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Were are all the Redlegs out thier? We were only 1 battery but who messes with the King of Battle. The Rock Ruled and so do all the soldiers up on the Rock. From 1982-83 was my time thier under Capt Hall and Capt Ludwig of HWB. The Crazy Crazy Redlegs of the 1/2 ACR.

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What is (Redlegs) I would like to knowken
ken
A Redleg is a Name given to almost all that are associated with Artillery. Certain colors represent different military fields and red is for Artillery ,even the German Army use red to distinguishe it's soldiers as Artillery. On their lapels they have a cloth band that fits at the bottom with the different colors for the different fields they represent , I think blue is for Medics. If I remember about why Artillery Soldiers are called Redlegs is that they wore red stockings a very long time ago hence the nickname.
Hi Troy my name is raymond malbrough i was in c battery 94th fa in Berlin Germany from 1963 till 1965 we were the the first perminent artillery unit in Berlin, i would really like to here from you if possable. Ray
In the 1800's the uniform worn by the soldiers had a stripe down the leg of their trousers that represented the branch of the Army they were in. Of course, artillery personnel had a red stripe down their leg, thus giving them the name Redlegs.

Troy Tiner said:
A Redleg is a Name given to almost all that are associated with Artillery. Certain colors represent different military fields and red is for Artillery ,even the German Army use red to distinguishe it's soldiers as Artillery. On their lapels they have a cloth band that fits at the bottom with the different colors for the different fields they represent , I think blue is for Medics. If I remember about why Artillery Soldiers are called Redlegs is that they wore red stockings a very long time ago hence the nickname.
Hi Troy my name is Ray Malbrough i was a redleg in Berlin in fact we were the first permanent artillary unit in Berlin i was there from 1963 till 1965 at Mc Nair barracks remember the currywurst stand by the back gate. Ray
FDC on board. I too served with "Skip" Hall and CPT Ludwig. I ran the BOC form 83-84 and the FDC until 86.

Definitely the best years of my career. Men like CPT Hall, Randy "Doc" Shockey, and 1SG Akins are hard to come by. Went back in 2007 to see Bavaria and enjoy Oktoberfest. Visited the Rock while there and it was a sad site to see the changes since we left, but the schnitzel and bier were still as good as always.

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Troy
I was in How Btry 1/2 from 79-82 then I came back to the world. We were down in Bayruth till early 82 before they finally finished the new barracks for us and moved up to the ROCK I was only there for a few months
Do you have any contacts from anyone that was there at the time I would love to catch up with them .
I posted a Company picture from 1981 take a look at it.

I just missed being in that picture! Came in in Sept 81. Would love to find 1 from 82,83 or 84.

You had to be a REDLEG to know what one was!!

I've been wondering what happened to LT kennedy, piccilo etc. You guys will let AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY in wont you? After all, our umbrella covers your Batteries too. Seemed like the tread heads gauged every thing by what it could do in direct fire mode,but VULCAN CANNON put on show.

I was the Battery Commander in 65-66.  The year passed too quickly, but Vietnam called.  The Squadron Commander was fantastic, LTC Rose. After we had been decimated of our NCO's and seasoned officers, they finally filled our ranks with green troops and I borrowed an Armor Lieutenant for my XO.  The only experienced NCO we had was a Gun Chief that we elevated to Chief of Fire.  The FDC had a green 2d LT and a SP4 and all the guns had acting jacks.We trained for 30 days at Graf preparing for a 7th Army ATT.  When we passed the ATT Evaluation in late 1966, LTC Rose provided the beer at Graf. He was really proud of us.  We didn't know until latter that we were the only Battery to pass.  It was an interesting evaluation. Also, we were the first 155 mm unit to pass the nuclear TPI. In fact, we passed all our inspections with flying colors and did well in the field exercises.

I noted in the Troop Portraits Group that we had a distinguished Howitzer Battery Commander named Tommy R. Franks in 1973.  Wikipedia says ' Following attendance at the Artillery Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in West Germany in 1973, where he commanded the 1st Squadron Howitzer Battery and served as Squadron S-3. He also commanded the 84th Armored Engineer Company, and served as Regimental Assistant S-3 during this tour. He is now retired General Franks!

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