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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Company D 1st Squadron 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment
Where were you stationed?
Bindlach, FRG
What MOS or job description did you have?
What was your rank/title?
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Oct 1972 - May 1976
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Tank commander, platoon sergeant, S1, S5, S3
Tell us a little about you now.
Retire first sergeant living in Republic of the Philippines. Web and graphic developer, writer
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
CSM Paul Curran, General William Crouch, 1SG Olivares, Chuck Graft, CSM Bill Tolson, Cpt. Gordon Crupper, Mr. Arno Gehardt,

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At 8:36am on November 2, 2014, Lawrence Stanley Snow(DUSTY)SSG said…

Did you know a person  (nick Name) of Geno?

At 9:37pm on August 14, 2013, Richard Lucero said…

Hi Sgt. Penley! I remember you well because you were always a stand up guy and an excellent soldier. You were there for me when I had a psychotic break which rendered me schizophrenic (drug induced) and landed me a stretch at the volunteer fire station on the base! LOL. I became hyper religious after that and that lasted at least 5 years until I overcame the handicap and got on with my life. I am now a psychiatric RN and work with the very people that I once was. I'm good at my job (we know why). Good to know you're around. I remember you had the most gorgeous wife and you were crazy about her. How are things with you? Fill me in.

PFC Richard Lucero

At 11:18pm on January 1, 2013, Heenan,Thomas J. said…

Sgt. Penley......how in the hell are you, where are you living, I'm still in touch with Andy O now and then. Hope all is well....and good health to you in the New Year.....looking forward to hearing from you.....Tommy

At 7:50am on November 16, 2012, Dave Gettman said…

Forgot to mention that the .45 cal. M-1911 semi-automatic pistol was developed as a result of the battles in the Philippines. The standard issue .38 just wouldn't stop the Moros when they got hopped up on whatever they were taking.

At 7:43am on November 16, 2012, Dave Gettman said…


Noticed you are on Mindanao. 2d Cavalry has quite a history there at the turn of the 20th century. Here is a small excerpt from our 2d Cavalry Association's 2d Dragoon history website:

During the year 1910, the lawless elements of the hill tribes of Moros in the Davao District of the island of Mindanao collected in bands and attacked plantations on the east coast. Bases were established at different places in the interior and from these points the whole area was thoroughly policed. Among the troops called out to quell this trouble was Troop B, Second Cavalry. The troop, under Captain Clyde B. Hawkins, was brought by boat from its station on Jolo Island to Camp Makar, Mindanao. It remained here about seven weeks, patrolling the country for the rebellious tribesmen, then returned to Augur Barracks February 10, 1911.

You can read more at the website: http://history.dragoons.org/

Philippine Insurrection 1904-1905 and 1910-1912.

At 6:58am on November 16, 2012, Robert E Harrell said…

Where are you in the Philippines? Went TDY there a couple of times to Clark & Subic....really liked the country.

At 2:22am on November 16, 2012, Richard W, Houselog said…

Was the EM Club and then the NCO/Officers Club MGR's from Jan 85 to Apr 88.  Remember 1SG Olivares but don't know hat happened to him.  Don't remember GRAFT or TOLSON.  Do remember CPT CRUPPER.

At 2:16am on November 16, 2012, Richard W, Houselog said…

CMS Paul Curran died in the late 80's or possibly very early 90's.  Not sure what happened to Arno Gehart after he died or retired.  1SG Jack Miller took over his position.  Last saw GEN Crouch when he was CINCUSAREUR and flew into Bindlach/Bayreuth for Ali Brieger's funeral in the 95/96 time frame. 


At 6:17pm on November 15, 2012, Jesse Kelley said…
At 5:27pm on November 15, 2012, Lawrence Stanley Snow(DUSTY)SSG said…

Hi.Gary Penley, I was with B Trp From Jan 1970 to Dec 1972(was Supply Sgt and Unit Armorer for the whole time) I worked part time at EM and NCO Clubs when I was in Camp.    My Nickname is DUSTY. I retired in 1983 as a SSG. Lawrence S. (Dusty) Snow




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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