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The 7th Cavalry Regiment is a United States Army cavalry regiment, whose lineage traces back to the mid-19th century. Its official nickname is "Garryowen", in honor of the Irishmarker drinking song Garryowen that was adopted as its march tune.

Indian Wars

The regiment was constituted on July 28, 1866 in the regular army as the 7th Cavalry. It was organized on September 21, 1866 at Fort Rileymarker, Kansasmarker as part of an expansion of the regular army following the demobilization of the wartime volunteer and draft forces. From 1866 through 1871, the regiment was posted to Fort Rileymarker and fought in the Indian Wars, notably at the Battle of the Washitamarker in 1868.

Typical of post-Civil War cavalry regiments, the Seventh was organized as a twelve company regiment without formal battalion organization. However, battalions—renamed "squadrons" in 1883—did exist. Companies A–D were assigned to 1st Battalion; Companies E–H were assigned to 2nd Battalion; and Companies I–M (no company J in Regiment) were assigned to 3rd Battalion. Throughout this period, the cavalryman was armed with Colt Single Action Army .45 caliber revolvers and single shot Springfield carbines, caliber .50–70 until 1870 and caliber .45–70 until 1892. He used one of the many variants of the McClellan saddle. Sabres were issued but not carried on campaign. The Seventh was the only US cavalry regiment of the period to have a band, as the infantry regiments did. This is thought to have been the idea of Major Alfred Gibbs. This band adopted "Garry Owen" as their favorite tune and thus gave the Seventh their nickname among the rest of the Army. The troopers in the Wild West didn't only fight Indians: on July 17, 1870 in Haysmarker, Kansasmarker a shoot-out between Sheriff Wild Bill Hickok and two troopers resulted in one soldier dying of his wounds and the other wounded.

From 1871 through 1873, 7th Cavalry companies participated in constabulary duties in the deep South in support of the Reconstruction Act, and, for half the regiment, again in 1874–1876. In 1873 the 7th Cavalry moved its garrison post to Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory. From here, the regiment carried out the historic reconnaissance of the Black Hillsmarker in 1874, making the discovery of gold in the Black Hills public and starting a gold rush that precipitated the Great Sioux War of 1876-77. Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer was defeated at the Battle of the Little Bighornmarker on June 25 and 26, 1876. Although the Seventh is best known for its catastrophic defeat at the Little Bighorn, the regiment also participated in at least one victory: the capture of Chief Joseph's Nez Perce at the Battle of Bear Pawmarker in 1877. The Regiment perpetrated the Wounded Knee Massacre on December 29, 1890, the end of the Indian Wars.

A total of 45 men earned the Medal of Honor while serving with the 7th Cavalry during the Indian Wars: 24 for actions during the Battle of the Little Bighorn, 2 during the Battle of Bear Paw, 17 during the Wounded Knee Massacre or an engagement at White Clay Creek the next day, and 2 during other actions against the Sioux in December 1890.

Little Bighorn, June 25–26, 1876

Bear Paw, September 30, 1877

Sioux campaign, December 1890

Wounded Knee and White Clay Creek, December 29–30, 1890

Before World War II

In 1892, the Army replaced the Springfield .45–70 Rifle with the U.S. Magazine Rifle, Model 1892, also known as the .30–40 Krag-Jorgensen Rifle. A carbine version, the M1896, was issued in 1896.

From 1895 until 1899, the Regiment served in New Mexicomarker (Fort Bayard) and Oklahomamarker (Ft.marker Sillmarker), then overseas in Cubamarker (Camp Columbia) from 1899 to 1902.An enlisted trooper with the Seventh Cavalry, "B" Company, from May 1896 until March 1897 at Fort Grant Arizona Territory was author Edgar Rice Burroughs.

In 1903, the Army replaced the Krag .30–40 with the M1903 Springfield Rifles, initially in caliber .30–03 and later in its more familiar .30–06 form. In 1911, the Army adopted the M1911 Automatic Colt Pistol, replacing the Colt single and double action .45 and .38 caliber revolvers.

The Regiment served in the Philippinesmarker during the Philippine-American War from 1904 through 1907, with a second tour from 1911 through 1915. Back in the United States, the Regiment was once again stationed in the southwest, in Arizonamarker (Camp Harvey J. Jones), where it patrolled the U.S.-Mexico border and later was part of the Mexican Punitive Expedition of 1916 to 1917.

In December 1917, 7th Cavalry was assigned to the 15th Cavalry Division, an on-paper organization designed for service in Francemarker during World War I that was never more than a simple headquarters. This was because no significant role emerged for mounted troops on the Western Front during the nineteen months between the entry of the United States into the War and the Armistice of 11 November 1918. . The 7th Cavalry was released from this assignment in May 1918.

On September 13, 1921, 7th Cavalry Regiment was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, which assignment was maintained until 1957. The Division and its 2nd Cavalry Brigade was garrisoned at Fort Blissmarker, Texasmarker, while the 1st Cavalry Brigade was garrisoned at Douglas, Arizonamarker. Additional garrison points were used as well.

The 7th Cavalry Regiment continued to train as horse cavalry right up to World War II, including participation in several training maneuvers at the Louisianamarker Maneuver Area on April 26, 1940 – May 28, 1940; August 12–22, 1940; and August 8, 1941 – October 4, 1941.

World War II

The 7th Cavalry Regiment was dismounted on February 28, 1943, and started packing up for deployment to the Pacific Theater, still part of 1st Cavalry Division. The 7th Cavalry staged at Camp Stoneman, Californiamarker on June 18, 1943, and departed the San Franciscomarker Port of Embarkation on June 26, 1943. It arrived in Australia on July 11, 1943, where it trained for combat, and then participated in the New Guinea campaign, which began on January 24, 1943, and did not end until December 31, 1944.

The regiment was relieved from duty in this campaign, and moved on to be reorganized under special Cavalry and Infantry Tables of Organization & Equipment on December 4, 1943, and then trained for combat and participated in the Bismarck Archipelagomarker campaign, which started on December 15, 1943, and did not end until November 27, 1944.

The 7th Cavalry moved to Oro Baymarker, New Guineamarker on February 22, 1944, and moved by Landing Craft to Negros Islandmarker to reinforce the units there on March 4, 1944, securing Lombrum Plantation.

The 7th Cavalry moved on to Hauwei Island, which it secured on March 12–13, 1944. The regiment continued on, and arrived at Lugos Mission on Manus Islandmarker on March 15, 1944.

Troop E, 7th Cavalry Regiment, advances towards San Jose on Leyte, October 20, 1944
The Leyte campaignmarker started on October 17, 1944, and 7th Cavalry moved on towards the Philippines, and assaulted Leytemarker on October 20, 1944. 7th Cavalry reached the Visayan Seamarker in late December, 1944, and reassembled with the 1st Cavalry Division near Tunga on January 7, 1945. Leyte did not end until July 1, 1945, but 7th Cavalry was needed for the Luzon campaign, which started on December 15, 1944.

Deploying again by landing craft, 7th Cavalry landed at Luzonmarker on January 27, 1945, where the regiment engaged until the end of the Luzon campaign on July 4, 1945. 7th Cavalry again reorganized—this time entirely under Infantry Tables of Organization & Equipment, but still designated as a Cavalry Regiment, on July 20, 1945 to prepare for the invasion of the main Japanese islandsmarker. However, the invasion was not to be. 7th Cavalry Regiment was at Lucena Batangas in the Philippines until September 2, 1945, when it was moved to Japanmarker to start Occupation duty.

Occupation of Japan and Korean War

The 7th stayed in Japan as part of the occupation force. Coincidentally, one of its officers during this period was Lt. Col. Brice C. W. Custer, the nephew of former commander George Armstrong Custer.

The 7th Cavalry fought in the Korean War's bloodiest battles. These include Hwanggan, Poksong-Dong, Kwanni, and Naktong River Defense (Battle of Pusan Perimeter). When the 1st Cavalry Division attacked north, the 7th Cavalry was in front, smashing 106 miles behind enemy lines in an historic 24 hours. Three more Presidential Unit Citations were added to the colors.

During World War II and the Korean War, it used the main weapons of the U.S. Army (namely, the M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, M1911A1, and BAR). Eventually, it converted to a tank unit, and used mainly the M26 Pershing. The conduct of 7th Cavalry soldiers with respect to their involvement with the massacre at No Gun Rimarker during the early part of the Korean War has come under fire. Their story is most fully told by a veteran of the regiment, historian and Army Captain Robert Bateman, who wrote a book on the event using veterans accounts and historical documents.

7th Cavalry Regiment was reorganized under a new Table of Organization & Equipment on March 25, 1949, when the Troops were once again designated as Companies.

Cold War

The regiment was relieved from its assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division on October 15, 1957, and then reorganized under the Combat Arms Regimental System (CARS) on November 1, 1957. HQ & HQ Company transferred to the control of the Department of the Army. November 1,As part of this reorganization, Company "A" redesignated, 1st Battle Group, 7th Cavalry and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. Company "B" redesignated 2nd Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry and Company "C" redesignated, 3d Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry and assigned to the 10th Infantry Division.

After the Korean War, 7th Cavalry was used mainly in a reconnaissance role. It received the M14 rifle, along with various other new weapons and equipment (including the Patton tank). Also, a few OH-13s were used by the reconnaissance squadrons.

Three battalions, the 1st, 2nd and 5th served during the Vietnam War as the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division. 3rd Brigade often self-referred itself as the "Garryowen Brigade". These troopers were armed with the new M16 rifle, the M203 grenade launcher replacing the M79 grenade launcher. Claymore mines, and Bell UH-1B helicopters were also used extensively. Seven men earned the Medal of Honor while serving with the 7th Cavalry in Vietnam: Private First Class Lewis Albanese, Company B, 5th Battalion; First Lieutenant Douglas B. Fournet, Company B, 1st Battalion; Sergeant John Noble Holcomb, Company D, 2nd Battalion; Second Lieutenant Walter Joseph Marm, Jr., Company A, 1st Battalion; Private First Class William D. Port, Company C, 5th Battalion; Specialist Four Héctor Santiago-Colón, Company B, 5th Battalion; and First Lieutenant James M. Sprayberry, Company D, 5th Battalion.

The other 2 units, the 3rd and 4th reconnaissance squadrons, were based in Germanymarker, and Koreamarker.

The 1st, 2nd, and 5th battalions were deactivated after the Vietnam War, and only the 3rd and 4th squadrons remained as divisional reconnaissance squadrons assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division and 2nd Infantry Division respectively. Both the 3rd and 4th squadrons were aviation-tank cavalry squadrons using M60 Patton tank, M113 & M114 Armored Personnel Carriers. Both squadrons had an air cavalry "Delta" Troop, that had both reconnaissance & gunship UH-1B's. The gunships were armed with M-5 rocket launchers, and M-22 anti-tank guided missiles. In the early 80's the 3rd Squadron became the divisional cavalry squadron for the 3rd Infantry Division and was stationed at Ledward & Conn Barracks Schweinfurt West Germany. The Squadron consisted of two ground troops, two aviation troops and a headquarters troop. The ground troops were equipped with M60A3 tanks, M113 Armored Personnel Carriers, ITV (Improved TOW Vehicle, an M113 variant) and a mortar section with mortars mounted in an M113 variant. In 1989 the M60 tanks were replaced with M1A1 Abrams tanks. The aviation troops were equipped with OH-58 scout helicopters and AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters. On November 16, 1992, the Squadron was inactivated in Germany and relieved of assignment to the 8th Infantry Division. The Headquarters and Headquarters Troop consolidated on December 16, 1992 with the 3rd Reconnaissance Company and designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry. On February 16, 1996, the squadron was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division and activated at Fort Stewart, Georgia as the Division Cavalry Squadron and became the "Eyes and Ears" of the Marne Division, the "Iron Fist" of the XVIII Airborne Corps. The Squadron has been involved in several deployments since then including Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait, Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Squadron was reassigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division in 2004 and as the Brigade's Armored Reconnaissance Squadron. Combat operations for Operation Iraqi Freedom III began on February 4, 2005 when the Squadron arrived at Forward Operating Base Rustamiyah located in southeast Baghdad. Immediately upon arrival, the Squadron began patrolling the area east of the Tigris River in the Rusafa and New Baghdad districts as well as securing Route Pluto North, one of the primary supply routes for the Division.

However, between 1974 and 1975 other units were reactivated. The 1st Battalion became an armored unit, the 2nd Battalion remained an air mobile unit with a recon platoon using motorcycles moved by helicopters. After 1975, the 2nd and 5th Battalion were reorganized as mechanized infantry. In 1978, the 5th Battalion was once again deactivated.

Persian Gulf War

The 1st Squadron and 4th Squadron fought in the Persian Gulf War.The 1st Squadron was the divisional cavalry squadron for the 1st Cavalry Division and assigned to the Division's aviation brigade.

The 4th Squadron was also the divisional cavalry squadron for 3rd Armored Division, taking part of the Battle of Phase Line Bullet. Ground troops were armed with the M3A1 Bradley CFV. Air cavalry Troops AH-1F Cobras, OH-58C scouts.

Iraq War

The 1st Squadron served in the 1st Cavalry Division's 5th Brigade Combat Team (BCT) during its first deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II from April 1, 2004 to April 1, 2005. The 1st Squadron, 7th United States Cavalry Regiment, commanded by LTC William R.Salter, distinguished itself by extraordinary valor and gallantry while executing combat operations in the Al Rashid District of Baghdad, Iraq. The Squadron defeated a surge of enemy attacks and neutralized insurgent and terrorist elements within its Area of Operations (AO) through a combination of constant day to day interaction with the populace, adaptable tactics and the tenacious fighting spirit of its troopers. In addition to securing an AO of 68km2 with a population of more than 1.2 million, the Squadron also secured ROUTE IRISH, a strategic highway and Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I) Main Supply Route connecting the International Zone (IZ) to the Baghdad International Airport (BIAP). The Squadron was also instrumental in providing a secure environment during the first Iraqi democratic election in January 2005. 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation for its actions during this campaign. Most recently 1-7 CAV, commanded by LTC Kevin S. MacWatters, deployed as the Armed Reconnaissance Squadron for 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 (October 6, 2006 to January 15, 2008). The Squadron conducted full-spectrum operations as a part of Multi-National Division-Baghdad (MND-B)in the Taji Area of Operations. During this deployment the Squadron was instrumental in the destruction of multiple Improvised Explosive Device (IED)and Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED)terrorist cells as a part of the "Surge", greatly enhancing MND-B's ability to secure Baghdad. The secure environment created by the Squadron in the Taji area enabled local government to take hold, local police and Iraqi Army forces to take over security operations, and the "Reconciliation" to successfully spread throughout the Area of Operations.

The 3rd Squadron fought in the Iraq War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and as the "Eyes and Ears" for the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) and the "Iron Fist" for the XVIII Airborne Corps. The unit was engaged with the enemy earlier and more often in the war than any other unit. The 3rd Squadron was the spearhead and the screening force for the main elements of the 3rd Infantry Division.

The 2nd Battalion was attached to the 39th BCT although assigned to 3d BCT. 1st CAV. Commanded by LTC James Rainey, the 2nd Battalion was the main combat power for the Battle of Fallujah in 2004. The U.S.M.C. personally requested the presence of the "Ghost Battalion" for the onslaught into the insurgent ran city. The Marines repeated their request for the Garry Owen Ghosts for the August 2004 battle of Najaf . The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) Commander, Col Tony Haslam, attributed their success in the city to the brave Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion.

The 2nd Battalion moved from 3rd BCT, 1st Cav Div, Ft Hood Texas, to Ft Bliss to become part of the newly formed 4th BCT and in October 2006 The 2nd Battalion again headed for Iraq this time to Mosul. Within the first several months the Battalion took the first casualties of the 4th BCT. Since October 2006 C Co. 2-7 Cav. has endured 6 KIA and numerous wounded.

2nd Battalion redeployed in December 2007 to Fort Bliss, TX. In 2008, it deployed from Fort Hood, TX to Iraq in support of OIF 08-10. Maintaining control of the northern half of the Maysan province of Iraq, it operated out of FOB Garryowen. FOB Garryowen, located in Amarah, Iraq's border city with Iran, was established in June 2008 by the battalion. B/2-7 CAV worked with the Iraqi Police in Majar al Kabir to capture the criminals responsible for murdering 6 British Military Police in November 2004. Among its other accomplishments, 2-7CAV worked with the Iraqi Security Forces to provide successful security to Iraq's provincial elections in January 2009 and is responsible for several large volume cache finds. During its tour, the 10th Iraqi Army Division conducted Operation "Lion's Roar," a combined live-fire exercise in Maysan province in April 2009 - the first of its kind in the Iraqi Army. The exercise integrated U.S. enablers and demonstrated the capability and lethality of the Iraqi Army. 2nd Battalion is currently redeployed to its home station of Fort Hood.

As part of the Army's modularity program, the 3rd Infantry Division converted the 1-3 Air Defense Artillery battalion to become 5th Squadron, 7 Cavalry Regiment, an Armored Reconnaissance Squadron. The 5th Squadron deployed in 2005 and most recently in January 2007. Under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Cliff Wheeler, the Warpaint Squadron initially operated to the north of Ramadi, and remained under the operational control of the 1st Brigade Combat Team. In May 2007, the Squadron conducted a full-scale movement to contact, clearing from Ramadi, to the south of Lake Habbaniyah, and then east to Route Iron in Fallujah, while attaching to the Marine Corps' 6th Regimental Combat Team and basing at Camp Baharia. Due to the firepower and mobility inherent within a Cavalry Squadron, 5-7 CAV was assigned the largest battlespace within RCT 6's Area of Operations. The Squadron also suffered from the limitations in assigned Troopers that also comes with the Cavalry. For 8 months, the Squadron conducted security and COIN operations across the Warpaint AO. The Squadron established and maintained freedom of movement along Routes Michigan, Iron, San Juan and Gold, and maintained a safe and secure environment in the towns of Saqliwiyah, North Saqliwiyah, Amariyah, and Farris. Additional operations at both the Troop and Squadron level cleared and held new terrain within the Regimental Security Zone. In December, 2007, the Squadron was attached to the operational control of the 3rd Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team at FOB Kalsu. The Squadron conducted relief-in-place with two USMC rifle battalions and redeployed to Kalsu in approximately 8 days. An additional week of training and preparations were required before they attacked into Arab Jabour and cleared the town of Sayafiyah (30,000 residents) in conjunction with the Iraqi "Sons of Iraq" program. The Squadron occupied an area that had seen no long-term coalition forces presence, and conducted operations in a most austere fashion. The Squadron secured all routes with fixed positions while simultaneously building COP Meade, clearing all routes, terrain and structures within the new Warpaint AO. The Squadron completed the mission in March, 2008, and conducted a relief-in-place with 1-187 IN, the Rakkasans, before redeploying to Fort Stewart in April, 2008. During OIF V, the Squadron suffered 6 KIA and numerous wounded. During 20 months of subsequent dwell time, the Squadron participated, as part of the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive Consequence Management Reaction Force (CCMRF) mission in support of the requirements of Defense Support to Civil Authority. This mission requires the unit, at the request of local, state or national civil authorities, to deploy within the United States in response to a catastrophic event. The Squadron is currently in final preparations for a third deployment to Iraq in December, 2009.

Current status

The 1st Squadron is the Armed Reconnaissance Squadron for the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, stationed in Fort Hoodmarker, Texas.

The 2nd Battalion, organized as a Combined Arms Battalion, is assigned to the 4th Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division, stationed at Fort Hoodmarker, Texas.

The 3rd Squadron is the Armed Reconnaissance Squadron of the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Stewartmarker, Georgiamarker.

The 4th Squadron is the Armed Reconnaissance Squadron of the 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, stationed at Camp Hovey, South Korea.

The 5th Squadron is the Armed Reconnaissance Squadron of 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Stewartmarker, Georgiamarker.


7th Cavalry Regiment

7th Regiment - United States Cavalry insignia
  • Regiment Constituted July 28, 1866 in the Regular Army as the 7th Cavalry Regiment.
  • Company A Organized September 10, 1866 at Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Regiment Organized September 21, 1866 at Fort Rileymarker, Kansasmarker
  • Cavalry companies officially designated as troops in 1883
  • Assigned in December 1917 to the 15th Cavalry Division
  • Relieved in May 1918 from assignment to the 15th Cavalry Division
  • Assigned September 13, 1921 to the 1st Cavalry Division.
  • HHT, 4th Squadron, Constituted November 13, 1943 in the Regular Army as Troop D, 7th Cavalry Regiment.
  • Regiment Reorganized December 4, 1943 partly under cavalry and partly under infantry tables of organization and equipment. Troop D concurrently reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters Troop, 1st Cavalry Division, Special. Replacement Troop D Activated concurrently in Australia, partly under cavalry and partly under infantry tables of organization and equipment.
  • Regiment reorganized July 25, 1945 wholly as infantry, but retained cavalry designations.
  • Regimental troops redesignated March 25, 1949 as companies (1st Cavalry Division, Special concurrently reorganized and redesignated as the 1st Cavalry Division)
  • Regiment Relieved October 15, 1957 from assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division
  • Regiment Reorganized and redesignated November 1, 1957 as a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System. Squadrons were concurrently redesignated as Battle Groups.
  • Headquarters Company, 1st Cavalry Division (Ex-D Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment) Disbanded July 1, 1960 in Korea.
  • EX-Headquarters Company, 1st Cavalry Division, EX-D Company, 7th Cavalry Regiment Reconstituted July 2, 1960 in the Regular Army, consolidated with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry (see below), and consolidated unit designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment.
  • HHT, 4th Reconnaissance Squadron Redesignated January 25, 1963 as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, and assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division (organic elements concurrently constituted).
  • 4th Squadron activated February 20, 1963 at Fort Benningmarker, Georgiamarker.
  • 1st Battle Group Redesignated September 1, 1963 as the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment.
  • 1st Battalion Inactivated August 22, 1972 at Fort Hoodmarker, Texasmarker.
  • 1st Battalion Activated June 20, 1974 at Fort Hood, Texas
  • 1st Battalion Reorganized and redesignated October 16, 1986 as the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment.
  • 4th Squadron Inactivated January 18, 1988 in Koreamarker and relieved from assignment to the 2d Infantry Division
  • Regiment Withdrawn February 16, 1989 from the Combat Arms Regimental System and reorganized under the United States Army Regimental System. 4th Squadron concurrently Assigned to the 3d Armored Division, and activated in Germanymarker.
  • 4th Squadron Inactivated October 16, 1991 in Germany and relieved from assignment to the 3d Armored Division.
  • HHT, 4th Squadron consolidated April 5, 1996 with the 2nd Reconnaissance Company (see below) and consolidated unit designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment; Squadron concurrently assigned to the 2d Infantry Division and activated in Koreamarker

2nd Reconnaissance Company

  • 2nd Reconnaissance Troop Constituted July 20, 1940 in the Regular Army and was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division.
  • 2nd Reconnaissance Troop Activated August 1, 1940 at Fort Sam Houstonmarker, Texasmarker.
  • 2nd Reconnaissance Troop Redesignated April 1, 1942 as the 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop.
  • 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop Redesignated March 1, 1943 as the 2d Reconnaissance Troop.
  • 2nd Reconnaissance Troop Redesignated July 6, 1944 as the 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized
  • 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized Redesignated June 16, 1945 as the 2nd Mechanized Reconnaissance Troop.
  • 2nd Mechanized Reconnaissance Troop Redesignated July 30, 1945 as the 2nd Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop
  • 2nd Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop Reorganized and redesignated October 15, 1948 as the 2nd Reconnaissance Company
  • 2nd Reconnaissance Company Inactivated June 20, 1957 in Alaskamarker and relieved from assignment to the 2d Infantry Division.
  • 2nd Reconnaissance Company consolidated with HHT, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment on April 5, 1996 and consolidated unit designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment; Squadron concurrently assigned to the 2d Infantry Division and activated in Koreamarker.


Campaign Participation Credit

  • Indian Wars:
  1. Comanches;
  2. Little Big Horn;
  3. Nez Perces;
  4. Pine Ridge;
  5. Montana 1873;
  6. North Dakota 1874
  • Mexican Expedition:
  1. Mexico 1916–1917
  • World War II:
  1. New Guinea;
  2. Bismarck Archipelago (with arrowhead);
  3. Leyte (with arrowhead);
  4. Luzon
  • Korean War:
  1. UN Defensive;
  2. UN Offensive;
  3. CCF Intervention;
  4. First UN Counteroffensive;
  5. CCF Spring Offensive;
  6. UN Summer-Fall Offensive;
  7. Second Korean Winter;
  8. Third Korean Winter
  • Vietnam:
  1. Defense;
  2. Counteroffensive;
  3. Counteroffensive, Phase II;
  4. Counteroffensive, Phase III;
  5. Tet Counteroffensive;
  6. Counteroffensive, Phase IV;
  7. Counteroffensive, Phase V;
  8. Counteroffensive, Phase VI;
  9. Tet 69/Counteroffensive;
  10. Summer-Fall 1969;
  11. Winter-Spring 1970;
  12. Sanctuary Counteroffensive;
  13. Counteroffensive, Phase VII;
  14. Consolidation I;
  15. Consolidation II;
  16. Cease-Fire
  • Southwest Asia:
  1. Defense of Saudi Arabia;
  2. Liberation and Defense of Kuwait;
  3. Cease-Fire


  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for:
  1. Antipolo, Luzon
  2. Yonchon, Korea
  3. Taegu, Korea
  4. Pusan, Korea
  5. Hongchon
  6. Pleiku province
  7. Binh Thuan province

  • Valorous Unit Award for:
  1. Tay Ninh province.
  2. Quang Tin province.
  3. Fish Hook.

  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for:
  1. Southwest Asia

  • Belgian Fourragere:
  1. 1940.

  • Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action:
  1. In the Ardennes.
  2. At Elsenborn Crest.

  • Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for:
  1. 17 October 1944 TO 4 July 1945

  • Republic of Korea presidential unit citation for:
  1. Waegwan-Taegu
  2. Korea 1952–1953

  • Chryssoun Aristion Andrias (Bravery Gold Medal of Greece) for:
  1. Korea

  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for:
  1. Vietnam 1965
  2. Vietnam 1965–1969
  3. Vietnam 1969–1970
  4. Vietnam 1970–1971
  5. Vietnam 1971–1972

  • Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class for:
  1. Vietnam 1969–1970

  • Navy Unit Commendation:
  1. 2nd BN for Operation Phantom Fury

In Popular Culture


  1. Randy Stern: "The Horse Soldier 1776-1943" ISBN 0-8061-1283-2
  2. 4th Squadron ONLY.
  3. B Troop, 1st Squadron only 1st Squadron unit entitled.
  4. Troop B, 1st Squadron only 1st Squadron unit entitled.
  5. Except 4th Squadron
  6. 4th Squadron ONLY.
  7. 1st Squadron Only
  8. 1st Squadron Only
  9. 1st Squadron Only

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