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At 10:02am on February 15, 2010, Dave Hoque said…
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.
At 12:27pm on January 12, 2010, Jesse Kelley said…

Wishing you many more, from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 8:12am on December 4, 2009, DuBois Porchia said…
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.
At 11:10am on November 20, 2009, Dave Gettman said…
Tony was such an easy going guy, I was stunned to learn from his obit he was awarded the Silver Star in Vietnam. I only knew him from talking on the computer, but in that short time I grew to like and respect him very much. He is missed.
At 4:26pm on November 19, 2009, Dave Gettman said…
Hi Rafael,
Yes, unfortunately it is true. Tony Brinkley passed away sometime in 2007. I used to have his obituary posted on another website, but the site is gone and I've lost the obituary.

I'm sorry I can't remember any of the details. He told me he contracted encephalitis in 2000 and had to learn to talk and everything all over again. The last e-mail I got from him was Dec 2006 and he wasn't doing very well, but like the trooper he was, he was still doing.

Couple guys on this site knew him very well, if you can get a rise out of them. Try Dave Maddox or Tom Molino. They may have more details.

Toujours Pret!
At 7:58pm on November 17, 2009, DuBois Porchia said…
I did see the message and think it would be a great idea; however, I can't commit as yet. I'm keeping the option open.

As for getting together for lunch or dinner. I'm for that as well. I should let you know that currently I'm on baby watch. My wife (my third and for me my last) is due with our first child. This will be the first child for both of us and we are excited to see ehe least.
At 10:25pm on November 16, 2009, DuBois Porchia said…
Hi Rafael! Glad to hear you finally joined the site. As you can see, I have not visited for over a month. I still have some old photos from my days a the Rock that I need to have digitized and placed here. I ran into Mark Marshall a few weeks ago and gave him some tips on the best ways to recover from divorce. I should know, I've been divorced twice. :)
At 2:08pm on October 25, 2009, Mark G. Marshall said…
Yep, I will soon be appearing in the group "WHO ELSE BESIDES ME DIVORCED A DEUTSCH FRAU?" Best part: I will be member number 13. ; )
At 5:42pm on October 24, 2009, Mark G. Marshall said…
So, you're saying that if I type in this white space it will leave a message...

As for the Mrs., I will soon be commenting on that on the Dragoon blog dedicated to that subject (German Ex's).
At 12:30pm on October 21, 2009, Bob Reyes said…
Glad to hear that all is well.. I stayed in for 7 years.. spending about 5 of those in Germany.. I'm about 4 years away from retirement as a police officer.. in Massachusetts. If you make it down to Knox in May.. it would be great to get to catch up with some old friends..
At 11:24am on October 21, 2009, Bob Reyes said…
I was a recruit.. and you, along with Sgt Brown and Sgt Collyer (maybe off on spelling) were my DI's. in 76. Really good to hear from you.. Are you attending the reunion at Knox next year..?
At 5:13pm on October 20, 2009, Bob Reyes said…
Hello Rafael.. and welcome to the forum.. by any chance.. were you a drill instructor a fort Knox..? mid 70's
At 9:46am on October 20, 2009, Dave Gettman said…
My pleasure Rafael. I see you didn't waste any time finding old friends. This is a great site and the guys around here are the best to be found.

At 9:56pm on October 19, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…

Toujours Pret Rafael,
Welcome to the new DragoonBase, the new Base has plenty of newer features, lots of sub-groups,(ie,F-Trp,Amberg,Medics,etc.) and links for 2nd Cav News and History.
Robb Russell has posted some tips for navigating the site (ie,photos,links,ect) in the Forum.
Make sure you stop by and read the latest Tacoma Dave ‘Triva Quiz’, learn some 2nd Cav history and you can even win a kool prize.
If you need any help, you can contact Robb, or any of the 5 admins listed at the top of the page, or just yell out, another member may be able to help you.
And our only wish, ‘Keep it clean’, use our Real names/with Pictures(pix from back in the day, work best for searching for Brothers, but any picture will do).
And that you please tell all your friends about the new DragoonBase.

Thanks again for joining Dragoon Base, and for your service to our great country,
Jesse Kelley
At 7:23pm on October 19, 2009, Dave Gettman said…
Glad you could make it. Make yourself at home, trooper.

Toujours Pret!

Tacoma Dave


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