Beecherl, Rick, SP 5

Armor (Enlisted)
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Current Service Status
USA Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Specialist 5
Current/Last Service Branch
Current/Last Primary MOS
11E10-Armor Crewman
Current/Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1971, 11E10, 1st Squadron, 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment/HHT
Previously Held MOS
Service Years
1969 - 1971
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Voice Edition

Specialist 5

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

Armor Shoulder Cord Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
Post 26114th Cavalry AssociationArmy Together We ServedUnited Services Automobile Association (USAA)
ATWS Unit Historian
  1986, American Legion, Post 261 (Member) (Eastpointe, Michigan) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2003, 14th Cavalry Association [Verified]
  2008, Army Together We Served [Verified]
  2013, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, ATWS Unit Historian [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Currently I am retired from DTE Energy. I was there for 36 years. I worked in the Maintenance Dept. in the Power Plants as a Welder. My hobbies are a 1967 Pontiac GTO and Woodworking.
Other Comments:
I really enjoy spending time with my Grandson.
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   1969-1971, 11E10, 2nd Squadron, 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Specialist 5
From Month/Year
August / 1969
To Month/Year
January / 1971
2nd Squadron, 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment Unit Page
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11E10-Armor Crewman
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 2nd Squadron, 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment Details

2nd Squadron, 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Cavalry Unit
Parent Unit
14th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Cavalry Squadron
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Jul 17, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Randy Busch, we are still best friends.

Tom Dissinger, went to Airborne School and could never get a transfer to an Airborne Unit. Whenever he jumped off a Tank all who saw him would yell Airborne!!

Bill Carithers, was killed in an accident some years after he got home in Illinois.

Ray Brandenberger, lost contact with Ray. he was a really nice guy. I believe he had a year or so to go when I left.

Quincy Roark, another nice guy and fun to drink beir with too. Had his wife with him and lived off base. Would go there for Sunday dinners and parties. We came home together, then went our seperate ways at the airport. Never heard from him.

Best Moment
TDY at Vilseck, Germany attending Turret Mech. School. Oh yeah! when I was the gunner on H-33 we won the Top Gun award at Graf. The Sqdn Cmdr gave us our pat on the back and a gallon size bottle of champange. We drank that whole thing that night. Don't remember much after that.


Worst Moment
Was the NCO in charge of driving a Trooper to the Prison in Mannheim, Germany.

Other Memories
In my photo page there is a picture titled "Stuck in the Mud". Also you will notice a logo of a wild boar on a yellow background. These were made by the 1st Sgt and put on all our vehicles. We were in H Co. and we were called the HAWG. Well, in the process of pulling this tank out of the hole they were in, we broke our tow bar. Needless to say it was time for a scavenger hunt. Late in the evening we took the 1 1/4 out to find one and we did.

The next day I had to drive Top out to the firing range. On the way a jeep came up on our tail honking away on his horn. So, 1sgt said pull over and see what they want. A SSgt comes up on the passenger side and top asked what he wanted. he told him that someone from our Co. stole their tow bar from their VTR. 1sgt asked how he knew it was his people and the sgt said they had a pig on the door just like this (pointing at the door)one here. The 1sgt threw open the door and had that sgt at attention a chewed his butt up one side and down the other. He said is not a pig, it is a hog, H-A-W-G. Now get in your jeep and get out of my face.

When top got back in the truck he asked me if we took the tow bar, so I explained the story to him. His response was, don't use our vehicles next time or cover up the door.

My Photos For This Unit
HAWG Plaque
40 Years Later
Maint. Crew in Wildflecken
H Co. (HAWG)
23 Members Also There at Same Time
2nd Squadron, 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Smith, Terry R., SP 5, (1969-1973) AR 11E10 Specialist 5
Sharp, Bob, MSG, (1970-1991) AR 11E10 Sergeant
Edward, Martinez, SP 5, (1966-1969) AR 11D20 Specialist 5
Sr., Frank, SP 4, (1969-1971) AR 11D10 Specialist 4
Clarke, Peter, CPT, (1968-1974) AR 1204 Captain
Mullendore, James, CPT, (1968-1972) AR 1204 First Lieutenant
Tilley, Ben, LTC, (1968-1989) FA 1193 First Lieutenant
Lepore, Joseph, SGT, (1967-1969) FA 13B10 Sergeant
Conat, Richard, SP 5, (1969-1972) AV 67U10 Specialist 5
Patterson, Jerry, SP 5, (1969-1972) TC 64B10 Specialist 5
Winn, James, SP 5, (1968-1971) OD 45G Specialist 5
Barry, Jim, SP 4, (1968-1970) IN 11B20 Specialist 4
Grosdidier, Gail, PFC, (1970-1973) FA 82C20 Private First Class
Alich, Jim, LTC, (1967-1987) Captain
E Troop

Aviles Lopez, Jose F, SSG, (1966-1987) AR 11D10 Staff Sergeant
Griffin, Joe, SP 4, (1967-1969) Specialist 4
F Troop

Winchester, John, PVT2, (1967-1969) AR 11D10 Private (E-2)
Atkins, Joel, SFC, (1961-1984) OD 63C Specialist 5
G Troop

Minnick, Mark Steven, SGT, (1969-1971) AR 11D10 Sergeant

Butcher, Douglas L, SFC, (1963-1980) SC 05B10 Staff Sergeant
Blank, Douglas, SP 4, (1969-1971) OD 63C Specialist 4
Boissonneault, Jon, SFC, (1963-1969) SC Sergeant First Class
Hicks, Theodore A., PVT2, (1969-1971) IN Private (E-2)

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