"Gene G. I do not know if you were aware of this.
Sig, can you please help me out with this story
In June or July 1958 nine border patrol Soldiers in their well armed jeeps,from the 2nd ACR,were captured by the Czeck Army.
A communications team…"
"Gene, I just realized you were in with me 1957-1959. I joined March 57 for basic and followed by 8 weeks of radio school, Assigned to the 2nd AC. I went to FT Meade July 57 and was on the advanced party Dec. 57 to the 3rd AC HQ in…"
"Gene G, I would only get stung badly if I did that.
If Dave was given this web-site (DRAGOONBASE) then I FEEL WE SHOULD ALL BE HERE STILL WITH OUR COMMUNICATIONS AND STORIES.
DO NOT ABANDON THIS OLD TIMERS WEB SITE EITHER.
"Watch the Big Game this Sunday!
Checkers Sunday Special Menu July 15th starting at 10:30am *Potato Pancakes and Sausages *Wienerschnitzel or Schweinhaxen or Sauerbraten *Black Forest Cake PLUS All You Can Drink Beer, Wine & Sangria!!!…"
"MORE FOR YOU OLDTIMERS
A couple of elderly men were venting their frustrations about the woes of modern technology.
"I just can't ever seem to remember my darn passwords," grumbled one of them.
The other one smiled. "Oh…"
"FOR ALL YOU OLDTIMERS
An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen.
The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, "Last night we went out to a new…"
Basic rights for all honorably discharged veterans. Level the effective veterans caste system.
DISCRIMINATION & BIAS
Laws treating one group of veterans differently than another.Discrimination: treatment or consideration of, or making a…"
"Harry, like they say, "If we knew then, what we know now" but even though the new kids are here, they don't know what we know. They only know what they know.
They'll learn soon enough, then they'll think they know what…"
"I went to NY this past week. Naturally I wore my 2nd ACR hat. Two people stopped me, one in a restaurant - 2nd Cav in Ft Polk sometime in the 80's
The other stopped who was in Germany with the 11th Cav.
"Happy TOUJOURS PRET July 4th to all. Stay out of trouble.
Dave, my sympathies, that is a lot of hurt to take.
For Veteran's day, because of your info, all they are going to do is say "Those that were in the Korean War,…"
"Harry, I'm going with Dave's definition. "...if you were awarded a campaign medal then you are a war veteran. Here is an example....my dad's last deployment before retiring was to Thailand in 1969. This was during the…"
Harold, If you still need stories for your book, I suggest you go back to Day 1 of Oldtimers and start reading. It was very active back then. Some days it seemed like no one slept. I'm sure you could pick up some interesting tidbits to write about.
Sorry I left you out Harold. We have a condo on the intercoastal, not to far from you in Stuart. We have been snowbirding it to FLA for the last 7 or 8 years. Can't wait to get back into the sun! Sgt Goldstein, Specialist Keel reporting for duty in Troop FLA! LOL
Here is a short story as best as I can remember Harold, sometime in 1979, I was at Grafenwöhr with M company it was for either Gunnery training or Canadian cup practice I don't remember which one. I spent a lot of time there, anyways I found myself on battery changing detail for the pop up targets one day, we had plywood targets downrange the same size as a Soviet tank, they would pop up and then we would shoot them down. So they call for a cease fire for the entire impact area while the detail is down range swapping out battery's we drive down range get off the truck and then we would walk around to these targets and they were down in a hole dug out big enough for the target and all the hardware to make them pop up. Well some artillery unit somewhere on base did not get the word on the cease fire, we all used the same impact area tankers and arty. Well I am still here to tell you that you really can hear the round coming in, it landed very close to my position I was down in the hole changing the battery out and was fairly safe but I did feel the earth move and they only dropped the one round before they realized what they did, after we got the all clear I walked over to the impact spot and got a first hand look at what a 155 round can do I picked up a piece of shrapnel about 7inches long that was still smoking and kept it for a souvenir and I still have it packed away some where. No one got hurt that day we were all pretty lucky. And that is a Graf. memory as best as I can recall. I have some more stories some I probably should not write about, but I may come up with some more later. Toujours Pret.
Ok Harold, will try to relate it as best the memory recalls:
"Squadron Maintenance Mutiny" or "The March On The Orderly Room"
I was working in Squadron Maintenance, in the PLL (Parts Office) in Amberg, 3rd Sqdn 2nd ACR. One of the mechanics, Sp4 J. Chavez, who we all called "Chewy" was to depart Pond Barracks for ETS. Chavez was well liked in the section and a bunch of us wanted to go to the Banhof to see him off. Someone procured a 5 ton truck (I have no idea what reason was given for the trip ticket) and we headed to town about lunch time. While we waited for the train, a few biers (or more) were had and well wishes given. The truck finally arrived to pick us up and return to Pond Barracks. Our timing was off and we arrived just as Work Call Formation was ending. Not a good thing.
We knew that we were in trouble. The Motor Officer, W.O. Oscar Amador-Morales, ordered us all into the Maintenance Office for a well deserved lecture. If his rant had stayed on the subject at hand, things might have gone differently. Unexpectedly, he began a tirade against the two Turret Mechanics with threats and harsh language. (This guy pronounces "Jeep" as "Yeep" and is not always easy to understand)
Because of his tirade and threats to the turret mechs, the whole section got mad and walked out of the office and marched to the Orderly Room in HQ Trp Building.
To say that "Top" (1stSGT Archie Griggs) was surprised and upset is a given. He ordered us to go to the Day Room and wait for him there, we did. I presume he wanted to check the appropriate AR's before confronting us.
When Top arrived in the Day Room, he was not a happy person. (I believe he brought the CO with him, but cannot recall his name). He started off saying that we were in trouble for missing the formation and for drinking (said the Day Room smelled like a brewery), that he could throw Article 15's at all of us [15 to 20 men], but that would not reflect well on the Troop, Squadron, or his records. He then began asking questions as to what caused the situation. As members of the Section began to talk, it became a Gripe Session on conditions in Sqdn Maint under Mister Amador. He listened, thought for a few minutes, said he would look into it. Told us to return to work but not talk of this to others. An humbled group of soldiers walked out and went back to work. In the end, we did get a New Motor Officer, no one was disciplined. A few months later I transferred to the S-4 Office and finished my tour with 3/2 ACR there.
That's the story Harold, as best as I can recall 48 years later.