Stories of the 12th Cavalry

3/12th Cavalry - Germany

 

 

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Tragic accident at Grafenwohr, Germany on September 2, 1960. An eight inch howitzer shell overshot the artillery firing range and killed sixteen men from the 3rd Reconnaissance Squadron, 12th Cavalry, 3rd Armored Division. 

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Tragic accident of September 2, 1960, witnessed by Colin Powell. In General Powell's book "My American Journey" he describes, as a young lieutenant assigned to the 3rd AD, seeing the eight inch round striking the 12th Cavalry tents.  

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Tragic accident of September 2, 1960, as reported by the major news services.
    New York Times, 15 GIs Killed, 28 Hurt by Shell
    UPI, "Human Error" Cited in Deaths of US soldiers in West Germany
    AP, Memorial services Held for 16 Soldiers     
    UPI, Picture of Memorial Service

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Confessions of a 3rd Armored Division POW & Saboteur, by James L. Martin. The true story of a SPC5 "captured" in mock combat, who taught his captors some important lessons.

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It's All Yours by Tim Scott. Tim was a Supply Clerk with C Troop, 3/12th  Cavalry in 1971-72 and one weekend he had an opportunity to go flying with Captain Bardyan, his Company Commander.

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But my MOS is 11E10R6 by Mark Layport. He had been trained on the Redeye at Fort Bliss but when he joined the 3/12th Cavalry Mark was sent to A Troop where he became a crewman on the M551 Sheridan.

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Lt Duffy by Mark Layport. At Grafenwohr, Lt Duffy was confirming the coordinates for a mortar firing position when the Squadron Commander wanted to know where he was at.

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SFC Martin by Mark Layport. At Grafenwohr the diesel heaters in the barracks occasionally clogged up and would go out. Excess 4.2 mortar charges were used to clean the heaters. SFC Martin, the Medical Section Sergeant, used more charges than recommended and was surprised with the results.

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Oktoberfest 1974 by Mark Layport. In 1974 at the Oktoberfest festival in Budingen a pretty girl rode on a M551 Sheridan during the local parade. She had the ride of her life.

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Charge of Quarters (CQ) Duty by Mark Layport. It was Mark's first time to be the CQ NCOIC and it turned into the worst CQ duty he ever had.

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Wildflecken by Greg Higdon. Greg was in Company C, 2/12th Cavalry from 1975 until 1980 when the Battalion was a Mechanized Infantry unit. In October 1976 they deployed to Germany for six months.

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IG Inspection by Mark Layport. The HHT Redeye section helps B Troop get through the IG inspection.

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Border Duty by Mark Layport. Mark was the driver for the hot breakfast run out to some of the observation posts when he ended up driving the Squadron Commander for his tour of all the Squadron Observation Posts.

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