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Started by Jeff Jarriel. Last reply by Jeff Jarriel Aug 18, 2019.

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

Started by Jeff Jarriel Aug 17, 2019.

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Comment by harold goldstein on August 2, 2021 at 8:01am

Gene, that was my 15 minutes of fame, being on an Embassy Net,  private secret frequencies, coding with the Pentagon and then being relieved of duty as they wanted an OFFICER GROUP and after two + weeks sent us back to Nuremburg.

We were billited by the Air Force base in HOF and it was exciting to see a Regiment at the ready.  

We were operating in the Air Force Parking lot.

It was all Top Sectret Confidential stuff but they never told me to kleep it that way when I left.  But thinking about it, it still might be Top Secret. 

Sig and I seem to be the only ones that know about it now.

Comment by Robert Burns Wadley on August 2, 2021 at 12:17am

Hello Dave:  I believe you.  I do not ever recall seeing as many challenge coins in one place, ever.  And, from what I have learned about you over the years, it is my opinion that you have earned the right to all accolades that go to one who has put a great deal of time and effort into preserving the stories, history, and artifacts of of a group of men who saw their duty and did it. I do not think that I am alone in feeling honored to share space with you. My thanks and appreciation for all that you do...

Comment by gene gunia on August 1, 2021 at 11:43am

harold,i gyroed over in feb 1958 with the bn. on the buckner{now scraped]. i was a scout and did the border but  i have no recollection of that event. was a long time ago!

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on August 1, 2021 at 11:34am

Good Morning to all you OLD border rats, have a fine Sunday !

Comment by Dave Gettman on August 1, 2021 at 11:22am

This one lives in my pocket.

Comment by Dave Gettman on August 1, 2021 at 11:21am

I've got probably the largest collection of 2d Cavalry challenge coins in the world.

Comment by Dave Gettman on August 1, 2021 at 11:18am

Yes Robert, I used to have quite a few of those but I gave most of them away. A guy here in Tacoma found them cleaning out a storage locker and was selling them on eBay. I've got different types of the guidon coins too, like this one.

Comment by harold goldstein on August 1, 2021 at 9:37am

Gene I did not realize you are older n me.  Nov I will be 83

Gene, you came over with me on the advance party. Robert did you come by ship in March?  July of 58 I went to Hof when the 9 guys were captured by the Czecks.

Were both of you on the border then?

Comment by harold goldstein on August 1, 2021 at 9:32am


I looked at your pictures.  Elvis did not arrive on the scene till about 58

Comment by Robert Burns Wadley on July 31, 2021 at 9:24pm

Dear Dave:  Yes, that is the red/white guide-on challenge coin that I saw. It is amazing that someone has designed these lovely pieces to commemorate our outfit.  That one looks really special with a serial number on it. Does it belong to you?


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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.


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