Connecting the Troopers of Today with the Veterans of Yesterday.
Apparantly, the new CJCS Gen. Martin E. Dempsey was stationed or assigned to the 1/2 ACR sometime around 1975, or after.
He graduated from West Point in 74. He was the S-1, OIC.
Has anyone worked with the General, then a 2nd or 1st LT?
His first assignment was as a platoon leader - in C Troop as I recall, got there in late '74. He doesn't look much different now than he did then. I remember him as very baby faced but very sharp - gotta lov the Cav for a good start in life . . .Tommy Molino, weren't you his troop Cdr??
Thanks for the info Frank. I was in D Co may 75 thru 78.
I never actually worked "for" GEN Dempsey, but I many occasions of working "with" him while he was the Sqnd S-1/Adj and I was the Operations SGT of the Bayreuth MP Station. What I remember most about him that he was a sharp as a tack. It was a real pleasure working with him. If my memory is correct, LTC Nicholas S. H. KRAWCIW (later 3 Star) was the Sqdn CDR and MAJ William B. CROUCH (later 4 Star) was the Sqdn XO.
Richard, Your memory is good! Nic Krawciw was indeed the Sqdn Co and Bill Crouch the XO. I think I remember you as well - I was the Sqdn S4 at the time but my driver was always in trouble so I'm bound to have visited you at the MP station at one time or another!! Great times on the Rock - Oh, and Tommy Franks commanded How Battery down at your kaserne during that time - another four star guy. All great folks to serve with and to be friends with . . .
I served with 2Lt Martin Dempsey his first year out of west point, I was his PSG 1975-76., we were in 1St Plt B Troop. He was contagiously energetic and enthusiastic with a positive attitude without being the typical butter bar wizard. He had a good hands on relationship with everyone in his platoon, by that I mean he spoke to people not over their heads or down to them. Marty was one of the finest young officers I had the pleasure of serving with and under his leadership 1st Platoon was regarded as the best in the Squadron and maybe the Regiment. I was also fortunate that Marty's replacement was another truly outstanding officer and a true gentlemen 2Lt Doug Lute (Lt Gen retired, currently the Special Asst. to the President at National Security Council, or better known as the War Czar) and with Doug's leadership we continued to be the best Platoon in the Squadron. In 1974 to early 1975 was in How Btry in the city of Bayreuth (sub post) when Tommy Franks was BC, also a memorable personality. served with the 1/2 ACR 1970-73 and 1974-1977 and these were truly the best years of my military career.
I worked for Gen Dempsey when he was Bandit-6 (4-67AR). I gave him a 1/2ACR coin that I had from the Regiment. The Guy loved his scout platoon for sure. He told me that he started his carrier in C Troop. Happy to see him in the position he is in now. I also remember him as being incredibly sharp.