TOOK MY BASIC AT FT MEADE WITH THE 2ND A/C IN MAY 56 ,WE WERE BEING TRAINED FOR THE JOBS WE WOULD DO WITH THE 3 RD A/C .I WANTED TO BE A MECHANIC BUT WAS TOLD THE MECHANIC SCHOOL WAS FULL SO I LEFT THEM PICK MY MOS ENDED UP AS A WIRE MAN IN THE HOW CO 3RD BN 3RD A/C AT POND BARRACKS IN OCT 56
Just click on the photo you want to delete. Above the photo will be an "OPTION" box. Click on it and a menu will drop down. Click on the "DELETE" option. Piece of cake but can be rather repetitive with a lot of photos.
Appreciate your response and your photo album is great. I'm going to try to locate the few photos I have and get them posted. I'm surely not the most competent fellow with doing so but will try.
You were a good bit ahaead of me both n the military and at Bindlach. I was one of the first VOLAR troops. I joined up in 1975 and was stationed in and served with G TRP 2/11 ACR for ca. six years. It was also a good outfit despite the racial and drug problems you mentioned. Serving on the border in both European based regiments gave this young trooper a full appreciation of why good democracies need both a strong yet properly constrained military.
We share the somewhat unusual transition from tankers to grease monkey's. Were it not for having served with a brown boot 1SG who sweared that he was Elvis' first TC I probably would have remained in the maintenance field and eventually pursued the WO route. Needless to say he came on board and put me back in my original field of expertise...tanking. Those experiences in the motor pool helped me out tremendously as a Master Gunner and later as the head logistician of a unit in a hostile combat environment.
Hopefully we can meet at the next 2 ACR reunion. I plan to attend. This current Corona Virus Situation has jolted my awareness and desire to see as many of my old comrades in arms as possible. It also makes me want to put on MOPP 4 gear and go to work helping somewhere. Take care, stay safe and healtly.
I think that guy on the far right was that crazy Indian we called "Chief". No idea what his real name was. This is him on the bluffs across from the front gate.
We would be restricted to the barracks, waiting for an alert or whatever. He would get drunk and jump out a window, trying to go to town. We would have to start a ruckus upstairs to distract the guard from the door of the barracks so we could go dig him out of the flower bed behind the barracks and sneak him back upstairs. All at the risk of being beaten, bitten, or stabbed by this crazy-drunk Indian.
Hello George, Thank you for posting the pictures Its really a prize to keep all those pictures and memories. Lost all my pictures in a divorce so when I found out about Dragoon/Oldtimers it was amazing.Hope this finds you well.
Hello, George! You had quite a long stay with the 2d ACR! Interesting that you were there both before AND after me!
I had the honor, in April of 2017, of visiting the graves of both MG Hudachek and COL Page at Arlington. It wasn't a planned visit either. I was in Virginia attending a conference, when I found I had an afternoon off. It turned out that Arlington was only twenty minutes away by taxi. Because I was a veteran visiting the graves of comrades, I received a personal shuttle ride. The shuttle dropped me off close to COL Page's grave, and I ended up walking to MG Hudachek's (he's buried alongside his wife, Annie). These were somber moments, and I ended up saluting smartly at each grave. Only later did it occur to me that I had just duplicated the final scene in "Saving Private Ryan" -- twice!
Anyway, George, thanks for posting the pics -- they're great! Hopefully I'll get around sometime and post some of my own...
I'll dig some up, scan 'n post them. I do remember the M-24 during my time at Bindlach. The SMO and his team kept it running. I recall Trp Change of Commands that used both the Chaffee AND "Cav Trooper" Ollie Brigger (he looked great dashing delivering roses to the incoming/outgoing commander's wives) as part of the ceremony. Seems like every new commander was trying to one-up the last guy!
I was in D CO in the AVLB section from 1978-180.
I liked your photo of (Marty?)DiMezza he was a Spec 5 driver when I knew him.
Was Captain Skinner the CO while you were there?
1/2 ACR Great bunch of guys.