Ayers Kaserne – Kirch Göns, Germany
This page has several images that may take a minute or so to load on your system. We will later add the history of Ayers Kaserne and information on its namesake. SSgt. Ayers received the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously during WWII as a member of the 4th Infantry Division. Like many barracks and kasernen in the 3AD area, Ayers holds the name of a 4th Infantry Division soldier. This is because these areas were first garrisoned in the early post-WWII years by the 4th Infantry Division. 3d Armored Division took over these facilities during Operation Gyroscope in 1955-56.
Jim McConnell, 1965-67
I served in the 2/36 at Ayers Kaserne from August 1965 to August 1967. During that time I was a rifle platoon leader in B CO, support platoon Leader in HQ Co, weapons platoon leader in B Co, batallion S1 (1967), and shorttime batallion S2 (1967). Company Commanders in this period were David Gannon (Co A), Bobby Jolley (Co B), Ervin Page (HQ Co). I have forgotten the CO C CO. The batallion participated in a major Army new tactics trial from 1966-1967, Frontier Shield. Attached are some photos from that time. Jim McConnell, former CPT, Infantry