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Jesse Kelley
  • 65, Male
  • United States

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Jesse Kelley's Discussions

Dog Tags
28 Replies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Gettman Jun 2, 2014.

A Little History Lesson
4 Replies

Started this discussion. Last reply by howard maxwell tritt Nov 15, 2012.

Summertime Drive
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jesse Kelley May 27, 2010.

Latest Activity

Mike, Madd Matt, Matthews commented on Jesse Kelley's group F Troop
"I knew I was getting old when the local armorey replaced the M4 Sherman outside the gate with an M1 Abrams. Toujors Pret"
Feb 2
Dave Gettman commented on Jesse Kelley's group Border Patrol
"Seems like a lifetime ago Butch.....because it was. This was right about the time I arrived at Camp Gates in 1974."
Jan 16
Butch Page commented on Jesse Kelley's group Border Patrol
"It's hard to believe that it's been 45 years ago when I first did my first Patrol on the border. I was only 18 years old, it was winter time and very cold. We had the old o p trailers. And at night it was jet black across the border.…"
Jan 16
Sigmund Fertig joined Jesse Kelley's group

Border Patrol

Many of us experienced a unique part of history patrolling the East German & Czechoslovakian Borders during the Cold war. Share those stories here with those who served on the border.See More
Dec 7, 2017

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Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
F Troop-2nd Squadron-3rd Platoon
Where were you stationed?
Bamberg, Coburg, and Hof
What MOS or job description did you have?
11C20, Driver of F-39 Mortar Track, but mostly Border Patrol driver for Lt. Sommers.
What was your rank/title?
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
JUN-1972 TO FEB-1975
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Well, what can I say, it was cold, no no, very cold, ha ha ha, oh yea. Trying to sleep inside of a cold m551 or APC.
Cooking your C-Rats, with the exhaust pipe, shaving with ice cold water, mud up to your knees, but it was great cause your Brother was always right next to you.
It was the best time of my life, and what a ride it was.
Tell us a little about you now.
I am a disabled veteran on a low budget.
I do enjoy the outdoors, cycling, music(Jimmy Buffett), fishing and Red Lobster(ha ha, hard to do on a HomeTown Buffet budget).
Lifetime Member; 2nd Cavalry Assn. and Together We Served.
Phone number (Optional).
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
It was the best time of my life, and I made a lot of lifetime Brothers, that I would like to see again.
(F)means found. (D)deceased (S) searching;

Dan Martin(F)
Robert Christopher Donnelly(S)
Tom Raymond(S)
Bill Phillips(F)
Eddy Maimo(F)
David Blanchette(F)
Richard Noel(F)
John Calhoun(S)
Dennis Williams(F)
Bruce Gallimore(S)
Dave Klinger(F)
LT Robert Somers(S)
LT Phillip Linn(F)
and many more...
I have found 9, all thanks to the DragoonBase.

2nd ACR.gi

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Jesse Kelley's Blog

Veterans Day 2010

Posted on November 11, 2010 at 2:00pm

The Joy of Christmas

Posted on December 24, 2009 at 9:00pm

Obama Girl Loves The Troops

Posted on March 10, 2009 at 11:00am — 18 Comments

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At 1:01pm on August 9, 2015, Dave Gettman said…

Thinking of you on your birthday, Brother. RIP....

At 6:16pm on April 29, 2015, Dave Gettman said…

SP/4 Jesse Kelley deployed for permanent change of station to Fiddler's Green 28 March 2015.

Rest in peace, Brother.

At 8:12pm on April 8, 2015, Edward (Gene) Beck said…

I just wanted to pop in and check on you. Still praying for you.

At 11:00pm on March 9, 2015, Edward (Gene) Beck said…

I am deeply sorry about the diagnosis Jesse. I have you on my prayer list and believe me Brother, I am a prayer  warrior. I have a timer that beeps every half hour during the day and I have a list that your name just went on. My phone number is on my page and you need to talk, vent, whatever, you can call me 24/7. I mean that Brother. I'm always here.

At 10:06am on March 2, 2015, Robert Harrell said…

Thanks Jesse...but I've been a member here since '09 I think....our IT guy came in over the weekend and killed all my settings...had to reregister..


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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