|The "Border" Region Today||
This page is being developed to help you keep abreast of major developments in the area where your squadron was stationed. It will provide links to web sites related to Fulda, Bad Kissingen and Bad Hersfeld..
Those of you who revisit your former station are requested to send in information and photographs which can be helpful to others who are thinking of going back to have a look. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have some question about the area that other troops may be able to answer we can post them on the Message Board.
Here is a brief on the status of the kasernes that were our home stations during the Cold War. All three were vacated by the Blackhorse in the period 1992 - 1994. Daley Barracks in Bad Kissingen was vacated in Feb. 1992 when the squadron returned from duty in Kuwait and relocated to Wildflecken. McPheeters Barracks in Bad Hersfeld was similarly vacated in 1993 when the 3d Squadron completed its duty in Kuwait and returned directly to the United States.
Downs Barracks in Fulda was vacated in March 1994. Its now belongs to the German Federal Government. Much of the west motor pool area has been leased or sold for commercial operations. The barrack building in the southeast corner of the kaserne next to the mess hall is now a police station. The City plans to make administrative use of one other building. The remaining barracks and the airfield are offered for commercial redevelopment such as has already taken place in Bad Hersfeld. A new road is under construction to provide access to the kaserne from the north. Presently the parade ground is the stockpile site for construction materiel and equipment.
In Bad Kissingen all barracks buildings and motor pool sheds have been razed to make way for new construction, some of which has already begun. The mess hall building has been converted to business offices. A youth recreation center occupies the PX and EM Club. The NCO Club is a city police station. The Marine Hotel and the club annex is vacant. The housing area is still occupied by families of US troops based in Schweinfurt. Camp Wollbach serves as transient housing for refugees from the east.
Most of the barracks and motor pool buildings in the kaserne at Bad Hersfeld are already occupied by business offices and commercial operations. The headquarters building is used by agencies of the state government of Hesse.
If you patrol out to the sites of our former OPs you will find that most of the roads are now hard surfaced and the traffic consists of more than a few Mercedes. Nearly all traces of the border fence, 10 meter strip and guard towers have been removed. In Meiningen the main Soviet kaserne, which was in extremely sad shape when vacated in 1991, has deterriorated even further and will probably have to be demolished.
The US troops based closest to our former stations are the cavalry squadrons of the 1st Infantry and 1st Armored Divisions. The former is based at Budingen (see 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry ) and the latter at Conn Barracks north of Schweinfurt (see 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry )
Some information about the cities that we knew may be seen at the following links:
Italicized sites are in English
Fulda's population has grown from 42500 in 1950 to over 62000 today. The autobahn link from Kassel to Wuerzburg was completed in the 1960s. The link from Frankfurt via Hanau is complete with the exception of the last 15 km at the Fulda end. A major problem is the cost of the 1 mile long tunnel through the ridgeline at Schluechtern that connects the Vogelsberg to the Rhoen.
In Bad Kissingen the center of the city is a Kurgaeste zone and vehicle access is restricted. If you approach from the autobahn or from Schweinfurt use Ringstrasse to reach the sector of the former kaserne. Ringstrasse was constructed in the early 1960s when the Buergermeister, via a strategy in which 2nd Squadron played a key role, secured funding from the Bonn Government.
As you approach Bad Hersfeld from either Fulda or Frankfurt you will certainly notice how much growth has taken place since our time. And you will hardly believe the autobahn traffic. The autobahn connection to the East which during the Cold War dead-ended at the Iron Curtain is now one of the most heavily traveled routes in Germany.