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

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Comment by Sigmund Fertig on April 9, 2017 at 9:46am

Mornin Troops, momma still snoozing while I'm up early this AM. yesterday I attended a " Veterans Day Out in the town next to ours, San Jacinto, American Legion Post 848 has done this for the last five years. Buses from the local VA hospital brought in about 30 Veterans, male & female for a nice ceremonie saluting them for their service and a BBQ lunch, nice day, I was impresseda nd met a fellow trooper from the 3rd ACR. Wore my Stetson & Cav Border shirt.

Comment by Dennis K. Hansen on April 9, 2017 at 1:07am

I or the cper thingy's do allow me a precence on FB where I've found a few 2d Cav sites that I have come to know alot of troopers which isgreat..  I do encounter on occasion someof you there also,fantastic..  Harry and I have spoke on the phone and I've been informed that I have to check in on occasion to keep in standing!! this I will forsure adhere to!!!  its always good to speak with him..  I'm thinking that much of my problems may lie with the current computer I'm on and am trying o get my sons computer (laptop) that has a newer program and see if that will be a easier avenue for me to get through to this sde!!!  anyways alittle windy on my part here  sorry of that..  ..better get the lights and get some rest..   Harry I'll leave my dime on the bar and quietly exit!!  take care all..

Comment by Dennis K. Hansen on April 9, 2017 at 12:56am

well!! I'll be-------!!  I actually got past the Sage of Arms!!jk..for a change the net or powers beyond allowed me to sign on!!  just a quick  "flirt" before I'm discovered.!!  and its late,,eye-lids are heavy and drooping,,time for bed here..     just will throw a "Toujours Pret" Always Ready at all..and to be known I really want to frequent the halls and by-ways of these here premises but for reason beyond my inttelect the net most of the time won't let me "sign in" but it does allow me to moniter the site so I do and appreciate keeping up on all..its always great to see and hear how all are doing.also the riffs of  the yipperish!!  so   I bid all a great and healthy days and nights....roger and over to the out..wilco etc!!  take care brothers..

Comment by Dave Gettman on April 8, 2017 at 7:32pm

Oh hell yeah, Harry! We could bore each other to tears with all our knowledge!!

Comment by Harry Warner on April 8, 2017 at 7:11pm
Hey Dave, maybe some day we can get together and share our mindless drivel. Actually with my limited familial history, you could well be correct.
Comment by Dave Gettman on April 8, 2017 at 7:01pm

Wow Harry, we may be long lost cousins or something. I get that too!

Comment by Harry Warner on April 8, 2017 at 6:29pm
Wayne, we've had some rain as part of a larger storm, but all in all, nothing we couldn't handle.
Dave, I have a diverse and unlimited supply of useless information but a little more never hurts. I seem to want to share it at parties. Invitations have dwindled over the years.
Comment by Ronny O. Littlejohn on April 8, 2017 at 5:17pm

Dave's story about his flagpole sent me to google search this morning. I was curious about wind-speed records.

For over fifty years the record ( non-tornado ) was at Mt. Washington. 231 MPH

Record broken by cyclone Oliva at Barrow Islands. Cyclone is a tornado over water.( 251 MPH )

Highest wind-speed ever recorder on face of the Earth was outside Oklahoma City in 2005. 318 Mph ( Tornado )

Comment by Dave Gettman on April 8, 2017 at 3:54pm

Wayne, it was a 2" diameter aluminum pole and has survived dozens of heavy wind storms over the years. Pretty sure it was the heavier flag that made the difference.

Comment by Dave Gettman on April 8, 2017 at 3:51pm


I am going to dump a bunch of useless information on you that you may or may not find interesting.

Working on 2d Dragoon/2d Cavalry enlistments, I ran across 3 guys from New Jersey all with the last name Applegate, with enlistments ranging from 1837-72.

The first one, William C., born in Newton, served 5 enlistments, the last 4 with the 2d Dragoons and 2d Riflemen, the latter our other designation when they took our horses away for a year. He was in our regiment from 1837-1854 and was a sergeant after each enlistment except 4th, where he was a 1st sergeant.

The second guy, Elijah, was born in Middlesex and enlisted in 1857 but was discharged within a year for being a minor.

The third guy, Fowler R., was born in Quinton's Bridge and enlisted 1872. The recruiting officer for the first Applegate in 1837 was a Captain Fowler. Just thought it was quite a coincidence. No idea if the 3 Applegates are related but highly suspect so.


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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.


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