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Dave Gettman
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  • Tacoma, WA
  • United States

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
C Trp, 1st Squadron
Where were you stationed?
Christensen Barracks (The Rock), Bindlach, Germany
What MOS or job description did you have?
(P)11E20R8 M551A1 Sheridan driver
(S) 95B20 Military Policeman
What was your rank/title?
E-3, E-2, E-3
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Jan 1974-Feb 1975
Tell us a little about your cav days.
If I told you, I'd have to kill you. You wouldn't believe me anyway.
Tell us a little about you now.
Still the same crazy bastard I was back then, just a lot slower and a little meaner.
Do you have a web site?
Phone number (Optional).
Cell: (253) 327-4062
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Lester Paul (found deceased), Harry Watt (found), Paul Garcia (found deceased), Dan "Mac" MacDonald (found deceased), Marty Banning (found here), William "Tiny" Hayden (found here), Marty Buss and the rest of the party room at the end of the hall.

1LT Andy Stilley (found in Texas but lost again), 1SG Jack Miller (found here), CPT (Ret. COL) Tom Molino (found here), SSG Ken Webb, SGT Jim Cain (found here), SSG Rick "Butch" Cassidy (found here), SGT Brian Conlon (found here), SGT Donley French and SGT Dennis French (twins), Dennis Fullerton, Jerome Hess (found here), Scott Hippe (found here), SGT Larry Kissel (found here), PVT Mike Paige, SP/4 Brian Parten (found here), SGT Bob Ryan (found here), SGT Rick Reames (found here), SP/4 Cary Ley (found here), LT Jim Mitchell (found here)...I know there are several more I missed and more that are already here, but the mind gets foggy.

This was probably the last thing SSG Brow saw before I hit him with a flying tackle and put out his flames just past the first hour of July 25, 1974.  I think I must have still had this same expression as I ran away from C15 just seconds before it blew up.

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At 7:19pm on May 7, 2018, WHITNEY YOUNGS said…

Hi Dave, yes, I am, I didn't want to intrude on your forum since I am not a Dragon. I noticed my grandfather's name was listed here, so I thought I'd reach out. His name is Lt. Francis L. Tooley, and I am trying to find out more about what he did in WW II. I have attached a newspaper blurb and his photograph, perhaps you can shed some light on the "Ghost Troopers"? I know Tooley was shot three times by the Nazis: ankle, thigh and upper arm. Thank you for any help you can give me. Whitney Youngs

At 11:07am on April 29, 2018, Lawrence R Crawford said…

I remember you Dave ! !   You were pretty crazy like the rest of us back then.

I sure enjoyed my time at the "Rock" and it was definately a growing experience.

The good times far out weighed any of the bad times....  It was sure great getting back to the "World".

At 6:05pm on April 28, 2018, gary schmidt said…

sorry...not that Im aware of...

At 12:38am on January 31, 2018, James Cooper said…
Yeah but what a rush. I started as a loader, started driving. Nothing like firing that main gun and you being right under it.
At 6:07pm on January 30, 2018, James Cooper said…
Yeah Dave we were still rockin in the ol M 551s slot of guys hated them especially the packs blowing up all the time but I loved them. I think D and F trp. was using the M60A1 and some A2s though
At 4:40pm on January 16, 2018, Jose Aviles said…

Don't recall at first hand.  

At 4:25pm on January 16, 2018, Jose Aviles said…

Thanks for the add.  Certainly a great honor to "again" join forces with the best of the best.  

At 1:23pm on December 2, 2017, gary schmidt said…

not that im aware of...

At 3:06pm on September 24, 2017, Wayne Dixon said…

Dave, I was just looking at our 8th Coronel of the Regiment, I was wondering if he might have been any relation to my old Troop CO, back in 59.  the name was spelled different    Schwietzer.  Robert l. made 4 star then didn't keep his remarks to himself, I think was reduced back to 3 star before he passed away.  He was in the pentagon.


At 3:05pm on September 2, 2017, Wayne Dixon said…

DAVE, Has the store closed down I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET ON, I got  on one called GATTS they said the 2AC was joined with them. I wanted to get on there and buy the Decals and some other items.

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"General Lute was one of five former 2d Cavalry commanders (two of them 3-stars) at the reunion last year."
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"OK, I bought the movie HOSTILES and watched it yesterday. Definitely 2d Cavalry involved. The 1SGT had G Troop 2d Cav crossed sabers on his hat, and G Troop was actually one of the troops in NM at that time but they were at Fort Stanton, not Fort…"
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"Still having problems getting messages. I might get one out of five and I never get new member notices anymore."
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"Hey Harry, you got any relatives in Misery....I mean Missouri? It could be Sparta, Mississippi though. It was abbreviated and I couldn't tell if it was Mo or Ms. WARNER, Fred; enlisted: December 21, 1904, Tulsa, Indian Territory, by Lieut.…"
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Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"We lost another Oldtimer. Ric Perry, B Troop 1974-75, left for Fiddler's Green Monday, May 14, 2018. Rest in peace, Brother."
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2d Dragoon websites

Following is a listing of 2d Dragoon websites on the internet.

If you know of a site that isn't included here, please drop me a line by clicking on this link:



2d Cavalry Association History Center - http://history.dragoons.org/

2d Cavalry Association History Center Gallery -… Continue

Posted on November 21, 2010 at 10:00am — 4 Comments


For the twisted few of you out there like me who have lost anal retention over the closing of the 2d Cavalry's Reed Museum in 2006, I have some good news. Things are finally moving forward towards getting the "Reed" opened up again in Vilseck, Germany, after being in limbo for three years.



Posted on November 30, 2009 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

Great loss to the 2nd Cavalry family

Don Stivers, one of the premiere artists in the world on the subject of US military history, and long time friend of the 2nd Cavalry, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2009, while undergoing a heart procedure.

Don painted numerous scenes depicting the 2d Dragoons over their 173 years of service, including:…


Posted on November 7, 2009 at 1:35pm — 3 Comments


Will we hit 700 members before the end of the week? Most likely! Way to go, Dragoons!!!

Posted on November 5, 2009 at 11:43am — 4 Comments



Colonels of the Regiment

8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



This was the third design of the 2d Cavalry DUI, worn from 1924-1931. The sharp points on the ends of the bottom scroll again called for a redesign.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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