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Charles Downs
  • 67, Male
  • El Cajon, CA
  • United States

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Headquarters Troop 3/2 and K Troop
Where were you stationed?
Pond Kasserne, Amberg
What MOS or job description did you have?
What was your rank/title?
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Jan 1977- Sept 1979
Tell us a little about your cav days.
I was in Headquarters troop and was permanent party on the border at Camp May until I volunteered to be a line dog in K troop. In contact will Robert Cockrum.
Phone number (Optional).
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Todd Kackner, Ransom Young, Frenchie, Black Jack, White Jack, Stoner Jack

discharge letter from the mid 70's

I have the last two pages of a funny letter to the family of the soon to be discharged soldier. Does any body have the first page?

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The Month

This story is true. It is about a month of really bad luck I had on one border tour in the late fall/winter of 1978 (I think). I was the driver on a M113. This border tour started like the others, with a road march to the camp we were to be stationed at. I was going to Camp Rotz. I had just had installed a new engine and transmission (power pack) in my track before the road march. A couple of miles from Camp Rotz my engine seized up. Turned out the Depot had crossed an oil line and radiator…


Posted on April 7, 2015 at 10:11pm — 1 Comment

shortimers letter from the 70's



Issued in solemn warning, this (Insert Date) to the friends and neighbors, relatives, draft board, and family of (Insert Name), (Insert length of time in country) a subject of servitude.

Very soon the undersigned will once again be in your midst, dehydrated, deactivated, dilapidated, demobilized, and demoralized, to take his place once again as a human being, with freedom and justice for all engaged, in life, liberty and the pursuit… Continue

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 2:56pm — 5 Comments

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At 7:12pm on December 14, 2010, Steven A Iacobucci said…


Do you remember D. Jack? And Takahashi, Jack lived 20 mi. from me in Cinci. and I never knew. Believe in or not he has been working for the Navy for 20 yrs.


At 10:27pm on January 25, 2010, howard maxwell tritt said…
Good lookin' pix Charlie. Flashbacks or the next best thing... How'd you do with all that rain last week?
At 2:39am on April 1, 2009, Charles Damon said…

Forgot to include, I for the most part, grow up in Spring Valley Ca, went to El Cajon High one summer, and to Santana High Jr year (half time).
At 2:36am on April 1, 2009, Charles Damon said…
Hi all,

I was with HHT from '72 thru '75 and spent a few days ( when I first arrived) on the 2nd floor of hq bldg waiting for my new unit to come back from Graf (I think). I was an E11R6 (redeye gunner, became section, platoon Sgt or whatever by the time I left) loved ALMOST all of it, ALWAYS REDEYE!!
At 3:17pm on March 29, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…
Happy Birthday Charles
Wishing you many more!!!
At 9:25pm on February 22, 2009, Thomas Blaszkiewicz said…
Charles,I think i have what you are looking for.The letter about a GI coming home from Germany.I just don't know how to mail you a copy of it.I was at Pond Barrack from 69-71 a SGT. with Redeye.Any ideas of how to mail it to you ?
At 10:46pm on February 8, 2009, Danny Wright said…
I don't remember it, but he was probably shitfaced drunk when he gave that speech. I do remember that we set the range records for speed and accuracy! I remember Landry chasing us down to congratulate us.
At 7:44pm on February 7, 2009, Danny Wright said…
In the flesh!!! How are ya Charlie? Wish I had known where you were. I've been relatively close to you a few times over the years. What are you doing now?
At 6:52pm on February 7, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…

Toujours Pret Charles,
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 please tell all your friends about the new DragoonBase.

Thanks Again for joining Dragoon Base, and for your service to our great country,
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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