Gentlemen:I took CW radio operator's training at Ft. Knox, KY in 1957. However, I never had an opportunity to practice that MOS. I still enjoy practicing my ability with Morse code and even help a…Continue
"Hey Paul! That is funny as hell. I think the entire event goes like this: Me and another guy were drag racing in the motor pool one fine day when the officer in charge stepped out in front of us bringing the race to a halt. …"
"Wadley, I remember when we were in basic trng at Ft. Meade, you faked being out cold or dead or something of that nature, you freaked everyone out incl the NCO's, you got lucky getting transferred to Bravo Company, I moved there after my…"
"Good grief! Sigmund we both travelled to and from Deutchland on the same ships. My favorite spot was on the fantail, but I did spend adequate time leaning over the rail. Those trips were a favorite part of my life, being a small town kid…"
"Hello Mark: While I do not recall Major M. Schoenbrun, I was stationed at Bindlach from Feb 1958 to Feb 1960, I do appreciate that you all out there are still making efforts to keep our remembrances alive through this site. I remember that I…"
"Thank you all for continuing to add to the IR inquiry. In addition, in my old age (74), I really enjoy reading your anecdotes regarding your service in West Germany. The light hearted side of our duty was often as important as our assignments.…"
"As I have not been "on site" for awhile, I should make note that my service dates in Company "B", 2nd Armored Cavalry regiment, assigned to Christensen Barracks, was February 1958 - February 1960. The implementation of IR was…"
"Yes, thank you for the new comments. A friend here revealed to me that the visible IR spectrum is broad enough for me to have the "bright" display, and the military can use a wavelength that is visible only with the night vision…"
"Gentlemen: Thank you for your timely replies. I think that I supposed that the military IR was subdued somehow to minimize detection. It has been a long time ago, Anyway, other than the red glow, 50W bulbs allow my night cameras to see…"
"As the activity is at a low ebb, I wish to pose a question. Can anyone give me first hand information regarding just how much the infrared lights lit up the area in front of an army tank during night maneuvers? I have purchased some…"
"Good morning my frien, it's been a while since we last talked so I thought I'd drop yo a line to say hi and let you know all is well here in sunny, hot, California Desert ! Hope this finds you in good health and carrying on. I keep…"
"Thorsten Löster: This is a good idea. I did a search for Paul T. Hill in Kentucky and did not find anyone in the 62-64 age group. I checked four search sites. I live in Texas and was at Bindlach from 1958-1960. Perhaps if you…"
What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
B Company, 1st Battalion
Where were you stationed?
Christensen Barracks, Bindlach, Germany
What MOS or job description did you have?
630.00 - Wheel and Track Vehicle Mechanic
What was your rank/title?
Private First Class
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
1957 - 1960
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Some of my buddies are listed below. Before I went to mechanic’s school in Murnau, I was generally a driver for the CO or the 1st Sgt. On occasion I was privileged to go out on border patrols. Of course, there were the war games in Grafenwöhr and other areas of Bavaria.
My MOS did not call for me to be out in the danger zone, but on many occasions I got to go out. It was always thrilling. I usually drove and the corporal I was usually with was a stickler for map details. I did not like him because I was just the opposite. I do remember a snowy day when we both realized that the border stones seemed to be on the wrong side of the jeep. Even if the East Zone soldiers had opened fire, I think that our hasty retreat would have spared us injury.
On another occasion, it was a windy, rainy night as we approached the 50 meter zone. Thinking we were alone out there, we were speeding towards the border without lights. In the darkness, a single red light came on and began to wave frantically. We slowed immediately and turned on our lights to reveal a West German patrolman and his dog. As professionals, we were embarrassed to the max. I think he was just grateful to be alive.
On a hot summer day we were winding our way downhill in a wooded area along the Czeck border. The road was paved and the situation had allowed my favorite corporal to doze off. I decided to have a little fun and switched off the ignition. After sufficient gases had accumulated in the muffler I switched the ignition back on. I was not prepared for the terrified reaction from the corporal when that muffler backfired. Nor was I aware of the danger of drawing attention to ourselves along that stretch of the border. At any rate, responding to his frantic urging, the two jeeps immediately evacuated that piece of terrain. Of course, he was under the impression that we had been fired upon. The only reason I was not dealt with properly was because he would have been in trouble for napping.
Ft. Meade, MD:
I was originally in HOW Company at Ft. Meade, MD. However, after a drag racing incident in the motor pool, I was transferred to B Company. I do not remember if my jeep won, but I do remember when the motor officer stepped out into our path and ended the race. I told the fellow I was racing not to worry about a thing. While the old man was presenting us with our Article 15s, I passed out cold.
While I was learning to handle the M-52, another fellow left the roadway in his and the instructor was injured when his head struck the edge of the hatch opening. Remember that thin “foam” padding placed there for protection against such things? I never trusted it after that.
I remember a time when I was latrine orderly at Ft. Meade during a Saturday inspection. The Exec. Officer was inspecting and MSgt. Cogar ran his own index finger around the urinal bowl and stuck it into his own mouth. He commented that his men kept the latrine clean enough that he could do that without worrying. I wish that he had asked me first.
Wadley, I remember when we were in basic trng at Ft. Meade, you faked being out cold or dead or something of that nature, you freaked everyone out incl the NCO's, you got lucky getting transferred to Bravo Company, I moved there after my Summary in 1960!
Hi Robert, hope all is well with you, wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a prosperous ThanksgivingIt is supposed to be a nice sunny day here. This will be our first Thanksgiving where we will be going out for our thanksgiving dinner. the kids (4) are all going seperate ways and Becky is recovering very well from a knee replacement so my choice was to not have her stand on her feet and then have all the mess to clean. She is kind of dissapointed cause we always get together with family. Two of our 4 work in the food industry so they will be working. Take care and enjoy!
turned the radio on and was waiting for the red light to go out, that meant I was ready to send and the antena was loaded. I was ready to hit the key and the back door of the PC opens and there stands the company clerk with a cup of coffee in his canteen cup using the antena which the driver forgot to release in his hand using the antena to stir the coffee. Needless to say I could have fried him and the coffee both. Boy did the driver get a royal chewing from the Com. SGT.
Robert, heres a CW story you will like and it's true. My ANGRC-18 was very powerful and I operated with a leg key that cliped on to my upper thigh so i had one hand to send and could receive with the other. It was so powerful that if you touched the antena with a lead pencil after the set was loaded the pencil would ignite in flames. We were on alert and it was the job of the PC driver after we were in position and the engines shut down to let the antena up as we traveled always with it secured to the top of the PC. we had pulled into position and the engines shut down,and I had ( TBC )
Robert, isn't this ironic, I took CW training in Nurenberg and operated a CW radio, I think an ANGRC-18 if I remember right. Took 12words per and sent at 13 per. Can't remember my MOS and now vaguly remember my code.