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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Latest Activity: Mar 13

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2nd Armored Cavalry 31 Replies

Started by PHILIP SHERIDAN GREAVES. Last reply by John C Hatcher Feb 3.

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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.

Comment by Dave Gettman on December 23, 2015 at 1:15pm

Hey Eric,

Look at the bumper number on what is left of this Sheridan....C-15.

That's me on the left way in the background, looking for rocket motors.

Comment by Eric Maley on December 23, 2015 at 12:37pm

As a crew member of C-15, I could have not said it better myself. I know the Rock shaped my life also.. Merry Christmas to all and I wish I had some warm applecorn to ponder this over..Get it,,(Ponder) a pun from C-Trp. '82-'83.   

Comment by Edward (Gene) Beck on December 22, 2015 at 10:24pm

As I sit in front of my computer logged on Dragoon Base, I am sure that I haven't lived so well and was as content as I was when I was a trooper in my 2nd Cav. I didn't have a brother growing up. I was a sickly child, allergic to practically everything. I should have died and very nearly did. I was 27lbs in the first grade. 59 lbs in the 7th grade when I played little league foot ball. Ran for 2 TDs in the all star game. The other team couldn't see me until i was in the secondary. My Dad pushed me into football to toughen me up. My 8th Grade coach decided I was too small for Jr. High boys and told my Dad I was just too small. I hated school. School hated me back and when I signed up for "English" that turned to be "Literature" (Shakespeare) I said 'Et Tu, Brute' and promptly quit. At 18, I was at the recruiters office and off I went. Basic was a hoot and Armor School was a hoot an holler. Went home for a little while and everything seemed different. I felt like I had been gone for years. I finally realized that it wasn't my hometown that had changed, it was me. My friends seemed a little silly. Military training had changed me so much that I didn't fit in with the old crowd anymore. I actually looked forward to getting back to what I chose to do. It took me a few weeks to get used to the difference from Basic, AIT and the Rock. I was shocked by the drugs and every one was at least an E3. Days and weeks went by. I became a full fledged member of C16 under the tutelage of SSGt Webb. The rest is history. BEST TIME OF MY LIFE.Sad now I as I think of it.   


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7th Colonel of the Regiment John P. Hatch

26 June 1881 - 9 January 1886



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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