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During the Cold War the 14th and 11th Armored Cavalry has a number of important missions to carry out.  The first of these, surveillance of the East / West German Border which the 14th has maintained since 1952.  It has been said that our Cavalry Regiment occupied the most strategic sector of the Western Front as it sits in the Fulda Gap astride the age old traditional route of invasion of central Germany = the Hessian corridor aka the fulda gap.  Our 3rd Recon Squadron 14th ACR was commanded by Lt. Colonel James R. Anderson who joined the Squadron July 1966.  The 3/14th ACR was composed of three reconnaissance troops I, K, L, and one tank troop M, Howitzer Battery, and Headquarters troop <> Lodger (support) units were; Delta Company 54th Engineers, Det. 3, 172nd Ordnance Platoon, Bad Hersfeld MP Substation, 118 Medical Detachment,  and the 86 Dental Detachment.

During the Cold War / Vietnam War our duty was to protect our border, to kept the East Germans / Russians forces out of Europe = MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
                                       <<  Gaither Deitz  6 February 1998 >>

"The mission of the 14th and 11th ACR was to verify an attack of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviets. War Games were played by both sides on the border.  We did recon on the border so we could alert the 7th Army of an advance across the border.  That's why we were a Recon Sqdn. Our second mission was to delay the aggressors as long as possible.  Life expectancy was 20 minutes. All larger units were located farther into Germany; this would give them time to mobilize and to get NATO units on the move.  They also had to relocate dependents.  Why would we have had a NA 14 (Nuclear Warheads) if not to slow down the progress of the aggressor.  To the men who served here in the 14th ACR Regiment during the Cold War.  Part of them will always remain in this place.  Their dedication to duty served as a testament to the world that freedom is precious.  * A unified Germany has resulted from the efforts and personal sacrifices made by the soldiers stationed here in Bad Hersfeld.  May history never forget all those who served here with the 3rd Sqdn 14th Armored Calvary Recon Regiment, U.S. 7th ARMY."                                                           MSG  John Hathcock, US Army Special Forces, MSG. Retired, North Carolina                                

The 14th Cav was constituted February 2, 1901 by War Department Order Number 14, and organized at Fort Leavenworth, March 5, 1901.  In the early part of 1945, World War 11, during the Rhine River Campaign, the 14th was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation for participation in the timely seizure of the Ludendorf Bridge across the Rhine River at Remagen.  The Regiment moved on across Germany and halted on the banks of the Inn Rive at the Austrian border just prior to VE Day.

                                 <-> In 1972 The 14th Was Reflagged The 11th <->

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                   3/14th ACR Troops:                                                BOB CRISP  1959 - 1963 HQ, I, K & L TROOP

JESUS M. MARRERO 1968 - 1970, I TROOP  SCOUT

                            BILL WRAY

DAVID FARRAND 1963 - 1966I TRP MOTOR POOL

       DUNCAN HODGES 1971 - 1973 K TROOP

           EDWARD CHIOLA 1964 I TROOP

                   FRED MENS 1967 HHT

    GEORGE O'SHEA 1959 - 1960 K TROOP

JAMES 'JIM'WHITEHURST 1967 - 1968 M TROOP

    JOHN HATHCOCK 1965 - 1966 HOW BTRY

  NICHOLAS 'NICK' YURKIW 1965 LINE TROOP

 LARRY THOMPSON 1962 - 1963 L TRP & HHT

   PHILLIP TOLLETT  1966-1968 I & K TROOP                                              VIA HIS SON JOHN TOLLETT

           RUDY WRIGHT 1967 HHT MEDIC

        THOMAS POZDOL 1967 LINE TROOP

  DUNCAN HODGES 14TH & 11TH 1971 - 1973

                   3/11th ACR Troops:

     JOHN T. ROWANS 1979 - 1983 HHT                                                   VIA HIS SON OLIVER ROWANS

          KEN BURKHART 1973 - 1977                                                                 VIA HIS SON ERIC

                      TRENT PAUL

    JOE WALKER 1981 - 1982 K TROOP SCOUT

PHILLIP ALBERTSON 1977 L TRP VIA SON PHIL

     RODNEY GOFF 1987 + Active Army

    SHAWN BISHOP 1988 - 1990 HOW BTRY

Some Troops Also Served In WWII, Korea and Vietnam

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our 3/14th & 3/11th ACR Cold War Monument Dedication in Bad Hersfeld, Germany .. hessen ..

 

WE KEPT A WATCH ON THE EAST GERMAN BORDER AKA THE FULD GAP 7-24-365

 

 GRAF aka Grafenwoehr,      Germany - firing range


   McPheeters Kaserne aka Barracks from 1948 to 1990

THE COLD WAR 'THE LINE IN THE SAND' A MINI 3/14TH ACR DOCUMENTARY 

 US Army Base Deactivated At The End of The Cold War

                    

 

 

We had Several Alerts To Keep Us Combat Ready. The Day or Time Was Unknown Until the Siren Went Off

in 1972 the 3/14th acr was Reflagged the 11th ACR

a Cold War Tribute to:     the 3/14th acr and our german friends the BGS