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

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

Troop Ships 43 Replies

Started by Rob Gould. Last reply by Robert Burns Wadley Dec 25, 2015.

Oldtimers at Fiddler's Green 8 Replies

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Comment by Sigmund Fertig on October 6, 2010 at 9:54am
Back in the 50's we lived and took care of Granma, she was in her late 80's spoke very little english, mostly Yidish, a Hebrew slang a lot like German, had our first TV. She didn't care what you watched but at 5:30 if you didn't put on Howdy Doody she would give you a few choice words and come after you with her cane. Those WERE the good old days!!!
Comment by Dave Gettman on October 5, 2010 at 10:26pm
Broke his sword, pulled off his buttons and rank...
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on October 5, 2010 at 9:26pm
Comment by Dennis Wayne Williams on October 5, 2010 at 9:19pm
Anybody Remember a tv show with Chuck Conner and i don't mean the rifleman this was where he was kick out of th army
Comment by Dave Gettman on October 5, 2010 at 6:31pm
Worst massacre at the time....until Custer.
Comment by Dave Gettman on October 5, 2010 at 6:29pm
J has never been used for a troop letter, but it didn't have anything to do with loosing a troop at the Little Big Horn. We didn't get into that fight.

Note that FETTERMAN mentioned at the beginning of the story I left the link for in my previous message refers to Ft Fetterman, named for Cpt. Fetterman, 18th Inf, who while in command of 49 infantrymen of the 18th and 27 troopers from Troop C, 2d Cavalry, was ambushed and slaughtered most viciously with his entire command by an estimated 2000 Indians. The only survivor, wounded by bullets and arrows alike, was a horse named Dapple Dave. It was the worst Indian massacre in US Army history, but was soon overshadowed by the Little Big Horn. VALLEY OF THE PENO
Comment by Dave Gettman on October 5, 2010 at 6:01pm
This is what the 2d Cavalry did during the Little Big Horn battle. http://history.dragoons.org/2008/10/05/little-big-horn/
Comment by Chuck Cantwell on October 5, 2010 at 4:59pm
When I first got to Amberg b4 transfering to Hqrs I was told that the 3rd had lost a Troop w/ Custer and hence there was a gap in the letters...as I disremember it was K, J, or L I've read up a little but I've never seen it mentioned anywhere
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on October 5, 2010 at 4:46pm
Custer also thought the Indians didn't have any rifles. I watched an episode of "Battlefield Detectives" and they figured out from the position of shell casings they found,compared them to Standard Issue,and found out that they had over 200!!! Many different calibers, but a big surprise for Custer
Comment by Dave Gettman on October 5, 2010 at 11:51am
Read the first three stories on the page:

Nez Perce Forced to Fight

Camas Meadows

Eagle Creek

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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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