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Edward J Hathorn Sr
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  • Louisville, KY
  • United States

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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…



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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