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If you're not bothered by grease under your fingernails and the smell of diesel in your clothes, this is the place to bitch about all those busted, frozen knuckles you got trying to get vehicles on line for Graf, Reforger, the border, or any number of "dire emergencies" the border troops faced on a daily basis.

Ever have that one jerk-off in the outfit that broke everything he touched? Tell him about it here. Maybe he'll show up one day and read it.

Have that one special friend or mentor in the outfit? Tell them about it too.

We've all got stories from our time in the 2d Cav. Share 'em with your brothers.

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79-82 sqdn mech.

I was in amberg from 79-82 I was in the the 88 an 578 had a lot of fun lost track of a lot of good guys if anyone knows any of them Mike Koch sgt. wade mark lyons give a shout…Continue

Started by richard blackwelder Jan 24, 2014.

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Comment by Dennis Erickson on January 12, 2016 at 11:36pm

I was in Amberg from April 66 to Dec 68. My "car" was also an 88. I don't remember the name of the camp, but in early spring we had to use the front blade to plow the mud off the camp road so the patrol jeeps could get out.

Comment by Jeffrey C Havens on December 24, 2015 at 8:10pm
Great to be here. Atrp 72-74 worked on all the junk we had. Rode on that 88 a few times
Comment by Robert M. Lavoie on February 25, 2014 at 5:06pm

with out any oil!

Comment by Robert M. Lavoie on February 25, 2014 at 5:05pm

The only work I did in the motor pool was to maintain my Jeep and later on my deuce and a half.  But before I was drafted I worked with my Dad on the line at Mack Buick.  They were still selling the GM classics at the time (65 to 69) - Buick had their Wildcat. Having worked on the grease rack and then on the line as mechanic my father taught me quite a bit - he was a "master mechanic" so we rebuilt trannies together - seeing that I was blowing up those power-glides (58 Chevy and 56 ).  Got a ton of stories including one where a new Buick went back to the customer with any oil when I worked on the grease rack.  Wasn't my fault but the service manager wasn't going to the blame so it was laid on me.  He pulled me off the job to make a delivery - told him i wasn't finished.  It's crazy but you could run one of those old cars with out oil for some time - no harm done as far as I remember.  Oil light went on and the customer stopped right away.  Those were the days.  Thanks for the invite John.

Comment by Dennis K. Hansen on December 28, 2013 at 8:24pm

David,I was at 3/2 HHTSqd Maint from 72-73 ,,I was one of 2 turret mechanics w/them,, glad  to see you on here... we might have to chat sometime ,see if we have any familiar aquaintenances... Was Chief Washney still there or I think  Capt. Polaski (sp ?) ???     When I didn't have turret to work with I rode with wrecker operators on occasion...   one wrecker op.name comes to mind now that may have still been there when you got there is Brown,if he didn't get into trouble!!!   tryin to recall names of who else that may have been there,but I will work on that!!!!   "Toujours Pret"

Comment by R C Johnson on December 28, 2013 at 7:54pm

Dave, the front blade was made to drive up on, to give you a more stable lifting platform, when lifting something real heavy.

Comment by David Snow on December 27, 2013 at 8:29pm

I was with the 3/2 HHT Sqd Mnt, Plt.from 74 to 77. Drove the M-578, 88 and the Wrecker during my time in Amberg. Worked on many an engine for the Sheridan and towed many of them too. Have pictures of the Mechanics coming.    

Comment by Dennis K. Hansen on July 12, 2013 at 12:11am

those 88 are pretty awesome...thanks for the vid Shannon...

Comment by Shannon Ryan on July 4, 2013 at 4:04pm

Comment by Shannon Ryan on June 23, 2013 at 2:03pm

Saw this photo on facebook

 

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