"Thanks, Bruce. My son, who was like 8 years old at the time, said that he thought it was Warner II. He just was there in April on vacation with his family. The place sure has changed. The housing area is now a refugee camp…"
"Guess I just missed you, Doc Dodge. I was at Camp Pitman (with C Troop) when you got to the Rock in January and left there for home in February, so though our times there slightly overlapped, we never crossed paths."
What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
HHT 3/2 ACR(Medics)
Where were you stationed?
Amberg, Camp Rotz and Camp May
What MOS or job description did you have?
91B Troop Medic. On the books I was assigned to 3rd Platoon, L Troop 3.2 ACR.
What was your rank/title?
I had a few PSG's in my 2 ACR time who made sure I left there promotable. Cecil "Black Buddha" I will never forget you and was great running into you at the Anniston Commisary and you seen me in SFC stripes. Gregg I knew you the least since most of that time I was in BNCOC at Bad Toelz and PCS'ng back to CONUS. SFC Ellsworth Sickles I probably served under you the longest and at the border the most.
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
March 1977-Dec 1979
Tell us a little about your cav days.
My first assignment when I got to Amberg was on loan to L Troop until gunnery was over. Wow.
I remember being on Range 790 on Graf and meeting the Medic Platoon Sergeant asking him why I never was assigned and it turned out I was hidden until gunnery was over. I had the best time of my life and got to know a lot of the platoon including Cpl's Big and Lil Willy and came back to them for Reforger 77.
I spent most of my tour at Camps Rotz and Camp May as a border medic and on patrol .I did do time at the rear in between the camps.I had a great time even though it seemed like I stayed on alert and always ready to roll off into hell.
The Cav was a tough learning assignment back then, every unit after that was a lot easier and I have the Cav experience to thank for getting ready to be a NCO. I never knew how much I loved it until it was all over. Maybe someday I can meet back up with all of you at Fiddler's Green.
Tell us a little about you now.
I made SFC in the Chemical Corps and ended up getting caught up in the early out RIFs of the early 90's.
I did time with 1st Armored Division, taught SERE and NBC to pilots at Ft Rucker, taught various topics on NBC at Chemical School at Ft McClellan and was the first Small Group Leader at the Chemical Corps NCO Academy for ANCOC. I finished my time at the Chem School as the deputy Curator and Historian at The Chemical Corps Museum and wrote and cataloged a lot of the Chemical Corps History for the 1st Gulf war.
Today I am a nuisance wildlife specialist and basically handle problem wildlife conflicts for a living near Gainesville, Florida in a tiny town of called Fort White, in Columbia County. I live out in the woods and it gets cold here and there are no beaches for 100 miles or more.
I am the father of four kids Robb III, 32, Wayne 21, Eddie 19 and Marie 17.
I do web sites if any want wants to hire a old Cav vet in fact I made this one here too!I am pretty good with search engine optimization if you have a site that does not show up on search engines and need it too.
Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity, Trooper Russell actions will vibrate for eternity and we will never forgotten his kind and professional dedication to the 2nd ACR. Rob we will take over your watch until our call to report to the LORD comes....R.I.P.