A Brief Stay in BK - A/36th Engineers
On our side of the street, the armored
cavalry had dug in for the long haul. Unless there was a
radical change in thinking and stationing plans, as long as
there was a border mission, there would be cavalry troopers
in Bad Kissingen. Across the parade field, however,
particularly in the 1950s and 1960s, units would
occasionally come and go. Sometimes, these movements were
driven by the gyroscope program that saw battalions,
brigades and even full divisions rotate from the United
States to Germany for three or four years and then return
stateside. Inside Germany, other unit moves were based on
mission evolution, home station locations were adjusted, the
troops would pack up their bags and move on.
One such unit enjoying a brief stay at Daley Barracks in
the mid 1960s was Company A of the 36th Engineer
Battalion (Combat) VII Corps. Ed Kozart, who has done a
superior job in collecting photographs to bring the history
of his battalion on line, picks up the narrative.
-- We were at Fort Leonard Wood in 1961 and the unit went
to Germany during the Berlin Crisis in Oct. of 1961.
HQ-B & C Company went to Bendlach, Germany and A Company
went to Bayreuth Germany. That was only 6 miles apart. We
did not have a D Company when we went to Germany.
There was a D Company, 237th Engineers in Bayreuth and
first they were attached to the 82nd making them our D
Company. In 1963, D Company was permanently assigned to us.
I think the reason they attached D Co 237th to us was
because they had the Atomic Demolition Munitions
responsibility and they trained a lot of our guys.
About the middle of 1962, the Battalion was moved to
Bamburg (HQ-B & C Company). A Company was moved to Bad
Kissingen. D Co. 237th stayed in Bayreuth.
D Company went to Bamburg around the 1st part of 1964 to
join the battalion as D Company of the 82nd engineers
I was told A Company left Bad Kissingen for Bamburg
around 1966 where they joined the battalion.
For an enjoyable trip back to the days of the white name
tape Army and military life as it was captured on film on
the other side of the street, enjoy a visit with Ed Cozart
and his friends. Ed sent us this set of images to give you
an idea of content waiting at his web site, captions were
not necessary, the images are immediately recognizable.