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Figured it was about time I changed the song of the day. RIP LEON REDBONE.

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Troop Ships 45 Replies

Started by Rob Gould. Last reply by Arthur D. Lovelace Sep 9, 2018.

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

Started by Dave Gettman. Last reply by Shannon Ryan Sep 29, 2015.

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Comment by michael ruotolo on March 5, 2011 at 5:54pm
Wayne, I took the Rose fron Newport News to Bremerhoven. Remember to person running off the gangway and kissing the ground? That was me when I got to Germany. Man Was I sick. It went over in January of 1961. My 18 birthday was on the Rose. We stopped at Rota Spain to pick up 800 Seebees,as if the ship was not crowed enough. They gave you a chow pass that they punched so you did not eat twice. After 15 days I turned in a blank pass. And I took the damn thing back in August of 1963. The seas were a lot calmer but I still got sick. I remember we hit New York on a Friday night and the pilots did not work weekends. I really thought I was going to jump overboard and swim to Brooklyn. I could see the parachute ride and really wanted to get off that bucket. Good thing I did not join the Navy!
Comment by Wayne Dixon on March 5, 2011 at 5:25pm
Michael, No, I had not heard of this.  I very seldom got up to Cav Hqs in Nurnberg.  Went a few times on pass.  When did you go over on the Rose?, I had made a trip on the rose also.  I began to think I was in the Navy with all the trips I had made 8 times across the Atlantic, twice across the Pacific.  The return trip from Korea took us 33 days.  We brought the Division colors home from Korea to the East coast.(45th ID).  We stopped in Hawaii where they let us off the ship. we then went down and thru the Canal to Country of Columbia to let off some troops there, we went up to San Jaun  where they let us go on pass again, then up to New York.  We paraded in New york City before they released us.  With all my time at sea, I was sent later to school with the Navy in SanDiego to learn to load transport ships, I was sent to Little Creek VA for Amphbious training.  So I felt like I was in the Navy.  I was in a STRAC unit so we were trained for all events.
Comment by Shannon Ryan on March 5, 2011 at 5:20pm
I am looking for a Ruger SP101
Comment by michael ruotolo on March 5, 2011 at 4:10pm
Wayne, do you remember stories about the Waffen SS being flooded and drowned? in Merrill Barracks?The story gos that they created a pathway from the nearby lake, blew it up and gave the SS a bath. The story is that Merrill was as deep as it was high, 4 stories. I do know it was definately off limits to go to the lower levels, automatic courtmartial. I'll tell what I saw with my own two eyes. I came over on the Gen. Maurice Rose, in late January. Sick as a dog. One of the guys I crossed with was Don R. He worked in supply. One day I had to go into supply and Don said you got to see this. We went down a very narrow corridor and there we CARTOONS of the SS torturtering people. Cartoons man. There was also a chair bolted to the ground, like the chairs with the desks when you were in grade school. It had a knob on it and it was not for putting drinks on it. Really creepy. I don't understand why the U.S. Army never removed the chair or painted over the cartoons. Something you never forget.
Comment by Dave Gettman on March 5, 2011 at 3:11pm
Probably left the firing pins out and sold them to Samalia.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on March 5, 2011 at 3:05pm
A Springfield M1A (Civilian M-14) goes for over $1500 direct from the factory,synthetic stock model. You could probably get a better deal from a dealer,because they buy in bulk.I'm salivating over the M1A1 SOCOM- shorter version.The finny thing is that when I was in high School ROTC in the '70's we had a room full of them to drill with,minus firing pins. Every Thursday was Weapons Cleaning Day,and we broke them down and cleaned them. Had to be careful with the return spring-launch the guide rod clear across the room!  I wonder what they did with all of them?
Comment by Wayne Dixon on March 5, 2011 at 3:00pm
Hello Andrew, noticed you were in old G company.  I was in G Compny, when they re constructed the Cav. units, we became  I Troop, still in Amberg.  I put a second tour there from 62-64.  When I left the Squadron in 64, we still were wearing the Seven Steps to Hell patch from 7th Army.  When you left the Cav. in 55, I was going thru Jump school at Benning.  I rode those 41's in 54 I was assigned to the 81st recon at FortHood with the 1st Armored.  I'll never forget the night we stayed on on North Hood, my crew decided to sleep on the rear of the tank, I had one who said it was to hard so he went on the ground,  I had never seen anyone so scared in the morning, he woke up sleeping with a large Tranula (spelling) He never slept on the ground again.
Comment by Dave Gettman on March 5, 2011 at 1:20pm


My dad transferred out in '55 also. Went to 507th Ord Co on 10 May 1955 from HHC, 1/2ACR.

Comment by Andrew T. Hirsch on March 5, 2011 at 1:14pm

I keep reading all the comments that you guys write. Things sure changed after I transferd out of the second calv in 55.


Comment by Dave Gettman on March 5, 2011 at 12:12pm


I know somebody (a member here) who is selling off his gun collection, including a couple M14s, one of which was before mentioned $500 Springfield Armory copy.


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Colonels of the Regiment

9th Colonel of the Regiment David R. Clendenin 29 Oct 1888 – 2 Apr 1891



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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