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Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on November 29, 2010 at 6:28pm
A couple observances. Cavalry couldn't be used at the Battle of Kings Mountain- it was fought between Mountain-men of Scotch?Irish descent who mainly stayed out of the War, until the British massacred a few settlements for not supporting the Crown. The 71st Foot (1200 men) were to put down the Rebel Militias (900 men) near Kings Mountain. The British troops fought in their typical formations,long ranks lined up one behind the other,with their commander blowing a whistle and shouting orders from horseback,while proceeding uphill. The Militia's though, were woodsmen and hunters and used the terrain and cover to decimate the British. The British commander was one of the 1st killed, with the Rebels specifically employing sharpshooters to take out officers. I've been to Kings Mountain- ain't no way you could charge horses up or down hill.
Other observance- The FRIGGIN' 1st Cav gets all the credit!!!
Comment by Dave Gettman on November 29, 2010 at 3:31pm
Well Wayne, that film was from 1964, so about the same time.

The Regiment they are talking about and showing at the remount depots during WW I is the 2d Cav.
Comment by Wayne Dixon on November 29, 2010 at 3:25pm
Hello Dave, did not see myself, but did see my unit on one of the tanks. 2nd armored, 1st Battalion 66th Armor tearing up the road. Left them in 62 there at Hood.
Comment by James F. Burgos on November 29, 2010 at 9:45am
Steve-O, my Wife's Nephew is an army Buck Sergeant stationed 9 miles outside of Seoul. He has been out of communication for days. He is a FO with the Infantry. With Korean Winter, I DO NOT envy him. Dollars to Doughnuts he is out in the field. ALERT !
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on November 28, 2010 at 3:14pm
That occurred during the obama's 10 day Asian begging tour. I can't believe how little coverage it got,but then again Google JournoList,and you can see why. The Press decided long ago NOT to print negative stories about the obama,and if there was one,they would print something more negative about Republicans,the Tea Party,etc., to make it a non-issue. the current North Korea situation is an example. More coverage was given to the 12 stitches the obama got than to the possibility of War in Korea. Our Troops aren't even on High Alert! We have been blown out on alert,with full combat loads,for much less belligerence.
James and Thomas, my dad would tell me of following right behind the C123's and119's spraying Agent Orange in helicopters,and how sometimes it would rain down on the troops on the ground.
Comment by James F. Burgos on November 28, 2010 at 1:33pm
Dave, what China has done is called " an earnest of intent " in Military Terms. It is taught in all of our Military Academies. An ' earnest of intent " is a demonstration to a potential Enemy that you have the capability, and the WILL, to use the demonstrated FORCE. In other words : " Look ! See this ? I WILL use this ! " China just did that to us. Our President ? SILENCE.
Comment by Thomas Blaszkiewicz on November 28, 2010 at 1:28pm
Dave,great clip.Everyone on this site know that it was a contrail from a jet plane! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sooner or later someone has to get their shit together!!!!!!!
Comment by Thomas Blaszkiewicz on November 28, 2010 at 1:18pm
James,that is what my old buddy has. Parkinsons disease.Paul is from Mich.and was also near the DMZ.during his tour.
Comment by James F. Burgos on November 28, 2010 at 12:54pm
Dave, I knew that that was a missile the first time I saw the video clip. It like our SOSUS net has failed. Our CIC ( God help us ) reminds me of Neville Chamberlain , after returning from Munich. " Peace in our time " he said. Weakness, on the part of England and France, caused WW II and now Weakness rules the Oval Office. In essence, China just told Boy Blunder " Watch it, BOY ! Know your place ! I never thought that I would see this day, NEVER !
Comment by Dave Gettman on November 28, 2010 at 12:19pm
I was in an Air Defense Artillery battery (Hawk missile) in Hanau for a short period (Nov-Dec 74) just before going to 2ACR. I swear almost everyone in that outfit was either on heroin, gay, or both, and nobody gave a crap.

My room mate would sit at the window every night cutting up piles of heroin on a large mirror and poking himself full of holes. I'm talking ounces here, folks!

Our battery clerk, Perry Watkins (Google his name), was queer as they come and was the main reason behind the Army's DADT policy later. The Army had him traveling around Europe doing shows in drag as "Simone"!!!

I was only there three days before I went AWOL. When I got back it wasn't long before I got "sent to the front".

When I got to the Rock, C Troop was at Camp Gates. Told the gate guard I was coming from Hanau. He heard "Hanoi" and I was locked down for awhile until things got straightened out and I was sent to the border.

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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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