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Michael N Sawick
  • Spring Valley, CA
  • United States

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Co D, 1st Sqdn Jul 82 - Apr 84
HHT, Ist Sqdn Apr 84 - Jul 85
Where were you stationed?
Christiansen Barracks
What MOS or job description did you have?
Company Master Gunner, D Company
Platoon Sergeant, 3d Platoon, D Company
Squadron Master Gunner
Squadron Classified Documents Custodian
What was your rank/title?
Sergeant First Class
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
July 1982 thru July 1985
Tell us a little about your cav days.
The most challenging and satisfying tour of my career. Pretty scary too. Less than 2 months after I signed in the 2d Platoon Sergeant was relieved for cause. They say that if you leave the Second with the rank you arrived with you broke even and if you are promoted you done good. Under those criteria I guess I done good. My original Cav CO was a scary fellow but ultimately proved to be the best Captain I ever served under. His replacement was a ring knocking ticket puncher. There was a lot of panache when I got there but not so much by the time I left. Then there was the Squadron formation in the gym where the Adjutant called a bunch of names of men to be 'awarded' then the Colonel turned the formation over to the CID who promptly arrested the 'awardees' for drug related crimes. And the Acting SGM and HHT senior NCO arrested by the Graf MP's in the middle of the night for theft of military property. There was never a dull moment. And let us not forget the tank commander from Bravo Trp (I think it was) who 'sank' his tank in a farmers field during an unseasonable thaw during a winter exercise down around Lake Chiemsee.
Tell us a little about you now.
Retired as a First Sergeant from Readiness Group Redstone in Alabama. Living in So Cal now. Both daughters are married now, one to an ex jarhead one to an active duty swabbie. My son is carrying the guidon now. He spent 6 years in the Dragoons as a 19Delta before it went Stryker and made one trip to the NTC at Ft Irwin and Iraq with them. Between the two girls and the lad I have 9 grandkids with one more on the way. Not too lucky in the grandson department, girls-6 boys 3. Well you know what they say, "Into each life a little rain must fall".
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Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
SFC Jose Candalario (Candyman)
2LT Rocky Gay
1SG Sam Pearson
SFC(P) Jesus Muna
SSG Tom Clarke
SGT Bill Tell
SP4 Barry Yanagahara
SP4 Cliff Lowe
SP4 Jeff Chavez
1SG Sonny Cameron
SSG Bill Ferman
LTC Brinkley
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At 2:28pm on December 31, 2010, Jesse Kelley said…
Wishing you many more, from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 9:55pm on August 20, 2010, Ty Shewmake said…
Mike -

What a time in our lives, eh? A real mission. A real purpose. And one hell of a lot of fun. And not a lot of the usual Army chickenshit.

Stone 6. Jan Ward - such great leadership.

Don't miss the Army (and the careerist assholes), but really miss 1/2 CAV, the mission, and all the great guys.

The video of Gates completely blew me away... Wow. A very important piece of our lives lost to the sands of time.

We were giants Mike - saving democracy.

What we did truly mattered, I believe...
At 12:37pm on August 20, 2010, Ty Shewmake said…
Hey there Mike! Long time, my friend.

REALLY glad I found this site... Watched the videos John Walker shot of Camp gates a while back - wow, just a ruin (guess it always was). Heard shovel jaw had a few scrapes? He was the first guy I met at the Rock... Taught me how to set up my TA-50. A world ago, eh...
At 8:06am on December 31, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…
Happy Birthday Michael
Wishing you many more!!!
From all of us at DragoonBase.
At 11:03pm on December 30, 2009, Joe Sellner said…
Good to hear from you Mike, I know I developed High blood presure a couple years ago and have to eat pills every day now. It sucks! Your alive and well though so, go figure. We did alot of not good for you stuff, on both sides of the ball.We are last of the old horse soldiers. We actually believed what we preached and walked the talk. You take care of yourself and I hope to hear from you often>

At 10:24pm on December 29, 2009, Joe Sellner said…
PS> I got a picture of you having a reichelbrau in my room!
At 10:23pm on December 29, 2009, Joe Sellner said…
Hey platoon Sgt.,
Remeber me? You used hang in my room on occasion. Wow sometimes my memory is so vivid and on other occasions so vague. I left in 83. So our time was short ,but, I did my job. Went to the reserves 3rd ID( mortatr Platoon Sgt.) , then 120th FA as liasion Sgt.. Got a few more medals. Grew tired of the boot shiners and got out in the 90s. Currently raising 4 kids. Took up machinist and tool dye making as a trade. Still doing that. Hope your doing well sarge. Look forward to hearing from you.

SSG Sellner
Last Room on the left D company
!st of the 2nd
At 8:59pm on September 17, 2009, Tim Riley said…
That is weird. We have even more in common. I was there when the company transitioned to the M1A1 so I was there for that training. It was cold as could be that month. We went out on a pt run and there was half an inch of ice on the roads. I got lucky, the squadron master gunner asked me to help with the testing since I was an M1/M1A1 MG. He actually wanted me to stay with the squadron so he could get a platoon. The weird thing was that LTC Young had actually wanted me to take the job a year and a half earlier after my first gunnery as a MG.
At 7:46am on August 11, 2009, Tramm Hudson said…
Thanks Jesse for letting an old Garry Owen trooper tag along with you guys... Best regards, Tramm
At 10:07pm on August 9, 2009, Tramm Hudson said…
Cav troops are all brothers in arms... I have alot of respect for the members of the 2nd ACR that I worked with in the late 70s... Garry Owen was always ready to serve with the men of Toujours Pret.

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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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