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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.

Oldtimers at Fiddler's Green 8 Replies

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Comment by John G Boyd on December 2, 2010 at 3:37pm
Believe it or not, it narrows it down ALOT knowing he operated a VTR. There are not many who do that particular job at a given time. If you isolate the exact period of time, someone may recall exactly who that person is. Maybe they're a member here.
all you former VTR drivers, front and center, sound off.
Comment by Donald Ray on December 2, 2010 at 2:21pm
I am I am looking to nail down the name of someone who was stationed at Bamberg Germany in the late 1950s. Here's what I know about the person in question.

Given name was either Sonny or Harry
Surname was Aldrich, Fasher, or Smith
He operated a tank retriever

I'm doing a family tree for a friend who was Sonny/Harry's distant cousin. She wanted to include him in the tree even though she'd never met him.

Yeah, I'm asking for a lot; however, I'm hoping one of you will know someone who will know someone who will know Sonny/Harry.
Comment by Thomas Blaszkiewicz on December 2, 2010 at 2:20pm
Guys,at HQ Troop,When the bowl and the bier was being passed around the tune was Season of the Witch by Donovan!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 2, 2010 at 1:54pm
Comment by James F. Burgos on December 2, 2010 at 12:55pm
" Hey Jude " by the Beatles will always remind me of the Mess Hall at Graf. over and over and over.........
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 2, 2010 at 12:40pm
If it wasn't for music I probably wouldn't have made it out of Germany with what little sanity I cling to. I figured maybe somebody over in Afghanistan is going through the same thing.

By the way, that was the TWIN PEAKS album if you ever want to find it again.
Comment by John G Boyd on December 2, 2010 at 12:14pm
Yeah, that's right Dave, Mountain! Thanks!
I even had a copy of that rag back in the day, wish I still did. I was in a record club back then. Got an album a month. Also had subs to mad magazine, Action Comics and Spiderman, Thor, Thing, Fantastic Four.
Come mailcall I was sometimes a really popular dude. I mean really popular. but us gi's were just doing what gi's do best, be bored.
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 2, 2010 at 11:55am
Nantucket Sleigh Ride - Mountain...one of my all-time favorites! I just sent that album and about 200 others to the guys and gals of 1st Squadron in Afghanistan for Operation Santa Klaus.
Comment by James F. Burgos on December 2, 2010 at 11:48am
Back in the day, One USD would get you Four DM. Sweet.
Comment by John G Boyd on December 2, 2010 at 11:41am
Yeah, they were dumb - Dumb like a fox. Maybe they were lost, but they knew what do do.
Wander from gasthaus to gasthaus drinkin' beer and tryin ta get laid. Back in them days at the favorable exchange rate they need not have been millionaires to finance a beer drinking spree from Amberg to Munich. It is not all that far.
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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.


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