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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.

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Oldtimers at Fiddler's Green 8 Replies

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Comment by Michael Asahina on September 29, 2010 at 12:33pm
Right on Dave. It was Sam. I was hoping he would live long enough for me to meet him at a Reunion. Do you know if he had kids, I only ask that because I wonder what drove him to learn how to use a computer. The senior seniors I see that are very active with computers have grandkids.
Comment by Dave Gettman on September 29, 2010 at 12:28pm
Yup, all 5'0" of him. My first birthday in Bayreuth.

Comment by Michael Asahina on September 29, 2010 at 12:25pm
Dave,
Is that your dad, CWO Henry Gettman, HH Co., 1st Bat., 2ACR, Bindlach 1954 in the Troop Photo?
Comment by Dave Gettman on September 29, 2010 at 12:25pm
It was Sam. Here's his story on our history site http://history.dragoons.org/2008/05/13/old-2nd-cav-troopers-remembr...
Comment by James F. Burgos on September 29, 2010 at 12:13pm
Yep, our Fathers, the Greatest Generation, will soon only be memories. Sometimes I picture my Dad, flying in his B-17 over the skies of Germany and France. Odd, though. All through my childhood, I never met a kinder or more gentle Man. Bombs Away, Pop.
Comment by Michael Asahina on September 29, 2010 at 12:03pm
Is Sam the fellow who commented on the picture of the last formation of the horse regiment before they turned in the horses for tanks. He said he wasn't in the picture because he was on patrol.
Could be Sam, but I don't think so.
Comment by Dave Gettman on September 29, 2010 at 11:45am
Michael,
I think you may be talking about Sam Boese. He was in the 2d Cav when it was horse Cav on the Mexican border, then ended up in the 9th Armored Div when the horse Cav was abolished and all the 2d Cav horse troopers went to form the 2d Armored Regiment, 9th Armored Div.

Sam is waiting for us at Fiddler's Green.
Comment by Michael Asahina on September 29, 2010 at 10:39am
The time before computers. These days public libraries, community colleges give classes to senior citizens. Steve-O has the best taking charge of the situation in how he found Dragoon Base.
Comment by John G Boyd on September 29, 2010 at 10:37am
We need the input of all of our seniors, particularly as it may prevent us from making, at least the most heinous, mistakes of the past. I believe that cav members, both former and present are good examples of what it means to be an American, and even given all of our differences, when it was time for duty we all did our job. Many did their job with particular heroism under very adverse conditions and many did their job with distinction just because it is their job.
Tojours Pret
DAMN I am Proud to be Cav, and I respect all my fellow Troopers.
Comment by Michael Asahina on September 29, 2010 at 10:28am
Did the Battle of the Bulge NCO veteran, who had to abandon their armored car when they ran out of rations make it to this version of Dragoon Base. I think he made a display box of his medals, broke his hip before one of the reunions.

They torched the armored car before abandoning, and wandered the countryside, finding shelter and food with the Germans before being captured. Spent the rest of the war in a POW camp.

Sure would be great to hear from that era of seniors what they think where our country is going. Their perspective on life should be a great input to what we are doing with our country, God knows we need it.
 

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