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Thank you for visiting my sites. You can also add my guestbook.

We are doing a huge history day project on the fall of the Berlin Wall.
It is very difficult to find quality information. Your site had everything we needed. Thank you so much.

Jenn and Jenna
Wed, 26 Dec 2001

this is a good column ,whereby some of us who served w/the sixth in berlin can vent some of ouruntold experiences and thoughts,before were gone it was good duty but not w/omany worrisome moments,the russians gave the berliners hell for forty years ,and us along w/ themand theyre still giving us hell,and well hate russians till we die for that,and you can bet were not finished w/ them i was there from july 51thru mid sept 54w/ a & b co,s wehad a lot of incidents occur almost daily w/ the russians that would take a book to record i stood guard at spandau prison when we had all seven prisoners, i had five tours there, one tour i spent time due to a regular guard protest and i got into the block and spoke to these men and they were except for hess really sociable and congenial gentlemen,i only spent about four 4 hour tours w/ them but we got along easily,speer being the most outgoing but ,unless the regular guards know different these men acted no different than any crowd of men anywherein a closed environment,as i said fine gentlemen. these men were deemed not to have been worthy of a death penalty as many others were so considering spandau prison such as it was , a very gruesome place to spend most of the rest of their lives, i dont think justice was not served in their sentances there is a lot to be said about a lot of other things which i could go into, it was an experience which im glad i went through but i think korea would have been easier for me to live with all these years after, i still grieve daily about what the berliners and us had to go thruough with the russians for all those years,and ill still say were not done w/ them yet

don jacobsen
Mon, 24 Dec 2001

This site helped me out on my speech of the Berlin Wall.

Fri, 14 Dec 2001

I've lived in Berlin all my life and I was even present at the fall of the Berlin Wall .. but I don't really remember it because I was only 4 years old then. Just wanted to say: Berlin is the best city ever!

Eileen Williams
Fri, 14 Dec 2001

I was translator for John Runnings, the Berlin Wall Walker, from Seattle. I traveled with John to the Wall in 1989 where we burned our passports at Checkpoint Charlie and declared ourselves "International Politicians". We also crossed West-East over the Wall several times during May of 1990 without passports as international politicians.

John now lives with his wife, Louise, on Vancouver Island in Canada. He wrote a book called Discovering The Obvious: A Unique Approach To International Conflict. It is now selling on and if you go to and type in John Runnings under their search box you will be taken right to the book online.
Good luck and may freedom endure forever!
Sean T.Taeschner
December, 2001

Mon, 10 Dec 2001

I am doing a project on the berlin wall and would like anyone to e-mail me if they know more about the wall then what this site tells.

Mon, 10 Dec 2001

I served with the 1st Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders for 7 months from 2 January 1969 at Montgomery Barracks and remember that Berlin was one of the best postings during my 18 year service career.  I also served at Spandua guarding R.Hess and later when he was moved to the British Military Hospital the first time he had left since his trial.
From my bedroom window I could see the wall as it was the back fence to our camp and there was a wooden Russian watch tower over looking us at all times.  When the alert went off(mostly at 03.00)due to stupid rules it took us 30 minutes to get our weapons and ammo and by that time the Russian tanks were at the back fence watching us.  One Russian tank commander commented that we were better than the last regiment, I think that was when I decided to keep a bottle of vodka under my bed, happily I shared that later with some Russian sailors on the Tall Ships Race in Kiel, uniforms and language are different but on neutral ground we are all the same.
I have been back to berlin a few times and going back soon again.


Rob Lynch
Wed, 21 Nov 2001

It was 40 years ago on Nov. 11, 1961 that my father's Army Reserve unit was called up for training.  I was 2 months old and my sister was not quite 2 years old.  His unit was called for training due to the Berlin Crisis.  I was searching for imformation on The Berlin Crisis and the Berlin Wall and it lead me to your website.  Thank you for your history lesson and a wonderful website.  I appreciate your information.

Thank you from Kentucky, USA

Sun, 18 Nov 2001

Greetings and salud on the 12th anniversary of the fall of die Mauer.
I was off duty when it finally came down.  I was on duty during the white-knuckle night before.
This site is a good tribute to one of the most historic mile markers.

287th MP CO(sep)
Berlin Brigade
Fri, 09 Nov 2001

this room is cool it is helpin me learn more about the wall. we r goin to c a part of the wall today

sweet honey  girl
Fri, 09 Nov 2001

hi thanx for telling me so much about this i was shocked about all the things i found out

strawberry gurl
Fri, 09 Nov 2001

I am working on a school project. This site has been great help! Rock on!

Cotton Candy
Fri, 09 Nov 2001

great job on the site

Tue, 06 Nov 2001

Beautiful site about that Wall. First time I visited it it brought up some memories. I have putted some of those memories on internet. You can see them on:

Leo at The Wall Berlin 1985
Leo Restauration Deelder Berlin

Keep on the good work!

Leo Roubos
Sat, 03 Nov 2001

This is a great web site. Heaps of poeple in my grade are using it for the activities we have to do on the Berlin wall.

thanks heaps
Sat, 27 Oct 2001

I have been teaching German culture and some German to a small classroom of children with emotional and behavioral disorders ages 10-12. The part that they have enjoyed the most has been learning about a divided and reunified Berlin and Germany. I have shared with them in stories and picture the year I lived in Germany 1989-1990, and how the world changed during that time. 1989-1990 are also the years that several of them were born, so they really enjoy hearing what was going on way back then. Hard to believe it's been that long already! I treasure that I painted the Wall, and that I still have several pieces I chipped away from it. You have a wonderful site! Thanks.

Laura Scherry
Sat, 27 Oct 2001

Would like to hear from former members of the 279th Station Hospital-Berlin.  I was there 1963-64, Berlin was a very interesting city.  I loved every minute of it.  I highly recommend Berlin for your next vacation...

Leroy Atencio
Tue, 23 Oct 2001

Very good site.

Fri, 05 Oct 2001


Edward Kaluf
Sat, 29 Sep 2001

hello i am from Denmark, and working on a projekt about the BerlinWall, this site has ben a great help to me...

Tue, 18 Sep 2001

An excellent, relevant website. Thank you Heiko for providing the requested additional information so promptly.

C Monteith
Fri, 14 Sep 2001

I'm A Veteran who severed under the American Flag. Please send me your info on the Berlin wall.

Marijn Kentie
Thu, 13 Sep 2001

Love this site just found a guy I was stationed with HHC 2/6 Recon from 65 to 67 Yhanks a lot .....Jerry

Jerry DeFabbia
Thu, 06 Sep 2001


Tue, 21 Aug 2001

Great web site. I was with HHC Berlin Bde at Clay Kaserne from 1982-1985. My son was born in Berlin in 1984. I will always have fond memories of the city.

Mon, 13 Aug 2001

I am going to Berlin first time, although not first time to Germany in September 2001.  Anyone can suggest what to see and to do during day and night?  I am a single traveller from NYC in 30.s

Mon, 13 Aug 2001

I have supplied the Wall for many of your listed sites in the USA including President's Reagan, Bush, Ford , Nixon, Hoover, Peter Max, Navel Academy, museum's and galleries around the country. We still have (2) sections in storage. Take a look at our site.
It's good to see we haven't forgot
Mon, 13 Aug 2001

Berlin was a nice place i was stationed at Mongomary gateau near spandau i have been back there since i got de mobbed in 1957. i was in the Royal Welsh Fussiliers. I have been trying to get in touch with the family i knew over there but i cant remember there surname! I can only remember the girls name as Lotty! I have sent a few messages to newspapers out there but never had any reply? I know its asking alot but it would mean something to me if i could find them and get in contact. The girl use to come to the camp to meet me! I came over in 1996 the place i use to know had changed alot and i didnt know where i was! I stayed at a pension house called the Courtina! Very nice site thanx very much!! I hope you can help me?

George Jeffries
Sun, 12 Aug 2001

The website is excellent, written with a lot of research. THank you. I have a doubt: I would like to know, whether Berlin was located in the "Border" of erstwhile East Germany and West Germany.. Or in the interior of East Germany ??? If someone knows the answer kindly email me..

Sat, 11 Aug 2001
Comments: Berlin was located in the interoir of East Germany

I really liked your web site and it gives lot's of good facts and information about the Berlin Wall

Tue, 07 Aug 2001

This is a wonderful site.  Thanks to all involved in its creation and maintenance.
I served with the U.S. Air Force in Berlin for a total of 7 1/2 years during 1970-74 and 1979-82.  Like so many of my countrymen who served in this beautiful city, I love Berlin and the Berliners.  Thank you all for great memories.

Always a friend,
Bobby Hughes, CMSgt (ret)
Sun, 29 Jul 2001

hello! very, very nice web site.
i have always hated the wall.
i love berlin.
the communists never had their paradise.
we are one germany now!!!

Wed, 18 Jul 2001

1978-1980  42th engers

Fri, 06 Jul 2001

Another great Berlin website.  I was stationed with the Berlin Brigade (C-3-6) from 1965 to 1967.  I came back for a visit in 2000 and will visit again in 2002.

Dick Bartlett
Thu, 05 Jul 2001

this is a good web site

gareth robinson
Fri, 29 Jun 2001

loved it great work keep it up

Kylie T.
Sun, 24 Jun 2001

Your website and memorial to man's inhumanity to man is outstanding.  It was not Gorbachov or Reagan who broke through the wall, it was the will of the people, with the help of me and my colleagues.  Who am I, please visit my website and see where all the old Intelligence Operatives go, when there is no longer an East and a DDR.  I welcome all, former soldiers of both sides, and all humanity to never forget the cruelty.  Live for tomorrow as yesterday is past.  Thank you....J.David Galland,

Sun, 24 Jun 2001

Hi everyone out there I wondered if you could help me. I've got a project on the history of the Berlin Wall and if any one has any information, memories, photos etc. that they wouldn't mind sharing could you e-mail me. Thanks for the help.

Sat, 09 Jun 2001

thanks for this great page, I was one of the "party animals" when the army was still in Berlin and I still live here.... it brings back memories looking at this page.

Thu, 07 Jun 2001

this site is great. im writin my term paper and u really helped. thanx!

Sun, 03 Jun 2001

Berlin was the construction city of the world when I visited from the States in 1997. The Checkpoint Charlie museum was fascinating. However, it disturbed me to find out how my German friends felt about the museum.  They saw it only as another reminder of foreigners taking over their own city.  I can understand this point of view and hope that someday, some way, these old wounds can be healed.
I'm looking forward to coming back to Berlin, the true Weldstadt, in a few more years when everything is all polished and gleaming.

Sun, 03 Jun 2001

ME lova youra sita it isa ausuma

Sun, 03 Jun 2001

thanks for all the great sites and links, that reallly helped me out, i'm doing a project in my world history class, and i got much of my information off your site.

Tue, 29 May 2001


Tue, 29 May 2001

Air Force, Berlin 1981 - 1984. Loved every minute. Lived at Tempelhof Central Airport. Went back for three more visits between 1985 and 1987.

Tom Kennedy
Fri, 25 May 2001

Thank you for this site. I'm doing a research project in my history class and this is really helping me out. I'm a sophmore in highschool in northern Cali.
Thanks again,

Thu, 24 May 2001

i was in 2/6 infantry in 75 to 78 never seen any one from that time that i served with i went back in 98 saw some geman friends it was very different but in some ways the same

tom shea
Tue, 22 May 2001

Hi, this is a great site with lots of useful information for students etc. Can you please help me, I'm looking for poems in German or English about the Berlin Wall, from its beginning till the end. If anyone knows any, please contact me!

Tue, 15 May 2001

Springtime in Berlin - hungry for life and love. I live in Berlin and have some lovely e-cards for you. Send one to your friends. My compliments to your site!

Tue, 15 May 2001

I was in Berlin in 1999 for 2 months on vaction,I found myself very emotional through my vist to Berlin.I have had a fascination with berlin since I was small child,maybe because my family is German and the impact of the war and Hitler on the people was so great.I enjoyed your site.what a beautiful much history to take in.

Sarah Sticka
Mon, 14 May 2001

thank you

Mon, 14 May 2001

good good

Tue, 08 Mai 2001

I had to do a project on the berlin wall for my history class, this site was really useful. Im glad to find sites related to historic facts, and not only to famous people. This site is wonderful, thanks a lot for your help!!!

Sat, 05 Mai 2001

I found your page on Spandau by accident ,but i'm glad i did as i too was stationed in Brooke Barracks in 1970. and for me the memories too came flooding back , i have just completed a book based on my life in the army and Berlin has fetured a big part of it ,as well as meeting Hess in his garden and gaurding him in hospital i feel that i too have been some small part of History,

Pete Bishop
Wed, 02 Mai 2001

im doing a report on berlin wall and i think it is so interesting. but if anybody has any more intesting things about berlin wall please e-mail me at [mail] ok thanx a bunch

Sun, 29 Apr 2001

I am a fireman from Danmark who am very interested in the history of the city of Berlin and it`s fire-brigade. My plans is to make scale models of actual episodes of situations where Firebrigade/city of Berlin/history meets each other. I am searching for fotos, effects and informations about the abowe mentioned things.Maby You are able to help Me???

Mikael Højgaard
Sun, 29 Apr 2001

I've had several old Berlin buddies contact me lately.
These sites really bring back some memories.
I was HHC/3/6 commo platoon from 3/75-9/77.

Stephen P. Riexinger
Sat, 28 April 2001

My name is Carol Hansen (Coleman) I was in Berlin from 1984 -1986. I worked at the class VI store. It seemed like Berlin just took hold of me. I was a different person there. I had two best friends Wanda and Kay and I worked with Gary and Fred and Phil and Mr. D.
I would love to hear from any of these guys.

Carol Hansen
Tue, 24 Apr 2001

Hello, my name is Nils, and I was born in Berlin on the 19th July 1985, it's so nice to see that someone gives a shit about this superb City. That is all.

Hallo, ich heisse Nils, und ich war in Berlin geboren, am 19en Juli, 1985, Es ist so schön zu sehen das es jemand gibt der richtig interesse in dieser wunderbarer stadt zeigt. Das ist alles.

Nils-Hennes Stear
Fri, 20 Apr 2001

My name is Larry Austin and was with the 287th MP Company from 1982 until
1984. During this time I had the opportunity to work at both Checkpoint
Charlie and Alpha. Later, worked for TSC-G3 until August 1989. I'd like to
say hello to all of the American, British, and French soldiers who were
stationed in Berlin.

Larry Austin
Fri, 20 Apr 2001

My name is albert. I am from Rio Hondo, Texas......
I visited the Berlin Wall while on a european tour I took in nov of 2000.
This site takes be back to the places that I once stood at. Thank you for 
this site.......its great.......

Sun, 15 Apr 2001

Really interesting site, thanks
Anthony Corcoran
Fri, 13 Apr 2001

I arrived in Berlin on March 3, '73 and left August 30, '75. I started out in Co. B 4/6 and transfered to HHC 4/6. Had the priviledge of driving the replacement tours to East Berlin amoung many other adventures.(bending that 48 pass. Mercedes Bus through Check Point Charlie was a blast) Berlin is a very special place and I have many great memories of my time there. I miss it. The cuury stand out the back gate of McNair, Curry Wurst, Florida Boy. Cruits on a curry run. The city, the people, the friends. Days of my youth, memories for life.

Thanks for the gift of this site.
Sun, 08 Apr 2001

I was in Co F 40th Armor Berlin Brigade from Sept of 63 to Oct of 65.
I was the driver on tank 62 when i left.  If you recall, the number 2 tank in each platoon had a dozer blade on it.  Sgt Barnhill was the platoon sgt and sgt vickers was my tc.
Robert Plemmons Clover SC
Thu, 03 Apr 2001

I was one of three officers-in-charge of Checkpoint Charlie (on-site OICs) from March1, 1963 until April 1, 1963.  Our work-shift was 12 hours ON, followed by 24 hours OFF.  During my off hours, I read Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich, and ran all over town in my VW to see what I was reading about. While on duty, I took a bunch of slide photos which I still have.
My last night on duty (about March 31, 1963) I borrowed a pair of cutting pliers, sneaked up to the wall, and cut a piece of barbed wire for a souvenir.
Two years ago, I finally got around to having one of the slides of me on duty blown up big and framed.
The final touch?  That barbed wire is mounted around the picture on the frame.  I got my piece of the Wall in 1963. Jim Osbon, then a first lieutenant, US Army.  Now. I am 62, retired, and living the good life in Florida.
Wed, 28 Feb 2001

I was sent to Berlin via Fort Ord, (Monterey, CA.), during a meningitis 
epidemic that killed over a hundred men. After arriving at Fort Dix, New Jersey, I was put on the USNS Rose, a troopship destined for Bremerhaven in the middle of February. Boy is the ocean big and scary. Duty train to Berlin which is when I realized how lucky I was compared to the 400,000 troops stationed in the "zone." They were sitting in the snow a good portion of the time. Other then the occasional alert or shut down of the autobahn , my duty was pretty eneventful. I did pull guard duty at Spandau prison over the rear garden area where the prisoners usually strolled daily, Hess, Speer, 
Von Shirach. My mother was a Christian but my father was a Polish Jew. My father went to South Africa, married my mother and enlisted in the British Army in 1939. He spent almost 5 years in the North African desert fighting the Nazi's. He died in 1950. When I enlisted I gave my religion as Protestant because that's the way I was raised. Anyway, I'm in my guard tower overlooking the scumbags when I'm thinking I should waste them. We carried M-14's back then and I had a magazine in my ammo pouch ready to go. I was very good with weapons. I'm also thinking of the consequences. The only thing that frightened me was the possibility that the four powers in Berlin, especially the Russians would want my head on a platter. I wouldn't have minded going to Mannheim or even Leavenworth for a dozen years but I figured the politicians in Washington would give me up to the Russians. End 
of story. Oh, by the way, I took the only photographs ever taken of these 
assholes and sold them to Stern Magazine.

Best Regards,
PFC Peter Illing
RA 19819796, 
C Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry
Berlin 1964-1966
Sun, 25 Feb 2001


I'm impress about your page. It contains many information and graphics. Don't lose your courage and keep up with the great work.
The Berlin Wall is a historical chapter for itself and with your help, let's hope that the younger generations will learn from the past and understand our societies better. 


Tue, 20 Feb 2001

Another ex-MP to sign the guestbook. 287th MP Co. 1964. Where are all the people I worked with? None of them have signed in.
Jerome Weilmuenster
Fri, 16 Feb 2001

I´m Peggy from Dresden (Germany).
I was born in the East of Germany, while the wall was standing.
I have done a homepage about the wall and the help of american politics to fell down it.
I can give you a lot information.
Please write.
Fri, 9 Feb 2001

Great site keep up the good work. I am looking for information about the berlin wall, what it was like when it was being built and the people it divided, I hope to gain a better understanding of the wall 
Any infomation much appericated.

Many thanks
Doug Hartley
Thu, 8 Feb 2001

Hello my name is Shelly Wright I am looking for someone I can ask about what it was like in the former East Germany.
We are in USA and want to communicate with an East German citizen in order to better understand the changes since the wall came down.
Shelly Wright
Sun, 4 Feb 2001

Hi. My name is Chrissy Donovan and I am in the 8th grade. My civics class
is currently creating projects for History Day. My partner and I have
chosen to study the Berlin Wall as our frontier. However, we have been
having some trouble finding information about it's creation, life, and
destruction. If there is anyone who could give us some information or let
us know where we could find information, we would be extremely grateful. 
Also, if we could be directed to someone who was affected by the Berlin
Wall, pictures of the wall, or other such primary sources, those would also
be very helpful. Thank you so much for your help.

Thanks again,
Chrissy Donovan
Wed, 31 Jan 2001

I am working on a project about the Berlin Wall for the National Geographic Society.
I am trying to locate someone who may have lived in East/Berlin and would be able to talk to me about the wall. I live in Washington, D.C. (actually in Arlington, where there are segments of the wall at the nearby Newseum). I would love to find somebody in this area or in New York who has immigrated and who I could talk to. If I can find someone in the D.C. area, I would like to take them to the pieces of the wall displayed here and have them talk about their expereinces there.
My goal is to record an interview that I could use as the narration for a short audioviusal piece.

Thank you,

Todd Gipstein, National Geographic Society
Sun, 28 Jan 2001

Sun, 28 Jan 2001

Does anyone know of a website where examples of the old political slogans of the DDR can be found? Or a good museum where such items are displayed? Things like 
"DDR-UdSSR - auf ewig verbunden!"
"Vorwärts unter dem Banner von Marx Engels und Lenin!"
"Es lebe die DDR - unser sozialistisches Vaterland!"
It was those kind of things I found so interesting - and different!
Many thanks for any information.

Keith Anderson
Sat, 27 Jan 2001

My name is Paige Burroughs and I attend Centennial High School in California. 
I am currently doing a project on the Berlin Wall and how it was a frontier in history. I am writing a historical paper and need to interview people that witnessed the wall or visited Berlin shortly after the wall came down.
Below are a few questions:

1. Where do you live in Berlin and what were the surroundings like when the wall was still standing? 

2. How did those surroundings change, if they did, when the wall was taken down? 

3. Did the wall affect you? 

4. Did the wall impact the community's every day to day life? 

5. Why do you think the Berlin Wall was a frontier in history? 

6. Do you know of anyone else I could contact? 

Thanks again, I appreciate any help I can get. I look forward to hearing from anybody.
Paige Burroughs
Sat, 13 Jan 2001

Having visited Berlin as a young college graduate with a backpack and little money in 1975, I was overjoyed to see Berlin, again, in 1991, as a unified, free city. A part of me will always be in Berlin!

RBasner, Anchorage, Alaska-USA
Sat, 13 Jan 2001

If there is anyone that can give me extra information about the Berlin Wall, I would really appreciate it.
For our government class, we are doing a project for History Day, on the Berlin Wall. We are having a little bit of trouble finding all the information that we need.
It would help us greatly if you could send me some information about the Berlin Wall.
Katie Rowe
Sat, 6 Jan 2001

I was in Berlin 1963-64, assigned to the 279th Station Hospital. My prior assignment was Korea so coming there to Berlin was a shock. I really enjoyed my time in Berlin, it was the best duty I've had while serving in the military. Berlin is and was a very interesting city, we were all well treated by the German people. Many friendships were made during our stay. I am proud being a member of the 279th Station Hospital, we continue to have reunions. Our next reunion for former member will be held in Monterey, CA (Pacific Grove) August 23-26 2001.
Leroy Atencio
Sat, 6 Jan 2001