Les, thank you for your generous offer and continued support of the 2d Cavalry Association. Contact Frank Hurd. He is in charge of the reunions and donation programs and should be able to help you out.
I was an assistant manager at the 3/2 ACR in Amberg, 1969 - '70. I asked to return to the Troop [Iron Troop] after a paraticular 1Lt. was awarded the job of Officers' Club OIC by then LTC Robert Reed.
I was honored to relate to the 3rd Squadron's Officers in some of their more relaxed and private moments. Being stand-by bartender, waiter, sometimes relief cook, I did all of the operational "Events" of the Club. In Amberg, there was a monthly Command Formal Dinner at the Officers Club.
I was never so proud of serving the officers as during the formal mess. Everyone [almost] on their best behaviour, wives in tow, under the watchful eye of Mrs. LTC Robert Reed.
Many of the Cav Traditions were carried out at the club: At the formal mess , the most junior officer [what-ever "new" 2nd Lt. available] had to drink all the "Nikoloshkers" they could in 15 min. I cannot recall exactly, but the ingredients were lemon wedges along with a German Liquour, the name of which I cannot recall; Also the jr. Lt.'s had to consume all the wine left from the formal dinner, which at some events was a substantial amount.
Those types of events probably ended with the New Volunteer Army after 1972, but when I was there they were treated as sacred events and observed religiously.
Other really-fun events were promotions. LTC Reed always pinned the new 1lt or Capt. then "broke-in" their new ensignia by bathing it in champaign - sometimes over-indulging in this part. But it always turned into a good time.
All the Officers, with only an occasional exception, were a jovial bunch with a good sense of camraderie.
I hope I may have brought back some memories, Sir. But if you hang around in here, surely you'll run across an old acquaintence, as I have.
Thank You for your contributions to the Cav. sir, and I especially admire your 2 sons in Special Op's.
Tojour Pret, Sir
May the days get longer, and the snow not-so-deep.
Les, I apologize for not responding to you sooner. Permission is not needed to join a group. Uncle SAM saw fit to make you a fellow Eagle, so that makes you part of the group already. I only started it because no one else had gotten there yet.
And here I am feeling sorry that you have to spend your winters not being able to dig out of your log habitat. We've had several feet of snow here in NJ each of the last couple of years. You make SD sound like Florida.
Welcome Les! Just talked to Jack Painter by phone last week, saw Dan Williamson as a two star commanding 3d AD in mid 1980s, Russ Richardson was a COL, IG (?) of 4th ID in early 80s, Whitton a Col in Pentagon in mid-80s. Your predecessor in E trp - Ray Baird, riffed as a MAJ in early 80s, remember Fred Rees - has been the state AG for Oregon for most of the last twenty years - must be the dean of the state AGs by now. I retired as LTC in 92 after 25+ years. Living the good life on the edge of the High Desert in Redmond, OR now. Good to see you here.