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Happy 236th Birthday
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From Lexington and Concord to Iraq and Afghanistan, 236 years and still moving forward.  Happy Birhtday US Army. 

Started this discussion. Last reply by Merritt H. Powell Jul 12, 2011.

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Greg Jackson left a comment for John Taylor
"I knew a JT that was the TC for L14. I was the Gunner just before the new Rise 60s. They lowboyed on Post sitting in front of the Barracks the day I walked of post for the last time. I take it that was you"
Feb 26, 2016
John Taylor left a comment for bob Lempinen
"Bob, Carl Elliot got in contact with me over the weekend.  Sounds like he is retired for good now.  I ended up doing that trial in IL.  It was done in Springfield instead of Chicago.  I forgot how cold it gets up there.  Did…"
Feb 23, 2016
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" oops wrong page"
Feb 22, 2016
carlin elliott left a comment for John Taylor
" Damn good to know your still kicking. ya every now and again I still hear voices but its a beer in the frig calling my name now."
Feb 22, 2016
John Taylor left a comment for carlin elliott
"Hey Carl, Wondered where you had gotten to.  Hope Traudi and the kids are doing well.  I've been retired for 15 years next week.  Living north of Atlanta working as a data analyst.  Can't remember when we talked…"
Feb 19, 2016
John Taylor commented on howard maxwell tritt's group Lightning Troop
"Arrived L Troop the Monday after Thanksgiving in 1974.  Left in May 1976.  Back in March of 78 and didn't leave until February 1981.  Arrived as a SPC4 left as an SSG.  Returned to the Regiment in February 1999 as the…"
Jan 24, 2016
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Lightning Troop

Open to anyone who survived a tour of duty in the best Cav Troop in the Army.  Regardless of when you served or where, if you were ever in Lightning Troop, pull up a seat and tell us a good tale.  The bier's on the current Trooop Commander.See More
Jan 24, 2016
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May 12, 2015
John Taylor left a comment for Randall Giuliano
"Randy, Great to hear from you.  Paris, TX?  I'm living just north of Atlanta.  Retired from being a Project Manager and I work from home now doing data analysis for lawyers.   Got divorced.  Got…"
Mar 11, 2015
Randall Giuliano left a comment for John Taylor
"JT wondered where you went to,living in Tx. Still got the hair lol get in touch"
Mar 10, 2015
John Taylor commented on Bill Morris's photo
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Ruffy and Mayer - 1976

"Hey Mo,      good to see you are still kicking.  The TC's name is Riffy.  During my first tour (74-76)  Riffy was the only hard stripe NCO in the platoon for a while.  Until June of 75 when I made…"
Oct 25, 2014
Bill Morris left a comment for John Taylor
"Hi John, it's Bill Morris (Mo).  Just wanted to say hi after only a few odd decades.  I will have to go find those old pictures, I know I have a couple of them with you in it.  Take care for know."
Jan 2, 2014
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Camp-Rotz

"Early on New Year's Day in 1975 (like 0100 early), one of my fellow gate guards (PFC Hilliard I beleive) broke the window, seen in this picture, when he fell up against it after consuming a large amount of cognac which he…"
Jul 12, 2013
bob Lempinen left a comment for John Taylor
"You old son of a bitch. I have been looking for you for years. I have never forgotten you. God I remember our days driving around bavaria with wine bottles between our legs. I used your birthday 5-5-55 to look for you. I thought you went to ft.…"
Jul 9, 2013
John Taylor replied to brian browning's discussion "Armpit of the Army" rumor.
"I was in L 3/2 from Nov 74--Jun76 and Mar 78--Feb 82.  I had been gone for a while but still had friends in the Squadron and remember reading the story in Stars & Stripes.  Some young lady had an axe to grind and gave the story to…"
Jun 5, 2013
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M551 Sheridan firing!!

"They were fun when they worked.  On one of my last engagements as a Sheridan gunner, on Range 79 (later301) at Graf, my conventional system was down, so they loaded me up with the missiles.  When the moving target came up on the far ridge,…"
Dec 21, 2011

Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
L Troop 3/2 ACR
HHT 3/2 ACR
RHHT 2 ACR
Where were you stationed?
Amberg
Fort Polk
What MOS or job description did you have?
11ER8, 19E, 19Z5M
What was your rank/title?
SP4-SSG L Troop
CSM RHHT
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
1974-1976, 1978-1981, 1999-2000
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Got to 3/2 in 1974 as a SP4, ran border patrols, reaction force and border ops out of Camp Roetz (Reed) and Camp May during two tours in L Troop. In 1999, the 70th Colonel of the Regiment hired me as the Regimental CSM. My last day of duty in the Regiment was 15 Dec 2000.
Tell us a little about you now.
I've retired for the second time and I'm still working full time as a consultant on data analysis projects. However, now my office is in my basement, and by dress code is much more casual.

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At 5:59pm on February 26, 2016, Greg Jackson said…
I knew a JT that was the TC for L14. I was the Gunner just before the new Rise 60s. They lowboyed on Post sitting in front of the Barracks the day I walked of post for the last time.
I take it that was you
At 12:42pm on February 22, 2016, carlin elliott said…

 oops wrong page

At 12:41pm on February 22, 2016, carlin elliott said…

 Damn good to know your still kicking. ya every now and again I still hear voices but its a beer in the frig calling my name now.

At 6:40pm on March 10, 2015, Randall Giuliano said…
JT wondered where you went to,living in Tx. Still got the hair lol get in touch
At 4:21pm on January 2, 2014, Bill Morris said…

Hi John, it's Bill Morris (Mo).  Just wanted to say hi after only a few odd decades.  I will have to go find those old pictures, I know I have a couple of them with you in it.  Take care for know.

At 4:42pm on July 9, 2013, bob Lempinen said…

You old son of a bitch. I have been looking for you for years. I have never forgotten you. God I remember our days driving around bavaria with wine bottles between our legs. I used your birthday 5-5-55 to look for you. I thought you went to ft. carson with dave ayers when I went to Polk. That place truly sucked. Got out after that hitch and went into Marines. 6 years as a recon marine. But I will never forget L-15 Damn we were good.

You ever hear from old crew? How about Carl Elliott? He still hearin names on the german radio from the ohio river

Bob Lempinnen 

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At 11:26am on December 11, 2011, Gary Gray said…

 Hey, thanks for the post about Tyler! nice words man. thanks for sharing your memories!

At 9:35am on December 8, 2011, Dave Gettman said…

Forgot to mention, the last two photos are from a visit to the site last July on the 37th anniversary of the explosion.

At 9:31am on December 8, 2011, Dave Gettman said…

John,

Since you seem to be so fond of the Sheridan, I thought you might appreciate some photos I have. One of our C Troop Sheridans caught fire and exploded July 25, 1974 while you were with L Troop. It happened just east of Amberg, a little town called Inzendorf, during a big war game the Regiment was part of at the time.

Wasn't much left of the Sheridan. The black and whites are the official photos from the investigation.

http://dragoonbase.com/photo/albums/c15-explosion

At 6:49am on July 12, 2011, Heenan,Thomas J. said…
JT, Tommy Heenan here.....I hung out with Doug Richards after the transfed him to M Company. If I remember right you room was on the second floor of L Trp, last door on the right
 
 
 

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