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Comment by Dave Gettman on February 28, 2011 at 7:49pm

Forgot to mention the 2d Cavalry museum is named after him...

Comment by Dave Gettman on February 28, 2011 at 7:47pm

Hmmm...if his middle name was Charles, there might be a possibility he was related to or named after Charles H. Reed. Very interesting.

Col. Reed was the 2d Cavalry's first mechanized commander, having lost their horses in 1942. He commanded the Regiment all through WW II and a good portion of the Constabulary period. DSC, SS, BS, PH....

Comment by John G Boyd on February 28, 2011 at 7:04pm
I hear a lot of "Col Reed;" I assume he was the Regimental Commander. Funny, for about half the time I was in Amberg, our CO was LTC Robert C Reed. I wonder if he is any kin. I have heard he retired O-6, as well.
Comment by Dave Gettman on February 28, 2011 at 11:56am
What was funny was after the parade Ike called Reed into his office to chew his ass. Reed thought he had found out about the PWs but Ike was PO'd over Reed having some of his troops mounted on horseback instead of all mechanized. Ike had ordered all horses done away with in the Army and wasn't aware that the newly formed US Constabulary was authorized a horse platoon in each Regiment because of the difficult terrain that needed to be patrolled.
Comment by James F. Burgos on February 28, 2011 at 11:34am
Dave, that must have been in INTERESTING Parade.  I seem to remember that the Bundeswehr  marched to a different cadence than we did.  Same cadence as Germans from WW II.  A little slower, you can see it in old films.  Well, all you gotta do is listen for the bass drum and soldiers can easily adapt.  My Dad never could get over the fact that I served in the same town ( Amberg ) as the 12th Panzer.  He had fought the Germans.  As for Col. Reed, that man could think on his feet !  Took the initiative!  Literately Toujours Pret.  
Comment by Dave Gettman on February 28, 2011 at 11:31am

The second was just prior to the end of the war also...the rescue of the Lipizzan breeding herd at Hostau, Czechoslovakia.

A German officer in charge of keeping the herd would sneak into Germany to contact the 2d Cavalry and arrange for the surrender of the town and the nearby horse breeding farms containing all the finest horses in Europe and several hundred Cossack horses.

Col. Reed worked out plans to send a task force and submitted it to Patton, who agreed to the rescue being the old horseman he was and being informed there were hundreds of Allied PWs caring for the horses.

Long story short, Task Force Stewart (named for one of our current Association members) fought its way across the border miles behind enemy lines and "captured" the town amidst band music and banner waving, the German garrison lined up in parade.

The Allied PWs were rounded up and returned to their respective country's control, save the Poles and White Russians who had nowhere to return to. A new task force was formed with Task Force Stewart, the remaining former PWs from Poland and Russia, and the new German PWs, who were allowed to keep their weapons. This TF was able to hold the area against counter-attack and keep an open corridor back into Germany and friendly forces until the end of the war, at which time all the horses and personnel, some who had started new families while in captivity, marched into Germany to get away from the Russians.

Comment by Dave Gettman on February 28, 2011 at 11:11am

This is going to be long, so I will break it up into multiple messages.

Other odd and unique alliances that came out of WW II involved the 2d Cavalry. Following are two.

First: During the battle for Luneville, one of the greatest tank battles of WW II, the 2d Cavalry Group (Ghosts of Patton's Third Army) faced the 11th Panzer Division (Gespensterdivision - Ghost Division), and would later face them again across the Moselle River during the drive into Germany following the Battle of the Bulge.

Toward the end of the war in Europe, the 11th Panzer Division sought out and was granted protection by the 2d Cavalry Group from advancing Russian forces until arrangements could be made for the surrender of the entire 11th Panzer Division intact, vehicles, weapons and all, to the American 79th Infantry Division.

Later after the war, the 2d Cavalry Group was placed in charge of guarding the 11th Panzer Division. Gen. Eisenhower was coming to Munich and wanted a parade. The ranks had been greatly reduced by troopers going home and lack of replacements, so Col. Reed, commander of the 2d Cavalry Group, filled his ranks with PW's from the 11th Panzer for the parade. Ike never found out.

Comment by James F. Burgos on February 28, 2011 at 11:11am
For a typical, twisted view of the early days of WW II and our " gallant Russian allies " try to find a movie called " The Northern Star "  which featured Gregory Peck !!  Hollywood PROPAGANDA to the max !  Naturally, all of the Germans were EVIL FEINDS  and the Russians Partisans were just fighting for FREEDOM !  Actually, it is a good film and well done BUT Politically it is a HOOT.  I wonder if our Parents generation really believed that crap.  
Comment by Jeffrey C Havens on February 28, 2011 at 11:02am
A short stoy about Patton.Old Fred,who owned the truck stop next to my inlaws at the time ,was a mechanic in WW2 and his clame to fame ,as he put it,was to see Patton's boot from where he was lying under a jeep trying to fix it. Hard at work .Patton kicked his feet and told him to get a proper shine on those boots.Gotta love him!!
Comment by Jeffrey C Havens on February 28, 2011 at 10:55am

Great stuff James.I love WW2 history because there  is contantly new things you can discover,especially about our Regiment.


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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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