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 harold goldstein on September 10, 2019 at 10:22am

Sig, it stopped short right in front of my door and decided not for these guys yet.

Maybe we'll get them next time.

Thank you for your prayers, they helped.

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on September 10, 2019 at 10:13am

Harold, was praying for friends and family and for Dorian to not hit Florida full force, glad y'all are ok !

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 10, 2019 at 8:49am

Hey Chief, did you know the 2d Cavalry was the very first unit in Europe to get the M-24?

They received 34 of them in November 1944 when the 2d Cavalry Group was fighting its way across France. 17 went to Troop F, 2d Squadron, and 17 to Troop F, 42d Squadron, just in time for Patton's famous forced march up to the Battle of the Bulge in December.

This is a rare color photo of one of the 42d Squadron M-24's.

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 10, 2019 at 8:38am

Hello Robert.

It is $600 a year to keep Dragoon Base going. The plan is based on the number of members allowed and the amount of content on the website.

We exceeded our limit a few years ago and I had to upgrade to higher limits allowing us to expand. I have been paying for the site myself since the owner died several years ago except for once a couple years ago I had another fund drive.

Comment by Robert Burns Wadley on September 10, 2019 at 6:01am

To Dave Gettman: I see your message below, regarding the Dragoon Base Fund. I do not mind donating, but I also like to know where the "need" and the "balance" are. If it is a bottomless pit, I am less excited than when I see that a goal is being met. I do not know if $445 is great, or if more is required. I certainly do not want this site to fail because I am not doing my part.

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 9, 2019 at 4:24pm

Sorry guys, been dealing with health issues. Back among the living again though.

Youngest moved back home so we have a couple grandkids running amok around here too when it is dad's time.

The Dragoon Base fund is currently at $445 for the year. GREATLY APPRECIATE ALL THE DONATIONS!

Shannon, sorry I missed your call, Brother! I was sick, spammers were blowing up my phone all morning, and for some reason your number came up restricted on my caller ID. I just listened to your message yesterday out of curiosity. Glad you made it home and back OK. You know, sometimes I think if I was any slower between my ears I'd be dead. There was a guy on a few of the 2d Cavalry pages on FB that recently bought a nice place in Albuquerque and was trying to get folks to stop by and visit. Glen Baker? Crap, can't remember his name and I'm kicked off FB now.

Comment by George Crump (Chief) on September 9, 2019 at 1:40pm

Historical facts on US tanks - like the M-24 the biggest problem we had for many years, with our tanks was Fire. - starting with the M-3 up to M-48A2 were powered by gasoline engines, the Germans:called the M-4 Sherman - Ronson lighters - at Fort Knox, my AIT was with the M-48, and just started it we had to stand on the back deck with fire extinguishers in hand..The engines were powerful, and for many years we used the same engine in are recovery vehicle the M-88 but another problem besides catching on fire was the consumed of fuel, especially if the M-88 was towing a dead vehicle, it was gallons per mile not miles per gallon. In 1963 on my first tour to Germany, assigned to DCo, 3rd Bn. 32nd Ar. 24th Inf. Div. they were in the process of turning in their gas driven M-48A2 for new M-60s with diesel 750 HP engines, catching on fire was reduced and the Range was increased to almost 300 miles.  I'm not too sure about the M1 but I understand their back to the same problem with the turbine engine, gallons per mile. looking for input on subject. Dragoon for life - Chief.

Comment by harold goldstein on September 9, 2019 at 1:05pm


I just went into your home page and saw your picture from them days.  You were a handsome young guy.  Almost as good as I used to look.

Comment by harold goldstein on September 9, 2019 at 12:32pm

Hey Chief, I have been asking for stories for a number of years now.  Harry showed me how to make a website for them.

Give me your email and i will email the little book I am working on.

Please look at my page for any info you need from me.

Comment by George Crump (Chief) on September 7, 2019 at 3:50pm

Hi Dave - quick question did we reach our financial goal for Dragon base? Really enjoying the border stories by Jeff maybe should think about sending them to the Association to be placed in the newsletter and thanks to Joseph for video on the M - 24 tank. I hope everyone came out okay from the storm. Dragoon for life - Chief


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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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