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Comment by Ron Lawrence on December 10, 2018 at 8:12pm


I see you were in Hawg Company.  That's my alma mater as well.  I was fortunate enough to have served under LTC Molina.  Most capable and best troop commander I ever had.

Comment by Ron Lawrence on December 10, 2018 at 8:09pm

Yep....looks pretty close to what I remember, though not exactly how I recall it.  Course, mine would be 17 years after this one of yours came out, Robert...and the last time I saw mine was over 30 years ago....so you know what I'm saying.

We're not young fellas anymore and I'm even starting to wonder about some of the things I "remember" from the Good Ole' Days....

Thanks for posting yours, though - brings back good memories...even if half of them are embellished!

Comment by Robert W. Whitton on December 10, 2018 at 5:28pm

This is the Certificate I was given in June 1968 when I left the Squadron on my way to Vietnam. LTC Robert G Bond was the Squadron Commander at the time.  As luck would have it, he followed me to the same Unit in Vietnam, 2-1 Cavalry. As luck further would have it, I was gone when he arrived.

Comment by Robert W. Whitton on December 10, 2018 at 5:21pm

Comment by Ron Lawrence on December 10, 2018 at 3:19pm

I'd appreciate that, Paul.

If memory serves, they were printed on very heavy cardstock and featured a horse mounted cavalryman with the usual beautiful letting written in calligraphy.  On the bottom would be your name and the years you served.  Not certain if there were several different versions of the Border Certificate or not.

Wouldn't that be interesting if we were somehow able to collect all the versions and scan them onto the web page for people to look at?

Anyway, please let me know if there is a way to buy a reproduction.  My office needs one!

Comment by Paul G. Liebeck on December 10, 2018 at 3:08pm
I have Border Certificates: 2d Squadron & Regiment from 1975 and 1st Squadron & Regiment from 1988. I don‘t know if they’re still available, but I can ask at the Reed Museum the next time I get over to Vilseck.
Comment by Ron Lawrence on December 10, 2018 at 2:51pm

How many of you remember the old 2nd ACR Border Certificates we used to be issued at the end of our tours (at least we used to get them back in the mid 80's)?

I thought I saw somewhere on this site that you could get a replica if you wanted to pay for it.  Does anyone know if they're still available?

My ex got mine and destroyed it out of pure spite.

Comment by Paul G. Liebeck on December 10, 2018 at 2:20pm


The easiest way to find the Hof sector on the map is to follow the northern border of the German state of Bavaria. From Stockheim (north of Kronach) it runs along the border with Thüringen (Thurinigia) north to the heights overlooking Probstzella, then southeastwards past Blankenstein and Hirschberg to Mödlareuth. It continues east along the Bavarian-Saxony border past Münchenreuth and southeast to what used to be called the Tri-zonal Point (the Germans call it Drei-Länder Eck) where the borders of Bavaria, Saxony and the Czech Republic meet, about 5 km northeast of Regnitzlosau. I still have a map from the 1970's showing the border, the 1K Zone and our old stationary OPs. Trouble is, it's 1:50,000 scale--too big to scan into the computer.

Paul Liebeck


Comment by Ron Lawrence on December 10, 2018 at 2:02pm

Nice, Glenn.....but if you want to impress me, give me directions to that House Of Ill Repute that was right across the street!  LOL...

And by the way, Bob, if you're going back for a visit, make sure you stop and see the museum they have set up in Mödlareuth.  The guy running the tours in English was formerly a Gak, and has some wrong information, but the tour is well worth it.  I've included a few pics.

Wonder how many of us took a ride in this old girl (sorry I couldn't rotate the pic)?

I never had the guts to steal one of these...and now it's TOO LATE!

Along with loads of restored vehicles in this giant shed, they have maintained the grounds exactly as they were before reunification (with the exception of the MASSIVE wind turbine that has been erected on the hill).  It will bring back loads of memories - I guarantee it.

Comment by Glenn Gutshall on December 10, 2018 at 1:30pm

Here's the Kassern in Hof:  https://goo.gl/maps/BojnSDe7nLQ2


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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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