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Recommended Reading for 2d Dragoons/2d Cavalry 26 Replies

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Comment by Wayne Dixon on March 20, 2017 at 4:12pm

Top of the day to all you TROOPERS,  WISHING THE BEST TO ALL.  My one finger message to all sure takes for ever to do, my hands are giving away, losing strength in them.  Mother has to come an wipe my eyes any more, I can't reach them.  But   I'm hanging in there.

Comment by Dave Gettman on March 20, 2017 at 9:15am


I'm groaning.

Comment by Dave Gettman on March 20, 2017 at 9:11am

Good one, Jim. I bet your maggots loved you for it!

Comment by Ronny O. Littlejohn on March 20, 2017 at 1:07am

Hail...hail...rock & roll. Documentary about Chuck Berry. I still have that tape and a player to play it on.

Woke up Grumpy this morning....... sometimes I don't wake her at all.

Comment by Ronny O. Littlejohn on March 20, 2017 at 1:02am

While running a border-patrol and reading a map you would watch your mileage gauge and knowing that when you went 1 kilometer it translated into .62 mile or ten klics equal 6.2 miles. Never thought about how to spell click but think it would be with a "K" since it short  for kilometer. But it was a good tool to know on the border. Military map reading was one of my strong suits while in the 2/AC.

Comment by Jim Clendenen on March 19, 2017 at 10:11pm

When I was a Drill Sergeant I used Chuck Berry's No Particular Place to Go as a marching cadence.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on March 19, 2017 at 5:25pm

Here to help when I can. I just happened to be close to the dictionary when Harold posted. Lol.

Comment by Dave Gettman on March 19, 2017 at 4:34pm

Dang, Prof. Ryan!!!

Class dismissed.

Comment by Shannon Ryan on March 19, 2017 at 3:51pm

Definition of onomatopoeia

  1. 1 :  the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss)

  2. 2 :  the use of words whose sound suggests the sense a study of the poet's onomatopoeia


play \ˌä-nə-ˌmä-tə-ˈpē-ik, -ˌma-\ or


play \ˌä-nə-ˌmä-tə-pō-ˈe-tik, -ˌma-\ adjective


play \ˌä-nə-ˌmä-tə-ˈpē-ə-k(ə-)lē, -ˌma-\ or


play \ˌä-nə-ˌmä-tə-pō-ˈe-ti-k(ə-)lē, -ˌma-\ adverb
Comment by Shannon Ryan on March 19, 2017 at 3:37pm


A slang variant of Kilometer, first used by Artillery Division Marines in Vietnam.

The term originates from the sights of a Field Artillery gun, which were set to Kilometers, and when changed made a "Klik" sound. Eventually, this onomatopoeia, when combined with Kilometer, was turned into Military slang.

Currently, the term has fallen out of use with Artillery divisions, as their sighting systems no longer make clicking noises, but it has come to be used in almost every US Military service in some fashion or another, and has become a standard military term.

see: Click, and Klick.
"Confirmed NVA contacts, 30 Kliks out, Captain. Bracket those Charlie bastards, and Bring the Rain."

"We've got two Kliks to extract point Whiskey. We go double-time, and we might make it in time to catch a ride Stateside. Ooh-Rah."

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7th Colonel of the Regiment John P. Hatch

26 June 1881 - 9 January 1886



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.


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