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Troop Ships 45 Replies

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

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 Dave Gettman on December 4, 2010 at 10:09pm
Thanks Shannon. Should be a good show.

"Dyna-mo Hum, Dyna-mo Hum, wheres this dynamo comin' from? I done spent three hours and I ain't gotta..........
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on December 4, 2010 at 7:35pm
Zappa,Zepplin, Tull,Manfred Mann,Styx,Floyd. .
Comment by Shannon Ryan on December 4, 2010 at 6:35pm
Dave I just saw Robin Trower last year in a little dive bar in Sacramento He sounded great just like he did on his records. I never saw him when we were younger it was my first time and I was not disappointed.Saw some great shows in Germany. Ted Nugent, Judas Priest,E.L.O.,Boston,The Scorpions singing all there songs in German Those are the one's that I can remember right now.By the time I got to Amberg in 78 the short timer song that was the most popular was Free bird by Lynyrd Skynyard I used to play records at the Fontaine when I was not at the border or out in the field and the last song of the night was always free bird the place always went nuts it meant going home. Everybody was pretty wasted by closing time, great times had by most.And Steve-O and John after I made E-5 Seemed like I was always Sgt. of the guard or on CQ. or in charge of some detail but I always figured it was better to be in charge of the detail than to be on the detail.And James In 1978 I think we were getting about 1.78 marks to the dollar not to good but there were other ways to get marks.......
Comment by Dave Gettman on December 4, 2010 at 12:25pm
Hey James, kinda sounds like my dad a little, but he never got busted. Just went up and down in rank a lot.

Dad was in the National Guard from 1930-38. PFC was an NCO back then, and I have numerous documents showing him being promoted to PFC, CPL, and SGT over and over again during each enlistment, even making it to 1SG once.

He got drafted a PVT in Sept 1942 and by Dec 1944 at the Bulge was SSG. In March 1945 he got a battlefield commission to 2LT, and by the time he came home in 1947 was 1LT.

Dad got booted out in 1948 during a reduction in forces, but turned right around and enlisted as a MSG. Went to Korea in 1950 and got WOJG after coming back in 1951. Made CWO2 with the 2d Cav in 1953, but mom made him retire in 1957. He turned around and enlisted again as MSG, retiring SGM in 1971. They retired him as a 1LT and it really pissed him off. I got it officially changed to SGM 30 years later!
Comment by James F. Burgos on December 4, 2010 at 10:58am
Has anyone gone to U tube to look up " Lili Marlene " ?? Check out the 1938 version. It shows some photos of Wermacht armor and gefallen soldaten. " Very Interesting " as the old movies would say.
Comment by James F. Burgos on December 4, 2010 at 10:48am
There was this OLD guy in HQ Trp. whose name was Ish. He would make Spec. 4, get busted to PFC, up to Spec. 4, get busted again. I was told by others that he had been an Officer in WW II and stayed in. Force Reduction demoted him to Enlisted ranks. He finally retired from the Army in Fall of '68. He chose to have a taxi take him to the Bahnhof and so most of HQ Trp. gathered on the street to see him off. Sure enough, he walked out of the gate dressed in a CAPTAINS Uniform. We had a saying " let's do it for Ish " and we sure did. Must have been 100 Troopers who were able to see him leave.
Comment by Richard L. Shaw sr. on December 4, 2010 at 4:22am
I do resemble those remarks been a long and fruitful life ,have had a lot of fun in the last 40 yrs ,it is nice to find you guys again'
Comment by Chuck Cantwell on December 4, 2010 at 3:07am
Well, the Hqs Troop Commander wanted to throw me out of the Army..luckily the Regt CO liked me and wanted to send me to OCS...I made it to E-5 and left the Regt a PFC so you'd do for me. The Col. and Sgt/Maj had combat experience and told the Capt at a meeting in his office.that if you really get in a fight it's better to have Hell raisers like me and some others that were troublesome in garrison. His words were "You're going to want these guys around if we have to fight someone." .I really liked that guy..
Comment by Dennis Wayne Williams on December 3, 2010 at 11:41pm
The song was it never rains in southern california Albert Hammond in 1973
Comment by Thomas Blaszkiewicz on December 3, 2010 at 10:06pm
On my page there is a picture of me walking out of one of the HQ Troop doors.And another of my and my buddies at the Amberg bahnhof,waiting to get on the train to go to Frankfurt and get your ticket for the plane ride back to the world,and getting out of the Army at Fort Dix.

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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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