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Troop Ships 45 Replies

Started by Rob Gould. Last reply by Arthur D. Lovelace Sep 9, 2018.

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

Started by Dave Gettman. Last reply by Dave Gettman Mar 1, 2017.

Oldtimers at Fiddler's Green 8 Replies

Started by Dave Gettman. Last reply by Shannon Ryan Sep 29, 2015.

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Comment by Harry Warner on October 2, 2018 at 6:54pm

Shannon, I am so sorry I missed your call. I have been having a lot of issues with my phone.  It's so old it still uses a rotary dial. :-) I know I've been AWOL for awhile.  No excuses, just been more reflective lately. Thank you for checking in.  I guess it's been longer than I realized.  

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on October 1, 2018 at 10:46am

Monday morning in a brand new month, thought it wise to check in as to not be counted as AWOL. Got my hot cocoa, suns up and shining ( so much for the rain they predicted ) exercised and getting ready to tackle my outdoor chores. Sold a golf cart over the weekend. All's well in good old So. Cal.

Comment by harold goldstein on September 30, 2018 at 9:54am

It seems they would not dare to take the 2nd ACR from our border

Comment by harold goldstein on September 30, 2018 at 9:53am

In mid 58 Lebanon caused an alert for us and HQ got the word they were taking us.

While in the field they said Marines are going in.

Same arcticle as below:In July 1958, events in Lebanon prompted the president to
launch a military intervention. Resentment over Western intervention
in Egypt during the 1956 Suez crisis and discontent with
Lebanon’s pro-Western president, Camille Nimr Chamoun, had
created a volatile brew in that religiously mixed nation. Lebanese
Muslims pushed the government to join the newly created, antiWestern
United Arab Republic (UAR) of Egypt and Syria. Chamoun,
a Christian, accused the UAR of supporting rebels looking to overthrow
him. United Nations inspectors failed to find evidence of
significant intervention from the UAR, but after rebels overthrew
a pro-Western government in Iraq in July, Chamoun called for U.S.
assistance. Eisenhower responded by sending about 10,000 U.S.
soldiers and marines to Lebanon to maintain order and stability
until free elections could determine Chamoun’s fate. The Army
contingent consisted of an airborne battle group from Europe, with
Maj. Gen. Paul D. Adams commanding the entire force. The troops
secured the Beirut International Airport, the city’s port facilities,
and approaches leading to the city. Although they rehearsed for
action against the rebels, they ultimately left the task of dealing with
the insurgents to the Lebanese Army. The force maintained stability
around the capital city, facilitating a peaceful election and the establishment
of a neutralist government not aligned to the UAR. The last
American troops departed Lebanon in October.
Limited operations like the one in Lebanon reinforced the
Army’s claim that conventional forces remained relevant and
boosted its call for increased funding. In tones more measured
and less provocative than those of his predecessor, Taylor pressed
many of the same points Ridgway had made in challenging the
president’s military views. Repeated cutbacks in manpower, he
said, had sapped the Army’s ability to meet the requirements of all
of its assigned missions. He also complained about the insufficient
number of transport aircraft to deliver combat units to overseas
trouble spots. Failing to achieve his goals, he continued his crusade
against Eisenhower’s defense policies after he retired by publishing
The Uncertain Trumpet in 1960.

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 29, 2018 at 5:16pm


the soldiers of the Seventh
Army came to represent the very essence of the Army during the
Comment by harold goldstein on September 29, 2018 at 4:50pm


Dave read page 22 and 23

Sig, does it look familiar they are talking about us.

Comment by gene gunia on September 22, 2018 at 9:22am

dave,thanks.i'm going to reserve a room but won't sign up for anything yet.at 82 april is a long ways off.but all things as they are now I hope to see all again.

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 21, 2018 at 9:50am

Gene, after you fill out the registration on the Association website, click on where it says "their website" in bold letters. It will take you to Harrah's and automatically give you the Association rate.

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 21, 2018 at 9:27am

Gene, I would guess you just tell them you are registering for the 2d Cavalry Association reunion. I haven't registered yet but I will be today. Last year I was the first one to register!

Comment by gene gunia on September 18, 2018 at 8:28pm

dave,i didn'tsee any key word for reserving a room for the reunion at harrahs. is it just register like any other guest?   gene


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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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