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At 9:16am on February 20, 2016, George Martin said…

One day while on patrol, I stopped at the Zoll House at Bayerisch Eisenstein. We meet a BGS patrol and were talking at the gate. An older couple (today, our ages) had just crossed into Germany and exited the car. They had tears in their eyes and started hugging the BGS and my patrol and me. They were that happy to be in the West. The  BGS informed me about how hard it is to left Czeck. Into the West.we all talked more about those people.It had a big impact on me. I didn't realize the importance of our rights and freeedoms that I took for granted.It took a while for that day to sink in, but it changed my whole outlook on my country and my taken for granted freedoms.It must have been a great day in your country and other Eastern countries when the wall came down. I would have loved to have been on the border during that time.

At 7:35pm on February 16, 2016, George Martin said…

I served at Camp Rotz and Regen, 1970 1973. I spent a number of summer days having lunch with the enemy on the border line. We would stop at the  closest Guesthaus,  uy some food and drinks, then set up at the border near a tower. It didn't take long for the enemy to come join us. Learned a lot about our fellow soilders under a different flag.

At 4:15pm on July 26, 2015, Dennis K. Hansen said…

wow its hard to believe another year has past!!    Happy Birthday Ivan..hope this wish finds you good ..take care and have a great birthday and many more to go.. God Bless my friend..

At 7:59am on July 31, 2013, Dennis K. Hansen said…

My Friend,Ivan,I seen that it was your birthday,and  meant to leave a wish for  a Happy Birthday and many more to come...may the Dolphin find you.... I am aday or two late ,I am sorry for this, but still amm hoping that you had a grand day on your Birthday.. How have you been?, good I hope...   we here in Iowa have had strange weather both in the Spring and so far the Summer!!! mother-nature surely has a mind of her own!!!   The Spring was very wet and our farmers here had trouble getting there crops in the ground,etc.  then it got real hot for awhile and now the nights have been unseasonly chilly!!!  We will survive for another day,sometimes that is how it goes...  got to get ready for work,my friend,take care and    Happy Birthday.... how is your hip,(??) not sure if this is right on which part but I hope you healing good...

At 8:12pm on June 30, 2013, Rob Gould said…

Hello Ivan

There was a border incident  at the Waidhaus crossing in 1965 where several Czech Army soldiers tried to cross the border at 4am. They tossed 3 grenades and only one soldier made it across. Do you know anything about this? I have photos.

Rob

At 8:26am on December 25, 2012, Michael Wayne Roberts said…

MERRY CHRISTMAS  from our home to yours !  GOD BLESS

At 8:26pm on December 21, 2012, Dennis K. Hansen said…

thankyou Ivan and a thankyou to the dolphin.  I will for sure look for apint of good health, barrel of love,  and for sure ocean of happiness..  you know I have recieved all three from our Lord and  Saviour.. through friends like you and my family and all  good  folks.    Thankyou it means alot.... and know for sure I wish the same to you and yours in this season of faith and love....

At 12:26am on December 9, 2012, Dennis K. Hansen said…

hello Ivan, had a thought to run by you that I find interesting... On are public television channel they ran special on the  "Beatles" the group from England.. the story revolved around the story that behind the "iron curtian" they were evil and it went on with interviews of people and told interesting stories of how it was really understood by the young fans there??? seems like the Beatles were  enjoyed just the same as the young here there as here.. Anyway when I was watching the show I could not help but think of the new found friend ...  Hope this  post finds you well and thing are well with you...

At 10:07am on November 12, 2012, Michael Wayne Roberts said…

Hello Ivan, interesting articles you write, I enjoy reading them...Lots of years have passed since the COLD WAR  !

At 2:40pm on November 7, 2012, Dennis K. Hansen said…

Ivan. good day to you .. first every one would see  that you commented to me  and then I think if they want to read post they would go to my page ,which is alright  w/me, I  am sure that all would like what you write..  I actually worked on turrets on our tanks ,mechanic so to speak ,but at times alittle more technical than routine. I did not actually do patrols on border ,because of my job.. In our section we had wreckers and they went to actual border camps on occasions and I would assist them .. I guess I mainly back up or support to the rest of squadron... I grew up on a farm in Iowa so the time I was in military was abig adventure and lok back on it as abig part of my life among other thing too.. I am married and have a 13 year old boy that is the center of our (wife Kathy) life w/ baseball ,sports etc.. I found your story about mushrooms interesting.... not sure what english name for them either ... we use to look for mushrooms also.... gotta eat...well now I've said alot ......Take care for now... I am 59,and still work,which I need to get back to...

At 5:20pm on November 6, 2012, Dennis K. Hansen said…

Ivan thanks for your response...  again welcome to the site it will be fun  hearing & comparing stories or recollections ...

At 11:04am on November 6, 2012, Dave Gettman said…

Ivan,

The 2d Cavalry has a very long history in the area you talk about. Asch was liberated by the 2d Cavalry on 20 April 1945 in a very heated battle. You can read about it here: http://history.dragoons.org/2008/01/07/asch/

We have many good friends in the Czech Republic now, a lot of them with the Military Car Club Pilsen. Very often the MCCP and 2d Cavalry get together for ceremonies and to party. This is a picture of me (left) with Ruda Bayer, the president of MCCP, at a bier fest in Vilseck last year. I am holding a special coin from the club he gave me.

This is a special bier stein that Ruda gave me with my name engraved on the lid.

And this is when I first met Ruda in Vilseck, 2008. We were drinking Cognac and good German bier and I was very drunk! Last year he brought several kegs of good Pilsner from the Czech Republic to Vilseck and we got very drunk again.

At 10:10am on November 6, 2012, Michael Wayne Roberts said…

Hello Ivan, I to was in on the Border about the same time as you,( 1969 )I was a radar team leader back then stationed out of camp pittman...Lots of very cold weather and tons of snow back then !

At 1:02am on November 6, 2012, Dennis K. Hansen said…

I was  with 2nd ACR 72- 73 close to when you were across the way,,..welcome...  As J. Kelley has said ,,, you are not the enemy... welcome...

At 12:30am on November 6, 2012, Jesse Kelley said…

Welcome Ivan,

I am sure any stories you have to tell will be read by all that are here.

From what I have read in the Old Timers Group, you all use to trade hats and other items.

I hope that you enjoy the site.

Oh yeah, you don't have to call yourself the enemy, OK.

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