ROBERT E LEE BARRACKS MAINZ GERMANY
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.
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I was stationed at Lee Barracks from 77 – 78 CSC 4/69 Armor Bn. Sgt ( E-5 ) 19 D 20. Good ole crazy 8 NCO Academy Baumholder. Lived in apt. at Nachtsrasse 7 near train station.Loved every day in Mainz. Retired vet.
I was stationed here in 1955. Back then, it was known as Mangin Kaserne. I was a message center clerk with the 259th Field Artillery Missile Battalion (Cpl). Our Battalion moved here from Ft. Bliss, Texas. The location is actually in Gonsenheim, Germany, a part of Mainz.
Trying to find the name of the high rise apartments near Gonsenheim Wild Park. We were there in 1990.
I lived in mainz Gonsenheim ,don’t remember them in 1977 , got a German friend from there I’ll ask
The area (and street address) is Elsa-Brandström-Strasse. There are several high rises still today.
Don’t know that name was there from 74 to 77
According to Wikipedia it was built in 76…. Official name Diana am Wildpark..
I was there 1961-1963 39th Ord Detachment
1976-1978 A Co Mechanized turned 21 at the barracks. spent most of the time in the field at Graf, Baumholder, Wildflecken, GDP at Fulda Gap, Top sure knew how to do up a beer tent watched movies on the side of a deuce, and did we play a shit load of spades sitting on top of our APCs.
Was there 75 left 77 medic 2/28 Graf was the best field prob Baum was the worst, always wanted to go back and see Lee Barracks or Victorian club in Wiesbaden
Question for you since you were a Medic for 2/28. Do you remember a CPL Ottobonie? He Kept having the clap from going to the Crazy Sexy across the street from Wienerwald and the train station.
I am Doc Lee 2nd to 28th INF and am looking to see if any of my old buddies are still out there. I tried to talk to Springer but he was insulting to me as if I had done something to him which I did not understand why he acted like that. Beagle Bill, Pineconin, Shorty, Tony, Robert E Lee, Bill Bradley , and all the guys I thought were my friends who we talked about after we were out but I guess I thought to much of our connection back then, but I truly loved you guys, and felt lost for a while after I left. If anyone finds this email@example.com n a way to contact if you want buddies.
1982 – 1985 CSC 2/28 INF “Black Lions”, AT CO 3/8 INF
I was at Robert.E.Lee 1979 ~ 1982 A/co 2nd 87th Infantry division mech unit 2nd platoon 2nd squad #1 M60 gunner 3 years in a row 8th Div Patch I miss mainz germany 🇩🇪 everyday wish I could live there for my final days ….US ARMY VETERAN
Same with me those were the good old days, I to wish could finish last Days there the way use to be (exclud Baumholder)
Stationed at Lee Barracks in 1973 & 1974, Co A, 4th Bn, 69th Armor. Lots of good memories.
Also there in 73 and 74 in HHC 4/69
B Co 4/69 Oct. Oct. 1972- Nov. 1975. HHC Nov., 1975-June 1975. LT Colonels Brudvig and Schlieper.
I was in HHC Commo and was battalion mail clerk till Oct 74
I was a medic 2/28 Lee barracks from Sept 73 to Nov 76 .
’63 to ’66 Field Commo
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.
Good to find this out 32 years after I left. Some of my buddies were offended by the misunderstanding.
WAS THERE FROM 1962-1965 8TH ABN B CO. 1/504–1/509 HAD GOOD TIMES AND BAD TIMES.
hey! got there in Nov 62 and got out 1 Apr 65. What units, jobs, names of others, etc?
Jerry Hilson, Everett WA
I was there in 1980 when St. Helens blew. co. c 4 bn 69th ar 8th inf. div.
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.
In 1980 I was in A.CO 2ND 87TH INFANTRY DIVISION MECH UNIT 2ND PLATOON 2ND SQUAD M60 GUNNER 8TH DIVISION PATCH ROBERT E LEE BARRACKS Rudy.M proud to have served US ARMY
I was there 67-70 1st Battalion Hdq Support Plt 1/509
67-70 1/509 1st Battalion Hd Qtr