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I was asked by an Old E. German about our Spot Lamps on the M-60. He wanted to know why the light was Pink and what kind of Lamp it was, Mercury or Sodium.I don't know, Continue

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MARK PILLOW left a comment for Billy Horry
"There were some mystery barrels - drums really under the Motor Pool in the old Messerschmidt ammo magazine rumored to be agent orange or radio active but it turned out to be lithium grease from WWII"
Jul 22
MARK PILLOW left a comment for Kirk T. Fay
" we very probably WERE the baddest, A buddy of mine that was with 10th Spec Forces said that E Germans they interviewed always said it was the 2d ACR that kept awake nights not Black Horse."
Mar 20
MARK PILLOW commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Sig is right about WOPorgin. However, it came I to common usage in WWII North African campaign after a forward observer called in a fire mission on three Italians In the open. After an entire hill was obliterated by DivArty who though the call was 3…"
Mar 2
MARK PILLOW left a comment for Robert Stewart
"I learned alot form putting that head set on, and of course there was the Radio Watch/Alarm Clock...."
Feb 27
MARK PILLOW left a comment for John L. martin
"I sure am glad to see you're still doing fine. (I had my concerns)"
Feb 27
Matt Hull left a comment for MARK PILLOW
"Thanks, great to be here!"
Feb 2
MARK PILLOW left a comment for John C Hatcher
"I really enjoyed reading your groups RECON sitreps from the era - they were still in the vault in the war room in 86."
Feb 2
MARK PILLOW left a comment for Matt Hull
"Always good to have another artilleryman on site."
Feb 1
MARK PILLOW commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Harold thanks for the update. I('ll have to check my labs this month and see if Crestor does this to me.) Lipitor also lowers the Warfarin concentration. I think I'd have volunteered for more patrols if I knew that this was my future (but…"
Feb 1
MARK PILLOW commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Harold - they push Lipitor but they have Crestor which is much gentler on the stomach. Lipitor apparently adjusts your Triglycerides by causing you to be unable to eat. :--}"
Jan 31
MARK PILLOW commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"I was told that the battle damage at RHQ as well as at Bindlach was left as it was as a reminder to Germany. That is as a caution against nationalism and NAZIs. It was by agreement that when we left Germany would make both parks or war monuments."
Jan 7
MARK PILLOW commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Stealing Parts for old cars takes a lot longer now - cash for clunkers wiped out a generation of antiques."
Dec 22, 2016
MARK PILLOW commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"My dad took off down the road on my tricycle, in full uniform, out the main gate and right back in ROFLMAO because I KNOW it happens. Catch-22 meets Kellys' Heroes every day. What would they do to a guy today? If they are Trans Gender, Walking…"
Dec 19, 2016
MARK PILLOW commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Dave this is getting scary - the 1st Sgt at the time had formed a Goon Platoon of troopers waiting for their orders which is why Corp B put the heels on his boots. in a different time the story is the same - This was the 1st Sgt before 1st Sgt…"
Dec 19, 2016
MARK PILLOW commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Dear Dave - Perry Watkins LOLOL. I thought we had it bad. Theres just some stuff you can't tell a civilian cuz they'd think we were out of our minds. They just have no frame of reference. I got a call about 0330 one morning - a hang…"
Dec 18, 2016
MARK PILLOW commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Dave that was how it was 'spoused to go for me too, but then Frogfoots started shooting up helicopters and i got the rare experience having my orders change in flight and Landing in a June snow storm - speaking of which Arkansas has a Tornado…"
Dec 17, 2016
MARK PILLOW commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"RC your right. Waiting on parts for 6 mths, getting kudos for 75% readiness rates- the only thing worse was going state side. It was in fact a DIFFERENT ARMY."
Dec 17, 2016
MARK PILLOW commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Dave/Shannon - the sad day came when i had to return to a regular unit and leave the 2ACR. 8 HRS after reporting 1/59ADA went on alert. #0 minutes after that i was standing in front of a Col. Tate getting a lesson on what he thought of my people…"
Dec 17, 2016
MARK PILLOW commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Thanks for the update Dave."
Dec 16, 2016
MARK PILLOW commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Dear Dave and Wayne - I have had occasion to interface with numerous smart assholes like the one you describe who needed to be reminded that my wife was a patient and not a data set. Surprisingly - a quick reminder that you have a bark too often…"
Dec 15, 2016

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The following is a poem of sorts, written by John McGowen. McGowen was an Electronics Technician Chief Petty Officer (Ret), with 21 years of active service. He currently resides in Michigan.

I am really astounded by the simple power of this piece. In just a few paragraphs, it conveys decades of government abuse and an unending need to speak up. It is profound and a great read. It is also a charge, a charge for us to get involved, and make our voices heard before it's too…


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At 10:33pm on February 2, 2017, Matt Hull said…
Thanks, great to be here!
At 2:00pm on November 21, 2016, Sigmund Fertig said…

Welcome Mark to Oldtimers, best group of guys on Dragoon Base !

At 12:48pm on October 30, 2016, Shannon Ryan said…

Happy birthday Mark, enjoy the day.

At 8:40am on June 3, 2016, Terry Wolfe said…

CWO Joe Brown was a godsend for the 84th! He helped a lot of folks on the Rock with their maintenance issues. Low density equipment was a nightmare for us. AVLBs, CEVs, Cat Dozers, John Deere Backhoes, chainsaws! Both Joe and I lived on the Rock and commuted every day to our Kaserne in Bayreuth.

At 3:37pm on May 31, 2016, Joseph John Jablonski, Jr. said…

Hey Mark, It is great to connect with another writer!  I just got on this thing about a week ago, so I would ask for leniency in your judgment "not too many takers yet."  Most definitely am looking forward to chatting with you.  Please do check out my twitter, J. John Nordstrom (my great grandmother's name mother's side all Swedes there all Polarks father's side).  I got a novel making Queenbee the major antagonist.  She is Nurse Ratched with a law degree, does this sound familiar in the current political circus?   What kinds of things have you been writing about?  I am familiar with most of the war movies made to date, I especially am into the Nam stuff.  If you have anything on the military hospitals in Austria, great, if not, no sweat.   Looking forward to hearing back in any case.    I have a Linked In under J. John Nordstrom (Joe Jablonski) that might be of interest to you.  Joe    

At 12:14pm on October 30, 2015, Shannon Ryan said…

Happy birthday Mark.

At 12:47am on August 12, 2015, Frankie Samuel Fayson III said…

Thank you so much...Sure was

At 5:08pm on July 13, 2015, James Black said…

No big C patch or decal. I only recall the 2, half white or silver and half red. Dad was a Mustang and earned his bars the old fashioned way, in Africa in a tank.

At 1:42pm on June 30, 2015, Daniel B. Wakefield said…

I am in Jefferson, AR. About half way between Little Rock and Pine Bluff. 

At 12:37pm on October 30, 2014, Shannon Ryan said…
Happy birthday Mark, enjoy the day.


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8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



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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