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Franklin D Bamsey
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  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • United States

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Co H 3rd Bn 2nd A/C, Hq&Hq Co same Bn, than Co H again
Dec 1948-1951 Augsburg, Germany
1951-1952 Amberg,Germany
Where were you stationed?
Augsburg, Ger Dec 1948 - 1951
Amberg, Ger 1951 Sep 1952
What MOS or job description did you have?
Jeep & truck driver, than Co Clerk
What was your rank/title?
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
Dec 1948 - Sep 1952
Tell us a little about your cav days.
I was the CO's driver and than drover the Ammo truck. Than I went to clerk school in Lenggries, when completed returned to the Bn and was Co clerk in H Co, until I returned to the states. We did a lot of training in the fields out behind Sheridan Kaserne and a lot of runs to Vilseck, Grafenwhor and Honenfels.
Tell us a little about you now.
I retired with 20 yrs service, retired from Construction work and after retirement moved to Fredericksburg, VA and enjoying life as I can.
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Phone number (Optional).
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
None at this time.

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At 11:54am on October 17, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
Wishing you many more, from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 5:30pm on November 2, 2010, Harry Warner said…
Glad you joined us on the Oldtimers. If you have any questions, just shout out. Everyone is friendly and very willing to help.
At 10:33am on November 2, 2010, Dave Gettman said…
I totally understand about computer phobias. Well founded, as the computer world is full of pitfalls. I've lost a few computers in the past from clicking on the wrong things.

Just as an example, the other day I was searching for photos of cavalry monuments. Among the hundreds of photos I found was a photo of me on one website, standing in my living room in front of my dad's shadow box wearing my khaki uniform. Curious, I clicked on the link to the website trying to find out why my photo was there. Good thing I had virus protection, because it immediately caught several of them.

You can go to the front page of our site and see all of our groups. Would love to have you in the Oldtimers group.

At 8:34am on November 2, 2010, Dave Gettman said…
I moved our conversation in the "Links" category over to the "Oldtimers" group. Please come join us over there. Wayne Dixon is also an Outpost member (#7) from the Constabulary.

At 2:58pm on November 1, 2010, Dave Gettman said…

This is the M551A1 Sheridan with all of its gear and ammo. They could shoot the Shillelagh infra-red guided rocket out of the main gun tube just like a conventional tank round. It carried 8 of these, each with 15 pounds of plastic explosive in the nose. The vehicle also carried 20 conventional 152mm rounds for the main gun. It was a very fast, highly maneuverable vehicle, could be dropped from an airplane, and could swim across calm bodies of water when the float skirt was erected. Just don't try firing the main gun...instant tracked submarine!
At 2:41pm on November 1, 2010, Dave Gettman said…
I guess you barely missed the Constabulary days, because I believe earlier in 1948 is when the Regiment became Armored Cavalry.

Sheridan Kaserne...I wonder if it was named for Phil Sheridan? There was a Lt. Stan Sheridan in the Regiment during the early 1950's. He and my dad were good friends. Stan retired Lieutenant General and passed away in 1999.

When I was in the 2d Cav 1974, I drove a vehicle called a Sheridan, M551A1 Armored Reconnaissance Airborne Assault Vehicle. 17 tons with a 152mm gun. BIG BANG!!
At 10:43am on November 1, 2010, Dave Gettman said…
Welcome to Dragoon Base, Franklin. My dad was in 1st Bn, Bayreuth/Bindlach from 1953-55. I spent my 1st birthday there in 1954, and later my 21st in 1974 when I was in C Troop.

I see you know Vilseck. The Regiment is home based out of there now, but currently in Afghanistan.

Can't wait to hear some of your stories.

Tacoma Dave
At 10:48pm on October 30, 2010, Jesse Kelley said…




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.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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