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Tom Russell
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  • Saint Paul, MN
  • United States

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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
M Troop, 3rd Squadron
Where were you stationed?
Pond Barracks in Amberg, Germany
What MOS or job description did you have?
31G40, Como Chief
What was your rank/title?
Sgt E5
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
1968 and 1969
Tell us a little about your cav days.
LOVED Amberg, LOVED the M60A1, wish I was driving my APC down the highways and byways! Remember fondly guys like Danny Smith, our first Sgt Church, Joe Towle and Jim Hart and my Hawaiian roommate Eddie Laroya. Also, the crazy cook, Nick Bianco, James Starley from Georgia and our dry-humored troop clerk Fusilier from Lake Charles, LA. Sure wish I could remember the name of our Armor, one heck of a nice guy.
Tell us a little about you now.
Levied to Vietnam from Amberg in December of '69. Made it through that 'little adventure' in spite of serving with an Americal Division Infantry unit located just south of Da Nang. Retired from 3M Company after 35 years and now I enjoy travel / adventures, fondly recalling those fun nights at the Las Vegas Club in downtown Amberg. Let us not forget those wonderful trips to those exotic field locations of Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
covered above.

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At 11:19pm on June 16, 2016, Steven Bennett said…

Tom; Glad you made it back from Nam. I left Amberg, K Troop, in March 1969 after spending 1 year there. I don't believe our paths crossed during that time.  Hope you are well and happy. Take care of yourself.

Steve Bennett

At 1:19pm on October 27, 2013, phillip benson said…

hello tom it seems we lived in the same city in minnesota and we both served with Mighty mike but years apart i myself grew up watching the war on tv and later enlisted in 1980 its a pleasure to see that we did time in the pond together lol

At 8:15pm on December 4, 2011, J.W. CUNINGHAM JR. said…

Hi Tom

    Sorry for taking so long getting back to you.  When I left M-Company '68 for Korea my replacement was my clerk James Maxxi and when I returned the SGM had me going to L-Troop because they didn't have a Supply Sgt. at the time and after going back to M-Co. and saw what they had done with the Suppl Room and moved it I really didn't care to go back there. How are you doing these days ? Do you also remember my Armor Sgt Uhlig ?

At 8:57pm on January 25, 2010, Thomas Blaszkiewicz said…
Tom,I got to Pond Barracks Sept.of 69.With HHT ,Redeye.Made SGT. before I got out March of 71.Do you remember a Terry Morris from HHT or Robinson or Steve Hientz.How about that little store on the way to Nurnberg--Queer Willies??I have some pictures on my page of Pond Barracks.The last time my wife and I were back was 2002.I still talk to CSM McQuerry,I don't know if you remember him. George Smith is on the site ,he was my section officer.I think he came from M company.
At 9:19am on February 4, 2009, jack ippolito said…
Would love to see the old place do you have recent pics, if so can you send
At 10:19am on January 30, 2009, Jesse Kelley said…

Toujours Pret Tom,
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
At 8:07pm on January 29, 2009, Robb Russell said…
Another Russell who knows Pond barracks welcome to the base.



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