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For those who remember or want to share with others who also served at Pond barracks. Pleasepost lotsof pics. We love them.

Location: Amberg, Bavaria, Germany
Members: 275
Latest Activity: Jul 27, 2017

Discussion Forum

Amberg--LTA 56 Replies

Started by Eric Heller. Last reply by Dave Gettman Feb 15, 2016.

Larry Agee 2 Replies

Started by Dennis West. Last reply by Dennis West Jan 12, 2016.

LTC Delaney, Squadron CO 3 Replies

Started by Edward N. Voke. Last reply by Dave Gettman Feb 11, 2015.

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Comment by R C Johnson on September 25, 2015 at 7:31pm

It'sreally good to read notes from you Amberg vets.  I spent 2 1/2 years there, lotta stories to tell, but you have heard them all.  Hell ofa time, I got there in 68 and left in 71.

Comment by Ed paquette on September 8, 2015 at 7:55pm

Ed Paquette was in HQ troop Personnell with Tarvin, Cowden, Pirrung, Westgate, Cournoyer, Freedman, Noftsger, Strittmatter, any of those names ring a bell with anyone?

Comment by David R. Swarts on September 8, 2015 at 7:29pm

Tom--I, too, was a troop clerk in Amberg at the same time in Headquarters Troop.  And, I was promoted to E-5 as quickly as you were.  I had to be promoted in a tank commander's slot since clerk slots only went to E-4.  I was offered an enlistment package for Berlin that included room carpeting and a T.V.!  Last December I was in Berlin and I'm not sure it would have been a good fit, even with the carpeting.  Too busy.  And, of course, nothing like Amberg.

I was afraid, however, I would go to Viet Nam as a tanker and never re-enlisted.  Do you think I might have gone to Viet Nam as a tanker?  Often wondered about it.

I loved Amberg as well.  I have been back, but things change and the people we knew are gone, but not the memories.  Remember doing the Morning Report?  We clerks had it made--promotions, leaves, passes, work indoors, working with officers and the First Sargeant.

Hope you are well.  Winter is coming.  Are you ready up there?  (I live in CT now and it's cold enough here.)

Dave Swarts

Comment by Tom Russell on September 8, 2015 at 2:54pm

Pulled guard duty at the air strip (always wondered why) one really cold night   trying to keep warm, I used a "church key" to carve; "1002 days left" in the office stucco wall.  After enlisting (what???) they sent me to Personal Spec school arriving in Amberg; January 1968.  I wound up in M Troop and as a company clerk working with a guy by the name of David Fuselier from Lake Charles, Louisiana.   Saw a better opportunity and moved into the Como area because the Chief at the time (Joe Hart) was short, which helped me make buck-sgt 16 months in.  I enlisted because I didn't want to go to Nam and come back in a zipper bag.  My plan didn't work out very well as I was levied to Nam in December '69.  Footnote -- I've been back to Amberg several times over the last 45 years and managed to find my 'days left' carving on the airstrip office wall. in the late 80s.   Some of my fondest memories were those two years.  Anyone have a M Troop unit roster from the 68-69 era?

Comment by Mike Stone on May 6, 2015 at 7:31pm

L Troop 80-83 . Good to hear from some old frieds. Best days of my career. 

Comment by nelson f wheatley on February 14, 2015 at 6:21pm

butch  i left amberg  straight to 13th cab at can tho vietnam  ended up with 31/2 tours overt here everything from chopper door gunner to a radio operator  then spent tours at dachau and  crailsheim germany  hanks for the response

Comment by G. "Butch" Mundy on February 14, 2015 at 1:31pm

Nelson I was in I-Troop 64/65 then 1/9 cav of 1st Cav 65/66 .

Comment by Dave Gettman on February 13, 2015 at 9:29pm

Sorry Ed, I've got 1922, 1941, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1961, 1962/63, 1964, and 1989/91.

I've also got the 1976 book but I haven't had a chance to scan and post it.

Comment by Ed paquette on February 13, 2015 at 8:57pm
Would there be a yearbook for1968-1969?
Comment by Dave Gettman on February 13, 2015 at 7:33pm

My pleasure, Nelson.

I know you won't be able to make it, but here is an invitation I just now became aware of. As you mentioned you were a Vietnam vet, Arizona State University is having a Welcome Home Ceremony for Vietnam vets the 20th of this month.

Here are the details: http://dragoons.org/2015/02/13/welcome-home-ceremony-for-vietnam-vets/


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Colonels of the Regiment

8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



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.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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