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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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Started by Sigmund Fertig Dec 7, 2017.

Mox nix 1 Reply

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

Border Patrol Equiptment...151 "Jeep" vs Hummer. Which was best? 22 Replies

Started by R Stanbery "Stan".. Last reply by Joe Sellner May 11, 2016.

First memories of the boarder 68 Replies

Started by Darrell Bullard (Bull). Last reply by Dave Gettman Mar 8, 2016.


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

Started by Jesse Kelley. Last reply by James M Campbell Nov 12, 2014.

2nd ACR History 25 Replies

Started by Mike, Madd Matt, Matthews. Last reply by Troy Wilson, D.D. Jul 14, 2014.

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Comment by Edward (Gene) Beck on December 24, 2016 at 1:52pm

Mox Nix is what I heard, Dennis.

Comment by Glenn Gutshall on April 29, 2016 at 6:22pm

I believe it's "macht nichts" Dennis.  Word for word it means "makes nothing".

Comment by Dennis Erickson on April 29, 2016 at 6:15pm

Does anyone still say mox nix?

Comment by Dave Gettman on February 29, 2016 at 10:50am

Pay it forward, as they say Joe.

Comment by Joe Sellner on February 28, 2016 at 5:02pm
Yes Dave. The stablization gyro worked well. I do not recall that are nemesis the T-72 had that. Another good piece of technology from
The Roswell crash.
Comment by Dave Gettman on February 28, 2016 at 2:50pm

We (Sheridan guys) had the first main gun stabilization though. Probably about the only good thing that came out of the Sheridan.

Oh yeah, and the infra-red guidance system for the Sheridan's Shillelagh rocket that replaced the wire-guided stuff of the day. That was pretty cool and stuck around after the Sheridan went its way.

Comment by Dave Gettman on February 28, 2016 at 2:44pm

Yeah, and I thought the Sheridan was fast!

Comment by Joe Sellner on February 28, 2016 at 2:24pm
58 mph! Wow! You see that coming at you at that speed! No wonder the Iraqi's ran.
Comment by Joe Brindley on February 23, 2016 at 11:03pm

I did the A3 to M1 transition at Vilseck in 84 I believe. The 120 did not come in until the M1A1. The gun system and thermals were the biggest gunner upgrades. The rotary shocks on the suspension were a HUGE improvement. Then there was the speed :-). 58mph on the autobahn. And you can power slide 70 tons of steel. Just ask Sgt Brock. I did it coming back from Reed. Wahoo!

Comment by Edward (Gene) Beck on February 23, 2016 at 9:15pm

I still still say, "Heater? What Heater?????" I had one in the spring when we were given a nice replacement for a broken down Sheridan. Don't who stole it and didn't ever get replacement. And that the way it was in '75-79!


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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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