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3rd Platoon had the top floor of the L Troop barracks which faced the motor pool below. Christmas of 1976 we had a party in the corner room. Sometime around 11-ish with lots of booze ingested, somebody pulled out a tri-cluster flair. I, of course, thought it appropriate to shoot it out of the window over the motor pool. Leaning out with someone holding onto me to keep me from falling out of the window (there were big overhangs and gutters on that building), I shot it off. The room immediately filled up with smoke and I then realized that I had actually hit the gutter which deflected the 3 glowing masses into the motor pool. Smoke billowed out the windows and the motor pool was glowing in 3 vivid colors when the OD showed up. I thought we would be going to the brig but he just asked if we had anymore and we said no, and he left. Until the day I left, there were 3 creased on the bottom of the gutter.
1974 - When we, L Troop, were at Camp Rotz, we manned OP 60 located just above the border crossing into what was then Czechoslovakia. During the day, most of our spot reports were of UAZ69s - the Czech equivalent of our jeep. Sometimes, we would get bored, during the 24 hours at the OP; get out the spot report ID manual, look up the most exotic weapon we could find, and call it in. This created a little excitement in the camp OP center, at least, for a while.
During early '74, we would occasionally patrol the border near the Bayer Eisenstein bahnhof. There was a border crossing located a short distance away. At the top of the ridge, above the border crossing, was a Czech guard tower. One day, as we passed the guard tower, I spotted a Czech border sign about 50 meters inside the border; near the tower. I just had to have that border sign. It was way cool. About that time the two guards in the tower climbed down and started down the hill toward the border crossing shack. As soon as the guards were out of sight, I dashed across the border, pulled the sign and post out of the ground, and ran back to our jeep with it. I couldn't take the sign and post so, I threw the sign in the ditch. Two days later, we returned to the spot with a 13mm wrench, unbolted the sign from the post, and I took the sign with me. I mailed the sign home, and to this day it hangs upon my wall. I would bet a lot of money that no one else has one of those babies. Today, when I think about it, I shiver a bit. Had I been caught "liberating" the sign from the Commies, I would have been shot by a Czech guard. The icing on the cake would have been a posthumous "...diplomatic protest at the highest level." Dodged that bullet... Har!
Re: the ammo dump. 1973 - Two of my buddies were on guard in the wee hours of the morning, at the dump, and they decided to build a fire in front of the little dugout in the trees adjacent. (not everyone knew about the dugout). One of them climbed the dump fence - easily done - and grabbed a Sheridan heat round. Steve (I'll call him) broke off the warhead from the casing, dumped the propellant on the ground, put some wood on it, and put a match to it. The result was a white-hot flame that shot about 30 feet in the air. It's a good thing no one noticed that an area of approximately 1/2 a kilometer across was lit up like high noon for a few seconds. Somebody would have spent a vacation at Mannheim prison. Even crazier anecdotes to come...
Commo Sgt with M Troop (later company) in 68 and 69. Fun times back then especially at the Las Vegas Club.
Tom, I'm glad it disappeared, that crap got a lot of guys in trouble.
Frank, looking at the short timers orders, it reminded me of the old typewriters and carbon paper!
Tom, there was LSD, a few of the guys tried herion, but not too many, too easy to get hooked. There was plenty of hash and psychedelics.
during my time it wasn't racial problems it was hard drug problems in 75 then it just disappeared I Trp straightened out
Short Timer's Orders:
That is very true. I'll save the story of the Squadron Maintenance Mutiney for another day
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