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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…

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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.


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