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United States Military Liaison Mission to the Commander-in-Chief, Group of Soviet Forces, Germany (USMLM to CinC, GSFG), later changed to Western Group of Forces (WGF).  USMLM representational headquarters was located in Potsdam, East Germany (DDR), with Operational & Administrative Headquarters in West Berlin, Germany.  US Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps personnel served proudly in the USMLM
USMLM unit patch The US Military Liaison Mission was established on 7 April 1947, subsequent to the signing of the US/Soviet Huebner-Malinin Agreement in March 1947.  The unit took down its colors on October 1, 1990, in Potsdam, Germany, as directed by the JCS as a consequence of the end of the Cold War.  Various Allied luminaries and media, including CNN, attended the unit closure ceremony.

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  • 6, 2009:  The United States and the Russian Federation reached a common understanding on a framework for the U.S. – Russia Joint Commission on Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIAs). The Commission serves as a forum through which both nations seek to determine the fates of their missing servicemen.  One of the roles of the USMLM during its existence was to help locate and repatriate POW/MIA.  Read about the role of the USMLM in the unit histories available from the US Army Europe (USAREUR) Historian's web site at .   The Joint Commission announcement can be read from the White House press release available at .
  • When visiting Berlin, check out the Missions' exhibit at the Allied Museum Berlin Exhibit

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Allied Museum Berlin Exhibit

When visiting Berlin, check out the Missions' exhibit at the Allied Musem.

National Anthem Booms Out
By Associated Press
June 1965
By John O. Koehler

BERLIN.  --  In the dead of night, lights flashed on and the Star Spangled Banner boomed out.  Several thousand Soviet soldiers bolted awake in their barracks nearby.

It was 1:20 a.m. and one of the most unusual flag - raising ceremonies in the postwar history of the United States military in Europe was taking place at Potsdam in Communist East Germany.

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USMLM hoisting flag
Members of the USMLM rehoist the US Flag over Potsdam installation on the night of  June 1, 1965 after East German mob attack.
Mission Retrospectives
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1965 Ford Fairlane
Is it the Green Hornet? No, it's a USMLM team looking for submarines in the DDR.  (1965 Ford)
Allied Liaison social
Allied Liaison social, R-L, Colonel Ritchie, Chief USMLM; Soviet Col. Grishiskin, Chief Soviet External Relations Branch (SERB); UK Brigadier General House, Chief  BRIXMIS; and French Col. Rohe', Chief  FMLM circa 1969/70.
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