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The author pulls no punches; he shares with you his mistakes and his achievements as he earns his way back to "the world. You will feel the tremendous toll living in the boiler-pot of the Cold War in Western Europe took on the lives, bodies, hearts, and souls of the young men who volunteered to stand between the Bear and the Eagle. You will also experience the incomparable brotherhood of the Infantry which was only made stronger by the unique conditions in Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment Pershing.

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Tower rats were as flawed as they were marvelous. It was a life that, until now, had to be experienced to be fully understood. For possibly the first time, a person who was actually there relates the amazing bond forged in the towers of Waldheide Nuclear Weapons Storage Area. You will see it through his eyes.

You will live it. The Cold War is an often overlooked era of our history. Although it saturated the culture for the second half of the twentieth century, it is often relegated to a footnote at the end of history books.


An entire generation of Americans only vaguely remembers hearing something about the Cold War. Memories of a Tower Rat is possibly the first attempt to correct that. In retrospect I think this was a transitional time: I am grateful for their support, and still it was two entirely different cultures. We were dorks and they were more what you would think the Army is like. Imagine the math club and the football team looking at each other and thinking the other is both unknown and unknowable. THAT was an existential hell for infantrymen. Funny I remember fat E6 missile maggots saying things like, your in the Infantry what do care about sitting in the mud and not sleeping on field problems.

I once went 8 days with no sleep.

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Do we know each other? I have just in the past week started reading about the 56th FA Pershing 2 units and there are some big holes in the unit history and time line. I was one of the dump every shit job on 11Bs that worked with the missile crews. Ps did not pull duty MSA during this time it was the 11Bs and missile crews but mainly us.

Static electricity my ass!!! No mention of the pop outside the fence line.

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So if you want a different side of story about the flying nightmare maker please contact me. One more thing , last year a former Red General addmited they had between — on the ground following us , that means — My fellow 11Bs and myself had the count at between — I guess we were close!

I find the way you call the 11Bs like a football team very wrong. Brady for a real Army job! Many of the 11B,s were E-4 and up plus on a second enlistment in many cases.

SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat

We are not stupid we just wanted to fight!!! You are commenting using your WordPress.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Part 2 of 3: Part 1 of 3: I believe these brief quotes with annotation are Fair Use. DePew or his publisher disagree I will honor their position. Infantry provided exterior security and manned the eponymous towers.