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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 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!!

At 1:42pm on August 5, 2019, Rafael Pabon said…

Hello Dave, I just got an e-mail from former C Troop 1SG, CSM (Ret) Ned Devereaux, informing me that former 2d ACR RCSM Terry Trobough passed away in Manhattan, KS. CSM (Ret) Terry Trobough (August 17, 1941 - August 03, 2019)  RIP

At 11:01am on July 28, 2019, Alexander Stark said…

Many thanks just looking for someone who knows where he lives

At 9:33am on July 28, 2019, Alexander Stark said…

Hello, you said you leave 1975, i have a troop photo from my dad, william smith 1975 do you know him?received_674179226381825.jpeg

All the way down 5 from left

At 6:02pm on May 9, 2019, Alex Connolly said…

Thanks Dave. He and I ran the border shop up at Reed before we left.

At 5:58pm on May 9, 2019, Alex Connolly said…

Wow. He hasn't aged at all. At the age of 25 he looked 50

At 2:59pm on May 9, 2019, Alex Connolly said…

Hmph. OK, well it's been this long... Thanks for leaving them notes, if you're friendly with Rick Martin the mechanic, tell him to check his board. :)  I don't do Facebook, too many ex wives out there.

At 12:53pm on May 9, 2019, Alex Connolly said…

Thanks Dave, I appreciate it. Thanks for the welcome!

Latest Activity

Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"He served with 25th Infantry and 2d Cav at Ft. Lewis and Vilseck in 2006. He went to 7th Army after that."
Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"David, when they wear the crest on the right breast like that it denotes they served with that unit in combat in the past."
Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Harold, yes he must have been one of ours at one time. I see he also has a 25th Infantry badge. I'm thinking he was probably at Ft. Lewis in 2006 when 2ACR was inactivated and 1-25 Inf was reflagged as 2SCR and sent to Vilseck."
Dave Gettman replied to Frank L Moseley's discussion STETSONS aka CAVALRY HATS Etc.
"Updated my Stetson. Traded in the Civil War era worsted wool cord in Dragoon orange for a modern version in Dragoon orange. Also traded the WW II era unit insignia on the back for a 1930 version."
Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Today's 2d Cavalry Regiment doing live fire exercises at Graf."
Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Harold, keep having birthdays. I'll make one of them on time, I promise. Happy Birthday!"
Dave Gettman commented on Jim Clendenen's group Politics, Religion, Fist Fights, and other Tom Foolery
"Good stuff, Shannon. Thanks!"
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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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