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Dave Gettman
  • 63, 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 5:44pm on July 17, 2017, George McKay said…
Hi Dave it's been a long time. Finally back up and running. Hope your doing well
At 8:17am on July 3, 2017, Joe Sellner said…
Thanks Dave! That is kind of what I thought. A guy in his late 70's is trying to recruit me and I think he is being over zealous! Need an Occupation Ribbon for Berlin or proof of danger pay!
At 9:19pm on July 2, 2017, Joe Sellner said…
Hi Dave,
Did you receive danger pay while at the Border Camp?
Th VFW is trying to recruit me and I do not think I qualify! They said if I recieved danger pay at Camp Gates I would. I remember talking about it, but, cannot remember if we did. I would be honored to be a member of the VFW, but , do not want to be if I am not qualified. I contacted my County Service Officer and am waiting on a reply if he can find those records.

Thanks for all you do!
At 11:56am on May 24, 2017, Bill Williams said…
Yep!!! Thats the beer. Lucky you To bad I cant get it here.
At 11:36pm on April 18, 2017, Keven Gardner said…

  Dave send me your address and I will get the 72 K Troop roster to you.

At 1:46pm on April 17, 2017, Tim Adams said…

Hi Dave, I don't mind...I actually enjoyed showing it to my kids (who are now older than I was then).  I was looking for the video, but I couldn't find it.

Tim Adams

At 3:07pm on April 3, 2017, Rollin Craig Bammer said…

Dave, Yes i joined the Bindlach Group a couple of years back but never heard from anybody.  I thought maybe they all had passed on to that patrol in the sky?  I did just heard from a fellow trooper that was in another troop and frequented places i went to.  I just decided to join the Honorary US Dragoons as i is one :)  I participate in many functions as a American Legion Rider and have stood in flag lines many times including those at the new Omaha National Cemetery which is right behind me on my fence line.  Got a mission on Thursday morning to lay a wreath commemorating our involvement in WWI at the ONC.  About them recruits from Nebraska in the 1860's i don't seem to remember them?  It was a little bit before my time.  I do call myself an Old Relic...  RC Bammer

At 6:42pm on March 7, 2017, Joe Sellner said…
What's going on? I am not able to post on old timers .
At 8:53pm on March 4, 2017, Thomas G. Carlson said…

No Gnu's in western michigan I guess that's good news....... all secure.

At 5:39am on January 29, 2017, Jack A. Miller said…

Dave, Never came anywhere Close to that. Top

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Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Well, the count for poisonings in Seattle restaurants from eating raw oysters is up to 25 now. I think those idiots see it as a challenge."
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Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"I think they would have to drag me out Harold, kickin' and screamin' the whole way."
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Dave Gettman commented on Robert M. Lavoie's group NFL NASCAR BASEBALL AND MORE - Trash Talk?
"Should be a great game, Ernie. Try to enjoy the butt-whoopin' Manning is going to get."
Dave Gettman left a comment for Jesse Juarez
"I was in 1st platoon, SFC Webb. I also left from Camp Pitman for home, February 1975. So you missed out on the big exercise we had in July. We got relieved on the border so we could take part. That is when C-15 blew up. It caught on fire with a full…"
Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Sounds like you have some miles to put on, Frank. Been pretty dry here lately. Haven't gotten a drop of rain in over a month. Might get a few sprinkles tomorrow, then it dries out for the foreseeable future. If no rain tomorrow, we might have a…"
Dave Gettman left a comment for Billy Horry
"What troop were you in Billy? I was in C Troop 1974-75. No herbicides that I know of. I hope you find out what is going on and get some treatment."
Dave Gettman left a comment for Jesse Juarez
"Hey Jesse, welcome to Dragoon Base. I got to C Troop in January '74, so we overlapped 7 months. You were probably gone by the time we blew up C-15 on July 25th. That was one heck of an explosion!!!"
Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Alive and kickin', RC. Thanks for asking, my friend."

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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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