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Comment by Harry Warner on August 20, 2009 at 10:32am
Do they deliver?
Comment by Dave Gettman on August 20, 2009 at 10:29am

Store down the road has all I could ever ask for.
Comment by Harry Warner on August 20, 2009 at 10:25am
Got any leftover flip-tops?
Comment by Dave Gettman on August 20, 2009 at 10:22am
Easy now, Harry. I was just trying to see if I could get Jim to crack a beer for breakfast. I know what you mean though. I'm still stuck in the 1960's.
Comment by Harry Warner on August 20, 2009 at 10:13am
We don't practice age discrimination here. Speaking for myself, I like to spend a good portion of my day living in the past. In my mind I'm still in the 50's. 1950's that is.
Comment by Dave Gettman on August 20, 2009 at 10:07am
I don't know Jim. I think I can smell milk on your breath. ;-)
Comment by Greg Rad Radosin on August 20, 2009 at 6:21am
Starts out like it,the Toujours Pret I don't remember that.. But most of it looks like it.The cylinder is so old,tuff to here all the words.
Comment by Jim Ward on August 20, 2009 at 4:23am
I'm only 43, can I sneak in? I do remember when there were no computers, my favorite ride was a big wheel and long lines at gas stations with no gas. : ) Old enough? hehehe...
Comment by Dave Gettman on August 20, 2009 at 12:22am
Hey Greg, was this the song?

T’was in eighteen hundred and thirty-six,
That we fought in the Everglades;
When we showed the Seminole the trick,
That from mem’ry never fades;
We’ve been in many a fight since then,
For t’is there that we belong;
So we’ve got the right that we earned as men,
To sing the Regiment’s song.

For it’s Trot, Trot, Trot is the soldier’s lot,
When he ‘lists in the Cavalry,
And it’s Hike, Hike, Hike which they don’t much like,
For our friends in the Infantry.
Oh! it’s Shoot, Shoot, Shoot when the trumpets toot,
If you’re in the Artillery;
And it’s Fight, Fight, Fight for your Country’s right,
When the trumpet sounds that the firing’s ceased,
And our War Flag we may furl,
We are always ready–to say the least,
To flirt with a pretty girl;
For at making love or at duty’s call,
Our motto is “Toujours Pret,”
Oh! a soldier’s life is the best of all,
So sing with a will to-day.

Let’s sing a song to the Cavalry,
We’ll follow where’er it leads;
We love it’s yellow standards,
All lined with gallant deeds.
So here’s to the horse, and the rider bold.
To the trot, and the gallop free,
To the charge, and the rush, and the fierce melee,
Of the dashing Cavalry.

When the trumpets ring, and the chargers spring,
And the lines of the foeman reel,
Then dearer far are the days of war,
For the lads of the spur and steel.
With “Old Glory” bright, through the dusty light,
And our guidons floating free,
For the ranks of war, it’s hip, hurrah!
In the Second Cavary.
Comment by Greg Rad Radosin on August 19, 2009 at 8:34pm
Dave my 9th grade science teacher has a strange victrolla with round cylinders.I was up there in WalnutPort Pa. to see him a few years ago.He played the Second Cavalry song on it.The song is about us in 1836 and about the Seminole war. Cool song, sounds like an old banjo playing the tune too !

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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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