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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

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

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Comment by ErnieKeel on September 12, 2019 at 9:30pm

Happy Birthday to the original Oldtimer! Maybe the G-men will give you a present Sunday. Or will the Bills make it 2 in a row at Met Life? Who makes up these schedules?

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 12, 2019 at 1:36pm

Is that why I limp? Thought it was my hip.

Comment by Harry Warner on September 12, 2019 at 12:37pm

Harold, the docs say it was getting too big.  I was starting to walk with a limp.  

Comment by harold goldstein on September 12, 2019 at 12:31pm

What did you say Dave? Harry is having another circumcision? The first one wasn't enough.

Happy Birthday Harry

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 12, 2019 at 10:33am

I see Harry will be completing another circumnavigation of the Sun tomorrow.

Happy Birthday, young man!

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Comment by Frank L Moseley on September 11, 2019 at 5:03pm

Good Wednesday Afternoon Brother Dragoons and Oldtimers!

Well the West Coast of Florida lucked out on Hurricane Dorian. It took a Northern turn and skirted the East Coast. Looks like the North Carolina and Nova Scotia Coastlines took a bad hit though.

We are doing fine doon here in Florida. HOT and Muggy, but that is the time of year. The wife and I went to a Tartan Ball , here in Tampa, this past Saturday. Had a good time. Got to drag oot the Kilt and Argyle Jacket. Played at dress up.

We have been at the Happy Traveler RV Park/Resort for a year now. Like the location in relation to shopping and Interstate Highways (I-75 and I-4). The New Owners of the place have been making a LOT of improvements and upgrades to the Park. Looks like we will sign a One Year Lease tomorrow.

Hope all of you are doing well. I see where Dave Gettman has been having some health issues. Hope you are doing better My Friend. The wife had a Colonoscopy on Monday. Everything checked out all right.

Live the Experience -  Be all you can be!    Toujours Pret!

Comment by George Crump (Chief) on September 11, 2019 at 4:24pm

Hi Troopers - Chief here, thanks Dave for the picture M-24 Tank, and I'm happy you're feeling better, like all of us it comes with the joy of getting old. And Yes I heard the same thing 2nd was the first to get the M-24 it replaced the M3A1 Stuart.  it's hard to believe after all these years there still being used in some of the Asian countries, Most have been up graded with a diesel engine, the French used them in Vietnam and later the Vietnamese Army had them. I guess being short helps. In the picture with the M -24 on range 42 at Graf.  firing the main gun, the TC was Capt. Bird, kind of thing we did to start our gunnery. To simulate the main gun was actually firing a round, with the flames and smoke, we would pack about a pound of GAA inside the main gun, for those who don't remember (grease) fire a 75 MM blank round, with such a force the main gun would counter recoil. From there the TC would fire the M-2 50 Cal. Machine gun and the coaxial 7.62 from the assistant drivers position. Another big accomplishment, in convoy we drove the M-24 from the rock to Graf, around Graf. from range to range and then back to the rock without any mechanical issues, so even that was a historical event. And by the way, I know what it feels like to sit on top of the M-551 Tinker Toy when it fires its main gun, I had the privilege, if you call it that, in subzero temperatures, to take the 7th Cav. down range in their first gunnery qualification. That's another story. Take care troopers, and remember God has a special place for old cavalryman. Dragoon for life - Chief.

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 11, 2019 at 10:08am

Smallest 2d Cav DUI I have ever seen.

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 11, 2019 at 9:50am

Guy I bought this from claims it is 2d Cavalry WW I. If so, it would be the earliest 2d Cav patch I know of. I have yet to confirm it is 2d Cavalry but it is definitely WW I era.

The "A" is First Army, which was established late in WW I. The number "2" is actually bright gold but has a piece of grey yarn sewn over it to subdue the color. The colored section in the lower part of the "A" looks to be faded yellow (Cavalry) but my scanner made it look more red.

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.


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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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