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C-15 explosion

At 01:50Z in the cool, dark morning hours of 25 July 1974, the quiet German countryside was rocked by the explosion of M551A1 Sheridan C-15.

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Comment by Dave Gettman on July 10, 2010 at 12:34pm
Just a small taste of what it must have looked like around Luneville, France when the 2d Cavalry Group and 4th Armored Division ran into the 11th Panzer Division(+). I've a (pretty good) hunch that's the battle depicted in the movie PATTON, where Gen. Patton kneels to kiss the head of the American tank commander after the battle.
Comment by Dave Gettman on July 9, 2010 at 10:46am
Yeah Gene, the fence was a "spur of the moment" thing. Didn't really have the time I would have liked to seek out a suitable spot. I was in mid air when it went off anyway, so the fence was little more than a security blanket after the blast because mom wasn't there to hold my hand.
Comment by Dave Gettman on July 8, 2010 at 6:39pm
Just got a few more from Tom Molino that I hadn't seen before. He's also sending me the black & whites from the official Army investigation.

Got a home town congressman working on getting me a Soldier's Medal. We'll see if he gets my vote when and if I ever get my rights back.
Comment by carl kreitzer on July 8, 2010 at 5:46pm
Dave,glad you posted these pics again.Plenty of the new members should know this story.

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8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888

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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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