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Comment by Sigmund Fertig on June 6, 2017 at 11:04am

Sorry Harold, I REFUSE to be old !

Comment by Wayne Dixon on June 5, 2017 at 4:58pm

Frank, glad some one is getting some rain other than just me it is pouring down here.  Glad for the kids all getting to graduate.  I have a group getting out this year and next.  if I was not so far gone    I would have loved to taken some courses for my degree, it would have only been for self satisfaction.  Waited to long.  Where are you headed after you depart that area.  You folks be careful, crazy people on those roads.  Take care.

Comment by Frank L Moseley Jr on June 5, 2017 at 3:57pm

Good rainy afternoon to all Troopers ... ..

We are now in Mansfield, MA. Got here on May 31st and plan to be here thru the end of July. Went to one of my Granddaughter's High School Graduation yesterday. One more to go then all are out of HS.

The weather has been cool and wet, so far, in our visit this summer. Hopefully it will dry out some and perhaps warm up , a bit.

Hope all are doing well, health wise.

This photo is our campsite in South Carolina

This is the one in Massachusetts

Comment by Frank L Moseley Jr on June 5, 2017 at 3:41pm

Happy be-lated Birthday to Tom Blaszkiewicz!!  I'm 4 ahead of you, or will be on June 8.

Comment by Dave Gettman on June 5, 2017 at 2:27pm

Ronny,

Bad Kissingen, Camp Lee, 2d Squadron, 11ACR.

Comment by Ronny O. Littlejohn on June 5, 2017 at 2:10pm
The coldest weather I ever experience was on a road march in the winter of 62-63. In late 62 after we had just completed our border tour,1st. Squadron 2/AC went up and replace a Squadron of the 11/AC so they could go to GRAF. for training . ( Bad Kissin was the name of city ) sure that is not the spelling of the city. someone will correct me. Had only been with the Squadron a couple of months and was on the border in two different areas.
It was cold on the 11th. AC at Graf also. On before mention road march, that sorry ass squad-leader had me standing up in the hatch as a so called Air-Guard. Spent three winters and nothing compared to the first .Fifty-five years later when I think about it the shivers still run up back. The 11th. gave me a certificate worded in such a flowery way that it sounded like I had save the free world. It became a home-town news release. What a hoot, all I did was pulled K.P. and Guard-Duty.
Comment by harold goldstein on June 5, 2017 at 12:13pm

it was a very interesting meet I had with him.  I always wear my 2nd ACR hat wherever I go.  I was advanced party for gyro with the third 12/57 till the 2nd came over

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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?

 

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