2nd Cavalry Regiment (Stryker), US Army Europe
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The Second Dragoons are the oldest mounted regiment on continuous active service in the U.S. Army. From its formation in 1836 to fight in the Second Seminole War, to its numerous deployments to the Middle East, the Regiment has distinguished itself in major campaigns: the Indian Wars, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, both world wars, and the Persian Gulf War. Along the way members of the Regiment served gallantly in action, and 20 were awarded Medals of Honor.
From the steamy swamps of Florida to the frozen Rocky Mountains, from the badlands of the Midwest to the deserts of southwest Asia, from the northern plains of Europe to the cascades of western Washington, from the disease infested jungles of the Philippines, Cuba and Porto Rico to the island of Haiti, and from its service in the Civil War and the War with Mexico to its current mission as the cavalry regiment of America‟s contingency corps, the Second Dragoons have been on active service for nearly one and three quarters centuries, making them the Army‟s oldest mounted regiment on continuous duty.
Although with its current organization and equipment, the Regiment may bear little resemblance to those first horse-mounted troopers, the spirit of the cavalry nevertheless lives on today. The Dragoons of the 21st century proudly sustain the legacy by following the orders of Captain May at Resaca de la Palma:
"Remember your Regiment and follow your officers."
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