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Robert W. Whitton
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  • Morganton, GA
  • United States
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Robert W. Whitton commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"Steve, I just looked at a website called GunsInternational.com.  They have several Lugers for sale there.  The prices range from $4750-14,950.  There's even one there that's over $25,000 if it's a carbine type. …"
Jan 7, 2013
Robert W. Whitton commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"Steve, Look up the value of the Luger on GunBroker.Com or any of the internet sites that allow you to offer for auction what you want to sell.  I've purchased several guns this way.  Or, take the pistol to a gun show and have it…"
Jan 7, 2013
Robert W. Whitton commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"Ray Otwell, Only guy I know in the picture is the Troop Commander, Frank Graham.  He's also on this site and if you can get him to comment, he might remember who some of the others are."
Jul 28, 2012
Robert W. Whitton commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"That should have been a 5 1/2 day schedule."
Apr 19, 2012
Robert W. Whitton commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"Nobody ever said the MPs were Rocket Scientist.  When I was there 66-68, no one could leave the Kasserne without a pass, so if you got a pass, you were generally not going to get in trouble.  The 1st SGT and the Platoon Sgts controlled how…"
Apr 19, 2012
Robert W. Whitton commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"Those bratwurst were called "Nurenburger Bratwurst", if you're talking about the little skinny ones.  Those were the best ones.  I have found them here in the US several different times.  If you can find a German Deli…"
Apr 19, 2012
Robert W. Whitton commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"Les, I remember he and Max usually walked to work together. Both carrying their "Snitzell Bags" with their lunch.  I'm afraid that's long in the past."
Apr 16, 2012
Robert W. Whitton commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"Pete, that was the first name of the Troop tailor in F Troop that I could'nt remember, Max Schmidt.  He worked for F Troop from right after the War until...I remember having to collect money from the troop members who wanted to have Herr…"
Apr 14, 2012
Robert W. Whitton replied to Eric Larson's discussion Legends in the group Bamberg
"I was stationed in Bamberg 66-68, and honestly I never heard of any underground complex.  But, that doesn't mean that it didn't exist.  I found this conversation interesting.  By the way, the SAT image that was provided by…"
Apr 12, 2012
Robert W. Whitton commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"James, you probably had just left before I became the F Troop CO.  John R. Buckley was probably your Troop Cmdr.  SFC Tunstell was the First Sergeant and Jim Sauers was the Troop Clerk.  I was assigned to F Troop when I first got…"
Mar 11, 2012
Robert W. Whitton commented on Robb Russell's group Bamberg
"Hello guys.  I was stationed in Bamberg 66-68 in the 2/2 ACR.  That was before we had a 2nd CAV patch.  We wore the 7th Army patch and wore the 2 ACR patch on our shirt pocket.  We didn't have berets or Stetsons.  I…"
Mar 10, 2012
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Mar 10, 2012
Robert W. Whitton left a comment for John R. Buckley
"Jack, I don't know if you got my email, but I have been trying to sign you up here as a friend, but haven't been successful yet.  Anyway, I think the 5 Ton truck was an M54, 6X6.  We used it to haul ammo as I recall.  You…"
Mar 10, 2012
Robert W. Whitton left a comment for Jack Painter
"Jack, I thought that I left you a note on another page, but apparently it didn't take so I'll try here.  Give me a shout if you get this.  I see you're in NC.  I lived over there for about five years, 96-2000, in…"
Mar 10, 2012
Robert W. Whitton left a comment for Frank Graham
"Hey Frank, got your note.  Sounds like you had some fun after you left the Pentagon.  I had two tours there 83-84, Comptroller of the Armys Office, then left for Bn Command back in Bamberg, 3-35 Armor, then back to Ft Benning for a short…"
Mar 6, 2012
Frank Graham left a comment for Robert W. Whitton
"Howdy Bob,  Don't get here very often so missed you message for a while.  Yep, life is good here on the western edge of the High Desert.  Nice to see you on the site here.  After we last saw one another in the Pentagon…"
Mar 6, 2012

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
H Troop, F Troop
Where were you stationed?
Bamberg, FRG
What MOS or job description did you have?
1203 Tank Unit Commander, 1204 Recon Unit Commander
What was your rank/title?
2 LT/1st LT/CPT
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Oct 1966 - Jun 1968
Tell us a little about your cav days.
I reported just after the drawdown in 1966. I was the 13th officer in the Squadron authorized 44. LTC Dan Williamson was the Commander. We had one Captain, two Warrant Officers, and the rest were Lieutenants. One of the Warrant Officers was the acting Commander of the Howitzer Battery before a new Lieutenant named Russ Richardson showed up. Jack Buckley was the Commander of F Troop, and thats where I was assigned for about 60 days, then took over as Commander of H Troop (Tank), then after about six months, Jack Buckley rotated and I became the F Troop Commander. During those days, there was only one officer in each troop, senior NCO's were in short supply and I have to say that the experience put all of us a notch ahead of where we should have been. Fortunately for all of us, we had a really good bunch of NCOs. Not many, but good ones. Very exciting time to come into the Army. After the tour in Bamberg I went to RVN where I was the S4 and later Commander of A Troop, 2/1 Cav, initially an extra Cav Squadron with 4th ID, and then reassigned to TF South opening up Highway 1 from Cam Rhn Bay to Siagon. After that, had the typical army career, culminating with the best job the Army has to offer, Command of 3-35 Armor, back in Bamberg (84 -86). Finally retired from the Pentagon in 1992.
Tell us a little about you now.
I retired from the Army in 1992 and since have moved around the east coast several times and finally decided on the N. Georgia Mountains as the place to stay. I now spend my time collecting and shooting old Army Infantry weapons and black powder guns. Also, work on family Ancestry and read a lot.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Jack Buckley, Frank Graham, Russ Richardson, Steve Kohoski,Dan Williamson, anyone else who served with the squadron during that time.

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At 4:21pm on March 6, 2012, Frank Graham said…

Howdy Bob,  Don't get here very often so missed you message for a while.  Yep, life is good here on the western edge of the High Desert.  Nice to see you on the site here.  After we last saw one another in the Pentagon (1984-85?) I went on to become the IG for the Montana Nat'l Guard - a great tour and retired in '92 also. Have run into Fred Rees several times here in Oregon - he was the stateAG for at least 12 years and just retired again at the last election.  Have spoken to Jack Painter on the phone a couple months ago and had email from Les Evjen.  And a bit of exchange with Jack Buckly as well.  Nice to make these connections again - even if only by electronica!  Yeah, I started the beard on terminal leave and have had it ever since - and when I lived in China (04-06) I had a pony tail almost to my waist!  Just got tired of shaving and haircuts for thirty years.  Hope life is good for you as well - there in the north Ga Mtns - anywhere near those nasty ranger types?? Dalonaga (sp) ?

At 10:05pm on February 29, 2012, Les Evjen said…

Hey Bob [Captain Sir],

My first CO and mentor.  Great to hear from you.  I left the Army in 1968 and went back to school.  Got married in 1970 [celebrating 42 years this year].  Jack Painter was my best man and Scott Lundstedt was a groomsman.  Ended up in the water well drilling industry.  My wife and I started a manufacturing company in 1977 producing RTT-Rig Tender Trucks under the name of Flatwater Fleet, Inc.  Sound our tools and equipment in over 50 countries on six continents.  Our military customers included:  US Army, Air Force and Navy.  Kenya East Africa Army.  South Korean Army.  Thailand Army.  Sold the company in 2004 and retired to the Black Hills of South Dakota where we have a log home on a small ranch.  I have three sons and four grandsons, all did or do play hockey.  My two oldest sons were Army Rangers, 3rd Ranger Bn, Ft. Benning, GA.  I have had many blessings in my life and serving under you and LTC was one of them.

 

Les

At 1:01am on February 28, 2012, Jesse Kelley said…
 
 
 

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