28th Cavalry Regiment

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28th Cavalry Regiment (Horse) (Colored)
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Distinctive unit insignia
Active 1943-1944
Country United States
Branch Army
Type Cavalry
Size Regiment
Garrison/HQ Camp Lockett, California
Colors Yellow
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The 28th Cavalry Regiment (Horse) (Colored) was a short-lived African-American unit of the United States Army. The 28th Cavalry was the last horse-mounted cavalry regiment formed by the U.S. Army. The regiment was formed as part of the 2nd Cavalry Division in 1943 and inactivated in north Africa in 1944 without seeing combat.[1]

The regiment was formed at Camp Lockett, California on 25 February 1943 and assigned to the 4th Cavalry Brigade of the 2nd Division. The regiment shipped out on 3 March 1944 from Hampton Roads, Virginia. A little over two weeks after arrival in Algeria, the 2nd Cavalry Division and its component regiments were inactivated. Troops from the 28th Cavalry were given the option of transferring to service units or volunteering for combat but at the loss of all rank.[2] Some troops from the 28th Cavalry were used to activate the 6487th Engineer Battalion.[3]

The regiment was formally disbanded on December 12, 1951.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 2nd Cavalry Division
  2. ^ 28th Cavalry
  3. ^ World War II Order of Battle, p. 316.
  4. ^ We Remember: U.S. Cavalry Association. Turner Publishing Company. 1996. p. 55. ISBN 9781563113185. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 

Sources[edit]

  • Stanton, Shelby. World War II Order of Battle, New York: Galahad Books, 1991.

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