I arrived to B-Troop, 2nd Platoon in June of 76. When I got there the B Troop was on the border, so in processed and went to Camp Gates. MOS was 11C and was assigned to B28, the 4 deuce mortar track. In 2nd Platoon the Plt Sgt was SSG Foreman and the Plt Ldr was a new LT, Vail I think his name was. Captain Packer was CO, Ducote was 'Top'. Both 2nd and 3rd Plt were at Gates. Some names from 2nd Plt - Kent, Clem, Conyers, Perry, Kenealy, Weisheit, Edens, Featherston. names I remember from 3rd Plt - Sundtheimer (Gramps), Diamond, Casupang, Davis. There are ore but I will have to pull out the Troop photos to jog the memory. Loved the Border!
With your input and Ward's input I think I have enough info to confirm most of the names in my photos. I am actually astounded that I remembered as many as I did. Now to figure out how to change the captions on my page, but not tonight.
Thanks for the input -- jeez, has it really been 30 + years????
hi scot. i was in 2nd platoon. sfc meyers was plt sergent. i got there late 77 and left late 79. people i remember yo mite no. sgt kinslow. sgt diamond. pvt labar. cpl clem. david voorhies. wienert. he overdosed before he left.. capy holly was in command then . i liked the border duty the best. had so much fun there.
Hi Scott, It's great to see someone from B Troop here from around my time. There are too few of us here so far. I looked at your pics. They sure bring back memories for me. Some of them are almost exact duplicates of a few of my pics. Who was the Troop Commander then? When I left in June '74 it was Capt. Maughn. I see that you are a "flat-lander". I am a cheese-head. Hope to hear from you again. Mike
Nobody knows for sure what happened, but it is thought to have been a heater fire. The crew had jerry-rigged an M113 heater in it, and it burned very hot. Caught on fire in the middle of the night with two NCOs inside and started cooking off rounds. I got there in time to tackle the E-6 that had been in the driver's compartment and extinguish his flames before the tank blew up.
My TC/platoon leader recommended me for the Soldier's Medal, but nobody saw what I did so it was denied. Almost 9 years ago I got 100% disability from the VA for PTSD from it.