U.S. ARMY 6TH CAVALRY REGIMENT UNIT CREST

The 6th Cavalry Regiment, nicknamed the “Fighting Sixth,” actually began its existence as the 3rd Cavalry Regiment when it was organized on 3 May 1861; it was only when the U.S. Army reorganized Cavalry and assigned numerical designations based upon the chronological sequence of unit creation that it became the 6th Cavalry Regiment. (Trivia note: the Regiment of Mounted Rifles received the 3rd Cavalry designation during this reorganization.)

The 6th Cavalry Regiment was active throughout the war, first seeing action in the Peninsula Campaign in the summer of July 1862 and continuing up until the very moment of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House in 1865. It also took part in a large number of campaigns in the Indian Wars, as well as all the minor conflicts that popped up between the end of the Civil War and the start of World War I—the War with Spain, China Relief Expedition, Philippine-American War, and the Mexican Expedition. The Regiment as a whole earned credit for five campaigns in the European Theater of Operations during World War II, and also earned a Presidential Unit Citation for its role in clearing the Harlange Pocket in early 1945.

In the First Gulf War, the Regiment took part in all three campaigns and earned a Valorous Unit Award. During the War on Terrorism, the 1st and 4th Squadrons have taken part in a total of five campaigns, with the 4th earning a Valorous Unit Award and an Army Superior Unit Award and the 1st and 6th Squadrons each garnering a Meritorious Unit Commendation, exemplifying the unit motto of “DUCIT AMO PATRIAE” (“Led By Love Of Country”).
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