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Comment by Thomas Blaszkiewicz on December 1, 2010 at 7:50pm
John,Bob Lavioe was with me for awhile in HQ Troop.Bob,Terry Foster (deceased) and myself went to Paris on a trip from the service club.I wish I could find him,I know he was from R.I.Either Cranston or Narragasset(spelling).I have been trying!!!!
Comment by John G Boyd on December 1, 2010 at 1:59pm
Well, Dave, I guess that when you quit to the Regimental Commander, you might expect that your departure may be somewhat abrupt and may not necessarily be surrounded by the pomp and ceremony of other more administratively correct rotations.
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
I believe that you are a Historical Figure in Cav History by your resignation alone.
Only thing I know of that comes close to that is when a Cav e-2 , from Massachusets, a Mr. Robert Lavoi, refused his pay to CO Hq. Troop in Amberg one fine payday.
He said, Eff you, I do not want this Sh**. and threw the money back on the table.
He was escorted to Nurenburg, I suppose to Regmnt'l. HQ - and returned a few days later not to HQ troop of Pond Barracks but to I Troop where I served with him until he rotated back to the world.
He eventually made e-4 and stayed out of trouble. Actually, he was a hippie in real life that the military made the mistake of drafting. I don't think he ever got his hands dirty and I don't even know what his MOS was. But I had ammo detail with him once and we were right behind the firing line, I think it was in Hohenfels.
And we happenned to be right behind our platoon Sgt's Track, and when Psg reloaded his .50 cal. he threw the empty ammo box rearward over his head and we nearly had to duck, and then he threw the lid of the new box, same way and we DID have to duck.
Psg Dozier was probably the Biggest and Nicest Black Dude I ever served with - but he was scary that day.
Draftee Lavoie was impressed and said "I'm stayin' outta that dudes way."
Dozier was a good guy, but he WAS our Psg. and when he had to be a harda** he could be.
I believe there are only a few people that really make CAV History, but I nominate your resignation and LaVoie's pay refusal for historical status.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on December 1, 2010 at 1:49pm
Dude! I was an E-5 and I pulled CQ,Sgt of the Guard and about any other Duty . E-5's got crapped on,it was when you made 6 that you got to spend time in the heated motor pool bay's "Checking on Parts" while you were up on the line,pulling PMCS for the 3rd time that week. Just before I left we got a new 1SG,and he was pissed that the FIST Teams always went out with the Troops. He said "He was tired of mus messing up HIS Duty Roster." That resulted in me pulling Duty the same night I got back from a 3-Day FTX, and some of my guys having guard Duty. I used to do ali the "Running" just to stay awake.
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 1, 2010 at 1:44pm
I pulled CQ from the time I was an E-1 in the MP's. No runner, just me. Highest ranking guy we had was an E-6, and we rarely saw him. Had a butter bar lieutenant poke his nose around a couple times but I have no idea who he was or what he had to do with us. Must have been our platoon leader. The rest were E-4 and down.

My last tour on the border I ended up on permanent CQ because they didn't know what else to do with me after my ETS date came and went. Traded 4 hour shifts at night/on weekends with an idiot who was getting kicked out of the Army, and cleaned kerosene stoves during the day.

By the way Colonel Molino, I never did get a border certificate. Guess my departure was a little abrupt.

Comment by John G Boyd on December 1, 2010 at 12:53pm
When I was in, e-5's, if they did anything, they pulled cq, they always had a "runner" some sp4 or e-3,2,1-or whoever they could get to do it.
Whenever a buddy of mine had cq, I just assumed we would do it together, then go downtown the next day since we had it off.
Usually e-5's were noted for walking around with a clipboard if you could find them at all.
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 1, 2010 at 11:52am
Never made it past E-3, but I got that several times.

Comment by James F. Burgos on December 1, 2010 at 11:25am
Yeah Dave, that was the Army. They go out of their way to mess with you and act surprised that you aren't licking their boots. I assume that you were an E-5 when pulling CQ. Since when do E-5s pull a crappy detail like that ?
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 1, 2010 at 11:18am
I not only handed one to the RCO, I handed copies to the RCSM, the RXO, and my Troop CO. Took all night typing them while on CQ, and when they came in the office I was sitting with my feet up on the desk, covered in soot from cleaning the stoves the day before. I seriously thought the RCO was going to pop a blood vessel!

My ETS date had long come and gone and I was making up several days for a couple AWOL's before I came to the Cav. I figured I had done enough and it was time to go home. The RCO agreed and I had orders and a ride to the airport the next day.
Comment by James F. Burgos on December 1, 2010 at 11:11am
I think that the best film Peter Sellers ever made ( not counting the Pink Panther ) was " Doctor Strangelove " . " Mein Fuhrer ! I can WALK ! " will stay with me to the Grave. George C. Scott was his usual excellent self.
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 1, 2010 at 11:06am
Sorry guys, I've already officially passed on the nomination and suggested a few replacements. There are just too many good soldiers in our history not to recognize a few of them in the limited time and space we have.

I do appreciate your support and am humbled by your responses.

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