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Border Patrol

Many of us experienced a unique part of history patrolling the East German & Czechoslovakian Borders during the Cold war. Share those stories here with those who served on the border.

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Border Patrol Equiptment...151 "Jeep" vs Hummer. Which was best? 24 Replies

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Started by Sigmund Fertig Dec 7, 2017.

Mox nix 1 Reply

Started by David Kelly. Last reply by Harry Warner Dec 27, 2016.

First memories of the boarder 68 Replies

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Started by Jeff Stamper. Last reply by Joe Sellner Feb 28, 2016.

Funniest Border Story 25 Replies

Started by Rick Hurst ( Cav Sarge ). Last reply by Bill Hembree Sep 27, 2015.

Demarcation Line Marker 1 Reply

Started by Galen L. Schroeder. Last reply by Dave Gettman Mar 5, 2015.

Funny or Not So Funny Things That Happened At Border Camps 17 Replies

Started by Bill Underwood. Last reply by charles roger albright Nov 28, 2014.

Border Plaque, crossings, or just things you threw across the fence!!! 21 Replies

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2nd ACR History 25 Replies

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Comment by Sigmund Fertig on May 17, 2022 at 12:06pm

Memories of the order; A Patrol caught crossing into East Germany trying to take a shortcut and the General of Seventh Army having to come down and negotiate for their release. Probably 1959. Coburg or Cronach

Comment by Joe Sellner on January 4, 2019 at 6:22pm

I have some good pics of Gates. Got to dig out my box of photos and post some.

Have a good one of my crew and myself on our tank Red 8 in the QRS.

Comment by Dave Gettman on January 16, 2018 at 12:04pm

Seems like a lifetime ago Butch.....because it was. This was right about the time I arrived at Camp Gates in 1974.

Comment by Butch Page on January 16, 2018 at 11:51am

It's hard to believe that it's been 45 years ago when I first did my first Patrol on the border. I was only 18 years old, it was winter time and very cold. We had the old o p trailers. And at night it was jet black across the border. Except for an occasional Flair you didn't see much at night. That's right we didn't have a lot of modern night seeing devices. Just a Starlight scope, flares, and your eyeballs that adjusted to the dark. That was 45 years ago.

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on July 6, 2017 at 9:17am

Good morning all you Border Rats from Hemet, Ca. and yes it's been hot here this week, up in the triple digits and some humidity heading our way up from the gulf of Mexico, oh joy, not really, UGH !

Comment by Glenn Gutshall on February 1, 2017 at 8:19am
Comment by Juan R Vargas on January 13, 2017 at 12:52pm

Border rotation those where the days . Rail load from Amberg to camp May and stopping between towns and looking for fraulines.

Comment by Ric Perry on December 26, 2016 at 11:19am

Mox nix! – From the German phrase, "Es macht nichts!" Often used by U.S. servicemen to mean "It doesn't matter" or "It's not important".[1]   AND THERE YOU HAVE IT...

Comment by Dennis Erickson on December 25, 2016 at 9:52pm

If we didn't have the right materials to complete a job, we would mox nix it and get it done. also if someone asked you if you wanted to do something an acceptable answer was mox nix.

Comment by Ric Perry on December 25, 2016 at 7:02pm

I thought it meant "Means Nothing"...Oh well, it wouldn't be the first or last time I was wrong.


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