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Comment by harold goldstein on October 8, 2019 at 9:28am
Comment by Dave Gettman on October 8, 2019 at 8:49am

Chief, et all,

Did y'all know that the "Lucky 16", the famous brotherhood of the 2d, 3d, and 11th Cavalry Regiments, met up during the Gulf War? Wish I still had the article.

Comment by Robert Burns Wadley on October 7, 2019 at 8:45pm

Thanks for the Fort Ord pictures. I took advanced infantry training there in October 1956 while in the Texas National Guard program.

Comment by George Crump (Chief) on October 7, 2019 at 8:28pm

Hi Dave - I'm just trying to stir things up, - especially during Desert Storm with the battle of Hastings, I would have given my right nut to been there with them, attached a few pictures from Ft.Ord. My wife and I attended a 9th Cav. event at Gen. Stilwell Hall and/or Soldiers Club. When Gen. Stilwell. Was post commander he wanted the best facilities for his soldiers. - Dragoon for life - Chief

Comment by Dave Gettman on October 7, 2019 at 5:48pm

I see Oldtimer Chuck Cantwell is having a birthday today. Hope he is out there keeping an eye on us.

Happy Birthday, Chuck!

Comment by Dave Gettman on October 7, 2019 at 5:35pm


Fort Ord was my dad's home away from home. He was there Dec 1957 - Jan 1958; Sep 1959 - Nov 1960; Apr - Jul 1962; Sep 1962 - Sep 1963; Aug 1967 - Jul 1968; Jul - Sep 1969.

Comment by Dave Gettman on October 7, 2019 at 5:20pm

Woah, Chief!

All due respect to 11ACR and their fine history, but no way you can compare it to ours.

The only place 11th Cav has fought that the 2d Cav hasn't is VN. And although 11th was in WW II, they got there very late and mainly escorted Ike around the rear areas with not much real combat.

On the other hand, Second had 14 battle streamers for Indian campaigns, 14 for the War with Mexico, 13 from the Civil War, and 1 from Cuba (42 total) before Eleventh Cav even existed and were fighting and dying of disease in the jungles of the Philippines while Eleventh was still wet nursing it's raw recruits in the US. And the 2d was the only US Cav to fight in WW I.

Sorry, but 11ACR didn't surpass all that in the jungles of VN.

Comment by harold goldstein on October 7, 2019 at 3:46pm

I was in Vegas a couple of years ago and wore my 2nd ACR hat.

In a restaurant in the Venetian, having dinner, the Maitre de came over with a complimentary dessert. I thanked and asked him why?

He said he was in the 11th Cav, Desert Storm and he had a lot of respect for the 2nd and their bravery.

Comment by George Crump (Chief) on October 7, 2019 at 1:08pm

SSg Snow - attached map location of Fort Irwin and 29 palms were my granddaughter is now in training with the United States Marine. Unfortunately the most beautiful base the United States Army had at one time was Fort Ord Calif near San Francisco.is no more. in 1963 I took my basic training there, then again in 1972  assigned to the 9th Cav.. Dragoon for life - Chief

Comment by George Crump (Chief) on October 7, 2019 at 12:30pm

I salute you SSg. Snow, for serving in the 11 ACR, you guys were in the boonies catching shit, our aviation units, which I was in was in the rear with the ash and trash. and what a history the 11th has. I would say the 11th Cav. Did just as much or maybe more and was involved with just as many conflicts as the 2nd Cav.. I was with a unit here at Fort Polk that went to Fort Irwin national training center in Calif. where the 11th Is now stationed. they always took the role as a opposing force and normally would kick ass, but of course it helped knowing the terrain..attached a couple of things reference the 11th.- Dragoon for life - Chief 


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Colonels of the Regiment

9th Colonel of the Regiment David R. Clendenin 29 Oct 1888 – 2 Apr 1891



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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