Connecting the Troopers of Today with the Veterans of Yesterday.
Fellow Dragoons!! I am trying to collect information on all of the border camps 2d ACR had from 1948-1992. If you have stories, info, pictures, or anything else (IE: Berets, Uniforms, TA-50) PLEASE PLEASE post and share. We (2nd Cav Reed Museum) dont really have much info on the Cold War. I would like to build a file for future reference and to preserve YOUR history to the Regiment. Thank you all for your time and Service. Toujours Pret!
Nice pictures, Rob. You must have had the same room I did at Camp Pitman in Weiden...2d floor right across from the flag pole.
I was in the 3d Battalion at Amberg from 1952 - 1955. During that time we ran our border patrols from Kaserrns Cs at Weiden and Hof only, with the Recon Companies rotating - 6 weeks on and 12 Weeks off. When I arrived we were in the Constabulary. I dont recall any other special uniform items with the exception of the green epaulette attaachment denoting a commander of troops. Border also patroled by our one Bn aircraft - a little Cessna we called the L-19, after the size of the engine. One of my extra duties.was an observer. With the exception of a unplanned trip into Czech airspace and being shot at, this was good duty since I drew Flight pay - an extra $125 a month - big deal then. One of our Pilots was Lt Jim Merriman who, I have heard, later became involved in the beginnings
of the AirCav and became a BG. Joe McCollough - former Captain 2d Cav 1952 to 1957
Does anybody Know when the 3rd Squadron stopped going to Camp Pitman in Weiden ??
Sometime prior to Feb 78 (when I arrived).
When I was there 74-75, Pitman was 1st Squadron. I think I spent more time there than at Christensen Barracks.
If I had to venture a guess I would say around 1972 or so, when all kinds of changes were being made in the border assignments.
During my time in the first squadron (62-65 ) each line troop rotated to the border every three months. Two platoons would go to Hof and the other platoon would go to the station at Kronack ( may have misspelled Kronach). We rotated the platoons so everyone would get a chance to pull a tour at Kronach.
1960-1962 Kronach was fantastic. One platoon with scouts one day patrol and next nite patrol. Drank a few beers in Mom's too
April, 1972, Pond Barracks, Amberg, Germany 1972 - Not a Beret in sight. Not even a rumor of Beret's in the pipeline. I guess some news travels slower than other news. I dunno. But, jist sayin'.
Re: Camp Gates Pic from Rob Gould;
Rob Thanks for sharing your pics.
From your pic, it is no wonder that it is called the Black Forest, and that the deer within are the size of goats. An M1 Garand is not needed to bring one down! Mini 14 Perhaps.
Tecnically it was the Bohemian Forest not the Black Forest. I liked doing foot patrols from the OP's during the day and in summer.
Yes sir! We didn't do dismounted patrols very often, but I volunteered to go out every chance I got. The German forest was beautiful in the summer and brutal in the winter!