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Hello all..

Every year for the past 25 years, I've been talking about going back to Germany and checking out the old stomping grounds.. Not only Bamberg, but everywhere else we ever hung out at as well. Maybe take in an Oktoberfest.. or a Fasching party (yikes). Has anyone else made the trip..? If so.. how did it go?

I had spent 5 years over there (Bamberg and Pirmasens).. but I would still like to return..

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Bob,

I went back in Aug '06 to Amberg to mark my 20th anniversary of being stationed there. I also went to Bindlach because I was stationed there too from 90-92. I found both Camp May and Camp Reed too.

For me, returning was both fun and bittersweet. Most places that I remember were either closed, vacant, or changed. It made me sad to think of all the activity and all the Soldiers who were there over the years--and now it's all gone.

I'd give anything to go back in time. I always say that we bitched and moaned about how much it sucked when we were there, but when I look back, it was the best time of my life and career.
I went back in '88,a sort of delayed honeymoon, stayed with ex brother in law, an air force guy. Saw`a lot of things and places I never had the chance to see when I was stationed there. Spent most of the time down south in Garmisch. It was a very quick 15 days. Every year I say I'm going back,haven't been back since. I really miss it.
You're right Eric..

I lived there for 5 years.. young and foolish.. I bitched and moaned too.. but looking back now.. it was a great opportunity that I wasted while I was there. I could've seen more and done more (and saved more). I still think I'll make it back there.. as always.. maybe next year.

I served with 5 units while in the service. The Cav was by far, the best..
Thanks to the generosity of fellow Dragoons, I was priveleged to return last November and be part of the 2d Cav's welcome home from Iraq celebrations and memorial dedication. What an incredible experience! It had been just shy of 34 years since I left, but the drunker I got, the more familiar the Deutsch language sounded.

It's tough to capture in words what I saw and felt. I'd always wondered what it would be like to go back, but never expected to. The dollar isn't worth crap anymore, but the beir is still excellent and the women are still gorgeous.

I have to admit that for pretty much the entire trip I was in somewhat of a dream state, unable to fully process what was going on. My senses and emotions were near overload, so I just went with the flow and took in what I could. The strange but familiar sounds of the language; the enticing smell of saurkraut; the smokey taste of a dopplebach; the mesmerizing view of centuries old villages; the unmistakable feeling of belonging to all this.

Then to be a guest of the Regiment at their ceremonies? Meet very good internet friends from Dragoon Base? See my former troop commander from 1974? I met so many wonderful people it would take a book to list them all. Patrick (cavdoc) takes me up to Bayreuth and we find the house I lived in when my dad was in the 2d Cav 1953-55. Overload!!

The whole trip was the best experience imaginable, and I hated to see it come to an end. Definitely one of the highlights of my life, and memories I will cherish the remainder of my days.

Don't wait till next year. As I've found all too often recently with many of my closest friends, next year doesn't always come.
Hi Dave..

Must have been great.. I often think about the guys we served with.. and have tried to locate them. I've only recently spoken to 2 of them.
Captain Gaudet was a great troop commander.. and LTC Getgood helped me out of a jam on more than one occasion..

And you're right.. that "maybe next year" line can only go so far..
BOB,the last time we were back was 2002,also was there in 2001.My wife was with me on these two trips and she was also there with me at Amberg in 1969-1971.She came home on New Years Day of 1971.I got out in March of 1971.Was drafted and sent to Amberg for what ever reason,I'll never Know.Back then no TV and only one radio station,AFNE but we survived and had a great time.On our two trips We rented a car and drove all over Southern,Germany.And stopped at the old Pond Barracks each time.Had no problems driving.eating and drinking.I was with the 3/2ACR,you must of been with the 2/2 ACR in Bamberg.We were at the Octoberfest in 1970.The two trips we got there a week after Octoberfest,less people and lower prices.Next year wil be another trip to Germany.She wants to see The Passion Play which is only every ten years.If you can take thr trip!!!!!!!!!! TOM
I SPENT FIVE TOURS OVER IN EUROPE AND TRAVELED FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER, PLUS MANAGED TO VISIT ALL THE JOINING COUNTRIES EXCEPT FOR OUR BORDER PATROL COUNTRIES. LOVED IT DOWN IN BAVARIAN ALP, WITH SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA. I WOULD LOVE TO GO BACK EVEN THOU ALL IS CHANGED SINCE I LAST WAS THERE IN '68'. IN MY PRESENT CONDITION, BEING CONFINED TO A WHEEL CHAIR, THE TRANSPORTATION IS NOT AVAILABLE, PLUS QUARTERS FOR ME WOULD BE LIMITED. IT WOULD COST A SMALL FORTUNE TO OBTAIN WHAT I WOULD NEED. THE AIR LINES DON'T LIKE TO FLY ME IN MY CHAIR. GETTING AROUND HERE EVEN AT HOME, HAVE TO HAVE SPECIAL HANDLING. EVEN SO, I HAVE MY MEMORIES OF MY TIME THERE IN GERMANY. STILL THINK OF IT ALL THE TIME..............

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