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Welcome to the CookeBarracks.com Guestbook. 79% of 242 poll respondents said their time at Cooke was either "great" or "the best"; 14% reported "good". Only 7% reported "not so good", or "not good". Clearly, Cooke Barracks was a magical place and, perhaps, that's why so many people visit CookeBarracks.com. CookeBarracks.com was born October 2002 and is responsible for uniting many, many people separated years ago.

This is where those who served at Cooke find each other. You're invited to add your entry so others can find you. For the past ten years, lots and lots of reunions have been made via this Guestbook

Please note your post MUST INCLUDE your FIRST NAME, LAST NAME, and EMAIL ADDRESS or it will not post. Email addresses are hidden by the guestbook software and replaced with email links to prevent spamming and email harvesting. Said differently, your email address remains private unless you respond to a Guestbook entry. Only then will the person you wrote see your email address (but nobody else).

This guestbook includes a couple thousand entries over ten years. So, there's little point in searching page by page to locate someone. This is where Google is put to work. Here's how to search for a long lost friend:

Go to www.google.com and search for your friend exactly like you see in the line below (this includes the quotation marks and "plus sign" immediately next to 'cookebarracks.com'):

"First-name Last-name" +cookebarracks.com

Trust me, if your friend has posted an entry in the last decade, Google will return a direct link to the appropriate Guestbook page so you can email your friend.

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2,009 Entries
Byron Cloud Email

What city are you located? Houston

What state are you located? Texas

4th Quartermaster HQ, Cooke Barracks, January 1958 to May 1960

john burgi Email

What city are you located? mulino

What state are you located? oregon

I spent my first week in Germany at Cooke barracks. I was assigned to the 1/94th artillery in Schwabach Gmund and this was our receiving station. We sailed from New York on the WO Darby took if I remember right 10 days to sail to Bremen. I do not remember much about the town as they wouldnt turn us loose. One thing I do remember there were workers digging up some old plumbing and they found a cache of old German small arms and ammuntion and grenades. I was there in Feb of 1965. I think of it now and it was only 20 years after Germany surrendered. Wish I had been more interested in history at the time as many stories could have been heard regarding WW2.

Edward Kocher Email

What city are you located? Pittsburgh, Pa.

What state are you located? Pennsylvania

Being in Goppingen was great. Had a fantastic time eating, drinking and traveling.

Mike Walton Email

What city are you located? Excelsior

What state are you located? Minnesota

Hey everyone!! I was stationed at "Planet Gerp" along with my new family from the spring of 1983 through the summer of 1985.

I was first assigned to the IDF's Commo Platoon as its Platoon Leader but then reassigned to the 1/26th as their CE Staff Officer (because the one there got fired). I stayed there and was rep'ed to be the ONLY Company-grade Signal officer who was not fired nor relieved of duty during my time. All of the other Company-grade CESOs in the IDF were fired or relieved.

Later, the 1/26 became the 4/16th and we also changed Bn Cmds. It was a distinct honor to be a "Blue Devil" and a member of that proud unit with a strong heritage.
I still wear the "Blue Devil's" DUI on my uniform.

I got promoted while there; and my oldest child was born at Klinik Am Eichort in the south of the town instead of at Bad Cannestadt.

I think, however, I was REALLY assigned there to be the community's Scoutmaster and Explorer Advisor. Gerp got on the VII Corps' map in a positive way while I was there. It helped that the Bn Cdr at that time, the "Bassomatic" (then LTC George Basso) was not only a strong supporter of community stuff, but his son was a member of my Troop.

I have a lot of fond memories at Cooke Barracks. It was my first duty assignment as a leader of Soldiers -- and while I had my disagreements with "Frantic Frank" who wanted to "rule the universe!" We lived in Faundau with another 4/16th couple, the Chemical Officer, Tim and his wife --

My wife and I divorced a couple of years after my return to the States but we still stay in touch and talk about old, good times in Germany and the many places we traveled to over the weekends. I would like to take my daughter -- now a 1LT in the Army -- to what's left of old Cooke Barracks and to the hospital where she was born. I've been back several times and took some video and photos...some of it still there while others, well...we do have memories, right?

I would love to catch up with the NCOs and Soldiers of the Commo Platoon, HHC 4/16 who remembered their green behind the ears boss who held the "dummy button" for two hours before an NCO told him to stop! I would love to catch up with those who were a member of the Scout Troop or Explorer Post there when I was there.


sp5 russell kelsey Email

What city are you located? ellijay, ga

What state are you located? georgia

I was with the 144th from 69 -71 co.a

Bob Holderness Email

What city are you located? Folsom

What state are you located? CA

Haven't returned to the site in many years. Looks really good. Good job David! Glad to hear you found your Bud from long ago. Keep it up, if you can.
Bob Holderness, formerly CPT, JAGC (at Cooke Barracks from January 1970-Febuary 1972).

Reed Fred Pehrson Email

What city are you located? Sandy

What state are you located? Utah

Served at Cooke Barracks from May 1966 to November 17,1967. I was in the 504th Admin Co and worked at PSD.
It was a beautiful setting nestled up against the woods. Geoppingen was also very beautiful and Ma Weigle's Gasthaus had wonderful food. Ma was always so kind to us G.I.'s. Have great memories of that time in Germany. Would love hear from anyone who served during that time, especially my roomies! SP5 Pehrson

Charlene Brazelton Email

What city are you located? Seattle

What state are you located? Washington

I lived here from 1973 to 1978

Ken Johnson Email

What city are you located? Topeka

What state are you located? Kansas

I spent 6 years in the AVN Det. (1985-1991) and remember them as some of the best times of my life so far. I met some great people both German and American if anyone knows of Petra Hallesy or her sister Anrea I would enjoy knowing how they are doing.

Richard Martinez Email

What city are you located? Fresno

What state are you located? California

Wow, yes, good times at Cooke Barracks. Charlie 4/16 and very proud to have served 89-92! Shut the post down actually, after many friends pcs'd out. Anyone from that time would be welcomed as friends, feel free to contact.

Peace all.

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