Dragoon Base

Connecting the Troopers of Today with the Veterans of Yesterday.



For those who served at Christensen Barracks.

Location: Bindlach, Germany
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Comment by Joe Sellner on December 24, 2015 at 6:23pm
The Rock was a huge unforgettable experience for all those that served there or maybe it was being a Dragoon. People willing to lay down there lives for the comrades 1st and country second. If I had to do Battle I would want to do it with you guys.
Comment by Joe Sellner on December 24, 2015 at 6:14pm
I saw the Sheridans ,but, never had the pleasure or displeasure of crewing one. I remember my DI SFC Helms at Ft. Knox ( highly decorated Vietnam Vet) saying they were pieces of shit. He also told "You bone heads are all going to die fast if do not listen to what I am telling you.
Comment by Daniel J. Wroten on December 24, 2015 at 6:10pm

There are about 75 more photos from that time frame if you go to my page and check out my photos. :)  Merry Christmas To All.

Comment by Daniel J. Wroten on December 24, 2015 at 6:03pm

Rollin C. Bammer    I think this is a photo of that alert.  When I was there, 61 to 64 D Troop was in the 2nd. building on the left and most of the Maint section was on the 2nd floor, here is a photo of the Gate from my window. 

Comment by Edward (Gene) Beck on December 24, 2015 at 5:18pm

There is a band called Boys to Men and I'm sure that they have grown up to men, or at least what passes for a man nowadays. But after a few weeks at the Rock, I knew what being a real man was and what a true friend is. I can't find friends of that caliber anymore. Hell, these dweebs wear more "Product" than the ladies do. The Wussification of the U.S. in full throttle!

Comment by Joseph Robert Williams on December 24, 2015 at 4:07pm


Even though I was never exposed to the Sheridan munitions I heard about them often later in my career. 


Comment by john kerley on December 24, 2015 at 2:20pm

Not trying to one up you Garrett (Garry) P. Bruen (We called him Garrett Papa Bruen in Personnel.  The P changed to papa for military purposes.  Anyway Garrett when flew into Frankfort 1966 and and took a train to the Nuremberg barracks.  Our first night there Eddie Dominichello from Boston suggested we hope the short stone wall wearing our skivvies and go downtown.  We caught a city train, handed the conductor American money and said we want to go downtown.  Somehow he understood us.  We found a bar where they were playing Kind of a Drag by the Buckinghams.  To this day I think it was them, but after two German beers, who knows for sure?  Two MP's came in and totally missed us.  We staggered out later hailed a cab back to the barracks, hopped the stone wall to brag about our adventure to one and all the next day.  We were there for about a week before we headed for The Rock.  One never to forget private there was Frank Dillinger a distant relative to the infamous Dillinger.  

They hauled us down to Personnel where Garrett was processing us.  Totally scared out of my minds.  I was trained on howitzers and all I saw was tanks.  Either Garrett, Sgt Shiotis or the very fat cigar smoking sergeant  asked if anyone there could type.  Turned out that was my big break.  Garrett, Jim Cullen from Chicago,  John Nidowitz and Everett Paladini from New Jersey, I believe were there with you.  I cant get into the details of one Personnel transaction that involved money via backdated orders, I'm not sure about the statute of limitations?  To all, yes, the Rock was a place for an 18 year old to grow up and to this day I miss the country, people, food, beer and probably my first and favorite bar, The Lindi Bar in Bayreuth with Christi and her mom.  Tourjours Pret! 

Comment by Howard Koenig on December 24, 2015 at 11:35am

I spent 22 years in the Army.  My time at the rock with C trp was the best of all of my time.   I was just a kid but being there helped me grow up.  When I was there, C Trp was the first building on the left when you came in the main gate.  The EM club was the first building on the right.  We did not have far to go or stagger back tgo our barracks.  TOUJOURS PRETT

Comment by Dave Gettman on December 24, 2015 at 8:31am


There are quite a few pictures of "Crispy Critter" here, just click on this link. http://dragoonbase.com/photo/albums/c15-explosion

The black and white photos are the official pic's from the investigation I got from my C Troop commander, Tom Molino. I revisited the site in Inzendorf on the 37th anniversary of the explosion in 2011. Here I'm holding a picture of the debris field with the same buildings in the background. We found a gal in town who was a little girl when it happened and remembered a piece of the tank went through the roof of her father's barn.

Comment by Robert Burns Wadley on December 24, 2015 at 4:11am

Troopers, it is truly a great experience to read your anecdotes and remember those great times in Deutchland.  I need some help.  In my photo section there is an aerial view of Bindlach circa 1959, The view is from the motor pool back towards the main gate.  I have been reading here about changes after I left in 1960, but I just have not been able to find the photos being written about.  Will one of you please tell me how to go from this page to the photos when they are not part of the comment.  Thank you for any consideration regarding this request.


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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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