|5th Battalion 81st Field Artillery ~ 8th Division
|5th Battalion 81st Field Artillery
Airborne Battalion 1971 - 1972
The 8th Infantry Division
C Battery Specialist E - 4 Robert J. Brown
|C~130 Airborne Assault Underway
|An official black and white military photo.
|My old post cards of Biebrich's river front in Germany.
The Rhine Kaserne Barracks is just beyond the buildings in
the far distance of the left post card. The right post card is in
the opposite direction.
|View Webcam The webcam is in the area where the
trees are located in the left postcard
This area has not changed much over the years since the
picture was taken.
|For those that was station at the Rhine Kaserne Barracks.
Map of Biebrich's River Front
Move the map to the left and fallow Rheingaustrabe Road.
Stop at number 186, the large building was our living quarters.
All other buildings that was used, have been removed.
US Army Training Center
US Army Training Center
1972 - 1983
|Rhein Kaserne/Wiesbaden, Germany
The Rhein Kaserne was located in the town of Biebrich along the Rhine River.
Wiesbaden Air Force Base was our staging area for our airborne operations.
Lee Barrack's across the river in Mainz, is where we had our jump briefings.
In 1972 our M2A1 105mm towed Howitzers was replaced by the M 102 105mm Howitzer.
1973 moved to Strassburg Kaserne in Idar - Oberstein.
At Strassburg Kaserne, the Battalion was deactivated as a airborne unit. Renamed the 2/81 FA
and now using the 155mm Self Propelled Howitzer.
Also in 1973 the Brigade's jump status came to an end. To keep your
jump status, you had to choose going to Vicenza, Italy or remain in Strassburg Kaserne as a leg
(non jumping status.)
1973 - 1983 the 1/509th Airborne located in Vicenza, Italy was assign to the Southern European
Task Force. Also in 1973 the 1/509th had a fourth company assigned to it, "designated Battery D."
To read more about the history of the 1/509 Airborne ~ Vicenza, Italy.
(Please email our Headquarters on main page if you have more information or corrections)
(Strassburg Kaserne closed in 2008)
5th Battalion, 81st FA
|March 12, 1971
|On maneuvers in
|Waiting for the weather condition
to improve over the drop zone.
|Farewell To The C-141
By Mike Novack
Thanks Mike for bring back
some old memories.
THE 8TH INFANTRY DIVISION
|1971 ~ 1972
|Lockheed C~130 Hercules
Wiesbaden Air Base
|THE 8TH INFANTRY DIVISION WAS
DEACTIVATED JANUARY 1992
~ MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ~
|Fort Dix, New Jersey
|Fort Sill, Oklahoma
(Top row, second one in on the left side)
Trained on the M2A1 105mm Towed Howitzer
From Basic Training To The 8th Infantry Division
1970 ~ 1972
|My first jump was in a
Fairchild C-119 ~ Flaying Boxcar
Also made jumps from the C-141 and C-130
|Click on photo ~ Fort Benning training 2013
|Click on photo ~ Fort Benning training 60's ~ 70's
|~ Click on photo ~
|~ Go Airborne! ~
|My old Post Cards
|Next Generation is Here !
|M2A1 has been taken out of service for a
number of years. It has been replace by the
M119A2~105mm Field Howitzer
|8th Division History
|70 Years After WWII US Last Tanks Leave Germany
At its peak Germany had some 6,000 tanks.
Ray Barracks, Friedberg Germany
Officially closed permanently August, 2007
|It had to come to an end someday but it's sad to see
our Barracks and Kaserns empty this way.