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Last one out the door, please put a quarter in the jukebox and play this song for me.

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

Started by Dave Gettman. Last reply by Dave Gettman Mar 1.

Troop Ships 43 Replies

Started by Rob Gould. Last reply by Robert Burns Wadley Dec 25, 2015.

Oldtimers at Fiddler's Green 8 Replies

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

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Comment by Dave Gettman on April 19, 2017 at 5:35pm

Ha ha, good one Shannon!

Comment by Shannon Ryan on April 19, 2017 at 5:24pm

Sad to hear of John's passing. His stories and banter will be missed whether you agreed with him or not, I always enjoyed the correspondence with him. See you in fiddlers green. R.I.P. John Boyd.

Comment by Wayne Dixon on April 19, 2017 at 5:20pm

RC, Sorry  to hear about JOHN.  he went down fighting.  RIP JOHN.  The lord has mighty ways in his beck and call, as to when we are to come home.  I keep wondering when my date will be.  You and Gloria take care.  How has the weather been down your neck of the woods, been crazy up this way.  Never know from one day to another.  Just got back from the clinic, they cut on my toe again, old nail keeps trying to dig into my toe.  Sure feels better. 

Comment by Curtis M. Gilbert on April 19, 2017 at 3:46pm

John, Ed White and I were good friends in I Trp 69 -71. he will be greatly missed. RIP John.

Comment by Dave Gettman on April 19, 2017 at 2:40pm

Hey John.....!!!!!!!

Comment by Harry Warner on April 19, 2017 at 2:01pm
John will be missed here but he'll be telling his storys on a much higher plain. His goat will be free-range and never to be gotten again. Oldtimers lost a good one.
Comment by Dave Gettman on April 19, 2017 at 1:50pm

Thank you, RC.

Well, he went out kicking and fighting like a trooper if it took 3.

Rest in peace, my friend.

Comment by RC (Robert Chessley) Johnson on April 19, 2017 at 1:21pm

Troopers, it is my duty to tell you that John Boyd reported to Fiddlers Green at 0400 this morning.  He suffered 3 major heart attacks.  RC

Comment by Dave Gettman on April 18, 2017 at 7:05pm

I wish I did, Wayne. Don't have any rosters for that period.

You know, one of the ingredients for the Regimental Punch IS plum brandy. Until recently it was the final ingredient, but American Whiskey was added for the Gulf War two reunions ago. This is from the old ceremony:

"Responding once again to the Nation’s call, the Regiment deployed to the Balkans as part of the Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In honor of our Balkan peace keepers, a bottle of Slivovitz (Plum Brandy) is added to the mix as the final ingredient."

Comment by Wayne Dixon on April 18, 2017 at 5:14pm

DAVE, I know about the weather, I am having the same type of weather here.  Mother and I were going to go get the Van washed, tough luck , maybe next week.  oh bye the way, do you have and old roster from G. company before we changed over to Troops for the year  59-61 when I was a member of the 2 A/C the first time, do need both.  To bad no one driving up to the reunion from here, would send the bottle of Plum brandy up for the punch bowl, still not opened.


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Colonels of the Regiment

7th Colonel of the Regiment John P. Hatch

26 June 1881 - 9 January 1886



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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