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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
2nd Platoon L Troop 3/2 ACR
Where were you stationed?
Amberg, Germany
What MOS or job description did you have?
19D Scout
19G Sheridan Crew
19E M60 Tank Crew
What was your rank/title?
Arrived as an E1, left as an E4
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Feb 78 through Jan 80
Tell us a little about your cav days.
I was part of a wargaming group in Amberg. Other members included; Mike Gallanis, Sam Lewis, Ed Colson, Randy Bealer, Vic Vale, and others I only recall by nicknames.

I did as much travel as our training schedule allowed. Married a girl from Amberg, and we will celebrate our 30th Anniversary in November of 09.
Tell us a little about you now.
After my 1st enlistment I reenlisted for Telecommunications training. After I left Active Duty I began a career in Telecommunications that has covered more than 20 years.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Randy Bealer, Vic Vale, Reggie Brown, Chet Michalak, Scott Francis.

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At 7:34pm on January 22, 2019, Charles Edward Wandall Sr said…

you were are loader for sure bill the gunner don hill driver and me ssg chuck wandall the tc

At 9:57pm on February 2, 2011, Ronnie Parmer said…
Ok, Rick you are correct that's me. Whats up Man.call me  (954-549-0017)I back home in Sunny Sunny South Florida.
At 10:10am on February 2, 2011, John Taylor said…
Yep, I was there during that period of time.  Gallanis wasn't on my crew, but he was in my light armored section.  As I remember, you guys played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons.  Amazed me years later when my sons played the computerized versions of the same game.  Seems to me that somebody told be that Gallanis had later become an officer or had gone to OCS or something of that nature.  As I remember, SGT Turner was Gallanis' tank commander.  They didn't get along at all. 
At 10:15pm on April 14, 2009, Bill Underwood said…
I remember the Sheridan incident well. It happened on April first....April fools day, no joke. Sorry about the downsizing for you Rick.
At 9:00pm on April 9, 2009, howard maxwell tritt said…
As crazy as hurricane season is here, the ICS brings a sense of organization to it that is very familiar & comforting- like its been done before & somebody has actually thought it through. People fall apart down here, even old timers, when the only thing that you can really do is move, and they refuse to.
At 10:10pm on April 7, 2009, howard maxwell tritt said…
This past week was just a taste of things to come- low 90s & metric shitload of mosquitoes. It seems like I've been going to college my entire adult life. I actually took my 1st course in Amberg via U. of MD in1979!! 30 years is a long, long time to grind on text books. Does IL. work off the federal ICS. Its got a military task organization feel to it. Works well for big fires & hurricane response. I always get stuck being the OPS Chief. Damned S-3!
At 5:01pm on April 7, 2009, Bill Underwood said…
Rick...damn glad to hear from you again. Married, 3 kids and 3 grandkids. I'm a teacher at a technical college in Albany Ga.
At 6:18am on March 31, 2009, howard maxwell tritt said…
Still grinding away. Not really looking forward to the summer though- bugs, humidity, and hurricanes. This place is not fit for man nor beast. However, I am going to Mexico for summer school. A much needed "college experience". You?
At 11:46am on February 21, 2009, Gary Gray said…
Welcome Rick, I remember you... good to see ya!
At 11:53am on February 19, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…

Toujours Pret Rick,
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.
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

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.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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