Check Point Charlie, Berlin, Germany

Major General Raymond E. Haddock, Retired

shares stories and pictures

& his part in this important event.

Raymond E. Haddock is a descendant of Zachariah and Chloe (Albrittion) Haddock of Barry Co., MO, through their son David Crenshaw and Elizabeth (Ault) Haddock.

Submitted by: Major General Raymond E. Haddock, Retired

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Story from Stars & Stripes

Radio Interview

Background Information

A Few More Photos

Dear Donna, On the 9th of November this year, the world will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall which was a major event in the peaceful end of the Cold War, the dissolution of the Soviet Union. As we near that milestone, I am reminded of my own participation in significant positions that contributed to this conclusion.

As I reflect and look at some of the things you have done and continue to do to tell the history of the Haddock family, it seemed to me that some of what I can share would be of interest in your work. I will send you some items here and send along a package by mail that you may find useful.

You may use whatever I provide to further tell the story of the Haddock Family.

Best regards.

Raymond E. Haddock
Major General, United States Army

Here below are a few of the pictures provided for us by Major General Raymond Haddock on the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the removal of Check Point Charlie which was the official crossing point from East to West for the Western Allies in Berlin.

This letter came in January of 2011

Major General Raymond Earl Haddock descends from Zachariah and Chole (Albritton) Haddock, Barry County, MO, pioneers.

He wrote: As you know I was the last American Commandant in Berlin from 1988 through the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and unification of Berlin and Germany in 1990.

Germany celebrated the 20th anniversary of unification on the 1st of October 2010.

My wife, Brunhilde, and I were invited back to Berlin, along with the British and French Commandants and their wives to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Unification.

These pictures were taken at the Allied Museum in Berlin during our visit.

Both pictures are taken in front of the world famous Check Point Charlie structure, now located at the Allied Museum in Berlin. We Americans donated that world famous structure to the Allied Museum where it proudly serves as a sad reminder of the days when Berlin and Germany were divided.

The first picture, from Left to right, French General Francois Cann, General Raymond Haddock and British General Robert Corbett.

The next photo is from left General and Mrs Francois Cann, General and Mrs Raymond Haddock and General and Mrs Robert Corbett.

Raymond Haddock on the left - Secretary of State James Baker on right

Front Page Picture in Berlin Observer

June 22, 1990

On the day Check Point Charlie was removed.

The removal of this authorized crossing point between East and West was an act that symbolized the end of the "Cold War".

Check Point Charlie was the only place through which the Allies (US, British and French could cross the iron curtain into the East.

Pictured are participants, from left to right:

East German (GDR) Foreign Minister, Herr Markus Meckel;

Berlin's Mayor, Frau (Mrs.) Ingrid Stahmer;

Major General Robert Corbett, British Commandant for Berlin;

Mr. Douglas Hurd, Foreign Minister of Great Britain;

Major General Raymond E. Haddock, American Commandant for Berlin;

Mr. James A. Baker, III, United States Secretary of State;

Major General Francois Cann, French Commandant for Berlin;

Monsier Roland Dumas, French Foreign Minster:

Herr Hans Dietrich Genscher, German Foreign Minister;

Mr. Edvard Shevardnadze, Soviet Union Foreign Minister;

East Berlin's Mayor, Mr. Tino Schwierzina;

Military Policeman, Not Identified.

Chancellor Willy Brandt on the left and Major General Raymond Haddock, American Commandant for Berlin, on the right.

Taken June 22, 1990, the day of Check Point Charlie's removal

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