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.
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