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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 8:54pm on December 14, 2020, Thomas G. Carlson said…

what is the need for capacity.  Maybe we could start a money drive once we figure our needs

At 11:32pm on December 12, 2020, Gerard Wandolowski said…

I got a message from 

J Mclaughlin's Page says 

Good Day,

How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on where his email is  for the full details.
Have a nice day
Thanks God bless. Scammers are using this same message around the internet to get money from your bank saying you win money. I speak German and this persons Englisch is terrible. I served on the Rock in Bindlacher Burg Delta Company also helped with head start German since I spoke it anyway. Harry Mills was my tank commander. I was the driver. He told me that when I drove it was like driving on a cloud. I am the only one who like going to the wash rack. 

The reason I have 3 accounts is keep forgetting passwords lol

At 4:12pm on July 27, 2020, Harry Warner said…

Yo Dave, Happy Birthday! Hope you’re doing okay out there.  

At 1:21pm on July 27, 2020, Shannon Ryan said…

Happy birthday Dra made it another year. Enjoy your day to the fullest. I will drink one of my German dark wheats that I have stashed away in your honor today.

At 5:12pm on July 26, 2020, Joe Sellner said…

Hi Dave! Been awhile since I have seen or heard from you! Hope your doing well in the midst of what we now call life! Tojours Pret Brother!

At 9:48am on June 22, 2020, Kevin Seidl said…

Hi Dave, Would rather communicate via Email directly. Can you reach out to me at


At 3:57am on May 3, 2020, Jim Ward said…

Dave, if you go to Dave Gray's page he has a Company picture of D Co from 1991 that is just the size you are looking for. 

At 1:47pm on April 21, 2020, George Crump (Chief) said…

Hi Dave - thanks for the information,  but I still need to talk to you about some other issues, so give me a phone call and or leave me your number and I'll call you. My home # 337-463-7828 Cill # 337-396-2762 Thanks Chief

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."

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Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Hey Harold, I'm sure he was probably called "alphabet" more than once in his career. Ironic that the gentleman who wrote that Fiddler's Green tribute for him is himself at Fiddler's Green today joining him."
Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Sad to say the 2d Cavalry lost an icon yesterday, and I lost a close friend. Retired CSM Ned Devereaux III, former 1st Sergeant with C Troop, 1/2ACR, and CSM with 11ACR, passed away He just told me Sunday he had gotten his plane ticket for the…"
Dave Gettman commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Harold, I only have one yearbook that names everybody in the regiment individually, from 1954, and he wasn't in it. No clue what battalion/squadron he might have been in."
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"Welcome to Dragoon Base, neighbor. Tacoma Dave here. Make yourself at home and come join us in the Old Timer's group."
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2d Cavalry Association 2021 Reunion at The American Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia

October 21, 2021 at 4pm to October 24, 2021 at 11am
NEW DATES FOR REUNIONFellow Troopers: Our next reunion will be in Atlanta and will include a trip to Ft. Benning to dedicate a memorial to the fallen of the Regiment.  The dedication of the memorial could make this reunion the most memorable one we have ever conducted. The dates for the reunion are October 21-24, 2021.  A lot more details will be forthcoming as we get closer to our next reunion. To make the reunion and the dedication of the memorial a reality we need your help. With the focus…See More
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"Hi Robert, I'm still alive, thank you, but struggling to breath at times. Lungs have been giving me a hard time the past few months. Freezing weather for the next week sure isn't going to help any. Don't know if any of you guys…"
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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.

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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