"It's hard to believe that it's been 45 years ago when I first did my first Patrol on the border. I was only 18 years old, it was winter time and very cold. We had the old o p trailers. And at night it was jet black across the border.…"
What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Ktroop 3/2 1stplt 1st squad
Where were you stationed?
Amberg Pond Barracks, Border duty
What MOS or job description did you have?
What was your rank/title?
E-5 Tank Commander, Amored Recon Intel Specialist, what ever they put on my performance report, that year.
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Never had a brother until I was with the guys in the 2nd. Had some unique events. I felt a little strange when I left that day at the train station. Border duty, what can you say about that? Fred, remember when the track caught fire with Diaz inside? I got good and drunk from Russian Vodka later, brought to us from the Intel guys on the hill who had been watching.
Tell us a little about you now.
Retired from the Air Force, primary duty was airtraffic control, but did some other things. Married several times, have 4children, three girls and son, 8 grand children only one grandson, look like me. Thats a joke! Son served in Irag, I'm the VFW post Commander . Live in country, Retired from Contract Government PSO. Teach PE at private school. Great wife. Youtube video under butch page, of all you guys are on it. 7minutes long. Good Life
Phone number (Optional).
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Denny Jones, Talbert, the Chadwell brothers,Mike, (Jerry), Fred, Hyme, Monty, Lusher, Holley alot more. Cluff. Sgt Edwards (Steady Eddie) who I owe alot to. Hensley. (Stan who cut my throat with a metal comb, all forgiven.) Nunya. Mosher and Branch, Scott Marcy, Bill Wilson, Always ready.
Glad to hear you weathered the holidays ok. I was off from the 22nd till the 3rd...too many vacation days left and had to take them or lose 'em and that aint happening. We had a pretty good time, ate too much and seemed like we went to the movies every other day. Really sucked going back to work but oh well.
Yeah probably shortly after six PM at the hotel. I tried to send you a text message via your cell phone, but it didn't go through? Something about the string not being long enough? You do have cell service out there in Kansas Toto?
Hey Butch, Ive been slack though we have been busy last few months. Im still coming to the reunion but the wife wont be able to...work really picking up for her right now and she just cant get away. She finally finished chemo and then 8 weeks of radiation and now has the all clear sign from both her doctors. The day of her last treatment she went up to DC for a Susan Koman cancer walkathon, 3 days and 60 miles. She was wore out when she got back home that sunday evening. I call her my tough little kraut LOL, and hardheaded. I have an appointment with a hand surgeon the morning of the 10, trigger finger, and will drive up that afternoon. If I cant make it up there by 4 then I will time it so I get there a little later same day. Traffic in the DC area is murder on the best days. In any case I will def be there. I saw where you had tried to call CJ and also saw Jerrys comments about when he last talked to him...I have emailed him and posted comments on his facebook page as well to zero avail, sad. Would have loved to seen him or even talk to him again. Ok buddy, you guys take care and see you on the 10th!!!
Hi Butch,I done used up all my vacation for this year.I dont care much for crowds anyway.I am just an old country boy and I would be lost in the big city.I would like to see some of you guys,maybe next year.I havnt had anything to drink for eight years now.I sure tried to drink it all up for 30 years lol.I finaly got Jesus in my heart and he soberd me up and made a new man out of me.I am so glad.I got 2 more years to work and then I can retire.We have been thinking about a trip to Branson.Maybe we can get together and have a bite to eat and shoot the breeze.Have a good one,Tom
Hey Butch,remember me,Tom Bragg the mechanic.I got a picture that I think is you laying on a jeep that was on its side wrecked.Not hurt just posing lol.I enjoyed the video.Brought back many memorys.Tom