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Lightning Troop

Open to anyone who survived a tour of duty in the best Cav Troop in the Army.  Regardless of when you served or where, if you were ever in Lightning Troop, pull up a seat and tell us a good tale.  The bier's on the current Trooop Commander.

Members: 26
Latest Activity: May 7

Discussion Forum

GSR L troop 81-84

Hey, I was with the GSR boys from 81 to 82 or 83 then moved to HHT.  I don't recall the names off hand, but could search through some of my old pics to figure it out...Continue

Started by Anthony R. Fournier Sep 19, 2016.

Guard Post 4 Replies

How may of you guys can name all the guard posts we had for Amberg guard duty.  Brain tester for us old troopers.Continue

Started by Normand l. Albert. Last reply by Shannon Ryan Jun 14, 2015.

Who is where now?? 15 Replies

Okay I know Maxx is in the North East somewhere I'm in Boise Marc is in Vegas , Where is the rest of LtrpSSG KennedySFC Branum, I talked to his Son on FB he's retired in TexasSSG Starks is retired in…Continue

Started by Lonnie Holcomb. Last reply by Mike Stone May 6, 2015.

Lightning 6 10 Replies

I'll try to get some pics on here soon of the current Lightning Troopers. We are currently wrapping up some individual training and will get into the good stuff after Christmas.  The boys have been…Continue

Started by Matthew A. Perdue. Last reply by Lonnie Holcomb Mar 11, 2012.

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Comment by Troy White on September 19, 2019 at 3:13pm

Spent 3 years in L Troop from 84 to 87. 13 border tours and trips to all the training areas. Best 3 years of my life.

Comment by John Taylor on January 24, 2016 at 2:05pm

Arrived L Troop the Monday after Thanksgiving in 1974.  Left in May 1976.  Back in March of 78 and didn't leave until February 1981.  Arrived as a SPC4 left as an SSG.  Returned to the Regiment in February 1999 as the RCSM.  Always enjoyed going to the L Troop orderly room at Fort Polk to look at all the old Troop pictures that had somehow survived.  My days in L Troop and then as the RCSM were some of the best days of my entire career.  Went from Sheridans to M60A1 Rise Passive to M60A3 TTS.  Saw somebody on here who was an Infantryman when we still had an Infantry squad and a mortar in each Cav platoon.  Those were the good old days.  Combined Arms all the way to Platoon level.  Ran MISPIC with the infantry guys, Asst Gunner on a mortar, observer on scout 114's and a gunner and tank commander on tanks.  Gave me a well rounded education for the future.  Went back to Amberg this summer.  still a great town, but what they have done with the Pond is a shame.  Glad somebody opened an L Troop site.  I was in L Troop when things we not so good, but in the late 70's early 80's nobody could touch us.

Comment by Mike Stone on May 10, 2015 at 9:27pm

Was assigned to L TROOP 80-83. Was a scout in 3rd plt then drove for 1SG Branum and 1Sg McMannness and went back to 3rd plt. I remember Pearse, Holcomb, Phillips, Melendez, Maynor, Dalton, Rosco, Gulliland, April, Waddell, Simmons,  SGT Stewart, SGT Robinson, SSG Starks, SFC Boss Hog, SSg McDowell,Crawford, Grunland, Stroud, Malone, Word, Ames, Grubbs, Tritt, Ssg Kennedy, Ssg Robinson, Hansen, SGT Dillard, SGT Dixon, SFC Anderson, SFC White, CPT Madden, Nair

Comment by David Kelly on November 18, 2014 at 4:01pm

SSG Braum, Wow that cat was great. what about Ricky Woods anyone know where he is


Comment by Bill Morris on January 31, 2014 at 11:37pm

Hi y'all, I was assigned to L Troop, 3rd Platoon, from September 1974 thru September 1977.  Great bunch of folks.  There are a bunch of others from L Troop who belong to other blogs.  Check out Amberg.

Comment by james pearce on March 29, 2013 at 12:33am

hey jim wardell, i was in L trp the same years u were there. your name sounds familiar. do u have a picture of yourself from then. the picture i put on there is from then and certainlly dont look like that now.

Comment by jim wardell on March 28, 2013 at 11:01pm

I was in Ltrp from 79 to 82 I was in motars I am a underground miner near elko Nevada I would like to hear more

jim wardell

Comment by Lonnie Holcomb on March 2, 2013 at 11:31pm
I recently took a Job at 3rd Army, so I really have no excuse to not make it to Gettysburg or to the Armor association conference
Comment by howard maxwell tritt on October 4, 2012 at 9:39am

OK, you've got a full year to prep HH6, save some pfennigs, and pack your A bag.  Hope to see you all at the 2013 reunion in Gettysburg.

Comment by Steven William Irons on May 8, 2012 at 9:09am

I was in L Troop 6-73 11-74 then transferd to I Troopuntill I left for the world on 10-75. I was in 2nd plt. in the inf.section untill I went O.J.T. to11D. I was L27first then to L26. Anybody at this site that served with L Trp. while I was there?


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