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I have always enjoyed She wore a Yellow Ribbon and Ft Apache. These were old John Wayne movies about life in the Cav. I have always wondered what Cav unit was being depicted in these movies. Every time there was a guidon I always look to see if I could see a unit designation. I have watched She wore a Yellow ribbon more time than I can count over the year. Well I just finished watching it agian and finally found my answer.

In the scene wher Cpt Brittles (John Wayne) was reviewing C Troop for the final time I saw on his cap the crossed sabers with the number 2 above them.... It was the 2nd Cav.

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In Ft Apache there is no designation. I just watched it the other day, looking for guidons and crossed sabers. The guidons only had crossed sabers where the letter should be, and the crossed sabers had no letter designations. It was a "generic" cavalry unit.
I agree...I have yet to see any designation in Ft Apache. It is just that over the years I have looke every time the movies came on and finally saw it last night in She wore a Yellow Ribbon.

I have notifications set up on eBay for when 2d Cavalry stuff comes up for auction. I buy a lot of artifacts for the 2d Cavalry Museum.

I keep getting notices for John Wayne statuettes in Cavalry uniform.


Here is the specific scene I was referring too....
Damned if you ain't right Pete, good eye!
He also mentioned C-TROOP,carry on with your mission

I She Wore A Yellow Ribon  D Troop 2nd Cav.

I liked The Horse Soldiers , and one day I was doing a job for the National Park Service  in Nachitoches, La. and realized that the plantation home that we were upgrading was the same plantation home where  John Wayne and others rode up to in the alley of Oak trees. It is known as Oaklawn Plantation, located on Cane River.

I grew up watching John Wayne movies, Saturday at the movies was all I knew about the Cav.  John Wayne can kiss my ass, he wasn't a trooper. he didn't qualify to shine a troopers boots.  After he told those Marines in the Nam about how bad he had it in WW2, he didn't qualify to represent any armed force.  We all know you gotta be a tough sumbitch to be a Cav trooper, in the frontier days it was even tougher.

Just watched a Cavalry movie with Audie Murphy called "Column South" he is leading, A Trp 2nd Cavalry out of New Mexico's Fort Union fighting with the Indians right before the Civil war breaks out

Wrong 2d Cavalry, Shannon. We were still 2d Dragoons then. While we did have troops in New Mexico prior to the Civil War (Companies G and I), none were ever at Fort Union. We didn't become 2d Cavalry until after the start of the Civil War, in August 1861.

Yes, I have always been aware that when the Duke made a Cavalry picture he was depicted as being in the 2nd Cav. Just came back from Arizona a while back where Gen. Crook with the 3rd cavalry had backed the Yavapai  Apaches up in the Verde Valley. And yes I'm sure the the western Indian campaigns were extremely tough, although the first actions of the 2nd Dragoons in my home town of Sanford, Florida were no picnic, the Seminole Indians were fierce fighters and led the Dragoons a merry chase all over the state.



Colonels of the Regiment

8th Colonel of the Regiment Nelson B. Sweitzer 9 Jun 1886 – 29 Oct 1888



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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