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Comment by Dave Gettman on June 5, 2017 at 11:47am

Harold,

3ACR took over 2ACR border mission 1955-58, then returned to the States February/March 1958.

Due to the 1961 Berlin crisis, 3ACR was deployed to Baumholder in November 1961. 3ACR troops were attached to 3-14ACR for border patrol. 14ACR was later inactivated and replaced by 11ACR.

In May 1963 Department of the Army directed the return or inactivation of the Roundout units. The Berlin crisis had receded-and the "Gold Flow" balance-of-payments crisis was upon the command. During the latter part of the year, USAREUR received approval for retaining the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment and sending the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment to the United States instead. USAREUR hoped to retain the 3d ACR in its rear-area security mission and to induce the French or the Germans to assume the 11th ACR's missions of providing peacetime border surveillance and a screening force for the French First Army. However, the French ran into stationing difficulties (see below, French Participation in Border Surveillance Operations) and -with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment being scheduled to rotate back to the United States in July 1964 -- a temporary solution was found by retaining the 1st Squadron of the 11th ACR in place and, in a flag switch on 10 June, redesignating it as the 2d Squadron of the 3d ACR. Also on 10 June the 2d ACR assumed responsibility for the complete VII Corps peacetime border surveillance mission, with operational control for border operations of the 2d Squadron of the 3d ACR. The 2d ACR also still had operational control for border operations of the 2d Squadron of the 14th ACR at this point.11

Prior to the departure of the 11th ACR, USAREUR had renewed its efforts to induce the French or the Germans to assume the 11th ACR's border missions. In December 1964 -- still unable to get the French or the Germans to move -- USAREUR stated that it intended to relieve the 2d Squadron of the 3d ACR of its EDP mission and return it to its parent unit's control by moving it to Kaiserslautern. Since the French refused to accept the border surveillance mission on 1 January 1965, as had been planned; the unit remained in place until 1 March 1965, when its peacetime border surveillance mission was assumed by the 2d. Squadron of the 9th Cavalry, which belonged to the 24th Infantry Division. The wartime screening mission had been assumed by German units under the control of the First French Army on 1 January. As had been the 2d Squadron of the 3d ACR, the 2d Squadron of the 9th Cavalry was under the operational control of the 2d ACR for border operations and patrolled between coordinates UQ 2590 and VQ 1403. Actually, the border surveillance of this section was carried out by reinforced troops from the 2d Squadron of the 9th Cavalry, sent up to the border on a rotating basis.

Comment by harold goldstein on June 5, 2017 at 11:15am

Harry, where is that old gang of yours?

Comment by harold goldstein on June 5, 2017 at 9:06am

Dave,  On this Memorial Day Cruise we were on.  I met a guy who served with the 11th in 1963,  then got transferred to the third ACR in Kaiserslaughten.  So I guess that means when the third gyroed back to the stated in 1958 a few years later they returned to join the 11th and when the 11th left he went to kaiserslaughten with the 3rd.

Is that how it went.

Comment by harold goldstein on June 5, 2017 at 9:01am

Sorry, I missed your birthdays, Tom, RC,  I was away celebrating my wife's birthday.  You guys are trying to catch Wayne, Sig, And me.  I believe we are the oldest 3.

Happy Birthday

Comment by Ronny O. Littlejohn on June 1, 2017 at 7:23pm
Missed your day yesterday Tom, may you have many more.
Comment by RC (Robert Chessley) Johnson on May 31, 2017 at 11:50pm

Happy Birthday,RC

Comment by Thomas Blaszkiewicz on May 31, 2017 at 9:01pm

Thanks to all for the birthday wishes,68 and counting.

Comment by Jim Clendenen on May 31, 2017 at 4:50pm

Even the Rats from the basement say Happy Birthday.

Comment by Jim Clendenen on May 31, 2017 at 4:49pm

Happy Birthday Tom!!

Comment by Wayne Dixon on May 31, 2017 at 3:22pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TOM.   Wishing you many more to come, best wishes.

 

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