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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?
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Lester Paul (found; he's deceased), Harry Watt (found), Paul Garcia (found; he's deceased), Dan "Mac" MacDonald (found; he's 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 4:59pm on February 4, 2020, George Crump (Chief) said…

Hello Dave,  Thank you so much for remembering my birthday and for your b-day wishes. Dragoon For Life - Chief    Check out CTrp. in Graf. and monthly base pay 1964-68

At 2:37pm on January 12, 2020, Rafael Pabon said…

No Dave, that's not the Dave Clark that I know, the one that I know was my Plt. Ldr. while in C Trp 1st Plt. on late 1979 until 1981, he then was selected and became the newly promoted BG Robert Wagner (Dueler) Aide the Camp at the 3rd ID, About 2 years forward then CPT. Dave Clark commanded a Troop of 3/7 Cav (I think A Trp.), David Sheridan Clark is now a retired LTC residing in Tennessee. To the Captain Clark on your photo - "Rest In Peace my Brother and Thank Your For Your Service and Ultimate Sacrifice."

At 2:26pm on January 12, 2020, Rafael Pabon said…

Hello Dave, greetings from Virginia USA!!  Thank you so much for remembering my birthday and for your b-day wishes, truly appreciated and very classic. Stay Strong & Stay Healthy...enjoy life!!  GOD Bless The Regiment!!

At 5:53pm on December 10, 2019, Ron Winship said…

*RCSM Joseph T. Foglio.....5th in line for SM of the ARMY.  Loved him bunches, "Look at the CSM's Belt Buckle....now look are you Buckle Trooper!"  Loved walking with him across the Parade Grounds.  He loved busting NCO's, especially those stealing cash from the Casino take.  When you look under unforgettable people on earth....you will definitely find his photo!

At 6:39pm on November 22, 2019, Paul F Nagengast Jr said…

Dave, the source picture is right-side up but still loads upside down. Then I rotated the source photo upside down and it loaded identical to source upside down. So I just went with the crest and it loaded fine.

At 5:42pm on November 22, 2019, Paul F Nagengast Jr said…

Dave, I see the Squadron Commander's coin but I need to rotate my profile picture 180 degrees.

At 5:14pm on November 22, 2019, Paul F Nagengast Jr said…

Dave, can you turn my profile photo 180 degrees? It is upside down and I cannot figure out how to rotate it.

At 11:26pm on August 12, 2019, Dan Mathews said…

What happened to you on FB? People are wondering.

At 11:21pm on August 12, 2019, Dan Mathews said…

At 2:24pm on August 6, 2019, Rafael Pabon said…

I know that you will take care quick and with Cavalry razor edge. Thank you and GOD Bless from Virginia USA!!

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"Happy anniversary, Harold! You almost got as many anniversaries as I've got birthdays."
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"I don't know about elite, David, but we ARE a bunch of diehards. Welcome aboard."
Dave Gettman commented on Bob Ryan's group C Trp
"Welcome, David. Make yourself at home. "Tacoma Dave" Gettman, 1st platoon, C Trp 1974-75."

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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.

The Regiment has a building at their home on Rose Barracks in Vilseck…


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

9th Colonel of the Regiment David R. Clendenin 29 Oct 1888 – 2 Apr 1891



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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