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swingshift #61 Posted Jan 23 2012 - 12:12

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Tremendous stuff, thanks for sharing!

The_Chieftain #62 Posted Jan 23 2012 - 17:43

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View Postwiz555, on Jan 23 2012 - 11:15, said:

Those were actually my basic training barracks, if you are where i think you are. Also you should have gotten a picture of T-28 TD prototype they got there, its HUGE!!!

I did when it was there. They moved it to Benning over a year ago.

ivanmurphy #63 Posted Jan 23 2012 - 18:52

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I have always wanted to go back to Fort Knox since my 19 echo (M60 tank) training in 1988.  We were recieved in the same room as the Stripes movie recruits and housed at Fort Arnold for about a week during reception before moving into Disney Barracks.

Of course change is expected but it's sad to see it completely gone and looking like a ghost town......thanks for the pictures.

wiz555 #64 Posted Jan 27 2012 - 02:44

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Jan 23 2012 - 17:43, said:

I did when it was there. They moved it to Benning over a year ago.

I was there in 2008 for basic, we went past the museum a few times during my training there.

george735 #65 Posted Jan 29 2012 - 19:14

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Pretty cool, I went through one of the first OSUT traing there C51 third platoon back in Jan 76

lord_pillowpants #66 Posted Jan 29 2012 - 21:09

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dammit chieftain...talk about a walk down memory lane...


Agony, Misery and Defeat...I remember one poor fella had some issues with our FTX road-march, his boot (new pair of jungle boots IIRC) cut into his Achilles tendon somehow. when the drill sargents told us to break and swap socks, he took his boots off to find nothing but blood. got a medical for that.


Disney barracks looked familiar.

Hell, do you remember where 2/13th ATB was located at?

I know we had the IPM-1s and there was one company of M1A1's located but we trained primarily on the M1's. There was also some 19 X-rays for the NG training out on M-60A3's. (yeah...that long ago  :rolleyes: )

I KNOW our barracks was next to one of the Gym's there, had a PX fairly close...our barracks was...4 stories? Had one platoon of boots on each floor...I was 2nd platoon, B company 2/13.

IIRC I also remember the "stripes" barracks...that was our in-processing area I do believe...we were there for a week or so to go through CIF, medical and all the other S-1 crap.

need to go by there someday...see how many old ghosts I might find. :)


Edit to add:

holy crap...looking at the last pic...THAT was the barracks I was in...we had the chow-hall right behind us and thats the building in the fore-ground....I used to LOVE KP when it wasn't for punishment...we got to eat before everyone and we got to eat MORE than everyone.  :Smile_great:

off to the right I think that was where the "sawdust pit" was...for our hand-to-hand training was...my drill sargent didn't like me too much...or rather, I was ate up with the..well...you know...and I was constantly being used as a "demonstrator"...by GOD I thought I could fly after a few times of that. :P

Good stuff Chieftain. :)

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FlatCat #67 Posted Jan 31 2012 - 22:33

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LOL been so long. All I remember about Fort Knox is my basic T and those 3 damn hills Agony, Misery and Heartbreak not even sure if they
are called that or even used any more. Duck walking up those babies could sure put the hurt on you. Nice photos Thanks for posting.

9teenKILo #68 Posted Feb 01 2012 - 13:43

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man I havent seen that place since 03...   And i wonder knowing theres another echo around here,   Is it still solid dirt around that god forsaken obeject of nature between the barracks and poole.. I Dare not say the name for loathing i have knowing my drill would come out the back and just point at it, and off we ran...  The 2am trips to the pit cause someone bolod firewatch.

Hittin the NBC chamber after that march wasent as priceless as my drill inside lookin at me and instead of asking me a qeustion like everyone else, just orderd me to take a deep breath followed by yet another....   Yeah he didn't like me...  But it was something else watching him chase down a fawn of a deer at the confidence course..  bringin it back in his arms with a grin on his griddle..  The CO lookin at him askin him what are you doing with that..  his response..   I said i was gonna get me that dadgum deer...  AND I DID!

Dont forget good ol HURT park too...  i alsmost crawled outta that pit first time thru..  Till i came to a stop at something black and shiny in my path.. And when everyone else was done there, we werent..   nope it was off to a hill out back there for sprints up an down it.  

The patton museum was quite awesome to see even though they hadn't finished the ww1 battlefeild exhibit yet.  I do remember that 95 out front.  though for me it was minus the gun and mantlet..  even then lookin at it with that huge hole in the front goin WOW thats a BEAST..   Then i saw one in game when they came out and went ohhhhhh S#!t...

Shame to hear it bieng picked apasrt to be forgotten.. Moving armor out of its home..   I'd bet someones turning over in thier grave at this move..   We'll always have stripes to remember it by..  tho i dont think that scar of dirt will ever grow grass again.  

   Supero Omina  Good ol blood and guts..

Trebissky #69 Posted Feb 11 2012 - 05:58

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I stood guard on King Tiger #332 when it was still at Aberdeen Proving Grounds.  It still had sheet metal welded over those openings, and the paint job wasn't nearly as nice in 1971.

I was never stationed at Ft. Knox, always wanted to go see the Patton Museum and finally made it there about 2 years after I got out in 1977.  It was impressive then.  Now it's being moved?  Or just Armor training?

I spent most of my 6 years with 2/33 Armor in Germany, on M60A1's.  I've seen some photos of what my old post looks like now, and most of the buildings, the ammo and POL dumps, and parade field have been either bulldozed or just abandoned.  Those pics you posted seriously reminded me of that, and they're just as sad.

mechvet #70 Posted Feb 17 2012 - 05:44

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View PostTrebissky, on Feb 11 2012 - 05:58, said:

I was never stationed at Ft. Knox, always wanted to go see the Patton Museum and finally made it there about 2 years after I got out in 1977.  It was impressive then.  Now it's being moved?  Or just Armor training?

The Patton Museum you visited then was actually two museums in one area.  The Armor Museum, ran by the US Army with exhibits owned by the US Army, and the Patton Museum, with most exhibits owned by the Patton Family.  The Armor Museum has moved to Fort Benning.  The Patton Museum will remain at Fort Knox.

Olson412 #71 Posted Mar 05 2012 - 22:48

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T95 went to ft. Benning

KilljoyCutter #72 Posted May 14 2012 - 21:10

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Reminds me of the budget BS that resulted in the 110th TFW, stationed in Battle Creek (near me) losing its A-10s and becoming the 110th Airlift Wing, and the A-10s being moved to the 107th out of Selfridge.  Bah.

USMCtanker_4thTanks #73 Posted Aug 08 2012 - 04:31

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I was there when the last marine tank class was going through Ft. Knox. I helped move the school house down to Ft. Benning and at times i miss the(what the hooahs called marine barracks) "dog pound". Ft. Benning is nice but hated the god awful weather lol. I was also lucky enough to get sent to jump school while down there before my tank class picked up. Thanks for the photos and brings back many memories haha

mrdumire #74 Posted Aug 26 2012 - 06:35

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Sadly today I went back there after last being there graduating OSUT in 98.  I really wanted to show my wife all around post and see what all had changed. I must admit the sight of not having the armor and cav around is wholly depressing.  I must thank the posters above for the photos even they give me more joy and nostaliga than the actual drive on post today.  Hopefully something great comes out of it in the future.  There are too many memories of young men in that place to just let it die out and become a hollow shell of a post.

Abramsgunner_19K20 #75 Posted Sep 21 2012 - 16:07

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Yes I remember...   Fort Arnold, October 1986, of course I arrived in the middle of the night and took a taxi so I didn't get the full-on 'get off the bus' routine.   I hate to see the current pictures; its like going back to your home town and finding that someone has bulldozed your childhood home and erased your past.  As most did, we spent a week there in those old barracks, then moved on to Disney.  Some of my memories include pulling firewatch and the skunks that cruised the neighborhood at night, that first haircut, marching down and getting my first dufflebag full of gear, paperwork in that old hall with all the Unit Insignia and flags (don't remember what it was called, but watching Stripes brings back the memory),  and the day that our drill instructors came down and picked us up to take us to Disney.

4th Platoon, Bravo-2-1,  19Kilo OSUT,  

I can still smell the coal burning in the fire barrels.  

We were on the third floor, and I remember watching out the window to see what the uniform of the day would be.  The weather was variable, so you never knew what we were going to wear, and being on the 3rd floor meant we were the last to get the word.  

Freakin push-ups, push-ups, and more push-ups.

"What's the order of chow!".   Don't even think about getting busted walking back to the barracks after chow... everywhere is doubletime.  

PT and morning runs on the ice.. really crappy weather meant push-ups and sit-ups in the hall.  

Forced march here, forced march there,  marching to the grenade range in the freezing rain.  

Pulling guard at the motorpool with a windchill of 15 below... coming from Florida that was COLD!

Taking a nap under your bunk on Sunday morning (if your DI showed up, you could say you were making your bunk and tightening the blanket from underneath).

The first time we actually got to touch the tanks, and the big yellow binders full of manuals.  

Sitting in the drivers seat the first time we live-fired the 105 on the M1...  still get a hard-on  thinking about that.

"No brass, no ammo Drill Sargeant!"

Night driving your 67 ton bobsled on the icy training road.

Snot to your knees after a fantastic afternoon at the gas chamber, and the joy of that next shower... and how the  hot water reactivates all the CS trapped in your pores.   I can still remember the taste of CS.

The good ole days!

Edited by knowlwk, Sep 21 2012 - 16:08.


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View Postcz6, on Oct 30 2011 - 05:07, said:

Thanks for posting those pics up, pretty sad to see though. I went through basic in 1980 there. Some good memories....

What month did you go I am looking for people from August 1980 B-13-4

wookieman #77 Posted Sep 30 2012 - 07:30

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Was good to have attended OSUT in 1987 at Ft Knox ( C co 1-81) we were same bldg as the marines and it was always a competition to see if i could march the company to chow ahead of the marines and make them wait on us. It's also very unfortunate that Ft Knox is no longer considered the home of armor and now an infantry post has been given that honor...such shame in that move.
I did get to serve in a couple great Divisions - 4/67 Ar Bn  3 Bde  3rd Arm'd & 3/37 Ar Bn 2nd Bde  1st Inf (Mech)
Unfortunately I never did go visit the Custer museum at Ft Riley....no clue why I never did that.

Nebfer #78 Posted Nov 16 2012 - 07:00

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I remember going the the armor museum(s) about 12-15 years ago with my scout troop (on the same trip we hit the airforce museum in Dayton Ohio and mammoth caves in kentuky, the troop was based in north east Ohio).  I remember looking at the tanks and what nought I recall getting a pic of a buch of us climbing one of the tanks with a sign near by that said do not climb on the tanks...   :Smile_smile:

NutrientibusMeaGallus #79 Posted Nov 25 2012 - 10:03

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Does it seem counter intuitive to anyone but me that they seem to be destroying multiple spread out buildings and building newer large buildings to house everything? You'd figure the military wouldn't want a 3 or 4 hit takedown of their entire command structure by keeping it all under 1 or 2 roofs...?

Topster10 #80 Posted Dec 07 2012 - 04:39

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Spent 2 years in Knox in 64 to 66 training OBC Armor Officers. B Co 5/33rd Armor. Total of 32 years in Armor. Sometimes this 'game" drives me nuts cause it 'doesn't happen that way" in real life. Winters in Knox sucked, but sure beat Korea etc etc. Still remember firing the salute tank at HQs. M-4 Sherman. You got round from HQ S-4 and key to tank. Dropped inside. and loaded blank. Hanging on the wall was a hammer. You waited untill you heard PA system start to crackle and then whacked the firing pin of the breech. Round went off and colors went up. Also pulled guard at Boatwright Ordance yd. Many WWII vehicles were there to be restored for museum. Have a license plate from a WWII tracked troop transport. Lot of good memories of Knox along with a bunch of bad.......