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Location: Amberg, Bavaria, Germany
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Latest Activity: Jan 19

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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 Richard (Dick) S. Rees on January 31, 2016 at 3:55pm

I remember the incident, I seem to recall that is name was Roeder, or something similar.

Comment by David E. Hooker on January 31, 2016 at 3:54pm

When did this happened and what troop was involved.

Comment by Edward N. Voke on January 31, 2016 at 3:48pm

Wayne  - Sorry for not answering much earlier, but haven't been on the site for a good while. Can't recall his name.  It was dark; we were watching the movie and the standby patrol (M151's) was sent out.  Had to reconstitiute it; this time, only M114's were available.  The announcement was made at the movie for the M114's to be moved into position (on the left side of the road leading out of the Camp, not far from the Guard Shack). One of the sergeants said he'd move them (so the others in the patrol could keep watching the movie). Your friend said he'd help and the two of them left. The first track was moved into position. The second track was brought up and while jockeying it into position behind the first track, the foot of the sergeant driving the track slipped because of ice on his boot sole (or on the floor) and hit the accelerator and the track lurched forward. Your friend was between the two vehicles, got hit/pinned by the sharp bow, and was killed instantly. It was a horrible thing.   He had just been assigned to the Troop and I want to say he had arrived at Gates that morning, but it may have been the day before.  Can't think of who might remember his name - wonder if Stars & Stripes newspaper, or a local German paper might have carried an article?

Comment by Wayne Dixon on October 12, 2015 at 4:01pm

EDWARD N. VOKE, Sir, I need to pick your memory, hoping you might remember when the Sgt. was killed from "I" troop at Camp Gates.  He was leading the alert tracks to the front gate and was caught in between the two track vehicles.  What is bad I can't remember his name, he and I had served together once before..  If you should remember, or if you might know any one or where I can obtain the information, I sure would appreciate any Help in this matter.  I know it has been a long while since we were there.  I departed in 64, 51 years, long ago.  I returned in 67 to Germany.  Retired 1 Jan. 1969.

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


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