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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A little Simon and Garfunkel. OK, a lot, complete with the crackle and pop of vintage vinyl.

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

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Troop Ships 43 Replies

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Oldtimers at Fiddler's Green 8 Replies

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Comment by Franklin D Bamsey on November 11, 2010 at 12:09pm
Watching military completion on ESPN from Grafenwoehr and an interwiew with the Col of the 2nd Stryker command. It brings back a lot of memories from Dec 48 - Sep 52.
Comment by James F. Burgos on November 11, 2010 at 11:08am
Happy Veterans Day, all of you Troopers ! Just read the e-mail from the 2nd Cavalry Assoc. , in their current deployment, 70 troopers in the 2nd Stryker have been awarded the Purple Heart and some were KIA. Please join me in Prayer for our fine young Men and Women, regardless of Unit or Branch. They are America's BEST. Toujours Pret.
Comment by James F. Burgos on November 7, 2010 at 11:29am
Changing Uniforms : In the late Spring of 1969, a Spec. 5 from Sqdn. S2 was ordered to test the Security Protocols of the 3rd. Sqdn. Now, Spec. 5 Albert was a member of HQ Trp. and had been for two years. Most Troopers know him by SIGHT. He put on an East German Army Uniform and started walking around Post. He would walk into a Troop building and start copying things down from the bulletin boards. Everyone who saw him would walk up to him and say : " Hey, Albert. What are you doing wearing that Uniform ? " or " Hey,Albert. Why are you in a German Dress Uniform ? " SOME TEST ! Well, you guys remember the Army. If you had half a brain, you were " over qualified " . DUH !
Comment by Chuck Cantwell on November 7, 2010 at 1:36am
We had a ammo dump off Merrill Brks, the last drop off ,it was supposedly not being used but was for nukes It had double ten foot fences w/ barbed wire and consentina. I always wondered if they ever used it? I do know, like an earlier post, we picked up a Soviet Major and driver there driving a Zil with those Joint Forces plates. It was posted big time but they just drove on up, what a flap. They had'em in Regt Hqrs for a night and most of the next day. We had ASA and other spooks all over it. Turns out the Maj was driving and the driver was sitting in back with the Major's uni on...for some reason that really pissed everyone off....Allies gotta love"em.
Comment by Dave Gettman on November 6, 2010 at 2:26pm
I caught one and had it in my wall locker for almost a week.

Took it "camping" out by the airfield one weekend and it froze to death in the commercial beehive we had it in. Had a big bonfire and cremated it the next night.

Remember that, Marty Banning?
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on November 6, 2010 at 2:07pm
Bob Goode,one of my roommates got bored guarding the track park one night,started chasing one of those jackrabbits-ended up twisting the crap out of his ankle when he stepped into one of their holes!
We also used to get rabbit in the mess hall,we always wondered if it came from the track park or not!
Comment by Dave Gettman on November 6, 2010 at 11:24am
Yeah Andrew, seems like things never changed except the people and the equipment.
Comment by Andrew T. Hirsch on November 6, 2010 at 11:12am
Ther was two lonley places to walk guard 1953. That was the air strip and the ammo dump. I was never chalenged buy eny body. The onley time I saw enyone when my relife came. We watched the jack rabbits, they were like alarge dog. Then there was this gal would show up.in the middle of the nite.
Comment by James F. Burgos on November 6, 2010 at 10:28am
Holy cow ! I thought that I was the only one ever to hassle on Officer at the ammo dump. One morning, near the end of the guard shift, a 1st Lt. and 3 Troopers drove up. They just started walking toward the gate. I knew the Lt. but I challenged them. I directed my fellow guard to stay to the right end of the fence and cover them. We both locked and loaded. As in Jeff's incident, the Lt. didn't respond with the password so I ordered the Lt. to place his I.D. on the ground and back up 10 paces. We knew each other by sight, but ORDERS ARE ORDERS. He couldn't do anything about it. The Troopers just hid their grins.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on November 5, 2010 at 8:18pm
A tanker from Fox,I believe,shot himself through the hand with a .45,tryinf to show how you couldn't fire the pistol,if you had your hand jammed against the slide.Had a brand-new butter-Bar climb the fence,got 1/2 way down the inside when he was caught.the Guard wouldn't let him get off the fence,even locked and loaded on him. He threatened the Guard with all kinds of trouble,in the end the Lt. was the one up the creek.

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Colonels of the Regiment

8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



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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