Welcome to the new Second Cavalry Association History site.
There is lots to read, so just scroll down. I’ll be adding more and updating the site regularly, so check back in often.
Posted below is the original welcome from Dave Gettman, the trooper responsible for getting this idea underway. I’m including it here for continuity, because the site might be new and re-vamped, but our purpose is the same.
Second Cavalry Association Historian
Dave Gettman’s original welcome follows —–
The Second Cavalry Association Regimental History Center
This is a Cavalry site. Many of the stories here are told in the words of the men who experienced them. No attempt has been made to “smooth the edges” or “soften the story” for the viewing public. In the same aspect, no attempt has been made to cover up the names of the men who fought and died, nor the circumstances that brought about their final acts. It is the task of the Cavalry to take the fight to the enemy and disrupt his ability to function – a task that we perform quite well. Family members seeking information about a loved one may find more than they had hoped for.
Men who fight know that it is not the fighting man’s objective to get decorated or commended but to accomplish your mission at all costs of ignominy, oblivion, or even death….The greatest hero of all-time will always remain the “Unknown Soldier” chiefly because we know him or knew him so well. We can easily visualize his death with a machine gun still hot barreled in his lap where he slumped over for the last time. Or maybe he remains tangled in the wreckage of a plane. We have seen him a hundred times stretched out by the road always just about to do one more thing to make it safer for us. As we ride through liberated or surrendered towns or start telling our stories we may forget him because he is always so silent, so humble about his heroism into the ultimate. But in the long run we remember him a thousand times….”
— Excerpt from FOREVER FORWARD, the history of the 99th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, WW II