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Bill Underwood
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  • Leesburg, GA
  • United States

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Gettman Jun 5, 2009.

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Gregory Williams left a comment for Bill Underwood
"Hey Bill, I can't remember exactly what happened to that Sheridan, I believe there was a fire in the turret, I know all the crew got out, and it burned for a long time, I believe we were on reforger when It caught fire, I was on radio guard and…"
Mar 20, 2009
Bill Underwood left a comment for Gregory Williams
"Gary, I can't remember the Sheridan that you have in your photo album....the one that is destroyed. Would that be the one that was hit at Graf on April first about 1977? I remember a Sheridan getting hit on the range on April first....around…"
Mar 20, 2009
Bill Underwood left a comment for G. "Butch" Mundy
"I see you were on a 114. How was it like? Seems awfully cramped. I was a gunner on a Sheridan from 76 to 79."
Mar 19, 2009
Bill Underwood left a comment for Edward (Gene) Beck
"Gene, Bill Underwood here. We served over there at the same time. Good to see a 2nd Cav guy so close to where i live. I am in Leesburg and teach at AlbanyTechnical College. Weren't you in the Albany Herald a few years ago with an article about…"
Mar 19, 2009
Bill Underwood left a comment for George Vesel
"Hey Mot, Looking forward to seeing you after 30 plus years. You bringing the wife and kid? We can make room in the camper. Sure would be a hoot if we could hook a ride in the Sheridan. Talk to your guy there at the museum and see if we can. I know…"
Feb 21, 2009
Bill Underwood left a comment for George Vesel
"Hey Mot, We are going to the tank museum in Danville, Va this June. Want to meet up?"
Feb 20, 2009
Bill Underwood left a comment for Gary Gray
"older and a little wiser Gary. Bill"
Feb 18, 2009
Bill Underwood added a discussion to the group Border Patrol

Funny or Not So Funny Things That Happened At Border Camps

I remember some unusual things that happened to me at the border camps. Most of the time I was at Camp May. We had had a snowball fight early one day and I fell down a hill and damaged some ligaments in my knee. I went to see the medic at Camp May and he ordered bed rest. Little did he or I know the severity of the damage. About 2300 hours that night we had a camp alert. We all fell out and stood in formation. The MP's were looking for injured personell. It seems that someone from the camp had…See More
Feb 3, 2009

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
L Troop Second Platoon
Where were you stationed?
Amberg, Germany

Pond Barracks
What MOS or job description did you have?
What was your rank/title?
Sp. 4
Sheridan Gunner
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Tell us a little about your cav days.
I was a gunner on L 27. Too many good times to go into but if you were there in the 70's you know what I mean. All I can say is that we are lucky to be alive. I stay in touch with George Vesel all the time.
Tell us a little about you now.
Married to my lovely wife Lisa, a school administrator, 3 kids, 3 grandkids and two dogs named Zig and Zag. I am an instructor at Albany Technical College in Albany, Ga. Have been for the last 20 years. I live in Leesburg, Ga. Like to boat and camp. Not the kind of camping we did in Sheridans but the kind where there are comforts like microwaves, showers and comfy beds.
Phone number (Optional).
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Anyone who remembers "Dog".

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At 8:03pm on February 18, 2017, Edward (Gene) Beck said…

Happy B.Day. Are still in Putney?

At 2:41pm on February 19, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
At 1:22am on February 2, 2011, Rick Cox said…

Hey Bill,


How are things with you?  Are you still teaching?

At 2:04pm on February 19, 2010, Thomas Blaszkiewicz said…
Happy Birthday Bill!!! From one old timer to another 69-71- Pond Barracks!!!!!
At 10:31am on February 19, 2010, Jesse Kelley said…
At 1:34am on September 6, 2009, Gary Gray said…
Pictures Bill?
At 10:40am on June 6, 2009, Gary Gray said…
I can help with the pictures if you want, did you notice that Bill Lee from 2nd platoon was also here? and Normand Albert from 3rd?
At 5:39pm on June 3, 2009, William Deitle said…
Dog, If the M551s could talk hmmmm... I guess its been 30 years now so its safe now. when you called last week I think was in shock. It was good to speak to you. I look back on those days and relize they are still alive in my mind, the friends that you make in those situations are forever. I often think about our boys fighting for freedom and giving all they have for you and I.It makes me proud to know that we were and still are a part of that great tradition. thanks for letting me know about this site, I never would have known. My life can be busy so I can't be on every night but will make a real effort to stay in touch.
Bill Deitle
At 5:10pm on June 2, 2009, William Hines said…
Hey Dog. Sorry I haven't been in touch but I have been very busy at work. I am still alive. I spoke with George Vesel's wife a while back. I sure would like to see all you guys again.
At 9:46am on May 30, 2009, Gary Gray said…
And Bill, do you have any pictures?

Colonels of the Regiment

7th Colonel of the Regiment John P. Hatch

26 June 1881 - 9 January 1886



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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