Regimental Sergeant's Major

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The history of the Noncommissioned Officer Corps

In the early days of the American Revolution, there was little standardization of the NCOs duties or responsibilities in existence. In 1778, during the long hard winter at Valley Forge, Inspector General Friedrich Von Steuben standardized NCO duties and responsibilities in his Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States printed in 1779. Commonly called the Blue Book, it set down the duties and responsibilities for Corporals, Sergeants, First Sergeants, Quartermaster Sergeants, and Sergeant Majors, which were the NCO ranks of the period. It also emphasized the importance of selecting quality soldiers for NCO positions.

The Sergeant Major served as the assistant to the Regimental Adjutant. He kept rosters, formed details, and handled matters concerning the interior management and discipline of the Regiment.

The appointment of Noncommissioned Officers was the prerogative of the Regimental Commander. The Regimental Commander would accept recommendations by Company Commanders for Company NCOs.

From the American Revolution to World War II the NCO received his promotion from the Regimental Commander. Entire careers were often spent within one Regiment. If a man was transferred from one Regiment to the next he did not take his rank with him. No NCO could be transferred in grade from one Regiment to another without the permission of the General in Chief of the Army, and this was rarely done.

Due to an increase in technology, Congress approved a bill in 1908 to reward those in technical fields (pay raise) in order to maintain their services.

After World War I Congress added 3 new ranks – Staff Sergeant, Technical Sergeant, and Master Sergeant.

In 1930 Technicians were created in grades 3, 4, and 5, chevrons were marked with a T.

In 1945 the Technician ranks were discontinued.

In 1955 the Specialists ranks were started.

In 1958 two grades were added, E-8 and E-9. At this point the NCO ranks were Corporal, Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Sergeant First Class, Master Sergeant, and Sergeant Major.

In 1966, Army Chief of Staff Harold K. Johnson chose Sergeant Major William O. Wooldridge as the first Sergeant Major of the Army. The SMA was to be an advisor and consultant to the Chief of Staff on enlisted matters.

In 1967 General Johnson established the position of Command Sergeant Major. This position served as the Commander’ s enlisted assistant to Commander’ s at the Battalion level and above.

The following is a list of the Sergeants Major of the 2d Dragoons.

The list is broken down into different categories due to the development of the Non-Commissioned Officer Corps to meet the ever changing needs of the Army.

SERGEANT MAJOR

TREE, Arthur D; 3 Nov 1842 – 30 Dec 1846
RUSSELL, Thomas; 31 Dec 1846 – 26 July 1847
MORRIS, John; 27 July 1847 – 15 June 1849
SPEAR, Samuel; 16 June 1849 – 26 Nov 1857
MacNAMARA, Micheal; 1 Oct 1858 – 8 Mar 1860
BURTON, Thomas W.; 12 Mar 1860 – 12 Feb 1862
LENNOX, Robert; 12 Feb 1862 – (?) 1863
DELACOUR, Thomas; (?) 1863 – (?) 1864
POLK, Charles H.; (?) 1864 – 15 Nov 1864
DELACOUR, Thomas; 15 Nov 1864 – 18 Mar 1865
MOUNT, Daniel; 18 Mar 1865 – 1 Jun 1865
DELACOUR, Thomas; 1 Jun 1865 – 16 Dec 1865
MOUNT, Daniel; 17 Dec 1865 – 1 Jan 1866
SEARCH, William; 1 Jan 1866 – 15 Feb 1867
PURTELL, Patrick; 15 Feb 1867 – 12 Sept 1873
WINCKEL, Charles; 12 Sept 1873 – 6 Apr 1876
FULLER, Alvardo M., 6 Apr 1876 – 28 Jun 1879
VERWER, Louis; 1 Aug 1879 – 18 Dec 1880
GLESENER, Philip; 19 Dec 1880 – 20 Sept 1881
STEWART, Francis; 28 Dec 1881 – 22 Mar 1883
ELLIOTT, Orlando; 22 Mar 1883 – 17 Aug 1883
ALBRECHIT, Nicholas; 17 Aug 1883 – 29 Feb 1884
HAY, Fred; 1 July 1884 – 1 Sept 1884
TYFE, Robert H.; 1 Sept 1884 – 18 Jun 1897
McVEAN, Charles G.; 19 Jun 1897 – unknown
O’KEEFE, Michael; unknown – 20 Mar 1905
RYAN, Michael; 23 Mar 1905 – 2 Jun 1905
KILTON, Arthur; 16 July 1905 – 16 Jan 1912
KIRBY, William; 1 Mar 1912 – 3 Jun 1917
O’DONOGHUE, N.R.; 13 Jun 1917 – 10 July 1917
MATTHEWS, Joseph J.; 12 July 1917 – 26 Nov 1917
BROWN, Williams A.; 20 Dec 1917 – 18 Feb 1918
WORTHLEY, Irwin M.; 18 Feb 1918 – 12 July 1919
GREENWALT, Peter F.; 21 Aug 1919 – 26 Oct 1925
GARFIELD, Thomas; 26 Aug 1919 – 5 Nov 1919
KENNEY, William; 2 Oct 1919 – 18 Nov 1922
DAPP, Simon A.; 4 Jun 1920 – 7 Mar 1921
COMPTON, Hubert C.; 28 Apr 1920 – 23 Dec 1920
REED, Ballard M.; 27 Oct 1925 – 5 Mar 1928
FISHER, Arthur J.; 6 Mar 1928 – 11 May 1928
AYDELOTT, Zoro F.; 1 Jun 1928 – 9 Mar 1929
CARROLL, Joseph A.; 10 Mar 1929 – 31 Oct 1930
ALAVATOR, John C.; 1 Nov 1930 – 30 Apr 1931
CARROLL, Joseph A.; 1 May 1931 – 31 July 1932
HARRIS, Eddie; 1 Aug 1932 – 31 Aug 1932
CARROLL, Joseph A.; 1 Sept 1932 – 31 July 1933
JAHANNEY, John; 1 Aug 1933 – 31 Aug 1933
CARROLL, Joseph A.; 1 Sept 1933 – 30 Sept 1933
ERVIN, Charles G.; 1 Oct 1933 – 31 Oct 1933
CARROLL, Joseph A.; 31 Oct 1933 – 1936
COHRS, Henry J.; 1941
BREHENEY; 1953(?)-1954(?)
SMITH; 1954(?)-(?)
CHESSER, Allen B.; 1962
WASSON, Clifford; 1964

COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR

DORNICK, Sam; 1967
FOGLIO, Joseph; 1970
CALL, Thomas D.; 1971
CIESLAK, Allen B.; 1972
CROSBY, George; 1973
HAVNER, Charles W.; 1974
HEDGES, Leonard P.; 1975
POWER, Walter A.; 1976
PATTON, Curtis C.; 1978
TROBOUGH, Terry J.; 1980
GRZEBSKI, Mark W.; 1982
McNALLY, William L.; 1983
WILSON; 1985
ASHMORE, Perry B.; 1987
DUNCAN, J.D.; 1989
ROSS, Richard L.; 1990
SEMON, Ron; 1993
HELMS, Dan C.; 1994
MOHROR, Steven; 1995
CHRISTIAN, Carl E.; 1997
TAYLOR, John T.; 1 Feb 1999 – 1 Nov 2000
McGARRY, Thomas; 1 Nov 2000 – 20 Apr 2001
GAINEY, William J.; 20 Apr 2001 – 28 Feb 2002
BLACKWOOD, Roger P.; 28 Feb 2002 – Apr 2005
TROXELL, John W.; Apr 2005 – 1 Jun 2006
MARTINEZ, Victor; 1 Jun 2006 – 24 Nov 2008
MORRIS, Mark; 24 Nov 2008 – 13 Oct 2011
PARRISH, Malcolm D.; 13 Oct 2011 – 30 April 2013
ENGRAM, Wilbert Jr.; 30 April 2013 – 15 Jul 2014
CELESTINE, Martin S.; 15 Jul 2014 – 7 Oct 2014
POSPISIL, Shane E.; 7 Oct 2014 – present

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8 Replies to “Regimental Sergeant's Major”

  1. Looking at my Honorary Dragoons Certificate dated 22 Feb 1973 (page 19)

    Chas Graham was the 56th Colonel
    George (C.?) Crosby was the Regt SMAJ (not on your list)

    Nice job on the website

    George Albrecht
    How Btry 2/2

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  2. Studying Unit History, just wondering why the Sergeant Majors are not numbered. They should probably have one row of numbers for Sergeant majors, then another row for Command Sergeant Majors.

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    1. Still a lot of discrepancies in the names and dates, plus some gaps. Records have been lost, poorly kept, or not kept at all. This is NOT an official list, but close as I have for now. No way I can assign numbers and have it come out with any sense or reason.

      There are those who will argue the current number for the Colonel of the Regiment, also.

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  3. I was in the 2ndACR from September 1967 through June 1969. I worked in S-3 for Sergeant Major Dornick who was the Operations SM during that time. Command Sargent Major Foglio was the Regimental CSM during that time. I was also the minor little league baseball coach for Merrell Barricks during the summer 1968 with a team with one loss and the league championship. RCSM Fogios son Michael was on the team along with many other young men who’s parents were Officers and NCO’s.
    As I recall Sgt. Cieslak was the Communications NCO during that time.

    I do have pictures of the Regimental Day in 1968 at the Dutzendteich and Zeppelin Field if there is any interest in posting them. That includes pictures of Sgt. T.Tattlinger (German Border Guards liaison) marching the attached German troupes through the Zepplin Field.

    With high regards,
    D.Marlin

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  4. Dave Marlin-

    I was the regimental photographer from April, 1968, to November, 1969. CSM Foglio was there for my entire tour. He died in 2005 and is buried near Ft Lewis, WA. I took many pictures on Regimental Day but haven’t seen any since. Can you share what you have? Remember the Air Force flyover?

    Bob Smith
    Madison, WI

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