THE COMMANDERS
November, 2003 Newsletter - Section IV.2

by Joe Covern (59-62/63-66/70-73)

These good and gallant men represent 42 years of vigilant command behind the Iron Curtain.

For the detachment commanders (July 1950 - July 1959), the dates given are dates the individuals were remembered or known to have been in Berlin rather than the dates of their tours.  Beginning on 1 July 1959, the actual dates of command are shown, if available.

The change in unit designation, as indicated, occurred during that commander's tour.

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Lt. Kenneth F. Pearsall     Jul 50   Detachments
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Lt. Clarence W. Blanford     Dec 53    
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Capt. Arthur Folkerts     Apr 54     Dec 55  
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Capt. Sherman Ford     Dec 55     Aug 58  
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Capt. Sidney Bennett     Sep 58     Jun 59  
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Maj. Woodrow W. Gentry 01 Jul 59 15 Jun 60 6912th RSM
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Maj. Hugh E. McCall * 16 Jun 60 02 Jun 63  
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Lt. Col. Carl L. Cook, Jr. 03 Jun 63 13 Jun 66 6912th SS
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Lt. Col. Robert F. Stark 14 Jun 66 17 Apr 69  
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Lt. Col. Stanley K. Moe 18 Apr 69 25 May 70  
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Lt. Col. Richard G. Webb 26 May 70 23 Jun 74  
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Col. John P. Joyce 26 Jun 74 30 Jul 75  
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Lt. Col. Robert R. Williams 01 Aug 75 21 Sep 75  
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Col. Jesse R. Own, Jr. 22 Sep 75 25 Mar 76  
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Col. William T. Ballard * 26 Mar 76 19 Apr 79  
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Col. Lewis M. Chapman * 20 Apr 79 31 Jul 80 6912th ESG
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Col. Alton L. Elliott 01 Aug 80 30 May 82  
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Col. Charles L. Bishop * 01 Jun 82 30 May 83  
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Col. Jerome M. Wucher 01 Jun 83 05 Jul 85  
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Col. Jay J. Jaynes * 06 Jul 85 07 Feb 88  
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Col. Ben C. Hardaway, Jr. * 08 Feb 88     Jun 91 690th ESW
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Col. Robert A. Leech     Jun 91 01 Jul 92 690th ESG

*BIA Members

2004, The Berlin Island Association

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