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4th Training Brigade, 119th Battalion, Company D., Fort Knox Yearbook, 1977
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Gettman May 16, 2012.

A Salute To Our Marine Corp Brothers And Those Who Have Given All
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Started this discussion. Last reply by James F. Burgos Aug 1, 2009.

Take Pride in Your Service
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Started this discussion. Last reply by pete taylor Jun 13, 2009.


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Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop (HHT)
Where were you stationed?
Amberg, Bavaria
What MOS or job description did you have?
What was your rank/title?
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
1986 - 1987
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Worked as squadron awards clerk, mailroom. post theater manager. Roomed with SPC Fox, PFC Mortenson, SPC Moss (Room 322).
Tell us a little about you now.
Elementary School Teacher.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
1LT Beranek, SGT Tornari, SFC Dohogne, SPC L. King, SPC Mortensen, SPC Fox, SPC Moss.
Check Point Charlie, Berlin

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AAFES Burger vs. Nurnberg Bratwurst; What Was Your Favorite?

Throughout Germany, thousands of G.I.'s were looking for that perfect food that "hit the spot" (especially after a late night out). The Army and Air Force Exchange Services flipped some of the best burgers that could be found outside the States. The local Germans also grilled up a tasty bratwurst, served in a warm brochen (bun). The bratwurst cart in Germany was as common as the U.S. hot dog cart in New York. What was your favorite, the burger or bratwurst? (or was there something else you… Continue

Posted on September 13, 2009 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

The Twilight Zone and The Cav

Did you know that Rod Serling served as a paratrooper in World War Two? The writer and producer of the vintage TV series saw some action with the 11th Aiborne Corp in the Pacific. Many Twilight Zone episodes have military themes, even one about the US 7th Cavalry. Do you recall the episode I am referring to? This episode took place during the late 1950's or early 1960's. It depicted a Montana National Guard tank crew lost on manuevers. They slowly begin to encounter signs that they have… Continue

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 2:03am — 1 Comment

The "Lost Motor Pool" of Amberg

There has been a great response to this topic on the Amberg Group page. Those of you unfamiliar with the story; there is some speculation about hidden tunnels and an underground motor pool left over by the German Army after World War Two. Many Troopers have added their knowledge about the plausibility of this story or chimed in on how unlikely it could be. Currently, the former site of Pond Barracks is under reconstruction for civilian use. One trooper has reported that during this…


Posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:30pm — 12 Comments

A Little Bit of Germany in Las Vegas - The Hofbrauhaus

Have you ever been to The Hofbrauhaus in Munich? (Maybe you were there during Oktoberfest and just don't remember). Well, the next time you are in Las Vegas, Nevada, you might have to do a double take. The Hofbrauhaus in Vegas is an exact replica of the one located in Munich (okay, you might not find your name carved in one of the benches). It is located diagonally from The Hard Rock Cafe (I believe it is on the corner of Paradise and Harmon Blvds.). On my last visit, I met this retired Air… Continue

Posted on July 24, 2009 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Hollywood and Cold War Movies

Of course we are all familiar with movies like "The Manchurian Candidate," "Dr. Strange Love," and the "Green Berets." However, has there ever been a Hollywood movie that accurately depicts the experience of American soldiers in Germany after World War Two? Let's not count Elvis Presley in "G.I. Blues," (although the music was great). In 2003, there was a movie called "Buffalo Soldiers." However, this movie had nothing to do with the Cav - it portrayed a military subcultue of drug addicts and… Continue

Posted on July 5, 2009 at 2:13am — 4 Comments

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At 10:47am on October 4, 2014, Frank L Moseley said…

Happy Birthday John! Hope your day is special.

At 10:12am on October 4, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
Wishing you many more, from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 11:52am on October 4, 2010, Jesse Kelley said…
Wishing you many more, from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 12:03am on November 7, 2009, Douglas B. Latford "Mongo" said…
The brat's were good and the burgers definitely had a tast all thair owne thay tasted like...well...like an AAFES burger-
Here try this sometime: In a pot pour a beer (nothing fancy) a half to a whole stick of butter (pref) chop up an onion boil add brats, boil till thay look good (after you do it youll figure out how long) after thay look good then put em on the grill, if your making a lot of em for friends you can use the "boil" over again. I did this for friends of mine with german wives and thay love it, Happy eating...
At 12:06pm on October 4, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…
Happy Birthday John

Wishing you many more!!!
From all of us at DragoonBase.
At 10:02pm on September 14, 2009, Edward N. Voke said…
John - Sorry for long delay in getting back to you re bunker, etc. Haven't written the letter to the Amberg people; will let you all know what they have to say.
Ed Voke
At 4:06am on July 5, 2009, Dave Gettman said…
I'll drink to that, John. I get just as much kick out of hooking up old friends as I do finding an old friend of my own.

Toujours Pret, brother.
At 11:30am on June 23, 2009, Thomas Blaszkiewicz said…
John,read the comment that Wayne Dixon sent me about the underground tunnel.!!!!!!
At 3:40pm on June 22, 2009, Thomas Blaszkiewicz said…
John,I never heard of the underground garage,I will ask an old timer from this site if he ever heard of it.His name is Wayne Dixon.
At 8:31pm on June 20, 2009, Thomas Blaszkiewicz said…
John,I was at Pond Barracks from 69-71. In HHT with Redeye.Was the theater still called Conrad Schmidt????????Also was your old buddy Moss ,did he run the gym???A guy named Moss ran it while I was there.Did they still have that little bank inside the building at the theater?Movies were a dime when I was there.

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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.


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