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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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Comment by Wayne Redick on July 5, 2015 at 8:24pm

Camp Reed guard duty at the Gate. Munching on MRE coffee packets to stay awake. Counting all the stray cats who roamed by and not saluting a  Major from Regiment who came to visit. Got addicted to those German style broetchen rolls with that spreadable cheese stuff. 

Comment by David Kelly on May 11, 2015 at 9:16am
I was there in Ltrp to many tours
Comment by Mike Stone on May 11, 2015 at 12:22am

Was in L troop 80-83. Many tours at camp Reed and camp May.

Comment by Bobby Lynn Crockett on December 5, 2014 at 4:02pm

About those gas-burning M88's, before coming to The Rock, I was at Fort Hood, CSC/2/8Cav. The 88's parked right next to my jeep line. One command maintenance day, the Battalion CO was talking to my LT when one of the 88's fired up and farted flames for about 10 feet. The CO grabbed my fire extinguisher and started spraying the ass-end of that 88. Thats when we almost lost in laughter. The 88 SSG explained that they ALWAYS did that. The LTC had to sign off on the unauthorized use of my little, jeep-sized fire extinguisher.

I hated those damned little 4" squares in the dualtex camouflage pattern. It took forever to paint any kind of track with that pattern.

Comment by Doug Ford on December 4, 2014 at 6:47pm

I admit, we were considered special and rightfully, but from the regular Army perspective, we were targets...

Comment by Glenn Gutshall on December 4, 2014 at 6:41pm

I remember when we changed Regimental CO's and were made to go through are repaint all of our vehicles to cover over the dual-tex square camo patterns...   Sad day that.   They also made us ditch the Border tabs and gunnery patches.  The RCO said it was time for the 2d ACR to rejoin the regular army...

Comment by Doug Ford on December 4, 2014 at 6:36pm

Just posting another memory:

When I first  came to post in 1977, Bamberg, I was driving a Sheridan. Loved the speed of that thing. So months later we got the M60A1 RISE; brand new OD-Green! So our first task was to camouflage paint. So we were issued the paint colors and we first thought we would do the typical, soft curves camo like our Sheridan. But NO, we were told the design had to be little squares…WHAT! Little Squares??? I remember thinking, "why don't we just paint them PINK!... little squares.. Grrr.  Of course, hind sight being 20/20, now I know why. But, I’m still really surprised  how intelligence considered how a large weapon would look through a digital camera or maybe satellite with low quality, pixeled image. But, at the time, I was oblivious why we were using a little square design for camo paint.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on November 15, 2014 at 12:29am

Doug, I was on that Reforger, and remember being told to sleep on the ground during that exercise, I don't remember the fuel issue or being told not to run the heaters though, I remember that winter as being very cold. I think I remember hearing about the guy gassing himself or some one else that did something similar. Crazy times for sure.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on November 15, 2014 at 12:18am

I know in my time (78 to 80) we had a gasoline burning 88, and if you were road marching behind it you had better leave yourself some distance between him and your track, because when that 88's driver mashed that pedal, those grill doors would belch out flames and it would get very toasty real fast. The smell of diesel burning on a cold winter morning will take me right back to Amberg and the tank park.

Comment by Dave Gettman on November 14, 2014 at 1:28pm

Yeah, those 88's were famous for farting fire!


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8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



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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