of the Personnel Services Division. Went from there directly to Vietnam where I had the same job with the 1st Cavalry Division for a year. Visited LTC Brock at USARV but then lost track. Still exchange Xmas cards with Chuck Bowling who, with his sons, runs a string of grocery stores in Kentucky. Retired from the Army as a Major in 1973 and went to work as a civilian in the Pentagon, ending up as Director of International Activities, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Retired again in 1996 and now live in Arlington, Virginia, with my wife Sonya, enjoying bridge, genealogy, and traveling. Some viewers of this site may remember my children: Judy Ann and Mike, who were attending the military high school in Stuttgart, and Jo Ann and Jean Ann, who were in the school on base. John, I remember you very well, particularly your interest in opera and taking Sonya and I to performances in Stuttgart. Among the prized souvenirs of my military career is the letter of appreciation that you and the other men gave me. Will send you a separate E-mail with a photo. Rod Hoots
Rod Hoots <>
Arlington, VA USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 20:45:37 (GMT)

Do anyone here know either Tim Egan or Chuck Young -- both officers and both in tanks. If so, let me know and I will hook you up. They might like to hear from old buddies. Regards, Tim
Tim Callahan <>
Ross, CA USA - Saturday, July 02, 2005 at 18:01:41 (GMT)
I was stationed at Panzer 2 times in the 80s,first time was 1/16 Inf CSC Scout PLT.And when I came back from Fort Hood I was in A troop 1/4 Cav.
Jon G. Chaffins <>
Yigo, GU USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 21:38:45 (GMT)
I was a photographer with the 4th Armored Division Photo Lab from 1963 to 1966. In the 144th Sig Bn, Co. C. Remember 1st Sgt Libby who claimed to have served with the mule (4 legged one). Sgt Couch head of Photo Section. We got to take the generals photo quite often. Was back there 3 yrs ago and it ain't the same. Love to hear from any of that time. Thanks.
Loran Roop <>
Campbellsburg, IN USA - Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 21:08:51 (GMT)
My fiance served at Cookes 1963-1965 from what he told me. Thomas Edward Olsen was his name and he was with 504th Military Intelligence Detachment. He past away March 30 this year very suddenly at the age of 61. He didnt talk much about his time in service especially in vietnam. You are more than welcome to email me back.
Wendy <>
Lake Forest, Ca USA - Monday, June 27, 2005 at 03:29:19 (GMT)
Was stationed with the 404th MP Co 1963-1965. Just changed my E-Mail address this is my new one. Would like to hear from fellow MP'S stationed at Cooke Barracks. Was in touch with sgt. Bill Sukitch but he changed e-Mail and lost touch with him anyone have his e-mail.
Walter Hlewicki Jr <>
Yonkers, NY USA - Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 19:21:17 (GMT)
I check this site a few times a week to see who has signed the guest book. This site is great and brings back so many memories. I lived in Eislingen and I went to school in Stuttgart. My dad SFC Wheeler was in 299th SPT BN. My mom worked at the Child Development Center (with Dagmar I think). It seems strange to read so many memories that are so similar to my own. I returned from Germany last year (my final tour). I thought to go by Cooke Barracks but I thought again. I want to remember it the way it was. Keep the memories alive.
Stacie Wheeler <>
North East, MD USA - Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 04:48:07 (GMT)
2nd post. Stationed at the Planet from Nov 1988 till March 1991 Aco 4-16 Inf. Gio Grisanty. I remember when we went to loret del mar in Spain, and most of the luggage we brought was booze from class six. I would like to visit the Barracks, and see if anything changed. Does anyone has any photos from PCT or reforger? Rangers Forward
SFC Dennis A. Kearn <>
Pottstown, PA USA - Friday, June 24, 2005 at 18:33:49 (GMT)
I was stationed at "GOEP" from 85 - 87 and basically ran the "DAS 3" van ( mobile computer van )and was attached to the 299th Spt Battalion. Many fond memories ( especially the very short trek to the Rod & Gun Club after duty hours ).
Richard <>
Kansas City, MO USA - Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 20:41:09 (GMT)
This is an excellent homepage from Goeppingen,the owner just recently updated the site with new pics from the 'Mayfest'ect... . Yup,Goeppingen don't look like it used to be...
Dagmar <>
Goeppingen, Germany - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 20:38:15 (GMT)
Was with Hq & Hq Co, 4th Armored, 1957-59
George Salamon <>
Arlington, , VA USA - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 00:55:16 (GMT)
I was stationed at Cooke in the 194th MP Co. from 89-91. We transfered the Company to Ft. Campbell, KY in the 101st and I left the Army in 93 to join the El Paso Police Department. Any of you guys and gals from back then want to drop me a line send an email. Ken
Ken Evans <>
Round Rock, TX USA - Monday, June 20, 2005 at 17:25:39 (GMT)
A book was written about the cohort soldiers that were to become C Co 4/16th in or around 1988-1989 as they went through Basic Training. The book was named "Mud Soldiers" but it stops before they go to Gurp. As an interesting sidenote they went through basic in D Co., 2/54th on Sand Hill, where I went through basic training, and one of the drills in the book is none other than Charlie Butler, who is the drill sergeant I'll never forget. I left Gurp and became a drill sergeant at Benning. One of the most wonderful moments of my life was to stand in front of now 1SG Butler as a drill sergeant myself and thank him. Later, I had him pin my Expert Infantry Badge on me. Wherever you are out there, Charlie Butler, thank you and god bless. Matt Selig, Indianapolis
Matt Selig <>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 18:20:29 (GMT)
I was stationed at Gurp from 84-86 served with B co 4/16 Inf 1st INF Div. 1st Platoon 2nd squad 'dirty deuce'; had a lot of great times in gurp. Spent a lot of time at the Crock with some great friends "The Crew"; I still get together annually with a couple of friends I served with there Buck & Jaybo; We are always talking about the old times in Gurp and the crazy things we did; A lot of fun!
Jimmy Thornton <>
Morgantown, WV USA - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 01:20:58 (GMT)
I was in the 4th AD Band Jan 1965-Feb 1966. Returned for a quick visit in '96 and managed to get onto the base for a look and a few photos. Very sorry to learn that they've torn it all down. The place was rather sad to see, though, all overgrown and abandoned, even deer wandering at will. The old Band and MP barracks area and the entire valley over to the Admin Building and beyond had been fenced off, probably as a "housing" area for refugees after the Iron Curtain came down. I could circle the old EM Club and theater/laundry building, the chapel and that huge parade ground, but could only look through the fence at the barracks and the rest. On my way out, the guy who was supposed to be guarding the entrance (same old guardhouse at the gate) saw me and, after chewing me out in German, sent me on my way. Happy to find this website. Thank you.
Larry Farnquist <>
Brimley, MI USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 00:53:07 (GMT)
Stationed Cooke Bks. 1954 - 57. Assigned Signal Company, Radio Sect. 9Div Hq Company. Slept in the basement of HQ Building and took a radio relay truck to Hoenstaphen on monthly alerts. Still looking for my friends Lt. Cherry, Sgt. Jackson, Williams and Clark. Thanks for this great web site.
Howard R. Joslin, Sgt <>
Port St. Lucie, Fl USA - Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 00:04:36 (GMT)
Found this site through serendipity and contact with Frau Bader. My husband Randall (Randy) was stationed at Gurp 83 - 86. I taught at the Chld Development Center and the school those same years. We would love to reconnect with others of that era. Thanks for taking the time to keep the Planet Gurp rotating! BJ
Betty Brandenburg Yundt <>
Guston, KY USA - Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 14:35:46 (GMT)
I was in 1st Inf Div Fwd from Jan 1976 to Jan 1979. My unit was originally HHC 1st IDF and I worked for the Division Signal Office in the CMDSA (CMDSA). I was a 72E4L at the time (commcenter type)and when in the field, worked in the tactical commcenters which in 1IDF were very busy places. We went on a lot of FTXs and CPXs: WINTEX, REFORGER, Grafenwohr, & Hohensfield to name a few. Later on, HHC 1IDF was split and the 1st Signal Support Co (Prov) was formed, and I was assigned there until my DEROS.
David C. Freed, MSG (Ret) <>
Greenville, SC USA - Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 02:55:57 (GMT)
Goeppingen 1975 to 1978 army brat. Friends and people that I remember: Mike, Richard, Robert, Marcus, and Shane White (brothers), Buddy Weisinger (sp?) and his little sister who got hurt sledding on the hill by the stairs, Adrian Scott Sterling who liked my marble collection, Lisa and Billie Powell, Richard Jernigan an artist in my 6th grade class, Donna Sweeney, Kurt Hobseiger (sp?), John Benevente, Natalie who accidently threw away her retainer wrapped in a napkin in the dumpster outside of the snack bar, twin Asian brothers Daniel and David, Sweet Tracy who gave me the 45 of Seasons in the Sun, David Burrows and his basketball, the Jaggers family I babysat for and I can remember only 2 out of 5 kids the oldest boy Brian and the youngest boy Dzer. The neighbor who after moving stateside sent all of us Bubblicous Gum and American candy, and a small brown stray dog we named Kado who climbed unaided up the slide steps and slid down.
USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 20:03:56 (GMT)
Army brat here! My family and I were stationed in Goeppingen from the end of 1975 to end of 1978. My family lived on the third floor with the back of our building facing the German soccer field and our school down the hill. A small commissary was a little further down. I would catch the bus for school in front of the commissary for a two hour trip to Stuggart my nineth grade year. Many of the people I knew in Goeppingen were transferrered to Fort Hood. I often wonder what became of all the kids I knew then...I can still remember faces and names. My dad ran the DYA (began when it was still the AYA) and he still has photos of those '70s kids. I was around 12 years old. Not old enough to participate in the teen group...but I remember the inside of that DYA. I painted many floresent flowers on the bar by the juke box. I remember the strange oval doorways some of the rooms had...was there a snack bar and a theater next door? Goeppingen Raiders....
Sharon <>
USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 16:23:52 (GMT)
I always thought it was just my age (12-15) that made Goeppingen so memorable. My family was stationed there from the end of 1975 to the end of 1979. I have clear visuals of what the place looked like. A German soccer field and our school behind the building we lived in. The forest surrounding... My first kiss was in those woods...What ever happened to Marcus White? His favorite song, Dec. '63. My dad ran the DYA. Do I remember helicopters flying in a 101 formation...is that right?
Sharon <>
Fort Hood, TX USA - Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 15:31:34 (GMT)
I never even noticed the street names back then. But it turns out that many of the streets were named for Army leaders and heroes, like Cooke Barracks itself. Terry Allen Avenue, the east-west main drag of the post, was named for MG Terry de la Mesa Allen, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in North Africa and Sicily in 1942 and then the 104th Infantry Division as it swept across France to the Rhine in 1944. So it's right that the street sign with his name is in the 1st Infantry Museum. His son, LTC Terry Allen Jr., was killed in combat in Vietnam. Terry Allen Avenue and Flugplatzstrasse have been renamed for Manfred Woerner, the secretary-general of NATO from 1988 to 1994. That was the period in which the Berlin Wall came down, Germany was reunified, and Cooke Barracks was returned to German control.
John Francis <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 10:15:32 (GMT)
I was a medic in the HHC company.
james tridle <>
north platte, ne USA - Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 05:49:42 (GMT)
Greetings to all. Medic @Gerp from 76-79. Was at the 1st Infantry Museum at the McCormicK Mansion in Winfield Illinois this weekend and one exhib had a streetsign that read "Terry Allen Avenue" & it caught my attention. The inscription said that it was from Cooke Barracks. If you have never been to the McCormick !st ID Museum, go there. Great place. Also someone had mentioned about a Merrills Marauder at Cooke, He was a CSM & one of my first missons there was to get him batteries to his hearing aide. Was told that if I screwed up, I would have extra duty my entire tour. I went and visited him & got one of his old ones & took it to supply & brought him back a full case for him & he & I got along just fine-quite a charactor- he served in WWII, Korea & Vietnam, wounded in each war but still full of piss & vinegar- want to get back there & will some day- Veterzeen Komerads
Dan Porter <>
Naperville, IL USA - Monday, June 06, 2005 at 19:47:05 (GMT)
Hi! I am wondering how many famous people were stationed at Cooke Barracks over the years. When the 28th Pennsylvania National Guard was activated, Philadelphia pitcher Curt Simmons was posted at Cooke. Yankee catcher John Blanchard was, I am pretty sure, stationed at Cooke. Both Simmons and Blanchard played in the World Series. Anybody know of other individuals who were in entertainment, politics, sports, etc. who were posted at the late lamented Cooke Barracks? Jake Jacobs
Leonard J. Jacobs <>
Franklin Grove, IL USA - Sunday, June 05, 2005 at 12:13:12 (GMT)
Reading and remembering the days in Gerp from 86-88. My ex was originally in Delta Co. 4/16; transferred to HHC 4/16 before we left in early 88. I managed "The Thrift Shop" on post; then worked for ACS. Can't forget all the good times & friends...Lt. Hicks, Lt. Kunkel, Cpl. Luker, and many more. Best years of my life there! Thanks David, for bringing back the "good 'ol days" with this guestbook.
Lynn (Barrett) Bury <>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Sunday, June 05, 2005 at 02:51:45 (GMT)
You go guys!Great job!!!
Ralf <>
Schwäbisch Gmünd, BW Germany - Saturday, June 04, 2005 at 16:48:40 (GMT)
Serverd 1975-1977,HHC 1st Infantry Division Fwd(Aviation Section).Huey crewchief for Division C.G. If your going to be one, be a BIG RED ONE! Great site,good memeroies...Sorry to here its been torn down.German-American Week, beer tent,Special Christmas brew Hoenstauffen Mountian,double bach beer,CWO's Katz,Brown,Hart,Sawicki,Maj.Benson,SSG Fulford,Sgt Myers,the sport parachute club, good times!No mission to difficult-No sacrafice to great-Duty First.
Scott A. Cooper <>
Midland Park , NJ USA - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 03:22:10 (GMT)
Served with the 48th Trans Co. at Cooke from 71 to 75.
Mike Helmer <>
Ilion, NY USA - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 00:35:48 (GMT)
My Dad was stationed at Cooke Barracks from 88' till 90'. I mostly remember the Yak Shak and the pitiful p.x. with the broke-ass toyland. I cant belive the Germans left any of that post standing. I always had fun listening to the constant sound of huey engines from my 12 by 9 cell in the glasshouse. Does anyone remember the summer of 89 when the fest came to the airfield? That was great.
Bob Bender <>
Seoul, Korea - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 12:54:00 (GMT)
Thanks to all who make the board worth coming back to every week or so; especially Dave, the board owner. A few thoughts from my service at Cooke Barracks, 1966-1968, which may interest some of the folks: We had the 4th Armored Division Headquarters but there no tracked vehicles on the post. We had no female soldiers (WACS) on post, probably some at the bigger posts in Stuttgart. Never saw any required uniform of the day except for inspections or formations. One day would be the fatigues and the next might be Class A greens or the Class B khaki in summer. Now for a question: Were the subdued 4th Armored Division patches ever issued before the Division stood down?
Tom Roberts <>
Galveston, TX USA - Monday, May 30, 2005 at 15:02:27 (GMT)
Hi everyone, thanks you very much for the great amount of mails and infos about the MP Staion in the Cookebarracks. Once again, thank you Dagmar for the translation, at this point, please read this: It's raining,nobody wants to take a seat outside in the yard,the barkeeper is as lonley as some of the former prisoners many years ago... just for your info, that was me....and I was really wet. We allready had some visitors of former MPs and Army Staff visiting the building site. As soon as the openingdate is fixed I will publish it right here. It would be great to see a bunch of you durring the opening weeks. There will be a party and hopefull I will get the own to give you all free entry...feedback will be coming. Hope to hear and see you, Mike
Michael Goettle Greenwood <>
Goeppingen, BW Germany - Friday, May 27, 2005 at 14:23:23 (GMT)
Lokal information! Greetings from Germany! There are US Car day´s near the old hangar´s,airfeld.In the planet Gerp. 29th to 31st July!! Just stop by if you´re around! Free entry! Hope to see some of you out there!
Ralf <>
Schwäb.Gmünd, BW Germany - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 09:29:40 (GMT)

Thank you, Dagmar, for the article and translation from the NWZ newspaper in Goeppingen.

New life in the MP station

Saturday the old MP station opened his doors for the first time,since 13 years, for a party.

If able,what kind of stories could the old MP station tell?About war,fate,people and events...
Cooke Barracks was an US military base and the MP station the gate to panzers,airplanes and hangers.America practically started behind the gate and guests had to first pass the strict MP's to enter!!The MP station also was a small temporary prison,where GI's had to stay if they got in trouble.Today 16 years after the cold war and 13 years after the last soldiers left,the old MP station found a new meaning!Saturday at the"Jailhouse Rock Party" for the first time, guests where able to take a look inside the historic building.In the cells were no GI's in trouble,but happy partyvisitors with cocktails in their hand.

The view goes through the barred windows into the prisonyard.Here, the prisoners were able to take a small walk outside their cell.It's raining,nobody wants to take a seat outside in the yard,the barkeeper is as lonley as some of the former prisoners many years ago...
The guests have mixed feelings,they too are now a piece of the history,but only few came because of the old building.
A look here and there,a memory..music.Most guests want to celebrate in the new location,which currently only exists in a construction site.Memories come up again,the past is so close.....
The"Sax Machine",a band from Heidenheim,gets the guests into a partymood.In the top floor DJ Monello plays current chart records and guests dance.
Like already reported,businessman Rene Nakkouzi from Goeppingen,will invest and renovate a lot,to present in September a variedly restaurant,club lounge,partycellar and beergarden.Nakkouzi gave the old MP station a new positive life.

Thank you, Dagmar!
David Wisniewski, Founder, CookeBarracks.com
Fiddletown, CA USA - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 03:35:54 (GMT)

Dagmar, a very kind lady in Goeppingen, found an article in her local newspaper a couple days ago about the MP Station. She was kind enough to translate it for us and it is presented below:

Dining instead of prison - old MP station will be renovated

The old MP station in the 'Stauferpark' ( new name) - once the gate to the former military area - will not be tore down. An investor from Goeppingen wants to open a restaurant there.Tomorrow evening will be a 'construction site party'. Businessman Rene Nakkouzi from Goeppingen is buying the former MP station in Goeppingen to open up a restaurant.The contract with the local agency is basically a closed deal,the investor told the NWZ. In about 2 weeks the building changes ownership.Tomorrow the new owner Nakkouzi will have the first event in the former building of the US military post. "It will be a construction site party", said the 38 year old. The band "The Sax Maschine" will be getting guests into a party mood with a "Jailhouse-Rock-Party". Nakkuzi and his crew wil clean,rewire and modernised the building. Next Monday they will continue to rebuild the MP station so it suits Nakkuzi's taste.The former cells will be removed and later replaced with new ones. "The history of the building shall not be forgotten", explains the investor. A high six figure number will be spent to renovate, so the new restaurant 'The Guard' can be opened in September.Because we have to invest quite a lot of money we got an excellent financial deal with the town of Goeppingen.Who actually will manage the restaurant is not yet clear. Maybe Nakkouzi himself. It's a lot to do,the area where prisoners (Dagmar adds: to my knowledge there was no prison in that sense -so I surely don't know how they came up with this one - I guess it made the story more exciting :-) were allowed to spent some time outside their cell ( don't ask me....) shall be covered with glass,they may add a beergarten. Details need to be still cleared with the departement of construction and buildings. Guests shall be served on two levels. A mixture between pub, club and restaurant,that's what Rene Nakkuzi and his mother Inge Kohn imagined. 14 months they planned, drafted and talked to local agencies - with success. The Stauferpark community is very glad about the restaurant, now the demolition plans are off the table. Out of the old American MP station will be 13 years later a guesthouse!!

Thank you, Dagmar!
David Wisniewski, Founder, CookeBarracks.com
Fiddletown, CA USA - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 03:35:54 (GMT)

I was the SJA of the 1st Infantry Division Forward from 1972-76. The 1st IDF relocated from Augsburg to Goeppingen in 1972 and was headquaretered at Cooke Barracks. Our office was the first buiding on the left going up the hill after entering the main gate. The web site is sehr intressant.
Mitchell D. Franks, LTC JA (Ret) <>
Lakeland, Fl USA - Friday, May 20, 2005 at 02:16:13 (GMT)
'75-'76 I was the military judge at Cooke Barracks. I lived in the little farming village of Suessen a few miles away. I'm fortunate to still be in contact with most of the same folks mentioned by Ray Yannello (posted below) plus some others such as Paul Taylor, Dean Knight and Don Bruss. I also recently located Alex Hasychak. Maybe some out there who were in Goeppingen at the time remember the one day train excursions we chartered with the German railway. One trip was to Luxembourg City. Another was to the beautiful Insel Mainau on the Swiss border. I have lots of good memories from my days at Cooke Barracks and thank you, David, for this great website.
Paul Weinberg <>
Beverly, MA USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 20:17:47 (GMT)
I was stationed at Cooke Bks '73 to '76 and spent a year with the 1st Div MPs, then two years with the JAG Office across the street. Tried to paint the JAG building in a camouflage pattern, but for some reason the CSM didn’t like the idea. Made a lot of great friends there and I still keep in touch with a few Paul Weinberg (aka the Judge), Danny Beseth, Gary Stengler, Pete Arnold, Mitch Franks, and Teri McCaslin amongst others. Great memories of an old SGM that had a Merrill’s Marauders combat patch, Ware Circle, Hotel Hohenstaufen (and the strawberry pie), my landlord Herr Loffler (one of the few Germans who admitted fighting the Americans at Normandy), and the “fun” at the Stugarter Fest each October. David, Great web site and thanks for the memories.
Ray Yannello <>
Poquoson, VA USA - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 13:00:15 (GMT)
Hi Everyone, I have a ergent question. A very good friend of mine just bought the old MP Station in the Cook Barracks in Göppingen. As a suprise I would like to drwa him a oil picture of the original LOGO of the last MP Battalion stationed in Göppingen. The last info I have is that it was the 385th MP Battalion, but I can not find anything on their website. So please, if anyone has a info I would truelly be happy to get some inf like: Unitsname, Logo, Flag. Or where I can find this info. BR MIKE
Michael Goettle Greenwood <>
Goeppingen, BW Germany - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 11:56:07 (GMT)

[Editor's Note: Michael contacted me asking for any information we may be able to provide regarding the last MP Unit at Cooke Barracks. As I understand him, the MP Station will contain a "wall of honour" to be presented to guests of a planned restaurant and garden. Perhaps, you can help. --david wisniewski, founder, cookebarracks.com]

Just wanted to say is a great site. I was stationed at Cooke Barracks from 1977 to 1980 with B Co 1st Bn 26th Infantry (BRAVO BEARS) BLUE SPADERS. This was a great unit. It was a great place to grow up, I shall never forget it. Anyone stationed during that time frame please feel free to e mail me. I am honored to have served with the BIG RED ONE. SFC (ret) Dannie A. Burton
SFC Dan Burton <>
Mead, WA USA - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 03:57:40 (GMT)
These Guest Books are being indexed by Google, so the people whose names we post here (and their relatives) will soon be able to find cookebarracks.com. So I'm following up my other post to get as many 4th Armored Division names as I can remember onto the Web. First, however, I was malassigned to 3/51 Infantry, Ferris Barracks, Erlangen (APO 09066), a 4th Armored Division line unit, for nearly 7 months before finally getting to Division HQ. So I'm including a few names here even though they were never at Cooke Barracks: LTC Black (I've repressed his first name), SP4 D. Ross Marshall, Douglas Lawter (?), Bob Newman, Jasper (last name?). Division HQ and 504th Admin Co, Cooke Barracks, Göppingen (APO 09326): Major General E.C.D. Scherrer, LTC Luther A. Brock (AG), MAJ Charles E. Bowling (AG exec officer), CPT Rodney N. Hoots (OIC Personnel Services Division), 1Lt W. N. Alexander II (OIC Personnel Actions), SFC (William?) Machmer (NCOIC PA), SP5 William E. Williamson, SP5 or SSG Richard Wand, Dennis Kirsch, Gerald Damsker, Samuel Carducci, Meserole, Subrt (I forget their first names), George Gray Jr., Thomas Spear, Steven Goldstein. On the web I've found that Lt. Alexander is now a judge on the 22nd Circuit Court in Danville, VA. I may have traced Capt. Hoots as well, as a retired person in his 70s, though there are others with that name to be found online. The last I heard of Rick Wand, he was teaching high school math in southern Georgia. George Gray has made a career in community theatre and lives in Charlotte, NC. Tom Spear--surely the same one I knew--is professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with many books about Africa to his credit. Dennis Kirsch has posted in the 2003 guest book and lives in Hartland, WI. As I remember more names I'll add them. Fortunately, none of these names are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. My unit, 4th Armored Division, was the main tenant of Cooke Barracks from 1957 or 1958, when it moved in and the 9th Infantry moved out. (I was there with the 504th Admin Co. from 1966 to 1968.) The 4th Armored was inactivated on May 10, 1971, but I gather that the personnel and materiel remained in place, redesignated as the 1st Armored Division. As for Cooke Barracks, it was home to various US Army units from the summer of 1946 until early 1992, when the area was handed back to the city. It's being redeveloped as a new district of Göppingen called Stauferpark. Anyone who can correct this or fill in any gaps, please do!
John Francis <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 13:14:28 (GMT)
I taught physical education for one year at Goeppingen American Elementary/Middle School ('90-'91) then half a year of 2nd grade there until the Kasserne was closed. My wife, Terry, was with 56th field artillary in Schwaebisch Gmund, but we were housed at Cooke. We were among the last 10-20 Americans to leave Cooke, and baby was it creepy being there in January 1992! No sounds except the wind and an occasional crow cawing! Two of the best years of my life. Any other teachers out there? Gruss Gott Frau Bader!!
Jim Frechette <>
Nolanville, TX USA - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 14:16:12 (GMT)
I was at the 504th Admin Co from May 1966 until April 1968, and worked in Personnel Actions Branch. PA was supposed to have a lieutenant and senior NCO in charge, but when none were assigned, I was put in charge from June 1966 to February 1967; after that I was NCOIC of the Officers Records Unit. It all seems so long ago--hey, it WAS long ago. But that was a crucial time in my life, and a lot of vivid memories (mostly happy) came flooding back when I happened on this site today, with all the guestbook notes and the photos. What a great idea!
John Francis <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 01:41:35 (GMT)
Miss Frau Bader from Goeppingen American Schule told me about this site. I taught at the elementary school from '82 - '88. I'd love to hear from former students and faculty!
Patricia Feeney <>
Windham, ME USA - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 23:54:25 (GMT)
Hello to other Army Brats! My name is Eric Knight. I was in Goeppingen with my mother ans stepfather from A984 to Sep. of 1985. I would like to connect with two best friends (and others) I made while there. They are Sean Wheeler and Ricky Glover. Their fathers, Stan Wheeler and Richard Glover (not t but havent spoken to him in about 18 years now. The Wheeler family was originally from Kent,OH and the Glovers from Kansas City. Does anyone know if there are any ways to contact Army Brats or if you can contact the Dept. of the Army directly to try and find someone?
Eric Knight <>
Louisville, KY USA - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 21:21:27 (GMT)
Hey!I`m lookin for somebody his name was Sgt.Giddins he was stationd in Gerp 76-82.And some freèks who had their EIB and EFMB Training up on a place called Horberg:With the 7 th Dustoff´s.Oh ja the German Defens Minister was there too.It must have bin around 89´-91!The best wishes to all of you out there from someone who cant let go thinking of the best times ever!!!!!!
Ralf <>
Schwäb.Gmünd, Germany - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 17:48:48 (GMT)
It´s now 15 Jears ago that the US Army left the aerea of Göppingen and Schwäbisch Gmünd .Everithing changet a lot.The City teart most of the buildings down only the landing aerea is still there.And I still cant let go thinking of the good times we had around your places.I live in town near Schwäbisch Gmünd called Bettringen!We had a big Training aerea near that little town.And I hope someone who reads this remeber me! For last I want to say that I realy miss you Guy´s.GOD BLESS YOU!!! GREAT JOB!And I always will support You
Ralf <>
Schwäb.Gmünd, USA - Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 16:56:38 (GMT)
second posting.....looking to hear from anyone who was in 504th admin co, in the 1961 to 1963 period....had great times at cooke barracks....would like to hear from anyone who was there at same time....
Mike Lea <>
Endicott, NY USA - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 21:11:22 (GMT)
The Planet was part 2(18 months) of my(our)3 year COHORT. I was Delta(DAWG)4/16th,Feb.'86 to Aug. '87, after the same 18 month stretch at D 2/16th at Riley. Did someone say Yak Shak? I'd give the fillings from my teeth for 2 of those brats. Best Hot Dawgs on Earth! Best buddies, Red Wheeler, Larry Torbert, Swoboda(SWAB), Tomasi Kaulave(Samoa), Trombley(Shorty), Kevin West(Pop-Along-Kid), My Homeboy Smitty(sorry I messed up with your auto-teller card when you had emergency leave), you too Kumar! SSG. Reveron, my SL for all 3 years.
Wink <>
Hopewell, VA USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 23:19:56 (GMT)
Was stationed at the planet from 89-91 (was deployed to Desert Storm post was deactivated when we returned) with HHC Commo Plt. Many many memories have been jarred thanks to this site. God...Maggies, The Roxy, The Express, The Yak shak...good times. Please feel free to drop a line so we can get caught up. Take Care All!!
Russ Serpas <>
Gardner, MA USA - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 01:30:46 (GMT)
This year marks twenty years since I left Planet Gerp and I guess I've been reminiscing some about my time there. I was a PFC/SP4 assigned to HHC, 4/16 INF, December 1983 to July 1985. Drove a Gamma Goat for S-1, CPT Vincent Brooks. In 2003, I saw him on TV--he was a one-star general doing the big-time press briefings during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Talk about a small world! I was also the battalion mail clerk for a while, but the battalion commander wanted an NCO in the job. Well, he could have made me an actin' jack! Ah, no hard feelings. Here are some names of comrades I remember (forgive any omissions): SFC Frank Richards, SGT Joey Yurik, SP4 Mark Sabota, SP4 "Bouncin' Bobby" Ahr, SP4/SGT "Johnny Dawg" Davis, SGT "U.S. Arnie" Davidson, SP5/SGT Jim Matarese. They called me "Hey, YOU-Harriet!" Remember that? Sorry if I left any names off. If any of you read this, shoot me an e-mail! INFANTRY! HOOAH!
Bart R. Uharriet <>
Starkville, MS USA - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 00:47:47 (GMT)
3d posting DEC 88-APR 91 HHC 1ST IDF WOW, I cant believe I'm reading all this, Girp was indeed a place to remember. I am still in the Army, stationed in Heidelberg and assigned to 1st PERSCOM. I've been back to Germany for 4 months now, I have not made my trip back to Cooke Bks but it is something that I will do in the next few days. If anyone knew me back then pls dont hesitate to write me. The last Co Cdr during that time was CPT Dinardo and previously, CPT Hawks. My best friend was SPC Michael Byrd, I worked at the Strength Mgmt Section, Maj Bender was the ACofS, G1. Follow up from this previous e-mail: Well, I finally made it back to Cooke Bks after 15 years, what a funny feeling, I would of never thought to be visiting a place with so many memories, the whole city has changed, you cant drive directly in front of the only McDonald's that we had back then, that whole section has been blocked off for pedestrians, it looks much better than before, the city has modernized a bit. I entered the Cooke Bks area from the farthest part of the hill before the gate, after where the yackshack was, where you either made a right towards Hohenstaufen or a left towards downtown. The first thing I saw was the old housing area, know turned a German apartment complex, as I got close to the gate, which there is really not a gate there anymore, there was the old MP building to the right, to make the story short, this building along with the NCO Club, (German Admin Offices) the GYM, a children fun place, the old hangars and Headshed (abandoned) are the only standing original structures. All other buildings such as the barracks are gone, but you can still see the foundations which makes it more nostalgic. The air field is now a Golf Course. SFC Eduardo Francis 1st PERSCOM Heidelberg, Germany
Eduardo Francis <>
Heidelberg, Germany - Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 23:40:15 (GMT)
"Nothing better then a Blue Spader!" was there from 75-78 till reup for more time. jumped out of a huey for my reup, and had a chute malfunction, LOL !! scared both jump masters, the BN cdr and Co cdr to death. that was great. miss all who served with me , even those that were in the chapel coffee house during those rough times. i will never for get the guys in CSC mortar plt and the guys in the S-shops in BN. we were a family back then, we may have fought like cats and dogs, but when it hit the fan we were there for each other. God bless the ones that never made it home !! please write me if you were there from 75 to 78.
Otto D. Ortiz <>
yorktown, VA USA - Friday, April 22, 2005 at 21:56:13 (GMT)
Stationed in Goeppingen at Cooke Barracks from 1959 to 1960. Assigned to the Information Office of the 4th AD as interpreter on TDY from the 54th Inf in Heilbronn. Fond memories, especially since I was born and raises a few clicks away in Geislingen/Stg. Left there in 1957, 3 month later joined the Army, Basic in Fort Hood, shipped out of Ft. Dix on the USS Buckner and arrived at Wharton Barracks in Heilbronn Jan '58. Best memories, fooling the MP's at Cooke Barracks, sneaking off Post posing as civilian KP's.
Dieter Klein <>
Houston, Tx USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 16:07:10 (GMT)
Man this is weird for some reason I decided to look up Cooke Barracks and brought back good memories of people and places. I was at Cooke in 73-74 1st/26th infantry, ground surveillance and radar,combat support. I remember a lot of names like Ray Soto,Larry Bruns,Michael Plotar,Maurice Gilpin(do you still have the scar-sorry)Cleveland,Rubenstrauch,The big guy from N.C.(one of the nicest guys I've ever met) but most of all friends like Bob Irwin(spent countless hours with),The crazy chech Zoltan and most of all Rick List of Az.(did you ever start your florist?)Our trip through europe was eventful,have lots of pictures. I know there are lots of names I'll remember later(sorry) Good times bad times,but a experience I'll never forget.If anyone remembers me please e-mail me at khjenterprise@msn.com Mark Jones
Mark Jones <>
Ventura, Ca USA - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 16:31:57 (GMT)
I was with the HHC MP Plt from 1988 tru 1990. This site brings back a lot of memories from the Yak shack to the tearing down of the wall. A lot of good times were had on the planet.
Joseph Wilt <>
Ebensburg, PA USA - Monday, April 18, 2005 at 20:23:37 (GMT)
Was stationed at 4AD Headquarters 1965 and 1966. Home phone number is 413 532 3136, and Cell Number is 413 636 3374. Please call if anyone remembers me. I worked in the Asst. Div. Eng Organization.
Vincent Brown
Holyoke, MA USA - Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 23:50:16 (GMT)
Whenever I see a picture of the front gate at Cooke Barracks. it reminds me of the death of Sgt. William Harris. In November of 1954, he was in our M.P. Company. Evidently, he was driving his own car and was in the act of parking it just outside the gate. Somehow, he drove, slowly, over a raised object (maybe a high curb) and the car slowly tipped on it's side. As I recall, it was a convertible. Why I remember him especially is that he liked to argue with our platoon commander, Lt. Wyatt Logan, about the "old Army." Both made their arguments forcefully. Leonard J. Jacobs
Leonard J. Jacobs <>
Franklin Grove, IL USA - Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 02:04:47 (GMT)
Man i had some great times at the planet Gerp. I was in HHC 4/16 inf. 85-89. i was the discpatch clerk for Delta Co. i could not remember any of those places until i read them here. Being in Gerp was the best time i ever had . i had some good friends in HHC 4/16 inf. i had some great times at the club Life. and alot of other clubs around gerp. This is a great site. it brought back some good memories. i would love to hear from some old buddies.
Gregory Williams <>
Houston, tx USA - Tuesday, April 12, 2005 at 07:10:48 (GMT)
Although I wasn't stationed at Cooke Barracks I visited there at least 2 to 3 times a week. I was stationed at Hohenstadt Radio Station, an isolated hill top radio relay site about 20 miles away ( near Java Junction). We were serviced by the Cooke Barracks community and drew our logistical support from there. We belonged to the 102d Signal Bn and had 7 men at the Hohenstadt site. Our site chief, a SFC Norman Jorstadt lived at Cooke Barracks with his family and made the trip daily to Hohenstadt from Cooke Barracks. We usually had a truck go in to Cooke Barracks daily to pick up movies, gas stamps(and fuel) and food at the commisary. I was there from 1957 to 1959 and if memory serves me I believe that the 8th ID was there at the time. My wife was born and raised in Goeppingen and was running the PX at Java Junction when we met.I came home in 1959 and went to work for the next 40 years for the Signal Corps Engineering Labs at Fort Monmouth, NJ as an electrical engineer. In Oct 2004 my wife and I visited Hohenstadt and McGraw Kaserne in Munich. I would like to communicate with anyone who had any business with the 102d Signal Bn/Hohenstadt radio Station from the Cooke Barracks community.
Walt Gelnovatch <>
Manasquan, NJ USA - Monday, April 04, 2005 at 17:29:39 (GMT)
Love the site. I was stationed at the planet from 87-90 in 101stMI and E4/16th Inf and HHC 4/16th S-4. Was known as Ice or Smitty and played 3 years on the Post Hoops Team.Loved the Yak Shack and really miss the comraderie and the great memories. I do not miss the 5 and 10 mile runs through those woods. I left Feb of 90. Please send me any photo's of Goeppigen, Id really appreciate it.
David B Smith <>
Oakland, Ca USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 06:45:29 (GMT)
BROOKLYN, NY USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 01:32:29 (GMT)
BROOKLYN, NY USA - Sunday, March 27, 2005 at 01:23:54 (GMT)
I was stationed in Goeppingen, Germany from 62-65. Would like to hear from others that were there and Served with 144th Sig Batt. 4th Armord Div. A Company.
William Middlestate <>
Harrisville, NY USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 21:03:36 (GMT)
I was at "Gerp" from 88-90. I was an MP under the 299th support BN supporting the 4/16th infantry mech.
Eric Peyton <>
Cortland, OH USA - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 04:01:27 (GMT)
Wow - planet Gerp! I hated it when I was stationed there 1986-1989, but damn good memories when I look back. I would love to reconnect with some people from back then...I was in C-company (Chargin' Charlie doin' things!) 299th Support BN, 1st Inf. Div. I met a lot of great people from back then and lost contact with everyone, sadly. I work in college administration at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, now, but originally from Ohio. An alternate email address for me is scottythepea@yahoo.com. Drop me a note if we know each other, and even if we don't I'd welcome contact with someone who also lived on Planet Gerp! Let's take a trip to the Yak Shak for fries and brats with ketchup and curry, or maybe do a PT run around that damn airfield!
Scott Copley <>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 15:41:33 (GMT)
I was station at cooke Barracks 80-84. With HQ 1st inf. Had some great times and some hard duties in the woods. Can,t forget the winters there nor the summers. I really miss that place. Of all the places I have been I can,t forget Goppingen. If anyone could e-mail me pictures of there I would be greatful/ The people were wonderful there. On Sundays in spring everyone would go walking around the hill sides. I loved it so much there I never did go back to the states for hole tour of duty. I really did hate to leave, but things happen and you have to come back. Plain on returning there befor I die just one more time.
SGT Boaze <>
Thomasville, NC USA - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 04:09:11 (GMT)
I served at Cooke Barracks from Sept 1962 until May 1963 and worked in the ADE (Asst. Division Engrs.) office at the 4th Armored Division Headquarters building. I worked for the ADE Major John Kern who was working on the 4th AD Restationing Plan. During the Spring of 1963 I designed the new entry gate and guard shack at the entrance of Cooke Barracks but got sent back to the USA before it was built and never got to see it. I also served with First Sergeant Maynard who was a first class soldier. Major Gen Polk was the 4th AD commander and Brig Gen Izenour was the deputy commander of the 4th AD.
1st Lt. Sam Stone <>
Knoxville, TN USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 22:02:12 (GMT)
I served with the 4AD PIO Section from 65Jan - 66Jul. Got out in '67. Re-up 1988 with MI NG and went to OIF1 Iraq. Ser as a 1SG with 1775 MP Co and BN CSM with 304MP Bn. Hope to retire in this July. I served with Lt Harry Levins, SP4 Noel Bourasaw, Lewis Orde, Major Werder and Freddie Hamilton. Anyone know how to get a name roster? Looking for a good friend worked in PSD, from California. First name was Bob, lived on the 2d floor farthest away from orderly room. I"d like to try to contact him. We went on leave for 30 days to Spain. Great time, great friend. It's great that so many former soldiers have reacted to this site. Guess you had to be there to really enjoy it. Sal Alvarado
Salome (Sal) Alvarado <>
Dearborn, MI USA - Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 02:46:42 (GMT)
Stationed at Cooke Barracks Dec. '77 - Aug. '80. I was witht the HHC 1st IDF MP Platoon. SFC Harris was out Platoon Sgt. I been in contact with "Moose" (Tom O'Connor), Joe Moseley, and RT (RAndy Tuders), who were MPs when I was there. My last few months, at Cooke Barracks, I was driver for CSM Ligon. Good times at Enzo's, the Honey Dew (on Hohenstaufen Mt.), Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels. Married a good-looking gal from Rechberghausen. We go back to visit family, and went back on post in '82 and '85. Last time there was summer of 2003. The last barracks, in "Blue Spader Country" was being torn down. I took digital photos of it. I should post them on this site. It's amazing how many people has fond memories of Cooke Barracks and Goeppingen. I enjoy going back to Germany, but sure miss the ol' post. Thank you David Wisniewski for creating wonderful this site, and to Matt Wright for creating the Guestbook script.
Jason Tlusty <>
Woodburn, or USA - Tuesday, March 08, 2005 at 20:55:19 (GMT)
I served two years at the planet from 78-80. I was first assigned to HHC 1/26th INF. About 6 mos later they placed four medics in each company. I was sent to Bravo,wassup to SFC James,1SG Flores,1SG White,SSG Davs,SSG Garcia.
Michael K Carr <>
Dolton, IL USA - Monday, March 07, 2005 at 19:09:12 (GMT)
Correction: the late Bill Price of GREELEY, CO. Cool dude and we will miss him
Larry Jaderberg <>
LaGrange, IL USA - Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 16:49:06 (GMT)
Hello C Co 144th SigBn '63-'65 and the guys from Crailsheim detachment. Talked to Jim Hill Nate Guidry Henry Waffenschmidt Sam Chastain Alan Longtin Dick Lancaster Danny Holcomb Dave Bauerbach and the late Bill Price from Billings, Montana.Some have talked to Pat Fiorentino (NYC) and still looking for Jess Fish, Dennis McCormack (the boy from NYC and cook attached to our group of fine thugs and signal nuts)and Dennis Mueller (Libertyville, Il.
Larry Jaderberg <>
LaGrange, IL USA - Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 16:43:19 (GMT)
I was stationed in Gerp from 84-86 Dco 4th Bn, 16th Inf. Death Dealers, prior to that 82-85 Dco 2nd Bn, 16th Inf. Man does these stories bring back memories. If anybody served with me during this time I would like to get in touch.
Tommy Roark (Ninja) <>
Bentonville, AR USA - Saturday, March 05, 2005 at 05:03:53 (GMT)
I was stationed at cooke barracks: HHC 4th/16th IDF from 88-91 I was in the mortar platoon under SFC. Talamoa. Some names I remember are Wolf, Greg Martinez, Goss, Ford, Cpl. Bean, Moyle and Meyers. If you remember please reply, I woul like to catch-up.
David Ross <>
kennewick, wa USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 23:58:53 (GMT)
I don't know what prompted me today to do a search for the 504th Military Intelligence Detachment where I served from Nov 69 to Nov 71 as a CI Agent. This website is absolutely great but I couldn't find any entries from my MI group of friends. I first lived in the BOQ for a few months until returning stateside to marry my college sweetheart. We then lived for a few months in an off-base apartment complex heavily occupied by Americans. One night our building caught fire but we were fortunate. We then occupied an apartment unit in the basement of Hans and Thea Stumpp's home in a very small village off base, St Gotthardt. My wife was fortunate to get an elementary teaching postion on base. I basically ran background investigations but occasionally encountered more interesting things like the Crailsheim O-Club being bombed, one act of possbile espionage, the General's helo pilot smoking pot!!! and racial incidents. I still have some interesting and amusing posters that were unclassified, of course. We also chased the Russians during those field trips up north. My friends and associates I can remember are fellow agents Pete Dean, Don Tess, Tom Pfanning, Tom Roth, Peter Koch, CPT Benson, Ron Fanning (from Texas) and Order of Battle's Scott Scooper, Jim Berardinelli and a Jay (last name unk). I played nearly all the sports and vividly remember getting knocked out playing with that huge pushball on the sports field. Cooke Barracks and the entire 2 years were wonderful. I am now a DoD senior contracts specialist working at the Naval Inventory Control Point in Mechanicsburg, Pa. I just re-married in April (first wife died in 85) and plan to retire this Dec. I would love to hear from the 504 MID folks. Great website
Bill Wolfe <>
mechanicsburg, pa USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 19:56:02 (GMT)
Alpha Co..4th Bn 16th INF First platoon first squad. 1989-1991 Defineteley the best years of my life. I had the best friends there. Remember Sgt Talamoa, Sgt Gibson . Capt, Todd was the Co. First Sgt Mantia. I Remember gonzales , howell, donnell , gordon ,heinrichs, yankovich , howell, Sgt cannon, Sgt pearson, Sgt ellis, schneider, james, smitty, rebulloza . Forgive me if i left out some names. I remember the yack shack, the life, galaxius, Cafe brasil and of course all of those beautiful women. If anyone remembers Gio or G man drop me a line I'd love to talk about old times
giovanni grisanti <>
losangeles, ca USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 09:42:27 (GMT)
I was stationed at Cooke Barracks with the 404 Mp co from May 1966 to about July 1966 when I was sent to a detachment at Erlangen. My memories of Goppingen are very vague, mostly playing softball for the 404 Mp team. Erlangen, on the other hand, has been a part of my life ever since. I have returned there many times and am just publishing a book on the history of Erlangen. I do remember some of the guys from the 404 th in Goppingen, however.
gary fouse <>
lake forest, ca USA - Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 20:54:52 (GMT)
2nd post! Was stationed at Goerp 504th Admin Finance June67-July69.Had a great time. Lived in the barracks and off post.Played basketball for the 504th company and battalion teams.It would be great to hear from anyone that era.
Chris "Harv" Harvey <>
Westbrook, ME USA - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 20:28:37 (GMT)
I served with ACo 1/16 Iron rangers 82-84 Panzer Kaserne, would love to hear from anyone from that time. Great memories!!
Joe Sielski <>
Honolulu, Hi USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 09:32:53 (GMT)
Stationed at Cooke Barracks,HHC 1ST IDF MP Co., 1989-1991. Hello to all Cooke Barracks Vets! Drop a line if we knew each other or just want to talk about Gerp Land!
Darren Menge <>
Oklahoma City, OK USA - Monday, February 14, 2005 at 20:48:08 (GMT)
My name is Frank Meeker; My father was (at the time) Captain Frank R. Meeker Jr. and we lived in military housing from 1957-1960. Some of the best years of my childhood were spent at this base; my best friend was Bob White and his father (I believe Major or Lt. Col.)Robert White worked together in the signal batallion. Bob White and his family lived on "the economy", a house in town that had belonged to a German general. It had a bomb shelter with steel doors, a wine cellar and two floors of servants quarters above the main bedrooms. It also had an apple orchard and a swimming pool that was heated by US Army immersion heaters. It was an incredible time in my life. Best regards, Frank Meeker
Frank Meeker <>
Castle Rock, CO USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 17:10:00 (GMT)
I was stationed at Cooke Barracks, 121 Sig Det, 1st ID from Aug 1973-Sept 1974. Maj Roy Douglass was the Div SigO.
Bill Lynch <>
Acton, MA USA - Monday, February 07, 2005 at 19:59:59 (GMT)
I was stationed at cooke barracks in 144 sig batt from Nov 1964 to mid 1965 before transfer to Nuremberg. I do recall the rat skeller, e.m., rod and gun club providing a modicum of entertainment. I have searched my entire life so far and have not found good German beer here. We bought bicycles downtown Goeppingen and toured everywhere within a two-day pass. With dependable maps we did lots of touring through woods, small towns, local guest houses (known to us as local pubs)...between Christmas and Easter there seemed to always be some kind of party celebration going on somewhere. I do recall riding up some mountain to 'hoensfelt -unknown spelling' quite sober, and maybe not quite sober on the way down. I welded here, then I suppose I was not doing what I was trained for (wiring/communications) so was sent to Nuremberg to an artillary outfit where I spent some time with communications (telephones and such). I left Gemany March 1965 - names coming to mind are Sgt Foster, Jake Rush, Charlie Summers, John Hanks, Bob Ribca, Dick Warington, Bob O'lear (shortie - Rochester NY), Jim Smith (Newark Delaware), the fellow who's name just escapes me who drove for the coronel (from Nev/Calif), Bill Flanigan (never tell all you know in one sitting), Steven Gregwaire (Urigregnevets), Jerry Campbell, ? Stabell from Dearborn Michigan, i apologize to all I called "loulach" as I discovered later that this did not mean what I thought, and therefore what I meant. You will have to excuse the artistic license as Dr Jo is writing this as Dick tells his stories and she may not be interpreting or spelling exactly as it was meant.
Dick Sears <>
Sheds, NY USA - Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 01:28:17 (GMT)
I was with the 504 avn. co. when that helicopter went down I still have the rolling review newspaper with the picture of the chopper going down nose first.the pilot was killed his name was Capt. Sam de lozier the crew chief sp.5 john Rogers and wo Donald Fentress were hurt. they were from detachment h. ssgt.frank hill was there as was sp4 Ron le master. after the chopper went down they ran over with a fire extinguisher but there was no fire. the motor was still running. hill started to push buttons until he stopped the engin.hill was recommended for an award .latter that day or the next john Rogers died. that was back in may 63.they were on a g.a. mission trying to put a cross on top of a church that cross was over 800lbs.it was on a cable that was supposed to release with????lbs. of pressure but it jammed as the chopper tried to pull away. causing it to come down.
Nick Panara <>
phila., pa USA - Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 19:12:48 (GMT)
i was stationed at monteith barricks wiyh the 504 avn. co.from oct.62toapr.64
nick panara <>
phila., pa USAi was stationed - Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 17:01:40 (GMT)
I lived in Gerp from 1988-1991. Attended Stuttgart American High School. My stepdad was stationed in Gerp. Get in touch with me if you remember me! Also, Robert Thorne, I've been searching for you for years! Rock on!
Aimee Jo <>
Apache, OK USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 04:22:01 (GMT)
I started my military career at Cooke barracks as a medic with HHC 4/16th INF. It was a great place with great people. I learned a lot about being a soldier there. I also learned never fall out of a Battalion run through the back gate in spader woods. We had one soldier end up 20K away after he fell out and got lost. I was sad to see it close down. I was on the Color Guard at the closing Ceremony. I almost started crying. That was because of the pain my arm was in from holding a M16 at right shoulder arms for almost 2 hours while the Generals talked. Wish it were still open. Miss those after midnight trips to the Yack shack for some fries and a curry wurst. brian.r.mccoy@us.army.mil, 67th CSH Wurzburg Germany
brian r. mccoy <>
wurzburg, GE germany - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 00:34:44 (GMT)
Amazing! Best time of my Army Career was at the gerp. I see a lot of names of people I remember from there. I will be contacting you soon. I served with B co 4/16th and also with the mortar maggots at HHC 4/16 was there from 1988-1991. I will get in touch with those I know. Look forward to hearing from you.
Alan Kelly <>
Apple Valley, Ca USA - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 00:46:45 (GMT)
I was stationed at Cook Barracks from 1986 to 1987 In A Co. 299th Support Battalion
Brad Kempton <>
Christmas Valley, Or USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 07:38:46 (GMT)
I was stationed at cooke barracks oct79 to aug81 Aco1/26.
william H curnell lll <>
scott city, mo USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 14:56:10 (GMT)
I was stationed at the Planet, from May 87 until Jan 90. I was in A Co., 1st Inf. Many fond memories of Germany and my friends. No so fond memories of Hohenfels, Grafenwohr (sp?). If anybody knows me feel free to email me. Rik
Rik "Gooch" Scott <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 14:41:37 (GMT)
Hi: I server at Cooke from Feb 1968 to July 1969. I was in the 144 th Sig Batt, Co C. First Sarge was Adney Howard and C/O was Lt Bledsoe. What a great time we had. My buddy was Danny Stevens and George Overby. Anyone remember? If so, drop me an e-mail. Thanks. Jersey was my nickname.
Gerard W. Arose <>
South Amboy, NJ USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 23:10:51 (GMT)
My name is Rick Marsh. I was a child dependent at the US Army base in Goeppingen during 1956 and 1957. My stay in Goeppingen has long providng provided me with my fondest memories of childhood. My late father was a Captain in the US Army in those days (Richard Marsh - serial number O10010). I was born in late 1945, so I was ten and eleven years old then, and still enjoying boyhood. I am now a 59 years old man. I have lived and worked on Manhattan Island for the past 27 years. In those days, my family lived in the first building you saw as you left base. Remember? First you went down the small incline from the MP gate, then curved around a triangular field of grass to your right. If you stayed to your right, grinding up that long hill, you would have seen our home on the third floor of the first residential building to your right. Back in 1956, as you first exited that MP gate, there was to your left a narrow and steep gravel road. It led uphill to the "DP Camp." My playmates and I were all trained never to give any Army Script to "DP" children, or even to their parents. We weren't even to talk to them. US cash was still not allowed to circulate in what was then 'West Germany,' and giving anybody Army Script was considered unpatriotic. Still, my parents found ways to help them. They found a DP woman from up that hill, and employed her as a maid to help my mother with daily housecleaning chores. It certainly made my mother feel like a princess (we could never have afforded a maid back stateside). The woman was fat, and understandably frightened of any army, including America's - but she was kind. She wore the same print dress, month after month, so she smelled a bit. The children in our family were given strict orders not to ridicule her for this, since "she had been through so much." She spoke only severely broken English, but she treated my older brother and I well. It was, of course, because she feared losing her job. But I remember her as a good soul nonetheless. And I remember wondering how this woman, a "starving refugee," had managed to get so fat! My curiosity was satisfied one day, while my mom was on a trip up the hill to the Commissary. Mom had told the maid she could eat whatever she found in the refrigerator, and my brother and I returned home from school to find her devouring two pounds of raw bacon, strip after strip, that my mother had purchased for an upcoming event. Hunger in Europe, 1956.
Rick Marsh <>
New York, NY USA - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 16:41:43 (GMT)
Hi there and happy new year to everybody, my name is Volker Schaeufele, I was working as a civilian telephone mechanicer at the Cooke Barracks in 1989 at the Dail Central office which belonged to the 298th signal company. I met a lot of nice people but lost contact to all of them. I'd like to post some names and would appreciate if somebody could help me to find them. I still live in Göppingen and can say I always look back to the time (with tears in my eyes) when the Big Red One was there. The area of the former Cooke Barracks has changed totally and you would'nt beleive who ugly it looks now (maybe only my impression) The people I worked together and became friends with are: PFC Agnes Lyke PFC William C Occhipinti PFC Udell Russel kern Who ever knows them or maybe knows and remember me don't hesitate to contact me to change memories. I had a nickname "Mike" cause you guys had a pretty hard time to pronounce my german first name :-))). Would be great to hear from anyone of you guys. eMail - seth.volle@gmx.net regards Volker
Volker <>
Goeppingen, BW Germany - Friday, January 07, 2005 at 14:52:33 (GMT)
I spent two years here as a kid, from 1961 to 1963. I'm just amazed that this site is here! The pictures really take me back. My dad was LTC Len Holder, we lived at the "top of the hill" on Kleitz Circle. Thanks for putting this site together, and for the stroll down memory lane. :-)
John Holder <>
Bryan, TX USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 20:39:19 (GMT)
I was stationed at cooke barracks from 08/81 till 12/90. Man I have some memories.
Gary Moulton <>
Vero Beach, fl USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 17:49:12 (GMT)