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Last one out the door, please put a quarter in the jukebox and play this song for me.

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Recommended Reading for 2d Dragoons/2d Cavalry 26 Replies

Started by Dave Gettman. Last reply by Dave Gettman Mar 1.

Troop Ships 43 Replies

Started by Rob Gould. Last reply by Robert Burns Wadley Dec 25, 2015.

Oldtimers at Fiddler's Green 8 Replies

Started by Dave Gettman. Last reply by Shannon Ryan Sep 29, 2015.

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Comment by Shannon Ryan on Friday

I will look into that Dave thanks.

Comment by Dave Gettman on Friday

It's actually a pretty tragic story, Shannon. If you get the chance, read THE PERFECT HORSE, by Elizabeth Letts. Best account yet on the Lipizzan rescue.

Comment by Dave Gettman on Friday

Roger that Wayne. I'll keep my eyes open.

Comment by Wayne Dixon on Friday

DAVE, that roster if he has one will be from my first tour in the 2A/C, still need to try and locate a copy from my second tour with the second. 62-64.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on Friday

I did not know that about the Lippizzaner's . Man that breed is lucky to have survived with all they went through.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on Friday

That is good stuff Wayne you have had a lot of experiences, done more than most folks could ever dream of doing. Keep it up and stay busy and get a recorder and record it would be easier than writing.

Comment by Dave Gettman on Friday

That's great, Wayne. I'm sure you enjoyed talking to him a lot. Hoping you finally get a copy of your roster, too.

Comment by Dave Gettman on Friday


A large herd of Lipizzaners were in Dresden the night it was fire bombed. They were being brought out of Poland for safety. Some were lost but not all.

Comment by Wayne Dixon on Friday

SHANNON, I guess I have had quite a history, I started my Military service at the age of 15, was serving in Germany at the age of 16 with the US Constabulary.and I retired from the service at age of 36 with 21 years and 6 days in the service.  I have thought often about writing some things down, not to good at that.  I am a member of a group of ex service men and women wo entered the service under age.  I was the TEXAS state Vice Commander till I asked to be releaved unable to make the meetings and reunions, since I had my spinal accident now crippled and unable to get around on my own,  I have had a good life.  I'll be 85 on the 6th of may.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on Friday

Wayne my father in law turned 93 today he is a German immigrant and I always take time to listen to his stories. And he has some good ones Like the one he tells about being in Dresden the night before it was fire bombed he said he jumped on the last train out the night before, if he would of stayed he may of not survived. Or how he would not let the Hitler youth movement recruit him he somehow managed to stay out of that group. He also saw the young men and old men being told to stop the American's from advancing by the German officers as they were fleeing from the front all of this at the end of the war. He ended up coming to the states after the war with his wife and young son back when you had to have a sponsor to come to this country. He had three more girls here in Northern California and my wife Linda is the youngest. He is a living history book. Take care my friend and make sure you get your stories written down.


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7th Colonel of the Regiment John P. Hatch

26 June 1881 - 9 January 1886



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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