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Bindlach

For those who served at Christensen Barracks.

Location: Bindlach, Germany
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Latest Activity: Sep 15

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Comment by Joe Harten on January 25, 2009 at 2:29pm
I can still recall the newly arrived Tank Commanders from the states on road marches standing in the hatches w/out their maps. When we'd stop and they were told they'd be leading out, the look of panic on their faces was priceless. They didn't know where they were and had to admit it.

My first time leading I was scared to death with the responsibility, especially being the lowest ranking TC in the regiment. Thank God for the good training I received from my previous TCs, I didn't get us lost. After a while that became my permanent position because the LT trusted me not to embarrass him.

I almost blew it on one occasion though. My crew and I got into the habit of sending the local German kids for fresh brochen and other local fare whenever we stopped. Heck, it beat C rations hand down. Anyway, one morning while we were wating for the kids to return, we got the word to move out! After stalling for as long as we could, we pulled out, pissed off that we lost our money and fresh food. We hadn't gone far when my loader yells that the kids were chasing us. Sure enough, there they were screaming up on their bikes with sacks from the bakery, butcher, fresh coffee and juices. My driver slammed on the brakes, collected the food over the front slope and threw the kids about a case of Cs in gratitude. After that the whole crew is laughing our heads off and the CO and LT are yelling over the net wondering what the hold up was. I could barely control myself when I had to concoct some mechanical difficulty as an explanation over the radio. They bought it though 'cause they couldn't see the horde of kids. We did get some funny looks when we were eating our continental breakfasts propped up out of the hatches. The icing on the cake was at the next stop, my crew was commended by the CO and LT for the quick mechanical fix! I thought they were going to give us a medal.
Comment by Eric Leafblad on January 25, 2009 at 2:24pm
That Open House at Gates was such a DISASTER!! The first sarge made us paint everthing red and white. The place looked like Candy Land with guns. I knew there was trouble before the Officers told us the PVS5s were stolen. They were running around panic in their eyes. We had a formation in the Gym. Then the entire Troop, on line, walked every open area and field in the Mark T area looking for those goggles.
Comment by Joe Harten on January 25, 2009 at 2:06pm
We had a rodeo on the Rock one year, opened the post to the surrounding communities. It was a great rodeo, the highlight was the arrest of a couple of Baader-Meinhof Gang members at the front gate. If memory serves me right, they got collared on their way off the Rock with all sorts of maps and stuff. That was the last rodeo we had.
Comment by Pete Salerno on January 25, 2009 at 1:46pm
I had the exact same thing happen. Got on the bus at Frankfurt and four hours later I was the only guy on it. Felt like we had driven forever by the time we got to the front gate. Got to squadron and the SDNCO had the duty driver give me a tour. I was back in five minutes. I had spent four years at Bragg so I had never been on a post that small before. Figured the upside was that the food would be good on a post this size. Wrong again. The messhall was in the process of being rebuilt and the food blew chunks for my first six months on the Rock. As far as brown nosers go, we had CPT Thomas F. Lynch III, possibly the most hated officer I have ever met. He had a "open house" up at Gates. Place just flooded with civilian rads. Everybody but him knew it was a horrible idea. He even had his tank on static display. And got the PVS5's boosted out of it. After a couple of days of "hands across Deustchland", he finally admitted to squadron that they'd been stolen. Jackass.
Comment by Joe Harten on January 25, 2009 at 3:24am
Hello fellow troopers,
I guess I'm a cruit to this group.

Remember the method of determining seniority? Time on the Rock trumped time in service every time. A PFC could "out rank" a SSG fresh from CONUS. Funny thing was, often times the PFC could read a map, use a CEOI and maintain his vehicle better than the SSG.

I can remember getting my assignment at the Reception Center in Ramstein AFB. They told me I was going to Beirut! The boob couldn't pronounce Bayreuth correctly. I was the last guy on the bus when we finally arrived at the Rock in the middle of the night. The Staff Duty NCO was glad to see me and promptly assigned me to his tank and then called the barracks and had a few guys from the senior spec4 room come down to HQ's to help me with my bags. I knew right then that I would like this place.

Anybody with a similar experience?
Comment by Wilfred L Collins on December 7, 2008 at 12:41pm
Hey Dave. The 2nd Cav rotated back to Ft Meade in Aug of 55. It was called Operation Gyroscope. They were replaced by the 3rd Armd Cav. I think that they changed places again in 58.
Comment by Tom Costine on December 7, 2008 at 12:34pm
Davfe, I got there August 15th 1955 our advance party went over in May someone in it may have known your dad. I wish I had met him. Yes the 2nd Cav rotated back to Meade then came back to Germany in Feburary of 58.
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 7, 2008 at 10:55am
Wayne,
If you need a link to the Dragoon store, go to the menu at the top of this page where it says Links, and click on 2nd Cav ASSN. There is a link there to the Sutler's Store.
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 7, 2008 at 10:49am
Tom,
When did you get to the Rock in 1955? You probably missed my dad, as he left in May. He was the motor officer for HQ Co from 1953-55.

Didn't the 2nd Cav rotate back to Ft. Meade from 1956-58?
Comment by Tom Costine on December 6, 2008 at 11:35am
I spent 32 months on the ROCK from 55-58 . Supply clerk of Hq Co and I spent so much time in Bayreuth that several of the locals called me Burgermeister. "Just where is that place called BORRACHO? Looks familar, like one of the 3 off limit places in Bayreuth in55. I spent a lot of time at the Gasthaus Schere or Cherry Bar on Markgrafenallee. The three off limit places where the Japanese Teahouse ablock from the Bahnhof, the DP Camp down by the river , we called it a creek, and we were not allowed to travel through the town of Bindlach if we wanted to walk there it was O.K. but no cars or Army trucks. I am not sure why but it was rumored that an Army truck hit an old lady down there in the late 40's and to appease the mayor the US Army banned all traffic from that road.
 

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