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Comment by Dave Gettman on November 24, 2010 at 10:01pm
Swapping heaters? Hmmmm.......reminds me of a story.......

Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on November 24, 2010 at 9:42pm
Oh, I forgot to add a couple of M-60 heaters. You could hook them up to a 113 system, and stay toasty on the Coldest Graf Days, with the Hatches open. You had to crawl in upside down,feet out the Driver's Hatch with a 3/8 ratchet. The thing is you had to get the Wrench from AAFEES. They Were a Special order from the Motor Pool.
Comment by Mike Kultgen on November 24, 2010 at 9:10pm
I hear you Dave. I had a dozen 20mm rounds in the bottom of my wall locker for what seemed the longest time. Then one morning we were the subjects of a "shakedown inspection" looking for contraband items. I thought oh-oh. By that time I was an acting sgt. We were allowed to do our normal morning activities but no one could leave the building, MP's were at each entrance. So I put the ammo in the bottom of my wastebasket and calmly went downstairs. The MP at the door asked me what I was doing and I said, oh just emptying the trash, and he said OK. So out I went and it went into the dumpster. I anly hope it didn't go into a compacter after pickup. Mike
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on November 24, 2010 at 7:57pm
When I went to the Track Wash then,there was part of the 3/33 Armor there. Some of their Mortar Tracks(106's) were beside us and had ammo boxes of .50 cal and 5.56 sitting out unattended-so I secured some. Also, if one of your 577's from 1ST Squadron ended up with no Tow-Cable,a couple CVC's short along with Water and Oil Cans- SORRY!
Comment by Bruce Lantz on November 24, 2010 at 7:08pm
That was the nite Russkie moved into Czechoslovikia
Comment by Bruce Lantz on November 24, 2010 at 7:07pm
I was the 1st Sqdn SDO that nite. Really an interesting time. My job in the Sqdn was Sqdn Maint Officer. Within 24 hours. the deadline report was down to one vehicle of each type. The Troops had everything running. Of course we were putting the dead ones back together for months.
Comment by Dave Gettman on November 24, 2010 at 5:01pm
I had a belt of ammo for the coax in my Sheridan. Kept it under my wall locker, and it is still there as far as I know.

One day on the range at Graf, my tank was detailed with firing all the unused MG ammo. I wrapped a belt around my waist under my field jacket and took it back to Bindlach. No idea what I thought I was going to do with it.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on November 24, 2010 at 4:48pm
I had only been in Germany for a little more than a month when that happened. I took it upon myself to NEVER not have ammo again. It's surprising how much you could pick up at the Track washes in Graf. The only problem was keeping it hidden,but since we were always gone either with the Troop we supported, the Scouts,Mortars or HOW Battery or the Border I found ways.
Comment by John G Boyd on November 24, 2010 at 3:06pm
I guess it happenned more than once, here we were either at the border, graf or hohenfels, no ammo, not even small arms. Then on the border, the soviets - or the east germans decide to put on a parade of armor on their side of the border.
And here we were. Potentially having to get to the border or wherever at a moments notice - and no ammo.
Soviets on the border - and no ammo in your track is totally fubar. And that sort of fubar can only happen in the Army.
Its like a cop pulls you over, then says, stay here, be right back. I'm outta tickets, gotta go to the cop shop and get more ...
Comment by John G Boyd on November 24, 2010 at 2:59pm
It is funny how the personalities of our senior CO's and XO's sort of "color" our memories of the time we spent in the cav, border patrol and all of that.
When I arrived in Amberg all was abuzz about an XO who had to get out of the army due to not making rank! Seems this ol' boy was an old windbag and very, very pretentious and all into the "rank has privelages and completely stuck on himself as a Major. He was the XO and apparently he made everyone who he came in contact with lifes miserable.
According to the staff at tht "O Club" he was all over loud and demanding and everything had to be right now! Since we had some civilian waitstaff who worked for almost nothing, tips were very important to them and they all tried their best to please the old windbag and never succeeded. Apparently he believed tipping was either illegal, or he was too far above in his station to be required to leave a gratuitity to people who served him.
Anyway everybody was glad he was gone and truly felt the irony of his being "kicked out."
I guess I feel lucky, our Commander LTC Robert Reed or our XO Maj. Blake were never loud, never demanding and always gracious (at leas while in the club).
I heard Col Reed jump into a O-1's sh** for not being in proper field uniform during an "alert." Believe me, he was not quiet, he yelled at that lt like I never seen nobody get yelled at in the Army before or since.
Man, I thought he was gonna courts martial this guy, and he just got there and probably did not even get his TA-50 yet.
But at the club - when I saw them together, everything seemed to be okay. But Col Reed could be really tough when he felt it was needed, but I never saw him over react, or be unfair. He could chew on somebody - then two sentences later make a joke about it.
I guess he never took himself too serioiusly but he never let anyone take advantage of it either.

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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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