Welcome to the Blackhorse Association

The Blackhorse Association, founded in 1969 and incorporated in 1970, is a non-profit, charitable, organization dedicated to serving our country and our fellow Blackhorse Troopers and their families. We remain committed to our founding principles:  to honor comrades who gave their lives in the service of our country and Regiment, to preserve and strengthen comradeship formed in the Regiment, to proclaim and publicize the achievements and traditions of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, to support the troopers actively serving in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, and to establish and provide educational scholarships for the children of the Regiment.


As a major part of our mission, The Blackhorse Association conducts frequent reunions to bring together Blackhorse veterans and their families from all eras of Regimental service.


The Scholarship Fund has provided nearly $600,000 to help educate the children of Blackhorse Troopers killed or wounded in action and has now been expanded to assist all children of the Blackhorse.


Your membership helps us support the troops, veterans, and families of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Membership is open to all who served in the Regiment, as well as friends and family members.

The Blackhorse Association is totally dependent on contributions from our members. Your generous support helps fund The Scholarship Fund for our kids, as well as the basic operations of the Association. 

Recent news...

  • E-News — May 2024

    Trooper Down Charles R. Barnes was born in Charles County, Maryland on April 16, 1948, the son of Evelyn Proctor and Paul Diggs, who both preceded him in death. Similarly to Charles’ quiet disposition, he peacefully departed this life on April 4, 2024 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Charles received his early education in the Charles County, Maryland School System, where his class was first to integrate and graduate at LaPlata High School. He furthered his education at Prince George’s County Community College taking various courses such as communications, economics, writing, and law. Education...
  • E-News Special — April 2024 Passing of the Beloved 49th Regimental Commanding Officer Brigadier General (Ret.) John Sherman Crow

      Brigadier General (Ret.) John Sherman Crow passed away on April 7, 2024 in Natchez, Mississippi, after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was the proud 49th Colonel of the Blackhorse Regiment and Past President of the Blackhorse Association. There are not enough words, nor words large enough, to capture what General Crow has meant to the Blackhorse Regiment and its Association. He was the epitome of a concerned cavalry leader, and he truly loved the Regiment and its troopers. He was one of a few who in 2006 worked hard to...
  • E-News — April 2024

    John Doc Bahnsen Memorials The note below is from Doc Bahnsen’s family. Doc’s first memorial service will be in Rochelle, Georgia at 440 McWhorter Road, 2 p.m. on April 20. The second service will be in New Cumberland, West Virginia at 993 Gas Balley Road, 2 p.m. on May 4. ******   John Casterman left us peacefully on February 19, 2024. John was an intense and challenging man, and he was well loved. John grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas where his family ran the local Coca Cola Bottling Plant. He graduated from the University of Kansas...
  • E-News Special – March 2024 Blackhorse Mini-Reunion in Arizona

    Tom and Terri Morrison will host a mini-Blackhorse get-together on Saturday, March 23, 2024. Details: 1 – 5 p.m. 5121 W. Creedance Blvd. Glendale AZ 85310 We’ll order pizza for lunch, and it’ll be BYOB. If you’re able to go, please RSVP to help us with the planning. Thanks! Ron Krueger ronkrue@nullhotmail.com Phone: 530-304-4249
  • E-News — March 2024

    Troopers Down A Blackhorse Hero Passes From the Weirton Daily Times — February 23, 2024   ROCHELLE, Ga. — The nation lost one of its most highly decorated combat veterans Wednesday with the death of U.S. Army Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John C. “Doc” Bahnsen, who rode helicopters with his troops into battle in the jungles of southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He was 89. Bahnsen died of natural causes with his wife and family members present in a home he recently had built on the ancestral family farm in agricultural southeast Georgia. He had returned...
  • E-News — February 2024

    Troopers Down   Ronald Aurele Pineau, 74, of Jay, Maine, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2023, in Benton, surrounded by his family and loved ones. Ron was born on October 28, 1948, to Robert Napoleon Pineau and Joan d’Arc Fournier in Farmington Falls. After Ron graduated from Jay High School in 1967, he was drafted into the United States Armed Forces as a member of the 3rd Squadron of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and served in both Germany and Vietnam. During his time “in country,” he was a tank driver and...
  • E-News — January 2024

    Trooper Down   David Drake, the author or co-author of over 80 science fiction and fantasy books, passed away on December 10, 2023 in Silk Hope, North Carolina. Drake, a Vietnam veteran and lawyer, turned to writing fulltime in 1981, a few years after his first book was published. Drake was born on September 24,1945. He studied at Duke Law School and was drafted into the army in 1970, where he was assigned to the 11th Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse) where he spent the war in Vietnam and Cambodia. He finished law school after...
  • E-News Special — December 2023 Celebration of Life for Glenn Snodgrass

    The following information was provided by Glenn’s daughter, Allison Horton. A celebration of life/remembrance gathering in honor of Glenn will be held at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia on January 13, 2024, 1–4 p.m. The address for the Army Navy Club is 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Please note that this is the Arlington Army Navy Club — not the Fairfax location. The gathering will be a casual and relaxed event for attendees to meet with friends and family and to share the camaraderie Glenn fostered and valued...
  • E-News Special – the passing of Glenn Snodgrass

    It is with great sadness that the Blackhorse Association reports the passing of James Glenn Snodgrass, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) on December 9, 2023.   Glenn epitomized what it meant to be a Blackhorse Trooper. He served with the Regiment in Vietnam as a platoon leader and troop executive officer in A Troop, 1st Squadron. In Germany, he was Executive Officer of 1st Squadron, Regimental Adjutant, and Commander of 1st Squadron. In retirement, he organized a number of Blackhorse Reunions in Germany and later served as the President of the Blackhorse Association...
  • E-News — December 2023

    Trooper Down   Jonathon Ray Reed, 74, of Pennsboro, West Virginia, departed this life on October 24, 2023, at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer. John was born December 13, 1948 in Pennsboro, WV a son of the late Francis and Geneva (Mossor) Reed. For 45 years, John worked as an over-the-road truck driver; he started in 1970 for Cook Motor Lines. Over the years, he had worked for several companies and also owned and operated his own truck. For the last nine years, John volunteered at “The Gym” in Harrisville,...

11th ACR History

Our regiment has served in the Philippine–American War, World War II, the Vietnam War, Cold War, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq War), and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom). The 11th ACR serves as the Opposing Force (OPFOR) for the Army and Marine task forces, and foreign military forces that train at the National Training Center.

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