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How The Troop Commander Single Handidly Captured The Deadly Tank Thieves Of Coburg
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I was up in Coburg augmenting G Troop in '73 and we were all up in the dayroom watching a movie and drinking beers playing spades when all hell broke loose. Gate guard just called into OPS that…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Buckley Jun 19, 2013.

Bamberg Circa Early 70's
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How many of you Bamberg guys in the early 70's remember the club they used to have in the Squadron Headquarters called the "Red Fox"? Most referred to it as the "Scrounge". There was this tall…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Johnston Jun 22, 2013.

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Shannon Ryan left a comment for Mike Machak
"Happy belated birthday Mike. We missed you at the Reunion, hope you are doing well."
Nov 17, 2015
Dave Gettman left a comment for Mike Machak
"Mike, You were sorely missed at the reunion. What happened, brother?"
Oct 7, 2015
Mike Machak commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"Hey Rick remember when those guys from G TRP stole the two Sheridans when we were up in Coburg and busted through the gates headed for downtown? I think you were running the "Scrounge" up there then and I was up there. We always sent a…"
Feb 25, 2015
Mike Machak commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"Larry I was in H CO from January '72 to July '74. Those were some pretty wild times. We were so short handed when I got there the first alert we had we only had three guys in the platoon. We'd drive a tank out to the alert position,…"
Feb 24, 2015
Mike Machak replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Movie FURY!
"If you want to get your ass handed to you in a tank let it go into an urban environment without letting the grunts go in first."
Feb 2, 2015
Shannon Ryan left a comment for Mike Machak
"Happy birthday Mike, enjoy the day."
Nov 16, 2014
Mike Machak replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Sounds and Smell
"Guy at work and I were out having a smoke yesterday. He asked me how people could tell if it was going to be a cold winter? I told him when I was in the CAV by how early in the month of November my heater went tit's up."
Nov 13, 2014
Mike Machak replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Movie FURY!
"Damn straight Max....best damn job we ever had. I think that line will be just as well remembered as "I love the smell of napalm in the morning""
Oct 27, 2014
Mike Machak replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Movie FURY!
"Shannon I've seen that one too. It's an Isreali T-62. They took ones captured from Syria in '73 and refit them with the 105MM M68."
Oct 20, 2014
Mike Machak replied to Bill Hembree's discussion Movie FURY!
"Agree the sound and visual effects were good. In a couple cases too good. Attention to detail was what I noticed. Bumper number of tank indicated 66th Armor Regiment a traditional 2d Armored Division unit. They also referred to linking up with the…"
Oct 20, 2014
Mike Moberg left a comment for Mike Machak
"MIke, email address: mchmoberg@frontiernet.net   Drop me a line...Mike"
Jul 3, 2014
Mike Moberg left a comment for Mike Machak
"Mike,  I just got back from France and Germany.  I had a great tour of Omaha Beach and Colleville Cemetery, where one man from our town is buried.  He was killed outside St. Lo in July--1944. Drank some good beer in Munich at the…"
Jul 3, 2014
Mike Machak posted a status
"Sitrep from Vilseck Good turnout from the Association. Most of the usual suspects are in attendance."
May 21, 2014
Mike Machak left a comment for Mike Moberg
"Mike much to talk about. School didn't work out so I went back in in '76 so I went back in as an E5. Went to 3d ACR at Bliss and commanded a Sheridan section there. Then 11th ACR in Fulda, Fort Riley and retired as a 1SG in Friedberg…"
May 16, 2014
Mike Machak left a comment for Mike Moberg
"Am flying to Germany Monday to attend the festivities at Vilseck and then going to Hanau for a week to visit my wife's grave and family."
May 16, 2014
Mike Machak left a comment for Mike Moberg
"Telephone is 757 621-5082"
May 16, 2014

Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
HCO 2/2 ACR
Where were you stationed?
Warner Barracks Bamberg Germany
What MOS or job description did you have?
11E Tank Crewman
What was your rank/title?
Sergeant
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Jan 1971-Jul 1974
Tell us a little about your cav days.
I'd have to write an epic novel...The average civilian wouldn't understand it but for any cav veteran it would be a comedy.
Tell us a little about you now.
Retired from army 1993, currently working as a Defense Department contractor in the modeling and simulations field.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Danny Williams, Ken Meek, Keith Wagner, Ricky Lawson, Jerry Dennis

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At 12:47pm on November 17, 2015, Shannon Ryan said…

Happy belated birthday Mike. We missed you at the Reunion, hope you are doing well.

At 1:45pm on October 7, 2015, Dave Gettman said…

Mike,

You were sorely missed at the reunion. What happened, brother?

At 12:56pm on November 16, 2014, Shannon Ryan said…

Happy birthday Mike, enjoy the day.

At 8:08am on July 3, 2014, Mike Moberg said…

MIke, email address: mchmoberg@frontiernet.net   Drop me a line...Mike

At 8:07am on July 3, 2014, Mike Moberg said…

Mike,  I just got back from France and Germany.  I had a great tour of Omaha Beach and Colleville Cemetery, where one man from our town is buried.  He was killed outside St. Lo in July--1944. Drank some good beer in Munich at the Hofbrau House and then went to Bamberg. I never saw one uniformed American soldier in Bamberg or in Germany. I went to Warner Barracks and almost didn't get to see the base for security reasons.  I had  to persuade a soldier to escort me in. He had a military ID. I showed my wife the compound and my barracks, pointed to my room. It was completely abandoned. I was flooded with a lot of memories.  I wonder what happened to Lt. Lewis?  The cit of Bamberg has changed a lot too. That is my last visit there...Mike

At 10:33pm on May 14, 2014, Shannon Ryan said…

Well Mike, the time is getting close, I wish I was going over with you guys this year but I can not make it, have a great time and have a few biers for the rest of us. Hope to see you in Valley Forge.

At 5:35pm on January 15, 2014, Shannon Ryan said…

Mike, here is where most of us stayed in 2011 nice place, it is in Konigstein, about 20 minutes from Rose barracks 1/2 hr. or so from Amberg. Make sure you rent a car you will need it. Room price includes breakfast, call them directly for the room you will get a better price than booking online.Hotel Wilder Mann

At 11:33am on November 16, 2013, Dave Gettman said…

Happy birthday, Mike. Hope you aren't missing those wisdom teeth too much.

At 6:30pm on October 29, 2013, jack wayne nelson said…

Mike, I can bring some home Kimchee if you like that. Got Korean girl that make's it for me?

At 7:38pm on October 28, 2013, jack wayne nelson said…

Oh Hell Yea! What do I need to bring?

 
 
 

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