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For those who served at Christensen Barracks.

Location: Bindlach, Germany
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Comment by Dave Gettman on November 27, 2014 at 11:17am

Happy Thanksgiving, Robert!

Comment by Robert E. Webb on November 27, 2014 at 11:13am

I know I have not been online here for a while, but Happy Thanksgiving to all my Dragoon friends!!!!!

Comment by Dave Gettman on November 23, 2014 at 3:44pm

My dad probably knew him, but he is passed away. My dad was the motors officer then.

Comment by Joe Alston (Henry Gast ) on November 23, 2014 at 3:11pm

Does anyone know this solider? He was stationed at Christensen Barracks in 1953 Service Detachment 1st Battalion 2nd A C Regiment.   Thanks

Comment by MARK PILLOW on November 23, 2014 at 12:23pm

Army did an experiment in late 50'S - if you don't mind taking near toxic levels of Vitamin A for 21 days it turns out about 70'% of us can see IR in the extreme end of the spectrum, but you'll also be light sensitive/FYI

Comment by Andy Josephson on November 23, 2014 at 12:10pm

Robert, the IR light is red.  If you wear night vision goggles, you can see quite far.  Human eyes don't see IR. Hope this helps.

Comment by Robert Burns Wadley on November 19, 2014 at 2:22pm

As I have not been "on site" for awhile, I should make note that my service dates in Company "B", 2nd Armored Cavalry regiment, assigned to Christensen Barracks, was February 1958 - February 1960. The implementation of IR was probably in a somewhat unrefined state during that time.  At any rate, all of your comments have helped me have a better understanding of the IR equipment and I really appreciate it. It is also very comforting to learn from those warriors who served in the theatre. Toujours Pret 

Comment by MARK PILLOW on November 19, 2014 at 10:46am

Well they were very expensive to replace and even a FAD I unit like ours had to wait on them plus they damaged optics if you accidentally looked into them and the same went for the Warsaw Pac - it wiped out their gear too and they would retaliate with their own illumination...On the other hand - if someone was coming across hot, a well timed flip of the switch and you could buy a lot of time for them.

Comment by Edward (Gene) Beck on November 18, 2014 at 11:21pm

I do not recall using I.R. at anytime. I remember using Starlight scopes though. 

Comment by George Wallace on November 15, 2014 at 4:44pm

True.  Been a while:-)


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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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