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Rick Gray
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  • West Berlin, NJ
  • United States
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Dave Gettman left a comment for Rick Gray
"Happy birthday, Rick!"
Jul 28, 2014
Rick Gray left a comment for michael hall
"Michael, I noticed earlier another New Jerseyan who's a bit closer to your neck of the woods.  Scott Morris is in Bridgeton and served with the 2d Cav 80-84 at Bindlach."
Jul 15, 2013
Rick Gray left a comment for michael hall
"Michael, Good to see another New Jerseyan on Dragoonbase.  I'm in Berlin Twp in Camden County.  Was in the 2d Cav a bit before your time tho, from '62 to '65. Welcome. Rick Gray"
Jul 15, 2013
Rick Gray replied to Rob Gould's discussion Troop Ships in the group Oldtimers
"I was on that same trip.  I missed kp by 1 man.  There was a line of us.  Whoever was picking people out pointed and said, "you, you, you...pots and pans.  you, you, you....dining room orderly.  you, you, you....clipper…"
May 22, 2013
Rick Gray left a comment for Scott D. Morris Sr.
"Hi neighbor, I'm Rick Gray, live in Camden County, NJ.  I was in 2d Armored Cav's Aviation Company '62 thru '65.  Welcome to Dragoonbase.  Nice to see more guys here from the Garden State."
Jun 16, 2012
Rick Gray posted a status
"I'm finally home from rehab. Feels great sitting in my own chair, my own sofa. I expect recovery will speed up now."
Feb 24, 2012
Rick Gray replied to Dave Gettman's discussion Recommended Reading for 2d Dragoons/2d Cavalry in the group Oldtimers
"Dave, How does one open this book?"
Feb 24, 2012
Harry Warner left a comment for Rick Gray
"June? No wonder I don't remember, I don't remember yesterday. I'll try to find who I think I saw."
Feb 19, 2012
Rick Gray posted a status
"Harry, you didn't miss me. There was a message from you on June 15. Any idea who the other guy in Berlin is?"
Feb 19, 2012
Harry Warner left a comment for Rick Gray
"Rick, Don't know how I missed you joining the Oldtimers. Sometimes people just fall through the cracks. I moved from Sicklerville in '04 to Mays landing. I think there is someone else from Berlin here. I hope you are feeling better. I saw…"
Feb 19, 2012
Rick Gray posted a status
"I've lost 26 lbs in the last 10 days. The food in the Merrell Barracks mess hall was MUCH better than here."
Feb 19, 2012
Rick Gray posted a status
"Starting to get better. I was able to walk 100 yards today with out any help. Now if the food would only improve."
Feb 19, 2012
Rick Gray posted a status
"Just had triple bypass surgery and I'm now in Rehab"
Feb 11, 2012
Rick Gray posted a status
"Just learned that my company commander in '63-'64, Maj. James H Mapp died 11/26/2011 at age 82. He retired as a Brigadier General."
Jan 12, 2012
Rick Gray posted a status
"He was the most gung-ho soldier I ever met.…"
Jan 12, 2012
Rick Gray posted a status
"Just spent 11 days in hospital in Philly. Went in for back surgery, then had a heart attack. Doing much better now."
Dec 22, 2011

Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Aviation Company, 2d Armored Cavalry
Where were you stationed?
Nürnberg & Bindlach
What MOS or job description did you have?
675.1 Single Rotor Observation Helicopter Mechanic
675.3 Single Rotor Medium Cargo Helicopter Mechanic

Worked mostly as a clerk-typist, though.
What was your rank/title?
Pvt E2, Pfc E3 & SP/4 E4.
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
28-Dec-1962 thru 7-Jun-1965
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Found out the relative values of military jobs, that helicopter mechanics were a dime a dozen, but a clerk-typist was worth his weight in gold. Worked a little on helicopters before working in the Maintenance office at Soldiers Field AAF. Worked on CH-34 ALT helicopter at Bindlach from Mar,'64 thru Aug, '64. My last 5 months were running the tool van.
Tell us a little about you now.
Spent 37 years in Data Processing/IT. Retired in 2003.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Charles J Smith (Snuffy) is the one we've been looking for for a few years. Last seen in 1979 in Alabama.

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At 11:20am on July 28, 2014, Dave Gettman said…

Happy birthday, Rick!

At 9:47pm on February 19, 2012, Harry Warner said…
June? No wonder I don't remember, I don't remember yesterday. I'll try to find who I think I saw.
At 7:28pm on February 19, 2012, Harry Warner said…
Rick,
Don't know how I missed you joining the Oldtimers. Sometimes people just fall through the cracks. I moved from Sicklerville in '04 to Mays landing. I think there is someone else from Berlin here. I hope you are feeling better. I saw your post....that's how I found you.
At 7:26pm on November 7, 2011, Paul Dierker said…

Hey Rick. Got your message. The guys you mentioned, don't ring a bell, but I just got back from a fishing trip with Ed Howlett and Dave Wilcox. Had a great time telling war stories. Here's my e-mail address, would love to see picture of Ed. I also have several pictures from Bindlach. rolliepd@yahoo.com.

Paul

At 11:55am on July 28, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
At 8:09pm on June 14, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
At 7:06pm on June 14, 2011, Harry Warner said…

Hello Rich,

It is truly a small world.  We were in Germany during the same years and I live just down the road in Mays Landing, moving here 7 years ago from Sicklerville.

Take a look at out Oldtimers group.  Many vets from same era. 

Glad you found us at Dragoons.

Harry

At 5:52pm on June 14, 2011, Dave Gettman said…

Welcome to Dragoon Base, Rick. Glad you could make it.

Be sure to check out the old timers group.

Dave

 
 
 

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