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Dave Gettman
  • 65, Male
  • 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 5:30pm on January 13, 2019, Harry Warner said…

Dave, thanks for the link.  My mind is a-boggle.  

At 11:13am on January 7, 2019, Rickey Gene Krueger said…

Thanks for the information on SSG Crump! I haven't seen him since Dec 1975. And we likely did cross paths. I remember seeing the trucks hauling the remains of the M551 back to the Rock in '74.

At 8:10am on January 7, 2019, Jack A. Miller said…

Dave, Thanks for thinking of me. I feel good for being an old fart, I get out every day, mostly with my fishing croonies,tell all the Circle C Cowboys hello. Top

At 10:14am on December 26, 2018, Ted said…

I wasn't there when the tank went up but I was one of the wrecker drivers that was loading pieces into 5 ton semis

At 9:34am on December 25, 2018, Ted said…

Yes i was I left the Rock around the 22nd of October right after everyone got back from Reforger. Was you part of the tank crew of the the tank that blew up while we was out on an alert?


At 5:42pm on October 11, 2018, Joe Sellner said…

Thanks for the Birthday wish Dave. The big 60. Never thought I would make it this long.

life is good though and I sure am enjoying it. I sent you an email.

At 9:52pm on September 30, 2018, Dennis West said…
Anyone know if there were photos or yearbook from 73/75 headquarters troup in Amberg.
At 12:20pm on July 30, 2018, Edward (Gene) Beck said…

Happy Birthday My Friend! I hope you are still good lookin' as me!

At 2:51am on July 28, 2018, Siegbert Marquardt said…

Happy Birthday Dave

At 8:48am on July 11, 2018, John MacEnroe said…
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"C Troop was on the border when that happened July 25, 1974, but had been replaced at the camps so we could take part in the exercise where that happened."
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"Thanks for the information on SSG Crump! I haven't seen him since Dec 1975. And we likely did cross paths. I remember seeing the trucks hauling the remains of the M551 back to the Rock in '74."
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2d Dragoon websites

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

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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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