Regimental Designations and Deployments

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23 May 1836
President Andrew Jackson signs the bill authorizing the forming of the Second Regiment of Dragoons, Companies A – K.

1836 – 1842
Florida, Second Seminole War.

1842 – 1845
Ft Jessup, LA.

5 Mar 1843
Renamed Regiment of Riflemen.
4 Apr 1844
Renamed 2d Regiment of Dragoons.

1845 – 1847
War with Mexico.

1848 – 1860
West frontier service and Utah Expedition.

3 Aug 1861
Regiment renamed 2d U.S. Cavalry.

1861 – 1865
Civil War.

1866 – 1897
Frontier service and Indian Campaigns.

1898
War with Spain.

1905 – 1911
Philippine Insurrection.

1912 – 1917
Mexican border service.

1918 – 1919
WW I and German occupation service.

1919 – 1941
Ft Riley, Kansas, Cavalry Training Center.

Feb 1915
Machine Gun Company added.

15 Aug 1927
Assigned to 2d Cavalry Division.

15 Jul 1942
Regiment inactivated, with men and equipment assigned to 9th Armored Division forming 2d Armored Regiment.

15 Jan 1943
A new Regiment organized and activated 2d Cavalry (Mechanized), at Ft Jackson, SC, from draftees.

9 Oct 1943
Old Regiment (2d Armored Regiment, 9th Armored Division) broken up.
1st Battalion becomes 776th Amphibious Tank Bn, relieved from 9th AD and later serves in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
2nd Battalion becomes 2d Tank Bn, 9th AD and later captures the Ludendorff bridge at Remagen.
3rd Battalion becomes 19th Tank Bn, 9th AD.
Recon Company becomes D Co, 89th Cav Recon (Mecz), 9th AD.

22 Dec 1943
2d Cavalry (Mecz) redesignated 2d Cavalry Group (Mecz).
1st Bn becomes 2d Cavalry Reconnaissance (Mecz).
A Company (Recon).
B Company (Recon).
C Company (Recon).
D Company (Recon).
E Company (Assault Gun/Recon).
F Company (Tank).
2nd Bn becomes 42d Cavalry Reconnaissance (Mecz).
A Company (Recon).
B Company (Recon).
C Company (Recon).
D Company (Recon).
E Company (Assault Gun/Recon).
F Company (Tank).
While the official designations are Battalion and Company, we often used Squadron and Troop designations instead. Once Cav….

1944 – 1945
WW II with Patton’s Third Army.

1945 – 1946
German occupation service.

1945 – 1989
Cold War and border duty.

7 Oct 1945
2d Tank Bn deactivated, Camp Patrick Henry.

9 Oct 1945
19th Tank Bn deactivated, Camp Patrick Henry.

21 Jan 1946
776th Amphibious Tank Bn deactivated.

22 Feb 1946
66th Armored Field Artillery Bn joins Second Cavalry Regiment to become 66th Constabulary Squadron.

1 July 1946
Redesignated 2d Constabulary.
2d Cav Recon Bn becomes 2d Constabulary Bn.
E Co redesignated Light Tank Co, 1st Constabulary Regt.
42nd Cav Recon Bn becomes 42nd Constabulary Bn.
E Co redesignated Light Tank Co, 2d Constabulary Regt.

16 Nov 1948
Redesignated 2d Armored Cavalry.
2d Constabulary Bn becomes 1st Bn.
D Co disbanded.
42nd Constabulary Bn becomes 2d Bn.
D Co disbanded.
66th Constabulary Sqdn (former 66th Armored Field Artillery Bn) becomes 3rd Bn.

8 Jan 1951
Although they have been deactivated 6 years earlier, the 2d Tank Bn and 19th Tank Bn are relieved from assignment to the 9th Armored Division, and along with the 776th Amphibious Tank Bn, their histories are consolidated with the 2d Armored Cavalry.

23 May 1960
(124th Birthday) Battalions and Companies redesignated Squadrons and Troops.

16 Mar 1987
Placed under US Army Regimental System.

1990
Desert Storm.

1991
Return to Germany.

1992
Men and equipment transferred to Ft Lewis, WA.

1 July 1992
Redesignated 2d Armored Cavalry (Light), restructured with men and equipment from 199th Light Infantry Brigade.
1st Squadron gets men and equipment from 1st Bn, 33rd Armor, 199th LIB.
2nd Squadron gets men and equipment from 3rd Bn, 47th Infantry, 199th LIB.
3rd Squadron gets men and equipment from 2nd Bn, 1st Infantry, 199th LIB.

1993
Men and equipment transferred to Ft Polk, LA

15 Jan 1994
4/17 Cavalry Squadron becomes 4th Squadron, 2d Armored Cavalry.

1995
Deployed to Haiti.

1997
Deployed to Bosnia.

2003
Deployed to Kuwait/Iraq.

June 2004
Returned to Ft Polk.

April 2005
Releaved from attachment to XVIII Airborne Corps. Attached to I Corps. Men and equipment transferred to Ft Lewis, WA, less 4th Squadron. 4th Squadron deactivated at Ft Polk, men and equipment used to form 4th Bde, 10th Mtn Div.

June 2006
Restructured as an Infantry based Stryker Brigade Combat Team and redesignated 2SCR. 1st Bde, 25th Inf Div, reflagged as 2SCR. Men and equipment transferred to Vilseck, Germany. Old regiment reflagged 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and remains at Ft Lewis for deployment to Iraq early 2007.

September 2007
2SCR deployed to Iraq.

November 2008
2SCR returns to Vilseck, Germany.

September 2009
4th Squadron deployed to Romania for JTF-E.
2nd Squadron deployed to Bulgaria for JTF-E.

July 1, 2010
Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan.

July 22, 2011
2SCR returns to Vilseck, Germany.

September 1, 2011
Redesignated 2d Cavalry Regiment.

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