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David Badal
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  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • United States

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
E-Trp 2/2 ACR, 1st Plt.
Where were you stationed?
Bamberg Germany
What MOS or job description did you have?
19D D3
What was your rank/title?
Sgt. E-5
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Tell us a little about your cav days.
While in 2nd Squadron 2nd ACR, I spent quite a bit of time down range before we went to the Gulf. Everbody in 2nd Squadron was pretty cool in those days. Hung around a little with MacNeil E-5 in my platoon. My memory is not as good as it used to be.

My Troop commander was Capt. H. R. McMaster; that was one hard chargin officer. My 1sg. was Virrill; he was the toughest 1 sg. I ever had. Played football with him a few times he was a good man. I'd could go to war with both of them.

My Plt. leader was Lt. Petscheke; I think that's how you spell his name. Did really know him all that well but he seemed proficient. My platoon sgt was SSG. Foster; SSG Foster was alright, he didn't take any chances when it came to his troops in combat. He was a good guy.
Tell us a little about you now.
I'm trying to hang in there. Since I left the service I've had a little trouble dealing with civilian life. I've recently completed a PTSD residential program which brought back tons of memories. Some good some bad.
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Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
I'd like to hear from anyone who was in my unit.

David Badal's Blog

Wish I could've made the annual meeting.

Hello Jason,

Sorry I missed the annual get together at your home. It would've been great to see some folks from 2ACR again. Unfortunately, I was a bit under the weather and am looking forward to a recovery.

How everything went well and thanks for the invite. Really ticked off about missing the good chow and company.

First in last out Recon...

Always ready and second to none...


Sgt. David Badal

Posted on June 2, 2010 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

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At 11:55am on September 23, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
Wishing you many more, from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 11:42am on September 23, 2010, Jesse Kelley said…
At 1:27pm on October 21, 2009, David Badal said…
Sure thing... Please pardon the delay
At 10:30pm on October 15, 2009, Jason Hastings said…
David, please go to the Groups page and join me in "The Colorado Platoon."
At 4:02pm on October 6, 2009, Sigmund Fertig said…
Thanks for answering and adding me as a friend. My days in Bamberg were as a 19 -20 year old probably the same as other there to patrol the border and have a few beers and crazy times at Graf. A growing up time in life. The 2nd ACR was just part of it but the history of our unit is something to be very proud of and i was blessed to be part of such a special organization.
At 10:30pm on October 5, 2009, Jason Hastings said…

I served with Bill Virrill in a staff position. He is on this website. Try giving him a nudge.

I guess you were part of 73 Easting?
At 6:26pm on October 5, 2009, Sigmund Fertig said…
Welcome David, I was stationed in Bamberg in 1958-60 with How. Co 2nd Bn.
At 5:52pm on October 5, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…

Toujours Pret David,
Welcome to the new DragoonBase, the new Base has plenty of newer features, lots of sub-groups,(ie,F-Trp,Amberg,Medics,etc.) and links for 2nd Cav News and History.
Robb Russell has posted some tips for navigating the site (ie,photos,links,ect) in the Forum.
Make sure you stop by and read the latest Tacoma Dave ‘Triva Quiz’, learn some 2nd Cav history and you can even win a kool prize.
If you need any help, you can contact Robb, or any of the 5 admins listed at the top of the page, or just yell out, another member may be able to help you.
And our only wish, ‘Keep it clean’, use our Real names/with Pictures(pix from back in the day, work best for searching for Brothers, but any picture will do).
And that you please tell all your friends about the new DragoonBase.

Thanks again for joining Dragoon Base, and for your service to our great country,
Jesse Kelley

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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.


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