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Jeff Schaefer
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  • Valrico, FL
  • United States

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
A Troop 1st Squadron 2nd ACR
Where were you stationed?
The Rock Bindlach Germany
What MOS or job description did you have?
11 B changed to 11D
What was your rank/title?
Specialist E4
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Jan 1976 to Jan 1979
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Got there when I was 17 in Jan 76 short timers said they didn't believe people lived that long when I told them I would rotate back to the states in 1979 Lol Article 15 first month I was there did not make it to guard duty. Back than each unit has all the guard duty for a month. Fired dragon missiles at Graf. Was 11B than re-classed to 11D. Driver, loader, and Gunner of the M551 Sheridan. Worked in the gym as special duty for awhile. Loved the camaraderie hated the surprise "Alerts" at 3 am and roll outs. Lots of partying. Didn'nt know it than but it than but it was some of the best years of my life.
Tell us a little about you now.
Retired in 1995 yeah II turned out to be a"lifer" lol. Remember it was "FTA" when I was there, ha ha. Work in Information Technology in Tampa Florida.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Frank Talerico, Lewis, Branson, Sonny (Big blonde hair medic from HHC)

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At 8:24pm on February 10, 2019, gary schmidt said…
was very sad and traumatic for everyone!
At 8:23pm on February 10, 2019, gary schmidt said…
was very sad and tramatic for everyone!
At 9:38pm on August 22, 2016, ALEC BEARD said…


Good deal my step daughter spent 6 years there (career student) but has since graduated and is now married with a 4 year old and a great son-in-law living in Fort Worth.

I do have pictures but I will have to dig them out a couple of the ones that you put up like of Babela and Sgt Richburg I have but I will look and see.

Whenever you get ready to come down let me know. I will see if I can get  Brian Richardson aka. Cheeks to come down also

Not a problem 



Remember SGT. Bull and SGT Medovich

At 3:28pm on August 20, 2016, ALEC BEARD said…


Alec Beard here 76-79 how is everything going? Simon Compos told me about this website said you were on here. Is anybody else on here from the old platoon?

Let me here from you I still talk to Brian


At 2:07pm on December 31, 2015, Edward (Gene) Beck said…

I was over in C Troop while you were there. Great to have you on the Base.

At 10:56am on December 31, 2015, Dave Gettman said…

The crumbly green, brown, red, black and blonde didn't help much either.

Yeah, I visited the Rock in 2008 and 2011. Hardly recognized the place with all the housing up there now. A few of the original buildings were still there from my time (74-75), but not many.

At 10:09am on December 31, 2015, Dave Gettman said…

Welcome to Dragoon Base, Jeff. Make yourself at home.

Took you a month to get an Art. 15? What took so long? I thought they handed those out as part of the welcome package!


Colonels of the Regiment

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.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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