7th Cavalry Regiment
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"The Seventh First"





The Army did not begin a formal program for determining lineage and honors until the 1920s. Before that time, considerable confusion existed within the Army about the accepted procedures and methods for determining the prior history of units and their entitlement to battle honors. With the demobilization of the Army following World War I, many distinguished units were lost from the rolls. To avert such problems in the future, the Historical Section of the Army War College assumed responsibility for maintaining historical information about Army units: thus lineage work began.

Today the Force Structure and Unit History Branch continues the work begun by the Historical Section of the Army War College. The branch maintains historical information on active and inactive units in all components - Regular Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard, and prepares official Lineage and Honors Certificates. On the basis of research in primary and secondary material, the certificates outline the major organizational changes undergone by the unit and provide a list of the official battle honors (campaign credit and decorations) that the unit has earned. The information contained on the certificates is reformatted for publication in the Army Lineage Series

While it would take a book to recount the rich history brought about by the changes of each unit in the 7th Cavalry Regiment, an overall look at the major reorganizational elements of the Regimental Lineage presents a picture of an organization that was accustomed to fighting and brought strength from change.



7th Cavalry Regiment
Lineage

28 July 1866; Constituted in the Regular Army as the 7th Cavalry Regiment.

21 September 1866; Organized at Fort Riley, Kansas, Colonel Andrew J. Smith, commanding.

1883; (Circulars 8 & 9) Cavalry Companies officially designated as Troops.

December 1917; Assigned to the 15th Cavalry Division.

11 May 1918; Relieved from the 15th Cavalry Division.

13 September 1921; Assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.

28 February 1943; Dismounted.

4 December 1943; Reorganized partly under cavalry and partly under infantry tables of organization and equipment.

20 July 1945; Reorganized wholly as infantry, but retained cavalry designations.

25 March 1949; Reorganized with troops designated as companies

15 October 1957; Relieved from the 1st Cavalry Division

01 November 1957; Reorganized as a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System.

1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment
Lineage

28 July 1866; Constituted in the Regular Army as Company "A", 7th Cavalry Regiment.

10 September 1866; Organized at Fort Riley, Kansas.

1833; Cavalry companies officially designated as Troops.

December 1917 - May 1918; Assigned to the 15th Cavalry Division.

13 September 1921; Assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.

28 February 1943; Dismounted.

04 December 1943; Reorganized partly under cavalry and partly under infantry tables of organization and equipment.

20 July 1945; Reorganized wholly as infantry, but retained cavalry designations.

25 March 1949; Troop "A", 7th Cavalry redesignated as Company "A", 7th Cavalry.

01 November 1957; Reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battle Group, 7th Cavalry and remained assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.

01 September 1963; Reorganized and redesignated as 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry.

01 July 1965; Transferred, less personnel and equipment from Korea to Fort Benning, Georgia and reorganized.

22 August 1972; Inactivated at Fort Hood, Texas.

20 June 1974; Activated as a tank battalion, at Fort Hood, Texas.

16 October 1986; Reorganized and redesignated the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry.

2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment
Lineage

28 July 1866; Constituted in the Regular Army as Company "B", 7th Cavalry Regiment.

10 September 1866; Organized at Fort Riley, Kansas.

1833; Cavalry companies officially designated as Troops.

December 1917 - May 1918; Assigned to the 15th Cavalry Division.

13 September 1921; Assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.

28 February 1943; Dismounted.

04 December 1943; Reorganized partly under cavalry and partly under infantry tables of organization and equipment.

20 July 1945; Reorganized wholly as infantry, but retained cavalry designations.

25 March 1949; Troop "B", 7th Cavalry redesignated as Company "B", 7th Cavalry.

01 July 1957; Reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry, concurrently consolidated with the 3rd Reconnaissance Company (see ANNEX 1 below), transferred less personnel and equipment from Japan to Fort Benning, Georgia, relieved from assignment to the 1st Cavalry Diviision, assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division and reorganized (organic elements concurrently constituted and activated.

05 June 1963; Redesignated as 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry; concurrently, transferred less personnel and equipment from United States Army, Europe to United States Army, Pacific, relieved from assignment to 3rd Infantry Division and assigned to 1st Cavalry Division.

01 September 1963; Reorganized in Korea.

01 July 1965; Transferred, less personnel and equipment from Korea to Fort Benning, Georgia and reorganized.

  [ANNEX 1]  

01 August 1940; Constituted as 3rd Reconnaissance Troop in the Regular Army and assigned to 3rd Infantry Division.

05 August 1940; Activated at Fort Lewis, Washington.

01 April 1941; Redesignated as 3rd Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop.

16 June 1944; Redesignated as 3rd Reconnaissance Troop.

15 August 1945; Reorganized and redesignated as 3rd Mechanized Reconnaissance Troop.

10 January 1949; Reorganized and redesignated as 3rd Reconnaissance Company.

01 July 1957; Consolidated with "B" Company, 7th Cavalry and designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry and remained to the 3rd Infantry Division.

05 June 1963; Redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry and concurrently relieved from assignment to the 3rd Infantry Division and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.

16 January 1987; Inactivated at Fort Hood, Texas and relieved from assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division.

16 February 1987; Redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry, assigned to the 4th Infantry Division and activated at Fort Carson, Colorado.

16 December 1992; Relieved from assignment to the 4th Infantry Division; concurrently reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry and assigned to the 2nd Armored Division (former 3rd Reconnaissance Company concurrently withdrawn from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry).

3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment
Lineage

28 July 1866; Constituted in the Regular Army as Company "C", 7th Cavalry Regiment.

10 September 1866; Organized at Fort Riley, Kansas.

1833; Cavalry companies officially designated as Troops.

December 1917 - May 1918; Assigned to the 15th Cavalry Division.

13 September 1921; Assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.

01 February 1928; Inactivated as Troop "C", 7th Cavalry.

01 August 1940; Activated at Fort Bliss, Texas.

28 February 1943; Dismounted.

04 December 1943; Reorganized partly under cavalry and partly under infantry tables of organization and equipment.

20 July 1945; Reorganized wholly as infantry, but retained cavalry designations.

25 March 1949; Troop "C", 7th Cavalry redesignated as Company "C", 7th Cavalry.

01 July 1957; Transferred from Japan to Germany; concurrently consolidated with 10th reconnaissance Company (see ANNEX 1 below), reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd econnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry, relieved from assignment to 1st Cavalry Division, and assigned to 10th Infantry Division (organic elements concurrently constituted and activated).

14 June 1958; Relieved from assignment to 10th Infantry Division, assigned to 2nd Infantry Division and reorganized at Fort Benning, Georgia.

15 June 1963; Redesignated as 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry.

20 February 1963; Inactivated at Fort Benning, Georgia; concurrently relieved from assignment to 2nd Infantry Division.

18 April 1963; Assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division.

05 June 1963; Activated in Germany.

16 October 1986; Inactivated in Germany and relieved from assignment to the 3rd Infantry Division

16 December 1986; Assigned to the 8th Infantry Division and activated in Germany.

16 November 1992; Inactivated in Germany and relieved from assignment to the 8th Infantry Division. (Former 10th Reconnaissance Company concurrently withdrawn from the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry and consolidated with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry - hereafter a separate lineage.)

16 December 1992; Headquarters and Headquarters Troop consolidated with the 3rd Reconnaissance Company (see separate lineage) and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry.

16 February 1996; Assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division and activated at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

  [ANNEX 1]  

01 November 1944; Constituted as 10th Mountain Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop in the Army of the United States and assigned to the 10th Mountain Division.

06 November 1944; Activated at Camp Swift, Texas.

20 October 1945; Inactivated at Camp Carson, Colorado.

18 June 1948; Redesignated as 10th Reconnaissance Company; concurrently the 10th Mountain Division redesignated as 10th Infantry Division.

25 June 1948; Allocated to the Regular Army.

01 July 1948; Activated at Fort Riley, Kansas.

4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment
Lineage

28 July 1866; Constituted in the Regular Army as Company "D", 7th Cavalry Regiment.

21 September 1866; Organized at Fort Riley, Kansas.

1833; Cavalry companies officially designated as Troops.

December 1917; Assigned to the 15th Cavalry Division.

May 1918; Relieved from assignment to the 15th Cavalry Division.

13 September 1921; Reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters Troop, 1st Cavalry Division.

28 February 1943; Dismounted.

04 December 1943; Redesignated as Headquarters Troop, 1st Cavalry Division Special and reorganized partly under cavalry and partly under infantry tables of organization.

20 July 1943; Reorganized as infantry but retained cavalry designation.

25 March 1949; Reorganized as Headquarters Company, 1st Cavalry Division.

01 July 1960; Disbanded in Korea.

02 July 1960; Reconstituted in the Regular Army, consolidated with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry (see ANNEX 1 below), designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry.

25 January 1963; Redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, and assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division (organic elements concurrently constituted).

20 February 1963; 4th Squadron activated at Fort Benning, Georgia.

01 July 1965; Transferred, less personnel and equipment, to Korea and reorganized.

18 January 1988; Inactivated in Korea and relieved from assignment to the 2nd Infantry Division.

16 February 1989; Assigned to the 3rd Armored Division and activated in Germany.

16 October 1991; Inactivated in Germany and relieved from assignment to the 3rd Armored Division.

05 April 1996; Headquarters and Headquarters Troop consolidated with the 2nd Reconnaissance Company (see ANNEX 2 below) and consolidated unit designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry; Squadron concurrently assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division and activated in Korea.

  [ANNEX 1]  

13 November 1943; Constituted as Troop "D", 7th Cavalry in the Regular Army and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.

04 December 1943; Activated at Brisbane, Australia, partly under cavalry and partly under infantry tables of organization and equipment.

20 July 1945; Reorganized wholly as infantry but retained cavalry designations.

25 March 1949; Reorganized and redesignated as Company "D", 7th Cavalry.

01 November 1957; Inactivated in Korea and relieved from assignment to 1st Cavalry Division; concurrently redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry.

  [ANNEX 2]  

20 July 1940; Constituted in the Regular Army as the 2nd Reconnaissance Troop and assigned to the 2nd Division (later redesignated as the 2nd Infantry Division).

01 August 1940; Activated at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

01 April 1942; Redesignated as the 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop.

01 March 1943; Redesignated as the 2nd Reconnaissance Troop.

10 August 1943; Reorganized and redesignated as the 2nd Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized.

06 July 1944; Redesignated as the 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized.

16 June 1945; Redesignated as the 2nd Mechanized Reconnaissance Troop.

30 July 1945; Redesignated as the 2nd Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop.

15 October 1948; Reorganized and redesignated as the 2nd Reconnaissance Company.

20 June 1957; Inactivated in Alaska and relieved from assignment to the 2nd Infantry Division.

5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment
Lineage

28 July 1866; Constituted in the Regular Army as Company "E", 7th Cavalry Regiment.

10 September 1866; Organized at Fort Riley, Kansas.

1833; Cavalry companies officially designated as Troops.

December 1917 - May 1918; Assigned to the 15th Cavalry Division.

13 September 1921; Assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division.

28 February 1943; Dismounted.

04 December 1943; Reorganized partly under cavalry and partly under infantry tables of organization and equipment.

20 July 1945; Reorganized wholly as infantry, but retained cavalry designations.

25 March 1949; Troop "E", 7th Cavalry redesignated as Company "E", 7th Cavalry.

01 November 1957; Inactivated in Japan; concurrently redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 5th Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry and relieved from assignment to 1st Cavalry Division.

26 March 1966; Redesignated as 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry and assigned to 1st Cavalry Division (organic elements concurrently constituted).

01 April 1966; Activated at Fort Carson, Colorado.

29 March 1971; Inactivated at Fort Lewis, Washington.

21 September 1975; Activated and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

30 September 1978; Relieved from assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division and inactivated at Fort Hood, Texas.

21 July 2004; Redesignated as 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, activated at Ft. Stewart, GA (organic elements concurrently constituted) and assigned to the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division as an Armored Reconnaissance Squadron.





The history of the 7th Cavalry Regiment recorded the following significant events occurring on the dates listed.



7th Cavalry Regiment
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1866
Constituted in the Regular Army as the 7th Cavalry Regiment. (20 July)

1866
Organized at Fort Riley, Kansas, Colonel Andrew J. Smith, commanding. (21 September)

1866 - 1871
Fort Riley, Kansas; Indian Wars.
Companies "HQ", "A", "B", "C", "D", "E", "F", "G", "H", "I", "K", "L" & "M".

1871 - 1873
Custer at Elizibethtown, Kentucky. Squadrons distributed over Southern States to enforce Federal distillery tax and suppress the Klu Klux Klan activities.
Hdqtrs & Company "A" - Elizibethtown, Kentucky
Company "B" - Unionville/Spartanburg, South Carolina
Company "C" - Winnsboro South Carolina/ Rutherfordton, North Carolina
Company "D" - Chester, South Carolina
Companies "E" & "M" - Spartanburg, South Carolina
Company "F" - Meridian, Mississippi/Taylor Barracks, Kentucky
Company "G" - Sumpter, South Carolina/McPherson Barracks, Georgia
Company "H" - Ash Barracks, Tenneesse/Huntsville, Alabama
Company "I" - Bagdad/Shelbyville, Kentucky
Company "K" - Yorkville, South Carolina
Company "L" - Winnsboro/Columbus, South Carolina

1873 (Apr - Dec)
St. Paul, MN
"HQ", 7th Cavalry
Fort Rice, Dakota Territory; Temporary Staging Area.
Companies "A", "B", "C", "D", "E", "F", "G", "H", "I", "K", "L" & "M".

1974 (Jan - Sep 09)
Fort Snelling
"HQ", 7th Cavalry
Fort Totten
Companies "D" & "I"

1874 (Sep 09 - Dec)
Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory; Indian Wars.
"HQ", "A". "B", "E", "F", "G" & "L".
Fort Rice
Companies "C", "H", "K" & "M".
Ft. Totten
Companies "D" & "I"

1875 - 1876
Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory; Indian Wars.
Companies "HQ", "A", "B", "C", "D", "E", "F", "G", "H", "I", "K", "L" & "M".

1876
Custer's Last Battle; Little Big Horn. (25 June)

1876 - 1888
Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory; Indian Wars.
Companies "HQ", "A", "B", "D", "G", "H", "K" & "M".

1876
PVT Niel Bancroft, A-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
PVT Abram B. Brant, D-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
SGT Benjamin C. Criswell, B-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
CPL Charles Cunningham, B-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
PVT Fredrick Deetline, D-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
SGT George Greiger, H-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
SGT Richard P. Hanley, C-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
PVT David W. Harris, A-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
PVT William M. Harris, D-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
PVT Henry Holden, D-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
SGT Rufas D. Hutchinson, B-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
Blacksmith Henry W. B. Mechlin, H-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
SGT Thomas Murray, B-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
PVT James Pym, B-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
SGT Stanislaus Roy, A-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
PVT Frank Tolan, D-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
Saddler Otto Voit, A-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
PVT Peter Thompson, C-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 June)

1876
PVT Thomas J. Callan, B-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25/26 June)

1876
PVT George D. Scott, D-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25/26 June)

1876
PVT Thomas W. Stivers, D-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25/26 June)

1876
SGT Charles H. Welch, D-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25/26 June)

1876
PVT Charles Windolph, H-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25/26 June)

1876
PVT Theodore W. Goldin, G-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (26 June)

1877
CPT Edward S. Godfrey, 7th Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (30 September)

1877
CPT Myles Moylan, 7th Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (30 September)

1883
Cavalry Companies officially designated as Troops.

1888 - 1892
Fort Riley, Kansas; The first time the Regiment roster was complete and they were together again as a single group since 1876.
Troops "A", "B", "C", "D", "E", "F", "G", "H", "I", "K", "L" & "M".

1890
The Last Indian Wars Battle The Ghost Dance War at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. (29 December)

1890
SGT William G. Austin, E-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
PVT Mosheim Feaster, E-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
1st LT Earnest A. Garlington, 7th Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
1st LT John C. Gresham, 7th Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
PVT Mathew H. Hamilton, G-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
PVT Marvin C. Hillock, B-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
PVT George Hobday, A-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
SGT Bernard Jetter, K-7 Cavlary earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
SGT George Loyd, I-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
SGT Albert McMillan, E-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
PVT Adam Neder, A-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
PVT Thomas Sullivan, E-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
1st SGT Jacob Trautman, I-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
1st SGT Frederick E. Toy, C-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
SGT James Ward, B-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29 December)

1890
PVT Hermann Ziegner, E-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (29/30 December)

1890
Farrier Richard J. Nolan, I-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (30 December)

1890
1st SGT Theordore Ragnar, K-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (30 December)

1890
CPT Charles A. Varnum, B-7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (30 December)

1895
Fort Grant, Arizona Territory
Troops "A", "E", "H" & "I" (May)
Troops "C", & "F" (October)
Fort Apache, Arizona Territory
Troop "G" (October)
Fort Bayard, District of New Mexico
Troop "D" (October)

1896
Fort Apache, Arizona Territory
Troop "H" (February)
Fort Grant, Arizona Territory
Troop "B" (May)
Fort Huachuca, Arizona Territory
Troop "K" (May)
Fort Bayard, District of New Mexico
Troop "A" (October)

1896
Fort Sill, Oklahoma Territory

1897
Fort Huachuca, Arizona Territory
Troops "I" (January)
Fort Grant, Arizona Territory
Troops "L" (September)

1897
The last of the Indians discharged from Troop L. (31 May)

1898
Fort Du Chesne, Utah
Troop "A" (July)
Fort Huachuca, Arizona Territory
Troop "F" (June)
Fort Grant, Arizona Territory
Troops "M" (July)

1899 - 1902
Camp Columbia, Cuba; Spanish American War.
1st Squadron Troops "A", "B", "C" & "D".
2nd Squadron Troops "E", "F", "G" & "H".
3rd Squadron Troops "I", "K", "L" & "M".

1902 - 1904
Camp George H. Thomas, Chickamunga State Park, Georgia; Maneuvers.

1904 - 1907
Camp McGrath, Batangas Province, Philippines; The Philippines Insurgence.
Troops "B", "C", "D", "E", "F", "G" & "H".
Camp Gregg, Laguna Provice, Philippines
Troops "I", "K" & "M".
Camp Columbia, Laguna Provice, Philippines
Troop "A".

1907 - 1910
Fort Riley, Kansas; Garrison, outpost and patrol duty.

1911 - 1915
Fort William McKinley, Philippines; Second tour of duty - Philippines.

1915 - 1916
Camp Harvey J. Jones - Douglas, Arizona; Patrolling the Mexican Border.

1916 - 1917
Mexican Punitive Expedition.

1917
Assigned to the 15th Cavalry Division. (December)

19 18
Relieved from the 15 Cavalry Division. (May)

1917 - 1921
Fort Bliss; Texas; Patrolling the Mexican Border.

1921
Assigned to the newly organized 1st Cavalry Division. (13 September)

1921 - 1943
Fort Bliss; Texas; Patrolling the Mexican Border, support of the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC) and maneuvers.

1927
7th Cavalry Regiment Band was separated from the Service Troop and became a separate component. (22 June)

1928
Troop "C", 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division inactivated. (01 February)

1934
By order of The Secretary of War, /s/ E. T. Conley, Brigadier General, the saber was discontinued as an item of issue. (18 April)

1940
2nd Reconnaissance Troop constituted in the Regular Army and assigned to the 2nd Division (later redesignated as the 2nd Infantry Division). (20 July)

1940
2nd Reconnaissance Troop, 2nd Infantry Division activated at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. (01 August)

1940
Troop "C" reactivated at Fort Bliss, Texas and assigned to the 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. (01 August)

1942
2nd Reconnaissance Troop, 2nd Infantry Division redesignated as the 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop. (01 April)

1943
7th Cavalry dismounted and reorganized partly under cavalry and partly under infantry tables. (28 February)
Reorganized and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. (04 February)

1943
2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop redesignated as the 2nd Reconnaissance Troop, 2nd Infantry Division. (01 March)

1943
2nd Reconnaissance Troop, 2nd Infantry Division reorganized and redesignated as the 2nd Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized, 2nd Infantry Division. (10 August)

1943 - 1945
1st Cavalry Division assigned to Pacific Theater.
1st Squadron, Troops "A", "B", "C" & "D".
2nd Squadron, Troops "E", "F", "G" & "H".

1943
LT David C. Wayler, 3-Recon earns the Medal of Honor. (17 July)

1944
2nd Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized, redesignated as the 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized, 2nd Infantry Division. (06 July)

1945
2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized redesignated as the 2nd Mechanized Reconnaissance Troop, 2nd Infantry Division. (16 June)

1945
7th Cavalry reorganized wholly as infantry but retained Cavalry designations. (20 July)

1945
2nd Mechanized Reconnaissance Troop redesignated as the 2nd Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, 2nd Infantry Division. (30 July)

1948
2nd Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop reorganized and redesignated as the 2nd Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Infantry Division. (15 October)

1945-1949
Japan; Occupation Forces (1st Cavalry Division/8th Army)
1st Squadron, Troops "A", "B", "C" & "D".
2nd Squadron, Troops "E", "F", "G" & "H"

1949
Japan; Occupation Forces (1st Cavalry Division/8th Army)
1st Squadron 7th Cavalry redesignated Company "A" 7th Cavalry.
2nd Squadron 7th Cavalry redesignated Company "B" 7th Cavalry.
3rd Squadron 7th Cavalry redesignated Company "C" 7th Cavalry.
4th Squadron 7th Cavalry redesignated Company "D" 7th Cavalry.
5th Squadron 7th Cavalry redesignated Company "E" 7th Cavalry.

1949
Japan; Occupation Forces (1st Cavalry Division/8th Army)
"A" Company redesignated 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry "A", "B", "C" & "D".
"B" Company redesignated 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry "E", "F", "G" & "H".
"C" Company redesignated 3rd Battalion, 7th Cavalry "I", "K", "L" & "M".

1950-1955
Korean War: 1st Cavalry Division
1st Battalion 7th Cavalry "A", "B", "C" & "D".
2nd Battalion 7th Cavalry "E", "F", "G" & "H".
3rd Battalion 7th Cavalry "I", "K", "L" & "M".

1951-1955
Korean War: 1st Cavalry Division
4th Battalion Activated (Company "D")
(Greek Expeditionary Force attached to the 7th Cavalry)

1955-1956
4th Battalion deactivated.

1957
7th Cavalry deactivated. (15th October)
1st Battalion
2nd Battalion
3rd Battalion

1957
2nd Reconnaissance Company inactivated in Alaska and relieved from assignment to the 2nd Infantry Division. (20 June)

1957
Company "B" redesignated 3rd Reconnaissance Squadron and assigned to 3rd Infantry Division. (July)

"HH" & "HQ" Company transferred to the control of the Department of the Army. (01 November)

Company "A" activated as 1st Battle Group and assigned to 1st Cavalry. (01 November)

1957
Company "A" redesignated, 1st Battle Group, 7th Cavalry and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. (01 November)
Company "B" redesignated 2nd Reconnaissance Squadron. Transferred from Japan to Fort Benning: 1st Cavalry Division. Reassigned from the 1st Cavalry Division to the 10th Infantry Division.
Company "C" redesignated, 3rd Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry and assigned to the 10th Infantry Division. (01 July)

1958 - 2nd Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, Warner Kaserne. Bamberg, Germany. (February)

1958
3rd Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry reassigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. (14 June)

1960
4th Battalion 7th Cavalry disbanded. (02 July)
2nd Squadron 7th Cavalry assigned to the 3d Infantry Division, Bamberg, Germany.

1963
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Cavalry redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, and assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division (organic elements concurrently constituted). (25 January)

1963
3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry inactivated at Fort Benning, Ga. and relieved from the 2nd Infantry Division. (20 February)
2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry and relocated from Bamberg to Schweinfurt, Germany. (18 April)
3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division. (18 April)
3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry activated at Schweinfurt, Germany and assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division. (05 June)
2rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry, redesignated 2nd Bn, 7th Cavalry and assigned (less personnel and equipment) to 1st Cavalry Division, Korea. (05th June)
1st Battle Group, 7th Cavalry reorganized as 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry. (01 September)

1964-1965
1st Battalion assigned to 1st Cavalry Division
2nd Battalion assigned to 1st Cavalry Division
3rd Squadron HHT and Troops "A", "B", "C" & "D", assigned 3rd Infantry Division, Germany.
4th Squadron HHT assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, Korea.

1965
1st and 2nd Battalions transferred (less personnel and equipment) to Fort Benning, Georgia. Re-equipped and filled with personnel (11th Air Assault Division [Test]) and further transferred to Vietnam. (01/03 July)

1965
2nd LT Walter J. Marm, A-1/7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (14 November)

1965
3rd Reconnaissance Squadron redesignated Squadron and assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division; Schweinfurt, Germany.
HHT and Troops "A", "B" & "C"; Ledward Barracks
Troop "D"; Conn Barracks

1965
Company "D" redesignated 4th Reconnaissance Squadron and assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division.

1966
Company "E" redesignated 5th Battalion 7th Cavalry, Fort Carson and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, with the 1st & 2nd Battalions.

1966
PFC Lewis Albanese, B-5/7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (01 December)

1968
SGT William D. Port, C-5/7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (12 January)

1968
CPT James M. Sprayberry, D-5/7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (25 April)

1968
1st LT Douglas B. Fournet, B-1/7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (04 May)

1968
SP4 Hector Santiago-Colon, B-5/7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (28 June)

1968
SGT John N. Holcomb, D-2/7 Cavalry earns the Medal of Honor. (03 December)

1971
5th Battalion, inactivated at Fort Lewis, Washington. (29 March)

1971-1973
7th Cavalry reorganized:
1st Battalion, inactivated at Fort Hood, Texas. (22 August 1972)
2nd Battalion 1st Cavalry Division
3rd Squadron 3rd Infantry Division
4th Squadron 2nd Infantry Division

1974
Activated as a tank battalion, at Fort Hood, Texas. 20 June

1974
1st Battalion activated as a tank battalion and assigned to 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood. Texas. (20 June)

1975
5th Battalion; Activated and assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. (21 September)

1978
5th Battalion relieved from assignment to the 1st Cavalry Division and inactivated at Fort Hood, Texas. (30 September)

1986
1st Battalion reorganized and redesignated the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry. (16 October)

1986
3rd Squadron inactivated at Schweinfurt, Germany and relieved from assignment to the 3rd Infantry Division. (16 October)
Troops "HHT", "A", "B", "C" & "D".

1986
3rd Squadron activated and assigned to the 8th Infantry Division Manheim, Germany. (16 December)
Troops "HHT", "A", "B", "C".

1987
2nd Battalion redesignated 2nd Squadron and assigned to the 4th Infantry Division; Fort Carson, Colorado. (16 February)

1988
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry inactivated in Korea and relieved from assignment to the 2nd Infantry Division.
"HHT" and Troops "A", "B", "C". (18 January)

1989
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron activated; assigned to the 3rd Armor Division, Buedingen, Germany. (16 February)
"HHT" and Troops "A", "B", "C", "D" & "E". (Armstrong, Kasern)

1990
1st Squadron deployed. Gulfwar, Saudi Arabia 1st Cavalry Division.
4th Squadron deployed. Gulfwar, Saudi Arabia 3rd Armor Division.

1991
1st Squadron assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, as the 1st Cavalry Division reconnaissance Squadron; Fort Hood, Texas.
"HHT" and Troops "A", "B", "C", "D", "E" & "F".

1991
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry inactivated in Germany and relieved from assignment to the 3rd Armored Division. (16 October)

1992
3rd Squadron relieved from assignment to the 8th Infantry Division in Germany. Colors moved to Fort Hood then deactivated. (16 November)

1993 - 1995
1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry assigned to 1st Cavalry Division "Rapid Deployment Unit" - Fort Hood, Texas. The squadron got tanks. (before "A", "B", and "E" troops had 19 Bradleys each). Ground troops became "A", "B", and "C". Air troops became "D" and "E" Troops.
2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry assigned to 1st Cavalry Division "Rapid Deployment Unit" - Fort Hood, Texas.

1993
2nd Squadron redesignated Battalion and reassigned from the 4th Infantry Division to the 1st Cavalry Division "Rapid Deployment Unit". (August)
Companies: "HHT", "A", "B", "C", "D" & "E".

1993
4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry deactivated; Germany. 3rd Armor Division.
"HHT" and Troops "A", "B", "C", "D" & "E".

1994
1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry: HHT's aviation unit maintenance (AVUM) redesgnated as "F" Troop.

1996
3rd Squadron activated Fort Stewart, Georgia and assigned as 3rd Infantry Division Reconnaissance Squadron. (16 February)
Troops: "HHT", "A", "B", "C", "D", "E" & "F".

1996
Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry consolidated with the 2nd Infantry Division Reconnaissance Company and designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry; concurrently assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division and activated at Camp "GarryOwen", Korea. (05 April)
"HHT" and Troops "A", "B" & "C", (Camp GarryOwen)
Troops "D", "E" & "F". (Camp Stanton)

2004
5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry redesignated as 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, activated (organic elements concurrently constituted) at Ft. Stewart, GA and assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division. (21 July)
Troops: "HHT", "A", "B", and "C".


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