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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!

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I was in the army from Jan. 1961 to April 1967. After AIT I was sent to Germany and assigned to the 1 Recon 2 A/C B troop. I was immediately sent to Hof without my duffel bag which was lost in transit. If it wasn't for a PFC Maxie Collier, I would have had nothing but the close on my back. Maxie was a black guy and I was so surprised on his willingness to give me a spare uniform and underwear and his spare boots. I had no money so he gave me a couple of dollars ad we were off to the EM club. I got so drunk I punched the hood of a jeep and put a large dent in it. I had to report to 1St SGT Lloyd Sample and the CO who informed me that I would have to pay for the damage. The guys in the motor pool fixed the hood and I lost one months pay. A week later my bag arrived and I was back to normal. Maxie was my best friend for my tour. He was at his ETS and my best friend. He went home about 6 months before I rotated.
My first introduction to the border came when they needed a gunner to man the M60 in the back of the jeep. I was never so scared as I can remember.

About two weeks later we convoyed back to the rock and I was assigned clean up detail and had to clean three of four of the jeeps. I was then introduced to the ALT team and we were called out , We ran to the H 34 helo and flue up to the boarder on a practice intercept of a border crossing. If I remember right I think that was a weeks duty. It was kind of nice because we were able to jump the line a the mess hall. Most of the day was spent on the bunks sleeping or playing cards until either were were on an alert or cleaning our gear. Our platoon Sgt was Sgt Price, and our Platoon leader by Lt Bryant. Both black guys and I liked the both. Lt. Bryant asked me a question for my Spec 4 promotion and I will take the question to my grave." What is the definition of head space and timing on a 50 Cal?" I did not know had to answer it but it was to late...as he walked off I called "Distance between the base of the cartridge and the face o the bolt when a round is fully seated in the chamber" I was a Spec 4 a week later.

I am seating here thinking about all of the good times and remembering the bad time. 1962 new years eve, St. Sgt Sample was in his room ( he slept in the barracks, north end of the building) some one thru brick into his window. It was so cold out side. He had the OD get everyone up and in formation until someone admitted to do throwing the brick. I could go on and on..

.I loved my tour over there and when it was time to rotate, I tried to extend and was to late to do so. My orders were cut for me to go to Ft. Benning Ga.

I'll have to dig up my pictures and scan them, might be something in there you can use. I had a hell of a time, we mostly got  deployed to Camp Reed. Tons of patrols and I was the border ops NCO on my last. 

Here are some of my pictures..Dco  Hqt. tank https://www.flickr.com/photos/bambusaman/albums/72157632480505721



Colonels of the Regiment

9th Colonel of the Regiment David R. Clendenin 29 Oct 1888 – 2 Apr 1891



This was the third design of the 2d Cavalry DUI, worn from 1924-1931. The sharp points on the ends of the bottom scroll again called for a redesign.


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