2nd Cavalry Regiment in WW I

Compiled, edited and published by Historical Section, Second Cavalry Association
Maj. A. L. Lambert and Cpt. G. B. Layton, 2d Cavalry

2ndcav1917In April 1918 the Second Cavalry landed in France and was in the Toul sector within three weeks of leaving home. “I should consider myself fortunate to again have your splendid Regiment a part of my command”, wired General Pershing to Colonel West when the Second left Jolo in 1912, and his word was fulfilled, when half a world away, thirty-one of it’s troopers landed with him as his escort, first in England, then in France, as Headquarters Troop at Chaumont.

The Regiment followed and gained the unique distinction of being the only American Cavalry to remain mounted to reach the firing line. They fought in the Aisne-Marne offensive in July 18 – August 6, 1918, when the American First and Second Divisions smashed in the west face of the German Marne Salient at Soissons. Detachments from the Regiment took part in the Oise-Aisne offensive, August 18 – September 11, but the greatest commendation was gained by the Second Cavalry for it’s part in the reduction of the St. Mihiel Salient, Sept. 12-16, when Troops A, B, C, D, F, G and H under Lt. Col. O.P.M. Hazzard were attached to the American First Division of the Fourth Army Corps, making the main effort of the American First Army in France.

General Pershing massed six divisions on an eighteen mile front, so something had to give. The 1st Division jumped off by passing Mont Sec, which the French had assaulted for years in vain, and reached the line Heudicourt-Nosard. Here the Squadron passed through the forests of La Belle Oziere, Nonsard, and Vigneulles, scouted the open country as far as Heudicourt, Creue, and Vigneulles, eventually advancing to St. Maurice, Woel, and Jonville, pursuing the enemy, fighting his rear guard, capturing numerous prisoners, forcing deployment and delaying his retreat, in fact, doing everything that so small a force could accomplish.

This action was followed by the final Allied offensive, the Meuse-Argonne, Sept. 26 to Nov. 11, 1918, with the Second Cavalry being attached to the American 35th Division, the left flank of eight divisions then attacking between the Meuse River and the Argonne Forest. The plan of the American First Army was to bypass the strong points of Montfaucon and Romagne on both sides and seize the high ground at Barricourt with a converging effort, which would shatter all German positions before Sedan.

The 35th Division spearheaded the assault on the left, in an engagement where the troops of the Second Cavalry “during the six days battle at Vauquois, Bois de Rossigny, Quvrage D’Aden, Cheepy, Charpentry, Baulny, Bois de Montre Beau, and Exermont from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, 1918, accomplished their tasks with fearlessness, courage and disregard of danger and hardship.” (quote by P. E. Traub, Major Gen. Commanding 35th Division)

The 159th Inf. Brigade further commended 2nd Lt. C. Thomas, Sgt. South, Private Naylor, and 15 other men from Troop C, Second Cavalry, for the operation North of Busancy and in Beaumont from Nov. 3 – Nov. 6, patrolling the entire front of the Division sector in advance of the Infantry which resulted in military information of great value, riding into machine gun and artillery swept areas time and time again and drawing fire in successful efforts to aid the advance of the Infantry by locating machine gun nests and enemy parties digging in.

From Beaumont American artillery dominated 20 miles of the German main supply line to the Western Front – the Montmedy-Sedan rail line.

With the Germans driven across the Meuse at Sedan the Armistice was signed on Nov. 11 marking the cessation of hostilities. The Second Cavalry remained with the Army of Occupation in Germany at Coblenz until August 1919 when it returned to the States for duty at Fort Riley, Kansas.

10 Replies to “2nd Cavalry Regiment in WW I”

  1. Seeking information on an EDWARD BROWN, born Feb 13, 1899 in Santa Rosa Twp., Sonoma County, CA, lived in Hemet, Riverside County CA, (father was Frank L. Brown), served with Company H, 2nd California Cavalry beginning in 1918, died Nov 25, 1919, buried at Los Angeles National Cemetery, Section 39, Row E, Site 11.
    He was a cousin of my mother’s.


  2. I recently found my grandfather’s dog tags among my belongings and found your site in a subsequent “Google search.” He was a private in the Second U.S. Cavalry, Troop H and served in France during WWI. His name was James Mitchell and he had two daughters, my mother and my aunt. He had no sons and no middle name. I am his only namesake and was hopeful that you might be able to provide me with any kind of information relative to him during this period. Thank you for your kind consideration in this matter.


    1. My grandfather was in troop h as well ,I have photos of them overseas and stateside if anyone’s interested


  3. Am looking for any information about my grandfather Daniel E. Lintner U.S. Army/SN 350 439 D.O.B. 1-11-1892, DOD. 6-29-1964 Private Troop D, 12th Cavalry..from Oct. 8, 1914 – October 1, 1919. He received World War 1 Victory Medal and World War 1 Victory Button. Place of entry Chicago, Il. Place of Separation Camp Dix, N.J. I would appreciate any information you could give about his fighting campaigns, I would greatly appreciate it…Verna Stimmel


  4. I am looking for any information on Daniel E. Lintner DOB 1-11-1892, DOD 6-29-1964, Private Troop D, 12th Cavalry from Oct. 8, 1914-Oct. 1st 1919, Place of entry, Chicago, Il., Place of of Separation, Camp Dix, N.J. World War 1 Victory Medal; World War 1 Victory Button..Would appreciate any information as to where he fought and when .


  5. I’m looking for information on Troop L, 2nd Cavalry Regiment during WWI in France. I have a Purple Heart certificate for:
    “SGT Harry E. Thurston, Troop L, 2D Cav
    For exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous services During Fire March 30, 1919.
    American Expeditionary Forces
    In testimony thereof, and as an expression of appreciation of these services, I award him this citation
    Awarded on June 12 1919
    (Signed). John J. Pershing
    Included with this (boxed) certificate is a very old Purple Heart medal.
    Can anyone help with information about where L Troop,Second Squadron, 2nd Cav operated during this period during WWI?
    Jeffrey A Loudermilk
    COL (Ret), USA


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