2nd Bn 48th Infantry
Powell finished his first round of Army schooling and set out for the real Army in January 1959. He was assigned to guard a section of the Fulda Gap in Germany at the focal point of what was expected to be the Soviets avenue of attack into Central Europe.
The East German border was less than fifty miles away. Assigned to Gelnhausen as a member of the tank heavy Third Armored Division, Powells team included infantrymen in armored personnel carriers. His first job was as a platoon leader with forty men, initially with Company B, Second Armored Rifle Battalion, 48th Infantry, known as Bravo Company, Second of the Forty-Eighth.
He later served with Company D in the same battalion where he was Company Executive Officer, the commanders righthand man. He also served as the company commander for a few months.
Through the bitter cold and biting wind of the winters of 195859 and 195960, Powell with a jeep and his troops, twelve to a vehicle, sat in M59 armored personnel carriers and looked eastward. They faced the men of the Eighth Guards Army, the vanguard of what was feared would be a massive sweep of Red Army forces.
From the book, SACRED HONOR: A BIOGRAPHY OF COLIN POWELL by David Roth (San Francisco: HarperSan Francisco, 1993). Page 48
Photo courtesy Wolfgang Scherp 3AD 1956 - 1960
Street named for Gen Powell
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