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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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Comment by Dave Gettman on November 2, 2010 at 1:14pm
Hi Wayne,
I don't have a clue who is in that photo. As for the Constabulary reunion, highly unlikely. I haven't even been to any of the Post luncheons. If I make it to a reunion, it will be 2d Cavalry next. Only reunions I have ever been to were the 2003 and 2005 reunions of my dad's WW II Cav outfit, 99th Cav Recon Troop. There were only five guys at the 2003 reunion, and three guys at the 2005, which was the final reunion. They all had good memories of my dad.
Comment by Andrew T. Hirsch on November 2, 2010 at 12:54pm
Thanks again. I posted both in favorites.
Comment by Wayne Dixon on November 2, 2010 at 12:31pm
Dave, one more question, do you think you might make the National reunion for the Constabulary in 2011 at San Antonio. I'll be making it bar no emergencies.
Comment by Wayne Dixon on November 2, 2010 at 12:27pm
Dave let me check with you, the photo showing all the different uniforms over the years. I talked with ned he does not know who might have the names of the ones who posed for that photo, The M/sgt in front, I am almost sure I served with him.
Comment by Dave Gettman on November 2, 2010 at 10:51am
Comment by Dave Gettman on November 2, 2010 at 10:50am
The 1955 booklet is there also. I think Patrick Biddy might have the 1954 book. Wilfred Collins has it too. Fred was in the Regiment back then.
Comment by Andrew T. Hirsch on November 2, 2010 at 10:30am
thanks for the 1951 booklet of 119 aneversery. I enjoy looking at it,.
Ther is nothing in it the years I was in the Second Cave, but I will keep on looking. Thanks again.
Comment by John G Boyd on November 2, 2010 at 10:27am
I think the Soviet military liason were replaced by "Corps Diplomat" civilians (spooks) and wore CD armbands and CD oval badges on their automoobiles. They were generally considered "diplomatic" staff and could be escorted, key word escorted, almost amywhere they wanted. Usually command staff designated their wifes as cd staff and provided the escorts and usually kept things at a jovial, diplomatic tone and reserved serious discussions for Command Staff Officers only.
Comment by James F. Burgos on November 2, 2010 at 9:57am
I want to ask you " older ' troopers what the Soviets were doing just after the War. In my days ( 68 & 69 ) we had to keep an eye out for the SMLM ( Soviet Military Laison Mission ) and report there presence whenever we saw them. What about then ? Was there any " National Service " during the Constabulary days ? We used to sneak out of Graf and go back to Amberg in the back of trucks to spend the night with our wives. ( a Hard D--k run ) Then, National Service were the gate guards, in GI uniform and Thompsons, and many were Poles !
Comment by Dave Gettman on November 2, 2010 at 9:07am
Hoping I can lure you to this group by moving our conversation over here.

I picked up a copy of the 1951 booklet and the 119th anniversary booklet from 1955 on Ebay, and donated them to the 2d Cavalry museum. I scanned all the pages first, and you can see them here in the 2d Cavalry Association Gallery http://history.dragoons.org/modules/gallery/albums.php?set_albumLis...

The Constabulary and Cold War albums are on page 3. You will find the booklets in the Cold War album or click next to it where it says "sub-albums" and pick the booklet you want to view from the list that pops up. You can click on each small photo and it will get bigger. Once the enlarge, most can be clicked on again to make them large enough to read the pages easily or view the photos and maps in great detail.

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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.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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