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This is the place for all the guys that were part of I Troop, 3rd Recon Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry. . Join and write whatever is in your mind, have questions, looking for old friends that where in I troop. !!! JOIN !!!

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The Best Cav Troop in The US Army 1 Reply

That is how we thought of ourself. I was there from Nov, 73 to Mar. 75.  Capt. Crumley was out CO and demanded the best of us. I am proud to have served under his command.  

Started by Chris Williams. Last reply by Robert Copp Jul 1, 2017.

The Troop in the Spanish American War 3 Replies

I just couldn't resist getting this . . . an online auction today had a heavy Rock Island Arsenal  leather belt (Garrison Belt?) with a big brass buckle marked "US".  Someone had marked the back of…Continue

Started by Edward N. Voke. Last reply by Dave Gettman Aug 31, 2014.

lets party 3 Replies

hye ssg vance i dont know if you remember me i served with u in amberg in 77 1-32 with tebo and harvey williamson hope your doing good mark adkins

Started by mark adkins. Last reply by Tom E. Williams Jul 13, 2012.

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Comment by Ron "Psycho" Franzen on November 22, 2022 at 12:03pm

I've always been extremely curious about who in I troop got KIA/seriously wounded in that "friendly fire" incident in Desert Storm (where, at night {through IR sights}, some of our tankers mistook the Bradley CFVs in front of them for Iraqi vehicles and let loose with main gun rounds into the rear of the CFVs).  Is there a list of names somewhere?  A plaque? A memorial wall?

Comment by Ron "Psycho" Franzen on November 21, 2022 at 3:14pm

For those of you who served in I troop from 1985 - 1987 - You may remember me as the seemingly crazy guy who, when the alert siren went off, was running down down the hall with ruck in one hand and flak jacket in the other, taking stair flights in a single bound (which has plagued my knees ever since), running out the door before most of you had even wiped the sleep from your eyes.  That was because I was required to be the first person in the unit ready to go ... my sprint out of the barracks to my jeep would be followed up by a sprint to the second floor of HQ to check out code books and maps and war plans, and I would be the one cutting in front of you to the front of the line at the arms room to withdraw my M16.  That was because I had to be the first person in the unit "ready to roll" because the person who had to be the second person in the unit "ready to roll" was the Captain ... and he couldn't be "ready to roll" unless I had his jeep in front of the front door of the barracks with engine running, radios on, code books and maps and war plans packed ... you get the drift.  But you may remember me for my "psycho" reactions to our alert sirens :)

Comment by Ron "Psycho" Franzen on November 21, 2022 at 1:17am

My jeep (the Captain's jeep). I put over 21,000 miles on that thing in just a year's time driving between Amberg and the border camps and the training grounds and the TAC site and all over the "war plan" site (which was nowhere near Amberg ... the "war plan" at the time had us taking quite a long road march to the north) with several odd runs to Nurnburg and Bamberg and Coburg as well. The First Sergeant's jeep is on the left. The chow hall is in the background.

Comment by Ron "Psycho" Franzen on November 20, 2022 at 11:02pm

Comment by William (Bill) A. Miller on November 18, 2018 at 6:48pm

I was in I Troop 1966 to 1968. I was a third platoon tanker. I was the I-37 driver and then as a gunner. I went down Range 42 twice -- as a driver then as a gunner. Both times in the dead of winter.

I did border tours at Gates, Pitman, Rotz and Hof. I was patrol driver, patrol leader, OP, and Operations..


Comment by Dave Gettman on April 29, 2016 at 6:18pm

Mox-nix was one of my mom's favorite sayings when I was growing up, so I still use it. Tried it on a couple Germans when I went back in 2008 and they looked at me like I was from Mars. Must be a regional thing.

Comment by Dennis Erickson on April 29, 2016 at 6:11pm

Does anyone still say "mox nix"?

Comment by Doug Woods on March 16, 2016 at 7:28pm

Last commander of I Troop in Germany.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on January 23, 2016 at 12:36pm

I remember the squelch juice and keys to the travel lock

Comment by Bernard Turner on January 22, 2016 at 10:48pm

Dennis, don't feel bad, they did the same thing to me on my first day of motor stables. SSG Bull told me to go to the commo shop and get squelch juice for the radio too. I was in I Troop from May 74 to Sept 76.


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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.


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