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

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Comment by John G Boyd on December 1, 2010 at 12:53pm
When I was in, e-5's, if they did anything, they pulled cq, they always had a "runner" some sp4 or e-3,2,1-or whoever they could get to do it.
Whenever a buddy of mine had cq, I just assumed we would do it together, then go downtown the next day since we had it off.
Usually e-5's were noted for walking around with a clipboard if you could find them at all.
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 1, 2010 at 11:52am
Never made it past E-3, but I got that several times.

Comment by James F. Burgos on December 1, 2010 at 11:25am
Yeah Dave, that was the Army. They go out of their way to mess with you and act surprised that you aren't licking their boots. I assume that you were an E-5 when pulling CQ. Since when do E-5s pull a crappy detail like that ?
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 1, 2010 at 11:18am
I not only handed one to the RCO, I handed copies to the RCSM, the RXO, and my Troop CO. Took all night typing them while on CQ, and when they came in the office I was sitting with my feet up on the desk, covered in soot from cleaning the stoves the day before. I seriously thought the RCO was going to pop a blood vessel!

My ETS date had long come and gone and I was making up several days for a couple AWOL's before I came to the Cav. I figured I had done enough and it was time to go home. The RCO agreed and I had orders and a ride to the airport the next day.
Comment by James F. Burgos on December 1, 2010 at 11:11am
I think that the best film Peter Sellers ever made ( not counting the Pink Panther ) was " Doctor Strangelove " . " Mein Fuhrer ! I can WALK ! " will stay with me to the Grave. George C. Scott was his usual excellent self.
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 1, 2010 at 11:06am
Sorry guys, I've already officially passed on the nomination and suggested a few replacements. There are just too many good soldiers in our history not to recognize a few of them in the limited time and space we have.

I do appreciate your support and am humbled by your responses.
Comment by Michael Asahina on December 1, 2010 at 10:46am
Dave for Cold War Era! Second. Motion closed.
Peter Sellers played three parts in The Mouse that Roared, and what I remember is they won.
One movie I can watch over and over. Alan Arkin, Brian Keith, Eva Marie Saint, Carl Reiner, Jonathan Winters, "The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming" -- Mr. Magoo.

Love the title of a movie that came later, "Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?
Comment by James F. Burgos on December 1, 2010 at 10:18am
Remember Henry Kissinger ? Nixon's Nazi ? Doctor Strangelove ? Guess what , Cold Warriors ? He's BACK ! Saw a photo of him sitting with " President " Obama. Remember Vietnam and the Thieu Regime ?
Comment by James F. Burgos on December 1, 2010 at 10:12am
Dave, you handed a resignation to the Regimental CO ??!!!!! That is SO effin COOL ! That, and your time on the Border, and your other exploits certifies you as NUTS and definitely put you in the running ! You are, by all means, a Cavalry Trooper par excellence !!! I nominate DAVE. Will anyone second the motion ??
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 1, 2010 at 1:35am
I think they would be better off with somebody that could hold onto a stripe now and then and didn't leave the Cavalry/Army by handing a resignation to the Regimental Commander during a command inspection. Pissed him off so bad I was on a plane heading home the next day.

Hell, I wish I had ten bucks for every time I almost ended up in Mannheim or Leavenworth!!

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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.


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