What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
HQ Troop 1st Squadron 2nd Armored Cavalry.
Where were you stationed?
Although, I was stationed on the Rock, I spent almost all of my tour at Camp Gates (Brand) One trip to Graff and a 90 day OJT at the 97 Gen Hosp. Frankfurt,
What MOS or job description did you have?
91B20 Combat Medic
What was your rank/title?
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Not much to tell. I was still just 17 when I got to the Rock from what I can remember I drank way too much at Hinze's Turnholly. I was injured at Graff on range after treating an injury in a tank on the firing line. I fell off the tank (Charlie Company I think) when it moved broke my ankle and cracked my shoulder pretty bad. Stayed on that range,like that, for two weeks until Col. Krawciw had me relieved.
Tell us a little about you now.
Getting old but not much smarter than I was back then. Married two pretty good kids one of each. No Grand babies yet! I am a Professional Photographer now. I did almost 20 years working for the Dallas County Community College Dist. I have not been back to Germany but would like to some time.
Yeah, we were at Camp Pitman when some kind of big maneuver came up. Can't remember who relieved us on the border so we could take part.
Of course all the vehicles in 2d Cav were fully combat loaded. We had been in the field for a few days running around, and C Troop was on the outskirts of Inzendorf in 3rd Squadron's border area, due east of Nuremberg just north of the main east-west highway from Czechoslovakia to Nuremberg on a secondary road set up on the east side of town for the night.
One of the Sheridans caught fire and blew up. Possibly a heater fire that started cooking off rounds. SSG Brow, in the driver's compartment, was severely burned over his entire body before he could get out of the tank and SFC Brown, in the TC's hatch, received minor burns on his face and hands before he got out. They were the only two in the vehicle at the time.
Brow was evac'd back to the States and miraculously survived his burns. Brown was back on duty in a couple days with a good sunburn on his face.
Amazing no one was killed in the explosion. At least a couple Sheridans had holes in their aluminum skins.There was 120 pounds of high explosive Octol in the driver's compartment, not to mention the 20 high explosive 152mm main gun rounds in the turret, fuel, small arms ammo....it was a big boom!
We might have crossed paths briefly at Camp Gates. C Troop was there when I arrived in January 1974. I was only there about three weeks before the Troop went back to the Rock. All the rest of my border tours were at Camp Pitman.
Do you remember C Troop having a Sheridan blow up in July 1974?