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

Started by Dave Gettman. Last reply by Dave Gettman Mar 1, 2017.

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 September 26, 2017 at 10:30pm

Always loved The Band especially this song. Well done Dave..

Comment by harold goldstein on September 26, 2017 at 5:25pm

In 1960 after his discharge My buddy Sam Alves came to brooklyn to visit me.  I got him a blind date for the night and we went to German town in Manhattan.  "The Lorelei Club".  They had an umpah band and it was fun.  He went home to Versilles Kentucky and I guess he didn't tell his wife he was coming home.  I heard he committed suicide about a month later.  Does any one recognize him? He was with the 3rd before the 2nd Gyroed over

Comment by harold goldstein on September 26, 2017 at 5:04pm

And I  don't know what crests are on my collar

Comment by harold goldstein on September 26, 2017 at 5:03pm

I don't remember Dave, my computer won't enlarge that crest where I can see it.

On my shoulder above the 7th Army Patch.

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 26, 2017 at 4:07pm

Yes, absolutely Harold, you would be wearing the "Toujours Pret" insignia. Did you wear Armor branch insignia (crossed sabers with a tank) or another branch?

Comment by harold goldstein on September 26, 2017 at 12:39pm

Dave,  Do I have the 2nd AC Crest on my shoulder?

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 25, 2017 at 7:35pm

Frank, nice pictures. I see you are starting your winter migration. Gonna have to paint some feathers on your trailer to look like a Palm Warbler, but your going to have to extent your range to upper Manitoba and Ontario.

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Comment by Dave Gettman on September 25, 2017 at 7:21pm

Yes, eventually waking up is always a good thing no matter how bad of shape you are in at the time.

Comment by Ronny O. Littlejohn on September 25, 2017 at 6:24pm
That troop carrier was the sorriest vehicle that I had anything to do with in my time in the U.S. Army. We had a 4.2 mortar mounted in one. It had two V-8 continental engines, one on each side. When we went out the main gate at Bindlach a mechanic went with us. Some time we didn't get a mile out of the gate before they broke down.

On the right side we had about fifty 4.2 mortar rounds mounted in a rack stacked on their ends. Just behind that spec. four dismounting.

We didn't have heaters in my time, and many a time we would remove those panels that covered the engines for the heat they gave off. Might have been dumb but I use to sleep on those mortar rounds with the panel off . Max distance from engine maybe a foot. It is a wonder any of us ever survived the things we did. I hated that track, sure was happy when we got new ones.

P.S. That's the piece of crap that I floated across a river crossing, believe that was the only time I was ever really concerned with any of the training we did in the 2nd A/C.
Comment by Dave Gettman on September 25, 2017 at 3:59pm

Ronny, I thought that movie was so cool when I was a kid. 3ACR and 2ACR traded places from 1955-58. 2ACR went to Ft. Meade and 3ACR went to the border.

This is a 2ACR APC at Ft. Meade 1957. Note that it has 2d Army instead of 7th Army on the left side numbers.

 

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