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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 Dave Gettman on January 20, 2016 at 4:17pm

Key to the vapor lock is a new one on me. Thought I'd heard them all!!!

Comment by Jose L Perez on January 20, 2016 at 3:45pm

A couple of days after I arrived in I troop, some sergeant told me to go to the motor and get a pneumatic key to unlock the vapor lock in his tank. Being a private E1, I was sure that he knew more about tanks that I did. So, I went to the motor pool to see the motor pool sergeant and ask for the pneumatic key. He said “Go to M troop motor pool and ask the sergeant for the key. He borrowed it yesterday”. So I went to M troop motor pool and asked for the key. “The guys from K troop took the key”, He said. “Go to the motor pool and get it”. So I went to K troop. I asked the sergeant for the key and he look at me and he said: “Son, how long have you been in the Army? “I been in I troop a couple of days, Sir”. Go back to I troop and tell your sergeant to call me. There is no pneumatic key for a vapor lock. This is a joke. Now go back to I troop. ” I went back to I troop motor  pool and all the mechanics had a serious faces and then they began laughing  their asses off.  

Comment by Dave Gettman on January 13, 2016 at 10:00am

I was only at Gates once for about two weeks when I first got to the 2d Cav. I didn't have a clearance yet, so I couldn't do anything. Just sat around in the barracks. Nobody would talk to me because I was a former MP. Really sucked!

Wish I could have went back though. Seemed like a cool place being out in the boonies.

Comment by Dennis Erickson on January 12, 2016 at 11:29pm

Dave, I liked Gates better than Pitman. It was much more laid back, everyone left us alone. I enjoyed taking lunch out to the o.p., then stopping at the guesthaus in town (?) for my meal and of course a drink or two!

Comment by Dave Gettman on January 12, 2016 at 9:11pm

Dennis, when I was in the 2d Cav in 1974-75, Camp Gates was part of the 1st Squadron AO with Camp Pitman.

Comment by Dennis Erickson on January 12, 2016 at 7:01pm

I was in I troop from April 66 to Dec 68. Was supposed to rotate in early Jan but got an early out for Christmas. Spent most of border duty at Camp Gates but also at 3 other camps, even bunking with the Germans at a brick and morter camp when the Russians took over the border.

Comment by Bernard Turner on March 21, 2015 at 2:15pm

I was in I Trp from 1974-1976 and yes we had all the rejects, but under Capt Crumly we were the best. We broke up a lot of stuff and spent way to much time in the woods, but we kicked ass and partied hard. Gary I remember you.Me and Steve Carpenter were the best P-Rat a brother could have. I loved my time in 2nd and 3rd Plt. Hope to see you in October.   

Comment by Bernard Turner on March 21, 2015 at 2:02pm

Iames, God willing, I will be there Octoner 2 nothing is going to hold me back.  

Comment by Dave Gettman on August 5, 2014 at 4:08pm


I've already got too much stuff boxed up for the museum. I can't afford to ship the sign also. I'd have to prove it served in Iraq before Ryan would want it for the museum anyway, and I can't confirm.

Comment by JAMES TUCKER JR on August 5, 2014 at 3:15pm



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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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