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Matthew Darnell
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  • Westerville, OH
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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, and 29th Chemical Company
Where were you stationed?
Merrill Barracks Nurnburg
What MOS or job description did you have?
What was your rank/title?
SP4 Personnel Administration worked in the PAC
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
4 Jan 84
Nov 86
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Room mates Kevin Eberle
John Cain
going to the Green Goose
C&C Squadron LTC Eberle
Regimental Commander was Col Crouch and then Col Tilelli
CSM was SGM Long
PAC Sergeant was SSG Harp and the SSG Luther Graham
SGT Robateau was there
Tell us a little about you now.
Married 24 years now to a girl i met in the 71st Maint battalion there back then. Got married there. I have a 21 year old daughter and 16 year old son. Live in Columbus Ohio close to the Buckeyes.

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At 2:23am on April 21, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
Wishing you many more, from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 10:15pm on January 23, 2011, Carim Calkins said…

We're getting old when we start having grandkids, huh?  I'm still married to the girl I met in college 25 years ago, married for 23.  More later.


Pretty easy to get in touch with me at my school email if you visit the website listed in my Dragoon profile.  Don't really want to put too much info where it can be mined.


At 12:13am on December 19, 2010, Carim Calkins said…

Long time no see, Hotdog!  Good to hear you're alive and well.  Will never forget the good times at the Goose and your crazy ability to grow a beard in about a day!



At 10:11am on April 21, 2010, Jesse Kelley said…
At 8:43pm on April 20, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…
Happy Birthday Matthew,
Wishing you many more!!! From all of Us.
At 3:50pm on April 14, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…

Toujours Pret Matthew,
Welcome to the new DragoonBase, the new Base has plenty of newer features, lots of sub-groups,(ie,F-Trp,Amberg,Medics,etc.) and links for 2nd Cav News and History.
Robb Russell has posted some tips for navigating the site (ie,photos,links,ect) in the Forum.
Make sure you stop by and read the latest Tacoma Dave ‘Triva Quiz’, learn some 2nd Cav history and you can even win a kool prize.
If you need any help, you can contact Robb, or myself, or just yell out, another member may be able to help you.
And our only wish, ‘Keep it clean’, use our Real names/with Pictures(pix from back in the day, work best for searching for Brothers, but any picture will do).
And that you please tell all your friends about the new DragoonBase.

Thanks again for joining Dragoon Base, and for your service to our great country,
Jesse Kelley


Colonels of the Regiment

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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