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  A Brief Stay in BK - A/36th Engineers (Combat)

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. 




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