Dragoon Base

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Open invitation to all who lived through or served during the cold war and can remember a world before computers.

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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 harold goldstein on July 11, 2018 at 9:04am

Dave, do you want us to chip in again?  Are you going to put this on all dragoon base sights?  

Last time I went through paypal.  Let us know

Comment by gene gunia on July 7, 2018 at 8:27pm

dave, did you pay that 600 dollars out of your pocket? if so,i think we should all chip in to help.

Comment by Dave Gettman on July 6, 2018 at 4:09pm

Just got an interesting call from a gentleman in Gary, Indiana who told me Robb Russell's son sold him Dragoon Base and he wants to turn it over to us. We just have to figure out how to do it.

I'm not sure if he actually owns the site itself or just the domain name. They are two different things. We will have to see what happens. I just recently payed NING $600 to keep the site going another year.

Comment by Dave Gettman on July 6, 2018 at 1:26pm

The 2019 Reunion will be at the Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino and Hotel on April 25 – April 28th. In addition to the normal opening reception, punch ceremony and banquet, there will be optional trips to the Truman Presidential Library, the WWI Museum (located in Kansas City) and to Fort Scott.

Please mark your calendars and save the date. We are hoping for a strong turnout of cavalrymen and ladies.

We expect to open registration in Sept, 2018.

Future reunions – the 2021 reunion will be at Ft. Benning where we hope to dedicate an lasting and encompassing memorial to the history of the Regiment and to those who served and died as Cavalry Troopers.

2023 is tentatively set to be in Montana to trace the 2d Cavalry in the Second Indian Wars.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on July 4, 2018 at 4:28pm

Happy fourth of July to all .

Comment by harold goldstein on July 3, 2018 at 12:51pm


Basic rights for all honorably discharged veterans. Level the effective veterans caste system.

Laws treating one group of veterans differently than another.
Discrimination: treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.
Discriminating law in the Tax Code toward Cold War Veterans [To receive tax deductible contributions under IRC 170(c)(3), at least 90% of the members must be war veterans.] This rule unjustly prevents CW vets from organizing, raising funds, lobbying and having a voice.
"War veterans" are defined in Rev. Rul. 84-140 as persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces during a period of war. The periods of war are specified in 38 U.S.C. sec. 101 and Rev. Rul. 78-239, 19781 C.B. 162.


POLITICAL MYTH: “We won the Cold War without a shot being fired.” FACT: Too many politicians spout this line, because it is an easy way to dismiss the Cold War as a strictly political conflict. 


Memorials throughout the nation are incorrectly categorizing the Cold War, or excluding, or denigrating in manner in which it is categorized. 

No national memorial exists remembering the Heroes of the Cold War. Let us build a national memorial for our forgotten heroes and all that gave the ultimate sacrifice to the Cold War's end. Let not another speech or remembrance event go with NO mention of the Cold War, when other conflicts are mentioned.   
The Cold War veteran is denied adding his period of service to his stone or allowed to place medallion at grave. ("Cold War" is not an official period of conflict)

115 STAT. 1118 PUBLIC LAW 107–107 undefined DEC. 28, 2001.
SEC. 556. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON ISSUANCE OF CERTAIN MEDALS. It is the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Defense should consider authorizing undefined-- (2) the issuance of a campaign medal, to be known as the Cold War Service Medal, to each person who while a member of the Armed Forces served satisfactorily on active duty during the Cold War;


“The Certificate”
Authorized by Congress in NDAA1998, Administered by Secretary Cohen, this rather bland document is available to anyone who served during the Cold War as a US Government employee.  Nowhere on the “certificate of recognition” is the term military service or national defense mentioned. The Office of the Secretary of Defense estimates that just over a million certificates have been issued. This amounts to demand by just over 2% of potential eligible's. They estimate that the certificates cost about $5 each to produce and distribute – about the same as we estimate the Cold War Medal would cost the government.   

Comment by Thomas G. Carlson on July 3, 2018 at 12:16pm

HI troopers, I have not checked in in  awhile.. jusy busy with Honey do's and CRS,  have a happy 4th, so hot in this part of michigan the pot holes are self leveling.

 Be safe out there and those in MI. I can help with law enforce,ent diversion if need be.

Tom  (Always ready)

Comment by harold goldstein on July 3, 2018 at 8:57am

Harry, like they say, "If we knew then, what we know now"  but even though the new kids are here, they don't know what we know. They only know what they know.

They'll learn soon enough, then they'll think they know what we know.  But we know different.   We know that now.

Comment by harold goldstein on July 3, 2018 at 8:09am

I went to NY this past week.  Naturally I wore my 2nd ACR hat.  Two people stopped me, one in a restaurant - 2nd Cav in Ft Polk sometime in the 80's

The other stopped who was in Germany with the 11th Cav.


Dave, the president of our Veterans group is 1st Cav Korea

Comment by harold goldstein on July 2, 2018 at 3:57pm

Happy TOUJOURS PRET  July 4th to all.  Stay out of trouble.

Dave, my sympathies,  that is a lot of hurt to take.

For Veteran's day, because of your info, all they are going to do is say "Those that were in the Korean War, please stand".

If anyone want to stand because they were in during those years they will be lying to themselves.

I am ready with the Veteran's Day DVD.   Just waiting for more veteran's pictures.

It's very enjoyable working on the Veteran's committee and I believe I finally got respect for the Cold War Veterans.


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Colonels of the Regiment

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.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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