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Texas flag, 124th Cavalry, World War II
Title: Texas flag, 124th Cavalry, World War II
Description: Texas flag. Includes a two-page description, and a small silk Texas state flag.
Description: Historical Note: The 124th Cavalry Regiment, part of the 56th Cavalry Brigade, Texas National Guard, was mobilized for active duty on November 18, 1940. The regiment was initially stationed at Fort Bliss, El Paso, but was reassigned to Fort Brown in Brownsville, and Fort Ringgold in Rio Grande City, replacing the 12th United States Cavalry. The regiment participated in the Louisiana maneuvers and patrolled the border with Mexico from Brownsville to Laredo. After its sister regiment, the 112th Cavalry Regiment was sent overseas, the 124th Cavalry remained a part of the 56th Cavalry Brigade until May 12, 1944, when it was moved to Fort Riley, Kansas. At that time, the regiment was the last horse-mounted regiment in the United States Army. The regiment turned in its horses on June 10, 1944, and departed Fort Riley on July 25. It landed in Bombay, India, on August 26, 1944. Reinforced with the 613th Field Artillery Battalion, and redesignated Special, it became part of the MARS Task Force and moved into the mountains of Northern Burma on December 15, 1944. The regiment fought many pitched battles with the Japanese in and around the Burma Road, and on May 14, 1945, were flown to Kumming, China. The fighting had been characterized by operations deep in enemy territory, the use of pack mules and aerial resupply. On July 1, 1945, the regiment was deactivated. The 124th was reactivated in the Texas National Guard on July 2, 1945.
Citation information: ATF0437, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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