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Recommended Reading for 2d Dragoons/2d Cavalry 26 Replies

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Started by Dave Gettman. Last reply by Shannon Ryan Sep 29, 2015.

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Comment by MARK PILLOW on December 17, 2016 at 3:46pm

Dave/Shannon - the sad day came when i had to return to a regular unit and leave the 2ACR. 8 HRS after reporting 1/59ADA went on alert. #0 minutes after that i was standing in front of a Col. Tate getting a lesson on what he thought of my people skills. Seems that at +2hrs we were just expected to know where 80% of our people were, NOT be ready to blow the post and headed to GDP positions. Then he asked where he i had transferred in from and i told him. He looked up (he had to look up at everything he was 4ft 9in) grinned and said never mind, as you were.

Comment by Dave Gettman on December 17, 2016 at 8:26am

I live by that crack about Germans, Joe.

Hunker down and try to stay warm, brother!

Comment by Joe Sellner on December 17, 2016 at 12:41am
Minnesota weather report! 7 degrees F. Heading for negative 25 tomorrow night. Dogs laying in front of fire place and not giving up her spot. Weather people screaming blizzard. Not much snow happening. Kids got out a couple hours early. They were really sad about that. (Not). Usually when they scream storm nothing develops and when they say light flurries we get buried. They see something on the radar. 0 to 10 inches. Pretty safe call. Hope my brothers in battle have a great Christmas ! You can always tell a German,but, you can't tell him much!

Tojours Pret
Comment by Shannon Ryan on December 16, 2016 at 8:08pm

Jim, now days you probably would have to go to sensitivity training if you came down on a recruit like the old days.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on December 16, 2016 at 8:05pm

Yup, Drill sergeant and some first sergeants definitely knew how too chew ass properly, they must of either of been born with that skill or took some good training classes. I know I left some of my ass with the Army LOL,

Comment by RC (Robert Chessley) Johnson on December 16, 2016 at 7:59pm

Way to go, Dave!

Shannon, just got a new 1/4 lb.  Come on down.  RC

Comment by Dave Gettman on December 16, 2016 at 7:01pm

Once in basic after enduring a long rant by the 1SG about NEVER leaving your weapon ANYWHERE, I left my M-16 with my buddy so I could dash into the latrine.

Came back around the building and my buddy and my M-16 are gone, replaced by a pissed-off old honey badger we called First Sergeant.

You really needed a spit shield when Top got to talkin' to you, 'cause you were gonna get some on you. After my spit shower I got me a pile of KP and Top's undesired attention for the rest of the cycle. Only other run-in I had with him, and I'll be damned if I can't remember his name, was a sick call where I got another spit shower while being called every kind of low life, shamming, worthless scum, and definitely not in those mild terms. He promised if I went on sick call I would fail the cycle and be sent to Tiger Land at Ft. Polk to go through basic again. I spent 4 days in the hospital with pneumonia.

Must have really stuck in Top's craw when he had to give me the Scholarship Trophy at the graduation ceremony for finishing top in my company. Ft. Campbell B-2-1 4th platoon, Ft. Campbell, KY, Jan-Mar 1972, home of the 101st AB.

Comment by Dave Gettman on December 16, 2016 at 6:31pm

More like....

This is from the DRAGOON NEWSLETTER, March 1981.

Comment by Jim Clendenen on December 16, 2016 at 6:14pm

Comment by RC (Robert Chessley) Johnson on December 16, 2016 at 6:13pm

What do you say. Jim?


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8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



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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