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

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Comment by Dave Gettman on October 29, 2019 at 10:13am

Congratulations Harold. That is great!

Have a safe flight and get some good stories.

Comment by harold goldstein on October 29, 2019 at 10:03am

Hey, all you 2nd ACR Troopers, point of info:

I am going on the HONOR FLIGHT early Sat Morning .  I am going to wear their shirt, however; they say I can wear my own hat.  

Dave I will be wearing that special 2nd ACR Hat you gave me.  We will be on TV Sat evening when we return.  I believe it will be only on South Florida TV.  I will post pictures when I return.  Each Veteran will have a guardian assigned to them, There will be 8 WWII Veterans.  a number of Korean Veterans and me.

I will make you guys proud.  

Toujours Pret

And as the chief say's "Dragoon for life"

Comment by Joseph Auger on October 28, 2019 at 1:06am

This is very important.

Comment by George Crump (Chief) on October 26, 2019 at 4:12pm

Dave - I know, I know  like I said its unbelievable what your dad seen and did, should be a movie made of his life, not only the weapons, we also went from using biplane to Jet planes, and what about the helicopter. But changing out the old reliable M -1911 was a big mistake, we went to the 9 mm Beretta because of women serving. One good point of the Sheridan was that missile, I was in Graf. and watched that thing take out a target at 3000 meters. attached photo of a  Cold War Warrior, Dragoon for life - Chief

Comment by George Crump (Chief) on October 26, 2019 at 3:14pm

Dave - again another YouTube video about the Sheridan and all the problems the Army had with them, especially with the main 151 mm gun. One of are general decided to deploy them to Vietnam relying on the main gun firing beehive rounds but otherwise the vehicle itself was a failure, But after seeing the video I realize I also used and operated the same gun on the M-728 Combat Engineer Vehicle when I was assigned to an engineer outfit at Fort Knox, in 1968. At that time the CEV was fairly new to the Army, we did not have missile capabilities, that came out later with the Sheridan, and the M-60A2 star ship, we used the Gun to blow up bunkers, roadblocks and whatever engineers did. The gun was designed and made by the British. Plagued by maintenance problems, All three vehicles had a short life.- looking for comments. Dragoon for life - Chief.

Comment by Dave Gettman on October 26, 2019 at 3:12pm

Look at it this way Chief....my dad served 8 years in the military with a rifle first issued at the turn of the 20th century, the Springfield M1903. He outlasted the M1903, the M1, the M14, and was a few years into the M16 issue when he retired. He was probably rolling in his grave when the Army replaced the M1911 though.

Comment by Dave Gettman on October 26, 2019 at 2:58pm

14ACR used to be on the border with 2ACR. In 1972 14ACR was inactivated and reorganized as 11ACR.

Comment by harold goldstein on October 26, 2019 at 2:19pm

Chief, the 11th ACR was north of us by Bad K

Comment by George Crump (Chief) on October 26, 2019 at 2:09pm

Hi Dave - took the time to read through your father's records, 40 years service unbelievable, you realize he joined in 1930 when the Army basically still had horses, then serve with and under some of the greats general's in three wars, and the changes he's must have seen take place in the Army. He really should have his own site on Dragoon Base. Watch recently on YouTube 2nd Cav. Border operations posted by Jene Gunia a good take about the border during the late 60s, but if my memory serves me right I thought it was the 11 Cav. that was our sister unit on the border. still enjoyed - thanks Jene for posting and Dave you do have a small squash bug on your dads shadow board, and he definitely was down in the trenches serving with the troops. my kind of guy. Dragoon for life - Chief

Comment by harold goldstein on October 26, 2019 at 9:21am


My book has 75 poems in it. This is the latest one. I have written over 200 poems since about 1985. I feel great when I know someone has been touched by my work. It's your interpretation that counts, and if you were touched by it.

For memorial day I was asked to write something that a soldier would feel in the field. At the same time my poetry is vague and non committal.

This one works for a combat soldier at the same time for every person.

One person responded,

"Poems are wonderful motivators. I related to it on a very personal level.

Ah, the magic of the poem and the power of the poet"


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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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