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Comment by James F. Burgos on August 26, 2009 at 9:59am
Dave, the loss of that weapon makes the loss of my Krystal Mug seem trivial ! That piece was valuable indeed. What a waste. I hope that the thief OD's after what he did. Back in the early 70's I responded to an add in the local paper : WW I army rifle.... $50.00. I went to the sellers house and he produced a Springfield 1903 rifle. ( NOT the 03 A3 ) It had a high number Remington reciever, US Army Ordnance barrel stamped 1944, sling stamped 1917 and original oiler and chamber brush. The barrel was packed with cosmoline which I cleaned out with WD 40 and patches. I told the seller " look at all of that black crap coming out of the barrel , yeah, I'll give you $ 50 ". He threw in about 30 rounds of BLACKED TIPPED ( Armor Piercing ) 30-06 and I laughed all the way home. Sold it 3 years ago for $1,500. I never fired the piece because the bore was NEW! Some collector has it now and I am happy for him.
Comment by Dave Gettman on August 25, 2009 at 12:12pm

No guns, but I got a nice ashtray from the Rod & Gun Club.

Dad brought a Belgian FN Hi-Power (same as the Browning P-35) back from WW II when everyone else was getting P-38's. It was made during the Nazi occupation of Belgium, so all the parts were stamped with the eagle standing on the swastika. Had the holster and extra 13 round clip too. Both clips had serial numbers matching the gun, 90993a. Only one I ever saw with checkered walnut grips. All the rest had black composite handles.

When the ex and I broke up, her new boyfriend stole it and traded it for two $10 rocks of crack cocaine. Cost me over $5000 (1990-91) trying to get it back, got my Camaro trashed, and almost got shot twice. Never did see it again.
Comment by James F. Burgos on August 25, 2009 at 9:33am
Did anyone buy any firearms at the Graf. rod and gun club? I bought a brand new Walthers P-38 9mm for a total of $65.00! Brought it back home and a few years later traded it for a brand new Browning P-35 Hi Power. Even swap! Made out like a bandit. I lived " on the economy " and kept the Walthers in my apartment. Anyone else?
Comment by Jim Ward on August 25, 2009 at 2:36am
I had a Ricoh 35mm and then got a Canon 35mm because I was mistaken that the Canon was a better camera. 99% of my pics posted were taken with the Ricoh. I had a small Sony bookshelf system, but when I changed rooms, my crewmate had a Kenwood tower that we couldn't turn above 2 without the CQ banging on our door. He also had a 25" tv and vcr, so we had tapes sent from home of tv shows, movies, all kinds. Did I mention he was broke alot? Ah to have the money we spent on silly stuff.
Comment by James F. Burgos on August 24, 2009 at 8:43am
I didn't spend a lot on electronics because my wife was Preggers but we had a Phillips Console in the Apartment. It was a beautiful piece of furniture and had great sound. Had it sent back when I rotated back to the world and then the VACUUM TUBES went out! L.A. was full of German electronic outlets at that time but the tubes were no longer available!
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on August 23, 2009 at 4:54pm
The BOSE! We were in a room "prepping"for a Friday night out and the guy ( I think his name was Deeth) had the 901/501 setup. When the copters came on wee all thought it was Dueller coming in on the Parade Field!
Comment by Dave Gettman on August 23, 2009 at 3:02pm
Marty Banning had a Kenwood Jumbo amp that looked like a 1960's NASA control panel. It was huge, and boy could it put out the power!! Had it hooked up to an Akai reel-to-reel, TEAC dual cassette player, Garrard turntable, a set of Bose 901's in the front, and 501's in the back. The 4-channel headphones were the best I ever heard. Pink Floyd's helicopters had you running for cover!!

I had one of those free 8-track players you got from Columbia Tapes and Records when you joined. MP's got it and all my tapes, along with everything else I owned at the time except the clothes on my back and some photo albums a buddy grabbed for me....long story.

Last 35mm camera in Germany was a Ricoh. Sgt. Parmenter borrowed it and my suede leather jacket one day at Camp Pitman to go on a three day pass to take his last pictures in Germany. Never saw him, my camera or my jacket again.
Comment by Jesse Kelley on August 23, 2009 at 12:35pm
Let see, I bought Minolta SRT101 camera, Marantz reciever, Sansui speakers, although Bose were the rave at the time. Akai reel to reel, but dont remember sending any of it home, except the camera.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on August 23, 2009 at 12:21pm
My section chief,Ernie Smith, lived off post and had about the biggest system I can recall-Pre Amp,Amp 16 Channel Equalizer,Reverb,Dual Cassette, 2 turntables,Reel to Reel and 4Big -Assed Sansui Speakers!
Bob Wisdom had these 2 HUGE Klipsch Concert Hall speakers in the Barracks-they were about the size of a chest of drawers!
Comment by James F. Burgos on August 23, 2009 at 10:43am
OK guys, 'fess up. How many of us bought Cannon Cameras and Yamaha Stereo sets at the PX? How many were shipped directly home and how many were used on Post?

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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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