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Racial Tensions in 1970-1972 at Pond Barracks Border Camp

I am reaching out to anyone that can help me provide evidence to the VA there were racial tensions in West Germany during 1970-1972. I was assigned to Troop I, 3/2 ACR at the Pond Barracks Boarder…Continue

Started Jul 2

Armored Vehicle Accidental Fatalities
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I am trying to gain information on two separate accidental fatalities that I was involved with in 1970 and 1971.The 1st incident took place while I was attending my Advance Training as an Armored…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craig Lechleiter Jul 2.

 

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Craig Lechleiter replied to Greg Jackson's discussion When station at pond barrecks
"Great photos Chief!  Brings back a bunch of memories.  The photo of the front gate looks like it was taken from my old room.  Thanks for sharing Buddy."
19 minutes ago
Craig Lechleiter left a comment for Sigmund Fertig
"Thanks for the welcome Sigmund. Sorry I didn't respond earlier.  I am just now figuring out how to navigate this site.  I started with the US Forest Service on the Big Bear Ranger District in 1969.  Made a career out of it and…"
Jul 5
Craig Lechleiter replied to Greg Jackson's discussion When station at pond barrecks
"Great article George.  What unit were you assigned to at Pond Barracks?"
Jul 5
Craig Lechleiter and George Crump (Chief) are now friends
Jul 5
Craig Lechleiter replied to Greg Jackson's discussion When station at pond barrecks
"I was assigned to I Troop at Pond Barracks from January 1971 to March 1972.  I was a Spec 4 (E-5 Acting Jack).  Started out as a crewman on an M114 and then promoted to a M551 track commander.  After my first 6-months my wife came…"
Jul 2
Craig Lechleiter posted a discussion

Racial Tensions in 1970-1972 at Pond Barracks Border Camp

I am reaching out to anyone that can help me provide evidence to the VA there were racial tensions in West Germany during 1970-1972. I was assigned to Troop I, 3/2 ACR at the Pond Barracks Boarder Camp.  In early January of 1971, on the evening I initially arrived at the squadron headquarters, I witnessed burning crosses and heard explosions in the main parade field.  I checked in with the CQ of Troop I and was issued a room.  My troop was participating in a firing exercise at the Grafenwoehr…See More
Jul 2
Craig Lechleiter replied to Craig Lechleiter's discussion Armored Vehicle Accidental Fatalities
"I recently found this information in the post in the Association of 3D Armored Division Veterans under Cold War Casualties... 1971 SGT Bounds of 1st Battalion 36th Infantry, SGT Bounds was riding on top of a M-113 during a…"
Jul 2
Craig Lechleiter posted a discussion

Armored Vehicle Accidental Fatalities

I am trying to gain information on two separate accidental fatalities that I was involved with in 1970 and 1971.The 1st incident took place while I was attending my Advance Training as an Armored Reconnaissance Scout in the fall of 1970 at Fort Knox Kentucky. The accident took place in a motor pool when a soldier was serving as a ground guide marshaling a driver of a tank. The victim was killed when he was caught between a second stationary tank and crushed. The following morning during a…See More
Jun 10
Sigmund Fertig left a comment for Craig Lechleiter
"Welcome Craig, Served in Bamberg, 58/60. Was a CW Oper. in an M-59 PC. Volunteered for 6 years with the San Bernardino Mountain Foundation as a Fire Host Lookout at Black Mountain, above and North of he town of Idyllwild, now retired living in…"
Apr 29, 2019
Dave Gettman left a comment for Craig Lechleiter
"Welcome to Dragoon Base, Greg. We have another trooper on here who is a tower rat down in the Hemet, CA area, Sig Fertig. Here is his profile page...http://dragoonbase.com/profile/SigmundFertig649"
Apr 29, 2019
Craig Lechleiter is now a member of Dragoon Base
Apr 26, 2019

Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Troop I, 3/2nd ACR
Where were you stationed?
Pond Barracks, Amberg, Germany
What MOS or job description did you have?
11D10, 11D20
What was your rank/title?
Sergeant E-5 (Acting Jack)
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
1971-72
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Initially I was assigned to an M-114, then as a gunner on an M551 and finally an M551 Track Commander.
Tell us a little about you now.
Retired from the US Forest Service as a Inter Regional Hotshot Crew Superintendent after 32 years service. Performed as a Fire Crew Captain for CalFire running a crew of 17 inmates for an additional 6 years and then retired. For the last 8 years I have served as a Fire Lookout on the Lava Beds National Monument and Modoc National Forest in NE California.
Do you have a web site?
http://no
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Charlie Day, Johnny Nichols

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At 10:56am on April 29, 2019, Sigmund Fertig said…

Welcome Craig, Served in Bamberg, 58/60. Was a CW Oper. in an M-59 PC. Volunteered for 6 years with the San Bernardino Mountain Foundation as a Fire Host Lookout at Black Mountain, above and North of he town of Idyllwild, now retired living in Hemet, Ca

At 10:28am on April 29, 2019, Dave Gettman said…

Welcome to Dragoon Base, Greg. We have another trooper on here who is a tower rat down in the Hemet, CA area, Sig Fertig. Here is his profile page...http://dragoonbase.com/profile/SigmundFertig649

 
 
 

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