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Comment by Warren C. Wagner on November 19, 2009 at 8:06pm
I like your ashtray Dave. Wish I'd kept some of the stuff from back then. But my house is still full of bleikristall, Hummels and other German crunk my wife and her mother brought back from multiple shopping trips to Weiden, Marktredwicz and elsewhere in FRG.
Comment by Mike Kultgen on November 19, 2009 at 7:35pm
When and why did the Black Berets get phased out? I was there when they were authorized for wear by the 2nd ACR and the 11th ACR. Mike
Comment by Dave Gettman on November 18, 2009 at 10:58am
Ranger Pete was my first troop commander at C Troop. After he retired as Commanding General of Delta Force, President Bush brought him out of retirement to be Chief of Staff of the Army. Toujours Pret!!!

Never got the boots or knife, but I got the Rod & Gun Club ashtray. Does that count for anything?

Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on November 18, 2009 at 2:17am
Berets went out about 3 months before I got to Bamberg,although we still had to drink a liter out of one to be a "Real Trooper" Khakis were also phased out, to me they were the sharpest uniform we had.That Green Crap they have now has no panache.
Comment by Bo Baker on November 18, 2009 at 2:09am
still using berets in '74-'76- no tankers jackets then, windproofed our field jackets buy starching them, really sucked after they got wet enough!
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on November 18, 2009 at 2:02am
Got my German Jump Boots, used a whole can of Mink Oil on them. Waterproofed, never had to use rubber.over shoes or those friggin' Mickey Mouse Boots. I bought 2 more pairs of soles,had them til 93, about the best $35 I spent.
Comment by Bill Barry on November 17, 2009 at 9:40pm
Frank,

It must have been during your second tour. When COL Seigle took over the Regiment (in 73 I think) he introduced the Eddie Bauer type tankers jackets to go along with all types of tankers boots. After the Cav black beret's went away I think the tankers jackets did as well. By the time I got back in 1986 no one knew anything about them.
Comment by Frank Graham on November 15, 2009 at 10:41pm
Trying to remember whether the Eddie Bauer down-filled tanker jackets were first tour or second . . .anyone?
Comment by Frank Graham on November 15, 2009 at 10:40pm
Hey Warren - welcome, Long time eh? My first tour in 2d Sqdn 66-68 it was Danner tanker boots for all - still a lot of those around in the mid-70s as well. But yeah, I had my German jump boots and buck knife too. - I was there before Pete and they werealready pretty common, so think he just picked up on something already started . . . he does get credit for the knife I guess. My son still carries the knife.
Comment by Warren C. Wagner on November 15, 2009 at 7:22pm
None other. He had just left C Troop when I signed into 1st Sqdn. Shortly after arrival I was advised that I needed to get German jump boots and make the trip to the Graf Rod&Gun club for a 3 1/2" Buck folding hunter. That was what real Cav officers carried. Still have my Buck and used it hunting this weekend.
 

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