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Thomas Blaszkiewicz
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  • Depew, NY
  • United States

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The Forgotten Seventh Army
4 Replies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis K. Hansen Apr 22, 2013.

Happy Holidays To All
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Blaszkiewicz Dec 15, 2011.

Video Thanking The Troops

Started Apr 12, 2010


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Thomas Blaszkiewicz commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all on the site."
Dec 24, 2019
Thomas Blaszkiewicz commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
Dec 24, 2019
Thomas Blaszkiewicz left a comment for Dennis K. Hansen
"Happy Birthday ,and have a good day."
Dec 21, 2019
Thomas Blaszkiewicz posted a photo

Happy Thanksgiving

From the two of us to all of you,have a great day and Happy Thanksgiving.
Nov 28, 2019
Thomas Blaszkiewicz left a comment for Paul F Nagengast Jr
"Kipp Miller is on here."
Nov 22, 2019
Thomas Blaszkiewicz left a comment for Paul F Nagengast Jr
"Find yourself on the left side.CSM McQuerry,LTC Reed and Wallace Mohr  have all passed."
Nov 22, 2019
Thomas Blaszkiewicz left a comment for Paul F Nagengast Jr
"Welcome Paul,I talked to you a few years ago.I was in HQ Troop with Redeye.George Smith was our officer but he has passed a couple of years ago.Check out my page ."
Nov 22, 2019
Thomas Blaszkiewicz left a comment for harold goldstein
"Happy Birthday !!!!!!!!!!!"
Nov 16, 2019
Thomas Blaszkiewicz left a comment for harold goldstein
Nov 16, 2019
Thomas Blaszkiewicz commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Harold,I got the address from Mike Stopinski  the guy that lives in Amberg."
Sep 27, 2019
Thomas Blaszkiewicz commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Harold,how is FRANKENSTRASSE  210. Merrell Barracks.??"
Sep 27, 2019
Thomas Blaszkiewicz commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Guys,once on an alert to the border,the first night I slept on the ground in the snowThe  next night it was on the floor in one of the buildings.Then we drive back to Pond Barracks in a snow storm with no doors on the jeeps.Blankets wrapped…"
Sep 25, 2019
Thomas Blaszkiewicz commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Guys,I am doing fine.On blood thinners now ,some clots from my 2 knee and 2 hip replacements.Hopefully for only a short time.I am 70 now so trying my best to live a good life. And Always Ready."
Sep 14, 2019
Thomas Blaszkiewicz commented on Harry Warner's group Oldtimers
"Happy Birthday  Harold."
Sep 13, 2019

Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
HQ Troop 3/2 ACR
Where were you stationed?
Pond Barracks-- Amberg,Germany
What MOS or job description did you have?
11B4R6---- Redeye Gunner
What was your rank/title?
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Had a great time,I was drafted,sent to Germany instead of Viet Nam.Great bunch of guys in Amberg,To bad Pond Barracks is gone.Had a good time with my Redeye group.Still in touch with a bunch of them.
Tell us a little about you now.
Travel a lot ,go to Germany ever few years,retired from the Pepsi Bottling group in 2006.My photo with my wife was taken in2001 when we went to Germany on vacation and we stopped in Amberg for a few days.
Phone number (Optional).
716-683-4334 .
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
LynnHill,(found) Keith Brewer(found),Gregory Anthon (found),Joseph Musser(deceased ),,Richard Childers,Jim Mullins,Richard Kerr(found),,Terry Morris,Robert Clark, Cliff Barr(found),,Terry Foster(deceased),Robert Dionne (found),Louis Frye(found),,CSM Charles McQuerry(found),David Bodie(found),James Clendenen (found),Andrew Millsaps(deceased),John Boyd (found ),Kip Miller (found ),Charles Koenig (found),Robert ( RC )Johnson (found ),
John Orlando-K-Troop-Cook-Mess Hall &Officers Club (found),
Richard Hornkohl (found),Darwin Leckington (found),Paul Etenhoffer (found),David Glamm(found),George Smith(deceased ),Robert Lavoie(found),Eliot Kimble(found),Dale Swanberg(found),Skip Kostecka (found ),Bruce Loudermilk (found ),Anthony Alfer (found ),Ralph Heinz (found ),John McDonough (deceased),Holger Hellwig (found ),Gary Meads (found ),Michael Jeary (found ),Paul Nagengast (found ),Charles Frisino (found ),Gary Mason (found ),CWO B.J. (Fritz ) Mintz (deceased),1st..SGT.Dave Vaughn(deceased ),1st.SGT.Guy Wiggins (found ),Carl Backgren (found ),Mark Stewart (found ),Ed Longstreet (found ),Neal Mars (deceased ),Bruce Harrelson (deceased ).Kenneth McClung (found ),Paul Robinson (found ),

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It is 5:17 PM on Friday and the site is up and running.I want to thank a couple of guy with trying to get this site up again.Ed Russell ,Dave Gettman and S.Banks.and myself.So everything is back to normal.

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 5:19pm — 2 Comments


This was a Soviet Military Liaison Mission card.Used on Soviet auto's or trucks driving in Germany.

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 9:19pm — 2 Comments

Who Remembers

Another old one!! The little German store on the way to Nurnberg.In the early 70's we called it Queer Willy's.He made you a sandwich and gave you a drink for just about nothing.He took the money out of your hand.Great guy always took care of the GI's . Anyone remember??? Tom.

Posted on February 22, 2009 at 8:43pm — 4 Comments

Years Ago

An old one.Anyone remember what and where was NATO TWO-THREE.Did a week of guard duty there in 1970.

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 5:31pm — 5 Comments

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At 2:05pm on December 21, 2018, Dennis Hughes said…
Hi Thomas,
Was feeling nostalgic, trying to recall some old memories as they seemingly are disappearing faster than time itself, thinking about my fellow soldiers, and time in Amberg...ran across your posts about Redeye. Was in M Company, as an E2 and M60 tank driver, #31 I think, when during mid-year of 1971, I was transferred to HQTroop and the Redeye unit and promoted as an acting E5, squad leader and training NCO. I believe that there was a Gregory that was charged with NCO of the 6 squads. Seems we were short staffed, squads were basically leader, driver , jeep/trailer and simulator redeye. I used to plan for training missions at a reservoir located atop a mountain.
Would love to pry out more of those treasured memories. Will send what ever photos I can find soon., Dennis Hughes
At 12:27pm on May 31, 2018, Shannon Ryan said…

Happy birthday Thomas. Have a great day. Hope to see you at the reunion next year.

At 5:27pm on September 19, 2017, Joseph Halter said…

Thank you brother.

At 12:35pm on February 25, 2017, Robert M. Lavoie said…

I may be a lot of things but I will never admit to being "old". 

At 9:48pm on September 20, 2016, Joseph Halter said…

Thank You very much.

At 1:57pm on July 26, 2016, Wayne Dixon said…


At 1:00am on June 1, 2016, Dennis K. Hansen said…

Happy Birthday Thomas.. hope you had a great day...Prost

At 8:13pm on May 31, 2016, Shannon Ryan said…

Happy birthday Thomas, I hope it was a good one!

At 1:44pm on May 25, 2016, Ed paquette said…

thanks for the well wishes and compliment on the book by Jack Tarvin (I only added a couple stories) -I don't go to this site often -still working full-time in Hampton NH but will try to get on more often.  We're having a reunion in Oregon Aug 25 if anyone is interested.  thanks, Ed Paquette

At 2:26pm on March 7, 2016, Melvin L. Utz said…


No all my family is from Va. Looking for several buddys, maybe you can help,

1. Vergial Horton, Va. area

2 Eugene Westerfelt, Nj area.

Jack Bullock, Baltimore Md area,

All in 2nd cav 57 thru 60

Any help will be greatfuly  apperated.

                                                                       M.L. Utz

At 3:46pm on November 30, 2015, Lawrence Stanley Snow(DUSTY)SSG said…
Thank you
At 12:15pm on June 8, 2015, Frank L Moseley said…

Thank You Tom B.

Hope to have a good day. Twixt the wife, the Doc's and mesel'... I am trying.... Lord knows I can be trying!  LOL

At 12:30pm on May 31, 2015, Shannon Ryan said…

Happy birthday today Thomas enjoy your day.

At 5:37pm on December 5, 2014, michael patrick long said…

Thomas thanks for the photo of mark keith maybe you could help everytime I go to load my pics it is coming up with an error message am I doing something wrong the pics are small and don't exceed the size

At 12:06pm on November 27, 2014, Ed White said…

Thanks Tom. 64 Today SOB :-)

At 7:04pm on November 17, 2014, George W. Smith said…

Thanks for commenting on something I am trying to forget.

At 5:40pm on November 17, 2014, Tim Gavaghan said…

Thanks Tom.  I was "surfing" the net and thinking about Amberg when I found this site.  When I saw SFC Z was on here, I had to join.  Soooo many memories from Camps Reed and May.  Thanks again for the warm welcome.


At 8:33pm on November 14, 2014, Dave Gettman said…


"Tiny" Hayden was one of my best friends in C Troop. We did a lot of crazy shit together!

At 1:53pm on September 20, 2014, Joseph Halter said…

Thank You for the birthday wishes.

At 12:30am on July 27, 2014, Stanley H. Salot Jr. said…

Thomas, I will need to check my records for the actual date.  I left sometime after the Russian invasion of Czechoslofakia.  I spent my last year there running the Officers club dinning facility.   


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.


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