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28th Transportation Battalion
37th Transportation Group

Looking for more information from military/civilian personnel assigned to or associated with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1945 to 1989. If you have any stories or thoughts on the subject, please contact me.


History (19..-19..)

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Patch worn from 1951 to ..

SUBORDINATE UNITS
SUBORD UNIT
STATION
CTRY
SUBORD UNIT
STATION
CTRY
1st Trans Co
Maison Fort
FR
109th Trans Co
Mannheim
GE
Mannheim
GE
150th Trans Co
Mannheim
GE
66th Trans Co
Kaiserslautern
GE
Mannheim
GE
68th Trans Co
Ingrandes
FR
501st Trans Co
Kaiserslautern
GE
Bremerhaven
GE
595th Trans Co
Mannheim
GE
Giessen
GE
598th Trans Co
Ingrandes
FR
Battalion History
1949 - present
28th Transportation Bn DUI
(Sources: 28th Transportation Battalion, a unit history compiled by the Transportation Historian, Fort Eustis, Virginia; online copy at Biggs Library and Information Center; 37th Transportation Highway Transport Division, Germany, 1952. Yearbook 1952)
1952
ORGANIZATION (1952):

UNIT DESIGNATION

DUTY STATION COMMENTS
HHD, 28th Trans Trk Bn Turley Bks, Mannheim  
66th Trans Hvy Trk Co Mannheim [1]
69th Trans Hvy Trk Co Mannheim [1]
89th Trans Hvy Trk Co Mannheim [1]
388th Trans Trk Co Mannheim [1]  
[1] STATION LIST, Dec 1952
1958
ORGANIZATION (1958) [2]:

UNIT DESIGNATION

DUTY STATION COMMENTS
HHD, 28th Trans Trk Bn Turley Bks, Mannheim [3]  
68th Trans Co (Med Trk) (26' S&P) Ludwigsburg [2]
69th Trans Co (Med Trk) (26' S&P) Turley Bks, Mannheim [3]
501st Trans Co (Lt Trk) Ludwigsburg [2]  

[2] Source: The Transportation Movement System in USAREUR - 1958; STATION LIST, April 1957
[3] Source: Email from Bryan Hackett, 69th Trans Co.


1980
(Source: Email from Mike Taylor)
I was searching the Internet for my old units and came across this site.

I was stationed at Spinelli Barracks from 1980 to 1983. At the time, the battalion consisted of the 40th Trans Co., 109th Trans Co. (POL), the 377th Trans Co. (HET’s), and the 150th Trans Co. The battalion also operated Trailer Transfer Post TTGulf (later to redesignated 260 Trans Det).

I initially was assigned to the 109th under a Captain Roach. I was later reassigned to the 150th Trans Co. (Cpt. Key) and served as the detachment Commander as a young 1st LT.

Before leaving Germany, I worked on the S-2/3 staff (Maj Foye) at Battalion headquarters.

The funniest thing I can remember while there was the change of command between LTC Shellenbarger and LTC Swartz. Immediately after the flag exchange from one to the other, soldiers from the 40th Trans. Co. barracks blasted the music “Another One Bites the Dust”. It was all taken in good spirits for an excellent out going commander.
If you have more information on the history or organization of the 28th Transportation Bn, please contact me.

 
1st Transportation Company
 
1960
(Source: Email from Lee Young)

I was with the 1st Transportation Co. at Maison Fort, Orleans, France, APO 58 from May 1960 thru Jan 1963.

I enlisted in 1960 when I was actually 15 years old. Recruiters knew a lot of tricks then. I joined 1st Trans in May and had just turned 16. The 1st was a refrigerated co. and was changing to cargo. We had about a week of training in M52 semis which was mostly learning to back.

There were truck terminals from southern France to Germany. We mostly would run to Ingrandes and turn around or Vitry La François where we would sometimes spend the night or turn around.

Each T.T. (trailer transfer point) had a dispatch, maintenance and tire shop. Trucks were governed at just over 50 mph which was just fast enough to get beside a bouncing betty and get hung up. We would often take the governor line from carb. Seals were easy to come by. We had a good safety record though. I only recall one serious wreck. The guy was killed in a turnover. I can't recall his name but I know he had a good friend named Yoakum.

I left there in Jan. 1963 and came back to Camp Des Loges, France in Oct 63. For a year or so I drove from the motor pool at Bel Manoir mostly for school runs and field trips for students at PAHS. Later I drove shuttle bus at CDL motor pool where we ran hourly scheduled runs from CDL to the Etoile in Paris. We would carry French workers, dependants and G.I.'s. back and forth from Paris with stops at metros, Bel Manoir, SHAPE and housing areas in between. I can't recall if they were 24 hrs. or 6 am til midnight.

The first time I flew over on a M.A.T.S. PROP. Airplane, returned on the ship Upshur and second time over and back on the Patch.

Some of the guys I served with were Turner, Todd, Drew, Adkins, Locke, Conatser, Ron Rebella, Wally King and Patrick Ryan. Have some good memories of France.

I would love to see posts from some of the guys.


 
40th Transportation Company
 
1957
(Source: Email from Everett Coppock, 62nd Trans Co & 40th Trans Co, 1956-59)
Some information about the 40th Transportation Company (POL), Mannheim:

I was transferred from the 62nd Trans Co (Hvy) in Karlsruhe to the 40th in February 1957 and stayed with the 40th until September 1959.

We had a 1st Sgt by the name of William A. Horton. My Pltn Sgt was SFC Byers. I will have to take some time to remember some of the other names as it has been awhile.

Out job was to haul fuel from Pforzheim (south and north) to the British Zone in and around Hannover. During field training with (combat) divisions we went all over Germany.

We (also) hauled fuel for the PX gas stations and the different kasernes on TDY duty.

Two platoons were out and one was back at the company area in Mannheim.

Had a lot of fun and saw a lot of Germany during this tour in Europe.

Hope this helps. If you find anybody who served with the 62nd Trans please let me know.


 
1963
(Source: Email from James DeClerck, 377th Trans Co & 40th Trans Co, 1963-64)
Thanks for your note.  My original comments about the 40th Transportation Company were a response to a note from Mr. John R. Sitten, a Captain at the time I knew him in 1963/1964 when he was a member of the 15th QM Bn.  His comments are included in the 15th QM Bn section. My comments are intended to correct some of the 40th Transportation Company place and personnel names and to add some incremental information. 

At the time I was assigned to the 40th, the Company was subordinate to the 15th QM Bn, and had a general support mission in support of 7th Army. 

During 1963/64 the headquarters of the 181st Transportation Bn was also located at Turley Barracks, along with some of their subordinate units: 342nd Transportation Company and 41st Transportation Company.  Also at Turley Barracks was an MP unit, a U. S. Army Claims Office, an EM Club, and an exchange.  The 181st's heavy truck company, the 377th Transportation Company, was located at Coleman Barracks in nearby Sandhofen.

Click here for Jim's original email about the 40th Trans Co.

 
69th Transportation Company
 
1958
(Source: Email from Bryan Hackett)
I noticed you have the 69th Trans Co. listed on the 53rd Trans Bn page.

The 69th was in the 29th Trans Bn. I was with the 69th Trans Co. in 1958/59, at Turley Barracks , Mannheim.

 
1974
(Source: Email from Tom Pickett, 69th Transportation Company, 1974-1976)
Love your site on transportation. I joined the Army in 1974 and got out in 1976.

After basic they sent me to Spinelli Barracks (Mannheim) where I was a clerk in the 69th Transportation Company. We had 49 International 2000D tractors and hauled everything.

After about four months of the 69th Transportation Company they deactivated it and changed our company to the 40th Transportation Company, took our lovely 2000D tractors away and gave us 49 tactical M818s with 49 5000 gallon tankers of which we exclusively carried JP4. We were the only tactical company at Spinelli at this time.

Our CO was Charles R. Wernoski (excuse the spelling), he was a great CO. He certainly knew about transportation companies and trucks.

Today (Nov 2007), there are 6 companies with over 300 tractors stationed at Spinelli Barracks. However, the place is deserted, they are all in Iraq.

 

Company sign at Krabbenloch Kaserne
 
70th Transportation Company
 
1954 - 1955 (24th Trans Trk Bn)
(Source: Email from Bill Yehle, 109th and 70th Transportation Companies at Krabbenloch Kaserne, 1954-1955)
I volunteered for the draft, and was inducted in my home town of Milwaukee Wisconsin, on Friday October 2, 1953. After my physical, they put me on a train to Ft. Leonard Wood Missouri. Once there, I was indoctrinated and given my eight weeks of infantry basic training in Battery C - 93rd AFA Bn. ~ 6th Armored Division.

After that, from 12/21/1953 to 2/12/1954, I did another eight weeks in the truck drivers school at Ft. Riley Kansas. I came out of there as a heavy vehicle driver with an MOS of 1931.

1. Bill Yehle on board the USS Harry Taylor
  Next I was assigned to a construction engineer company at what then was called Camp Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There I drove a warrant officer around in a jeep for a while until our company was sent up into the mountains to Camp Hale, to resurface the roads. While there, I used a 3/4 ton weapons carrier and drove the surveyors around. I got sick of that in short order, and wanted to go to Germany where two of my grandparents came from. I went to the personnel office and tried to get on a levy to go to Germany. They said nope, no truck drivers needed over there right now, but how would you like to go to the Far East? I thought anyplace would be better than Camp Hale, so I signed up for that. I got the Yellow Fever and all the other shots I needed to go to the Far East and next thing I knew my orders came. Ludwigsburg Germany! I was elated! I guessed that the army figured, "This guy wants to go to the Far East, so we'll send him to Germany". Somehow, I just couldn't believe that they were doing me a favor and giving me what I really wanted.

I left for Germany in about May of 1954, had a 2 week delay in route that I spent at home, then on to Camp Kilmer New Jersey where I sat and waited a couple of more weeks for my ship to come in. While waiting, I took a couple of trips to New York City. When I finally got on the ship the USS Harry Taylor, it took us fourteen days to get to Bremerhaven Germany.
     

2. POL truck of the 109th Trans Co
  I was bussed from there to Zweibrucken and from there I took the train to Ludwigsburg and Krabbenloch Kaserne. At first, I was assigned to the 109th Transportation Company and I drove a 5 ton M-52 tractor, and hauled gasoline tank trailers. We would go to the gas dump, not too far from Ludwigsburg, fill our tank trailer and then drive to the various U.S. army kasernes in the area to replenish their gas stations fuel supplies. I did this for a few months and then I was transferred to the 70th Transportation Company, also at Krabbenloch Kaserne. There I still drove a M-52 tractor but the 70th hauled stake and platform trailers. Usually we drove in convoys with the S&P trailers, where when hauling gas we were always alone. Each job had it's benefits and drawbacks compared to the other.
     

3. Main Gate, Krabbenloch Kaserne, Ludwigsburg, 1955
 
  At one point I was assigned TDY to the 69th Trans Co in Mannheim, and we convoyed to France and set up a tent city in a field near the town of La Rochelle on the Bay of Biscay. The object of that, was that the army was doing a study to see if it was more efficient to disperse supplies brought in by a ship, by truck or rail. We were of course the truck part of the study. As I said before, we had set up a tent city near the water where there was a dock. The truck drivers would drive their trucks down to a marshalling yard at the dock, leave them there, and hop a duce-and-a-half shuttle truck back to their tent. The ships would unload the supplies into LST's and DUKW's, and they would bring the cargo in to the dock and then cranes would lift the load out of the watercraft and drop it onto our trucks. The truck drivers would wait in the tent city until a message was sent up from the marshalling yard that their truck was loaded and ready to go. This operation went on 24 hours a day. When a truck was loaded, be it noon or midnight, we'd be called down to our truck, be handed a strip map of where our load was going, and away we'd go. Talk about getting lost, I think I was lost more than I wasn't, especially at night. Eventually we'd get where we were going, get unloaded, drive back to the marshalling yard and it would all start over. That was quite an experience.

4. 109th Trans Co billets, Krabbenloch Ksn

5. Tents on Bay of Biscay
   

6. Driver and truck, 69th Trans Co

7. DUKWs land on Bay of Biscay beach

8. LCM


9. Maintenance

10. Convoy

11. Company day room
 

12. Military casualty

13. Commercial casualty

14. Civilian casualty
 
       
Another time we were camped near Kassel Germany and were hauling cargo through the Eastern Zone and into West Berlin. We were a little nervous on that job. We were always wondering what the Russian soldiers were going to do. There was never an incident though, that I heard of. The area where we were camped had been a Luftwaffe air base during WWII. There wasn't much left of any of the structures. There had been some underground hangers that were only partially destroyed and a building still standing that looked as if it might have been an officers club. The bar was still intact, and there were paintings on the walls in the bar room. If I remember correctly, the paintings depicted ladies in various stages of undress. When we weren't driving we used to explore the building and hangers.

Other times, our convoy duty would take us to Dachau, and on one occasion we got there on a Saturday and had Sunday to sightsee. The WWII German concentration camp at Dachau was something to see. The building with the gas chamber and buildings with the ovens where they tried to cremate the remains of the gassed people were still standing. The whole area was set up as a memorial. The bodies of the gassed people were eventually too numerous to cremate so they just dug pits and buried them. There was one sign that said "Grave of Thousands Unknown". Prior to my service in Germany in 1954 and 1955 WWII was just something I had heard about. Seeing all this really opened my eyes.

On a lighter note, directly across the street from the gate at Krabbenloch Kaserne was a gasthaus that had worked out an agreement with the U.S. soldiers. We weren't permitted to bring alcoholic beverages on post. There was a beer hall for the enlisted men, but nothing stronger was served. So if we wanted something more potent, we'd call that gasthaus across the street and order a schnitzel with pickles. One of the barmaids would bring our order across the street to the gate and the G.I. would meet her there. What she'd bring was a schnitzel all right, but wrapped up with it came a bottle of cognac. While I was there, I never heard of anyone getting caught doing that either.

There were other underhanded goings on too, only of a more serious note. One of the guys felt he needed more money, so while he was on guard duty and walking the perimeter of the Kaserne at night, he tried to sell a spare tire off of one of the trucks to a "Comrade" who just happened to be walking around outside of the fence. He had the deal all set up and was delivering the tire to "Comrade" when he found out that "Comrade" was actually an M.P. in disguise. We never saw that guy again.
 

15. Company clerk and company commander arm wrestling at "picnic"
  On one occasion, we truck drivers were given a picnic, I guess you could call it, for driving so many thousand miles without an accident. They set up a beer tent on the parade ground and we all had all the beer we wanted. Everyone had a good time including the officers. There were a lot of big heads the following morning, but it was a good chance for the enlisted men to get to know the officers and sergeants better. It made for an all around better working relationship.
     
In August of 1955 my orders for rotation back to the "Land of The Round Doorknob" (the USA) came in, and I was sent to Rein Main airbase in Frankfort. After what seemed like a month of waiting around, which anyone ever associated with the army knows all about, they put me on a MATS plane and flew me back to an airport in New York (name forgotten). Then it was a train to Ft. Sheridan Illinois and finally separation on August 29, 1955. I had to spend six more years in the inactive reserve before I finally was sent my discharge papers. Finis.


377th Transportation Company (David DeLancey)
 
377th Transportation Company
 
1981
(Source: Email from David J. DeLancey, 1981-1983)
I was sad to not see anyone with memories of the 377th at Spinelli Barracks. I was there for a short time 1981-1983. I was in the 1st Platoon truck # 113 when the unit had the M-911C HET with the M-747 “Dragon Wagon” trailer.

I think the most vivid memories I have is the long convoys we use to be involved in. We were the only unit in West Germany along with the CLG who had the HET. We went everywhere in convoy, and the mandatory speed limit was 37 miles per hour with a 42 mile per hour catch up speed. The truck master and Ops Sergeant had the key for the tachograph charts and were changed every week. If you were caught for speeding you could loose miles, and some pay as well as rank.

We seemed to go to Fulda quite a bit to get the 11th ACR’s tanks and bring them to Graf. This was a 2 to 3 day trip and usually the guys from the 11th were never there to sign for the tanks when we arrived at Graf. The CC “Convoy Commander” would get pissed off at the tankers and find an open field where we could “combat offload” the M-60’s. This was done by unchaining the tank and unchaining the ramps leaving them in the up position we would go as fast as we could in reverse and slam on the brakes where the tanks would roll off the trailer and eventually to a stop in the field somewhere.

One of the more fun places to go as a HET driver was to Mainz Army Depot. It was here that the German Civilian mechanics would have a chance to test rebuilt tanks on a kind of race track built for tanks. We would off load in the center of the track and watch the tanks drive around and around while the CC was tidying up paper work for the return trip home.

It was almost a sure thing that somewhere along the 'Bahn (Autobahn) a German National would have an encounter with one of our HET’s and most of the time would loose because of bad judgment on their part.

There was several times where we would stop for a break at a Tankstelle and get a schnitzel sandwich or a Bratwurst mit Broetchen. Occasionally a driver would get a box of Mon Cheri chocolates with liquor in them and would be half way drunk by the time we got to our destination.

During the refitting of the armored forces in Germany with new M-1’s we were tasked with the CLG to haul all M-60’s to Mainz or Kaiserslaurtern Army Depots. I distinctly remember falling under the command of the CLG commander. We were going to Kitzingen then to Mainz and back to Kitzingen all week. Coincidentally there was a Volksfest on the Airfield at Kitzingen so we over indulged. The following morning we were on our way to Mainz as the convoy rolled on it kept getting slower and slower. It seemed as if our CLG in charge had fallen asleep behind the wheel of his M-880 escort vehicle.

I could go on and on but I will stop for now. I have attached a photo of my M-911 who I was partnered up with PFC Phyllis Moulton of Louisiana this young lady was one of the best HET drivers I had ever seen.

Chain of Command:
78th TC CO Fred G. Watson
1SG Franzen
1st Platoon Sergeant, SFC Houle
1st Squad Leader, Charles “Chuck” Meese


1983
(Source: Email from Ronald L. Everhart, 1983-1986)
I came to the 377th Trans in the years 1983-1986 having just been directly appointed to WO-1. I attended the basic warrant officer course at APG, Maryland immediately before deploying to Germany. With me came my wife and two kids.

We got satisfactory govt quarters almost imediately due to the dilligence of my BMO for the 28th Trans BN, CWO-3 Ron Ross. We became very good friends.

I also became the very best of friends with my company commander, Capt Mike Mamer and with his wife, Capt Roseanne Mamer as well as did my wife Judy...

The next three years we trained with and commanded the best collection of soldiers I've seen before or since in my varied 20 year carreer. This great assignment was also made possible by the fine leadership of LTC Tom Schwartz..

I was subsequently promoted to CWO-2 Before moving on to the Warrant Officer Advanced Course and other assignments ending with Desert Storm 1991.

 
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