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

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Comment by Dave Gettman on April 21, 2017 at 4:48pm


A large herd of Lipizzaners were in Dresden the night it was fire bombed. They were being brought out of Poland for safety. Some were lost but not all.

Comment by Wayne Dixon on April 21, 2017 at 4:43pm

SHANNON, I guess I have had quite a history, I started my Military service at the age of 15, was serving in Germany at the age of 16 with the US Constabulary.and I retired from the service at age of 36 with 21 years and 6 days in the service.  I have thought often about writing some things down, not to good at that.  I am a member of a group of ex service men and women wo entered the service under age.  I was the TEXAS state Vice Commander till I asked to be releaved unable to make the meetings and reunions, since I had my spinal accident now crippled and unable to get around on my own,  I have had a good life.  I'll be 85 on the 6th of may.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on April 21, 2017 at 4:13pm

Wayne my father in law turned 93 today he is a German immigrant and I always take time to listen to his stories. And he has some good ones Like the one he tells about being in Dresden the night before it was fire bombed he said he jumped on the last train out the night before, if he would of stayed he may of not survived. Or how he would not let the Hitler youth movement recruit him he somehow managed to stay out of that group. He also saw the young men and old men being told to stop the American's from advancing by the German officers as they were fleeing from the front all of this at the end of the war. He ended up coming to the states after the war with his wife and young son back when you had to have a sponsor to come to this country. He had three more girls here in Northern California and my wife Linda is the youngest. He is a living history book. Take care my friend and make sure you get your stories written down.

Comment by Wayne Dixon on April 21, 2017 at 3:19pm

Shannon, sure was nice to know, I'm not the only one still left in this old world from yester years.  I now  have two from back in my early years from the old 2 A/C.  It is hard to believe, it has been so long ago.

Comment by harold goldstein on April 21, 2017 at 2:47pm

Where are you going John?

Some of our guys you know, went to the farm

You and I had our turn and we made it home

While others took to the world to roam


Age got most of us to medicate

You told me not to hesitate

They have my need and to help me stay

But still every step is in harms way


Then you took a journey with an occasional wait

Not to return, then suddenly! Meeting fate.

That bothered us all.  Did you take your bike?

With the fiddler playing taps and us saluting that final hike


Rest John Boyd.  Toujours Pret Our 2nd ACR Soldier

Comment by Shannon Ryan on April 21, 2017 at 2:26pm

Glad you made contact with your Plt.  Sgt. Wayne, Its always good talking with old friends.

Comment by Wayne Dixon on April 21, 2017 at 2:07pm

You know I had a rememberance last night, I talked on the phone with one of my old platoon sgt's from 57 years ago from 1960. Golly how time has flown, since I served with him.  It brought back some old times from my early times in the 2nd A/C.  Ned sent me his number.  I called him.  DAVE I may have an old roster he is going to check and see if he still has an old copy, sure do hope so.

Comment by Harry Warner on April 21, 2017 at 12:58pm

John and his goat were both good sports.  

Comment by RC (Robert Chessley) Johnson on April 21, 2017 at 12:51pm

I had forgot about Johns goat.  Ha. Ha,

Comment by Dave Gettman on April 20, 2017 at 9:55am

Glad you could get past the security, Dennis, but I'm going to have to council a few rats before the day is over.


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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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