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I was told for thirty years I could not join my local V.F.W. . Because I was in the service when their was no wars between April 5 1976 to Aug.25. 1979 Well come to find out I could join the V.F.W. because I was in the Cav. and on the Border with a loaded small arms when I was patroling the border. Yes it's true. I got my membership pin today handed to me. NOW I FEEL LIKE A REAL VETERAN to me it was a great deal.
I hope this can help any Veteran if like to be a V.F.W. Member. If he was told that he could not join because the same reason The dates when he served.

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Comment by pete taylor on February 2, 2011 at 9:23pm

thanks dave someday we need to sit down and have a beer.



Comment by Dave Gettman on February 2, 2011 at 11:53am

HOOAH, Pete!!!

Got a warm handshake for ya, should we ever meet.

Gene, too many of us old farts for just a squadron. I think we are pushing Corps size (not to be confused with corpse).

Comment by Jeffrey C Havens on February 2, 2011 at 11:51am
There would not be any problem joining any Vet organization if the gov ha d recognized the border troops for thier service.Ther is a Korean defense metal,why was there never a European defense metal.We surely faced  probable danger in the performance of our duty.There were multable contacts with the opposition.There were shots fired.There were soldiers killed,yet our service has never been recognized.Kosovo lasted 3 months,they have a specific ribbon.We troopers know the dangers we faced.The ColdWar was the first war we actualy won since WW2.and before Kuwait.We ask for nothing but a small amount of recognition to let us know we did our job.Gene,I think you are right,most of us Volunteered,a decision I never regreted.Coming out of AIT I had orders forVM,but they were changed and went to another school then to THE ROCK.I feel very fortunate to have worked and befriended the best people of theUS ARMY.  TOUJORS PRET my friends JEFF
Comment by pete taylor on February 2, 2011 at 11:46am

sign me up in the old farts squadron.that forsure I know I am well qualified for.I think that bums me out more is I never even got a warm hand shake when I left the 2nd ACR.I left on emergency pcs orders with the wife in the hospital.

I would serve with any of you guys again in a NY minute.

Comment by Normand l. Albert on February 2, 2011 at 7:21am
YesI have a Membership card for the last to  2 years BUT the place closed down last fall.  Maybe I have only  have a piece of paper.
Comment by Rick Cox on February 2, 2011 at 2:22am
This is interesting.  Did they give you any documentation to reflect this?
Comment by John White on November 15, 2010 at 5:06pm
My brothers may I stepin here . I say this we all tore down that WALL ! Good men give there all and GOD bless them all........... WE are VETERANS and GOD bless us .
Comment by Normand l. Albert on March 6, 2010 at 6:53pm
Jeffrey I feal like you do . I guest if had not serviced you could'nt been on this site. We know what we did for our Country.
Comment by Jeffrey C Havens on March 6, 2010 at 2:23pm
It seems some VFWs are letting us in and some are not,witch is neither her or there.The bottom line is we all served with pride and gladly do it again. My opinion is any org. that rejects us is their loss.Toujours Pret
Comment by Dave Gettman on March 6, 2010 at 1:33pm
There are plenty of veterans organizations out there for non-combat veterans. The 2d Cavalry Association is a good example.

A little history for you guys....the 2d Cavalry Association was the first, and is the oldest, unit specific veterans organization in the U.S., established in 1899 by our Regiments veterans from the Spanish-American War. Veterans of other units saw what a fine organization we had and wanted one of their own, since they couldn't join ours. The American Veterans of Foreign Service and National Society of the Army of the Philippines, for veterans of the Spanish-American War and Philippine-American War respectively, were formed later in 1899. Many 2d Cavalry veterans were eligible to join all three.

The latter two organizations combined in 1914 to form the Veterans of Foreign Wars. One might argue we inspired the formation of the VFW.

And yes Gene, we squeaked in under the wire for the NDSM. I knew something didn't look right about that 1979 date, but it was late and I was tired.


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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