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At 5:42pm on October 11, 2018, Joe Sellner said…

Thanks for the Birthday wish Dave. The big 60. Never thought I would make it this long.

life is good though and I sure am enjoying it. I sent you an email.

At 9:52pm on September 30, 2018, Dennis West said…
Anyone know if there were photos or yearbook from 73/75 headquarters troup in Amberg.
At 12:20pm on July 30, 2018, Edward (Gene) Beck said…

Happy Birthday My Friend! I hope you are still good lookin' as me!

At 2:51am on July 28, 2018, Siegbert Marquardt said…

Happy Birthday Dave

At 8:48am on July 11, 2018, John MacEnroe said…
Small contribution. Check PayPal.
At 5:51pm on June 13, 2018, Terence Lee von Sternberg said…

Actually Dave, Camp Reed and Camp May belonged to the 3rd Armored Cav when I was there.  So 2nd AC must have expanded its border sector footprint sometime after I left in December 1966.

At 11:37pm on June 12, 2018, Terence Lee von Sternberg said…

Hi Dave, I was assigned to L Troop and ironically they were at Camp Gates when I arrived.  So, I was sent there following a day's orientation in squadron (Pond Barracks, Amberg).  Even more ironically, Pitman was my last duty station; however I was sent back to squadron a few days prior to going home.  So my "shortest" time was spent a Camp Pitman too.

I'm not sure when they reassigned border sectors, maybe it was when the switched from baseball caps to berets?  When I was there we ran the border from Hof to Waidhus (Hohnberg Castle area).  I was a "tanker" so most of my time on the border was spent in operations.  I did get out to the OP's on occasion because in the middle of my tour I was reassigned to headquarters platoon and did a stint as the XO's & CO's jeep driver, which got me out the border a lot and to Nurnberg several times, as well as Bamberg and Bindlach.  Beautiful country, but hard duty.  I got there 6 months after Kennedy was killed, and left a year before the Russian's invaded Czeckoslovkia so it was pretty tense (intense, probably more liker it) on the border at that time.

At 7:19pm on May 7, 2018, WHITNEY YOUNGS said…

Hi Dave, yes, I am, I didn't want to intrude on your forum since I am not a Dragon. I noticed my grandfather's name was listed here, so I thought I'd reach out. His name is Lt. Francis L. Tooley, and I am trying to find out more about what he did in WW II. I have attached a newspaper blurb and his photograph, perhaps you can shed some light on the "Ghost Troopers"? I know Tooley was shot three times by the Nazis: ankle, thigh and upper arm. Thank you for any help you can give me. Whitney Youngs

At 11:07am on April 29, 2018, Lawrence R Crawford said…

I remember you Dave ! !   You were pretty crazy like the rest of us back then.

I sure enjoyed my time at the "Rock" and it was definately a growing experience.

The good times far out weighed any of the bad times....  It was sure great getting back to the "World".

At 6:05pm on April 28, 2018, gary schmidt said…

sorry...not that Im aware of...

At 12:38am on January 31, 2018, James Cooper said…
Yeah but what a rush. I started as a loader, started driving. Nothing like firing that main gun and you being right under it.
At 6:07pm on January 30, 2018, James Cooper said…
Yeah Dave we were still rockin in the ol M 551s slot of guys hated them especially the packs blowing up all the time but I loved them. I think D and F trp. was using the M60A1 and some A2s though
At 4:40pm on January 16, 2018, Jose Aviles said…

Don't recall at first hand.  

At 4:25pm on January 16, 2018, Jose Aviles said…

Thanks for the add.  Certainly a great honor to "again" join forces with the best of the best.  

At 1:23pm on December 2, 2017, gary schmidt said…

not that im aware of...

At 3:06pm on September 24, 2017, Wayne Dixon said…

Dave, I was just looking at our 8th Coronel of the Regiment, I was wondering if he might have been any relation to my old Troop CO, back in 59.  the name was spelled different    Schwietzer.  Robert l. made 4 star then didn't keep his remarks to himself, I think was reduced back to 3 star before he passed away.  He was in the pentagon.

 

At 3:05pm on September 2, 2017, Wayne Dixon said…

DAVE, Has the store closed down I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET ON, I got  on one called GATTS they said the 2AC was joined with them. I wanted to get on there and buy the Decals and some other items.

At 12:51pm on August 5, 2017, Richard Raymer said…

Haven't come across SSG Brow here in Copperascove, been back here since 1993 when I retired. But If I do come across him i will let you know.So glad to hear that he survived.

At 12:47pm on August 5, 2017, Richard Raymer said…

I remember that issue with the Sheridan. Being assigned to the S-3 back then it was due to the heater that caused the fire, Yes it was a bad situation.

At 12:52pm on August 4, 2017, John Ross said…

Thanks Dave, John Ballard has contacted me, been 44 years .I got out August 13, 1973 

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8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888

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