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Ray's Dinner

Remember the Mess Sgt- SFC Ray, we had in 2/2 ACR Bamberg. For some reason he had a lot of Military pull and persuasion with the higher command.Ray's Dinner it was called! Regimental Brass always…Continue

Started Jan 18, 2016

The Tanks are Coming!

Recently watched the Movie "The Tanks are Coming! made in 1951 about 3rd Armor Division in France in WWII.It reminded me of REFORGER in Germany in the late 70's.It showed clips from the war, most of…Continue

Started Jun 8, 2015

Sounds and Smell
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After reading comments about the Movie "Fury" I can still hear the casings from the 7.62 or 50 Cal. rolling around on the tank. One would nearly bust their ass slipping on them, or sometimes did.  I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Gettman Jan 9.

Movie FURY!
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Thought the movie was pretty good. It should have shown more tank battles and maneuvering. Showing someone pointing at a map and not showing the what the Tank go through to get there is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edward (Gene) Beck Feb 25, 2015.

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Dave Gettman replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Sounds and Smell
"Joe, The movie is COURAGE UNDER FIRE, a 1996 movie with Meg Ryan. The tank battle is loosely based on the Battle of 73 Easting during Desert Storm. Sgt. Nels Andrew "Andy" Moller, Ghost Troop, 2ACR was KIA in that battle February 26, 1991…"
Jan 9
Shannon Ryan replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Sounds and Smell
"Another clip from the Beast."
Jan 8
Shannon Ryan replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Sounds and Smell
"Here is the trailer for the beast. It looks like they have the complete movie on you tube. Check out where the Bore evacuator is on that cannon, same cannon our M60's had. Then look at a T 62 cannon and look for the bore evacuator."
Jan 8
Joe Sellner replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Sounds and Smell
"Shannon, I will definitely check that out. Have you seen the one with Denzel Washington . Cannot think of the name of it. He is assigned to investigate a woman nominated for a Congressional Medal of Honor. He is wearing a 2nd ACR crest. Pretty good.…"
Jan 8
Shannon Ryan replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Sounds and Smell
"Joe, that was Brad Pitt in fury and it is a very good movie very well made it is the best tank movie I have seen. If you get a chance find a movie called  " The beast "  it is about a Soviet Tank crew fighting in Afghanistan that…"
Jan 8
Joe Sellner replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Sounds and Smell
"Or maybe it was Matt Damon? Not very good at my celebrities!"
Jan 7
Joe Sellner replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Sounds and Smell
"For all you Tankers out there ! I highly recommend the movie "Fury" with Brad Pitt as Top. Absolutely no glimmer John Wayne crap. They researched well and depicts a tank crew on its last leg real well. War is an ugly business and this…"
Jan 7
Sigmund Fertig replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Sounds and Smell
"Smells! my first encounter with a honey wagon while on manuvers off post somewhere around Bamberg, late 58, asking my platoon Sgt. what that farmer was doing with that wagon in the field, and my platoon Sgt sying, " You'll find out when…"
Dec 13, 2016
Dave Gettman replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Sounds and Smell
"Yeah, I still get flashbacks from certain sights, sounds, and smells. This helps keep the memories fresh!"
Nov 26, 2016
Thomas G. Carlson replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Sounds and Smell
"I can smell the jet fuel just from some one talking about it...same thing with certain smells from Nam."
Jun 20, 2016
Wayne Redick replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Sounds and Smell
"My olfactory triggers for memories of time with 87th Chemical are: Diesel fuel Jetfuel Fog oil bad coffee musty GP medium tents ( local VFW owns one for summer bbq) still smells like old days LOL"
Jun 20, 2016
Bill Hembree commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"Glenn read your piece about LT Lazaro, the Regimental inspector. I remember the name. Back when we first took the M1 tank to the Border 1985 or 86 my platoon was near the 1K zone over looking it and a BT 11 tower. It was night and cold. I…"
Jun 3, 2016
Bill Hembree left a comment for Alan Scott Adams
"Welcome to the site. I arrived at E troop in 84, you may have PCS before I arrived. I was assigned to 2nd Platoon. I do not know why,  but I was always assigned to 2nd Platoon in Armor or in Cavalry my whole career."
May 24, 2016
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Ray's Dinner

Remember the Mess Sgt- SFC Ray, we had in 2/2 ACR Bamberg. For some reason he had a lot of Military pull and persuasion with the higher command.Ray's Dinner it was called! Regimental Brass always looked forward to coming down to Bamberg to have lunch in his mess hall. He seemed to have a level head and a lot of common sense.See More
Jan 18, 2016
Gregory Van Sciver replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Sounds and Smell
"I was in Graf for that and a few other incidents."
Jan 10, 2016
Bill Hembree replied to Rick Hurst ( Cav Sarge )'s discussion Funniest Border Story in the group Border Patrol
"One night while on Patrol, it was cold and raining. SSG Dickerson was the PL and he had asked me to go as his APL. Were heading North in Sector "2/2 ACR" We departed one lookout point in route to another, he suddenly had his jeep pull over…"
Sep 27, 2015

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
E. Troop 2/2 ACR
Where were you stationed?
Bamberg.
What MOS or job description did you have?
19K Tank Section Sergeant
What was your rank/title?
E-6
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
1984-1987
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Remember Cpt. Wottlin, 1Sg Amos " Famous Amos" what a pair of leaders!
Best REAL WORLD! assignment I ever had, it was a tough one, and learned the most from.
Scouts and Tankers what fun we had "REFORGER"
Tell us a little about you now.
Retired MSG,
1SG in Vilseck 1996-1998 1/63 Armor
Ops SGM 1998-1999 3/69 Armor
Completed my BSBA degree

Did some Surveillance work for a Detective Agency.

Worked as a Case Manager for the State of Tennessee, Worked as Department Manager, and Assistant Manager for Two Retail tool stores.
Phone number (Optional).
865-250-1967 or tnk1sg@gmail.com
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
SSG Dickerson, 19K
SSG Alexander 19K
SSG Hineman 19D
SSG Thompson 19D

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Bamberg to Fort Knox- Cav days went away

Some that I knew left E Troop Bamberg and went to Fort Knox to teach. Myself along with

SSG Robert Dickerson and SSG Heinman and two others I can not remember their names.

I taught Fire Control Systems for Both the Army and Marines AOB courses , the others were assigned to other training

Maneuver units.

 

One night Cpt Wottlin and us went out for drinks while he was at Fort Knox for some Career Course he was taking.

Cpt. Wottlin was the second E…

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Posted on June 18, 2013 at 11:30pm

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At 10:47pm on June 19, 2013, David Zawicki said…

I want to say it was 2008....he was a civilian already, living nearvFt Riley

At 1:53am on June 19, 2013, Dave Gettman said…

The Angerer is where the 2d Cavalry Association had there 2008 Stable Call when the Regiment returned from it's final Iraq deployment, and where I was headquartered for my trip over. Bought a really nice porcelain stein with the Angerer on it when I was checking out from my room their, but I had to give it to a friend I'd promised a stein to because his (inferior stein) got broken in transport back to the States.

At 12:25am on June 19, 2013, David Zawicki said…

Bill, freak accident. He argued with his son, whonwent to his room...shot through the wall, and hit hit and killed him. Sad, i was in E Troop in 1980 when he was a 2LT, and knew him through him being promoted to CPT and jim being the Regimental Border Officer. I was at Camp Hof 1983 - 1985.

At 12:11am on June 19, 2013, Jesse Kelley said…
At 11:35pm on June 18, 2013, Dennis K. Hansen said…

welcome to the base..."Toujours Pret" I was with HHT,Squadron Maintenance, 3/2 at Pond Barracks,Amberg  72-73... Thankyou for your service...

At 10:25pm on June 18, 2013, Dave Gettman said…

Bill,

I see you spent some time in Vilseck. 2d Cav has been home based there since late 2006. They were out here at Ft Lewis 2005-06 (I live in Tacoma). I visited them in Vilseck 2008 when they returned from their final Iraq deployment, and 2011 when they returned from their first Afghanistan deployment.

 
 
 

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