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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
M Company
L Troop
Where were you stationed?
What MOS or job description did you have?
What was your rank/title?
E-7 / SFC
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Tell us a little about your cav days.
3/2ACR was my first assignment when I enlisted. Started as a loader, driver, gunner, and Tank Commander on the M60, M60A1, M60 A1 Rise, M60 A3, and the M1 while in Mco as the years went by. Promoted to E-7 and was assigned to the S-3 / S-2 as Border NCOIC. Finished my tour of duty with L Troop as a Platoon Sergeant. In that 10 years time span, I [participated in countless gunneries, FTX,s Reforgers, and most of all Border Duty at both Camps
Tell us a little about you now.
Retired as a 1SG out of Fort Sill in 1996, and I am now a High School Teacher in my hometown of Sayre Oklahoma, teaching U.S History, World History, Geography, Government, Economics.

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At 6:51pm on November 12, 2014, Tim Gavaghan said…
Remember me? You kept me straight on the border and Hastings back in Amberg. Did I really hit you up on your Birthday? Have a great one boss! You and Hastings set me on a course that went 24 years. Many thanks brother!
Tim Gavaghan
At 6:03am on August 12, 2014, Rick (Sgt. Marty) Martin said…

Sgt.Z, Ran into Max Tritt at my grandkids soccer game in June and he turned me on to this site.  Found your name as well as quite a few others that I served with in M Co from 82-84.  I actually was originally assigned to HHT for probably nine months and got transferred to M Co.  Worked in maintenance with secondaries in PLL, Recovery, and Turret maintenance on the M60's.  Drove the old beast M49 for a while and then was TC on it for a short time until I decided to ETS.  Spent the last six months as Capt. Burcham's driver during the M1 transition.  I have a picture of you, Sgt. McGuire, and PFC McClain standing behind an M1 with a thrown track.  Will get a bunch of photos on the site sometime in the near future.  Just need to get them onto a disc so I can post them.  Got a reply from a message I sent to Phil Benson and he says there is a facebook page for M Co.  Don't do facebook but I do have an email address. (ramartin1957@yahoo.com).  I only make it onto this site probably once a week as I don't have internet access at home and have to go to public wifi so email is more accessible on my Iphone.  Look forward to hearing from you. Rick (Sgt. Marty) Martin.

At 10:49pm on March 14, 2013, James B. Ronan II said…

E-mail your Uncle Jim.

At 9:06pm on March 12, 2013, Pete Johnson said…


I wanted to add something. When I scoped out your profile, I saw that you're teaching high school. I have a 16-year-old daughter in high school now, and will tell you that you couldn't have picked a nobler profession. This country needs happening people who've seen the world as up-front role models and educators. 

The second thing is your most excellent photo. It's like a moment frozen in time. And in that photo your heritage shines like a beacon. My daughter's boyfriend's name is Manny Guerrero and he looks like he could be a brother or cousin of yours. My kid did a double-take when she saw the Z-man patriotic portrait.

And by the way, Jim Ronan (our old adjutant) just joined our 3/2 social media world. I'm about to go over to his profile and bust his chops.

- Pete

At 4:49pm on March 11, 2013, Robert E Harrell said…

Zman!! Good to here from you!!! I can't remember names but I do recognize a lot of the faces that occasionally get posted here...posted this pic of you a couple of years ago...sure like to know whatever happened with Courtney, Bell & Capt Hill....

At 10:28am on March 4, 2013, Paul Phillips said…

Welcome, I remember you, I was in Mco, 3rd platoon, on M35 from '75-78'.

At 11:12pm on March 2, 2013, Lee Adelman said…
Z-man. Rarely comment here. But when I saw you joined wanted to send my regards. Great memories serving with you in M Co - CPT Burcham and 1stSgt Smith. Best 3 years of my short career. Got medically retired in 88. Wondered what happened to you. See you are a teacher. No doubt you are an outstanding one! I continued on after retiring as a federal employee with the dept of defense. 25 years now. Currently assigned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Had the opportunity to visit Amberg, Graf and Vilseck recently. My how it has changed. But felt like I had just left. Please stay in touch. You can reach me at work at IBM@gtmo.navy.mil. Best regards. Lee
At 9:38pm on February 28, 2013, Pete Johnson said…


I just got the email that you'd joined! This is a pretty cool medium, not perfect, but I'm amazed at the people who show up -- I wanted to give you huge props for being the pro that you were back in the day. I think about those crazy times off and on and wonder how we all made it!

Your old Captain,

- Pete Johnson

At 9:11pm on February 28, 2013, Shannon Ryan said…

Welcome Fernando, I served with Mco fro 78 to 80 1st Plt.

At 7:34pm on February 4, 2013, Jesse Kelley said…

Colonels of the Regiment

8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



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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