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For those who served at Christensen Barracks.

Location: Bindlach, Germany
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Comment by Edward (Gene) Beck on December 5, 2014 at 8:24pm

I wish someone could come up with a photo of the club above the mess hall at Pittman. Loooong time ago!

Comment by Robert Burns Wadley on December 5, 2014 at 7:25pm

Thank you all for continuing to add to the IR inquiry.  In addition, in my old age (74), I really enjoy reading your anecdotes regarding your service in West Germany. The light hearted side of our duty was often as important as our assignments. Many of your stories take me back to those great days, but for whatever reason I have no stories regarding the antics of the Fräuleins. Some fellows did get into situations, but none compare to what you have shared here.

My best wishes to all of you and I hope you enjoy lots of wonderful times with your friends and loved ones. Thank you for your service and continuing to share remembrances of your experiences.

Comment by Dave Gettman on December 5, 2014 at 5:52pm

20 Marks? I was robbed!!!....and robbed....and robbed.....

Comment by Bobby Lynn Crockett on December 5, 2014 at 3:50pm

Dave, There was a German KP in Pitman who always wore a white blouse with a black bra underneath. The guys from B Trp screwed-up one Border Tour and they got no passes for the last 30 days. She offered to help them with their "white-out" problem. There used to be mattresses in storage under the mess hall. They threw one down and she took care of business at 20 Marks a head, When one guy finished, he would go back to the club above the mess hall and the next guy went down. Worked like a charm until about a week later when all of them had that unpleasant burning sensation when they had to take a leak. They all got the penicillin shots, as did she, and all hell broke loose about it.

Comment by Dave Gettman on December 5, 2014 at 3:41pm

Had a guy sneak his girlfriend into Camp Pitman one time (February 1975) with similar results. There was a huge line at the door for a few hours!

Comment by Bobby Lynn Crockett on December 5, 2014 at 3:20pm

When I was in Trp C (1977-80) We still had IR Binoculars and the starlight scopes. I was in Radar, we carried the NV Goggles to augment our AN/TVS-4 Night Observation Device. Normally the radar operator would pick up a target and we would swing the NOD over to try for a visual confirmation. We would track anything that moved for practice with the radar. We could pick up dismounts out to 5 km.  One night, just south of Hohenberg am der Eger, we observed a PS Guard who helped a woman through the fence, escort her up the patrol road to the guard hooch, and then inside. 10 PS came out of the hooch. They went in one at a time for about 15 minutes apiece. Being a good NCO, I called in the initial spot report and a follow-up everytime they switched out. The guys in OPs at Camp Gates were laughing their tails off. Lasted about 2 hours or so. Wonder how much she made that night? Maybe she was an agent for the German CIA! Oh, the memories.

Comment by MARK PILLOW on December 5, 2014 at 1:10pm

We used the sailplanes with the Stinger Tracking Head Trainer till one pilot almost twisted his wings off trying to get away from what he thought was the real deal.

Comment by larry s albee on December 5, 2014 at 12:06pm

Gene I don't know if we even had I.R. in our day, but oh yea the starlight everything looked kind of green!!!!

Comment by larry s albee on December 5, 2014 at 11:59am

I was with CTRP we would sit on the hill and track cars with the main gun for practice!!!

Comment by Jim Ward on November 28, 2014 at 12:52am

Here is a picture of me installing the IR lenses on the M1 headlights for night driving. You can see the one lens installed, on the left headlight.


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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.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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