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November 2009 Blog Posts (8)


For the twisted few of you out there like me who have lost anal retention over the closing of the 2d Cavalry's Reed Museum in 2006, I have some good news. Things are finally moving forward towards getting the "Reed" opened up again in Vilseck, Germany, after being in limbo for three years.

The Regiment has a building at their home on Rose Barracks in Vilseck…


Added by Dave Gettman on November 30, 2009 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments


I would like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Troopers on this glorious day. I am keeping all in our prayers and wish that God keep all our frllow Troopers who are in harms way in his arms and protect them.

Added by Jerry W. Roessler on November 26, 2009 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Toujeurs Pret Fellow Troopers

This is the greatest site, thanks to Elliot Fitchett, who found me on Facebook, I am now in touch with two of my Brothers from C Troop 1/2 ACR. I had lost contact with them and Dragoon Base reunited us through him. I would like to thank him for my fellow Troopers to see, because of men like him and the others who built this site, the Regiment will never die. Through the Blogs and commints ot bring back good times from the past and memories some good some bad that helped make me the person I… Continue

Added by Jerry W. Roessler on November 20, 2009 at 8:54pm — No Comments


I was looking around this morning and found my old room mate from How battry after 27 years man was it good to talk to Leon after all these years of trying to find him, we caught up with each other now all we have to do is find the other two LOL.

Added by Larry Bennet on November 15, 2009 at 8:49pm — 1 Comment

To all my Cav Trooper Brothers: Have a great Vetrans Day. Toujours Pret!

To all my Cav Trooper Brothers: Have a great Vetrans Day. Toujours Pret! Continue

Added by Sigmund Fertig on November 11, 2009 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Great loss to the 2nd Cavalry family

Don Stivers, one of the premiere artists in the world on the subject of US military history, and long time friend of the 2nd Cavalry, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2009, while undergoing a heart procedure.

Don painted numerous scenes depicting the 2d Dragoons over their 173 years of service, including:…


Added by Dave Gettman on November 7, 2009 at 1:35pm — 3 Comments


Will we hit 700 members before the end of the week? Most likely! Way to go, Dragoons!!!

Added by Dave Gettman on November 5, 2009 at 11:43am — 4 Comments

Father Joe Fessio

During late 71 thru Sep 74 (when I returned stateside) our Catholic priest at Amberg was Fr. Joseph Fessio, a Jesuit priest getting his PhD in Theology in Regensberg. Fr. Joe was VERY competitve and played basketball with young enlisted troopers. He also refused to stay in the BOQ and insisted on staying in the barracks. His masses were very non-traditional and the number of attendees grew the entire period we were there. What you may not know was that Fr. Joe's faculty adviser at the Univ of… Continue

Added by Ronald D Barratt on November 4, 2009 at 11:13pm — No Comments

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.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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