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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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Wednesday , 3 March 2019

New picture, taken on Sunday, at a Memorial Day Service.

Here is the Cavalry hat I designed for myself.  I am partial to the designation, "2nd Armored Cavalry" as you can see.

My hat is from Miller Hat Company. Their work is first rate and their customer support is above reproach.

I have several caps to reflect my military service, but when I wear this hat people seem to go out of their way to thank me for my service and chat about armor. I know that we are all proud of our involvement with the "2nd Cav."   Toujours Pret

Robert, I have a Second Army pin on the side of mine also, in honor of PFC Fred Ashley.

Updated my Stetson. Traded in the Civil War era worsted wool cord in Dragoon orange for a modern version in Dragoon orange.

Also traded the WW II era unit insignia on the back for a 1930 version.


These are beautiful Cavalry hats, and as with my own, it appears that there remains great affection for the men and the 2nd Armored Cavalry.

I got my inspiration from Sig Fertig, and I think Dave pointed me towards some of the vendors.  I chose Miller because their hats were good looking and their customer service was superlative.

I have included some pictures. I always wear mine to the VA and it never fails to draw sincere comments.  My best wishes to you all!!! 






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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