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Comment by Dave Gettman on November 24, 2010 at 2:07pm
Hey Steve,
Have to admit that is about the most screwed up situation I've heard yet. Those SOB's must have laughed until they pissed themselves.
Comment by Dave Gettman on November 24, 2010 at 2:04pm
Hey Harry,
It's not the spots I'm worried about but the two different colored eyes and lack of thumbs.
Comment by Harry Warner on November 24, 2010 at 1:31pm
I saw the picture you posted on the Thanksgiving discussion. You should do something about your spots. You could be contageous.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on November 24, 2010 at 12:57pm
Early AM Feb. 1980. All our weapons and ammo had been loaded up and was on it's way to Graf, when the East Germans and Russians decided to play games with us. they entered the buffer Zone with 900 Tanks and Armored Vehicles. We were just about to move out to Railhead when this happened. Higher was trying to figure out how to re-route the trucks to meet us at our GDP positions,when they pulled back.We were all thinking,"Goin' to War with no guns or Ammo,'bout as FUBAR as it can get!"
Comment by James F. Burgos on November 24, 2010 at 11:13am
John, nearly the same thing happened to us. When the Soviet Armor rolled up to the " wire " our Sqdn. CO ( LTC Robert C. Osborn ) was on leave in London. That left our Sqdn. XO, Major XXXX in charge, naturally. He was a redhead, had a nasty temper, and personally I think that he was " unstable " . When he arrived at the Frontier and saw the dead Czech Troopers laying there, he wanted our two Troops and elements of the 2/14 AC to CROSS OVER and protect escaping Czechs. CROSS THE WIRE WITH OUR ARMOR ! " Cooler heads " , the Troop CO's were able to talk him out of it. He almost started World War III ! When our Colonel returned, we all breathed a sigh of relief . ( and changed our underwear ) Days to remember, indeed.
Comment by John G Boyd on November 23, 2010 at 7:23pm
I have often wondered, and wanted to speak to people who were there, esp. in the 2nd Cav, when the Ruskies invaded cz.
I'll bet it probably was pucker time!
Once on O.P. on the border, we saw what appeared to be manuevers, on the other side of the border. No attempt to cross appeared to be made, but us poor little pfc's and sp4's were crapping in our you-know-whats as we watched through a starlight scope.
Our sergeant locked and loaded the .50 cal, had it not been for calmer heads diligence that night, old sergeant scroggins might have caused an International Incident that night.
Believe you - me, the radio traffic was a'cracklin between the border and base camp that night.
Comment by James F. Burgos on November 19, 2010 at 10:57am
P.S..... When the Soviet Armor rolled up to the wire, they were NOT in train formation. They were buttoned up and deployed for battle. Again, Pucker Factor was HIGH !
Comment by James F. Burgos on November 19, 2010 at 10:50am
John, when the Soviets invaded CZ, there was a U.S. Congresswoman, Shirley Temple Black ( yes, Shirley Temple ) on business in Prague. When the Soviet Tanks rolled into the City, she and her staff did a hasty retreat toward West Germany. She said that is was a harrowing drive, being stopped many times by Soviet Troops. When she finally reached the Frontier, she was immediately guarded by......... the Second Cav. ! In Prague itself, the Soviet Soldiers were pelted by rocks and bottles by the Czech people. The Soviets couldn't understand the hostility of the people, they assumed that they were in West Germany !! They had been told that they deployed to RESCUE Czechoslovakia from NATO Forces ! I sure wish that I had saved all those issues of the Stars and Stripes.
Comment by Chuck Cantwell on November 19, 2010 at 2:01am
hi ,John.
I was at the SS Kasserne, Merrill Barracks, Hq Troop, 2nd AC
I was at Pond Barracks, Hqs Troop, 3rd Squadron, for a short time, about 4 mos. in '63. I'm happy to hear you picked a good place to be born.. I would try to wrangle my activities as to wind up over there around lunch time...better food and plates, I had many a meal at that hospital. Pretty weird going to the hospital for the food, let's you know how bad it was at the consolidated mess at Merrill...Happy Trails.
Comment by John G Boyd on November 18, 2010 at 1:23pm
Hey Chuck,
Were you Stationed in Nurenburg?
I served at Pond Barracks in Amberg, but I was born in the army hospital in fuerth.
I do not recall that day, but if my accident of birth occurred twenty feet or so either way off from where it did - my life certainly would not be as merry as it was and is.
Small World.

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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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