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Comment by John G Boyd on December 2, 2010 at 11:23am
We had to pull guard duty for every Reforger Operation on all roads leading into Czech. -- hated those days, usually froze our asses off in three hour shifts. Couldn't sleep right, eat right or anything else right. I was on a couple of op's that had to turn a Reforger vehicle back. Alot of those troops, it seemed were green. I guess the vets were all smart enough to get out of going on Reforger, but mostly none of the reforger vehicles ever seemed to know for sure when and if they were on the right or wrong road to wherever.
We had to halt all vehicles on the roads leading into the border so as not to cause an international incident. The rads hated those Reforger operations, there were constant g.i. roadblocks, lotsa manuever damage from track vehicles and many, many, American soldiers whose job it seemed was to try and drink as much german beer as possible.
But in retrospect even those days seemed fun, at least we could all bitch alot - which many of us indeed thought was our job.
Comment by John G Boyd on December 2, 2010 at 11:08am
They shot that gun off at reveille - at least monthly command revielle once a month when I was there. No broken glass or shaken troopers, though. Although it startled me the FIRST time it twent off.
Once a bunch of toilet paper and flowers came shootin outta the damn thing. Word was some heads from HQ Troop got feeling all Peacy one night and thought showering the parade field with flowers and toilet paper confetti would be cool.
It was.
Comment by John G Boyd on December 2, 2010 at 11:04am
Thomas
I think he was from Nantucket, RI -- I remember thinking way back then that there was a rock album, i dunno by whom, called Nantucket Sleighride. Bob Lavoie would say occassionally - Rhode Island is cool?! I dunno, I think that no one else was from RI made him feel slightly alone somehow. But he was a good friend and I will always remember him and how crazy he could be at times.
Comment by James F. Burgos on December 2, 2010 at 10:02am
....... Then there was the time that Col. Osborn wanted Hawk Battery to shoot down an Air National Guard C-130 during " Reforger " in the Spring of '69. It was orbiting the Post, was being " painted " by Soviet Radar, and the Colonel was having kittens ! It seems that the NG's were lost, and they almost WERE LOST ! Damn, those were FUN DAYS !
Comment by James F. Burgos on December 2, 2010 at 9:47am
Cavalry History. I nominate LTC Robert C. Osborn for blowing the windows out of the HQ Trp. and I Trp. buildings, more than ONCE. You all remember " Mighty Mike " ? The small scout tank up on concrete stands between L Trp. and K Trp. ? Well, when Col. Osborn was new, he had this great idea. He located 37mm blanks and one morning, had guys from M Co. fire one off at Reville. No warnings. Ever see the entire Squadron at Reville formation jump 6 inches off of the ground ? Glass from HQ Trp. and I Trp. blew in, we lost about a dozen window panes. Next Morning ? Did the same thing! The Rads complained to Regiment and " higher authority " put an end to that.
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.
 

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