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
~ 1971 ~
Grafenwohr, Germany
On the left is my old post card of Biebrich's river front in Germany.
The Rhein Kaserne Barracks is just beyond the buildings in the far distance of the left post card. On the
right is a newer photo of the area. I can see the area around the white building in the lower right hand
corner has been changing since 1970. This building was also featured in GI Blues, it is where Elvis and
Julliet Prowse boarded the cruise ship"Bonn." I know you could buy cruise tickets in the left side of the
building and it had public rest rooms.
I only wish I had known then what I know now !!
Please view the Biebrich:Rheinblick webcam. This time laps webcam is located in the area where the trees are
in the left postcard. It records the river front over a one month to one year period.
This area of the river front has not change much over the years since the pictures was taken.
I have spent many of my off time duty hours in this area.
For those that was station at the Army's Rhein Kaserne Barracks.
Map of Biebrich's River Front
Move the map to the left and fallow RheingaustraBe Road.
Rhein Kaserne is located between Wilhelm-Kalle-StraBe and GlarusstraBe Street.
Most of the buildings that was used, have been removed. In some of there locations,
trees and green areas were added.  
You can see another Bird's eye view of the river front at
You will find this link in the Category List at the bottom.
I like this link, you can see more details.
Battalion History
1972 - 1983
Rhein Kaserne/Wiesbaden, Germany
The Army's 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 most of our jump briefings.
In 1972 our M2A1 105mm towed Howitzers was replaced by the
M 102 105mm Howitzer.
During 1973 moved to Strassburg Kaserne in Idar - Oberstein.
At Strassburg Kaserne, the Battalion was deactivated as a airborne unit. Rename 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)
Bulletin Board
5th Battalion 81st FA
March 12, 1971
In 1975 Wiesbaden Air
was turned over to
the Army.
Waiting  for the  weather condition
to improve over the drop zone.
Winters are cold in Germany !
Lockheed C~130 Hercules
Wiesbaden Air Base.
Basic Training
Fort Dix, New Jersey
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
~ 1970 ~
(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
~ 1971 ~
The M2A1~105mm Field Howitzer pictured below has been
taken out of service for a number of years. It has been
replace by the M119A2~105mm Field Howitzer.
70 Years After WWII US Last Tanks Leave Germany.
At its peak Germany had some 6,000 U.S. Armored vehicles.
It had to come to an end someday but it's really sad to
see our Barracks and Kaserns empty this way.
Only fading memories of an era gone by remains.
Current Satellite Images
Rhine Kaserne
Airborne Artillery
Current Satellite Images
Ray Barracks
3rd Armored
Current Satellite Images
Lucius D. Clay Kaserne
Current Satellite Images
Strassburg Kaserne
Current Satellite Images
Lee Barracks
Airborne Infantry
~ Ray Barracks ~
Friedberg, West Germany
Visit to former U.S. Army Base.
Independent U.S. Military News
~ See up to date news ~
Current Satellite Images
Barton Kaserne
1st Armored
Airborne School
Fort Benning, Georga
Artillery School
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
~ Welcome To Germany ~
Assign To The Rhein Kaserne
It would be interesting to hear what General George S. Patton
had to say about all of this if he was still living.
U.S. 1st Cavalry Division
Railhead Operations at
14th/11th Armored Cavalry
McPheeters Kaserne
Visit to former U.S. Army Base.
Front of the present Ehemalige ~ Rhein-Kaserne
Back of the present Ehemalige
Elvis Presly, U.S. Army Soldier
Germany 1958 ~ 1960
Circa 1930
Current Satellite Image
McPheeters Barracks
Army Posts in Germany
During The Cold War
Current Satellite Images
Cooke Barracks
4th Armored
Air Drops From C-17s
On maneuvers in Germany
~ 1972
This picture shows some of the area in
back of the Rhein Kaserne.
The tower on the left was used by the
Parchute Riggers to hang their parchutes.
March 12, 1971 ~ Receive orders to report to Fort Lewis,
Washington for Vietnam duty.
Short time after arriving I was sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey
for depoyment in Germany.
To US Field Artillery
Sky Soldier
Galveston  1969
Tribute to Glen Campbell
April 22, 1936 ~ August 8, 2017
Song of a Vietnam Soldier
Exercise Combined Resolve
U.S. Armed Forces uses Armored vehicles that have been kept in reserve
in Germany, ready for fast deployment.
By Herb Walker
Must see this !
C-141 ~ Starlifters
Load up, airborne assault !
Must see !
National Airborne Day
~ 16th.
~ NEW ~
Drone Fly By Over
Ray Barracks at Friedburg, Germany.
T-10 Static Line Parachute.
This system was first introduced
in 1952.
T-11 Advanced Tactical
Parachute System. Design for a
slower descent.
All New
~ Gone But Not Forgotten ~
Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof webcam
Main train station where I made my phone calls to
home. Also, I went to Frankfurt from this train station.
There is a scene in the movie
GI Blues "1960" that
featured this Bahnhof.
"The top of the Rock"
Former US Army Training Center
Drake - Edwards Kasernes
Frankfurt, Germany
Taken 2008 by Wolfgang Pehlemann ~ Wiesbaden, Germany
My Old Post Card Photo
Goppingen, Germany
Friedberg, Germany
Garlstedt, Germany
Ansbach, Germany
GI Blues filming locations in Germany.
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