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.
Battalion History
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)
Bulletin Board
5th Battalion, 81st FA
March 12, 1971
Airborne Training
In 1975 Wiesbaden Air
was turned over to
the Army.
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.
1971 ~ 1972
Lockheed C~130 Hercules
Wiesbaden Air Base
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
70 Years After WWII US Last Tanks Leave Germany
At its peak Germany had some 6,000 tanks.
It had to come to an end someday but it's sad to see
our Barracks and Kaserns empty this way.
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Rhein Kaserne
Airborne Artillery
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Ray Barracks
3rd Armorded
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Lucius D. Clay Kaserne
2nd Armorder
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Strassburg Kaserne
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Lee Barracks
Airborne Infantry
Ray Barracks
Visit to former U.S. Army Base
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