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 Any Berlin Brigade here?
txsgar15a2  [Member]
12/17/2008 11:44:44 PM
I should probably know about this, but I am somewhat lacking in this area of the Cold War.

When did we stop guarding prisoners at Spandau Prison. I met a drill sergeant in 1992 that remembered standing guard and changing guard duty with Red Army Soviet Soldiers.

I am also curious about the Berlin Brigade patch. Is it considered a Combat Patch?

Did anyone assigned to the Berlin Brigade recieve the WWII campaign medal for participating in the occupation of post war Germany and the Federal Republic of West Germany?

Do we still have a Berlin Brigade today?
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threefeathers  [Team Member]
12/18/2008 12:01:54 AM
A pretty good bunch of us. I was the one there when the Wall went up and there are about a dozen pics of me at the Check Point Charlie Museum.
txsgar15a2  [Member]
12/18/2008 12:24:20 AM
Three Feathers:
Thank you for the response. You were there in in the FRG about twenty fours years before me and about six years before I was born. I regret not going to West Berlin while stationed at Ramstein AB in 1985 to 1987.
lancerdg  [Team Member]
12/19/2008 3:50:03 PM
I don't know when guard duty at Spandau stopped, but we were still pulling guard there in '72 when I left.

The Berlin Brigade shoulder patch was not a combat patch when I was stationed there.

All members of the Brigade were awarded the Army of Occupation Medal.

The Brigade was deactivated in 1994.
z-1  [Team Member]
12/19/2008 4:32:06 PM
Berlin was my home from 78-81. I guarded Rudy, he was and had been the only prisoner in Spandau for years, in the spring of 79. At the time he was still a bit frisky.

Someone that lived in the same apartment that I did had worked at Spandau for something like 20 years. He knew Hess well and said Rudy would talk about most anything but WWII.

Somewhere around here I have a brick and a door hinge that I liberated from Spandau. One will go to my daughter, the other to my son.

There were Soldiers from the Brigade that served in Macedonia. I believe they are authorized to wear the patch as a combat patch.
MrsWildweasel  [Team Member]
12/20/2008 7:25:09 PM
Berlin was my home from 82-84 and we were still guarding Hess at that time. Hubby and I were Field Station though. We called Andrews home and worked on T-Berg.
MrsWildweasel  [Team Member]
12/20/2008 7:25:51 PM
Berlin was my home from 82-84 and we were still guarding Hess at that time. Hubby and I were Field Station though. We called Andrews home and worked on T-Berg.
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