Jan – Mar 2013 Guestbook

Eddy Crowell from Florence Ms wrote at March 27, 2013:
Service: 1976 to1985 | Years: 1976 to 1979 | Unit: HHC 2/33 | Company, Battery or Troop: Company Maint | Other: | Comment: Would like to hear from anyone who was on the rock during the late 70’s. Does anyone know what happen to Foggleson? He was the only one could not beat at foseball.
thomas shAnnon from Co. b 2’nd 36th. 4th., plot. wrote at March 25, 2013:
Service: 1964-67 | Years: 3 | Unit: Co. b 2nd 37th | Company, Battery or Troop: | Other: | Comment: Hi guys: don’t u miss the rock ; I do
J. Chorazy from Oregon wrote at March 23, 2013:
Service: CW | Years: 62-64 | Unit: 3AD | Company, Battery or Troop: CCB 2d BDE | Other: | Comment: Fulda Gap map
Bruce Price from Pleasant Lake In. wrote at March 21, 2013:
Service: 30 mo. | Years: 72-74 | Unit: 3/12 Cav. | Company, Battery or Troop: C-Troop | Other: | Comment: Looking for troopers stationed in Budingen to share fotos.
Al W. Benton from Illinois wrote at March 20, 2013:
Service: Cold War | Years: 1963-1967 | Unit: Bn Maint | Company, Battery or Troop: HHC 2nd Bn 36th Inf | Other: | Comment: I was at Ayers Kaserne from Dec 63-Jan 67. What great memories. Just thought I’d say Hi and perhaps get the comments started again. Wishing all the Troops and Vets a most blessed Resurrection Sunday!
Donnie (Don) Mays from Tennessee wrote at March 7, 2013:
Service: Cold War Era | Years: 1973-1976 | Unit: 1st Battalion, 32d Armor | Company, Battery or Troop: Company C | Other: n/a | Comment: It saddens me to inform the membership of the loss of another former member of the 3d Armored Division.
Stephen Eugene DuBravac, LTC (Ret), he was my first Company Commander when I served with the 1/32d Armor. He served as commander of C Co 1/32d Armor and as S3 for the 3/33d Armor Battalions.
Many years later we connected through other “BANDITS” and a friendship developed. He will be missed greatly, rest easy soldier, your rest is well deserved.
Visitation was held at Demaine Funeral Home, Alexandria, VA, Monday, March 4, 2013, 5PM to 7PM.
Stephen E. DuBravac will be interned with full military honors on the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in DuBravac’s name to the National Museum of the United States Army.
Donnie (Don) Mays from Tennessee wrote at March 7, 2013:
Service: Cold War | Years: 1973-1976 | Unit: 1/32d Armor | Company, Battery or Troop: Company C | Other: n/a | Comment: My former commander and friend passed away suddenly last week. I have included his obituary. We shall lift a toast in his memory, “Bandits” Forever!!!
Stephen Eugene DuBravac was born on 6 November 1944 in Reno, Nevada and on a good roll of the dice, was immediately received by a grateful and loving family and given their names: Stephen R DuBravac and Eugenie (Jackson) DuBravac–a mining engineer and school teacher, respectively. The family later moved to Henderson, Nevada, where he was educated in a Catholic grade school and played baseball in the Mojave Desert. DuBravac attended The New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM from 1959 until 1964. He met his best friend, Aleithe Olcott at the then College of Southern Utah in Cedar City, and they were married in her hometown of Richfield, Utah in March of 1968.
Following college, he was commissioned as an Armor officer in the United States Army and assigned to an armored cavalry unit. He served in command and staff positions from platoon to Headquarters, Department of the Army. DuBravac retired after serving 25 years having defended his country on three continents, serving in two hot wars, and one cold war. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, including one with distinction for valor, and the Purple Heart, as well as various other medals and citations, but he valued, above all, the soldiers with whom he served.
He was a platoon leader and troop executive officer with the 11th Armored Cavalry in the Republic of Viet Nam from 1969-1970 where he was decorated for valor. During this tour of duty DuBravac responded to an Army request for continued service by checking the “YES” box on a post card and returning it to the Department of the Army. He was promoted to Captain in 1970 before leaving RVN. Following command of a company and the Armor Officer Advanced Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, DuBravac commanded C Company, 1st Battalion, 32d Armor (Bandits), 3d Armored Division, Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany from 1972 until 1973. His command became the first tank company to qualify “All 17” tanks with distinct crews in Europe in a decade. He was then selected to be the battalion operations officer (S3) where he established programs that would be used to train soldiers for subsequent years.
As a tactics instructor at Fort Benning, GA–The Home of Infantry, from 1975-1977, DuBravac successfully challenged his colleagues and students to embrace the labels and procedures for innovative tactical and operational procedures for Army combat units. Returning to Germany in 1977, DuBravac was assigned as a staff officer for the G3 at Headquarters, 3d Armored Division in Frankfurt and conducted division training exercises throughout Germany and in concert with NATO units. Promoted to Major in December 1978, DuBravac became the operations officer of the 3d Battalion, 33d Armor Regiment (Pickles), Kirchgoens, (The Rock), Germany. The life of the M60A2 tank bracketed DuBravac’s service in Europe: He was the S3 for the first battalion to receive and the last battalion to have the M60A2 Main Battle Tank for defense of NATO.
DuBravac was selected to attend USACGS at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1983 and in 1984 took a staff position in the War Plans Division of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, The Pentagon, Washington, DC. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1985 and as he considered retirement in 1988, DuBravac was asked to take the position of executive officer for the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment. After considering the decision for 30 seconds, DuBravac moved his family to El Paso, Texas, in 1988, and then departed multiple times for unit training at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California; REFORGER exercises in Germany (including the last full equipment deployment from the US to Germany in 1988) and Holland; and, unit deployment in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia.
DuBravac retired in July, 2010 to spend his free time traveling the country visiting his children and grandchildren and serving dutifully as a full-time baseball fan. He put down his tools of life on February 27th, 2013 at the age of 68.
DuBravac is preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren and is survived by his best friend of over 45 years, Aleithe, and four children: Stephen (Gayle), Stayc (Christina), Shawn (Andrea), and Shalee (Jeremy); and twelve grandchildren. He was a true patriarch and a generous and protective husband, father, and grandfather. He was one of the world’s great patriots who will be sorely missed by those who knew him and those he served.
Visitation will be held at Demaine Funeral Home, Alexandria, VA, Monday, March 4, 2013, 5PM to 7PM.
Stephen E. DuBravac will be interned with full military honors on the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in DuBravac’s name to the National Museum of the United States Army.
Gary from York, PA wrote at March 1, 2013:
Service: 1978-1981 1998-present | Years: 1978-1981 | Unit: 45th Med BN | Company, Battery or Troop: HQ&SPT Co | Other: Augsburg MEDDAC | Comment: Miss the medics from the 45thMED. Looking for SSG Ralph Green and SPC Kevin Moran
Joe Marine from Tennessee wrote at February 26, 2013:
Service: 1958-60 | Years: 58-50 | Unit: 45th Med BN | Company, Battery or Troop: Co A | Other: C Co 41 Inf, 142 Signal BN, Ft Hood, TX | Comment: Stationed at Gibbs Kaserne, Frankfurt, Oct 58 – Feb 60. Good memories but little contact since. My buddy Chet Nygaard from NDak passed away last year.
George M. Hedrick from Jenks, OK wrote at February 24, 2013:
Service: Oct53-Dec95 | Years: 55-57 | Unit: 57th AAA Bn (AW)(SP) | Company, Battery or Troop: Btrys D & A | Other: Student 3d AD NCO Acad Ft Knox KY | Comment: Gyroscoped with 3d AD. Assigned 57th AAA Bn, 3d AD. Attended class 1, 3d AD NCO Acad Ft Knox, KY 1955. Served as Chief of Section, SFC in the 57th AAA Bn. Many trips to Graf and Todendorf. Stationed at Fliegerhorst Kaserne in FRG.
Melanie from Knauer wrote at February 17, 2013:
Service: Daughter | Years: 1977-1980 | Unit: HHC 3/33Ar BN | Company, Battery or Troop: battery | Other: | Comment: Hello Hello I need to find help. Search for more than 12 years of age my biological father. He was stationed in the unit HCC 3/33AR BN in Kirch Gons. In the period 1977-1980. His name is Robert J or I was born in Monroe, Georgia. Do they have photos of yesteryear with all the soldiers with their name Military Records’ve written but not yet received a response. We also had to find the birth of Him is not true.
Would be delighted to hear from you huge.
Cheers Melanie Knauer
Jimmy Wells from Dry Fork,Va wrote at February 10, 2013:
Service: | Years: 1972 – 1974 | Unit: 2/27 FA | Company, Battery or Troop: B Battery | Other: | Comment: Was with 2/27 at Ray Barracks for two years.Had a great time and met a lot of great people.Sorry to hear the unit was deactivated.
Joe Cosentino wrote at February 8, 2013:
Service: 1967_68 | Years: 1966_68 | Unit: 3rd ARMORED DIVISION | Company, Battery or Troop: 2nd Batilion 36th Infantry | Other: | Comment: I was in the S3 section HHC. Kirch Goins; The Rock. Went to Graff and Wildflicken. Best beer Lischer. Hated it then, but miss it today. We were all young.
Laurice McCoy wrote at February 7, 2013:
Service: Cold War | Years: 3/1985 to 9/1986 | Unit: 1/40FA BN | Company, Battery or Troop: HHB, FDC section and S-2 section | Other: | Comment: Interesting time in my life. Getting there as an 18yr in the winter. Lot of hard work and comradere as well. It was a good time overall. My first roommate was James Brown supply clerk.
Last roommate was Julius Panelo whom we’ve kept in contact with on and off over the years. We met up back in 2010 in California while I was on a trip with my job.
I remember the food, travel, Graff which was a lot of work! The 3am alerts. Harrison was also a roomate as well. My good friend from my hometown, Ricardo Hilliard who I haven’t been able to locate.
Anyone remember SP4 McCoy email me. Thanks..oh yeah and 1/40th seem to always have the best Mess Hall…err I meant Dining Facility too..lol.
Eddie Joe Adams from 709 Columbia St Newport Ky 4071 wrote at February 3, 2013:
Service: march to march | Years: 1968 to 1970 | Unit: 3/12 cav. budingen germany | Company, Battery or Troop: B trp. 3 rd plt. | Other: none | Comment: I was SGT. E-5 Adams if anyone rembers me E-Mail me sometime went through the years from 1998 to 2012 found some people i was there with E-Mailed them but did not get an answer guess the E-Mail address was to old. I rember SGT. Cain/Bobian/Boe/Brewton . If anyone rembers me write back. Eddie
Celestino de la Fuente Jr. from Boca Raton, Fl. wrote at January 24, 2013:
Service: 09/89 -07/92 | Years: | Unit: 2-82 F/A 4-82 F/A | Company, Battery or Troop: HHB | Other: | Comment: Served with 2/82 F/A as a 82 B in HHB during the cold war while the Berlin wall was coming down also served with them during Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was awarded the 3 bronz star southwest asia campaign. Was later transfered to 4-82 F/A from Friedberg, Germany to Hanau,Germany and then was was honorably discharged in the early out program July 1992. Back in 2007 voluntered to haul fuel as a reservest in Irag and Afganistan but my medical waiver was turned down. Currently employed as a semi fuel tanker driver and have been to all 48 states as semi truck driver.
Michael Harvey SFC RET from Germany wrote at January 20, 2013:
Service: March 11 1981-August 1 2001 | Years: 20 | Unit: C Co 122 MSB Sept 1988 – Nov 1991 | Company, Battery or Troop: C CO | Other: | Comment: During Desert Storm I was SSG Harvey in Mech Maint Plattoon
Russell Smiley from Desert Storm wrote at January 9, 2013:
Service: 89-91 | Years: 2 | Unit: 3/5 ADA | Company, Battery or Troop: A Battery | Other: | Comment: Miss the days of A Battery Stinger Missiles. “First to Fire”.
Anastasia Norman from Tampa, Florida wrote at January 4, 2013:
Service: 1989-1992 | Years: 1989-1995 | Unit: 143rd Sig Bn | Company, Battery or Troop: HHC | Other: BRAVO | Comment: Happy New Year 3rd AD. Looking forward to July in Georgia!!! Peace & Love, Norm 🙂