I was stationed at C/B from 1968 thru 1972 attached to the 48th Transportation Company and have been watching this website for about two years now it seems. So far I have seen only one other 48th Trans alumni post to the Guest-book. We have since been in touch via email and he put me in touch with one other old friend as well. Thanks to Paul Gobert, and shout out to Sid "The Weasel" Cantrell too! Gotta love the power of the Internet!
Update on me: My wife and I just moved to Vancouver, Washington after living 32 years in Southern California (a slight climate change to say the least) Life seemed to be going along just fine when, on November 19th 2004 a knock at the door at 4:30 AM brought news that our 20 y/o daughter had lost her life in an Off Roading accident earlier that evening. She was a passenger in a Jeep, and while they were making their way down a mountain, the sun went down and darkness of night had set in. Long story short, the driver failed to negotiate a hairpin turn and plunged 300 feet down a rocky ravine. Our daughters injuries proved instantly fatal. After dealing with all the emotions that accompany the loss of a child we felt it was time for a drastic change, besides, two of our older children as well as our 7 grand-kids live in Vancouver these days, and we've wanted to be closer to them for a while anyway. So here we are. If anyone else lives in this neck-o-the woods, give us a Holler.
My days in Goeppingen were some of the best times of my life, and I would really like to hear how things are going for some of my old friends and acquaintances too. So if you knew me or were there during the same period of time, or attached to the 48th Trans at any time for that matter, it's time to sound off!
It would be really great to see a lot of participation on this board. Thanks David, for your unselfish efforts in creating cookebarracks.com and giving us all a place to gather, and share some memories of our youth.
Was there from 70 to 72, Steve but was 4AD (later 1AD). Do u remember the name of your CO in 70 and 71? Was a Major I think but I can't remember his name. Among other things I did the (reliable) post courier and distribution system and published the Cooke Barracks Daily Bulletin (which was not a daily publication).
The last CO I remember was Major Downer (sounds more like a metaphor for a habitual pessimist though) LOL
I remember once during an "escape and evasion" exercise he was one of the first ones caught and returned to the mock Prison Camp. While I was diligently trying to make my way through the pitch black forest to the LZ for extraction and not an eye witness, the story was that Major Downer was placed into a wall locker and the men had a real good time beating it like a drum until he couldn't take no more.
Don't seem to remember him, although I must have known him at the time. Not many VII Corps patches at Cooke. He must have gone home after work.
I was with HHc 1st IDF (AVN SEC) I remember The 48Th Trans. can remember when they moved to Nellingen. Only remember two folks with the 48Th. Fred Vogel, and Pat Lange. The 48Th was convient when they were at Cooke Barracks. Turned into 573rd S&S after the 48Th moved.
I was an SP/4 67N20 with the 48th from Jan 72 for only about 6 months. Then I was transferred to Augsburg. I was wondering when the 48th moved from Cooke? I had a great time there too, I was a high school drop out when I enlisted but I attended the local school while at Cooke and received a GED while I was stationed there. Had a great teacher, she was über sexy too. Can't remember her name though. Buffalo Bob Smith was there rehearsing for a TV special called "Howdy Doody & Friends" which aired in the late fall of 72. He was there practicing his material on the local kids. I met him completely by accident late one after noon when I was wandering around just checking out the odd buildings. I had a short conservation with him, but he didn't have Howdy with him when I stumbled in. It was just Bob reading material all alone. Spent quite a bit of free time hiking alone in the woods which was great and amazing to contemplate the history of the area. Went to at least one fair while I was there and I visited the library fairly often. Only went into town a few times. Never really got a feel for the place. Didn't really make any friends there except for the one guy I transferred in with named Grady and the guys in the group I later transferred out with. Since my MOS was way over strength due to the wind-down in Vietnam there wasn't much for a rookie like me to do there in the way of actual work except sweep the hangars. I did some minor repairs on a UH1 that had custom seats and crushed velvet interior. Always wondered what THAT was all about. Still, I have very fond memories of my time there.
The 48th trans moved in 76 to Nellingen.
Thanks for posting up M. Foster!
Always good to hear from 48th Alumni.
It seems (for as small as Cooke Barracks was) that in the scheme of it all, there weren't that many of us.
I actually ETS'd out in January 72 ÉÉÉÉ heck, we probably passed each other at the train station, you coming and me going.
Did my AIT at Fort Eustis, VA and was trained on the Sikorsky CH-37, not really sure why, since they seemed to be phasing them out at the time. So I arrived in Germany with a 67T20 MOS and soon afterward had a secondary of 67N20 since we mostly had Hueys in the hanger.
Half expected to ship out to Nam at any given time, but Nooooooo! So after a year and a half I got tired of the anticipation and put in for it. Some would call me crazy for doing so, especially the guys who'd already been there, but in the end it didn't matter. My request was denied! Said they didn't need my MOS at the time. So Germany was as close as I ever got to Vietnam. At least I tried.
This may sound stupid, but I've always felt a small amount of regret for having served my entire time in rear support. Not that I had any control one way or the other, and certainly not that I was, at the time, overly enthusiastic at the prospect of experiencing the ugliness of war first hand. But because so many of our other countrymen and women went, fought, and were among thousands who paid the ultimate price in the battle against communism, tyranny and blatant disregard for human life, that I have no right of claim.
Technically, I'm a Vietnam Veteran. Realistically, I'm just a guy who kicked it for three years on the governments dime while others were fighting with honor and dying, and it not only burns my arse, but at times it eats away at me too.
Steve, you don't "sound stupid". In fact, I can't thank you enough for sharing that. You're not alone with your thoughts. You've showed me I'm not the only one who struggled with the same regrets for the same reason. Somehow, it just doesn't sound quite right calling oneself a Viet Nam vet and having only served in Germany. Until now, I could only share those thoughts with my wife. I, too, volunteered for nam and my request was denied for the same reason: "critical MOS". To add insult to injury, I laid in the amputee ward at Valley Forge Hospital for the better part of a year from an auto accident while at Gerp. Meaning, I experienced the pain and anguish...but without the "honor", if that makes any sense.
I was in the 48th Tran. Company. MOS35M20 from November 1971 -April 1974. I was in Cooke Barracks. When I left, Major Charles Cooke was the commanding officer. Would like to hear from others!
Just found this website. I was in the 48th Tran. Company. My MOS was 67U20 from December 1971 - Oct 1973. I also was a crew chief on the Company Chinook for a while. Good Times.
I was assigned to the 48th Trans from Dec 71 to Oct 73. Was a Crew chief on their CH-47 for a while. I'm glad that I found this site. Reading the post brought back memories of Germany.
A while back I saw a comment you made about your experience with the guard gate. Steve, do you remember the seven or eight of us that had to spend all day raking leaves while the rest of the company had the day off?
My name is kemp holland . I was in the 48th t/c from 67-69 where I worked in
The aircraft engine shop. At that time the CO. Was I think was rodney turner.
The 1st Sargent was Enoch Potter . The CO of shop platoon was chief W/O
Milo Bell . I lived in building 142 not far from the mess hall and not to far from the library. All and all I would say I had very time good time at old Cooke Barracks.
I was with the 48th Transportation Co. From spring of 71 to summer of 73. I joined the Army as soon as I turned 17. I was married with a baby on the way and had basic training at Fort Polk La. & AIT at Ft. Rucker.
67v2t. Thought I would be Viet Nam bound after AIT but was still 17. There was a draw down at the time and not so many going. Nixon was President and peace talks were on going as I recall. With the 48th I met a lot of good guys some names I remember lots I have forgotten. Our CEO as I recall was a Major Myers. Our XO was a Capt. Can't think of his name but a really good guy I would like to say thanks to for some advise he gave me at a critical time for me. I put in for a transfer to Viet Nam twice. Although had a secondary MOS 67n20 (Huey's) it was a non critical MOS at the time. I lived off base some in a town called Hornstaufen. Rest of the time on post in the barracks. When I made E-5 my room mate was the reinlistment NCO , can't think of his name. Great guy though. I remember the Munich Olympics, the Paris air show, the local disco tech, and guest houses, house of 3 colors, and working on Huey's, some OH-58s, Cobras & the Chinook. Always wondered what became of everyone.I ets'ed in July 73, went to college , got my A&P, worked general aviation for a few years, and then got on with the Airlines. I have worked for an Airline , 5 now due to mergers, for 38 years.. Worked in Atlanta, Tampa, Memphis and now Orlando Fl.. Hope to retire in the next few years. This is a good site & good to think back to the good old days with the 48th. Hope your all doing well blessed as I have been.