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Comment by Frank L Moseley yesterday

R.I.P. Jesse and Jim

Comment by Jim Ward on Saturday

Remembering Jim and Jesse. RIP troopers.

Comment by Harry Warner on Thursday

Wow, nine years ago this month, Jesse helped me put together a video that I was having trouble with.  I'm sure I was a pain in the butt but he never stopped till it was done.  RIP

Comment by Dave Gettman on Thursday

Remembering Jesse Kelley today on his birthday. RIP, brother.

Comment by Sigmund Fertig on August 9, 2018 at 10:28am

Jim Burgos, gone but not forgotten, rest easy trooper !

Comment by Frank L Moseley on August 8, 2018 at 4:51pm

Happy Birthday in remembrance of James Burgos!  

Comment by Dave Gettman on August 8, 2018 at 12:02pm

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - A military agency says the correct remains of a Gage County man who died when his aircraft was shot down during World War II are being returned home for burial.

A funeral with military honors is set for Thursday in Beatrice for Richard Lane, with burial to follow in Filley. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a news release Tuesday that Lane was co-piloting a B-17 bomber when it was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed Dec. 27, 1944, near St. Florian, Austria.

The agency says remains identified as those of Lane were identified in January 1946 and subsequently buried in Filley. But the agency says there apparently was a mix-up with those of another casualty.

The agency says remains removed in June last year from a U.S. military cemetery in Belgium underwent DNA and other analyses and have been positively identified as those of the Nebraska flyer.

We believe the other remains are our missing C Trooper Fred Ashley.

Comment by Dave Gettman on August 8, 2018 at 7:53am

Thanks to some good old detective work and a lot of dedication by a handful of 2d Dragoons, an MIA from WW II has been returned home to his family and will be buried in the family plot tomorrow in Beatrice, Nebraska.

Our own Pat Biddy will be in attendance. If not for Pat, this airman may never have been returned. We determined that Lane's remains were mixed up with the remains of a 2d Cavalry trooper after the war and that the 2d Cavalry trooper was sent home to Lane's family by mistake while Lane was buried as an unknown in Belgium.

We are awaiting the DNA results on the 2d Cavalry trooper now to confirm who we already know him to be, the last 2d Dragoon to die in combat during WW II,  Pfc Fred Ashley.


Comment by Dave Gettman on August 8, 2018 at 7:22am

Happy Birthday, Jim Burgos. Hope you are keeping the beer cold at the Green!

Comment by Harry Warner on August 7, 2018 at 10:11am

Tomorrow, in honor of James Burgos' birthday, the bar will be open all day.  Money not needed.  


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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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