SGT Pabon! I remember when that name would sent fear into the hearts of commanders and ncos at camp GATES! Don't remember a lot of names, but this one I do. You and your border inspections were legendary. In fact, my first regimental inspection as a pvt in the ops room at Gates. Got moved to the SQDN ops center and wearing SGT stripes as an E-3. I know you won't remember me, but the most treasured commendation I received was from LTC Brinkley ( a job well done memo from his desk). Was from that inspection.
yes that is true Rafael but i did not know about the medal.He must have got that later we my plt was put up on a hill in graf and c troop left us there for about 4 days and the day top got blown up I went down off the hill to the tank trail just for a walk and look around bored big time lol.I was at the same spot 20min before it happen then i went back to my plt and was gunning on the 4.2inc when it blew up threw me back in the apc we all went down off the hill and thats when we found him and the mess.i still think about that today he was my 1stsgt last name collins my last name collins i was there before him who was god out to get that day.But it was 22 rounds of 155 went off when he was about 20ft away.tolliver and george soloman never knew what happen to them i see you got sgt dickey up there i remember him did not like him much he was i sgt in mortor plt gave me shit cuz i did not have the new BDUs when they came out and we had to buy them i bought a pair off a guy my size and end of day i was in them pissed him off we good talking to ya brother in arms hope to hear back
I started a new thread for the '82 subaltern shoot.
I see you also knew Paul Garcia. He and I were real close friends in C Troop back in 1974 when we were still Privates. We were part of the wild bunch back then and raised a lot of hell. Sure was a blow to hear of his passing, as he was one of the guys I most wanted to see again.
Hey there Rafael, I think you arrived in the Troop just as I was getting ready to DROS. If I saw a pic of you perhaps I might recognize you. SSG Sandoval, SSG Hair and SFC Blevins where a few NCOs that were also in my platoon. I remember hearing about Dusty some years back....man!! I always thought he was an outstanding 1SG. Yea ol' Garcia, I really tried his nerves Rafael. I'm at peace with it though because now he knows that after I left there I made it my mission to excel and get with the program...I actually had a pretty successful career. Glad you liked the pictures
Hello Dave, glad that you wrote. I took over the 3rd Plt. Scout Section on December 1980, I was a SSG (P) but some how the unit (Squadron S-1) fail to notice (no big deal) and the Platoon Sgt. was SSG Anderson and Plt. Ldr. was 2LT Dave Clark. On April 1981 was promoted and took over the 1st Platoon after the Plt. Sgt. a SFC Otteson was forced to go AWOL after having a big argument over the Command NET during a FTX with his Plt. Leader 2LT Marshall that was monitor by Col. Wagner "The Duler". Our Cmdr. was CPT. Stephen C. Hawkins and 1SG Jimmy "Dusty" Collins. Some time in 1982, I was focefully selected by Col. Maddox "The Silver Fox" and was moved to the 2 ACR HQs at Nuremberg as the ROC Border Operations NCOIC. During my time at the "Rock" Paul Garcia was like a mentor to me...he knew his Border Patrol craft very well and adviced me at any time that I ask. "WE" the ones that have the previleage to know him we are very lucky indeed.
What are you doing now?
Rafael, Paul Garcia was my section/platoon Sgt back in 80 [saw ur C-Troop post]. I remember after our Platton Sergeant [SFC Rich] was killed in a Jeep accident he was moved up...I believe. Wow, so he passed? I remember him being in great shape. I always gave him a hard time. God Bless him.
Hi Rafael, I just wanted to let you know that my son (Jehan-Luc Borges Porchia) was born on 22 Nov 09 weighing in at 7lbs 4 ounces. He is healthy and constantly feeding. My wife is fine. Given his big hands and feet I think he will be as tall as his Dad. God help him he looks a lot like me as well.