Saddle Row

Fort Benning, Georgia

The significant engagement of American horsemen in World War II was the defensive action of the Philippine Scouts.  The Scouts challenged the Japanese invaders of Luzon, holding off two armored and two infantry regiments during the invasion of the Philippines.  They repelled a unit of tanks in Binalonan and successfully held ground for the Allied armies’ retreat to Bataan.  In Europe, the American forces fielded only a few cavalry and supply units during the war.  George S. Patton lamented their lack in North Africa and wrote that “had we possessed an American cavalry division with pack artillery in Tunisia and in Sicily, not a German would have escaped.”

This photograph shows Captain Merrel Moody instructing Privates Enichel Kennedy, Oscar Davis, B.D. Kroninger and Will Johnson of Infantry School Stables on the prober way to clean a saddle, Fort Benning, Georgia, July 25, 1941.

2013.35.2, Courtesy of The National Archives