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Accidents in the CAV 5 Replies

Started by Douglas E. Nash. Last reply by Douglas E. Nash May 14, 2013.

C Troop roster - Nov 1974 5 Replies

Started by Dave Gettman. Last reply by Dave Gettman Apr 26, 2013.

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Comment by Dave Gettman on February 13, 2009 at 9:49am

Hey Gene, our group picture looks a little fuzzy. Or am I just gettin' buzzed?
How about an update, bro?
Comment by Jason Hastings on February 6, 2009 at 10:12am
That's quite a story.
I used to hear horror stories about the Sheridans when I was a young pup (mid 80s) from the FT Bragg scouts. I didn't know they served on the border with the ACRs. Learn something new everyday.
Comment by Bob Ryan on February 5, 2009 at 11:45pm

Comment by Bob Ryan on February 5, 2009 at 11:31pm
Some sort of remembered history of C15. The first time I served on C15 was in 73. I think the TC was a SSG Pullen. I was a grunt then and they needed a loader. At the time I was the driver of the APC I wanted to get on the real tracks, so I said I would. The first time it fired I was shocked about how strong the gun recoiled. The extractor didn't work and the turret filled with smoke. I hit SSG Pullen in the leg and screemed. He told me to shut up and load the next round. This time fire came out when the breach opened. We qualified anyway See the cert I posted on my pictures Thank god we had it fixed.
Then I became the driver of C15. Thats when the APC heater went in. I think Sgt Kloubacar was the TC. I became the TC as an acting Sgt in 75.Thats when I show up as a Sgt on the troop picture I'm not sure if it was before or after it blew. I went on leave and when I got back I had a new track.
Comment by Dave Gettman on February 5, 2009 at 10:20pm
OK, the pump is primed. Surprised you guys haven't gotten tired of this story yet.

C Troop was out on one of it's numerous field maneuvers, of which I have no idea which one (any help?). It was late July 1974 as far as I remember. The entire troop was fully combat loaded, coming out of Camp Pitman.

We had set up a defensive position for the night with our Sheridans and support vehicles in some large fields just outside a little town. Sometime before daylight C-15 caught on fire and started cooking off 152mm rounds inside the track.

SSG Brow was in the drivers hatch during at least two explosions that I heard, and was completely engulfed in flames by the time he got out the hatch. I ran across the field and tackled him with a poncho I borrowed from Lt. Stilley earlier, putting out the flames. I picked him up and pointed him towards the road, giving him a good shove to get him going, then started to run around the track looking for the rest of the crew.

Another round went off inside the track, lighting up the area real well as the flames shot out the hatches, so I kept running towards a small fence I spotted. Just as I was diving over it, C-15 blew up and went flying everywhere. Somehow nobody was hit by flying debris, though several vehicles had holes in their skin. SSG Brow was severely burned and medevac'd back to the States. I learned years later from Lt. Stilley that he survived his burns. SFC Brown, the only other person in the track when it caught fire, escaped with minor burns and returned to duty shortly after.

Lt. Stilley recommended me for the Soldiers Medal based on my statement afterwards, but nobody saw anything, so it was denied. You can see the pictures at the Association's History Center photo gallery here:

http://history.dragoons.org/modules/gallery/album04
Comment by Dave Gettman on February 5, 2009 at 4:47pm
Gonna hit the bar and get some courage, play some pool. I'll be back.
Comment by Dave Gettman on February 5, 2009 at 4:39pm
I will, but it takes a bit to get my nerve up.
Comment by Jason Hastings on February 5, 2009 at 4:33pm
So who is going to tell us the story of C-15
Comment by Dave Gettman on February 5, 2009 at 4:32pm
Not a problem. If it wasn't for the number being visible in that picture, I would have forgotten years ago. Can't remember my tracks number! C-12? C-14? Hell, I don't know. It was Lt. Stilley's track.
Comment by Dave Gettman on February 5, 2009 at 11:12am
C-15, bro.

 

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