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Dave Gettman
  • 63, Male
  • Tacoma, WA
  • United States

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Started Mar 9, 2016

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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 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

At 3:10pm on January 15, 2017, Ron Lawrence said…

Unbelievable, Dave!  I knew (I use the term "knew" loosely - I "knew" him as well as an E-4 / E-5 could know an 0-5...lol) Lt. Colonel Molino when he took over 2nd Squadron sometime in either 83 or 84 (can't remember exactly).  You mean to tell me he was there as a Captain as well?

At 5:49am on January 9, 2017, Jack A. Miller said…

Dave,  All iss well on this side of the Pond. No Problems at all with knee. Top

At 4:52pm on January 2, 2017, Edward (Gene) Beck said…

Hey Dave, don't we have a sports "Group"?

At 12:32pm on December 26, 2016, David E. Hooker said…

Again thank you Dave I understand rules are rules,I hope you enjoy the holidays.

At 1:47pm on December 24, 2016, Edward (Gene) Beck said…

I hope you have a Merry Christmas Old Friend.

At 10:42am on December 6, 2016, Jack A. Miller said…

Dave, Happy Holidays qand a prosperous New Year. Top

At 1:46pm on November 17, 2016, Paul Gargis said…

What an endeavor, my hat is off to you, hang in there Brother!

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Dave Gettman commented on Robert M. Lavoie's group NFL NASCAR BASEBALL AND MORE - Trash Talk?
"Didn't watch the game but the 'Zags managed to squeak by WVa and advance past the Sweet 16."
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Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Oh yeah, many years before the Macaw."
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"Harry, I've got a 2 hour CD with no music, just sounds of the Brazilian jungle. The wife's Macaw loves it!"
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"Ok maybe several if I am not driving.."
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"Just one? Nope, haven't tried the Radeberger."
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"Come on down for a cold one this summer if you get a chance."
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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

7th Colonel of the Regiment John P. Hatch

26 June 1881 - 9 January 1886



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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