I have Border Certificates: 2d Squadron & Regiment from 1975 and 1st Squadron & Regiment from 1988. I don‘t know if they’re still available, but I can ask at the Reed Museum the next time I get over to Vilseck."
The easiest way to find the Hof sector on the map is to follow the northern border of the German state of Bavaria. From Stockheim (north of Kronach) it runs along the border with Thüringen (Thurinigia) north to the heights overlooking…"
Assignment to a Border Cavalry Regiment as a newly commissioned officer in 1971 was an absolute dream. In my first nine months in the Regiment, between border patrol, Grafenwöhr and Hohenfels, I spent about 30 days at home station. I met my wife here in Germany and after some time in the States, we returned to the Regiment, this time to 1st Sqdn. My fondest memories of the Army are from those days in the Second Dragoons.
Tell us a little about you now.
I'm retired, widowed, and still living in Germany. I run the pistol department of the SG 1306 Bamberg gun club, one of the oldest and largest (630 members) in Germany. I'm also a member of the local Porsche Club and enjoy tooling around the countryside with them. I also enjoy driving all over Europe with my dog Monty.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
There are so many. Anyone who served in the Regiment when I did and lives in Europe.
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Paul, Good to see up online with a great group of Old/New Cav Troopers. Sorry to hear about your wife Ursula. I assume Bill Barry got you connected with Dragoon Base. Looking forward to seeing you Bill's get together dinner. Bill & I stay connected regularly on our private e-mail address. Jack "Better known on here Top Miller"
Welcome to Dragoon Base. You shouldn't have any problem finding someone who served in the Regiment same time as you. There are some F Troop guys here from your time you might know. Jesse Kelley was F Troop from 1972-75 and knows of others here at Dragoon Base who were F Troop then also.
And like yourself, many of our members here still reside in Germany. My former 1st Sgt, Jack Miller, still lives in the Bayreuth area as do others. Just a matter of tracking them down.
My dad was 1st Battalion motor officer in Bindlach 1953-55 before they became squadrons. Spent my 1st birthday in Bayreuth, where we lived across the street from the Officer's Club on Parsifalstrasse just across the park from the Wagner Festspielhaus, and my 21st birthday at Camp Pitman in Weiden just two days after we blew up Sheridan C-15 while on maneuvers in July 1974. Maybe you heard about it.
So you're a mechanic who likes guns? You would have gotten along with my dad. He was recon through WW II, and battalion to post level motor sergeant/officer and instructor/inspector through Korea and Vietnam. Incredible mechanic and also a national champion marksman, winning the National Guard Rifle Championships held at Ft Lewis in 1935 and being the high National Guard shooter at the Camp Perry National Rifle Matches in 1936. He was awarded the Distinguished Marksman's Badge in 1935 and earned enough "legs" (13 earned - 3 needed) to have received the award three times. He also had two legs towards the Distinguished Pistol Badge. He quit competing after 1948 when he started wearing glasses, but got into one more shoot in Pegnitz 1954 with the Polizei and won the competition. I still have the plaque on the wall.
Anyway, hope we can stir up some of those old memories we here all cherish so much.