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Bernard Turner
  • Male
  • Gaithersburg, MD
  • United States

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  • Oliver Talbert
  • Anthony Amalfitano
  • Darrell Bullard (Bull)
  • Harry Warner

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Bernard Turner replied to Greg Jackson's discussion When station at pond barrecks
"I served in I Troop from 1974 thru 1976 "
Mar 8, 2018
Bernard Turner left a comment for David E. Hooker
"David It has been a long time. Bernard Turner I Troop 2nd PLT "
Mar 1, 2018
Bernard Turner commented on Dan Mathews's video

Our Time In The 3 Sqdn 2 ACR 1980 1982

"To bad you guys did not get to sport the Black Beret. Never saw that many helmets in Amberg . Bernard Turner I Troop 3/2 ACR 1974-1976 "
Sep 13, 2017
Bernard Turner left a comment for David E. Hooker
"David Hooker We served together in I Troop I remember when you got there.  Bernard Turner"
May 25, 2017
Bernard Turner replied to Mark D Nelson's discussion Camp May and camp Reed?
"Yep, had some fun nights dancing the night away."
May 25, 2017
Bernard Turner left a comment for Richard P Frehs
"Ritchie, welcome to our site. I don't think you remember me. My name is Bernard Turner I was in 3rd PTL SSG Bull's track. My running partner was Steve Carpenter from CA. I got to the Berg in 1974. I got to know you when you came back from…"
Feb 3, 2017
Bernard Turner commented on Tommy E. Nester's group Amberg, Third Squadron
"I was in I Troop from 1974-1976, 3rd PLT with Steven Carpenter, Steve O Dell, David Hooker Tony Rodriguaz. I was a driver on I-36 it got blown up in the field in 1975 or 76. Our CO was Capt Smoke Crumly, ISG Tadlock. Anybody from those day at the…"
Jan 16, 2017
Bernard Turner joined Tommy E. Nester's group

Amberg, Third Squadron

Third Squadron from Guardians of Peace to Gulf War Warriors and Guardians of peace.
Jan 16, 2017
Bernard Turner left a comment for David E. Hooker
"David Hooker from VA.  Long time Brother. Give me a shout out at bernardt524@gmail.com "
Jan 16, 2017
Bernard Turner replied to Darrell Bullard (Bull)'s discussion First memories of the boarder in the group Border Patrol
"My first Border tour was 1974 at Camp May.. I was assigned to 3 PLT I Troop. Lt Rabb took us up and down every hill on that first week. After the Lt went back to the Berg for a few days, Sgt Savoy so ok Turner we are going to enjoy the next week. We…"
Jan 23, 2016
Bernard Turner joined Jesse Kelley's group

Border Patrol

Many of us experienced a unique part of history patrolling the East German & Czechoslovakian Borders during the Cold war. Share those stories here with those who served on the border.See More
Jan 23, 2016
Bernard Turner commented on Jose L Perez's group I TROOP, 3RD RECON SQD, 2ND ARMORED CAV.
"Dennis, don't feel bad, they did the same thing to me on my first day of motor stables. SSG Bull told me to go to the commo shop and get squelch juice for the radio too. I was in I Troop from May 74 to Sept 76."
Jan 22, 2016
Bernard Turner commented on Jose L Perez's group I TROOP, 3RD RECON SQD, 2ND ARMORED CAV.
"I was in I Trp from 1974-1976 and yes we had all the rejects, but under Capt Crumly we were the best. We broke up a lot of stuff and spent way to much time in the woods, but we kicked ass and partied hard. Gary I remember you.Me and Steve Carpenter…"
Mar 21, 2015
Bernard Turner commented on Jose L Perez's group I TROOP, 3RD RECON SQD, 2ND ARMORED CAV.
"Iames, God willing, I will be there Octoner 2 nothing is going to hold me back.  "
Mar 21, 2015
Bernard Turner left a comment for Michael A. Chew
"Michael, are you going to PA in October?"
Mar 4, 2015
Bernard Turner left a comment for JAMES TUCKER JR
"Jimmy Tucker, dude it's been a long time. Hope to see you in October. I hope to see more guys from I Troop. Last year I was the only SOB who was there. But I did let them know I Troop was in the house. "
Feb 23, 2015

Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
I Troop 3/2 ACR 1974-1976
Where were you stationed?
What MOS or job description did you have?
What was your rank/title?
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
The best time to be in Germany.
Tell us a little about your cav days.
I was in I Troop 2nd Platoon With Steven Carpenter, Steven O'Dell. Spent some good days and not so good in Amberg, Camp May, Camp Rotz, Graff, and the German country side. Spent so many days in the field.
Tell us a little about you now.
Retired E-7 in 1994 from Camp Darby Italy.
Served for 22 years. Now I work for the US Department of State.
as a Contracting Specialist.
Phone number (Optional).
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Oliver Talibert, Steven Carpenter, & Steven O' dell, Kevin Wiggins.

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At 12:14pm on February 11, 2017, Richard P Frehs said…

Bernard, Thank you for your kind words. It sounds like you progressed through the Army and then onto your career with the department of State. Congrats!

I used the educational bill to attend The Ohio State University after leaving the Army. After graduation I got hired by the Department of The Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. I retired from the USGS in May, 2014. Total government service including military was 37 years.

I am married and living in Columbus, Ohio.

I will not be attending the Dragoon reunion this year, but thanks for the reminder!

How was your duty station in Italy?

Rich Frehs

At 4:05pm on February 8, 2017, Richard P Frehs said…

Bernard, Thank you very much for the heads-up you sent a few days ago! Sorry for the delayed reply. My laptop was over heating and I waited until Microsoft replaced it with a new one.

I kind of remember you. I remember Carpenter. I am on Facebook, retired a couple of years ago and living in Columbus OH.

I was a member of the Dragoons years ago, but dropped my contact. An old army friend, Bill Rafferty sent me a small missive from the Dragoons Base a couple of days before I heard from you.

Cheers!  Rich Frehs


At 10:47pm on February 18, 2015, Anthony Amalfitano said…

I'll have to dig up my Troop photo and look at your face. thanks for the complement! i did become a Police officer, Retired in 2009 as a Sergeant. I sure do kick myself in the ass for getting out of the Army, I loved it. I'm hoping to get to pa. i live close enough that I can commute. 

At 9:37pm on February 14, 2015, Anthony Amalfitano said…


I remember the day I left Amberg too! Wish I'd hadn't. LTC. Smith offered me E-6, $12,000 and OCS, but I turned him down for a skirt back home. I could of had a hell of a career in the ARMY.

Carpenter was on my Border Team, but I apologize, I don't remember you.   

At 6:03am on February 11, 2015, Darrell Bullard (Bull) said…
Hiya Bernard
Was surprised when the computer flagged your message up! I haven't been on this site in a few years ( to my shame)
Only guy I have been in contact with from the old days was Mike Price from Michigan. I'll have to make it here more often, to keep in touch.
At 12:54am on October 6, 2013, Oliver Talbert said…
And welcome to dragoon base, your back home again with the cav!
At 12:53am on October 6, 2013, Oliver Talbert said…
Bernard, it was great seeing you today after all these years brother! Hope to see you again soon and we will talk again in the next few weeks for sure. Got to hit the rack here. After the banquet a few of us hit the bar and we closed it again tonight. Damn, two nights in a row. I'm too fn old for this shit.
At 12:21pm on October 5, 2013, Jesse Kelley said…


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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