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Severino Mendez left a comment for gary schmidt
"Let me know. I'm Mendez from the Mess Hall. I had an accident on the way to a field excersises. Truck hit black ice and I got hurt and beat up pretty bad. Let me know."
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Severino Mendez left a comment for gary schmidt
"Anyone on this platform at Bindlach from 79 to 85?"
Monday
Severino Mendez left a comment for gary schmidt
"I do know that Luigi bought half of the Bindlach hill, (The Rock) when they closed it and he build a car shop and a leather company. Made millions on The Rock. Luigi worked at Facility Engineers."
Monday
Severino Mendez left a comment for gary schmidt
"Gary Schmidt I was at the Roch HHC 1/2 ACR from 79 to 85 and I remember hearing about the incident because I was stationed in Graf Main Post from 76 to 79. And it was ugly. But things like that you never forget. I also remember the young Puerto…"
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Dave Gettman left a comment for gary schmidt
"Thought I would give it a shot. Vernon Schmidt is a great guy and travels all over the world talking about his time during WW II."
Apr 30
gary schmidt left a comment for Albert Burns
"Thanks Albert I didnt remember it very vividly...but I remember it was a bad accident and also hearing about the wives...terrible..."
Apr 28
gary schmidt left a comment for Dave Gettman
"sorry...not that Im aware of..."
Apr 28
gary schmidt replied to Eric Larson's discussion Ration Cards
"yes, was there from 76-79  I knew a german that owned a disco ...lol"
Apr 28
gary schmidt replied to E.J. Rennier's discussion 2nd ACR Border Camps 1948-1992
"I was stationed on the rock from 76-79 in HHT Trans section and went several times with line units to border patrols...I being from HHT ran rations to the border camps...camp Gates...camp Pittman...dont remember the name of the other one...but…"
Apr 28
gary schmidt replied to PHILIP SHERIDAN GREAVES's discussion 2nd Armored Cavalry in the group Bindlach
"lol, I remember old Bailys...went there quite often...was at the rock from 76-79...remember their main song was steve miller bands Fly like an eagle...I can still hear the lyrics in my head...time keeps on slippin slipping slipping into the…"
Apr 28
Albert Burns left a comment for gary schmidt
"I remember both of those accidents. I also remember the people involved, just not their names right now. The M-60 antennae accident was on a road march, he was told to pull it down when they noticed the power line, it was very ugly, basically…"
Apr 14
greg miller left a comment for gary schmidt
"Gary,  i remember a M60 incident (after the sheridans were swapped out) an antenna was not tied down...touched an overhead powerline , probably for a regional bahn? Understood it was ugly. antenna base not grounded properly or arc was too great…"
Feb 21
gary schmidt commented on Robb Russell's group Bindlach
"I remember an incident back when I was there...between 76 and 79...a sheridan was backing off the firing line and one was approaching and there was an accidental firing...it hit the sheridan coming off I think and killed several in the tank...anyone…"
Jan 24
gary schmidt commented on Robb Russell's group Bindlach
"looks like the old storage shed we had back in '76 in our motor pool...across the street from the PX"
Jan 24
gary schmidt commented on Steve Oliver's blog post 1/2 ACR BIndlach, Germany; Christensen Barracks
"served there 1976-1979"
Jan 24
gary schmidt left a comment for Karina Bush
"what troop was he in?"
Dec 2, 2017

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
i was in hq troop, at the rock (christensen bks) from 76-79
Where were you stationed?
bindlach, christensen barracks
What MOS or job description did you have?
64c
What was your rank/title?
e1-e4
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
76 - 79
Tell us a little about your cav days.
well of course we did a lot of field time, but i also ran rations out of camp gates for camp pitton and gates, it was a crazy time at the rock, but i will always remember them as the time of my life, but i didnt realize it at the time! one of my best friends was Ron Allman, crazier than me! alot of memories!!
Tell us a little about you now.
after i left the rock i was stationed at ft bragg for 2 years, left there and went back to germany and was stationed with 37th group, at fuerth , with the 1st trans co, from there went to ft bliss tx with the 3rd acr for 3 years and stayed here!
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Ron Allman, William Sheppard, Charles Christenberry, and anyone else who remembers my name from that crazy time!!! lol

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At 1:53pm on August 13, 2018, Severino Mendez said…

Let me know. I'm Mendez from the Mess Hall. I had an accident on the way to a field excersises. Truck hit black ice and I got hurt and beat up pretty bad. Let me know.

At 1:52pm on August 13, 2018, Severino Mendez said…

Anyone on this platform at Bindlach from 79 to 85?

At 1:51pm on August 13, 2018, Severino Mendez said…

I do know that Luigi bought half of the Bindlach hill, (The Rock) when they closed it and he build a car shop and a leather company. Made millions on The Rock. Luigi worked at Facility Engineers.

At 1:49pm on August 13, 2018, Severino Mendez said…

Gary Schmidt I was at the Roch HHC 1/2 ACR from 79 to 85 and I remember hearing about the incident because I was stationed in Graf Main Post from 76 to 79. And it was ugly. But things like that you never forget.

I also remember the young Puerto Rican that was in a comma because he fell off the top of a personnel carrier they were playing with on the rock. I still feel bad about that.

At 7:51am on April 30, 2018, Dave Gettman said…

Thought I would give it a shot. Vernon Schmidt is a great guy and travels all over the world talking about his time during WW II.

At 2:29pm on April 14, 2018, Albert Burns said…

I remember both of those accidents. I also remember the people involved, just not their names right now. The M-60 antennae accident was on a road march, he was told to pull it down when they noticed the power line, it was very ugly, basically exploded him, and also set off some rounds inside the tank. The Sheridan was I believe at Graf, they were on the firing line and the gunner had the turret elevated, but didn't realize they were backed up on the berm and turret was now pointing down, into the rear of the tank in front of them. He was practice test firing, and put a round right into the rear of the other tank. I know the SGT T/C was killed, and I believe the Gunner, but two survived. Both of the gentleman killed had been stationed there a while, and both of their wives were actually on a flight to relocate to Germany when they were killed. All were in A Troop 1/2 ACR  I believe 1979, but may have been 1978...long time ago.

At 10:35am on February 21, 2018, greg miller said…

Gary,  i remember a M60 incident (after the sheridans were swapped out) an antenna was not tied down...touched an overhead powerline , probably for a regional bahn? Understood it was ugly. antenna base not grounded properly or arc was too great anyway?

At 11:26pm on October 7, 2013, Dave Gettman said…

Hey Gary,

We have a Vernon Schmidt in the 2d Cavalry Association who served in the Regiment during WW II. He just attended the 2d Cavalry Association reunion Oct. 3-6, 2013.

Wonder if he could be a relation?

At 10:28am on May 13, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…


HAPPY BIRTHDAY GARY
Wishing you many more, from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 4:17pm on November 11, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…

Toujours Pret Gary,
Welcome to the new DragoonBase, the new Base has plenty of newer features, lots of sub-groups,(ie, Officers Club, F-Trp., Amberg, Medics, etc.) and links for 2nd Cav News and History.
Robb Russell has posted some tips for navigating the site (ie,photos,links,ect) in the Forum.
Make sure you stop by and read the latest Tacoma Dave ‘Triva Quiz’, learn some 2nd Cav history and you can even win a kool prize.
If you need any help, you can contact Robb, or any of the 5 admins listed at the top of the page, or just yell out, another member may be able to help you.
And our only wish, ‘Keep it clean’, use our Real names/with Pictures (pix from back in the day, work best for searching for Brothers, but any picture will do).
And that you please tell all your friends about the new DragoonBase.

Thanks again for joining Dragoon Base, and for your service to our great country,
Jesse Kelley
 
 
 

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