Friedberg: Ray Barracks


Ray Barracks – Friedberg, Germany

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Ray Barracks, home of the 3d Brigade (Combat Command "C") of the 3d Armored Division, is located in the city of Friedberg, approximately 30 minutes north of Frankfurt, Germany on Autobahn 5.  Although no longer a 3d Armored Division post, Ray Barracks is still a U.S. Army installation housing the 1st Brigade of the 1st Armored Division and some of the units there today served with 3d Armored Division under other regimental flags.

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Pictures Donated by Darryl Seibert 1/32-4/67 1986-88, Ray Barracks Feb. 2005. Thanks Darryl.


L to R: 1. Captured T-72 Desert Storm. 2. Parade Field Iraqi T-72. 3. Parade Field. 4. Holstein Officers Club 5. Brigade H.Q..  6.Parade Field.


L to R: 1. Parade Field 2. Unknown 3. PX Area. 4. Old Stone Tower. 5. Darryl Seibert. 6. Beloved HQ-66 from 1-32 AR.


L to R: 1. Recreation Center. 2. Bowling Alley. 3. New (18 years ago) 4/67 Barracks. 4. 1/32 Motorpool. 5. Old 1/32 Barracks  6.Outside PX, use to be motorpool there.


L to R: 1. Looking out of PX. 2. Bandit Gate. 3. Ray Barracks Main Gate. 

1LT Bernard J. Ray

Ray Barracks, Friedberg, FRG

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company F, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. Entered service at: Baldwin, N.Y. Birth: Brooklyn, N.Y. G.O. No.: 115, 8 December 1945.

Place and date: Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhutte, Germany, 17 November 1944.

Citation: He was platoon leader with Company F, 8th Infantry, on 17 November 1944, during the drive through the Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhutte, Germany. The American forces attacked in wet, bitterly cold weather over rough, wooded terrain, meeting brutal resistance from positions spaced throughout the forest behind minefields and wire obstacles. Small arms, machinegun, mortar, and artillery fire caused heavy casualties in the ranks when Company F was halted by a concertina-type wire barrier. Under heavy fire, 1st Lt. Ray reorganized his men and prepared to blow a path through the entanglement, a task which appeared impossible of accomplishment and from which others tried to dissuade him. With implacable determination to clear the way, he placed explosive caps in his pockets, obtained several bangalore torpedoes, and then wrapped a length of highly explosive primer cord about his body. He dashed forward under direct fire, reached the barbed wire and prepared his demolition charge as mortar shells, which were being aimed at him alone, came steadily nearer his completely exposed position. He had placed a torpedo under the wire and was connecting it to a charge he carried when he was severely wounded by a bursting mortar shell. Apparently realizing that he would fail in his self-imposed mission unless he completed it in a few moments he made a supremely gallant decision. With the primer cord still wound about his body and the explosive caps in his pocket, he completed a hasty wiring system and unhesitatingly thrust down on the handle of the charger, destroying himself with the wire barricade in the resulting blast. By the deliberate sacrifice of his life, 1st Lt. Ray enabled his company to continue its attack, resumption of which was of positive significance in gaining the approaches to the Cologne Plain.


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