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    Tacoma, Washington
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    Military history, particularly the 2d Cavalry Regiment, 99th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, and 72d Tank Battalion.
  1. Welcome, TNBandit. My dad (left) had a Springfield 1903 he used in competition from 1928 until 1948. While dad was in VN 1966-67 my older brother was using the rifle for hunting deer. He and his buddy did a do-it-yourself sporterize on the stock. I thought my dad was going to kill him when he found out. I gave the rifle to a friend in 1989 several years after my dad died. I still have that sling in the picture though. He also had an 1873 trapdoor Springfield. When he came home from Korea in 1962 I took it upon myself to clean the rust off it with sandpaper as a surprise for him. Yeah, he was pretty surprised all right when he caught me in the closet going to town on the barrel. Thought he was going to kill me but he started teaching me about guns instead. The 1873 was stolen about 6 years later.
  2. Dad was with 99th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized), 99th Infantry Division during WWII. No CIB for him as he was Cavalry branch, trained and training cadre at Cavalry Replacement Training Center, Ft. Riley, Kansas (attached photo). He is the little guy in the center without jacket, Cpl. Gettman. Staff Sergeant MOS 761 platoon sergeant - after battlefield commission to 2d Lieutenant MOS 1620 platoon leader.
  3. Great displays! Thank you for sharing. Does anyone have a photo example of what a pre-1851 US Dragoon regimental quartermaster rank would look like? I'm looking for a photo to display with a profile for the RQM of the 2d Dragoons, Henry Stonemetz, who drowned in the River Bosque, Texas, 9 May 1849. Illustrations are fine. Thank you in advance for any help.
  4. I appreciate the offer. I don't want to muck up the great forum you folks have here with FB politics. If you're curious though, I can PM details.
  5. Much appreciated. Would love to check out your collection on Facebook, but unfortunately I've been banned from there for life because I posted this photo of our current 2d Cavalry Association president.
  6. Welcome Bram. My dad was east of there with the 99th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop; Aubel, Elsenborn, Sourbrodt, Honsfeld, Montenau, St. Jean-Sart…..
  7. That's my scanner. It is more yellow than appears in the photo.
  8. I've been told this is WW I 2d Cavalry. Can anyone confirm or deny? I know it is a First Army patch, but the "2" and the yellow section on the bottom suggests 2d Cavalry. What I find very interesting on this patch is how the "2" was later subdued. The original "2" is bright gold with a piece of grey yarn sewn over it
  9. I found ten of these at a little surplus store near my house about fifteen years ago while scanning for DI's to put in a shadowbox honoring my dad. I couldn't believe my eyes! Exactly as described in dad's unit history from WW II, "FOREVER FORWARD - HISTORY OF: 99TH RECONNAISSANCE TROOP"... ...all were essential for success - a success that can be symbolized by a badge, authorized by the War Department to be worn by members of the troop. This badge was on a blue oval, a gold caltrop imbrued proper above a blue scroll with the motto: “Forever Forward” in gold lettering. The blue in the field stands now for gallant work on those doughboy patrols into the Siegfried Line. It stands too for Recon’s stand in its dug-in positions at Kalterherberg. It stands for all this and also the doughboys who rode to battle on Recon’s vehicles, where once it only stood for the troop’s origin as Hq. and Hq. Co., 197th and 198th Infantry Brigade. The gold stands for those spearheads, and Task Forces and reports that the 99th Reconnaissance Troop contributed to the annals of the First and Third Army instead of just meaning branch cavalry. It’s motto: “Ever Forward” finally takes it’s meaning in all the troop’s own men who have never been known to turn back or falter in courage and at any price or sacrifice have gone and will go “Ever Forward”. I bought all ten and sent some to surviving members of the troop I had located. None of them had a clue the unit had been authorized a DI. I took the rest and gave them out at a 99th Recon reunion in 2003 to the last five troopers that were still attending. All knew my dad well. Same story, not a clue about a DI. Little did I know the DI had been authorized too late for the WW II guys to get it before they were sent home and the unit inactivated. The DI later came into use during Vietnam when 99th Recon was reborn in the form of HQ, 197th Infantry Brigade. I've bought dozens over the years and given them to old 99th Recon troopers and 99th ID collectors. They enjoy the novelty.
  10. That is disheartening. So the guys of the 2nd Tank Battalion never saw these? Like the guys of the 99th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop never saw this DI.
  11. Much appreciated, Tankpatches. This confirms what my friend was told. As I understand, 2nd Tank Battalion was part of the newly formed 9th Armored Division and was formed from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Armored Regiment on 9 October 1943. 2nd Armored Regiment had been formed on 15 July 1942 with the men of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment who had recently turned in their horses.
  12. Welcome to the forum, Old 82C. You are off to a bad start though, I'm sad to say. You've already broken a basic rule. HOOAH!! is the Army response, with its beginnings rooted deep in the 2nd Seminole War at a meeting with Chief Coacoochee and the Second Regiment of Dragoons in 1841. Taking into consideration your long and honorable service to this great country of ours, push-ups will not be required at this time.
  13. Asking for a friend. This is all I have to go by....
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