I was born December 1947 in Berlin-Zehlendorf, only two years after World War II. My formative years were spent
side-by-side with GIs in West Berlin's U.S. Occupation Sector. I'm still living next to the U-Bahn (subway) station
'Onkel-Toms-Huette'. It's about 600 yards away of the so-called 'BB' housing area. Almost all American
installations were located in my vicinity. It was 'normal' to me to see American troops daily marching or driving
by our home. The Grunewald was about 300 yards away only. It also was 'normal' to watch and hear their military
practice activities nearby. The maneuver sound of countless mock battles (blank ammo), day times & nights,
monotone life firing noise coming from Keerans Range, but also the strong engines sound of heavy tanks still is
lasting in my ears.|
Professionally, I served 26 years as a West Berlin Police Officer. Eleven of those years, which I consider most interesting and productive, I worked with U.S. Soldiers of the 287th Military Police Company. During that period, I experienced innumerable interesting events which stamped my life indelibly. Many of those experiences were directly tied to the Allied presence in my City and the unnatural political and military division of Berlin.
The Cold War was nearly a half century old when, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall unexpectedly opened - a sure sign of international communism's demise and the triumph of freedom. On October 3, 1990, Germany was reunited and Berlin would become its capital, once again.
The Western Allies, with Berlin Brigade serving behind the Iron Curtain, finally had won the Cold War!
Angela, my wife, & I are married since March 1976. On November 30, 2002, our son Michael & his wife Nicole presented us an beautiful granddaughter. It's Jacqueline who we call 'Jami'. That cute girl is our sunshine. When she smiles all life's troubles seem to go away.
My hobbies are my family, the website work, bicycle riding & hiking in the Grunewald, photographing, and my top goal to be a fine Grandpa.
This NON-PROFIT MEMORY WEBSITE is dedicated to Veterans and friends of the legendary Berlin Brigade. With my work I like to express that we Berliner inhabitants have not forgotten what the U.S. Military once has done for us to keep West-Berlin free of GDR / SED dictatorship! My website also should be an history book for the new generations to get informations about our past.
My thanks to all who helped make this memory website possible; especially my sister Astrid who, more than nine years ago asked me to create this website, my friend & webmaster Heinz a true computer and technology wizard, and the many Veterans who submitted little stories & photos of their Berlin service. Without their assistance and encouragement, this website wouldn't exist.
With the website's growth, it's gained in popularity; especially among those familiar with Berlin and with an interest in the Cold War. After 10 years, this website had 365.000 counted visitors! What a great result which my friend Heinz & I never have expected. Here I also must mention the amazing feedbacks in my Guestbook. Do not miss to read some of it, by this way you maybe find back a former duty comrade.
In 1994, the U.S. Army's Berlin Brigade left my City but its invaluable and unforgettable service remains in my mind and in those of many Berliners and Americans.
Thank you for visiting my website. Please feel free to add your comments and suggestions as to how it may be enriched or improved. I'm always grateful to hear from you.
The whole photo-story about the German-American Friendship Bank you will find here
Homepage coverage of the Berlin U.S. Embassy
Invitation of the American Embassy Surprise from TV channel RBB / zibb programme
From Summer 2004 until end of 2009, I was member of BUSMVA (BERLIN U.S. MILITARY VETERANS ASSOCIATION). I never have asked for this membership but veterans have surprised me with that unexpected membership gift. Many THANKS, especially to John Parmenter, for his outstanding efforts ! Berlin warriors, - let's keep the good memories alive!
In memory of Dr. Stephen L. Bowman
The second item concerns BUSMVA member
Reinhard von Bronewski. There was an article
about him in the Berlin Morgenpost describing
his efforts to keep alive the memories of the
Americans in Berlin through his website
(www.berlin-brigade.de). Give the site a visit.
Reinhard emphasized in the article how important
it is that Berliners - and all Germans - never
forget the role the American military played in
keeping Berlin free during the Cold War. He did
us all proud.
I am already looking forward to seeing old friends when we meet again in Valley Forge next June. In the meantime, I'll try my best to drink some Gluehwine at the Christmas markets for all of you.
Warm thougths from cold Berlin,
Steve Bowman, Director-Europe
© BUSMVA OBSERVER
February 2004, Col (Ret) Ollie North, moderator from Fox News History Channel, section: 'War movies',
& his TV movie producer, Mr. Greg Johnson, have visited Berlin to create a new War movie show.|
I was invited to attend & was interviewed in a suite of the Grand Westin hotel.
In April 2004, the movie: 'Berlin: Standoff behind the Iron Curtain' was aired the first time in the U.S.A. The show had amazing feedbacks in the United States.
For me it was & still is an big honor to be a small part in that interesting movie show, together with popular American veterans like Col. (Ret) Gail Halvorsen, Berlin's lengendary 'Candy Bomber' pilot.
In Summer of 2005, U.S.A. TV movie producer, Mr. Dan Bree, National Geographic Channel, / 'Megastructures', also came to Berlin for another documentary movie show production. Dan Bree visited me like Greg Johnson at my home & some days later I had to respond another interesting interview at Bernauer Strasse, right next to original fragments of the infamous Berlin Wall. (photos) His TV show : 'Megastructures -The Berlin Wall' was aired in the U.S.A. in March 2006. In October 2006, the German TV channels N24, TV Berlin & Vox have aired this interesting movie in German language, German title: 'Die Mauer, -Todesstreifen in Berlin'.
It was a lot of fun for me & a great experience to have got the opportunity to work with both American TV teams!
- MANY THANKS- to Ollie North, Greg Johnson, Dan Bree & their great crews!
|It is strictly prohibited to publish written contents or photos of this website without my written permission.
All images on my website are property of their respective owner,
all of them have copyrights! Prohibition of commercial use!
The photos are from the private collection of -Berlin-Brigade.de.
Many are selfmade, some others are gifts from friends or BBDE Veterans.
I like to share the images with all my BBDE website visitors but it's just
an ideological matter only!
If a copyright should have been hurt by us, please send us a E-Mail
and the appropriate images are deleted immediately.|