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Donald L. Robinson
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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
3d Squadron 2nd Armored Cavalry
Mike Company Platoon Leader under Captain Harshman
Mike Company Executive Officeer under Captain Burcham
3d Squadron Border Officer under Major Milne\
3d Sqaudron S2 under Lieutenant Colonel Bird
3d Squadron S3 Plans Officer under Lt. Colonel Bird
Where were you stationed?
Amberg Garrison
Camp Reed on Czech border at Furth-im-Wald
Camp May on Czech border at Zwiesel
I served as Squadron evaluator in Confident Enterprise
What MOS or job description did you have?
Cavalry Officer
What was your rank/title?
1st Lieutenant
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Amberg, I was the border commander the day those soldiers died. I was at Camp Reed and I have written a book about the whole day. If you want to know what happened it is a part of my memory that I will never forget. As for all the other comments, if you didn't work camp Reed that night or worked a foot patrol or didn't work there you have no idea what really happened. I was the border commander that night, and it was hell. I know every name, everything I did and what happened. I also was the one to identify the soldiers in the morg. I had to handle the congressional investigation. I remember having my entire team placed on house arrest by Lieutenant Colonel Bird that horrible night. I saw the camp logs confiscated. So if you really want to know what happened. I am the one who witnessed the entire event. I served in M Company as a platoon leader of Red Platoon, I worked as the M Company XO. I served as Col Bird's Squadron Border Officer, Then worked with Major Milne the Squadron XO as the S2. I saw the shrine the Germans put up to the soldiers in Philipsreut.
Tell us a little about you now.
I'm still married to the same lady now over 40 years
I have 9 children two of which were born in Amberg at the local hospital.
I have served in the Newspaper industry since I left the service in I985.
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Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Captain Goho was the dentist
Captain Kilgore was the Squadron Motor Officer then K Troop Co.
SSG Zamarippa called SSG Z served as my platoon sergeant and then as my border sergeant.

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At 5:43am on February 21, 2013, Ryan T Meyer said…


Thanks for your service and for joining this great message board, my name is Ryan Meyer, I am the curator for the Reed Museum in Vilseck Germany, we are the 2d Cavalry's offical museum, back in your day we were known also as the Trophy room and were located in Nurnberg at the Headquarters for the Regiment.  I was wondering if your book on the incident is still in print, if not is would you be willing to donate a copy for our library?  It would be nice to have something to reference this event for future soldiers and researchers.  Thanks Ryan Meyer

At 10:21pm on February 20, 2013, Edward (Gene) Beck said…

welcome to the Base Donald. great to have you. You will surely find friends here. Check out the "Groups". There is a lot to catch up on and you seem to have a story to tell. Always Ready, Sir!

At 10:19pm on February 20, 2013, 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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