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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
2/2 ACR Golf Troop
Where were you stationed?
Bamberg< Germany
What MOS or job description did you have?
19 echo10 (M60-A1 and A3 crewman)
What was your rank/title?
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Sep.1979 - Oct.1981
Tell us a little about your cav days.
280 days of the year field duty. Hof, Hohenfels, and Coburg border patrols. Capstone and Reforger. Graf gunnery twice a year. Several little ventures chaining the tanks to trains and travelling to excersise locations. Denied leave. Worked Christmas. Commander lit off simulators at Coburg during the night one time to make a training alert more realistic, which ended badly. Shirley Temple (Black) visited our Coburg track park. I shook hands with General Powell at Bamberg track park. Saw the A3 get transitioned at Vilseck. Saw the enemy. Saw 2 suicide attempts from buddies. Gang rape in the next room. Lotta bad memories too. Hated my stay there.
Tell us a little about you now.
That place ruined my youth. Not much to tell. Enlisted to see Germany because I was born there as an enlisted man's son and didn't remember Germany at all of course as a baby. So I enlisted to see Germany with that stipulated to my recruiter. I saw Germany allright: from the hatch of my tank. Too much field duty. The 335 Armor across the street had 3 weeks field duty out of the year. FTC. I remember what those 3 letters meant. But hey - good to find this website. Hope I find buddies. I was known as "Holybrook" then. A real young do-gooder who didnt drink beer and tried to push my religion on people. I am not a successful person financially today but very happy, married to the best woman on planet Earth for 18 years now.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Mark Sobyak
Page Greer
Don Parish

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At 7:54am on August 17, 2011, Eric Larson said…
Planning a trip out West after I retire (4-5 yrs) and will incorporate stops with people I know through this and other sources. Have a couple of 2/2 CAV buddies in the Colorado Springs area also. Visiting Bamberg again definitely on my "bucket list". I too liked riding the trains and had a EURAILPASS when I left Bamberg to use for about a month to get around Europe before I came back to States.
At 9:32pm on August 14, 2011, Eric Larson said…
Happy Birthday - drove through your town a few years back on the way home from a vacation in Ruidoso (headed towards Amarillo). I was in E Troop when they had Sheridans and then spent a year in H Co. with the M60A1's and A2's. Enjoyed the Border and Reforger; Hohenfels and Graf had their good days and bad days.I got away from Bamberg every chance I could. Miss it now. 
At 12:21pm on August 14, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
Wishing you many more, from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 1:31pm on August 10, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…



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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