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Bruce Odom
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"Did you know my dad?  Ernest Buddy Raxter"
Sep 23, 2019

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Regimental HQ
Where were you stationed?
Merrel Barracks, Nuremberg
What MOS or job description did you have?
131 Tank crewman
What was your rank/title?
Spec. 5
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Tell us a little about your cav days.
It was good duty except when on Winter Shield maneuvers and training at Graf. Buddies: Ron Foster, Elliott Sortillo, Eldon Petit, Charlie Williams, Robert Vannoy, Harold Lewis
Tell us a little about you now.
Almost retired professor of Govt. at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, TX. Married, two grown daughters, no grandchildren.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Ron Foster, Elliott Sortillo, Eldon Petit, Charlie Williams, Robert Vannoy, Harold Lewis

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At 11:42am on December 7, 2013, Dave Gettman said…

Sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father, Stephanie. I'm sorry I never got to meet him in person, but I shared many years of conversations on the two Dragoon Base websites with your dad.

That picture was from my "Old Soldiers" video.

At 11:29am on December 7, 2013, Bruce Odom said…

This is Bruce's older daughter, Stephanie. Thank you for that photo and letting people know, Dave. We've been enjoying looking through his photos of his time in the army. 

At 10:02am on December 7, 2013, Dave Gettman said…



At 10:00pm on January 7, 2013, tommy raxter said…

hey bruce!  did you happen to know sgt ernest buddy raxter?  he was a motor pool sgt in pond barracks and merrill barracks in the mid 60's

At 4:15pm on December 22, 2012, Les Masters said…

Reporting as ordered.  Hi bruce long time no see. Good to hear from you.  I am living in Houston w.  Where are you located.  

At 8:22pm on March 7, 2011, michael ruotolo said…
Bruce, what a find! The photos in the yearbook made my Christmas. This is a really great site, just what the doctor ordered. What I would give to go back in time. I see on you page you are a professor. Good for you. When I was at Merrill German and Rick Hobson were my roommates and they both had college degrees. I joined the Army after graduating from Grady Vocational High School in Coney Island. I realized I was not going to set the world on fire with that background. Both German and Hobson got me into reading english lit. and increasing my vocabulary. I mustered out at Ft. Hamilton and started studying for the upcomiing police exam. 225,000 people took the test. I wound up number 53 on the list thanks in part to my army buddies. After I got on the force Pres. Nixon signed into law the Law Enforcement Education Program. You could attend any college and your tutition was payed for by the Justice Dept. I got a B.S. from St. Francis College and made it up to Lt. I did some teaching for John Jay College in the career development program. Great part time job. Funny how our lives are shaped. Glad your in the oldtimers group. Talk to you soon buddy.
At 9:13pm on March 5, 2011, Harry Warner said…

Hello Bruce,

Welcome to the group.  You can follow us by checking on "your page" to be notified whenever someone adds a message.


At 9:08pm on March 5, 2011, Dave Gettman said…

Yeah Bruce, that's the picture I remember from my "Old Soldier" video.

At 11:01am on January 30, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…

Toujours Pret Bruce,
Welcome to the new DragoonBase, the new Base has plenty of newer features, lots of sub-groups,(ie,F-Trp,Amberg,Medics,etc.) and links for 2nd Cav News and History.
Robb Russell has posted some tips for navigating the site (ie,photos,links,ect) in the Forum.
If you need any help, you can contact Robb, or myself, or just yell out, another member may be able to help you.
And our only wish, ‘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 tell all your friends about the new DragoonBase.

Thanks Again for joining,
Jesse Kelley




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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