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Posted: 2/24/2002 7:23:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/24/2002 7:25:36 AM EDT by CB1]
Would you believe that I have been asked... "when did Germany have a border?" and "what border?" [img]http://imagem.webphotos.iwon.com/1000031031/1000031031_2242002111540AM0.9136469.jpg[/img] thats me on the right and Capt Cosgrove on the left. and a East German "DAK" tower [img]http://imagem.webphotos.iwon.com/1000031031/1000031031_2242002111541AM9.470332E-02.jpg[/img] CB [@:d] edited for spelling .....
Link Posted: 2/24/2002 10:14:16 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/24/2002 4:46:39 PM EDT
I was in D Trp 1/1 CAV, Katterbach, Germany from Apr 88 to May 91. Alpha and Bravo Troop did border patrol, we supported with aircraft (AH-1 and OH-58).
Link Posted: 2/24/2002 5:18:40 PM EDT
I did the newbie border tour in April of '83. A few weeks later I took the Helmstedt-Berlin train ride and went shopping in the Kaufhof in East Berlin. I went back in '85 when the regular border units were trading in their M60's for M1's. My unit (3/63 Armor) was assigned to patrol duty on the Czech border. The Czech border didn't have the big cleared areas like the East German one did. Part of the sector we patrolled didn't even have fences. It was forested with little posts stuck in the ground. On one side was the BRD (FRG) federal seal, on the other was the Czech government seal. If you saw the Czech shield, you were in enemy territory. We got there around the time a Czech border patrol strayed onto our side and got snagged by a BGS unit. Word from higher was the Czech's might be looking to snag some bargaining chips. Officers and senior NCO's weren't allowed anywhere near the trace until the politicians got things calmed down. That meant a third of the company sat in camp while the lowly EM's (yours truly included) got to run around like 11B's. The first night out it was kind of exciting but the thrill wore off by the second week.
Link Posted: 2/26/2002 7:51:12 PM EDT
I almost got rail-roaded into the CAV when I re-upped in '87. I was a 13B, and decided to change over to 11M. Well, the re-up NCO came up and told me that he had my package all ready, with a school date for gunnery school on the Bradley. He also told me that I had a direct assignment from school, which was REALLY rare for an E-4. So I ask him where, and he says "Fulda, Germany." Man, that did it. I had been to Germany, and knew all about how those poor guys STAYED in the field. I said "Border CAV?! You've lost your f*ckin' mind! I ended up going PDA. I was 1st CAV, and we stayed in the field, too, but Ft Hood's a hell of a lot warmer, LOL. My hat's off to you guys who ran the border, though. You fellas did one HELL of a good job!
Link Posted: 2/27/2002 3:11:50 AM EDT
yea i was in 2/36 inf of the 3 ad we went up and spent a month there one time and 2 weeks another in i believe 86 so that the cav boys could go to graf/hoenfelds if i remember it was 2/11 cav
Link Posted: 2/27/2002 4:56:02 AM EDT
Originally Posted By CB1: Would you believe that I have been asked... "when did Germany have a border?" and "what border?"
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Argh! Unbelievable! Humped the line at OP Alpha when I was with the "Border Barons" D Co, 54th Engr Bn (C)(M). We'd spot for the 11th ACR whenever the needed a break or had to du a field rotation.
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