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Edward J Hathorn Sr
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Edward J Hathorn Sr replied to Eric Heller's discussion Amberg--LTA in the group Amberg
"I had just arrived in Amberg in August of 1968 when Russia invaded Czechoslovakia and remember we were on alert for quite some time. I was in the Hawk Missile Unit and I remember the Russian jets flying into Germany and then flying back in a short…"
Feb 13, 2016
Edward J Hathorn Sr replied to Eric Heller's discussion Amberg--LTA in the group Amberg
"I was a Hawk Missile Crewman stationed at Pond Barracks from August 1968 until Jan. 27, 1970. Our missile site was next to the German Army's training site outside of Amberg. We were on 24 and off 24 for the year and a half that I was there. I…"
Feb 13, 2016
Edward J Hathorn Sr commented on Ted Corby's video
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"Great video of the old Pond Barracks. I was there from August 1968 to the end of January 1970 as a Hawk Missile Crewman Sp5/E-5. Brought back a lot of memories. Thanks for posting."
Jun 10, 2014
Edward J Hathorn Sr replied to Eric Heller's discussion Amberg--LTA in the group Amberg
"Thank you so much for the information. It really helped a lot. Also, I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have if  I am able."
Dec 1, 2012
Edward J Hathorn Sr replied to Eric Heller's discussion Amberg--LTA in the group Amberg
"I have been trying to find that site on google maps, but haven't been successful. Can you tell me how to find it? I would greatly appreciate your help. I also remember pulling guard duty during the winter and glad that we had a portable heater…"
Nov 6, 2012
Edward J Hathorn Sr replied to Eric Heller's discussion Amberg--LTA in the group Amberg
"I was in the Hawk unit from Aug. 1968 to Jan 1970. We were part of the 32d AAdcom- air defense artillery. Our unit was D battery 4th Battalion 57th Artillery and we had our barracks to the left of the Cav HQ building and on the second floor. Seems…"
Nov 5, 2012
Edward J Hathorn Sr left a comment for Jesse Kelley
"Thank you for adding me to your group. Although I was not in the Cav unit but the Hawk Missile unit that was stationed at the Pond Barracks, I am proud to be in the group. I have many memories of those times at the EM club and the NCO club and also…"
Nov 1, 2012
Edward J Hathorn Sr replied to Eric Heller's discussion Amberg--LTA in the group Amberg
"I pulled every other day and night at that Hawk Missile site. During the winter, it was one of the coldest places that I have ever been. If it wasn't for a heater in the guard shack, I believe we all would have frozen to death doing guard duty.…"
Nov 1, 2012
Edward J Hathorn Sr joined Robb Russell's group
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For those who remember or want to share with others who also served at Pond barracks. Pleasepost lotsof pics. We love them.
Nov 1, 2012
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R C Johnson left a comment for Edward J Hathorn Sr
"I was there from 68-71 in Hqt.trp.  I did not know about any Hawks, but that doesn't mean anything.  I was so stoned when I was there a green elephant could have walked across the parade ground and I would have just laughed. …"
Oct 31, 2012
Thomas Blaszkiewicz left a comment for Edward J Hathorn Sr
"I was at Pond Barracks 69-71.In HQ troop with REDEYE.I did not know that we had a HAWK missle team,where were they ?"
Oct 31, 2012
Jesse Kelley left a comment for Edward J Hathorn Sr
"Toujours Pret Edward The Dragoonbase.com, has plenty of updated features (HTML and format friendly), lots of sub-groups, (Officers Club,F-Trp,Amberg,Medics,and the always busy Oldtimers club). Also links for “2nd Cavalry Assn.” News…"
Oct 31, 2012
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Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
I was with the Hawk Missile Unit at Pond Barracks
Where were you stationed?
Pond Barracks
What MOS or job description did you have?
16D20 Hawk Missile Crewman
What was your rank/title?
E-5 Crew Chief
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Aug 1968 to Jan 1970
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
William D Shafer, David Hedrick, Gus Clark, Capt. Gene Miller

I remember in 68 or 69 when the howitzer blew up at Pond Barracks motor pool. As a Hawk Missile Crewman, we pulled 24 hours on and 24 off. I was resting in my bunk when a tremendous explosion took place and when we looked out the window, we saw a huge smoke ring going up into the air. Later, we found out that there had been an explosion in the motor pool that shattered a lot of windows on the base including the ones at the American school. Heard that no one was hurt and it was due to an electrical short that caused a full load of ammo to explode.

I believe the Hawk Missile unit barracks was on the top floor of the building to the left of the Cav unit. I remember we had to walk over to that building to take a shower since we did not have a shower of our own. Also, our site was where the training area was outside of Amberg. Not really sure where it was, but have been trying to find it on Google Earth. Remember the jets flying in and they were lower than our site, an exciting cite to see.

I also remember when the helicopter tried to land at Pond Barracks and was ordered away.

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At 7:24pm on October 31, 2012, R C Johnson said…

I was there from 68-71 in Hqt.trp.  I did not know about any Hawks, but that doesn't mean anything.  I was so stoned when I was there a green elephant could have walked across the parade ground and I would have just laughed.  Welcome home trooper!

At 1:54pm on October 31, 2012, Thomas Blaszkiewicz said…

I was at Pond Barracks 69-71.In HQ troop with REDEYE.I did not know that we had a HAWK missle team,where were they ?

At 11:46am on October 31, 2012, Jesse Kelley said…
 
 
 

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