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Comment by Ronny O. Littlejohn on January 26, 2018 at 3:50pm

Harry, do not let your spouse read your last post or you will be doing the dishes for a year.

Wife and I went out last night to the Oak Ridge Boys show. They sold-out the ballroom. Those guys after all these years can still put on a nice show. A lot of wheelchairs and white hair in attendance. The thing I like about them I can understand the words, in many of the acts today I can't understand the words. Guess it's just my hearing.

Look next week for the new Colonel Sanders KFC ads. Questions will be ask.

Comment by Dave Gettman on January 26, 2018 at 3:25pm

Hey Harry, I just ran across the record of a young Troop H private from Newark, New Jersey.

He and another young private from Troop H born in Hesse, Germany, drowned together on June 8, 1885 in the Spokane River here in Washington Territory.

THOMSON, Albert; enlisted: March 19, 1883, New York, New York, by Capt. Price; born: Newark, New Jersey; age: 23 yrs; occupation: laborer; blue eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion, 5’5½”; Troop H, 2d Cavalry; died June 8, 1885, Spokane River, Washington Territory, drowned; rank: private.

FISHER, George; enlisted: January 16, 1884, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieut. [Buntelle?]; born: Hesse, Germany; age: 21 yrs 3 mos; occupation; machinist; hazel eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, 5’5¾”; Troop H, 2d Cavalry; died June 8, 1885, Spokane River, Washington Territory, drowned; rank: private.

Comment by Frank L Moseley on January 26, 2018 at 3:18pm

Sig, Happy 40th Anniversary to you and Becky. Hope you have a great day and will celebrate many more in the future.

Comment by Dave Gettman on January 26, 2018 at 1:29pm

Thanks Harold. I've got all those names and from the other side too, but the trouble is there were errors on that monument and also some names left off. Real nightmare trying to get it all sorted out.

Comment by harold goldstein on January 26, 2018 at 1:22pm

I,m already started on the Memorial Day movie.  This memorial is in it.

Comment by harold goldstein on January 26, 2018 at 1:20pm

Dave, does this help?

Comment by harold goldstein on January 26, 2018 at 1:19pm

Sig,  40 yrs is wonderful, you must be like me.  "yes dear, yes, coming, what else do you need dear?

Comment by Harry Warner on January 26, 2018 at 12:23pm

Sig, she's probably just bluffing.  

Comment by Dave Gettman on January 26, 2018 at 11:55am

Good luck, Sig! I think I would probably disappear fishing somewhere.

Comment by Dave Gettman on January 26, 2018 at 11:53am

Thanks Gene. Besides all the headache from the wreck, there is a big push from the Regiment through the Association and down to me and a couple friends who are trying to gather names and info for the replacement of the Gulf War memorial in Vilseck that was destroyed.

There are also plans to erect a memorial here in the states to all 2d Dragoon/2d Cavalry war losses and I'm forehead deep into this one. I've already been collecting info from enlistment records for 11 years so I got a jump on the game. Diving headlong into this helps distract me from the wreck headache. And each time I record a casualty, I say his name and rank out loud while rendering a slow salute, then I say "Dragoon for life" and wet my lips with brandy from my 2d Cavalry porcelain flask that you got me the brandy for at the reunion.

As there is a big rush for the casualty list, I am now skipping through and recording just these instead of all the 2d Cavalry records I find. I'll get the rest in years to come. But now I am finding a lot more casualties in a very short period, so my lips are keeping wet with brandy.

 

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