"Hey Bob, we served together in K Trp back in 66-67. I often think of you, Bjerke, McDowell, Sturdivent, Connery Unger and Black and old SFC Dalata. I saw 1sg Folger in Nam in 71 haven't seen or heard from him since. Hope your doing well, drop…"
"Well Jimmie, there are more coincidences in our career's. I got out too when I came back from Nam, but was only out for about 5 months. You say you recently sold a house in Hoke County and Karen and I just built one in Hoke Co. Just off of…"
"Jim, you are right, it is Topping and not Topper. I don't remember him as being the greatest, the last I remember of him we were at Camp May on a Border tour. I did run into him at Fort Know in later years but don't really know what…"
"Jim, you will not believe this, but I just retired from the SWCS in Bragg. I worked there for 9 years as a training developer DA civilian in DOTD. I worked 20 years as a DA Civilian, retired last july and we moved down to the Augusta area this past…"
"Hey Jimmie, I see you refering to LT Topper, I remember a LT Topping That left me sitting on top or a mountian in a raging blizzard with a broke down jeep. I think that was in Wildflicken. The last time I saw ISG Folger He was a ISG in one of the…"
"Hey Jimmie, I remember you very well. I left and went to the 10th Special Forces Group in Bad Toelz. I remember Larry Parker, Bill (Stick Buddy) Unger, Jimmie Black, Dan Sturdivant, Ed Connery, Ray Bjerke and Booket McDowell. I'm sure I missed…"
"I remember you, you are the guy who left and went airborne or SF, don't remember which. I got to the K troop maintenance section sometime in 1967 I believe. Do you remember Larry Parker? Some of the other guys were Unger, Grignon, Black, we…"
What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
K Troop 3/2 ACR
Where were you stationed?
What MOS or job description did you have?
63C - 63B Track and wheel vehicle mechanic
What was your rank/title?
Pv2 - SP4
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
1966 - 1968
Tell us a little about your cav days.
I remember some of it like it was yesterday. Camp Gates, Hof, Graf, Wildflicken and the rest of it. Troop Commander was 1LT/Cpt Leonard D. Holder. 1SG Folger, I ran into him a few years later in Nam. I often think of Ray Bjerke, William Unger (stick buddy), Dan Sturdivant, Jimmy L. Black, Bob Haney, Booker T McDowell, Ed Conery and SFC Dalata (Troop Motor Sgt). If any of you see this please drop me a line.
Tell us a little about you now.
I retired from the Army in 88 after 22 years. I went to the 10th Special Forces Group in Bad Toelz when I left the Cav. After training group and other stuff, on to Nam. I spent most of my stateside assignments at Ft Bragg, and overseas was all over the place. Germany, Panama, Korea, Siani Desert in Egypt, Nam. When I retired I decided to stay in the Ft Bragg area, and live in Raeford, NC
Jim, you are right, it is Topping and not Topper. I don't remember him as being the greatest, the last I remember of him we were at Camp May on a Border tour. I did run into him at Fort Know in later years but don't really know what happened to him after that. 1SG Folger was my fist permanent duty 1SG. He was tough, fair and really took care of us. I remember a couple of times he could have really slammed me hard but didn't. I certainly learned some leadeship traits from him and applied them when I was in leadership positions.
Thought it was a little ironic that both our troop CO's went on to be 65th and 67th regimental commanders respectively, and are pictured standing next to each other at the reunion. Tom Molino was my troop CO when I was in C Trp 74-75, and went on to be President of the 2nd Cavalry Association. He just stepped down a couple months ago after serving the Association for better than 10 years.
Tom Molino took over C Trp from "Ranger Pete" Schoomaker, my other troop CO, in 74. Pete went on to command Delta Force before retiring. President Bush brought him out of retirement to be Chief of Staff of the Army.
Toujours Pret Jim,
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