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gary schmidt commented on Joseph H. Stegeman's photo
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"cool, I remember those trucks well"
Mar 3
gary schmidt left a comment for Severino Mendez
"I'm not sure...I left the Rock in June of 79"
Feb 10
gary schmidt left a comment for Albert Burns
"yea...was terrible"
Feb 10
gary schmidt left a comment for Jeff Schaefer
"was very sad and traumatic for everyone!"
Feb 10
gary schmidt left a comment for Jeff Schaefer
"was very sad and tramatic for everyone!"
Feb 10
gary schmidt left a comment for Dave Gettman
"not that I'm aware of..."
Feb 10
gary schmidt left a comment for Dave Gettman
"not that I'm aware of..."
Feb 10
Jeff Schaefer left a comment for gary schmidt
"yes Gary it was Gunnery at Graf in 78 ,It was one of Charlie company's searc hlight tanks that was last to go down range and it hit one of Alpha company's tanks. Killed the gunner and TC. I was gunner of A22 that year. Only Sheriden to…"
Jan 8
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"Hmmm, is that a M813 5 Ton?   what unit was that assigned too? I was in HHT 76-79  Trans plt...."
Dec 31, 2018
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."
Aug 13, 2018
Severino Mendez left a comment for gary schmidt
"Anyone on this platform at Bindlach from 79 to 85?"
Aug 13, 2018
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."
Aug 13, 2018
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…"
Aug 13, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
gary schmidt left a comment for Dave Gettman
"sorry...not that Im aware of..."
Apr 28, 2018

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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 8:08am on January 8, 2019, Jeff Schaefer said…

yes Gary it was Gunnery at Graf in 78 ,It was one of Charlie company's searc hlight tanks that was last to go down range and it hit one of Alpha company's tanks. Killed the gunner and TC. I was gunner of A22 that year. Only Sheriden to distinguish in the regiment but it loss a lot of luster with the friends we lost that night. Should have never happened. Round was in the main gun too soon and the TC of the C company tank failed to keep his main gun fully elevated and orientated down range. That's when we were using tpt rounds but no matter with the thin skinned Sheridan's. 

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!!!
 
 
 

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