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Bamburg Germany

I was on the east and west German border I was radar operator. Dose anyone remember hearing about an incident of a civilian being shot to death on the border or about a weapon being pointed at a Sargent Smith around October 1971. what it was it was me trying to return fire at the other solider on the other side of the fence, the Sargent jumped in front of my weapon that is how it really happened. Please if anyone can remember hearing or seeing anything please I can be reached at 13475624535…

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Added by Eric L. Kafader on August 16, 2016 at 8:45pm — 1 Comment

Bindlach Germany shooting

When I was in Bindlach there was a shooting of a brother that was on guard duty with an E-5. I can not remember either of the names, but I have found out that the E-5 was the one playing like John Wayne, twirling his 45, and it feel shooting his partner in the head killing him. I saw it happen, but I had remembered it wrong. I have got  that corrected, buti I still need their names and an approximate time (yr, month) that it happened. I do thank anyone that can remember more than can as it…

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Added by Glen Green on July 7, 2016 at 5:12pm — No Comments

another update 4 u, grandpa..

dear Grandpa,

my last blog post was written long time ago.. so.. here u get another update from my life without you..

you´re a great-grandpa since 25th of november 2015. you´re having (one more ?) a great-granddaughter, called Alexa Ilvy. I really wish to send u a pic of her.. to let you see, how wonderful and pretty she is.

I hope you will torn the wall you built around you before it´s too late. I hope you´re clever enough to know, that it´s the…

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Added by Lisa Schwalme on April 1, 2016 at 4:52pm — No Comments

1/2 ACR BIndlach, Germany; Christensen Barracks

I have been trying to reconnect with anyone serving in the 1/2 ACR Christensen Barracks in Bindlach, Germany during 1969 - 1972.

Please let me know if you were there.

Thanks

Steve Oliver

Added by Steve Oliver on March 12, 2016 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

A Christmas Poem

Twas the night before Christmas

And all through the track

Not a creature was stirring

We'd all hit the rack.

Our web gear was hung

On the side with great care

Hoping our relief

Would soon be there.

Suddenly we saw

On the radar with fright

A blip heading from the East

With great height

Unable to raise Pittman (the batteries had froze)

We saw through the binos a shiny read…

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Added by Cary E. Ley on December 22, 2015 at 11:10pm — 1 Comment

The Army Wears Berets?

What?  The Army now wears berets?  No shit.  Wonder where they got that idea from.

Added by Cary E. Ley on December 22, 2015 at 11:02pm — No Comments

It Appears I'm Still Alive

Thanks for calling Gene.  Haven't been on here for years.  A very Merry Christmas and a semi sober New Year to everyone.  Me?  Working for JPMorgan Chase as a home equity loan auditor.  Downtown Phoenix, Arizona on the 23rd floor.  Some military, mostly civilian.  My trainer was a Marine and my AVP was Air Force.  Guess they needed someone from the Army to round it out.  No stress, easy job, good money.  I'd venture to say this is a good place to retire from.

Added by Cary E. Ley on December 22, 2015 at 10:59pm — 1 Comment

Bindlach

Been reading posts about the Rock and stories about bunkers, Ammo storage, etc.  The How Battery complex at Bayreuth (barracks, Mess, Offices and club building) had a fourth floor.  The 1st Sergeant and I inspected it often to ensure it was clean and no female garments were there.  Seems the previous 2ACR Commander had walked through once and wanted to see the whole building.  He found a bra and panties on the fourth floor. That floor was off limits, but soldiers will be soldiers...
 

Added by Joseph Robert Williams on December 22, 2015 at 6:09pm — No Comments

I need to find my buddies

Greg Warni ck. Chris Hahn. Paul v nelson. I need buddy statements or the va.
Amberg 01/87--01/89
Ft. bliss 01/89--04/90
Recalled for Desert storm 01/91
Does any one remember the Brain man.
I need to find my brothers

Added by Dennis R Breining on July 16, 2015 at 9:15am — No Comments

In Deutsch Bayern, "Danke Dragoon Basis"

I want to take the time to say that I am very glad that I have found the Dragoon Base site. The Dragoon Base here is extremely beneficial not only for me but to others that belong here and will eventually find their place here like myself. I also want to thank some of the old timer and new timer Cav Troopers, Specialist Dennis Hansen, Sgt. Frank Moseley, Sgt. Carl Kreitzer, Sgt.Thomas Blaszkiewicz, and SSG. Wayne Dixon for joining my Pond Barracks group page and for…

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Added by SGT. Mark S. Meyers on July 5, 2015 at 2:54pm — No Comments

eric kafader

in October 1971 there was a shooting towards the evening, on the east and west German border. Does anyone remember seeing or hearing anything about the incident on that day, it would mean a lot. 

Added by Eric L. Kafader on April 27, 2015 at 7:35pm — No Comments

The Month

This story is true. It is about a month of really bad luck I had on one border tour in the late fall/winter of 1978 (I think). I was the driver on a M113. This border tour started like the others, with a road march to the camp we were to be stationed at. I was going to Camp Rotz. I had just had installed a new engine and transmission (power pack) in my track before the road march. A couple of miles from Camp Rotz my engine seized up. Turned out the Depot had crossed an oil line and radiator…

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Added by Charles Downs on April 7, 2015 at 10:11pm — 1 Comment

new member

I wanted to thank you for letting me become a member of this site. I am new to the computer do not know a lot,still learning. My wife know a little more then me. It would be nice to maybe hook up with any one who remembers me from the old days, feeling kind of lost.Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter God Bless you all. 

Added by Eric L. Kafader on April 2, 2015 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Cold War Service Medal

Hi,

Cold War Veterans like myself have been denied recognition, respect, and remembrance for too long. It is past time for our country to say Thank You with a simple Cold War Service Medal. We should no longer be ignored.

That's why I signed a petition to Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-5), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI-1), and Sen. Gary Peters (MI-2), which says:

"Millions of veterans served during the Cold War and never received recognition or any type of award. Tell Congress to pass…

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Added by Normand l. Albert on March 11, 2015 at 9:09pm — No Comments

riot

Good Darrell good. Had cataracts removed from both eyes, I have 20/20 vision again. I am in a band. The hair on my head went on strike, but the hair in my nose and ears is rioting.

Added by Fred Abress on February 17, 2015 at 9:32am — No Comments

Profile Photos

I've tried 37 different photos trying to change my profile photo. All I get is "There was an error uploading your photo: Please try again. If you keep seeing this error, try another photo." Anyone have any ideas?

Added by George W. Smith on January 29, 2015 at 8:23pm — No Comments

Dragoonbase

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.

Added by Thomas Blaszkiewicz on June 27, 2014 at 5:19pm — 2 Comments

Russell Luppo-RIP

Russell Luppo (born:  17 October, 1923) died on 5 April, 2014.  He was a long-time member of the 2d Cavalry Association and attended many reunions.  He served in the Regiment in WWII in Gen. Patton's army.  He will be buried in Jackson, MI on 10 April.  His funeral is being handled by Desnoyer Funeral Home, Jackson, MI.  Details available online.

Bob McCorkle

Added by Robert S. McCorkle, aka, Bob on April 7, 2014 at 9:33am — 2 Comments

Basic Training Photograph

I was assigned to Company A, 17th Bn, 5th Bde (A-17-5), USAARMC, Fort Knox, Kentucky, August 30, 1974 to October 29, 1974.

My home was completely destroyed by one of the 13 tornadoes that struck the Oklahoma City area on May 20, 2011. I lost my uniforms, medals, and a number of military awards, documents, and photos. I have replaced a number of the items lost, but would sure like to have some of the photos replaced.

Added by Mark A. Atterson on March 26, 2014 at 9:37pm — No Comments

Colonels of the Regiment

7th Colonel of the Regiment John P. Hatch

26 June 1881 - 9 January 1886

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2d DRAGOONS

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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