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

Started by Dave Gettman. Last reply by Dave Gettman Mar 1, 2017.

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 December 17, 2017 at 8:41am

Harold, go to your profile page and in the left column where it says "PHOTOS", click on it. It will take you to a page with all your pictures. On that page above your little profile photo are some links. "All Photos" "All Albums" "Your Photos" "Your Albums". Click on "ALL PHOTOS" and you will get the 14,522 individual photos currently posted on Dragoon Base. If you click on "All Albums" you will find 325 photo albums posted by members. A Lot of good stuff in there.

All of this stuff is public domain, free for the taking. If you want you can try to contact the owner for permission but not necessary. You can also just give them credit for the photo.

Have fun, but don't get lost in there!

Comment by gene gunia on December 16, 2017 at 10:08pm

sig, I too went over on the buckner, which is no longer. through the internet I found that it has been scrapped.in early july 1959  all but about a hundred of us got their orders to depart Germany and to sail home.well I was one of the hundred or so whos orders were lost and didn't get to leave with the main body.so the morning the battalion was leaving bindlach on busses and the remaining of us was out in formation as they left. well we got the cat calls, finger and the have fun calls as they left.two days later we got our orders to fly home.well here we were laying around on the grass having popcicles when the all went by dragging their duffle bags. of course we all yelled where the hell have you guys been,we've been wating for you.ah! some time life is good! about a week or so before they all left we had a battalion formation for revaley.as the battalion co. was there in front of us and the flag was going up out of the loud speakers came the beer barrel polka. he just put his head down and shook it.probably tried to hide a laugh. ahhh the good life!

Comment by harold goldstein on December 16, 2017 at 3:19pm

Does anyone have some pictures during training at graff (either group or single) and border patrol, or tank convoys etc.

Looking like soldiers ready for battle.

Please email to hargol@bellsouth.net or put them on here.

Dave I think you showed me a couple of pic.

Harry, where are you hiding.?

Comment by Frank L Moseley on December 16, 2017 at 11:50am

Gene Gunia ... ..

Still looking for  RV Park to stay in down there.Once we get there, will try to contact you.

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on December 16, 2017 at 10:53am

Gene, also had some rough weather going home on the ship in March of 60. Always get the sip names mixed up, I think we went over on the U.S.S. Buckner from Baltimore harbor and returned on the General Rose to Ft Hamilton N.Y. I remember I stayed up till the wee AM hours so as to see the Statue of Liberty when we entered N.Y. harbor !

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on December 16, 2017 at 10:49am

Gene, I remember those days, we had just entered the mouth of the English Channell and the Captain radioed in for the pilot boat to come out and guide us through the channell and their response was to sit out the storm till the seas subsided. All decks were closed that day !

Comment by Joe Sellner on December 15, 2017 at 6:36pm

They are good Dave! Good song!

Comment by gene gunia on December 14, 2017 at 8:55pm

sig,you were lucky to get topside. we could go out but were on the lower decks.do you remember those three really bad days when we had 55 foot seas. that almost 800 foot ship bobbed around like a cork.are you anywhere around selinas? we had an annual reunion there and arrived the day before 9/11.had some problems getting back to nj. our hosting member at the time was sgt George  marshall who was one of our dis at boot camp and later was in charge of the gate guard at bindlach. he was one of the guards at the nerunberg trials. he also later went on to vietmam. he is now buried in Arlington.

Comment by Dave Gettman on December 14, 2017 at 3:04pm

Too foggy here Tom, can't find my way out.

Comment by Thomas G. Carlson on December 14, 2017 at 2:37pm

well the snow stopped and the new snowblower worked well 200 foot x 15 foot driveway clear along with 25x 25 parking pad  ,walks and deck clear..... Beer thirthy now .. ya'all come sit a spell


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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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