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The 4th Cavalry Regiment is one of the most famous and most decorated regiments in the United States Army. Since its activation in 1855, the 4th Cavalry has continuously served the United States of America in peace and war. The regiment has fought gallantly in the Indian Wars, the Civil War, the Philippine Insurrection, World War II, Vietnam and the Gulf War. In the War on Terrorism all 4th Cavalry active elements have served with distinction in Afghanistan and Iraq. For its wartime service the 4th Cavalry Regiment has been awarded 61 campaign streamers, three Presidential Unit Citations, five Valorous Unit Awards and two awards of the French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star.

History of the 4th Cavalry:

History of the 4th US Cavalry.pdf - History of the 4th Cavalry provided by the 25th Infantry Division Association.

History of the 4th US Cavalry - History researched and written by John G. Keliher, Col. Ret., 25th Infantry Division Association Historian, using U.S. Army historical records. Revised and updated from the first edition originally researched and written by the author in 1960. A complete and detailed history of the regiment.

Related 4th Cavalry Histories:

Major General Ranald Slidell MacKenzie - Nicknamed "Bad Hand" due to loss of two fingers in the Civil War, MG MacKenzie commanded the 4th Cavalry Regiment for 12 years and his legacy gave the regiment the nickname "MacKenzie's Raiders".

The Army of the United States Historical Sketches of Staff and Line - 1896 history of the 4th Cavalry Regiment by BG T. F. Rodenbough.

Col Ranald Slidell MacKenzie & the Apache Problem, 1881/1883.pdf - Masters thesis by James Weldon Smith, Texas Tech University. Large .pdf file is a long download. Very interesting insights to Col MacKenzie's leadership.

Fort Meade 1924-1942: The Fourth Cavalry.pdf - History of 4th Cavalry while stationed at Fort Meade, South Dakota.

D Troop 3/4 Cavalry History:

Centaur History - History of D Troop & F Troop.

Other Histories:

F Company (LRRP) 50th Infantry Regiment - Brief history of LRRPs in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. LRRPs were attached to D Troop 3/4 Cavalry early in the war and later to the squadron. The unit was redesignated F Company 75th Ranger (LRRP) on February 1, 1969.

last updated 2/11/17