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Rick Gray
  • Male
  • West Berlin, NJ
  • United States

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  • John Pinkerton
  • michael hall
  • Paul Dierker
  • Harry Warner

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Profile Information

What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
Aviation Company, 2d Armored Cavalry
Where were you stationed?
Nürnberg & Bindlach
What MOS or job description did you have?
675.1 Single Rotor Observation Helicopter Mechanic
675.3 Single Rotor Medium Cargo Helicopter Mechanic

Worked mostly as a clerk-typist, though.
What was your rank/title?
Pvt E2, Pfc E3 & SP/4 E4.
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
28-Dec-1962 thru 7-Jun-1965
Tell us a little about your cav days.
Found out the relative values of military jobs, that helicopter mechanics were a dime a dozen, but a clerk-typist was worth his weight in gold. Worked a little on helicopters before working in the Maintenance office at Soldiers Field AAF. Worked on CH-34 ALT helicopter at Bindlach from Mar,'64 thru Aug, '64. My last 5 months were running the tool van.
Tell us a little about you now.
Spent 37 years in Data Processing/IT. Retired in 2003.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
Charles J Smith (Snuffy) is the one we've been looking for for a few years. Last seen in 1979 in Alabama.

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At 6:55pm on October 13, 2017, John Pinkerton said…

Hi Rick,  I  saw your pictures of Soldiers Field.  I   was at the same place but after you left. ('66 - '67).  I have some pictures also.  They're  on youtube.  Look for "Nurnberg and Soldiers Field Army Airfield 1966".  I hope to hear back from you. 

John Pinkerton 

At 11:20am on July 28, 2014, Dave Gettman said…

Happy birthday, Rick!

At 9:47pm on February 19, 2012, Harry Warner said…
June? No wonder I don't remember, I don't remember yesterday. I'll try to find who I think I saw.
At 7:28pm on February 19, 2012, Harry Warner said…
Don't know how I missed you joining the Oldtimers. Sometimes people just fall through the cracks. I moved from Sicklerville in '04 to Mays landing. I think there is someone else from Berlin here. I hope you are feeling better. I saw your post....that's how I found you.
At 7:26pm on November 7, 2011, Paul Dierker said…

Hey Rick. Got your message. The guys you mentioned, don't ring a bell, but I just got back from a fishing trip with Ed Howlett and Dave Wilcox. Had a great time telling war stories. Here's my e-mail address, would love to see picture of Ed. I also have several pictures from Bindlach. rolliepd@yahoo.com.


At 11:55am on July 28, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
At 8:09pm on June 14, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
At 7:06pm on June 14, 2011, Harry Warner said…

Hello Rich,

It is truly a small world.  We were in Germany during the same years and I live just down the road in Mays Landing, moving here 7 years ago from Sicklerville.

Take a look at out Oldtimers group.  Many vets from same era. 

Glad you found us at Dragoons.


At 5:52pm on June 14, 2011, Dave Gettman said…

Welcome to Dragoon Base, Rick. Glad you could make it.

Be sure to check out the old timers group.





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