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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

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Comment by Dave Gettman on May 25, 2010 at 3:37pm
No problem Wayne. I learned to speak German before I learned English, and I can't even order a bier anymore!
Comment by Wayne Dixon on May 25, 2010 at 3:33pm
I had not thought about that, I am signed in as a member on Google. Thanks I'll check it out, see if they can do it for me. The brief that andreas had sent looks real good with all that I can read. long time since I had left Germany, 43 years, what little I new of German has passed by the way side...
Comment by Dave Gettman on May 25, 2010 at 2:20pm
Try Google translate at http://translate.google.com
Comment by Wayne Dixon on May 25, 2010 at 2:06pm
Any one here that can translate German to English? I just received a a 8 page PDF from the Gernan gentleman who was on our Dragoon web site. Mr Andreas Ringholz. It is about our military service on the Border, from the Constabulary to our tour on the border out of Camp Pitman in wieden. About the OP's we had at Waidhaus. I believe they are putting together a Remembrance of the time we had served there.
plus some of the photos of me and others who were at weiden.
Comment by Dave Gettman on May 25, 2010 at 1:22pm
Thanks Wayne. Dad's records are the same way....sometime in 1969 his records started showing his SSN, but still had his RA number also. I couldn't find anything from 1968 to see if it had SSN on it.
Comment by Wayne Dixon on May 25, 2010 at 12:50pm
Dave, the RO on your dads number was that he held a reserve commission even though he was serving as a enlisted man, glad you appealed the rank. I had a couple of friends who were riffed, who were offcers and reduced back when they started cutting back on the forces. You know I just looked at my certificate of retirement we were still using our RA #s, when I retired 1 Jan 1969. It shows it on my paper. I was regular Army from 1948 until jan 69. I do not know when they reverted to the Social Security Number. My retired ID Card has both on it, SSN on the front and my RA # on the back. I guess so that they can revert back to my old records.
Comment by Dave Gettman on May 25, 2010 at 10:40am
After 8 years in the National Guard and 29 years active Army, my dad was retired as a First Lieutenant. He considered it a major slap in the face as he was a sergeant major when he retired, but was officially retired 1LT because of a battlefield commission during WW II.

33 years later I appealed to the board of corrections and he was officially retired sergeant major, 21 years after he died.
Comment by James F. Burgos on May 25, 2010 at 9:49am
When I worked in 3rd Sqdn. Personnel we had an " old timer " in HQ Trp. named Ish. I maintained his records and saw him go from PFC to Spec. 4, back to PFC, up to Spec. 4, articles 15's , etc. He had served in WW II and was even older that our Sqdn XO and Sqdn, CO. He retired in 1968 on a European discharge and walked out of the gate dressed in a Captains Uniform. All personnel not at the wire lined the street and saluted him as he walked out.
Comment by Sigmund Fertig on May 24, 2010 at 10:36pm
Enlisted in 1957 and my RA number was differert than my SS#
Comment by Dave Gettman on May 24, 2010 at 9:12pm
On the list of numbers I posted for my dad, the first one, 39454697, is when he was drafted in September '42.

Next in order should have been O-2005698, when he got his battlefield commission to second lieutenant in March '45.

Next was RA39454697. He got that one when he got booted out in 1948 during a trimming of excess officers after the war, and rejoined as a master sergeant.

Next is RO39454697. This one I'm still trying to figure out. I've got numerous documents with this one on it between 1951 and 1962. I think it was used during periods when he was serving active duty as an NCO while holding a commission in the reserves. He was retired from the reserves as a major in 1962, yet serving active as a master sergeant.

RW2144475 he got later in 1951 when he tested for and got warrant officer. He was still a captain in the reserves. He kept this one until he got out of the Army briefly in 1957 (less than three weeks), and then joined again as a master sergeant with serial number RO39454697 (still officer in the reserves).

In 1962 when he retired from the reserves he resumed RA39454697 until about 1969 they started using the SSN. He retired from active duty in December 1971.

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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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