What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Sorry, I´m not an ACR veteran. But in 1968 thru 1970 I served with the 20th recon battalion of Czechoslovak Army located in Cheb.
And I take the liberty of using this network to find an ACR veteran (it was the 2nd ACR as far as I remember) who served in the same period as me. We were faced with each other as enemies then and it might be interesting to exchange recollections of our military days.
Where were you stationed?
Our barracks were in Cheb (Eger) but we spent most of the time at our detection station on hill Blatna nr. Liba.
What MOS or job description did you have?
Monitoring radio traffic of US Army troops within border area and further as far as in training area Grafenwöhr (between Grafenwöhr and Vilseck). We monitored FM (UHF) voice traffic on frequencies about 40-60 MHz.
What was your rank/title?
2nd-class radio operator, civilianized as corporal.
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Tell us a little about you now.
I´m 66 last birthday. In 1968 I received voccational certificate as an elctronical mechanic and then was called up to the army. Due to my qualifications, especially good (relatively) proficiency in English I was assigned to be trained for a radio operator with radio reconnaissance company. Upon completing my military duty I worked most of my career as an electrician or electronical mechanic. After the upheaval in 1989 I opened a part-time job as a translator (English, German, Russian). Although I retired in 2009, I still keep this job running. My domicile is a small town in Liberec region in the north of Bohemia.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Can´t name anybody I served with, but I would like to find a buddy, formerly an "enemy".
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One day while on patrol, I stopped at the Zoll House at Bayerisch Eisenstein. We meet a BGS patrol and were talking at the gate. An older couple (today, our ages) had just crossed into Germany and exited the car. They had tears in their eyes and started hugging the BGS and my patrol and me. They were that happy to be in the West. The BGS informed me about how hard it is to left Czeck. Into the West.we all talked more about those people.It had a big impact on me. I didn't realize the importance of our rights and freeedoms that I took for granted.It took a while for that day to sink in, but it changed my whole outlook on my country and my taken for granted freedoms.It must have been a great day in your country and other Eastern countries when the wall came down. I would have loved to have been on the border during that time.
I served at Camp Rotz and Regen, 1970 1973. I spent a number of summer days having lunch with the enemy on the border line. We would stop at the closest Guesthaus, uy some food and drinks, then set up at the border near a tower. It didn't take long for the enemy to come join us. Learned a lot about our fellow soilders under a different flag.
My Friend,Ivan,I seen that it was your birthday,and meant to leave a wish for a Happy Birthday and many more to come...may the Dolphin find you.... I am aday or two late ,I am sorry for this, but still amm hoping that you had a grand day on your Birthday.. How have you been?, good I hope... we here in Iowa have had strange weather both in the Spring and so far the Summer!!! mother-nature surely has a mind of her own!!! The Spring was very wet and our farmers here had trouble getting there crops in the ground,etc. then it got real hot for awhile and now the nights have been unseasonly chilly!!! We will survive for another day,sometimes that is how it goes... got to get ready for work,my friend,take care and Happy Birthday.... how is your hip,(??) not sure if this is right on which part but I hope you healing good...
There was a border incident at the Waidhaus crossing in 1965 where several Czech Army soldiers tried to cross the border at 4am. They tossed 3 grenades and only one soldier made it across. Do you know anything about this? I have photos.
thankyou Ivan and a thankyou to the dolphin. I will for sure look for apint of good health, barrel of love, and for sure ocean of happiness.. you know I have recieved all three from our Lord and Saviour.. through friends like you and my family and all good folks. Thankyou it means alot.... and know for sure I wish the same to you and yours in this season of faith and love....
hello Ivan, had a thought to run by you that I find interesting... On are public television channel they ran special on the "Beatles" the group from England.. the story revolved around the story that behind the "iron curtian" they were evil and it went on with interviews of people and told interesting stories of how it was really understood by the young fans there??? seems like the Beatles were enjoyed just the same as the young here there as here.. Anyway when I was watching the show I could not help but think of the new found friend ... Hope this post finds you well and thing are well with you...
Ivan. good day to you .. first every one would see that you commented to me and then I think if they want to read post they would go to my page ,which is alright w/me, I am sure that all would like what you write.. I actually worked on turrets on our tanks ,mechanic so to speak ,but at times alittle more technical than routine. I did not actually do patrols on border ,because of my job.. In our section we had wreckers and they went to actual border camps on occasions and I would assist them .. I guess I mainly back up or support to the rest of squadron... I grew up on a farm in Iowa so the time I was in military was abig adventure and lok back on it as abig part of my life among other thing too.. I am married and have a 13 year old boy that is the center of our (wife Kathy) life w/ baseball ,sports etc.. I found your story about mushrooms interesting.... not sure what english name for them either ... we use to look for mushrooms also.... gotta eat...well now I've said alot ......Take care for now... I am 59,and still work,which I need to get back to...