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Private Balser Horn, Company K, 2nd Dragoons - Cerro Gordo Mexico, 1847

This is the Certificate of Merit awarded to Private Balser Horn, Company K, 2nd Dragoons for distinguihing himself in the service at the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mexico on 18 April 1847.

More information can be found at http://majjamesbronan.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/897/ "US Army Decorations 1847-1918".

The second of the five articles, "The United States" Second Military Award"  describes the Certificate of Merit, the Certificate of Merit Medal and their relationship to the modern Soldier's Medal,

The third of the five articles "Private Balser Horne, Second U.S. Dragoons" provides information of Private Horn.

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I'm e-mailing you a file I'm working on related to this subject. A list of 2d Dragoon/2d Cavalry "decorated" heroes.

I was recommended for the Soldier's Medal by my platoon leader/tank commander, 1Lt. Andrew Stilley, for my actions during an incident near Inzendorf, Germany, on July 25, 1974. Since the recommendation was made solely on my statement and there were no other witnesses available (the sole witness being medevac'd to Texas), the recommendation was denied and I never got the medal. I finally gave up pursuing the matter just last year.

Forgot to mention this list is an ongoing work for our Reed Museum and Regimental Heritage Center's Wall of Heroes.

this isn't of any consequences to this post but just somewhat  interestin to me,find it good to know that  a trooper,Priv. Balser  of the 2nd Cav  received a"Certificate of Merit" for his role in the battle at Cerro Gordo,Mexico,,,,, I reside in the county of Cerro Gordo ,Iowa.....believe it was named that  for that particular engagement,,thats as I understand it but not sure its fact... anyway James R. and Dave thanks for the post...

According to my Google translator, Cerro Gordo means Fat Hill. Got any fat hills around your place, brother?

No, but we do have a few senoritas gordas, though.



No doubt. There's a slew of US places named after Mexican War Battles; Resaca, Georgia springs to mind.


James Ronan

 we have hills but mostly flat fertile farm ground for raisin cornflakes!!!! Ive always also wondered ,our state Flag has always reminde and looks like the flag of Mexico!!!????? what the ---,maybe I be in wrong state,country,I don't know!!!! they do speak English here !!! ,,they do say at Walmart,sometimes better to understand Spanish!!!  

Chew mus be color bline, homes. No green in the Iowa flag.

oh,,we do have some fat farm girls but also for not scarin  alls away or butt of any ---- we have grreat lookin lasses here also!!!

sorry guess I be gettin off the subject matter!!!!I appreciate history and  and the significance of  James post,discussion....

I mean the basic design!!! I don't know!!! sometimes I just need to  humoredized....

went tointernet to get educated and see our stste flag is what it is to reflect our history as part of the Louisana Purchace... from the French,,,,??? guess that means no connection to Mexico!!!! I stand wiser,,thankyou Dave!!!



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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