Jumping Dan Ware

Fort Benning, Georgia

By the end of 1939, the United States Cavalry consisted of two mechanized and twelve horse regiments of 790 horses each.  A cavalry division included two brigades of two horse regiments each, eighteen light tanks and a field artillery regiment.  Cavalry had been the preferred force for the defense of the Mexican border and the Panama Canal Zone from Mexican raiders, and enemy landing, a threat that was becoming obsolete in the 1930s.  A fleet of horse trailers called portees assisted cavalry in traversing the roads.  Once mounted, cavalrymen would reach the battlefield on horseback, dismount and then fight on foot, essentially acting as mobile light infantry.

This photograph shows Sergeant John Hill riding on Jumping Dan Ware, the finest jumping horse in the Infantry Stables, Fort Benning, Georgia, July 25, 1941.

2013.35.1, Courtesy of The National Archives