"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…"
"About those gas-burning M88's, before coming to The Rock, I was at Fort Hood, CSC/2/8Cav. The 88's parked right next to my jeep line. One command maintenance day, the Battalion CO was talking to my LT when one of the 88's fired up and…"
"Dave, There was a German KP in Pitman who always wore a white blouse with a black bra underneath. The guys from B Trp screwed-up one Border Tour and they got no passes for the last 30 days. She offered to help them with their "white-out"…"
"When I was in Trp C (1977-80) We still had IR Binoculars and the starlight scopes. I was in Radar, we carried the NV Goggles to augment our AN/TVS-4 Night Observation Device. Normally the radar operator would pick up a target and we would swing the…"
"Agree wholeheartedly! Think about the process and infrastructure requirements. Thouusands or miles of fencing, more concrete and patrol roads than you can imagine, and border base camps. Plenty of jobs in the civilian sector plus all those troopers…"
"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.…"
Long time since we last shared a meal in the wilds of Graf! I'll always remember a formation at Camp Pitman where a real sweetheart of a private named Nicely fell out after huffing some aluminum spray paint. He mouthed off to…"
I remember you from the Third Herd. I am trying to remember but can't seem to recall if SFC John (PJ) Morrow was the platoon sergeant back then. Damn, lots of good memories from back then. I could still take a map and go to all…"
"Hey, Joe: In 1994 my career was winding down. I was the Copmtroller for the 1st Infantry Division. I did several rotations in that position before I retired in 1994. The Garrison CO, COL Stacey Hodges (?) and I developed a really good relationship,…"
Anybody ever remember getting a near-terminal case of burn-out while on a patrol? Radar guys seemed to get there a lot, especially during the winter. One January patrol stands out in my mind. SGT JT Morrison replaced a dude on my team…"
"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…"
"Sgt HAAK. I remeber you from the Rock. I came into C-TRP in July 77 as a radar team leader. SSG Henry Hurst was my SEC SGT and passed away from a heart attack after morning PT in OCT/NOV 77. I'm one of the guys who pulled multiple border tours…"
"Hello Joe. You were in SFC Freddy Gurley's Second Platoon. I was in the radar section from 77 - 80. I am the crazy one who stripped down bare-ass and took a bitch-bath at Graf when it was about 15 degrees in 1977. I remember all the cruits…"
"Howdy, Carey. I'm the SGT 'Davey' Crockett from 1977 to 1980 time frame. If memory serves me right, you were seriously into collecting WWII German memorabilia. Weren't you also a film buff who showed home movies up at…"
SAVED BY THE BEAST
One cloudy April morning we were on a radar patrol out of Camp Gates. We had the magic 500 meters visibility into CZ-land, so we started to pack up to leave and head for the barn. Just as I was about to call…"
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.