1st Cavalry Division Band


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Entry: 95861
Subject: FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION BAND 1953 IN SAPPORO, JAPAN

Richard DeFazio wrote on June 21, 2018


City and State: LENOX MA

Unit: FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION BAND

Service or Relationship: October 1952 - October 1954

Comments: Would like to make contact with anyone who served in the First Cavalry Division Band in Sapporo, Japan in Camp Crawford during June 1953 and September 1953

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Entry: 92580
Subject: 1ST CAL BAND KOREA 1960-1961

Kerri LaViola wrote on January 20, 2016


City and State: PINCKNEY MI

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father passed away last Saturday. He was in the 1st cav band and was in Korea in 1960 - 1961. His name is Mel Beaver and played trumpet. He loved those days and talked about them his whole life.

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Entry: 69874
Subject: RUMORS ABOUT LOSS OF COLORS 1ST CAV?

George Murphy SR. wrote on April 15, 2009


City and State: SIMI VALLEY CA

Unit: 1ST CAV DIV.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 53194
Subject: SGM MATTHEWS

Michael Molder wrote on September 18, 2005


City and State: SC

Unit: 1ST CAV BAND

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Oldest Buffalo Soldier to be buried at Arlington
Cavalryman fought under Pershing and in the South Pacific
From Larry Shaughnessy
CNN Washington Bureau
Saturday, September 17, 2005; Posted: 10:56 p.m. EDT (02:56 GMT)

Activated on July 28, 1866 Formed by black volunteers composed of freed salves, Civil War vets 1869: helped establish Fort Sill, Oklahoma 1880: defeated Chief Victorio's band of Commanches 1885: defeated Geronimo's Apaches 1898: accompanied Teddy Roosevelt up San Juan Hill 1913: assisted in the expedition against Pancho Villa
Source: First Squadron, 10th Cavalry

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Mark Matthews, the oldest Buffalo Soldier, has died at the age of 111.
He'll be buried Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.
Matthews joined the legendary unit of black cavalry troops in 1910 at the age of 16. He soon found himself serving under Gen. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing in the Army's pursuit of Pancho Villa, the revolutionary from Mexico who was considered a bandit.
Matthews later served in the South Pacific during World War II, rising to the rank of 1st sergeant.
The name Buffalo Soldiers was given to the troops of the all-black 9th and 10th Cavalry regiments by their adversaries in the Indian wars of the late 1800s. The name is believed to have originated either because the Indians thought the soldiers' hair resembled a buffalo's mane or that the Indians respected the soldiers for their courage and fearlessness, qualities they found in the buffalo.
The soldiers wore the nickname with pride. And they earned their reputation. More than 20 Buffalo Soldiers went on to receive the Medal of Honor, the military's highest award for valor. No other unit has won more.
After retiring from the Army shortly before it was formally desegregated by President Truman, Matthews had a long career as a security guard at the National Institutes of Health.
In his later years Matthews became a symbol of the Buffalo Soldiers. In 1994 he was invited to the White House to meet President Clinton.
And in 2002 he visited the State Department to meet Secretary of State Colin Powell, the first African-American to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Powell had been instrumental in getting a monument to the Buffalo Soldiers built at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1992.
According to the Washington Post, which first reported Matthews death, he was until his passing the oldest man in Washington, D.C. He died September 6 of pneumonia at a D.C. nursing home.
A funeral service will be at Trinity AME Zion Church in Washington.


I reprint this WITHOUT permission…from CNN

Michael S. Molder, SSG USA (ret)

I add my comments to this story, with my hope you will reprint it. The story that we never saw in the cowboy movies. General Powel has done well in giving the story of the black Cavalry, but there is still much more we need to give recognition too.


Rest ye well SGM Mark Matthews. You showed us the way.


Keywords: Fallen HERO laid to rest on Monday.



Entry: 50632
Subject: ARMY BAND

Michael Molder wrote on May 7, 2005


City and State: SC

Unit: 1ST CAV BAND

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Anybody who knows CW0 Freddy Vincent....sigh .... I'm going to wite a book ...or somptin.
FV ...you can pay me by certifited check.

Keywords: I found this site on a lark ... Please feel free to E-mail me ... in the header 1st CAV
will find it's way through the filter.



Entry: 50631
Subject: 83-90 KOREAN VET

Michael Molder wrote on May 7, 2005


City and State: SC

Unit: 1ST CAV BAND

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I saw alot of Humanity, lucily not many bullits. "When the 1st Cav Band Forward got into Iraq in '91 the first thing the women did after we started shaving ,,, was to wash their hair" That's when I knew that we were good.

SSG Michael

Keywords: Korea, Japan, BAND.



Entry: 41831
Subject: LOSING COLORS

Jerry Killer wrote on March 18, 2004

Email Update Needed



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Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was in the Vietnam war and I was in the 1st battalion, 7th air cav and was told that the cav lost their colors in the Korean war but we got them back in Vietnam war. I was wondering how did we lose the colors?

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Entry: 41211
Subject: NEED INFO

Tim Markle JR. wrote on February 23, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: YORK PA

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My grandfather a proud korean vet had just passed away this past sunday febuary 21 2004 any one who knows a person who had served in the first cav at inchon please e mail me and sort of give me a brief description of what it was like again the 1st cav artillery at inchon

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Entry: 36408
Subject: LOUIS PIERCE

Linda Pierce wrote on August 21, 2003

Email Update Needed



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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am helping my father try to find anyone who might know him from the 1st cavalry 8th regiment in 1960. He was army.

Keywords: 1st cavalry, 8th regiment, 1960



Entry: 34844
Subject: LOOKING FOR GRANDFATHER

Janine Russell wrote on June 13, 2003


City and State: MESA AZ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I have a copy of his honor certificate signed by Lyndon B. Johnson.
Thats all I have.
Thats all I know.
I don't even know his birthday.
I would just like to know a little more about him.
Looking for suggestions.
Thank you.
Janine L. Russell

Keywords: I Don't know anything...All I have is his name
(Paul C. Russell) I know he was Cavalry because of the patch on his uniform.







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