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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 Sigmund Fertig on March 5, 2011 at 11:38pm
Mike \, I just put a picture on my page of the Rose in the English Channel, Feb 58, check it out!
Comment by Bruce Odom on March 5, 2011 at 11:29pm
I was in Nuremberg with Ruotolo and left in July 1963. The video gave me more information about the mission of the Regiment than I knew at the time. Never went to the border and didn't know we had watch towers too. I thought our guys just stayed on constant patrol driving up and down the border in scout jeeps. The M60's were being issued as I left; ours were M48A2's. And Michael I don't remember ever having a parade at Soldiers Field.
Comment by Dave Gettman on March 5, 2011 at 7:33pm
That's some funny stuff, Mike!
Comment by Dave Gettman on March 5, 2011 at 7:30pm

Wayne, you'll like this....Maurice Rose was kicked out of the Colorado National Guard in 1915 for being underage. He was hoping to go after Pancho Villa with Pershing.

He was the highest ranking Jew in the Army when he was killed, and the highest ranking US officer killed in Europe by the enemy.

Comment by Dave Gettman on March 5, 2011 at 7:20pm
Oh, so you were an "operator", huh Wayne?
Comment by michael ruotolo on March 5, 2011 at 7:18pm
They were not giving me any awards. I would love to have a type recording of the back of that ship. God no please not again. I got the nickname as Mike the Crow. I was up on deck rain sleet or snow, soaked right down to my shorts. In the ship I was number five on the totem pole. We slep five high. The were steam pipes over my head. Every morning the Sgt. would come in, blow a whistle and I sat up and banged my head. I was almost out of it before I hit my unit. Man was I glad when we boarded the train for Nurnberg. Dave the guy that shot Gen. Rose, that was me. I swore I'd blow it up when we hit N.Y.
Comment by Wayne Dixon on March 5, 2011 at 6:57pm
You know on my last trip from Korea they were going to let us off the ship in Honolulu, if your uniform was messed up they would not let you off.  I made some money.  I got an iron from one of the crew and was pressing uniforms and I even cut some hair also.  I had money when I went off the ship.  I had a ball the and in San juan..
Comment by Wayne Dixon on March 5, 2011 at 6:48pm
You know that the MSTS ships were not Navy ships, from what I under stood they were civilian ships hired and purchased to use for our transportation.
Comment by Wayne Dixon on March 5, 2011 at 6:43pm
Dave, I had never looked into who they had name the MSTS ships after.  I tried to find out information on the ships I had sailed on I still have some of the paper I had gathered.  I contacted naval history section an they could not even get me some photos.  After they went to the salvage yards, I guess they wrote them off.  I still have a few photos that I found on the web.  Hey Michael you were not the only one of us that got sick, I carried a sack of sour balls with me to hold it down.  I was the ship sanitation NCO on one return ship.  I had to check every head on the ship, try holding it down after many others had been there.  Beleive it or not I got a letter of accomendation from the ships commander, how about that..
Comment by Dave Gettman on March 5, 2011 at 6:16pm
My dad was close enough to hear the shot that killed Gen. Maurice Rose. He sent a patrol from his platoon and they discovered the General, who had been captured and shot by Nazis.

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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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