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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
A Troop
Where were you stationed?
What MOS or job description did you have?
Platoon Leader
Asst. S-3
Troop XO
What was your rank/title?
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Tell us a little about your cav days.
I went through transition from the Sheridan to M-60A1 rise/passive, served at Camp Gates and Camp Lee too many times to remember, and loved Volksmarsches and beer fests (especially at Kulmbach). After AOAC I served in the 11th ACR and later had a tour in the 3rd ACR as well, so I count myself a lifetime member of "Lucky 16". After I left I ran across Tom Leney and Marty Dempsey, while in 3ACR ran across SXO (GEN) Bill Crouch on Reforger, and once hosted SCO (MG) Nicholas Krawciw at a dining in.
2ACR formed me as a youngster (particularly my troop commander, "Speed" Thomas), and I'll always remember those days fondly.
Tell us a little about you now.
After retiring from the Army I settled in South Carolina and became headmaster of a Montessori school.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Everett S. "Speed" Thomas

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At 6:33pm on July 6, 2014, Charles J. Awot said…

LT. Moncure,

   I do not know if you remember me. I was a buck SGT. in the second platoon, Lt. Leney was my platoon leader. SFC Rooker was my platoon sergeant.  I was there from 1972 to 1975, and then went to Ft Bliss and was in the 3rd ACR from 1975 to 1979. 

 MOS 11D. 

Chuck Awot

At 7:34pm on March 12, 2012, Lon Myhre said…


I last talked with you on the phone in about 1990.  Saw your picture as you were getting off a C130 when you were with the 3rd Cav ar Ft Hood.  You were detailed to HHT Commo in '73 or '74 for something for awhile and am not sure what.  I was the SGT assistant Commo Cheif and RTT operator.  You had me over for a meal that you and your wife made.  That left an impression as all I ever had before was mess hall and C rats.  Hope all is well!

Lon Myhre  Retired

At 12:58pm on September 5, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
Wishing you many more, from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 9:55pm on April 4, 2011, Speed Thomas said…
A-16, this is A-6, Over.............
Speed Thomas
At 3:39pm on September 5, 2010, Jesse Kelley said…
At 5:49pm on February 25, 2010, Jeffrey C Havens said…
Hey John ,Sorry to bring up bad memories.Those things tend to stick in your head.Overall I have nothing but great memories of my time at the "Rock".I definatley remember when Cpt Thomas took over and turned us all into supermen with his PT .Got to admit I was in great shape back then. I work now as a carpenter and handyman with my partner. Just trying to keep busy.Help with the local VFW and the Masons Jeff
At 10:48am on February 25, 2010, John Moncure said…
Dear Jeff,
Thanks for contacting me. I appreciate your reminder of the star cluster incident--I'm also glad that nobody was injured, especially as I was in the room at the time! Great days, though, weren't they? So what are you up to these days?
At 4:13pm on February 24, 2010, Jeffrey C Havens said…
Hi John ,You probably don't remember me but I was one of your best mechanics.I remember the test you made all us mechs take out at camp gates.I was there when the star cluster got throne into the off. barracks. gladd no one got hurt then! Glad to here you made Capt. I presume Speed Thomas is our old co Capt Thomas.Enjoy hearing about those I knew then Liked your pics Jeff
At 11:12am on February 8, 2010, Bill Barry said…
Randy was my 2d Platoon leader during most of my tour as troop commander there. He took over as troop XO shortly before I went off to Regiment. He was a kind and decent man.

Hope to see you at Fort Knox. Remind anyone else you bump into; this could be a fun time seeing people we haven't seen or talked with in over 30 years!
At 7:22pm on February 5, 2010, Bill Barry said…
Are you planing to attend the Regimental Reunion in May at Fort Knox? Jan Harpole and Bob Godwin are as a minimum for that era. Probably others too. Hope to see you there!

Bill Barry

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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