yes Gary it was Gunnery at Graf in 78 ,It was one of Charlie company's searc hlight tanks that was last to go down range and it hit one of Alpha company's tanks. Killed the gunner and TC. I was gunner of A22 that year. Only Sheriden to distinguish in the regiment but it loss a lot of luster with the friends we lost that night. Should have never happened. Round was in the main gun too soon and the TC of the C company tank failed to keep his main gun fully elevated and orientated down range. That's when we were using tpt rounds but no matter with the thin skinned Sheridan's.
Gary Schmidt I was at the Roch HHC 1/2 ACR from 79 to 85 and I remember hearing about the incident because I was stationed in Graf Main Post from 76 to 79. And it was ugly. But things like that you never forget.
I also remember the young Puerto Rican that was in a comma because he fell off the top of a personnel carrier they were playing with on the rock. I still feel bad about that.
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.
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?
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