What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
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?
1977 to 1980
Tell us a little about your cav days.
I arrived as a corporal, met Jack Miller on day one and deployed to Camp Pittman the next day. Did one radar mission with SSG Henry Hurst as an observer. Two nights later, I had my own team out on a patrol. Duke Ottoma(sp?) and I were on the same team. We made SGT on the same promotion board. Fast Freddy Harris was in the section along with Andy Wieffel, Wag Wagner, and Jose Velez-Alemany. Man, those were good days!
Tell us a little about you now.
I retired from the Army in 1994 as a Captain of Armor. Since then I have divorced and remarried. In 2003, I completed a Master of Public Administration Degree and became a Presidential Management Fellow. Worked 7 years within DHS for CBP/ICE as a contracting officer. Have taght Govt. Contracting as an independent contractor and now work as a contractor in support of the VA in Dallas, TX. I have a daughter, son, and step-daughter. My wife, Graciela, and I have 5 grandchildren between us. I have know all of them from day one. The oldest and only grandson graduated from HS last Friday
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Mike Renshaw, JT Morrison, Duke Ottoma, Fred Harris, Andrew Wetzel, Jesus "Beast" Mendez, and anyone who served in 1/2 between July 77 and July 80.
Hey Davy, Don't know if you remember me or not. I was in 2nd platoon (SFC Gurly) and then was Cpt Lute's Driver. I was on the Rock from 77-81. It was shortly after I arrived that SSG Hurst had a heart attack. A SFC took over I and I can't recall his name. I remember when I was OPs NCO at Camp Gates he would be coming back from checking on you guys It would be in the middle of the morning he would sneak around to the Border Ops Window and peek in to see if we were sleeping. Oh the good times!
Davy, I know monickers are Long Lasting, Top Miller stuck with me until the end of my Army career and DOA civilian years which stretched out over 44 years, One of my great grandsons thinks thats odd that anyone should be calling Gramps that. Stay in touch. Top
Hey thanks for sending me a comment, how cool is that.. I was a brand new E-0.... They sent me out with your GSR team to pull real security. I remember one night your cigarettes got wet so you placed them on the jeep engine to dry them. Yep, you also showed us how to use jeep motor oil to keep the mosquitoes away. I stayed on the Rock until 81. Came back later to I Troop 3/2 from 85-88. Loved the duty, good times.
I actually ran into Gurley at the Ft. Irwin back back in 94ish.. I was an OC there and just floored
me when he called out my name. Couldn't believe he remembered me after all those years.
I was digging around on Google last night and found our 1977 C Troop portrait ! Over the years I've lost my troop fight patches, tanker jacket, black beret. But here with the Troop Portrait I had proof to my wife of all those stories. All those freezing cold patrols, all the lonely GSR sites. Yep ol friend, we played a significant part in history. We actually had a part in bringing down the wall. Of all my 22 years in the Green Machine those years with the 2nd ACR are by far my fondest.
Thanks for contacting me, it's been a pleasure writing you. Take care of yourself Bobby, Joe.