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Don A Eller
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  • Robstown, TX
  • United States

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Richard Lucero left a comment for Don A Eller
"Hi Don! I got there in October of '71 and was assigned to D company. I remember those M-88's which we called the tank retriever. They burned mo-gas instead of diesel and I believe they used gallons-per-mile instead of the other way around.…"
Mar 23, 2018
Don A Eller commented on Robb Russell's group Bindlach
"Steve I was in D company  M - 88 Driver 1969 Thur 1972"
Mar 23, 2018

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
1/2 delta company
Where were you stationed?
the rock in bindlack
What MOS or job description did you have?
63 fox 40
What was your rank/title?
E 4
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
1969 TO 1970

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At 10:56am on March 23, 2018, Richard Lucero said…

Hi Don! I got there in October of '71 and was assigned to D company. I remember those M-88's which we called the tank retriever. They burned mo-gas instead of diesel and I believe they used gallons-per-mile instead of the other way around. I remember one driver named Palmeter (sp?) whom they called "Palm Tree" and sometimes just "Tree." He smoked a pipe and I remember how amazing he was on that M-88. When you needed a new engine pack or anything, you'd see him come smoking that pipe with flames belching out the back of that old tank retriever. Great memories!

At 4:02pm on October 16, 2011, Donald (Donnie) Eugene Box Jr. said…

Good to know I didn't fry all my brain cells. my email address is; deboxjr@aol.com I went back to the steel mill when I got out.Went into the skilled crafts. My ex,linda and me had a couple of boys. I still see her all the time, we remain good friends. She just got tired of being married to an asshole.Workin' 80 or more hours a week and drinkin' 40 hours a week must have gotten to her. I gave the stuff up about 21`years ago.Got tired of puttin' lawyers kids through college. I do a little weldin' and buildin' now. keep a couple of old harley's runnin' and try to stay busy with off the wall projects. went to college a couple of times but never did get my degree. My youngest is always on my case to go ahead and finish my B.A.  I don't see much of a demand for retired millwrights with an english lit. degree.  I never did go to the 2nd Cav sight very often but I got a message from a friend of Eva Rudarmel. Do you remember Les? She said Les passed away about 4 years ago. I hope to hear from her again soon. I'd like to get in touch with some of the guys if I can find them. Eva  (Les' wife) is trying to find another good ol' Texas boy. Ron Ensley, remember that smilin' cowboy? He's from the San Antonio area I think.Linda has family there and about 35 years ago they tried to find him for me but they drew a blank. Dop me an email I look forward to hearin' from you. Later bud

At 12:08pm on October 15, 2011, Donald (Donnie) Eugene Box Jr. said…
Don weren't you from the Corpus Cristi area? Didn't you have a photo album about the hurricane that did so much damage in that part of the country back in the late 60's. I sorta remember a bunch of us guys sitting around a table at one of the local gasthaus' . I had my wife with me, living off post for about 9 months and it was one of the places the married guys would hang with their wives and girl friends
At 9:35pm on July 21, 2011, Daniel J. Wroten said…

Happy Birthday Don!!  I was in D Troop maintenance from 1962 to 1964, I also drove the M-88, it was D-8 check out my Photos. 

Dan Wroten


At 12:05pm on July 21, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
Wishing you many more, from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 3:16pm on March 10, 2011, Michael Wayne Roberts said…
Hello Don, I to was at the Rock from nov.68 thru Jun 70. I was in the S-2 section in HQ Troop, spent several tours on the border during that tme period....Good to se you found DragoonBase, These guy's have done a wonderful job with this site, and has help re-connect several old friends along the way....take care, Mike Roberts
At 10:28pm on March 9, 2011, Cosme Guzman-Torres said…
Did you remember Puerto Ricans guys named Castillo and Medina been in D Troop during those years?
At 10:27pm on March 9, 2011, Cosme Guzman-Torres said…

Hi. I been in the Rock C Troop from august 1968 thru april 1970/ We shoul meet in someplace while been there.

Toujours pret

At 11:52pm on March 8, 2011, Lawrence Stanley Snow(DUSTY)SSG said…
Hi Don,   Welcome back to the ROCK , I was in B Troop 1/2 ACR in 1970-1972. I Hope you have luck in finding some of your old friends.        Lawrence S. (Dusty) Snow
At 11:32pm on March 8, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…


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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