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, HHT, 1st Squadron, 14th Armored Cavalry
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.
 Countries Deployed To or Visited

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Deployment - West German Border Security Operations
From Month/Year
September / 1945
To Month/Year
September / 1991

The United States Army maintained a substantial and continuous military presence at the inner German border throughout the entire period from 1945 to after the end of the Cold War. Regular American soldiers manned the border from the end of the war until they were replaced in 1946 by the United States Constabulary, a lightly armed constabulary force responsible for border security. It was disbanded in 1952 after policing duties were transferred to the German authorities. In its place, two dedicated armoured cavalry regiments were assigned to provide a permanent border defence. The 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment based at Nuremberg and the 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment based at Fulda– later replaced by the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment – were tasked with monitoring the border using observation posts, ground and air patrols, countering border intrusions and gathering intelligence on Warsaw Pact activities. Unlike their East German counterparts, U.S. soldiers did not stay for more than 30 days on the border, though they carried out regular patrols around the clock using foot and helicopter patrols. They also used a variety of technical measures such as ground surveillance radars to monitor Warsaw Pact troop movements across the border. A rapid reaction force was on constant duty further behind the border to provide backup in an emergency. The American presence on the border provoked political controversy in Germany. During the 1960s the state of Hesse refused to grant U.S. forces land rights to its observation points or allow them to install paved access roads, electricity or telephone lines. It took the view that since there was no legally recognised border, there was no legal reason for their military observation posts to be built along it. By the 1980s the American border presence had become the target of peace activists, who in 1984 blockaded the U.S. Observation Post Alpha with a human chain. The U.S. withdrew from the inner German border in 1991.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1969
To Month/Year
December / 1971
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories

People You Remember
Served with the 2nd Sqdn, 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Daley Barracks in Bad Kissingen, Germany. 1st Lt. Robert McCorkle was the CO 1st Sgt Paul Chappel was the 1st Sgt

I went there as an Infantryman and was promoted and became an 11E Armor Crewman. I become the gunner on an M60A1 Tank. I must have been a natural at it because we would shoot high score at the ranges in Grafenwehr, Hohensfel, Wildfleken. We spent 2 month long tours on the Border manning the Monitoring Post and Roving Patrols, which were actually more fun. When I was Promoted to E5 I was sent to Turret Mechanic School and became the Turret Mechanic for the Company until my Service ended in January 1971

My Photos From This Battle or Operation
7th Army Coldwar Veteran

  1 Also There at This Battle:
  • Lechleiter, Craig, SGT, (1970-1972)
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