9th Cavalry Regiment
WW II, European Theater
"We Can, We Will"

The regiment was called upon again during World War II. On 10 October 1940, the Ninth Cavalry Regiment, stationed at Ft. Riley, was reassigned to the 2nd Cavalry Division and prepared for overseas deployment.

US Arizona, Pearl Harbor
On 07 December 1941, without warning, the Japanese destroyed the American fleet at Pearl Harbor. Currently stationed at Camp Funston, KS, the 9th Cavalry continued their garrison and training duties. Because the Mexican Government had remained friendly with the German Government, in July 1942, the Army began strengthening forces along the Texas-Mexican border in anticipation of a possible German invasion threat from south of the border.

On 02 July 1942, due to overcrowding at Ft. Riley due to the massive build up of the Army, the 9th Cavalry Regiment began movement from Ft. Riley to Texas, by rail, arriving in Spoffard, TX on 03 July. The next day they set up temporary field operations at Fort Clark, TX where it continued training for combat in Europe. By 09 July arrangements for permanent barracks were made and the 9th Cavalry relieved the 112th Cavalry Regiment so that the 112th could take up continued training for combat and patrol duty along the Texas border. The 9th and 27th Cavalry, active at the Texas post, eventually were reassigned from the 4th Cavalry Brigade to the 5th Cavalry Brigade.

However, it was not the destiny of the 9th Cavalry Regiment to take part in World War II as a unit. The War Department decided that deployment of the 2nd Cavalry Division was unnecessary for victory in Europe and directed the Division deploy to the Mediterranean theater and inactivate its units to provide replacements to critical logistical organizations. Consequently, The 9th Cavalry Regiment was directed to deploy to the Mediterranean theater and inactivate so that replacement personnel and equipment could be provided to critical logistical organizations that would back up the invasions of Italy and Europe.

9th Cavalry Inactivation In Africa
Directed to deploy overseas, the 9th Cavalry arrived at the staging area of Camp Patrick Henry, VA on 23 January 1944 and moved on to the embarkation port at Hampton Roads, VA. On 31 January, the 9th Cavalry Regiment (with its fate unknown) deployed to the Mediterranean Theater. On 09 February they arrived off the coast of North Africa at the port of Casablanca, Morocco and were transported by rail to the desert post of Assi-Ben Okba, Algeria, east of Oran, Algeria.

Following their arrival and staging, the 9th Cavalry Regiment was inactivated on 07 March 1944. Personnel were transferred and reassigned to service units and assets were transferred to the provisional port companies. This action marked the end of an era "the horse cavalry regiments" in the United States Army which were being replaced by mechanized units. The Cavalry Branch was eventually merged with the armored units and renamed Armor Branch in 1950, as a recognition of "a continuation of the cavalry".

Two subordinate units, 9th Reconnaissance Troop, 9th Infantry Division (later consolidated with the 3rd Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment on 01 December 1957.) that would later become part of the present 9th Cavalry Regiment, carried out missions in the WW II European and Pacific Theaters of Operations. The 9th Reconnaissance Troop, initially landed in North Africa and fought their way through the Tunisian, Sicilian and Italian Campaigns. Later, redesignated as the 9th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, (Mechanized), they participated in the Normandy Invasion and fought their way through the Central European Campaigns.

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