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Since you asked... 4 Replies

Started by Jeff Jarriel. Last reply by Jeff Jarriel Aug 18.

That time the NAZI's invaded Camp Gates...in 1987

Started by Jeff Jarriel Aug 17.

Another Border Story. Almost accidental WWIII... 1 Reply

Started by Jeff Jarriel. Last reply by MARK PILLOW Aug 16.

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Comment by Dave Gettman 12 hours ago

Comment by Dave Gettman 12 hours ago

The only uniform dad kept was the sergeant major uniform he retired in and was eventually buried in.

I had a squashed bug insignia in his shadow box, but I bought it online and have since removed it and a lot of the other stuff because it was too cluttered. Considering doing a separate box for each war he was in.

Comment by George Crump (Chief) on Friday

Hi Dave- yes the Army still has warrant officers but there is no more a Warrant Officer Corps - or if you want to call it branch, your father and I  back in the days, applied for warrant because of our experience in maint, or whatever  field that you had a high degree of experience in. Another words you did not have to go to school and/or special training to become a warrant, and now you do and it's just like OCS. Even are distinct warrant officer insignia is no more.and it didn't matter if you were a helicopter pilot or whatever we all had the same Badge. (we call it a squash bug) see attached, Dragoon for life - Chief

Comment by Harry Warner on Friday

Chief, I tell ya all those uniforms look familiar.  The “uniform” I usually wore while at Camp Gates might be considered less than regulation as evidenced on my photo page.  I had a problem complying with the dress code.  

Comment by George Crump (Chief) on Friday

Dave, neat story, it must've meant something to you because you kept it all these years. Forgot to mention their also bring him back as part of  Old/new uniform the Ike jacket and tankers jacket. Harry, what type of uniform did you wear? when I joined up in 1963 we were issued the heavy green uniform and the khaki uniform for summer. The boot/shoes I was issued were still Brown, we had to die them black. see attached picture. Dragoon for life - Chief

Comment by Dave Gettman on Thursday

Chief, when I was taking basic training at Ft. Campbell, KY in the winter of 1972 I got really sick. Requested to go on sick call but had to go see 1Sgt first. He screamed and yelled and spit on me and called me every kind of lowlife he could think of before he let me go to the doctor. He even swore I would not graduate, which meant going to Ft. Polk because this was the final basic training class at Ft. Campbell.

I ended up spending 3 or 4 days in the hospital with a high fever and hacking up my lungs. I was still pretty sick when they let me go back to the company but I toughed it out and made it through the last weeks.

During the graduation ceremony they called me out of formation and I thought, "Damn, off to Ft. Polk".

Instead I got this funky little trophy for finishing first in the class.

Comment by Dave Gettman on Thursday

Happy Birthday, Ronny-O. Hope you get internet back some day.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on Thursday

I like the new uniforms very classy and old school. Anything  is a Improvement over those TSA looking things they have to wear now.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on Thursday

That's pretty cool Chief,I would bet that doesn't happen anymore.

Comment by Harry Warner on Thursday

The "groaner" celebrates another....Happy Birthday, Ronny O. 


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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.


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