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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 !

Comment by Sam Smolkin on May 14, 2016 at 6:19am

Tank Co, 2nd Bn, 2nd Armd Cav Regt, Bamberg 1959-1962, Hello to all you youngsters out there!  Just turned 79 May 3rd. Still think I'm 18,until I look in the mirror, and wonder who that old bastard is that's staring back at me !


Comment by Sigmund Fertig on November 25, 2015 at 3:15pm

To all my Bamberg brothers, " Happy Thanksgiving !

Comment by Dave Gettman on October 5, 2015 at 1:16pm

Bert, I'll try to give you a list of prospects here at Dragoon Base, friends that Jesse Kelley served with in F Troop from 1972-75. Sadly, Jesse passed away 28 March 2015.

Daniel Martin, F Troop 1972-75. Here is his profile page http://dragoonbase.com/profile/DanielMartin?xg_source=profiles_memb...

William "Bill" Phillips, F Troop 1972-74. http://dragoonbase.com/profile/WilliamBillPhillips?xg_source=profil...

Dennis Wayne Williams, F Troop 1974-75. http://dragoonbase.com/profile/DennisWayneWilliams?xg_source=profil...

Wayne Brown, F Troop 1971-74. http://dragoonbase.com/profile/WayneABrown?xg_source=profiles_membe...

Check out Jesse Kelley's page and look at his list of found, looking for, and passed away. You might recognize some names. http://dragoonbase.com/profile/JESSEKELLEY?xg_source=profiles_membe...

Comment by Doug Ford on October 5, 2015 at 9:56am

I wasn't there during 72-73', but we heard about it. It was when 2/2 ACR had some old drafty's still in and they didn't want to be there. Some had seen to much action in Vietnam and wanted out NOW! and did extreme things to get out even if it cost a life of someone.... A pretty serious example of PTSD and I  think before it was given a name.


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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.


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