How many US troops are stationed in Germany?
What was the total number of US troops stationed on Kodiak or islands of the Kodiak Archipelago during World War 2?
If the term of "free Germany" means how did the democratic government of West Germany was helped by the US the answer is that the US provided Marshall Plan aid and military protection for the new free German state. US troops stationed in West Germany provided a source of consumers and a group that spent their pay which helped the West German economy. Since there was no chance of a new strong German army then the US and its allies helped by having their troops guard Germany.