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Ray Johnson
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  • Holland, MI
  • United States

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Troop G, 2/ 2nd then on to HHT 2nd ACR
Where were you stationed?
Bamberg Sept 70 to Apr 71 then to Nuremberg to 1972
What MOS or job description did you have?
What was your rank/title?
SP5 Regimental Border Operations
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Hoenfels training ctr in Feb. Cold cold cold! Camp Hof Border guard and the Air Force mess hall. Border Ops in Nurenberg. Just a lot of good times with a little bad thrown in to keep us humble.
Tell us a little about you now.
Sorry about using a current photo but I don't remember having cameras back then. Semi retired due to slow economy but learning to like it. The shack is paid for so no worries eh! Still married to wife I took leave home to marry. The CO (can't remember his name but wore a black patch over one eye) talked to me a half hour trying to talk me out of it. 38 years now. And he said it wouldn't last. 1 son 1 daughter in-law and 2 grandsons and a Boxer named Izzy Max. Fly fish when I get time and spend a good amount of time on the bike (Honda Shadow VT1100). Just living the dream.
Phone number (Optional).
616 403-3416
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Carl Elgersma, Terry Hoffert, Lee Ingram, Ricky Grigsby, Larry Dividian, Sgt Hyde

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At 12:12pm on November 8, 2011, Dave Gettman said…
Happy Birthday, Ray! Thanks for keeping the spirit of the Cav alive.
At 11:30am on November 8, 2010, Jesse Kelley said…
Wishing you many more, from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 11:19pm on January 8, 2010, Dave Gettman said…
Spend the night in Vilseck drinking German bier and Cognac with a bunch of 2Cav troopers and Czech's, and you'll slaughter your own name!
At 9:49pm on January 8, 2010, Dave Gettman said…
No problem Ray. Yes, the museum will be at Rose Barracks, Vilseck, when it opens up.

I had the pleasure of visiting Rose Barracks in November 2008 when the Regiment came back from Iraq. We got a whole crapload of Czech's on post with a big column of US WW II vehicles (including 2 Harley's and a Weasel) they drove over from the Czech Republic/Pilsen Military Car Club to be part of the celebration. 2nd Cav set up an airplane hanger for them to sleep/party in for the weekend. It was a trip seeing them wandering all over post in their WW II US outfits. Man, those guys and gals sure know how to party!
At 1:20pm on January 8, 2010, Dave Gettman said…
My pleasure Ray. You should be very proud to be among the best of the best.

When the Regiment was out here at Ft. Lewis for a short period before going back to Germany in 2006, I paid a couple visits to the museum. Len Dyer, the curator at the time, dug out the original book from 1952 and let me browse through it a little.
At 12:55pm on January 7, 2010, Dave Gettman said…
I read your comment about the Honorary Squadron of Dragoons.

There are several books actually. As they fill up, they go to the 2d Cavalry's Reed Museum. The Regiment maintains the current book in Vilseck.
At 7:55pm on January 5, 2010, Jesse Kelley said…

Toujours Pret Ray,
Welcome to the DragoonBase, the new Base
has plenty of updated features
(similar to MySpace), lots of sub-groups,
(ie,Officers Club,F-Trp,Amberg,Medics,etc.)
and links for 2nd Cavalry Assn. News
and History Centers.

Robb Russell has posted some tips for
navigating the site(ie,photos,links,ect)
in the Forum.

Make sure to stop by and read the latest
“Tacoma Dave's ‘Triva Quiz’”,you can learn
some 2nd Cav history, and you could
even, win a kool prize.

If you need any help, you may contact
Robb Russell, 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 is to, ‘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
where to find the DragoonBase.

Thanks again for joining Dragoon Base,
and for your Service to Our Great Country.

Jesse Kelley
F Troop 2/2ACR

Colonels of the Regiment

9th Colonel of the Regiment David R. Clendenin 29 Oct 1888 – 2 Apr 1891



This was the third design of the 2d Cavalry DUI, worn from 1924-1931. The sharp points on the ends of the bottom scroll again called for a redesign.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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