Happy Birthday Fort Myer!
PS ... You too can own an autographed copy of the book "Images of America - Fort Myer" ... The First Book About this Historic US Army Post. It contains over 200 "timeless historic photographs" which chronicle the first 100 years of the Post.
The 3d Cavalry - the "Brave Rifles"After WW I, Fort Myer was where the famed 3d Cavalry - Brave Rifles - were stationed until they relinquished their horses in 1942 and headed to Georgia to become mechanized. When this film was made, COL George S Patton Jr. was commander of Fort Myer and the 3d Cavalry. Thanks to my extensive network, a video clip which was made in 1934 surfaced of these troopers exercising their mounts with sabers drawn on the drill field on Fort Myer. This joins the other three items that I've found that were filmed on Post:
- the 1909 flight of the Wright Flyer with Orville Wright & LT Frank Lahm
- the 1934 Movie "Keep 'Em Rolling" that introduced the Caisson Song
- the 1957 segment of The Big Picture with TUSAB* & TOG** on Summerall Field
SABER DRILLFor your viewing pleasure, I present below to you the Brave Rifles on Fort Myer performing one of the last saber drills (one can see the "Three Sisters" in the background as the troopers head down the drill field) You can learn more about the "Brave Rifles" and the historic Fort Myer where they were posted in the book "Images of America - Fort Myer" * TUSAB = The US Army Band **TOG = The Old Guard - 3d INFANTRY Regiment
Escort to First Unknown Soldier
Display of Skills and Talents
The availability date JUNE 13, 2011, is quickly approaching for the book - "Images of America - Fort Myer" Virginia. The reaction from those who have previewed the book and the over 200 historic images within has been very gratifying and complimentary. From a noted historian: "You've done yeoman work here in both research and composition" From a previous member of The Old Guard: "Outstanding work, it really goes back in time to tell the story of a significant US Army Post." From a retired US Army Colonel: "Where did you ever find that note from Abraham Lincoln to General Totten? It's priceless!"Within the book there are presented many different influences that shaped and molded Fort Myer. With origins during the US Civil War as Fort Whipple - one of the 70 fortifications which protected Washington DC - this US Army Post has contributed much to the United States through the efforts of :
- US Army Signal Corps
- US Army Cavalry
- US Army Field Artillery
- US Army - Women's Army Corps
- US Army Band - "Pershing's Own"
- US Army 3d Infantry Regiment - "The Old Guard"
Organized at Fort Hunt VirginiaKnown as "Pershing's Own" - The US Army Band was organized at Fort Hunt, Virginia on 25 JAN 1922 as The Army Band and later moved to the District of Columbia's oldest military installation Fort Lesley J McNair (The fort began as arsenal in the 1790s with defenses built in 1794). Fort McNair is also the third oldest US Army post - only West Point and Carlisle Barracks are older. When the 3d Cavalry, which had been at Fort Myer from after WW I until the beginnings of WW II moved from Fort Myer, their "mounted band" went with the regiment. There was a need for ceremonial support within Arlington National Cemetery and the US Army Band was called upon to provide it.
Ceremonial Band Needed at Arlington National CemeteryInitially, musicians were transported to and from Fort Myer from Fort McNair and eventually a "funeral band' was organized on Fort Myer as an extension of the US Army Band. It was during WW II - June 1943, the band at Fort McNair was deployed to both North Africa and Europe. Upon its return from the War, Fort Myer became its home ever since. For its efforts while deployed, it received a campaign streamer. Among the over 200 historic photographs within the book "Images of America - Fort Myer" the US Army Band is presented among other units, people, and events which helped to mold Fort Myer into the active duty US Army Post it has become... Home of "Pershing's Own" and "The Old Guard"
The Legacy of George S Patton Jr.
George S Patton Jr. was stationed at Fort Myer four times during his early career. From the first time, he would have an impact on the Post and the US Army that would carry on until today. He truly left his mark.
Patton Hall, once the Post Headquarters, now known by most as "The Officers' Club" or "The O Club" is named for this great icon in US Army, military and world history. A fitting tribute to one who has contributed much to the post and to the US Army. The most visible contribution to all who visit Fort Myer is the Old Post Chapel, which was dedicated in 1935.
Competing in the Olympics
Patton's original postings once he graduated from West Point wa at Fort Sheridan, IL with the 15th Cavalry. He was then transferred to Fort Myer among his four tours of duty to the post include: The first from 1911 to 1913 when he was selected to compete in the 1912 Olympics in Europe representing the United States in the pentathlon, the second from 1920 to 1922, the third from 1932 to 1935, and the fourth from 1938 to 1940, when he was both post Commander and commander of the 3rd Cavalry - "The Brave Rifles" George S Patton enjoyed Fort Myer. He had his own personal horses stabled there and often went riding with his daughter.
The book, "Images of America - Fort Myer" presents over 200 historic photographs and within that set of images which chronicles the first one hundred years of the post back when it was known as Fort Whipple. The images tell the lasting impact of George S Patton, Jr.