2019 2d Cavalry Association Reunion
The Second Cavalry Association 2019 Reunion was held in Kansas City Missouri and was a rousing success. We were supported by a color guard from the Fourth Cavalry, and honored to host several members of our Regiment who traveled from Vilseck. In attendance was the RDCO, RCSM and the Regimental NCO and Trooper of the year.
The staff rides engineered by Frank Hurd and Tim White were exceptional. On Friday, we were treated to a discussion of the 2nd largest cavalry battle of the Civil War at Mine Creek (25 October 1864) and a tour of Fort Scott, Kansas the last remaining outpost of a line of forts from Minnesota to Louisiana that helped to enforce this promise of a “permanent Indian frontier.” On Saturday we had a very educational visited to the Presidential Library of Harry S Truman, and the very sobering and thoughtful National World War I Memorial and Museum.
The Punch Bowl Ceremony once again highlighted the rich history of the Regiment and at dinner we got a superb presentation by Pat Biddy concerning the repatriation of PFC Fred Ashley’s remains, who served the regiment during the Second World War, and the ongoing efforts to recover two more World War II MIAs. We were also briefed on the state of the Regiment by the RDCO, LTC Troy Meissel, who described a very active calendar for our Regiment, both tactically and as a political force in Europe.
Following the retirement of the colors, we were once again entertained by Frank Hurd’s not so silent auction with all of the proceeds going towards our memorial effort at Ft Benning. We missed those who couldn’t make the reunion and thoroughly enjoyed catching up with those who did.
Future reunions – the 2021 reunion will be at Ft. Benning where we will dedicate an lasting and encompassing memorial to the history of the Regiment and to those who served and died as Cavalry Troopers.
2023 is tentatively set to be in Montana to trace the 2d Cavalry in the Second Indian Wars.
2019 Reunion Attendees: