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Good evening to all 2nd Cavalry Troopers,

I know that many of us, perhaps not all, have a Cavalry Hat. It may be a Stetson or any other Slouch or Western style. Most that I have seen have a 3 or 4 inch brim, 4 to 5 inch Crown with a Center Crease and some have a pinch towards the front. Most usually Black in Colour, although there are a couple of units that wear a Tan colored hat

I have set up 2 hats and one Tam for the 3 Cavalry Units that I served in. One for the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, one for the 12th Cavalry Regiment and the Scottish Tam for the 10th Cavalry Regiment (looks different but kinda cool)

Now, what to put on it .... and where? 

I have read this: Cav Hat MOI and understand what it says. Crossed Sabers with or without Regimental numbers and Rank insignia, centered on the front of the Crown and the DUI (Crest) centered on the back. This is for Active Duty Personnel mostly. Does it hurt for someone, like me, Former Military but not retired, to put the DUI above the Sabers on the front? Which is how I have done it.  OR.....should I buy some E-5 Rank Pins to put on the front and move the DUI's to the rear?

I invite all members of Dragoon Base to post pictures of their Cavalry Hats, if you so wish.

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 That's what I was trying to do Frank, make you look anyway! Gotta keep you on your toes!!

2 other hats I have ... ..

And one "Old School" type ... ..

Me wearing the above hat

Here's a picture from this past Summer, taken up in NH. Col Joe, Dolores and me.

A couple of new pictures to add this morning.

These pictures are NOT Cav Hat related, but they are Cavalry / Dragoon related. 2 Replica Sabers, an 1860 Light Cavalry Saber and an 1833 U.S. Dragoon Saber.

Hi Frank
Not sure you remember me. I'm George McKay. We served together many years ago in the 3d at Amberg.


The name sounds familiar, but I cannot put a face to it. Were you the one that sent me a copy of the HQ Troop Group photo?

After I posted the above reply, I remembered who you are. Had to go look at the photo to put a face to you.

Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!!!


Colonels of the Regiment

9th Colonel of the Regiment David R. Clendenin 29 Oct 1888 – 2 Apr 1891



This was the third design of the 2d Cavalry DUI, worn from 1924-1931. The sharp points on the ends of the bottom scroll again called for a redesign.


Machine Gun Troop, 2d Cavalry; Adjutant General.

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