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  Below in 1980: Troops of 2/48 Inf board Chinooks in Gelnhausen on way to "hot" landing zone near Fulda River (Spearhead Newspaper photo).


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  Below: Comedian Bob Hope makes a joke to 3AD troops while on stage at Pioneer Kaserne in Hanau (Germany) in 1971, claiming he was confused about where he had landed. Hope was on one of his many overseas entertainment tours during the Vietnam War era, not to mention his patriotic service in WWII and Korean War (Overseas Weekly photo).

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  Below in 1959: Assault boats from 3AD's 503rd Avn Co in competitive crossing at Compo Pond near Hanau, West Germany (Spearhead Newspaper photo).


  Below three photos: U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy wears a tank commander's helmet as he sits in a 3AD, 2nd Brigade M-60 tank in Friedberg, Germany in June, 1964. At top left is former 3rd Armord CG Lt. Gen. Creighton Abrams, just named the Army's new Vice Chief of Staff. (Wire Service photo from Jim MacClay, 3AD.com Staff). NEXT: In a snow storm at Grafenwoehr in 1962, a 2/33 Armor convoy from the 3AD's little-remembered, single battalion of M103 super heavy tanks of the early 1960's with their 120mm guns. Yes, 120mm -- two decades before the Abrams M1. (Army Signal Corps photo from Dan Fong, 3AD.com Staff). NEXT: Sniper training at Wildflecken in 1981, with ace marksman SSgt. Leroy C. Hargraves of Co A, 1st Bn, 48th Inf, and his M-1D sniper rifle, with spotter behind. (Spearhead Newspaper photo by Lyn Lanier).