Blackhorse 11th ACR

E-News — August 2023. Warning Order! The Last Patrol

The note below is provided by the Point Alpha Stiftung. We will pass along updates as they are sent to us.

We would like to host a veteran’s reunion of the 14th and 11th ACR next year in the context of the Last Border Patrol ceremony. U.S. Army Europe and Africa has already confirmed the date for the ceremony on Friday, April 19, 2024.

I have already spoken to Winfried Jäger from the Blackhorse Museum in Fulda, who would also like to contribute along with his association.

Our tentative plan is as follows:

Wednesday, April 17: There will be opportunities to visit various museums (such as the Blackhorse Museum) in Fulda and/or the city of Fulda itself. In the evening, we would have barbecue with Winfried Jäger and his people in the clubhouse of Downs Barracks and celebrate a cozy get-together.

Thursday, April 18: Our idea is to get to know the region together and visit the K+S company, for example. I have also asked Mechanized Infantry Battalion 391 of the Bundeswehr in Bad Salzungen as to whether we could visit the barracks on this day. A final answer is pending.

Friday, April 19: In the morning, we would like to carry out guided tours with school classes together with you. The flag ceremony would take place around 11:30 a.m. Do you think the veterans could do the flag ceremony together with cadets of the Wiesbaden high school? After the ceremony and the speeches, we would have lunch together, and afterwards there would be a panel/witness talk with two of you and our
witnesses for the students.

For the time being, we don’t have any further details. There are some more ideas, but they are in a preliminary state. We will keep you posted.

Best regards
Jan Ludwig Antoni, M.A.
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Kind regards,
Jan Ludwig Antoni, M.A.

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Point Alpha Stiftung
Schlossplatz 4
36419 Geisa

Tel.: 036967-5964 270
Tel. Gedenkstätte: 06651-919030

More information can be found at the links below.

Historical Note
From Don Snedeker

Taken from the History of the 11th Cavalry Regiment:

From 1957 to 1964, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment performed border duty along the 132-mile-long border between Czechoslovakia and West Germany. Regimental Headquarters, 1st Battalion, and the Aviation Company were located in Straubing, 2nd Battalion in Landshut, and 3rd Battalion in Regensburg. The Recon Battalions were renamed Squadrons in 1960.

“On 28 April 1963 an Army CH-34 Helicopter piloted by 1/Lt. David M. Reed and 2/Lt. Willie T. Tempton, with SFC Harwell Seay as Crew Chief, flew an aerial medical evacuation. The aircraft departed Straubing, Germany in route to Regensburg, Germany at 2100 hours to pick up a woman patient who was in labor and had developed complications. The woman was taken to the 2nd Field Hospital in Munich, Germany.

“As the helicopter departed Regensburg the doctor told the pilots that speed was essential. 30 miles from Munich the woman began delivery. As radio contact had been established with Munich Control, they advised of the birth in progress and ‘Priority One’ was given. SFC Seay advised the pilot that the doctor requested that the aircraft ‘be held as steady as possible’ and that he was assisting the doctor in the delivery. The pilots were then advised that the delivery had been abnormal, and that the baby had stopped breathing. The doctor applied artificial respiration and finally the baby started breathing. A few minutes later the CH-34 landed at the hospital Helipad, a trip accomplished in record time. The mother and baby were rushed to emergency and both are now doing fine.”

Another Example of Cavalry Trooper Initiative
From Don Snedeker

Background Perspective:

In October 1906, the 11th Cavalry (Regimental Headquarters, 2nd & 3rd Squadrons; 1st Squadron stayed Stateside) were deployed to Cuba to quell a rising insurgency in the U.S. protectorate. Regimental HQ and 3rd Squadron were stationed in Pinar del Rio on the western end of the island, while 2nd Squadron was located in Camp Colombia, Havana. Their mission was to show the flag and uncover rebel weapons caches. The Regiment (-) redeployed to the United States in early 1909 and was then stationed at Fort Oglethorpe in northwest Georgia for the next two decades.


Cavalry Trooper Initiative



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