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Comment by John r. Ushman on March 3, 2017 at 10:51am

Ron I think that is 1 hell of a funny story. the man probably deserved every little bit of that. I myself do not remember sgt. wigley .I was in G-Troop with a sfc mixon platoon sgt.tank for a while they liked the way I loaded the m-1 my load time was 2-3seconds one time I was at a gunnery and was the only soldier to take a man size target with a 240 machine gun at 1100 meters all of their self righteous jaws just dropped and stayed that way man. I still look back on that day . igot off my tank and looked around I can stiil see theamazment n their faces out done by me aa poor little pvt. ha ha ha ha  420 to ya ron thanks for the comment lets me know somebody has a sense of humour.keep in touch

Comment by Ron Lawrence on March 3, 2017 at 9:30am

Hey John, remember SSG Wigley in H Company?  We were doing police call around the barracks in Hof one day when we found a pair of hot panties one of the girls from the whore house threw over the fence.  We put them in Wigley's car (E6 and above were allowed to drive to Hof back then) and pretended like we found them there so we gave him a bunch of shit.  Well he took it seriously and called his wife back home and accused her of cheating!  It took us an hour to convince him it was just a prank.

Comment by John r. Ushman on March 2, 2017 at 9:55am

hi. Bamberg 1985 was the year and boy was it a learning time in the cav. m-1 baby,hof, 5-6 times foot patrols jeep patrols reaction force gaks looking at me if they I let them see me I know I seen enough of them oh and the towers and the hips, hinds and our loved cobra's and of course the whore house across the street from hof.  well that is all 4 now oh yea baby 420 2 ya old buddies.

Comment by Ron Lawrence on January 15, 2017 at 3:36pm

I wonder if Colonel Molino even realizes what an enormous impact he had on all us 20 year old guys who discovered what it meant to be a man under his command?

I remember standing for guard mount one afternoon while the Sergeant of the Guard was putting us through our paces to determine who was going to be Supernumerary for the day.  It was down to me and another guy and the Sergeant was running us through Chain of Command questions.  He had gone all the way from President Reagan all the way down to Colonel Molino and we had both gotten it correct all the way through.

Finally, he said, "First one to answer wins.....what is Colonel Molino's wife's name?"

The other guy stumbled for just a second too long, but I blurted out, "Mrs. Molino!" and won....HaHaHa

Comment by Glenn Gutshall on January 15, 2017 at 3:24pm

Hey Lawrence.  I ran into Col. Molino again a few years back.  I was applying for a job at SAIC and spoke with him during that process.  He was squadron CO while I was working in the SOC.  I also remember Thompson @ the BOC.

Comment by Ron Lawrence on January 15, 2017 at 2:35pm

Holy smokes everyone, I can't believe it's taken me this long to find this group!

My name's Ron and I was assigned to Hawg Company between 83-85.  Lot's of you guys have been commenting on names from the past, so I'm trying to remember a few that stand out.  Let's see, right off the bat I remember Marv Royce who was a TC in my platoon, and Gary Thompson, who worked full time in Border Ops up in Hof.  How about SFC Garrett (sp)?  That guy deserved a silver star for putting up with my stupid, young ass.  How about Doby (can't remember his real name - all I remember was he was built like a fireplug and gave me one of the best back deck counseling sessions I ever got)?

Here's a name for everybody - who remembers Mox Nix Charlie?  I wonder what ever happened to that guy?  Or Mike Mailman?

I see several people talking about Lt. Lazaro.  I think I remember him too.  Wasn't he that super strak guy that graduated from the Citadel?  If it's the same guy, I remember he put himself on a self imposed Spartan lifestyle for like a year so he could afford to pay cash for his Porsche.

But the guy I appreciated most from my days in the Cav was Colonel Molino.  He was, by far, the greatest Commander I ever had the privilege to serve under in my entire time in the military.  Esprit de Corps went through the roof under that guy....

Comment by Glenn Gutshall on June 3, 2016 at 11:41pm

Bill your name sounds familiar.  I was in Echo from 81 until 84.  Then I moved to the SOC.  What platoon were you in?

Comment by Glenn Gutshall on June 3, 2016 at 11:36pm

Yeah I remember that the name LT Lazaro used to generate quite a bit of dread and consternation among the border troops.

Comment by Bill Hembree on June 3, 2016 at 9:54pm

Glenn read your piece about LT Lazaro, the Regimental inspector. I remember the name. Back when we first took the M1 tank to the Border 1985 or 86 my platoon was near the 1K zone over looking it and a BT 11 tower. It was night and cold. I reframed from starting the Tank since I got a report he was in the area. Had one crewman walking around the vehicle. The minute I started the Tank he ran up to a road wheel on opposite side from my dismount was walking put a glow stick on it and said we were dead. Then he proceeded to tell me I was not at the grid where I suppose to be. Told him I called it in that I rolled forward to hide in the trees and was in eyesight from the position behind  me. We had a GSR team out there and had previously talked to them. Anyhow he proceeded to tell me I failed the inspection. The crew all climbed inside and thought more about getting warm than listening to Him.

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on May 14, 2016 at 10:05am

Good morning Sam, How. Co. 58/60 Bamberg, days long gone by, some memories remain, turned 77 in March. Sometimes I wonder who this teenager is trapped in this old man's body, sometimes feel my age but not too often !


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



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