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Open invitation to all who lived through or served during the cold war and can remember a world before computers.

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Comment by gene gunia 6 hours ago

herald.i went over on the boat in 58. was inducted on 7/22/57 and discharged on 7 /22/59. two years to the day.hof and kronach were my border stations and filled in a couple times at gates,liked hof except for the airforce across the street.to go out on pass we had to wear a jacket and tie and be back by midnight.we would go to the gausthaous across the street and around 1130 the airforce guys would start coming in looking like scumbags , laughing and saying thanks for wineing and dining the girls and we'll take over now.really sucked.

Comment by harold goldstein 14 hours ago

Gene,

#1 you are older than me.  I was 79 Nov 16.  I think you're older than Sig also

#2 Were you on the advance party in '57 or did you gyro by boat in 58?

#3. What month were you discharged and were you ever in HOF Germany

The PBI airport is touching Southern Blvd which takes you West to lake 'O'

and there is a road from the bottom of lake 'O' that drops you off in Punta Gorda

We used to stay in the holiday inn in the 80's to visit my son and in one if the hurricanes it blew the whole hotel into the gulf

Comment by gene gunia yesterday

herald, yes I am in port charlotte just a few miles up from where the rays stadium is. been here for twenty years originally from Middlesex cty. nj. born and raised in a small town of south river.got married and moved to Monroe twp nj about 10 miles from forsgate country club. do have a c troop member in Sarasota and one in Bradenton. don't have a clue about where that southern blvd. or lake is that you mentioned.but anyhow at 81 years of age and god willing it would be nice to meet somewhere for lunch.having been in the same c troop company from basic to discharge we've had annual reunions for almost 50 years including ncos and officers that ranged in practally all the eastern states and also california and Oregon.we are all one big but shrinking family. in about half of our last 25 reunions it seems all the wives were having a better time than us guys.lol. any how if it works out I would love to meet somewhere for lunch.

Comment by harold goldstein yesterday

Toujours Pret all of you fine troopers of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

I landed in Germany before the Big Bopper, Richie Valance, and Buddy Holly died in their plane crash.

I was home

before Bobby Darin was known

Even the 4 Seasons came later,

One of my best friends was J. Siegel of the Tokens and when I came home from Germany he did not know me.  He was singing as the lead for 'Darin and the Oxfords, and then took Neil Sedaka's place in the Tokens.

What else happened ?

I originally enlisted to run away from it all and when I came back it all hit me at once.

Interesting subject.  Anyone care to share?

Neil Diamond graduated from my High School in 1958 .  Harvey Keitel also a Lincoln High Alumni, (I don't think he finished high school) Dated my girlfriend,  When the 2nd AC was supposed to go to Lebanon in '58 they sent a Marine Troop Ship instead and Harvey was with them.  When I came home I met with Harvey and he told me he was seeing my girl.

Comment by harold goldstein yesterday

Gene, are you near PT Charlotte or Punta Gorda? My son used to live there but that would be great Gene. I used to cut accross by Southern Blvd and go under around the lake and it would leave me by Pt Charlotte.
Gene wasn't there another one that lived by Tampa or Sarasota?
Maybe we can pull this off if everyone would have the same time off.

Comment by gene gunia yesterday

herald,im about an hour and a half south of tampa

Comment by harold goldstein yesterday

I don't remember who else, but I think one of the guys is from Tampa.  Anybody remember.

We can have our own reunion.

Comment by harold goldstein yesterday

Sig, let me know when.  Frank lives about 1 1/2 hrs north from me and I would guess Merritt is about 2 hours north of Frank.  Maybe the 3 of us can meet up somewhere in between for a lunch.  I know you and frank have your  Cavalry

Stetsons and I have my baseball 2nd ACR hat.  So for sure we will recognize each other

What do you think?

Frank?  Are you going to be back in FL in March?

Comment by Sigmund Fertig yesterday

Thanks Harold for the picture of Sam, definetley  remember him. 0550 hrs. still O'dark thirty out with temps in the low 50's, going up to near 80, got about an hour and a half drive this AM for Becky's Dr. appointment and probably a 2 hr. drive home, cruising Monday, hope all is well in Florida, looks like I may be there in March if all works out but don't know my schedule yet, will be in the Merritt Island area at my daughters for a week or so !

Comment by Ronny O. Littlejohn on Monday
Dave, good joke. Love it. I will get many laughs in telling it in the future. I can't wait till I see one of my friends and share it with him Old Mose will laugh at anything.
 

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