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Comment by Tom E. Williams on July 24, 2015 at 9:25am

Comment by Tom E. Williams on July 24, 2015 at 9:25am

morning Troopers

Had a field mouse invade my rat infested house last night,  I was lying in bed reading and saw the little sucker out of the corner of my eye going into my goodie box where I keep my snacks, it seems that field mice don't like oatmeal pies, moon pies, cheese crackers or ritz crackers but the love Nekot cookies, so now I was pissed so I got up and looked for a trap and so it goes I couldn't find one so I woke my wife up and she said she didn't know where any were  this was around 2:30 am  she finally found 2 so I set one of them in my goodie box and in less than 10 minutes I got him or her as the case may be either way it was dead,  since they only come out at night and I have already set the trap hopefully it was the only one

Comment by John MacEnroe on July 23, 2015 at 4:51pm
Hey Tom, as long as you keep posting, birthdays aren't so important!
Comment by Frank L Moseley on July 23, 2015 at 10:20am

Happy Birthday to your Son, Tom W. My Son turned 33 in Feb.

I can recall two suicides at Pond Barracks while I was there. One hanged himself in HQ Trp Basement. He had 2 weeks until his ETS. The other one went to the Track Park, opened up an M-114, climbed in, closed the hatch, then put an M-60 to his head.

It's cloudy, 88 deg., 70% humidity, and a 40% chance of afternoon and evening rain.

Kinda neat lookin' wagon this morning Tom.... 1940 something or early 50's??

Mebbe later today, I'll spin the yarn about the New Years night AJ and I had in 1967 into 1968.

Enjoy the day, take care, carry sabers

Toujours Pret

P.S.: Dave G, that's a motley crew you've assembled there, kinda fuzzy though...LOL

Comment by harold goldstein on July 23, 2015 at 9:53am

Tom that is a difficult one.


It does remind me in 1958 a messenger came to Regimental HQ and while he was here he decided to explore Hitler's underground tunnels under Merrill.  They found him the next day in the tunnel where he used his 45 to blow himself away. 

Comment by Tom E. Williams on July 23, 2015 at 9:33am

Comment by Tom E. Williams on July 23, 2015 at 9:31am

Comment by Tom E. Williams on July 23, 2015 at 9:31am

OK Harold here goes

Sometime in 76,  I have the obituary somewhere for the exact date,  the Squadron was woken up by the alert siren and off we went to the staging area to wait and then we were told we were going to engage the Canadians in field manuvers for the next 5 days so off we go again to or respective areas and it wasn't long when over the radio we have a report of a soldier getting killed and everything stops as we try to find out what is going on.  it seems the tank commander saw the low hanging limb and ducked but failed to inform the rear facing guard which was PVT Jonathan E. Jones, 18 ,  tree limb cought PVT Jones in the head and slammed his head into the loaders hatch door and his throat into the edge of the door and crushed his throat and he then fell down into the floor of the Sheridan where the TC proceded to try to move him around to see if he was OK before calling for a medivac ,  we had no medics and so the Canadians were on scene with one first but it was a losing battle from the start ,  the medic flew with PVT Jones to Nurmberg where they pronounced him DOA

that's the kind of stories I have, not funny and not very nice so I would rather post pictures of women which was part of the 2nd ACR also

Comment by Tom E. Williams on July 23, 2015 at 9:15am

morning Troopers

Happy Birthday John

Yesterday was my youngest son's birthday 33 years,  he didn't care

Comment by Dave Gettman on July 23, 2015 at 2:45am

Hmmm....guess I get fire watch tonight.

"One is the loneliest number....."


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