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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.

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 October 3, 2018 at 5:18pm

Heck of an adventure, Frank. Might want to consider buying some Goodyear stock.

Comment by Frank L Moseley on October 3, 2018 at 5:18pm

Comment by Frank L Moseley on October 3, 2018 at 5:11pm

Good afternoon Troopers and Oldtimers ... ..

About 3 weeks ago we left the Campground at Lithia Springs Park, FL headed to Chipley, Fl and the Falling Waters State Park. Things went well until we got on I-10 headed West. Blew a tire on the camper just east of Talahassee. Called AAA, they came out changed the tire, and we were on our way. Lost about an hour of time. (that blow out did some minor damage to the propane line, but no leakage)  Got to the State Park, checked in, set up camp.  Next day went in to Chipley and a Walmart, replaced the tire. Next day , drove to the trail head and picnic area for the falls. Walked to the falls which drops into a 100 ft deep sink hole, followed the trail/boardwalk to the lake and swimming area, then back to the car and to camp. The next day, we drove to Marianna, FL  and toured the  Caverns at another State Park.  Stayed at Falling Waters for a week. Next planned stop was Andersonville, GA, site of the Civil War Prison Camp. 

Got a good start on our travel day, headed North towards Dothan, Ala. About the time we crossed the ALA line, heard a loud thump, trailer seemed all right so kept going. Decided to stop at the Alabama Welcome station and rest area. Pulled in, did a walk around of the rig, found the tread had come off of the  Spare tire that we put on at the first flat tire and it had finished off the propane line. Had to shut off the tank to stop the leak. Now we cannot use the stove/oven or run the fridge on propane , just electric. Called AAA (again) 2 plus hour wait for them to get there and change the tire. Back on the road headed to Andersonville. Got to Plains, GA (home of ex President Jimmy Carter) and blew out the rear tire on the same side of the trailer. NO SPARE TIRE!  Fortunately, we were close to a body shop and he came down to look at things, helped guide me to back up into his drive and close to his shop bays, jacked the trailer up and took the tire off. He knew a tire service, down the road and called them for us. I talked to the guy, he had a tire that would fit, came and took our tire and rim, changed it out and brought it back, put it on for us. $90 total for tire and service call. We thanked both men for their help and assistance. Back on the road and finally got to the Andersonville RV Park around 9:00 PM. Pull through site, got in, parked, hooked up water and electric, went in showered and went to bed.

Next morning, we finished setting up the camper and walked the 2 blocks to the village to pay for the campsite. That's enough for tonight. Will finish the tale a bit later.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on October 2, 2018 at 7:53pm

No problem Harry, I am glad its the phone having issues and not you or the family stay well my friend . Hey those rotary phones are usually pretty tough, my buddy has one that he throws at the wall every now and then and its still hanging in there.

Comment by Harry Warner on October 2, 2018 at 6:54pm

Shannon, I am so sorry I missed your call. I have been having a lot of issues with my phone.  It's so old it still uses a rotary dial. :-) I know I've been AWOL for awhile.  No excuses, just been more reflective lately. Thank you for checking in.  I guess it's been longer than I realized.  

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on October 1, 2018 at 10:46am

Monday morning in a brand new month, thought it wise to check in as to not be counted as AWOL. Got my hot cocoa, suns up and shining ( so much for the rain they predicted ) exercised and getting ready to tackle my outdoor chores. Sold a golf cart over the weekend. All's well in good old So. Cal.

Comment by harold goldstein on September 30, 2018 at 9:54am

It seems they would not dare to take the 2nd ACR from our border

Comment by harold goldstein on September 30, 2018 at 9:53am

In mid 58 Lebanon caused an alert for us and HQ got the word they were taking us.

While in the field they said Marines are going in.

Same arcticle as below:In July 1958, events in Lebanon prompted the president to
launch a military intervention. Resentment over Western intervention
in Egypt during the 1956 Suez crisis and discontent with
Lebanon’s pro-Western president, Camille Nimr Chamoun, had
created a volatile brew in that religiously mixed nation. Lebanese
Muslims pushed the government to join the newly created, antiWestern
United Arab Republic (UAR) of Egypt and Syria. Chamoun,
a Christian, accused the UAR of supporting rebels looking to overthrow
him. United Nations inspectors failed to find evidence of
significant intervention from the UAR, but after rebels overthrew
a pro-Western government in Iraq in July, Chamoun called for U.S.
assistance. Eisenhower responded by sending about 10,000 U.S.
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soldiers and marines to Lebanon to maintain order and stability
until free elections could determine Chamoun’s fate. The Army
contingent consisted of an airborne battle group from Europe, with
Maj. Gen. Paul D. Adams commanding the entire force. The troops
secured the Beirut International Airport, the city’s port facilities,
and approaches leading to the city. Although they rehearsed for
action against the rebels, they ultimately left the task of dealing with
the insurgents to the Lebanese Army. The force maintained stability
around the capital city, facilitating a peaceful election and the establishment
of a neutralist government not aligned to the UAR. The last
American troops departed Lebanon in October.
Limited operations like the one in Lebanon reinforced the
Army’s claim that conventional forces remained relevant and
boosted its call for increased funding. In tones more measured
and less provocative than those of his predecessor, Taylor pressed
many of the same points Ridgway had made in challenging the
president’s military views. Repeated cutbacks in manpower, he
said, had sapped the Army’s ability to meet the requirements of all
of its assigned missions. He also complained about the insufficient
number of transport aircraft to deliver combat units to overseas
trouble spots. Failing to achieve his goals, he continued his crusade
against Eisenhower’s defense policies after he retired by publishing
The Uncertain Trumpet in 1960.

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 29, 2018 at 5:16pm

"...

the soldiers of the Seventh
Army came to represent the very essence of the Army during the
1950s."
Comment by harold goldstein on September 29, 2018 at 4:50pm

https://history.army.mil/html/books/076/76-3/cmhPub_76-3.pdf

Dave read page 22 and 23

Sig, does it look familiar they are talking about us.

 

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