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Short timers

"Hey, I was the one in the tank top. In 80' I was transferred to HQ, Nuremberg, Merrell Barracks. There was some rule for guard duty, during inspection if you were picked, then you would hang ready to accompany the Colonel. It was called being…"
Oct 5, 2015
Doug Ford commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"I wasn't there during 72-73', but we heard about it. It was when 2/2 ACR had some old drafty's still in and they didn't want to be there. Some had seen to much action in Vietnam and wanted out NOW! and did extreme things to get…"
Oct 5, 2015
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Short timers

"I'm the one with the tank top... Man I can't remember what platoon I was in, but our Sargent First-class wore Germany Army Tanker boots. I loved those things and wore the same my whole tour there. Some guys on my tanks was Gary Thompson,…"
Sep 10, 2015
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Short timers

"which one are you, the shorter guy with the plaid on I remember more so.  which platoon were you?"
Sep 9, 2015
Doug Ford left a comment for Tim Welling
"Welcome Tim... We were in during the same time as well..."
Sep 9, 2015
Doug Ford commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"That's for sure. The CAV took me way outside my comfort zone and introduced me to many things, but most of all the brotherhood of experiencing it with the other cavalrymen. It really didn't make a difference what part of the country…"
Mar 12, 2015
Doug Ford commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"I had this piece of stain glass made for my window on Palmetto Ave. because of the Palmetto leaf from our badge."
Mar 12, 2015
Doug Ford commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
Mar 12, 2015
Doug Ford commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"I live in Sanford and have been to "Soldiers Creek" many times for Speck fishing and didn't realize for a couple of years that the 2 Cav had fought in that very area. I live about a  block from where Ft. Mellon was located and…"
Mar 12, 2015
Doug Ford commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
Mar 12, 2015
Doug Ford commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"Molino's... It could have been. It was close enough, it was common for CAV to hang out there. I remember hearing Van Halen for the first time, songs "Eruption" that lead into "You Really Got Me"  and my jaw…"
Mar 5, 2015
Doug Ford commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"I don't remember the name of the place, but it was very near the Kassern and there was a discotek in the back. But, I remember the pizza had a fried egg in the center of the pizza."
Mar 2, 2015
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Junior &Herman The german little swiss bound

"Those boots the German is wearing are the same boots I wore in uniform. I remember buying them out of the back of some guys car, in the parking lot at Camp Hof for whiskey/cigarettes. The pair that I bought were to small, but I loved them so much I…"
Dec 4, 2014
Doug Ford left a comment for Don Cudworth
"Hey Don, Sorry for the delayed response. I'm actually central Florida, Sanford, a couple of blocks from the St. Johns River. I'm about 30 mins. from Daytona Beach. Miami is about 5 hours from me. I'm sure you'll have a blast…"
Dec 4, 2014
Doug Ford commented on Jesse Kelley's group Border Patrol
"I admit, we were considered special and rightfully, but from the regular Army perspective, we were targets..."
Dec 4, 2014
Doug Ford commented on Jesse Kelley's group Border Patrol
"Just posting another memory: When I first  came to post in 1977, Bamberg, I was driving a Sheridan. Loved the speed of that thing. So months later we got the M60A1 RISE; brand new OD-Green! So our first task was to camouflage paint. So we were…"
Dec 4, 2014

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
2/2 Cav F Troop
Where were you stationed?
Bamberg, GR
What MOS or job description did you have?
Tank gunner/driver for the Sheridan / M60A1 RISE
What was your rank/title?
E-4
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
77-80'
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Here are the memories, although random: Over 300 days in the field, Border guard, Graf, Reforger, Plaque above First Sargent s door, "I may not be God, BUT GOD AIN'T AIRBORNE", Sleep Deprivation Training, Headquarters in Nuremberg. Favorite march/run cadence "A Yellow Bird". The Witch's Tit at the Tri-Zone

Being there also included Camp Hof, Camp Cobourg and the Tri-zone (The Witches Tit) for border patrols. Interestingly, I now live where one of the original Dragoons, 2 Cav regiments was formed in Sanford, FL during the Seminole Indian Wars. I had no idea until I was fishing in "Soldiers Creek" where I was told and have since found documents where many of the battles were fought in the early 1800's. Who would have thunk... CAV
Tell us a little about you now.
Working for AAA now in Florida as a systems analyst for aaa.com.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Doug Thacker, Henry Bodkins, Junior, Thompson, are the only ones I can remember.

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At 6:30pm on November 25, 2014, Don Cudworth said…

Hey Doug  possibly doing a cruise out  of Miami in September 2015 are you in south Fla if you are let me know .we can hook up Happy Thanksgiving

 949-291-5964

At 4:43pm on May 15, 2014, Don Cudworth said…

Just a heads up Mini  fox troop reunion in Las Vegas 6/29-7/1.Confirmed  Ted Coogan. Rick Sherich Don Cudworth.Possible Jim Sumpter , Rodger Godby its a longshot but If u can join us give a call 949-291-5964

At 1:32pm on April 30, 2014, Don Cudworth said…

Any more pics?

At 3:54pm on April 24, 2014, Don Cudworth said…

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heres  a recent pic Me my wife and our son zippy can u see the resemblance

At 3:34pm on April 24, 2014, Don Cudworth said…

As u can see times change people dont

At 3:16pm on April 24, 2014, Don Cudworth said…

Yeah I still have a few  too the wife issued me a Ration Card about 20 years ago so I cant use all at once

At 2:34pm on April 24, 2014, Don Cudworth said…

For Reasons known to us there are probably a lot we cant remember lol. I know u used to be a fixture at zappendorf  I had a birthday party there one year wonder if maybe u have pics in your collection. By the way  if ever in So Cal be sure to make contact

At 1:30pm on April 24, 2014, Don Cudworth said…

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saw you were looking for a group pic found this not sure if u have

At 4:38pm on April 22, 2014, Don Cudworth said…

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At 4:13pm on April 22, 2014, Don Cudworth said…

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not the greatest pic but most are on my old pc .I was with radar right across from Noble Roberts Cathey and others

 
 
 

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