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Smokin Joe

Riverhead, NY

#1 Dec 26, 2012
1990 Postcard of Ft. Hood,  Killeen Texas
Smokin Joe

Riverhead, NY

#2 Dec 27, 2012
During the 1960’s, Fort Hood played a role in Vietnam by training and deploying soldiers. Also important was deterrence of the further advance of communism. Fort Hood “heavied up” and was officially designated a two-division post - 1st and 2d Armored Division both were stationed here simultaneously.

1st Armored Division Reactivation

1st Armd. Div. Reactivated Jan. 3, 1962 with Combat Command Activity of the division becoming the nucleus, in response to the Berlin Crisis.

The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred on Oct. 22, 1962 and the 1st Armd Div was sent to Florida in response as part of STRAC, the Strategic Army Corps.

Big Lift and Desert Strike

The next big exercise to affect Fort Hood soldiers was Big Lift on Oct. 21, 1963. The concept of Big Lift was to send the soldiers of a division to pre-positioned equipment in Europe within 72 hours of notification.

Desert Strike in May 1964 was a mass movement of troops to the desert Southwest. Almost all of Fort Hood sent on the Desert Strike operation: III Corps and the 1st and 2nd Armored Divisions all went.

Vietnam and Fort Hood

The war in Vietnam brought back the Selective Service Act and draftees. In 1965, the 1st and 2nd Armored Divisions were training new recruits for combat in Vietnam.

While the two armored divisions were training recruits, III Corps was preparing war plans for the European theater.
Jim Kittle

Pasadena, TX

#3 Oct 22, 2013
I made Operation Big Lift and Desert Strike with the 502nd MP Co, 2nd Armored Division. I went to Fort Hood in July of 1963 when returning from France. Found myself en route to Germany in October 63.
Roberto Flores CPL

Carson, CA

#4 May 23, 2014
I was one of the first Drill instructers in 1965 along with a professional baseball player Jim Holt, went on to nam in dec 1965
Robert Moutray

Saint Louis, MO

#5 Jun 29, 2014
Jim Kittle wrote:
I made Operation Big Lift and Desert Strike with the 502nd MP Co, 2nd Armored Division. I went to Fort Hood in July of 1963 when returning from France. Found myself en route to Germany in October 63.
Hay Jim...I was also in BIg Lift and Desert Strike. I was with 124th Maint Btn 2nd AD. I have a son who is next month retiring from the AF after 24 yrs, with deployments to Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

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