Connecting the Troopers of Today with the Veterans of Yesterday.
I was at the Rock during the winters of 62 and 63. Cold was a warm word . Don't know a word to describe how bad it was. We just sucked it up and kept going. Think all that German beer kept me from freezing. Acted like anti-freeze in my body. lol.
Good to remember and look back at those years. Wouldn't want to do them over though.
I remember going to the field in late 1961 and sleeping in pup tents. When I woke up the next morning the tent was covered with snow. I slept the next night in my truck. Was freezing the whole time. 62 & 63 didn't get any warmer.
Did winters of 64 fand 65. Worked in the office and didn't like going on alerts. Had to drive the Post Commanders command track, at the time an XM577 which was only personnel carrier extended on top for the radios. When we got to the field I left a tent out on the back of it for his office and then all I had to do was moniter the radios and take reports from the line troops and forward them. Still frooze to death even though the radios were tube type and warm. Don't like cold to this day. It's 55 degrees in Louisiana right now and too cold.
I had a '55 VW bug with an engine so small if I had 4 GI's in it I had to back up the hills on the autobahn as the forward gears weren't low enough to pull. It would make it up the hill from the bar at the bottom just outside the main gate at times though. Had to push the last steep part. And be very full of boiler makers.