LEE BARRACKS

ROBERT E LEE BARRACKS MAINZ GERMANY

(SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA)

The Lee Barracks were a barracks in Mainz, Germany. It was named after Captain Robert E. Lee, who as 1st Lieutenant had performed a particularly courageous mission on November 17, 1944 (General Order October 11, 1956) even though it was often assumed that it was named after the most successful general of the Confederate Army Robert Edward Lee (which would have been politically completely incorrect). Today, large parts of the Mainz-Gonsenheim district are located on the property.

In 1949, US armed forces took over the Kathen barracks, which was subsequently given the name “Lee Barracks”. American soldiers, their families and their housing estates, NCO Club, ballpark, Bowling Alley and the Panzerwerk on the border to Mombach shaped the Gonsenheim townscape for the next decades. The Mainz Sand Dunes were again used for military exercises. With the fall of communism in the cause of the Peaceful Revolution in the GDR in 1989, the need for large units of mechanized forces in Germany no longer existed. The 8th US Infantry Division was needed during Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm and large parts, including the Ready First Combat Team, were deployed in the Middle East.

The 8th US Infantry Division was inactivated at a solemn ceremony in Bad Kreuznach on 17 January 1992, and the American contingent withdrew from Mainz. The area became a conversion area.

10 thoughts on “LEE BARRACKS

  1. Stationed at Lee Barracks in 1973 & 1974, Co A, 4th Bn, 69th Armor. Lots of good memories.

  2. It was named after United States Army Captain Robert Elward Lee (1920–1945), who as a first lieutenant had performed a particularly courageous mission on November 17, 1944 (General Order October 11, 1956) during World War II. It was often mistakenly assumed that the barracks was named after the 19th century general of the Army of Northern Virginia Robert Edward Lee.

    1. Good to find this out 32 years after I left. Some of my buddies were offended by the misunderstanding.

  3. WAS THERE FROM 1962-1965 8TH ABN B CO. 1/504–1/509 HAD GOOD TIMES AND BAD TIMES.

    1. hey! got there in Nov 62 and got out 1 Apr 65. What units, jobs, names of others, etc?
      Jerry Hilson, Everett WA

      1. I was there in 1980 when St. Helens blew. co. c 4 bn 69th ar 8th inf. div.

      2. i was there in 1980 when St.Helens blew. 45n tank turret mechanic m60 a3 series. co. c 4 bn 69th ar 8th inf. div. Lake Stevens, Wash.

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