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1st Cavalry Division Patch!
Yes folks, it is "C-a-V-a-l-r-y",
NOT "C-a-L-V-a-r-y" (that refers to a church). To abbreviate
it, it is; "Cav." NOT "CALV"! I am constantly amazed how
many get it wrong, even active duty Cavalry Troopers and Officers!
several occasions now, while I was wearing the 1st Cavalry patch I have had complete
strangers come up to me and say something like this; "1st Cav, huh, that patch, the
horse head is for the horse they couldn't ride, the stripe for the river they couldn't
cross, etc.." You get the idea! Well, needless to say, on each occasion
it took all I had to keep from knocking that individual on his ass. It really takes a set
of brass b---- to come up to someone, especially a veteran and say something like that.
do not know what I will do if I hear that crap again. I may be calling on my
fellow troopers to come bail me out of jail!
Have you ever heard the term "Steeped
in tradition"? Well some think this is, and do I have a news flash for
them, here is my condensed
version! It seems the old wives' tale goes like this; The reason the Cav. was still stationed in Korea was because
of alleged cowardice and that the Division lost its colors in some obscure
battle and could not return state-side until it regained its
colors. Well, the bottom line is this, no element of the 1st Cavalry
Division ever lost its' colors! Here is the real deal; From the Office of the Chief of
Military History in Washington DC, "Official Army records contain no
record of any unit in the United States Army that lost its colors to the
enemy during the Korean War." If you would like the whole story
on this, Click Here
for 2 attachments (scans from the
Ft. Hood, TX. First Cavalry Division Museum) of the data sheets on this.
Now please, lets put this to rest once and for all!! -
Here is some previous feedback on this topic;
From: George Gustavson
Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2001 6:40 PM
I got in one hell of a fight
with some asa boys over in Tongduchon over the patch. What I got was: the line you never
crossed, the horse you never rode, and the yellow speaks for itself. I'll remember that
George, I guess there are a-holes all
over the place. All I can say is that while I served with the Cav, and now when I wear the
"This Patch NEVER
It is the truly ignorant that will
make stupid remarks like that... Who bails their ass out when they can't do it themselves,
you got it, "The Cavalry", and who better than the First Team!!???
team has had WAY to many "Firsts" to put up with that crap!!
Good all over ya for standing
Having said that;
I post for everyone's enlightenment
the real story behind the 1st Cavalry patch which I will always wear and
display with pride!
1st Cavalry Division Patch
the history of.
The patch of the 1st Cavalry
Division has a history as colorful as its design, reflecting the proud heritage of the
United States Cavalry in a timeless manner.
The insignia selected for
the First team patch was designed by Colonel and Mrs. Ben Dorsey. The colonel was then
commander of the 7th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas. Mrs. Dorsey related that the
combination of the golden sunset at Fort Bliss and the traditional colors of
blue and yellow, were a great influence on the background color and the insignia. The
choice of the horse's head for the insignia was made by the family after they observed a
mounted trooper ride by their home on a beautiful blue-black thoroughbred.
improve visibility, the color scheme was modified replacing the blue for black, the
symbolic color of iron and armor.
On a "sunset"
yellow triangular Norman Shield with rounded corners
5 1/4 inches in height, a black
diagonal stripe extends over the shield from upper left to the lower right.
In the upper
right, a black horse's head cut off diagonally at the neck, appears within 1/8 inches of
an Army Green border. The traditional Cavalry color of yellow and the horse's head is
symbolic of the original organizational structure of the Cavalry. The color black is
symbolic of iron, alluding to the organizational transition from mounted horses to tanks
and heavy armor. The black stripe, in heraldry termed a "Sable Bend", represents
a "baldric" (a standard Army issue belt worn over the right shoulder to the
opposite hip - sometimes referred to as a "Sam Browne belt") which retains
either a scabbard which sheaths the trooper's saber or revolver holster.
During the Vietnam
engagements, the yellow background of the patch for Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) was changed
to a subdued Olive Drab (OD) green in order to minimize targeting of personnel.
yellow/black patch is retained for Class "A" uniform dress. Otherwise the patch
has not changed from the original design and shape.
Source: The First Cavalry Division Web Site (Sep.
Version To Consider;
When the 1st Cavalry Division was
activated in 1921, a request was made that interested persons should submit designs for a
unit shoulder patch. Among the designs submitted was the distinctive patch which
developed into the shoulder insigne worn by the men of the 1st Cavalry today.
The original patch was designed by Colonel and Mrs. Ben H.
Dorsey of Fort Bliss, Texas. Mrs. Dorsey's warm affection for the thousands of
troopers who have
worn her patch has earned her the title of "Mother of the 1st Cavalry Division".
Mrs. Dorsey's explanation of the design is "it is big, to be
worn by big men, who go places and do big things, and so as to be easily seen
wide parade grounds at Fort Bliss".
The gold of the background symbolizes the setting sun of the
Texas prairie; and the wide black stripe is a symbol of "service", as
represented by the troopers service stripes. The shape of the patch represents the shield
of the medieval knight and all he represented in chivalry and valor. The horse's head
symbolizes the love of the cavalryman for his mount, and is placed on the patch facing
forward, symbolic of the charge.
Source: Book -1st Cavalry
Division The First team - Prepared by the Information Section, Headquarters 1st
Cavalry Division. Korea, 1958 (Revised (1960)
This one is from:
Colonel Javier "Nerf" Ball, USMC
The file is a PDF. Click Here to view/download it!
The 1st Cavalry Division Motto:
"The First Team"
|As we wore in the
50's - 60's.
is worn today.
An Indian in breech clout
and war bonnet, mounted on a galloping pony, brandishing a rifle in his right hand and
holding a single rein in his left, all gold and superimposed on a dark blue five bastioned
The five bastioned fort was the badge of the Fifth Army Corps in
Cuba, of which the 9th Cavalry was a part. The gold (yellow) is for the
the blue is for active service during the War with Spain. The mounted Indian represents
the Indian campaigns of the regiment.
The sample of the badge was approved 31 December 1925.
This insignia (badge, or (D.I.) Distinctive
Insignia) is often referred to as the "Unit
Crest", this is in error. Contrary to the
belief of some, the Indian does NOT represent "Crazy
Horse" or any other individual! See above!
The description for the 9th Cavalry Unit Crest follows;
Unit Crest: On a wreath of the colors of a horseshoe with nine nail
holes, heels down argent, winged purpure, debruised by two arrows in saltire sable and
Shield: Or, on a pile azure, in a chief a
sun of eight points of rays between three five pointed mullets, two and one of the field;
in a base overall the block house of San Juan Hill, Santiago, Cuba, proper.
The field is yellow for
Cavalry and the blue triangle with the sun and three five-pointed stars are from the old
flag of the Philippine Insurrection with a change of color. The three stars also represent
the three tours of duty in the Islands. The block house is the old pride of
a representation of the actual one which was taken at San Juan, Santiago, Cuba in 1898.
The wedge is blue in color and recalls the fact that the 9th split the Spanish line at
Santiago with the capture of the block house when they charged dismounted as Infantry.
crest is the well known Scotch device signifying the alertness of the mounted man and the
arrows are for the Indian campaigns of the regiment.
The 9th Cavalry Motto:
We Can, We Will.
Source: H.J. Saunders
Several years ago I found a web site that had the story
of "Fiddlers' Green", it described Fiddlers' Green in great detail and was well
I have again searched for that web site and story with no luck.
If anyone has the "Story", I would appreciate a copy.
Here is a little something on Fiddlers' Green.
Yes, I would still
like to have the story to post here (in addition to this)...
Halfway down the trail to
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead
Near a good old-time
And this eternal resting
Is known as Fiddlers'
Marching past, straight
through to Hell
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by the
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades
Dismount at Fiddlers'
Though some go curving
down the trail
To seek a warmer scene.
No trooper ever gets to
Ere he's emptied his
And so rides back to
With friends at Fiddlers'
And so when man and horse
Beneath a saber keen,
Or in a roaring charge of
You stop a bullet clean,
And the hostiles come to
get your scalp,
Just empty your canteen,
And put your pistol to
And go to Fiddlers'
The origin and author
of Fiddlers' Green is unknown. It was believed to have originated in the 1800's and was
composed as a song, sung by the soldiers of the 6th and 7th Cavalry. Its first known
appearance in published form was in a 1923 Cavalry Journal.
Source: The First Cavalry Division Web Site (Sep.
We have all heard the haunting song,
"TAPS." It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually creates
tears in our eyes. But did you know the story behind the song or about it's humble
"TAPS" In 1862 during the
Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's
Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of
land. During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely
wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain
decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention.
Crawling on his stomach through the
gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his
encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually
a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.
The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly
caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the
soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war
broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army.
The following morning, heartbroken,
the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial
despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted.
The Captain had asked if
he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the
funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.
But, out of
respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.
The Captain chose a bugler.
the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the
pocket of the dead youth's uniform. This wish was granted.
The haunting melody, we now
know as "TAPS" used at military funerals, was born.
above story is poignant and heartwarming, it is total fiction - Check it
Rather than take up the space here and put another version online and
open to conjecture, I invite the viewer to go to www.google.com or any other
search engine and search on "origin of taps" and then make up
their/your own mind.
Curt Pendergraft for the enlightenment!
To hear my online version of Taps, click on the player below!