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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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Latest Activity: Mar 20


Discussion Forum

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.

Santa Clause visited the Trace

Started by Bill Hembree Oct 30, 2013.

Flossenburg - The Curse 4 Replies

Started by Edward N. Voke. Last reply by Rob Gould Jul 5, 2013.

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Comment by Dave Gettman on February 22, 2016 at 8:49pm

They were fun as hell to drive, but I wouldn't want to depend on one in combat.

HATED shootin' that damn big gun. You took a beating every time you pulled the trigger.

Comment by Joe Sellner on February 22, 2016 at 8:33pm
Hi Dave,
My Senior Drill instructor at Ft. Knox SFC Matt Helm crewed a Sheridan in Nam. He said they were pieces of shit. Except for the Fleshette round. He said the NVA and VC were scared to shit of that.
Said when fired . Body count could be anything you wanted. Just pieces of meat hanging on darts. He sported the Silver Star and Bronze and hated dress greens. Said he felt like a Christmas tree.
I have a lot of respect for that man. I remember him running behind me on the PT test saying if you slow down Sellner I am going to kick you in the ass. He cared!
Comment by Eric O. Jones Sr. on February 22, 2016 at 7:03pm
I was on the M60A1 RISE. It scared the bejesus out if command. The first 3 were divided up between the platoons. There was not enough spare parts for the Mods to go around if we went to war. But it did have the new fangled smoke launchers. I only got to see them used once. In Korea and it was only 6 grenades. It was impressive. I got out when we were transitioning from the A3's to the M1's. I got to see it tested at Ft. Knox and saw the problems it was having. Better protection but cramped.
Comment by Dave Gettman on February 22, 2016 at 6:46pm

Wish I could help you, Joe. We had the beer can Sheridan.

Comment by Joe Sellner on February 22, 2016 at 6:25pm
Remember the smoke screen ! That was pretty cool if used right.
Also remember searchlight duty at gunnery at Ft. Riley. Have to get the short straw to draw that in combat. The thermal imaging did away with that pretty much. The A3's where pretty awesome tanks. I just missed the Abrahams M1. Can any one tell me what was like transitioning from the A3's to the Abrahams? They look awesome. Was the 120mm smooth bore as accurate as the rifled 105. How about maintenance?
Where they dependable? I loved my tanks . Tankers where a rough bunch to say the least, but, I knew the one's I crewed with and commanded where the best soldiers in the Army and would lay down there life for there brothers in arms with out a second thought.
Tojours Pret
Comment by Joe Sellner on February 22, 2016 at 6:06pm
Priority #2 on the M60A3 that I commanded was the heater. #1 was our weapons systems down to our personel firearms. Never went to sleep at night with out knowing those 2 things where squared away.
Comment by Sigmund Fertig on November 25, 2015 at 3:13pm

Wishing all border rats a blessed Thanksgiving !

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.


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7th Colonel of the Regiment John P. Hatch

26 June 1881 - 9 January 1886



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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