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This is Regimental Sergeant Major/ President, William "Bill" McCurtis

Headquarters Troop, 9th Memorial Cavalry

The"Ninth" Is Going Home!

September 1, 2002 will be the kick off of the horseback ride to New Orleans, Louisiana, to honor the legacy of the 9th United States Cavalry (the "Buffalo Soldiers"). Several members of the 9th Memorial Cavalry from Phoenix, Arizona, are undertaking this 2200 plus mile horseback trek across the country the 9th U. S. Cavalry rode, protected, and helped to civilize during the mid to late 1800's. This ride will cover four of the principal states of their operation - Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana.

Of the four regiments, the 9th U.S. Cavalry served for the longest period in the Big Ben country of southwest Texas - the worst part of the western frontier. They also were the premier participants in the Lincoln County Wars of New Mexico. They were instrumental in helping to retain the lands in the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) for the Indians, which included the five civilized tribes who were moved from the southeastern United States in the early 1800's. The 9th U.S. Cavalry received the largest number of Medals - of - Honor of the four "colored" regiments during the Indian Wars period.

Many of the great cattle drives in the American West were protected by the 9th U.S. Cavalry and, during their 26 years on the western frontier, the 9th U.S. Cavalry made it possible for Southern Pacific Railroad to become established and grow into one of today's major railroad carriers.

With the sinking of the battleship USS Maine, in the harbor of Santiago, Cuba in 1898, the 9th U.S. Cavalry was among the first complete regiments to be called to war on a foreign shore. Again, they served with distinction and honor, helping to establish the United States of America as a world power.

After more than 130 yrs., the 9th Cavalry's excellent service record and devotion to their flag and country is being brought to light by the 9th Memorial Cavalry, as inheritors of their legacy. The 9th Memorial Cavalry will carry a copy of the Regimental flag along with a chest bearing soil from the final resting-places of members of the 9th U.S. Cavalry home to the birthplace of the regiment - New Orleans, Louisiana.

This is the Official Unit Crest. and the motto of the Regiment:
The blue field represents the block-house on top of San Juan Hill, commorating the 9th Cavalrys' participation in that assalt during the Spanish American War of 1898. the mounted Indian represents their service in the 26 year Indian Wars.



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