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Garrett "Papa" Bruen
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  • Simi Valley, CA
  • United States
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Garrett "Papa" Bruen commented on Robb Russell's group Bindlach
"Thanks guys. It was the time of our lives!!!"
Dec 23, 2015
Garrett "Papa" Bruen commented on Robb Russell's group Bindlach
"I've been reading stories about the rock and they made me "home sick". Here's my found memories. After Basic Training at Ft Polk, Louisiana and AIT at Ft Ord in Field Communications (MOS 36A10) thought I was going to Nam but sent…"
Dec 23, 2015
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Jan 25, 2015
Garrett "Papa" Bruen replied to PHILIP SHERIDAN GREAVES's discussion 2nd Armored Cavalry in the group Bindlach
"Phil, New to this site so don't know if you got an answer. I was stationed at Christensen Barracks, 1st Recon Sqdn, 2nd Armored Cav in Bindlach, West Germany from December 1965 to June 1967. I was in Personnel-Headquarters Troop. I think…"
Jul 30, 2013
Garrett "Papa" Bruen replied to PHILIP SHERIDAN GREAVES's discussion 2nd Armored Cavalry in the group Bindlach
"Just joined the site so sorry for the late post. I was officers records clerk for the 1st Recon Sqdn, 2nd Armored Cav in Bindlach, Germany from December 1965 to June 1967. Every month I had to send a report to the Army Headquarters in the US on 1st…"
Jul 30, 2013
Garrett "Papa" Bruen left a comment for Kenneth E Turner
"Kenneth “Echo” Turner, How are you doing? Remember me? It’s been a long, long time!!! I found this site in May 22 and looked up all our buddies (I kept a list of 26 of us including; Miller, Paladini, Okuma, etc.) the only one I…"
Jul 29, 2013
Garrett "Papa" Bruen left a comment for john kerley
"John, Good memory on my name. It was Garrett Papa Bruen. Not sure who started calling me that. May have been Sheridan Miller because I was on the old side at 21. Or maybe because my middle initial is P and P is papa in the military alphabet. I also…"
May 30, 2013
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May 28, 2013
john kerley left a comment for Garrett "Papa" Bruen
"hello there Garrett and yes I do remember you. actually I remember you as Garrett Papa Bruen.  I think we used our military alphabet to change it to Papa.  I found this website about three years ago.  I only found one person…"
May 26, 2013
Garrett "Papa" Bruen left a comment for john kerley
"John, Not sure you remember me. I was in personnel from 1965 to 1967. Before I left I typed up a list of 26 of us and mimeographed (remember those) off copies for everyone. I still have it. You were #6 on the list. We talked about having a…"
May 24, 2013
Jesse Kelley left a comment for Garrett "Papa" Bruen
"Toujours Pret Garrett 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.”…"
May 22, 2013
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May 22, 2013

Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
lst Recon Squadron
Where were you stationed?
Bindlach
What MOS or job description did you have?
71H30 Personnel Management Specialist. Worked in Personnel doing various jobs like Officers Records, Passports, Births, Deaths, Personnel Clerk
What was your rank/title?
E-5
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
December 21, 1965 to June 5, 1967
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Met a beautiful German girl by the name of Luise Foster who worked at Woolworth's in Bayreuth. I got an overseas discharge planning to get married. Couldn't get a job in Germany because I didn't speak German so came back to the US. I planned to bring her to the US but after a year things just didn't work out. In the US I went to work for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, met a lady by the name of Patricia Knauer there and got married. Later divorced.
Tell us a little about you now.
Retired from Boeing in 2005 when Pratt & Whitney bought us from Boeing. Pratt asked me to stay on so I did until 2012 when I retired from them. After my 2nd wife Ramona of 27 years passed away I met a lady from Nicaragua in 2001 and we were married in 2002. We currently live in Simi Valley, California. We built a second home on in Santa Cruz, Nicaragua and also have a coffee farm and cattle ranch where we raise cattle, horses and grown coffee. We currently split our time between California and Nicaragua which keeps us pretty busy.
Phone number (Optional).
805-231-6043
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Vito Dragon, George Freeman, Edward Hill, John Kerley, James Kingston, Larry Kranz, John McCarthy, Michael McKinney, Sheridan Miller, John Nidowicz, Ben Osborne, Keyron Parker, Thomas Pilgermayer, Larry Perrone, Henry Sapp, Michael Sanatori, Bruce Sansone, Michael Schneider, William Tudor, Kenneth Turner, Ike Weaver, Henry Zachery, Everett Paladini

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At 7:15pm on May 26, 2013, john kerley said…

hello there Garrett and yes I do remember you. actually I remember you as Garrett Papa Bruen.  I think we used our military alphabet to change it to Papa.  I found this website about three years ago.  I only found one person there during my stay of 28 months.  He was in s 3 or something like that.  The only person I have been able to contact was Paladini.  I called several Paladinis in NJ off the mooch list and he called me back.  He forgot who I was. Time is the factor. I sent him pics of us having a steak dinner with CW4 Byzinski or how ever you spell it after a successful personnel inspection.  Anyway I think you left right after I got there in 1966 in the fall I believe.  In fact I think you and Tudor there talked me into a little financial back pay paperwork at the time.  As a PFC 2 the money helped. Very lucky to have pulled that one off.   I have stayed in Oklahoma after getting out of the Army in 1969.  Retired from AT&T and sell real estate. Nidowicz according to Paladini is still alive in NJ.  I got a kick out of the names you put up there that I had forgotten about.  I think I still have the mooch list.  So our SFC was Sedor and Peter J Schiotis was the other SGT in personnel.  Great days  Sure miss the Lindi bar and the Cavic. Not sure about the spelling.  Stay in touch. John

 

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