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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
3rd Armored medical co.
3rd squardon
Where were you stationed?
Merrell Barracks Nuremberg
Pond Barracks Amberg
Spent most of my time at Camp Gates, Dec 1965 to Dec 1966. I also ran the PX at that time.
What MOS or job description did you have?
91A10 to 91B20 medic
What was your rank/title?
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Tell us a little about your cav days.
A lot of stories from Camp Gates, some good some bad. A lot of alerts, one for real. We had six permanent guys at Gates, 3 radio operators 2 medics 1 gas truck driver. Watched a lot of movies on the wall of the recreation room.
Tell us a little about you now.
Retired after 37 years working for GE

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At 11:14pm on August 1, 2017, richard luna said…

   Bob what a trip down memory lane.  Fort Sam, Fort , landing in New York, arriving  in Bremerhaven, the train ride to Bamberg, lost in the Bamberg Banhof trying to find somethjng to eat, waiting for someone to pick us up, the names of the guys I served with,  Merrell Barracks, and yes our first alert, I taught the Russians were coming.  Thanks for clearing up the fog about the 3rd AMC.  I wish we could be talking about our history over a beer.   Thanks  for the memories 

At 12:26pm on July 31, 2017, richard luna said…

Hello Bob How all is well with you.  I apologize for not responding sooner, my computer picked up a virus.  I appreciate you responding to to my profile.  It is a small world.  I'll be posting some pictures, I have my granddaughter helping me with that project.  I have a question for you.  I mentioned in my profile my 1st duty stationed was at Merrell Barracks, with a medical unit.  You mentioned that you were assigned to the 3rd Armd. Medical Company.  Was there more than one medical unit at Merrell?  The 3rd Armd Medical Co. dose not sound familiar to me.  Was the 3rd a seperrate unit?  Did they have there own insignia?  or were they under the Seventh Army.  I really enjoyed seeing your photos.  I'll always remember my service in the 2nd Recon 2nd A/C    God Speed

At 4:53pm on February 13, 2012, Robby green said…
I was probly one of those kids I remember camp gates being well maintaind and clean.
At 8:42pm on November 17, 2011, Robby green said…
Hey bob you remember any kids coming to camp gates me and my sister came there a few times with my dad from bindlach my dad was in a troop
At 6:28am on June 2, 2010, ALVIN MCBRIDE said…
I sure some things changed over time but im sure you served with a bunch of great guys just like myself in a beautiful county with a important mission.I sure miss those days on the border.You really have some great photos they almost make me home sick.take care
At 8:27pm on March 8, 2010, Dave Gettman said…
That would probably be me, Bob. Likely tracing mom's side of the family. Dad's side is all in Germany and Russia.

Hmmmm......distant cousins maybe?
At 2:28pm on February 24, 2010, Harry Warner said…
Hello Bob,
Can't tell you how happy I am to see someone from my time, in my place. Gates was a happy time. But I have loads of questions for you. Did you know Richard Frank, radio operator who was at Gates when I left? Did you also operate the PX? If so, do I have a story for you. Also, when you went into Brand or Mark-T did you use a local taxi driver who also owned a gasthaus? You might want to take a look at the Oldtimers group. Many guys from our time and we would love to have you join us there.
At 7:29am on February 24, 2010, ALVIN MCBRIDE said…
At 8:05pm on February 23, 2010, Jesse Kelley said…
Toujours Pret Bob,

Welcome home Troop.
The DragoonBase here at Ning.com, has
plenty of updated features
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(Officers Club,F-Trp,Amberg,Medics,etc),
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Robb Russell has posted some tips for
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in the Forum.

Please feel free to stop by and read the
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and you could even, win a kool prize.

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Robb Russell, or any of the 5 admins listed
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Thanks again for joining Dragoon Base,
and for your Service and Dedication,
to Our Great Country.

Jesse Kelley
F Troop 2/2ACR

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