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Charles Downs
  • 63, Male
  • El Cajon, CA
  • United States
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Dave Gettman commented on Charles Downs's blog post The Month
"I hope you don't live anywhere near a casino. Your luck really sucks, brother!! When I was in the MP's before going to 2d Cav, I was known as "jeep killer" among other things."
Apr 13, 2015
Frank L Moseley Jr commented on Charles Downs's photo
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"Morning Charles, I took a similar picture back in 1967, slightly different angle."
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The Month

This story is true. It is about a month of really bad luck I had on one border tour in the late fall/winter of 1978 (I think). I was the driver on a M113. This border tour started like the others, with a road march to the camp we were to be stationed at. I was going to Camp Rotz. I had just had installed a new engine and transmission (power pack) in my track before the road march. A couple of miles from Camp Rotz my engine seized up. Turned out the Depot had crossed an oil line and radiator…See More
Apr 7, 2015
Charles Downs commented on Robb Russell's group Amberg
"Any body remember the name of the Sgt. who got arrested in 1979 for a murder committed by his girlfriend during a robbery"
Feb 21, 2012
Charles Downs commented on Bryan Haberman's group K Troop Amberg
"I went to the one in 77 when I relieved Sargent Jackson as ration driver. I remember dragging my right foot along the road as I walked up the hill to camp Rotz. Jackson and I were pretty blind that night. I was in HQ Plt. Until I decided to become a…"
Jul 13, 2011
Charles Downs commented on Bryan Haberman's group K Troop Amberg
"Oliver was the drivers name Jackson? If it was the truck was a 5 ton."
Jul 13, 2011
Dave Gettman commented on Charles Downs's blog post shortimers letter from the 70's
"Yeah, I remember my dad's from Dec 1971.   I recently found the last letter I wrote home to my folks, and while it was corny enough to feed to the hogs, I have to admit it brought a tear or two.   The old softy."
Dec 16, 2010
John G Boyd commented on Charles Downs's blog post shortimers letter from the 70's
"This was a really cool read. Bless this site for allowing me to commen on something that perhaps has been posted for a couple of years. I am on in years now, and some things escape me. For a While. But sooner or later, I generally snap. "
Dec 16, 2010
Steven A Iacobucci left a comment for Charles Downs
"Charles, Do you remember D. Jack? And Takahashi, Jack lived 20 mi. from me in Cinci. and I never knew. Believe in or not he has been working for the Navy for 20 yrs. S.Iacobucci"
Dec 14, 2010
Charles Downs commented on Bryan Haberman's group K Troop Amberg
"Steven, Weren't we roommates along with Ransom Young? charlie"
Dec 14, 2010
howard maxwell tritt left a comment for Charles Downs
"Good lookin' pix Charlie. Flashbacks or the next best thing... How'd you do with all that rain last week?"
Jan 25, 2010
Charles Damon left a comment for Charles Downs
"All, Forgot to include, I for the most part, grow up in Spring Valley Ca, went to El Cajon High one summer, and to Santana High Jr year (half time)."
Apr 1, 2009
Charles Downs replied to Dennis Wayne Williams's discussion m114
"When I went stateside in 1980 from 3/2 ACR, I went to 2/3 ACR at Ft. Bliss they still had them. They were just changing over to 113s. Both were murder in the desert at White Sands."
Mar 31, 2009
Charles Downs left a comment for Jesse Kelley
"Thank you, Charlie"
Mar 29, 2009

Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Headquarters Troop 3/2 and K Troop
Where were you stationed?
Pond Kasserne, Amberg
What MOS or job description did you have?
19D10
What was your rank/title?
Sp4
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Jan 1977- Sept 1979
Tell us a little about your cav days.
I was in Headquarters troop and was permanent party on the border at Camp May until I volunteered to be a line dog in K troop. In contact will Robert Cockrum.
Phone number (Optional).
6129-328-1967
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Todd Kackner, Ransom Young, Frenchie, Black Jack, White Jack, Stoner Jack

discharge letter from the mid 70's

I have the last two pages of a funny letter to the family of the soon to be discharged soldier. Does any body have the first page?

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The Month

This story is true. It is about a month of really bad luck I had on one border tour in the late fall/winter of 1978 (I think). I was the driver on a M113. This border tour started like the others, with a road march to the camp we were to be stationed at. I was going to Camp Rotz. I had just had installed a new engine and transmission (power pack) in my track before the road march. A couple of miles from Camp Rotz my engine seized up. Turned out the Depot had crossed an oil line and radiator…

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Posted on April 7, 2015 at 10:11pm — 1 Comment

shortimers letter from the 70's

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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:



Issued in solemn warning, this (Insert Date) to the friends and neighbors, relatives, draft board, and family of (Insert Name), (Insert length of time in country) a subject of servitude.



Very soon the undersigned will once again be in your midst, dehydrated, deactivated, dilapidated, demobilized, and demoralized, to take his place once again as a human being, with freedom and justice for all engaged, in life, liberty and the pursuit… Continue

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 2:56pm — 5 Comments

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At 7:12pm on December 14, 2010, Steven A Iacobucci said…

Charles,

Do you remember D. Jack? And Takahashi, Jack lived 20 mi. from me in Cinci. and I never knew. Believe in or not he has been working for the Navy for 20 yrs.

S.Iacobucci

At 10:27pm on January 25, 2010, howard maxwell tritt said…
Good lookin' pix Charlie. Flashbacks or the next best thing... How'd you do with all that rain last week?
At 2:39am on April 1, 2009, Charles Damon said…
All,

Forgot to include, I for the most part, grow up in Spring Valley Ca, went to El Cajon High one summer, and to Santana High Jr year (half time).
At 2:36am on April 1, 2009, Charles Damon said…
Hi all,

I was with HHT from '72 thru '75 and spent a few days ( when I first arrived) on the 2nd floor of hq bldg waiting for my new unit to come back from Graf (I think). I was an E11R6 (redeye gunner, became section, platoon Sgt or whatever by the time I left) loved ALMOST all of it, ALWAYS REDEYE!!
At 3:17pm on March 29, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…
Happy Birthday Charles
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Wishing you many more!!!
At 9:25pm on February 22, 2009, Thomas Blaszkiewicz said…
Charles,I think i have what you are looking for.The letter about a GI coming home from Germany.I just don't know how to mail you a copy of it.I was at Pond Barrack from 69-71 a SGT. with Redeye.Any ideas of how to mail it to you ?
TOM.
At 10:46pm on February 8, 2009, Danny Wright said…
I don't remember it, but he was probably shitfaced drunk when he gave that speech. I do remember that we set the range records for speed and accuracy! I remember Landry chasing us down to congratulate us.
At 7:44pm on February 7, 2009, Danny Wright said…
In the flesh!!! How are ya Charlie? Wish I had known where you were. I've been relatively close to you a few times over the years. What are you doing now?
At 6:52pm on February 7, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…

Toujours Pret Charles,
Welcome to the new DragoonBase, the new Base has plenty of newer features, lots of sub-groups,(ie,F-Trp,Amberg,Medics,etc.) and links for 2nd Cav News and History.
Robb Russell has posted some tips for navigating the site (ie,photos,links,ect) in the Forum.
If you need any help, you can contact Robb, or myself, or just yell out, another member may be able to help you.
And our only wish, ‘Keep it clean’, use our Real names/with Pictures(pix from back in the day, work best for searching for Brothers, but any picture will do).
And that you please tell all your friends about the new DragoonBase.

Thanks Again for joining Dragoon Base, and for your service to our great country,
Jesse Kelley
 
 
 

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