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Christmas 2012 - with love and kindness

A Christmas Story for the Children of the World

It was about one in the morning on Christmas Day when little Billy made his way from his bedroom, where he was suppose to be sleeping, to the living room where a Christmas Tree was standing with all his presents below it. With scotch tape in his hand, Billy's plan was to carefully unwrap all his presents to make sure he got what he asked for and then carefully re-wrap them so his parents would never know what he had…


Added by Robert M. Lavoie on December 19, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Good friends

Had dinner with an old friend the other day.  Dick Teters,  he was my first commanding officer when I arrived at the the Rock in 1976.

It was good to renew old acquaintances and talk about the past and when we went when we left the Rock.

Would like to hear from others who were in C trp anywhere during 1976 thru 1979.

Toujours Pret

Bob Reeves

Added by Robert E. Reeves on November 10, 2012 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

Today is my birthday October 1

Today is my 64th birthday, yep turning 32 for the second time around...they always say time goes faster as we all grow older, but I sure do wish it would slow down just a bit

Added by Michael Wayne Roberts on October 1, 2012 at 7:58am — 6 Comments

Get Together

Going down to DC for a few days to meet a few guys from How Battry 1/2 ACR haven't seen each other in 30 years can't wait. Thanks Dragoon Base.

Added by Larry Bennet on August 9, 2012 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment

Great Times

Let's define great times:  Sleeping in a turret with 2 other guys, none of you have had a shower in 3 weeks; heating C-Rats by wrapping a wire hanger around the can and holding it in front of the exhaust from the heater (summer time, when it worked); freezing your but off, because in winter time, the heater quit; pulling the tank into defilade so you could stand behind it in the exhaust and get warm; the tendency for them to blow the squadron out on Saturday, at 2 am, after a Friday pay-day;…


Added by Nathan Shepard on June 26, 2012 at 9:01am — 5 Comments

Memorial Day Memorial

Memorial Day Memorial

On this Memorial Day, 2012 I would like to remember and share with you four of my Uncles on the Lavoie side who served their Country during the Second World War, two of which continued on to serve for over thirty years. All four are deceased. From the youngest to the oldest they are:

Sgt. Edgar Lavoie – Served as a career soldier in the US Air Force from the 1940's to the 70's. He fought in three wars. He died a few years after his…


Added by Robert M. Lavoie on May 28, 2012 at 7:06am — 1 Comment

Guard Duty Highest Honor

  Jeopardy Question No One        Could answer,        Do You Know?…


Added by Normand l. Albert on May 19, 2012 at 1:40am — 2 Comments

my first 6 months 3/2nd acr

I arrived in Amberg on 12/17/66 the post was on 1/2 day schedule for xmas.I requested to be the maint. officer col baumn all most fell back in his chair. he said noone had ever asked for that job,he said go to Itrp as a plt leader and he would make me maint. off later,on12/27/66 I was sent to the border with I trp to camp weiden,then I opened camp rotz with 1/2 the company, boy what a time there,. After 6 months on the border we were sent to hohenfels for summer training when I finally got…


Added by tommy w. kilgore on March 21, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments


Hey "Rock" buddies.

I was there Jan 84-Sept. 85 The wall was up, the snow was cold.

Anyway. There was another buddy, I won't say who, who is struggling now. Unemployed, losing his house and has a pressing medical problem Which makes it difficult to find work,. Any amount of money,( $5.00 from a lot of people should would go far for him.) I have not asked for money before but did you ever wonder if everybody you knew sent you only $5.00 how much you would get? I won't ask again…


Added by frank collins on February 24, 2012 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Border tabs

does  anyone know who to see about the border tabs? thanks, Mike Roberts

Added by Michael Wayne Roberts on February 13, 2012 at 3:23pm — 4 Comments


Once again Dragoon Base pulls through our newsest member send me a message we were in How Battry at the same time and remember each other pretty well.


Welcome to the site Wil

Added by Larry Bennet on January 30, 2012 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Amberg Post History?

Does anybody know where I can find pre WWII history about the post ? Units there? When built? ...

Added by Mark D Nelson on January 18, 2012 at 4:40pm — No Comments

No Place for Anonymity

No Place for Anonymity

Dragoon Base has become for me an important link to a group of wonderful men and women who have served their Country in the Second Armored Calvary – the same unit I was in during the Vietnam War. The time, effort and energy that goes into designing and maintaining this site is a credit to all those involved. It is educational, informative and entertaining as we all reveal…


Added by Robert M. Lavoie on January 2, 2012 at 9:19am — 11 Comments

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR, may it be healthy and safe...

Added by Michael Wayne Roberts on January 1, 2012 at 9:43am — No Comments

2CR Deployment Book

2CR is trying to raise money to help their Gold Star families by publishing a Deployment Book.  It's about $35, and is filled with lots of photos and info; they need to get a minimum order of 500 books, and are currently a couple hundred short of the minimum, need folks to get the word out and get their orders in.  Go to their Facebook page for more info, and to link to the site to order.


Toujour Pret,


Mike Smith

Added by Mike Smith on December 21, 2011 at 11:10am — 7 Comments



Added by Michael Wayne Roberts on November 22, 2011 at 2:04pm — 2 Comments


Does anyone have any spare maps of the boarder patrol area?

Added by Darryl. Keith Emanus on September 28, 2011 at 8:57am — No Comments

The meaning of God and Religion in Modern Christian Thought - Sunday Sermon

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

Fools despise wisdom and instruction

Proverbs 1:7


One of my favorite movies is Forest Gump and , as in great literature, there is always a quote or a line that adds meaning to what is being conveyed. The lines that I will always…


Added by Robert M. Lavoie on September 25, 2011 at 8:52am — 7 Comments

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still wondering drop me a line on the blog? val oshea

Added by valor j oshea jr on August 14, 2011 at 7:58pm — No Comments


Okay all you NFL football fans did you ever play fantasy football?  NO!  Well here is your chance to play in a league especially designed for all you 2nd Armored Cavalry men.  It's easy to sign up, it's easy to play, it's fun and it's FREE!

Here is how to join -

1. Go to nfl.com

2 Click on fantasy

3. Hit join league

4. Go to custom league

5. On the little calendar enter the date 9/6 (the same date your NFL team will automatically assigned to you) and…


Added by Robert M. Lavoie on August 7, 2011 at 7:09pm — 2 Comments


Colonels of the Regiment

8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



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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