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Comment by Ronny O. Littlejohn on September 25, 2017 at 6:24pm
That troop carrier was the sorriest vehicle that I had anything to do with in my time in the U.S. Army. We had a 4.2 mortar mounted in one. It had two V-8 continental engines, one on each side. When we went out the main gate at Bindlach a mechanic went with us. Some time we didn't get a mile out of the gate before they broke down.

On the right side we had about fifty 4.2 mortar rounds mounted in a rack stacked on their ends. Just behind that spec. four dismounting.

We didn't have heaters in my time, and many a time we would remove those panels that covered the engines for the heat they gave off. Might have been dumb but I use to sleep on those mortar rounds with the panel off . Max distance from engine maybe a foot. It is a wonder any of us ever survived the things we did. I hated that track, sure was happy when we got new ones.

P.S. That's the piece of crap that I floated across a river crossing, believe that was the only time I was ever really concerned with any of the training we did in the 2nd A/C.
Comment by Dave Gettman on September 25, 2017 at 3:59pm

Ronny, I thought that movie was so cool when I was a kid. 3ACR and 2ACR traded places from 1955-58. 2ACR went to Ft. Meade and 3ACR went to the border.

This is a 2ACR APC at Ft. Meade 1957. Note that it has 2d Army instead of 7th Army on the left side numbers.

Comment by harold goldstein on September 25, 2017 at 2:59pm

Interesting facts:

Actress Patricia Neal poses with soldiers during the 1950 filming of the science-fiction film classic "The Day The Earth Stood Still".  Some of the military scenes in the movie were filmed at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.  The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment supplied the vehicles, equipment, and soldiers for the movie segments depicting Army operations.  THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

Comment by Thomas Blaszkiewicz on September 25, 2017 at 2:02pm

You have to wake up to know your still kicking.

Comment by Jim Clendenen on September 25, 2017 at 11:24am

Woke up....good enough for me!

Comment by Thomas G. Carlson on September 25, 2017 at 8:36am

woke up to another clear sky  in west michigan

Comment by Frank L Moseley Jr on September 24, 2017 at 4:46pm

Good afternoon Troopers ... ..

Just checking in. A beautiful , warm, Sunday afternoon here in Mansfield, MA.

We may get some weather from "Maria" later in the week. Will have to wait and see.

Hope you are having a great day, enjoy, take care.

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 23, 2017 at 1:32pm

Thanks Ronny. What an honor that must be to attend.

Comment by Ronny O. Littlejohn on September 23, 2017 at 1:12pm

Sunday night episode of Ken Burns Viet-Nam. Story line is about the start of the so called Tet Offensive . North Viet-Nam launch this offensive on 1/21/68. This is the date Dewight Birdwell of my home town was awarded his first Siver Star.

On Oct.21 my wife and I, her sister and husband will be attending a Banquet in Norman, Oklahoma where Birdwell will be inducted into the OKLAHOMA MILITARY HALL of FAME.

Birdwell for years was a member of the SUPRENE COURT of THE CHEROKEE NATION.

Comment by Frank L Moseley Jr on September 22, 2017 at 4:12pm

Good afternoon Troopers ... ..

59 degrees F. and Rain here in MA. Still getting the remnants of TS Jose. On Wednesday night, about 0500 hrs, the winds blew down a tree, here in the campground, that fell across a 5th wheel camper about 50 - 75 yds from us. It woke Cathy and me up from a sound sleep.  No one was in it at the time. I learned that a skylight on the roof was broken out. After the crew from the camp cleared away the tree, they tarped the trailer.

We are fine, got our new Awning rolled up and secured. Just get a little "Cabin fever" when kept indoors for long periods.

Made reservations at an RV Park in Tampa for the 24th of October. So it won't be too long before we are back home in Florida.

Hope all are doing well in health and weather. Take care, enjoy the day.

Toujours Pret!

picture is my Son-in-law and his Parents, when they came over for Sunday dinner

 

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