FERRIS BARRACKS ERLANGEN GERMANY
This site welcomes all former military personnel and dependents once stationed here. Keeping the place alive with our stories, memories and photos. Feel free to leave your thoughts and memories in our guest book and message board.
Many units passed through these gates while it was open. Like the 2nd Bn 81st Armor, 1st Bn. 46th Infantry, 1st Bn 35th Armor, 46th Medical Unit, 3rd Bn 37th Armor, 2nd Bn 50th Infantry, 81st Field Artillery, 83rd Field Artillery, 2nd Bn 70th Armor, 2nd Bn 6th Infantry, 1st Bn 30th Infantry, 3rd Bn 34th Armor, 1st Bn 30 Artillery, 2nd Bn 37th Armor, 501st MP Company and a platoon from the 630th MP Company of the 793rd MP Bn, 47th Forward Support Battalion, 123rd Maint Bn, HHC 2nd Bde, 1st Battalion 94th Field Artillery, 16th Engineer Bn, 4/70th Armor and the 529th Ordnance Company.
Some of the older units there during the 50’s and 60’s were the 720th Field Artillery Battalion, 5th Bn. 73rd Artillery, 43rd AA, 126th Ordnance Company, 1/36 Field Artillery, 48th Anti-Aircraft-Artillery Bn. 599th Artillery, 516th Searchlight Bn, 30th FA Bn, 485th Combat Engineers, 237th Combat Engineers, 120th Medical Dispensary, one platoon from the 144th Signal Battalion and one platoon from the 504th S&T.
Ferris Barracks was named in honor of 2LT Jeffery C. Ferris. A member of the 2nd Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. Lt. Ferris was killed at Tunisia during World War II. The units at Ferris Barracks have changed often. On 28 June 1994, Ferris Barracks was closed and officially turned over to the German Government.
“Ferris Barracks may be gone, but we can keep it alive with our stories,
memories and photos.” James Temperly (Quote from Old Guest Book)
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28 thoughts on “FERRIS BARRACKS”
Stationed at Ferris Barracks from 91 to 93. Medic with HHC 2-70th Armor.
One of my best assignments with some of my fondest memories
Can’t seem to find out any information about the unit I was with there in Erlangen. 1961 – 62. 83rd Field Artillery, 1st How Bn, Btry A. Our outfit was moved from Fort Bragg to Erlangen in 1961. 1st winter was really cold. Shipped us there with no long John’s. That’s the Army for you, we got long John the next year. Was in Como MOS (310) section. I remember walking guard duty at night around a special truck that carried Nuke rounds for 8” Howitzers and thinking I don’t ever want to be anywhere around if these get used, I think the guns only had about 20 mile range. Can not find any information about us being there. Our sections Sargent’s wife was from Erlangen, which made it a lot of fun. Her mom owned a guesthoust there.
My name is Sandra. My fiance family (Lewis) was there 73′-76′. He often reminisce of the time he spent there as a pre-teen.
For Xmas I’m creating him a wall of his past and present adventures in his man cave. I would love to include some pictures from that era at Ferris. If you have a few pictures of the base that you would be willing to share for his wall< I would greatly appreciated!
Was there 84-86. 3/34 armor mechanic.
I was station with the 2nd Plt 630th MP Company there from 79-82.
I was a company clerk in B 1/46 from 1974 to 1976. It was a fantastic time to be there.
I was stationed at Ferris Barracks in ’73 – ’74, 1/35 Armor B Co as a company clerk and later HQ Company. I remember the Supply Building Fire! Great place to relive my memories.
I was at the 564th medical detacment, at the 20th station Hospital, and lived at O’Darby kassern from 1966 to 1967, E 4 dental lab tech,,,Jack Johnsen
I was stationed at Ferris barracks from 1970-1973. 1st AD 35th Armor, Charlie Co. At that time my crew ( I was an Sgt. E5 tank commander) appropriately named Company Clowns sank a M60 in a bog while on maneuvers. We received the Golden shovel award!.
Good morning all. Great day this morning. Just finished mowing the lawn, now a little time for the old days which I miss.
Name: Thomas Porter
Location: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Comments: Back in 1951-53, I was an Army brat living in Erlangen. This was before they built dependent housing, so our family lived at 8 Atzelsberger Steige, west of Strawberry Hill. The neighborhood had American families scattered throughout it. This was still during the military occupation and the large cities had extensive war damage. I’ve always felt fortunate to have been in Germany at this time and remember it fondly.
Name: Scott McCall
Location: Ukiah, CA.,
Comments: Was a Ferris Barracks from 1984 to 1986 with C co. 2/81 ar.. The best place I was every stationed, remember very good times! Great exchange rate, great time to be there.