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Comment by Dave Gettman on November 4, 2010 at 10:35am
I stepped into Czech by mistake to take a piss on patrol once. My jeep driver set me up!
Comment by James F. Burgos on November 4, 2010 at 10:24am
STEVE-O, those were the days! With the post war agreement in place, I wonder how many of OUR guys went into East Germany ? Well, you remember the Soviets : what is OUR is OURS, what is YOURS is negotiable ! Saw in the news the other day, RUSSIA has laid permanent claim to some Japanese Islands they occupied in the last days of WW II.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on November 3, 2010 at 11:57am
these guys tailed us through 2 towns,when we cut back and changed directions,they were behind us. We went off-road and came back and he popped up again.We went into the woods again,this time just sending 1 Jeep out,when he started to follow,we came in behind him in the second Jeep. We stopped him between us,mad them get out and get on the ground. It was a Soviet Major(probably GRU-he spoke perfect English) and his driver( I think he was a Sergeant). We got his ID and called back to OPS,even though it said on his papers not to detain him. They were supposed to be in a clearly marked vehicle,which they weren't, and was supposed to notify us if he has in the AO,which they didn't.
Comment by James F. Burgos on November 3, 2010 at 9:25am
Steve-o, One morning I was walking to Post and had just passed through the Dependent Housing, heading for the " movie gate ". I looked to my left and saw a strange looking Military Vehicle parked down by the Vehicle Park, just outside the wall. I started walking that way and recognized Red Army Uniforms. I " beat feet " to the side gate and informed the UP on duty. I think that was the Spring of '69.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on November 2, 2010 at 2:19pm
They had SMLM in the 80's,usually poking around the Border. Had one follow us in an unmarked Mercedes once-Trapped him between 2 Rat-Patrol Jeeps,get out and get on the ground. Had to let them go,after we called it in,but they were PISSED!
Comment by Dave Gettman on November 2, 2010 at 1:23pm
My pleasure, as always.
Comment by Dave Gettman on November 2, 2010 at 1:18pm

I wore my 2d Cavalry beret in honor of the Cavalry. Didn't have a Stetson yet.

The guy next to me was the platoon sergeant for 3d platoon. My dad was platoon sergeant/platoon leader for first platoon. The other two guys were in first platoon.
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.

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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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