1st Cavalry Regiment
Campaign Streamers
"Courageous and Faithful"

Presentation of Division Colors
The indomitable fighting spirit of those warriors on horseback remains very much a part of the lore and soul of the subordinate units of the 1st Cavalry Division.

The concept of campaign streamers came to prominence in the Civil War when Army organizations embroidered the names of battles on their organizational colors. This was discontinued in 1890, when units were authorized to place silver bands, engraved with the names of battles, around the staffs of their organizational colors. When American Expedition Forces Units in World War I were unable to obtain silver bands, General Pershing authorized the use of small ribbons bearing the names of the World War I operations. In 1921 all color-bearing Army organizations were authorized to use the large campaign streamers currently displayed.

Only campaign streamers (2 3/4 inches wide and 4 feet long), embroidered with the designation of a campaign and the year(s) in which it occurred, are displayed on the Army flag. The 174 streamers attached to the Army Flag staff denote campaigns fought by the Army throughout our nation's history. The identification colors of the streamer is identical to the color design of the campaign ribbon authorized for service in that particular theater of war.

Streamers (2 3/4 inches wide and 3 feet in length) are currently authorized for display by organizations authorized a distinguishing flag to indicate the following:

Streamers are affixed to the attaching device in a counterclockwise manner. LEXINGTON 1775 is the first streamer and KOSOVO AIR CAMPAIGN will be the 174th streamer (with an additional streamer to be added at a later date). When the United States flag is not being carried, the streamers will be arranged in such a manner that LEXINGTON 1775 is displayed in the preeminent position, i.e., in the center facing forward and completely identifiable. The streamer awarded for the most recent campaign will also be visible.

Separate Table of Organization and Equipment (TOE) units authorized a guidon will indicate campaign participation credit by use of a silver band in lieu of a campaign streamer. The silver band is placed on the guidon staff immediately below the guidon. Campaign participation credit for companies of battalions are reflected by the battalion streamer since honors for those companies accrue to the battalion if the battalion received credit. If the battalion did not receive credit but individual companies received credit, the silver band may be displayed by the company.

Only time and fate knows the future of peace, wars and the new missions that the subordinate units of the 1st Cavalry Division may be called on to perform. In any situation, they stand ready and can look to its combat record with justifiable pride and hard earned satisfaction. All of the tasks have been tough and they have been done well.

United States Regiment of Dragoons
Campaign Streamers

The following campaign streamers have been earned by the 1st Cavalry Regiment, United States Regiment of Dragoons in service for their country.

Mexican War

Buena Vista
Vera Cruz ("F" Company)
Cerro Gordo ("F" Company)
Contreras ("F" Company)
Molino Del Rey ("F" Company)
Chapultepec ("F" Company)
Coahuilla 1846
New Mexico 1846 (All except "E" Company)
New Mexico 1847 (All except "E" Company)
California 1847 ("C" Company)
Chihuahua 1848 (All except "E" Company)

Indian Wars

Nez Perces
Pine Ridge
California 1846
California 1852
California 1860
California 1868
Kansas 1847 ("B" Company)
Nebraska 1849 ("B" Company)
New Mexico 1849
New Mexico 1850
New Mexico 1851
New Mexico 1854
New Mexico 1855
New Mexico 1856
Oregon 1851
Oregon 1853
Oregon 1855
Oregon 1856
Oregon 1860
Oregon 1866
Oregon 1867
Oregon 1868
Colorado 1855
Arizona 1857
Arizona 1859
Arizona 1866
Arizona 1867 ("E" Company)
Arizona 1868
Arizona 1869
Arizona 1870
Arizona 1871
Arizona 1872 (All except "B" Company)
Arizona 1881 (All except "B" Company)
Washington 1858
Idaho 1879 (All Except "E" Company)
Montana 1887

Civil War

Antietam (All except "E" Company)
Cold Harbor
New Mexico 1862 (All except "E" Company)
Virginia 1862
Maryland 1863
Virginia 1863
Virginia 1864
Virginia 1865

Spanish American War


Philippine Insurrection

Luzon 1901
(All except "E" Company) Luzon 1902(All except "E" Company)

World War II, European - African - Middle East Theater

Algeria-French Morocco (With arrowhead)
North Apennines (All except "E" Company)
Po Valley (ALL except "E" Company)

World War II, Pacific Theater

New Guinea ("H" Company only)
Bismarck Archipelago (With Arrowhead) ("H" Cpmpany only)
Leyte (With Arrowhead ("H" Company only)
Luzon ("H" Company only)

Vietnam War

Counteroffensive, Phase III (All except "C", "D", "F", "G" and "H" Companies)
Tet Counteroffensive (All except "C". "D", "F" and "H" Companies)

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