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jarhead930 #21 Posted Oct 30 2011 - 07:23

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man, I went to basic around the same time you did, but things sure have changed.  recognized misery immediately though (our drill sgts called it stairway to heaven).  remarkable how much I miss those days.  kinda breaks my heart seeing so many of the tanks gone and the barracks abandoned like that.

Texas222 #22 Posted Oct 30 2011 - 08:06

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I went to basic and AIT there back in 1975, 8 weeks of basic, 8 weeks armor school M-60A1 then later 3 weeks training with the M-60A2, then with the 1st and 3rd armor Div. in Germany. I remembering they were rebuilding king tiger got to climb inside and alot of other tanks too. Never knew they close it down, sad.

phelan511 #23 Posted Oct 30 2011 - 08:19

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Oh my lord do I miss good old Knox sometimes. I graduated OSUT in Nov 2007, was of E Co. 2/81 Armor. Was the last cycle of Echo Company. I remember everything on that post, and it still makes me sad to know that any future Tankers and Cav Scouts aren't going to "enjoy" what being Armor was all about. It really made me sad to learn that the home of Armor moved to Benning. Oh and Chieftain? I hated "Misery" so damned much, that and "Agony" and "Heartbreak". But the ghosts are still there. As is all the sweat and toil and tears that all recruits left.

Jomabeck #24 Posted Oct 30 2011 - 10:52

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Wow. I didn't even realize that the Armor Center had moved away. Seems a shame. I was there in '91 for AOB. Really liked the place - felt more like an Army Post, unlike Hood or Polk - the only place rivaling that feeling for me was Riley. Sad to see that it is gone. Still have all my maps someplace. I might have to pull them out just for a little bit of nostalgia. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Chieftan.

thegreenbaron #25 Posted Oct 30 2011 - 13:10

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It's good that they're starting to get some of the old static displays in out of the elements at Ft Knox.  Aberdeen has loooong been my idea of what happens when tanks die and go to hell (Never were so many treated so badly by so few). Excepting the odd tanks that get dragged out and used as target practice of course...

stickjock #26 Posted Oct 30 2011 - 14:21

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Started my OSUT training at Knox Jan 13th '87... good times... freak snow storm during live fire exercise towards the end of training brought me down with double pneumonia... did my final PT test still recovering from that (it was either TRY or pass and do OSUT again...) and pass'd then on to the 2/11 ACR in Bad Kissengen, FRG...

Sad to see some of the changes at Knox... like the 2/11's home at Daley Barrakcs in germany... pretty much everything there is gone now... believe the old hardstand is still there and a building or two...

Thanks for the photos Chieftan!!  Brings an old saying back that we used to have when I served... "Remember the good times, not the bad..." LOL

Golf_One_Four #27 Posted Oct 30 2011 - 14:52

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Yep. Your barracks look exactly like mine Chieftan. 1979 I was there, greeted by the drills as we stepped off the bus. I remember the Sherman on display then. Rumor was the Sherman had a Mattell toy brand on it's bottom. I believed that rumor because I know the M-16 rifle has a Mattell toy factory history with it's plastic moldings. Why not the Sherman? I think a few tankers back then shared mixed opinions about the Sherman. My grandfather was in WW2 as well as most of my friends grandfathers and the stories of Sherman FAIL outnumbered the fonder Sherman recollections. M48 tanks were still being used at Knox for driver training for some reason even though the MBT was the M60-A1.
  My one story from Knox that tops all of them was the first bus ride to the firing range.
  We were not in sight of the range yet and it was all new to us. We had never seen a tank fire. We had never heard one fire. The bus ride was a long one, it seemed at the time to take forever. Fear, the presence of danger, excitement, anxiety, sitting in silence on hot sweaty bus seats with the bus windows affording little breeze.
  Then all the windows, the sides of the bus, imploded.
  They didnt break, but something invisible outside the bus had just slapped a Godzilla clap. I remember thinking that it couldn't be a tank. That sound had to be some kind of accidental explosion. It was adrenaline telling us we were in danger. Nobody cheered. Nobody got up and started dancing. Nobody said anything. But were were all sitting straight up and looking around. Eyes wide with "WTF" ! Then more concussions pounded the sides of the bus as we got closer....
  We were about to pull the triggers ourselves...

Baddle #28 Posted Oct 30 2011 - 19:53

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wow, have to say out of my time in Knox their is three things that stick out in my mind, (Misery, Agony, and Heart Break) only a true tanker will understand. I thought the bottoms of my boots were going to melt off, and that damn hill would never end. lol  Was there in 1981 to begin what would become one of my fondest memories. I'm 49 years old now and would die of a hart attack if i tried to walk one of those hills now, lol.

Wolfguard #29 Posted Oct 30 2011 - 20:21

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Yes.....memories........Basic/AIT there in July to October 1980
D-2-1 Disney barracks 19E....M60a1's

VirgilHilts #30 Posted Oct 30 2011 - 20:45

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View Postthegreenbaron, on Oct 30 2011 - 13:10, said:

It's good that they're starting to get some of the old static displays in out of the elements at Ft Knox.  Aberdeen has loooong been my idea of what happens when tanks die and go to hell (Never were so many treated so badly by so few). Excepting the odd tanks that get dragged out and used as target practice of course...

Last I heard, they're just moving them to Ft Benning, they'll be outside, there, as well. I doubt the elements will be any kinder to them there.

ArmoredCorps #31 Posted Oct 30 2011 - 22:54

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Seriously F*$@ those hills, I oughta negative rep you for bringing that up! http://forum.worldof...mile-izmena.gif
I like how my company marched up a hill, stopped at the NBC chamber and gained "confidence" in our mask with wide-open sweat pores.



(for the especially dense, I am not being serious on the negative rep)

buzzsaw71 #32 Posted Oct 31 2011 - 03:34

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Ahhh.. good stuff. I was there for OSUT back in spring 1990 and came back from Korea to serve there again. I was in 1/12 Cav doing the support for ANOC/BNOC/AOB. Best part was teaching the new AOs to drive the M1s, especially the ones who were used to M60s. M1 brakes are touchy, not like the 60s! On another note, daughter was born at Ireland Army Hospital.

Valkeiper #33 Posted Oct 31 2011 - 04:57

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Oct 27 2011 - 19:43, said:


My sophomore year (high school, not college) was in Fort Knox. That year was the first year Fort Knox high had JROTC (that should tell you just how long ago it was).

A lot of things seems to have changed; but I saw a lot of my 'armored friends' are still there (yes, I and 'my girl' spent quite a bit of time on them). Back then, nobody cared if kids climbed on the vehicles.

A hint of how long ago... I joined the US Navy after graduating from HS and got out of the navy in 1981.

Valkeiper #34 Posted Oct 31 2011 - 05:02

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View PostViperone, on Oct 29 2011 - 21:24, said:

My father was stationed at Fort Knox for four years. We lived at North Tailer court. At that time you could walk to the park that existed just across the road from the depository. I spent alot of time playing on the ranges. My dad  was an instructor on M60 tanks so I got to go in simulators and real tanks. I played in the armour museam alot. Nice countyside and good fishing.

I also spent quite a bit of 'unauthorized time' on the ranges. I collected dozens of sabots (they make very unusual ashtrays). You could put any three together to make a complete set.

I no longer have the things, now.

Kaperan #35 Posted Oct 31 2011 - 16:31

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Ah yes... good ole Fort Knox
took my basic & AIT training there back in 1980, was a recon scout, drove the M113 APC.
After Fort Knox was assign to the 3ARC which was at Fort Bliss, El Paso. Hear the 3ACR are now at Fort Hood.

The good Ole Days  :Smile-playing:

borderrat #36 Posted Oct 31 2011 - 18:09

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View PostKaperan, on Oct 31 2011 - 16:31, said:

Ah yes... good ole Fort Knox
took my basic & AIT training there back in 1980, was a recon scout, drove the M113 APC.
After Fort Knox was assign to the 3ARC which was at Fort Bliss, El Paso. Hear the 3ACR are now at Fort Hood.

The good Ole Days  :Smile-playing:
"BRAVE RIFLES"  Same story here but I was 5 years earlier. K Trp.3/3ACR then in 77 went to L Trp. 3/11ACR.
Memory is terrible.  I do not remember the big hills at Knox.  Maybe just blocking bad memories.

Dhante #37 Posted Oct 31 2011 - 20:45

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Great thread,

19Kilo here.. Alpha-1-81 Training.. Basic and AIT  I think it was 1987 or 88

I was in the barracks that had the only Marines on the base.

Anyone remember Alpha 1-81 or the Marines barracks?

Wendel #38 Posted Oct 31 2011 - 20:54

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Hotel 6/15 here December 04 - May 05. I remember Misery very well and mount mother f***er. 19d Cavalry Scout, stationed with 3bct 4ID at fort carson afterwards.
We were trailer trash in the mobile barracks across from the marine barracks.

STEELEAGLE #39 Posted Nov 01 2011 - 03:39

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Thanks for showing the pics, I haven't been to Knox since 97 when I was down there with B Troop 2/107th Cav, Ohio ARNG.  Took my OSUT at Disney, back in Sept 87 to Jan of 1988, at D Co 4/13 Armor.

Oklahoma #40 Posted Nov 01 2011 - 04:36

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Whew-hew Chief them's some kind of matress's... wish I had one of those in Ft.Dix/APG Guess to many years passed by... hell I here they run in sneaker's now, man they ground poundin in the ole Com-boots, was for us, lol... great peace tho on Knox, keep up the good work Chief!!!

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