Dragoon Base

Connecting the Troopers of Today with the Veterans of Yesterday.



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

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Since you asked... 4 Replies

Started by Jeff Jarriel. Last reply by Jeff Jarriel Aug 18.

That time the NAZI's invaded Camp Gates...in 1987

Started by Jeff Jarriel Aug 17.

Another Border Story. Almost accidental WWIII... 1 Reply

Started by Jeff Jarriel. Last reply by MARK PILLOW Aug 16.

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Comment by Harry Warner on Tuesday

”A mosquito never got a pat on the back until he started to work.”


Comment by Dave Gettman on Tuesday

58kmh, it's probably as fast as your Eldo too. Hahahahaha!!!!!!

Comment by Joseph Auger on August 20, 2019 at 1:27am

Dave lets see,It looks like my 76 Eldo is bigger

Comment by Dave Gettman on August 19, 2019 at 8:29pm

Joe, I guess that thing hauled ass with those twin Cadillac engines.

Comment by Joseph Auger on August 19, 2019 at 4:25pm

Dave,I'm looking for the big wind up key in the back of that M24

Comment by Dave Gettman on August 14, 2019 at 7:15pm

No idea Frank, but now I know a little more about why I was booted off in the first place. Seems our 2d Cavalry Association president is an identity theft victim of international infamy. They call him "The Face of Military Romance Scams".

Thousands of fake accounts have been opened using his photos and information. There was a big story about it on ABC News Australia. Here is a 43 minute video about the scam, starting with another soldier who was also scammed. The guy using Bryan's photos got over $347,000. Bryan comes in at 6 minutes into the video. I've sat in that kitchen where he is taping from.

Comment by Frank L Moseley on August 14, 2019 at 6:47pm

Good Wednesday Afternoon Oldtimers and Troopers. 

Tis the [not so] wandering Scotsman himself, Checkin' In at Dragoon Base. We are surviving the Heat, Humidity and Rain doon here in Thonotosassa, FL. Getting ready to sign a one year lease on our site in the RV Park / Resort.

I got talked into being an Administrator on the FB Group : United States Army NCO Veterans/Retirees. It's for Corporal E4 to CSM E9 only. No Officers or Warrant Officers. Been keeping me busy. Both posting and keeping tabs on what members are posting.

Was actually surprised they invited me to join as a SP/5 E-5. But since the Army did away with the all of the Specialist Ranks above E-4, back in 84 or 85,  they consider me a converted SGT E-5.

Dave Gettman - any idea when or if you'll get back on FB?

Enjoy your evening guys. Take care.  Toujours Pret!

Comment by harold goldstein on August 14, 2019 at 4:02pm

Hey Welcome Jeff Jarrel,

What years did you serve and which Co?

Comment by Dave Gettman on August 14, 2019 at 8:33am

Chief, the Sheridan's were 152mm. Rock-n-roll when you pulled the trigger. M-60's were 60+/- tons with a 105mm. M-551's were 17 tons with a 152mm. M-60's were just smokey and loud when you shot 'em. The Sheridan jumped and bucked real good on the firing range. It was a helluva ride! Nothing like when you guys fired the (75mm?) M-24 you guys in D Co got running.

Did you know that Gen. Abrams, one of the heroes of Bastogne while spearheading Patton's Combat Command B of the 4th Armored Division and later Chief-of-Staff of the Army, commanded the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment in its early days.

As for a tax write-off on Dragoon Base, we have no affiliation with 2d Cavalry Association other than supporting each other.

The original Dragoon Base was started on MSN (Microsoft Network) in the early 90's by a few 2d Dragoon Desert Storm vets who wanted to stay in touch. Over the years it grew to several thousand members from all eras pre-WW II to the Gulf War, but in 2008 MSN announced they were no longer hosting social websites.

When the old Dragoon Base shut down we lost all the archives of conversations and photos. We also lost contact with nearly the entire membership. Robb Russell started this site late the same year and we managed to get a few of the guys from the old site to make it over. Slowly over the years we have gathered a small following.

Robb was paying for the site out of his pocket and would sometimes have a donation drive. He passed away a few years ago and I have been paying for the site since then with an occasional fund drive. I didn't mind footing the bill at first, but the cost of the site has tripled the past two years to $600 a year.

Comment by Harry Warner on August 13, 2019 at 5:47pm

......and there was peace in the valley.  


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Colonels of the Regiment

9th Colonel of the Regiment David R. Clendenin 29 Oct 1888 – 2 Apr 1891



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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