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The Patch of the First Cavalry Division
Do you know how the patch came to be?

It all started, as the story goes, the army was looking for patch ideas for this new division so the wife of Colonel Ben Dorsey, who commanded Seventh cavalry at the time, came up with some ideas.

She chose a large golden, Norman shield for the shape and basic color (Which is the largest patch in the army). She felt this would remind Americans the cavalry had protected them in the past and would in the future years to come from ALL enemies. And the golden yellow was chosen for the reminder of the beautiful sunsets at Fort Bliss.

She made this patch big because in her words "It is a big patch, worn by big men who do big things." (I like that saying)

The BLACK DIAGONAL STRIPE is also known as a sable bend, it resembles a baldric or Sam Brown Belt use cavalrymen wore to help keep their belt, which held their pistol holster in place.

She got the The HORSE HEAD idea as an officer mounted on a large thoroughbred past her porch. The black symbolizes iron which some feel represents strength.
 

 

Found this information from "Tales from the stable"
by Dr. John E. Touchton, Sr.

ISBN # 1-929458-00-2

 

The links below do not show the daily records, however "some" of the information is pulled from them.

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This page is dedicated to those men that served with Company  C, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry and especially those who lost there lives.

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