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George W. Smith
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  • Olympia, WA
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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
3d Squadron, K Troop, HQ Troop, M Company
Where were you stationed?
Pond Barracks, Germany
What MOS or job description did you have?
Platoon Leader (K Troop); Redey Section Leader, HHT and XO; M Company Commander
What was your rank/title?
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
July 1969 - Feb 1972
Tell us a little about your cav days.
The border, what a time that was. Had the honor(?) of being one of the first to take a tank company to the border. Can you imagine 17 tanks at Camp May? Between the border, Hoenfels and Graf we managed to be away from home 6 months a year.
Tell us a little about you now.
Notable events after leaving Amberg - 5 years of civilian life, then signed up with the CA Army National Guard; Div Cav Troop Commander, full-time technician, S-3 tank battalion, and S-3 mechinized brigade. Back to active duty for the ARNG; worked for the Army Research Institute, 4th Army, and Operational Test and Evaluation Command. Retired in Sep 1995.

In 1983 I went back to active duty working for the ARNG; served on the Army Science Board in Washington, DC, Senior advisor to the Army Research institue in Boise, ID, Mobilization Officer at 4th US Army at Fort Sheridan, IL, and finally worked for the US Army Test and Evaluation Command, in Washington, DC.

Retired from ARNG Title 10 (active duty) as LTC in 1995. Did a stint with Booz-Allen & Hamilton after retirement, and eventually moved back to the West Coast. Retired again from IT department of a regional BlueCross/BlueShield company in 2008.
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Posted on January 29, 2015 at 8:23pm

M-24 Light Tank

During my time in Amberg I did a little research on the origin of our "Mighty Mike". The folks at Cadillac sent the photos shown on my Amberg album. The pictures are not our M-66 Jr. but great pictures anyway.

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 11:02pm — 3 Comments

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At 10:20am on January 13, 2016, Dave Gettman said…

Hey George, here's a possible 2d Dragoon ancestor for you to look for at Fiddler's Green. He even started out in K Troop like you did!

SMITH, George W.; enlisted: November 7, 1836, Newport, by Lieut. Hamilton; [no personal info listed]; Company K, 2d Dragoons; deserted: November 17, 1836; apprehended: November 18, 1836; deserted: April 14, 1837.

SMITH, George, W.; 2nd enlistment: July 15, 1839, New York, by Lieut. Hardia; born: Boston, Massachusetts; age: 29 yrs; occupation: soldier; blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, 5’8½”; Companies H and F, 2d Dragoons; discharged: May 21, 1844, Fort Jesup, Louisiana, for re-enlistment; rank: 1st sergeant.

SMITH, George W.; 3rd enlistment: May 21, 1844, Fort Jesup, by Lieut. Sibley; born: Boston, Massachusetts; age: 34 yrs; occupation: soldier; blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, 5’8”; Company F, 2d Dragoons; died April 25, 1846, three miles above Arosia, Texas, killed in an engagement with the Mexicans; rank: 1st sergeant.

At 10:48am on November 17, 2015, Thomas Blaszkiewicz said…


At 6:47pm on May 31, 2015, Dave Gettman said…

Permanent Change of Station to Fiddler's Green May 31, 2015.

Rest in peace, sir.

At 6:57pm on November 17, 2014, Shannon Ryan said…
Happy birthday George !!!
At 12:47pm on November 17, 2014, Thomas Blaszkiewicz said…

George,you were a young guy than and and older one now.Happy Birthday !!!!!!!!!!

At 1:26pm on November 17, 2013, Thomas Blaszkiewicz said…

George,Another year older.We hope you can handle it ,have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 1:18am on November 17, 2013, Dennis K. Hansen said…

Happy Birthday George ,,hope its a great day..."Toujours Pret"

At 10:46am on November 17, 2012, Thomas Blaszkiewicz said…

George,to the best.Hope you have a Happy Birthday and a great day !!!!!!!!!!

At 11:01am on November 5, 2012, John G Boyd said…

Forever Young, Lt. Smith.

The pics really gave me a sense of time-less-ness, if that is at all possible.

LTC Reed, and Maj Blake all scrubbed up and looking young! The young officers, Cpt. Manuel Mason [I trp].

Thank you for the shout-back and the gift of that pic, hard to navigate, YEAH, but is is DYN-O-MITE. I couldn't find a better pic of my service in the Army than that.

Toujours Pret, Brother

At 7:17pm on November 3, 2012, John G Boyd said…

George W Smith, When you are a a leader, you sort of attract a lot of comentary;

it is not suprising that none of it is negative. Although I never served under you directly, I

always observed you as helpful, polite and well mannered. Much fun was had in the O-Club

Bar, with Dieter Gleichof the Bartender, Robert, the manager and me, assistant to all the above;

I had the BEST Job.

Serving Col Reed and Major Blake and Cpt. Mohr good Martini's up on the border was both challenging and fun. Too bad Mom didn't go to the Border with us.   

Tojours Pret, Brother

I hope you and the surviving fellow Officers are Well.

Thanks for your Service. 


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9th Colonel of the Regiment David R. Clendenin 29 Oct 1888 – 2 Apr 1891



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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