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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 Dave Gettman on February 23, 2016 at 10:43am

Hey George, take a look at these pictures (click on the link). This is what is left of one of C Troops Sheridans after the heater, swapped out of an M113, caught on fire and ignited the ammunition. I was VERY close to it when it exploded!


Comment by George Martin on February 23, 2016 at 6:42am

Our M551's were fairly new,  but, the heaters were dowh on three out of five in out of five in our platoon. You just couldn't get them replaced. A hometown buddy who graduated with me work in supply in Crailsheim. He came to Amberg for Thanksgiving, with five boxed heaters from gamma goats. I had five broken heaters. At my apartment, my wife cooked dinner and we switch the bodys with new heaters then put the old bodies into the new housings, reboxed them, and back to Crailsheim. Priorities

Comment by Dave Gettman on February 22, 2016 at 9:08pm

That was the only way to survive it. It was still a helluva ride. I'll stick to driving. I loved that part!

Comment by Danny Wright on February 22, 2016 at 8:55pm
Not too bad if you pushed yourself all the way into the reticle and rode it back.
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.

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Colonels of the Regiment

9th Colonel of the Regiment David R. Clendenin 29 Oct 1888 – 2 Apr 1891



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.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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