3-12 Cavalry Photos

 

3-12 Cav

Photos and Memories

Do you have a photo or favorite story about your time in 3-12? Share it with others interested in 3-12. Send them to Hal Dudley , 3-12 Cav 1981-1984


 

Budingen in1968. Do you remember?

Thanks to  Jimmy Walls


 

 

April 1974 I was in the redeye section with the 3rd Sqd. 12th CAV. we were at Graf. playing "taxi" as always. Our section leader LT Duffy was put in charge of qualifing the mortars for all 3 troops (A trp, B trp, & C trp.). I was driving LT Duffy around leading the mortar group to pick up the mortar rounds, fuses, and leading there 113's to the firing point. I would monitor the radios for both the Sqd. net and range control. They would do their set up and try to put rounds on targets on the main impact range. The LT had to check each and every charge and setting on the tube to verify the settings of each round fired. I heard earlier (1963?) and arty unit over shot the range and killed a number of guys from my unit. So the LT was "into" this effort. We did this for about 6 weeks. Then it's test day, the testing group (a LT and a SSG) had given LT Duffy a set of coordinates for a firing position and we were to be met by them there the next day. The problem was the coordinates they gave put us out in the woods and NOT at a designated firing position. LT Duffy and the leader of the A troop mortars (SSG Trickle) were going round and round about if they had gotten the coordinates correctly. LT Duffy even had me go around with him to double check the area. About this time over the radio we hear the Sqd. net, our Sqd. commander LTC Maluer was wanting to know where we (the mortars) were. The base fumbles around abit and comes back to say LT Duffy is on a mortar test. The LTC explodes! "I KNOW LT Duffy is on a mortar test"! "Where is he located?". Duffy is now freaking! *G* We are driving to hell and gone trying to find the "correct" location. Now the LTC is calling LT Duffy directly, and Duffy won't answer! As we are driving along the tank trail looking, we see the LTC's command jeep heading right for us. Duffy is really freaking now! Tells me to drive off the road! There is about a 30" berm on the side but we take at about 10 mph! I lose my helmut, but the LTC doesn't see us. So we circle around and head back to the mortars. And again Duffy and Trickle have there heads together. Now off to the west about 100 meters we see a jeep with 2 people and they are standing around, and soon there after we see the LTC's jeep show up there. Now The LTC is calling Duffy again, and you can tell in his voice he's not a happy camper!!! Duffy swallows hard and tells me to answer the call. I ask what do you want me to tell him? He says "just tell him where we are." As I answer the LTC's call, the 1st thing he wants is the LT! But I tell him the LT is not there and I'm monitoring range control. So he ask where we are! I tell him were about 100 meter's to his left! I can see him snap his head around and come charging down the path (he didn't even end the radio transmission). Now Duffy and Trickle have there heads together with the grading team and the LTC was looking over there shoulders. Come to find out the graders had given Duffy the wrong coordinates, by one digit! That put us off by 100 meters!!! *G* We were right where we were told to be!! *L* And the LTC was all smiles after that, and the mortars for all 3 troops scored very high with there tests! Everyone was VERY HAPPY then, but man it was funny to see LT Duffy squirm!!! *L* As I was leaving the troop in Feb. 76 LT Duffy had made CPT. and was re-assigned. Glen if you every run across story, you know it's the truth!! *L* Give me a call and we can go over it again, in a warm dry place this time …eh? *LOL* Hi to all my redeye buddies, if you guys get smart enough to find this message give me a call! …chicken dinner on me

Thank you to Mark Layport for this story.


Thank you to Paul Impieri for the wonderful photos

UH1B at Budingen Army Airfield

 Paul Iampieri D Troop 3/12

 Budingen Arifield

 George Cunningham – Pilot

 D-30 Commo Vehicle, Delta Troop

 Working on the new airfield 1967

 Dinner at Graf

 Restplatz

 German American Day –                             Armstrong Barracks

 Delta Troop 3/12 Cav,1967

 D-6 Gary Barnett and Paul Iampieri

 

5 Mark Bill from the '60s


Thanks to Mark Williams for the pictures from the 70s

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