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

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

Troop Ships 43 Replies

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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 Jesse Kelley on December 16, 2009 at 4:55pm
This seem to be the most active group, and you can hear a lot of kool history here. Also it really surprises me that there are so many seniors that are into computers and know what they are doing.
Even though I am only 56, I am proud to be part of this group.
Comment by Wayne Dixon on December 16, 2009 at 4:49pm
J.W, that is were some of my information on the 36 th FA Grp and the 517th FA Bn is located at. The have just about all you need to get.
Comment by J.W. CUNINGHAM JR. on December 16, 2009 at 2:38pm
If you want History about the Border uints? Go to SEARCH box and type in USAREUR and go down to 'USAREUR Units & Kacernes 1945 - 1985 and this should ansewr a lot of the questions and answers going back and forth. Happy Holiday's
Comment by Wayne Dixon on December 16, 2009 at 2:20pm
Seve, I was with the Constabulary from 49-51, 1st in Sonthofen where the Constabulary school had been located and then to Wetzlar with the 517th FA, 1951 back down th Sonthofen to Group Headquarters. Where was your dad?
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 16, 2009 at 11:42am
I can't remember if that was REFORGER or another fun camping trip. Been awhile, but here are the pic's.......C-15 explosion.
Comment by James F. Burgos on December 16, 2009 at 10:56am
Dave, was that the time that you flew over the fence ? If so, can you post those pictures again ?
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 16, 2009 at 10:46am
Yeah, REFORGER was supposed to get all the NATO units on the same page in case the Russians attacked. At times I don't think anyone was even in the same library!

We lost a tracked vehicle in a huge explosion and had casualties, but couldn't get a med-evac chopper because they thought we were simulating the accident and they kept simulating a response.
Comment by James F. Burgos on December 16, 2009 at 10:19am
Back in the early 60's did the Reserve Units come over once a year and generally foul things up ?? Back in '68 and '69 they were a real pain in the Butt. The operations were called " reforger " and if the Russian Laison people were watching it must have looked like the Three Stooges to them. One group left Nurenburg heading south, completely missed Munich, and was found by the BGS almost 2 WEEKS later. LOST. 3rd Sqdn. Hawk Battery was almost ordered to shoot down a Air Nat'l. Guard C 130 which was orbiting our Kasern in Restricted Air Space. LOT'S O FUN ! Our Sqdn. CO, LTC. Robert C. Osborn, was having a fit ! I was standing near him when he issued the order. Luckily, Commo was able to contact the pilot and warn him away, just in time.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on December 16, 2009 at 2:41am
The "Black Horse" was from the Fulda Gap North. The 2ND CAV was South, including the Ghost/Phantom Autobahn. Dad was there when it was still a Constabulary.
Comment by Bruce Lantz on December 15, 2009 at 7:41pm
Like I said, I don't remember three Regiments on the border then

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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.


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