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Fiddler's Green

Our Place to reflect & remember our fallen buddies.

Members: 64
Latest Activity: Dec 10, 2017

Welcome To Fiddler's Green

Halfway down the trail to Hell
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead Troopers camped
Near a good old-time canteen,
And this eternal resting place is
known as Fiddler's Green
Marching past straight through to Hell
The Infantry are seen
Accompanied by the Engineers,
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
Dismount at Fiddlers' Green
Though some go curving down the trail
To seek a warmer scene,
No Trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere he's emptied his canteen.
And so rides back to drink again
With friends at Fiddlers' Green
And so when man and horse go down
Beneath a sabre keen,
Or on roaring charge of fierce melee
You stop a bullet clean.
And the hostiles come to get your scalp
Just empty your canteen,
And put your pistol to your head
And go to Fiddler's Green.

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Comment by Fred W Campbell on March 8, 2014 at 5:08pm

Added to the Roster on Fiddler's Green: John Francis Holmes, my Father in Law, who passed away Friday Morning 7 March, 2014, at the age of 94. John's first taste of the the military was  as a Cavalry ROTC Cadet at the University of Illinois. An honest to God HORSE TROOPER! With the outbreak of WWII, John Became a LT. in the SeaBees, and was one of the very first to set foot on the beach at Guadalcanal! A true hero and a GREAT man! He will be missed!

Comment by John MacEnroe on January 26, 2014 at 9:47am
I learned a while back about the passing of my old roommate 1LT Dennis O'Connor 2/2ACR. Got no details, just a cryptic email from a mutual friend on AKO. Welcome to Fiddler's Green bro!
Comment by Harry Warner on January 24, 2014 at 7:55pm
Dick, I'm only sorry that it was needed at all.
Toujours Pret
Comment by Richard (Dick) S. Rees on January 24, 2014 at 7:19pm

Harry, Thank You & "don't mind".. for your most rapid response…definetly a demonstration of "Always Ready" and not forgetting to "Remember Your Regiment Follow Your Officers" ..Dick


Comment by Harry Warner on January 24, 2014 at 2:59pm
I am posting this in response Dick Rees’ comment. Dick, I hope you don't mind.
Comment by Richard (Dick) S. Rees on January 24, 2014 at 1:51pm

I just became aware that one my my buddies from the 3/2ACR passed away 11 months ago from a 17 month battle with cancer. Richard (Rich) B. Griffitts was far and above his "peer group" which is I was a part off…Rich retired as an MG, and if you Google his name you will be able to read is obituary and the 100 plus photos of his internment at 
Arlington National Cementary.  Rich was a gifted& exceptional natural leader far above his contemporaries, USMA grads and myself included 50 years ago in Amberg, Germany. RIP  (I would have included the links, but my computer skills are lacking)

Comment by Paul Gargis on November 24, 2013 at 7:32pm

Sad news guy's, Abner Smith has passed away a couple of days ago, he was my Plt Ldr, 1st Plt Bravo Company 1st Squadron Bindlach, I think that he arrived there 1960 or so and was a great officer and leader, made all of us feel good about ourselves and what we doing, I will miss him.

Comment by Dave Gettman on August 16, 2013 at 2:52pm

Sorry for your loss also, Frank.

Rest In Peace, Kieth. Dragoon for life!

Comment by Frank L Moseley on August 16, 2013 at 2:31pm

Here's a picture of Keith (on left) and AJ Lorincz (on right) taken on the day I left Amberg

Comment by Frank L Moseley on August 15, 2013 at 3:11pm

I would like to add the name of a friend and former 3/2 ACR Trooper  to the list.

We served together in Squadron Maintenance in Amberg, me in PLL and he a Diesel Mechanic.

Sp-5 Willard Keith Alsip, DOB: 3/11/48  Dod: 1/18/2005 (just found out he had died this past year) Interred at the Houston National Cemetery

I think it was in May of 1974 when I last saw Keith and his wife and kids. 

RIP Keith, will see you in the Green one day.


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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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