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2ND ANNUAL FORT ORD WARHORSE DAY


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2ND ANNUAL FORT ORD WARHORSE DAY

71st Anniversary Celebration (April 15, 2012)


Front page of the Monterey Herald Newspaper.


HORSES OF WAR
Monterey Herald, Monday April 15, 2012

By Kevin Howe
Herald Staff Writer

Article: HORSES OF WAR

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Fort Ord Warhorses Remembered

Slideshow: PHOTOGRAPHED AND PRODUCED BY DAVID ROYAL

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Slideshow Photographed and Produced by David Royal


FORT ORD WARHORSES REMEMBERED
Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse held their second annual Day of the Fort Ord Warhorse Sunday to pay tribute to the horses and mules of the U.S. Cavalry, Artillery and Quartermaster corps that made their last stand at Fort Ord and then faded into history.

As World War II loomed on America's horizon in 1941, the Army at Fort Ord was gearing up to meet the challenge — by setting up a veterinary hospital for its horse-mounted cavalry and horse-drawn artillery units.

Fort Ord and the Presidio of Monterey between the two World Wars were host to the 11th Cavalry and horse-drawn 76th Field Artillery regiments.

The Army Station Veterinary Hospital opened 71 years ago at Fort Ord, and military memorabilia collectors and re-enactors put on a show to celebrate the last remaining example of a cavalry horse hospital, now the Marina Equestrian Center, at Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street.

Participants included the Salinas-based California Historical Artillery Society, which fielded a Civil War era horse artillery gun crew, complete with six horses and a mounted officer, with cannon and caisson; California Back Country Horsemen, who demonstrated horse and mule packing and organizing and leading a mule train, and the Monterey County sheriff's mounted search and rescue unit.

Vintage uniforms, arms and equipment used by cavalrymen, horse artillerymen, saddlers, veterinarians and wagon drivers were on display. Retired Army Sgt. First Class Allan MacDonald of Marina talked about the final days of the horse cavalry, which faded into oblivion during World War II and now consists only of ceremonial units. Among his duties, he said, was organizing three shipments of 400 cavalry horses each to the Turkish Army during World War II.

U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers rode horseback with the Northern Alliance in the early weeks of the current war in Afghanistan, and supplies were packed on mule back.

Robert Ferrand, owner of Saddle Tech Co., demonstrated his state-of-the-art pack saddle — adjustable for any type of pack animal — along with a vintage U.S. Army pack saddle.

Laura Cohan of Monterey and Margaret Davis of Marina, who were among the founders of Friends of the Warhorse, said they hope that a museum and center will be established at the site, and the buildings will be renovated and preserved.

Davis, executive director of Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse, said the event drew about 125 visitors.

Kevin Howe can be reached at 646-4416 or khowe@montereyherald.com


FORT ORD WARHORSE DAY MEMORIAL EVENT 2012

The Otter Realm: Cal State Monterey Bay's Student-Run Newspaper

Article | April 19, 2012 - By Madison Gassner

“Horses carry the history of mankind on their broad backs.” -Lucinda Prior Palmer, Champion British equestrian and journalist, once said, and that history is deeply embedded in the past life of CSU Monterey Bay.

On April 15, 2012, the 2nd Annual Fort Ord Warhorse Day, an event celebrating the role that horses and soldiers played—specifically in WWII at Fort Ord-- took place at the Marina Equestrian Center.

The Marina Equestrian Center is a non-profit organization consisting of boarders and community members which is close to Cal State University Monterey Bay. The Equestrian Center took the place of the Fort Ord Stables that housed 1400 horses of the 76th Field Artillery Regiment.

Margaret Davis, the coordinator of Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse, said “Fort Ord, and especially the warhorse veterinary buildings at the Marina Equestrian Center, is historically important as the end of the road for US Army horse-fueled warfare, before everything went mechanized. The historical buildings are the last remaining example of WWII-era construction of warhorse infrastructure.” The other 12 remaining barns that housed horses along General Jim Moore Blvd were torn down in 2010.

Fort Ord Warhorse Day 2012 was hosted by Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse and sponsored by the California Historical Artillery Society, Backcountry Horsemen of California, the US Army Veterinary Corps Historical Preservation Group, Central Coast Community Emergency Response Team, and the Monterey County Sheriff’s Mounted Search and Rescue.

The event presented museum-quality exhibits displaying this history. The event also provided living-history demonstrations of field artillery and mule-train packing from the California Historical Artillery Society and Backcountry Horsemen of California. A high-tech packsaddle intended for the Special Forces was shown and a Leave No Trace talk was given.

Davis also said that “many CSUMB students helped save the Sgt Allan MacDonald Cavalry Trail from being wiped out by the MST/Whispering Oaks bus yard.” Sgt. MacDonald, “one of the last horse cavalrymen,” was present at the event.

Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse and supporters, all of whom brought this event and other similar events to life, claim to be “dedicated to the recognition and preservation of the history of the Fort Ord Army warhorses and soldiers, for the educational and cultural enrichment of the Monterey Peninsula, its visitors, and the nation” and recognize the importance in remembering the historical and military embedded roots of what is now a university.

Special Thanks: I would like to thank the students of CSBMB who volunteered their time to put on this event. They are always a huge help! - Greg Krenzelok


FORT ORD WARHORSE DAY PICTURES
Lisa Deas (facebook album, April 15, 2012)
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Fort Ord Warhorse Day, April 15, 2011


Return to The Fort Ord U.S. Army Station Veterinary Hospital (Horse) WW2 homepage:

FORT ORD U.S. ARMY STATION VETERINARY HOSPITAL (HORSE) WW2
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Fort Ord U.S. Army Station Veterinary Hospital (Horse) WW2



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11TH CAVALRY PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, 1919 TO 1940
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11th Cavalry Presidio of Monterey, 1919 to 1940


76TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, 1922 TO 1940
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76th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Battalion


THE ARMY VETERINARY SERVICE DURING THE GREAT WAR, WW1
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Veterinary Corps in WW1


SERGEANT LEONARD MURPHY VETERINARY HOSPITAL NO. 18, A.E.F., WW1
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Leonard Murphy in WW1




U.S. ARMY VETERINARY CORPS HISTORICAL PRESERVATION GROUP

Motto: “Illic est Vires in Numerus” There is Strength in Numbers

“Working Hard to Preserve Our Country’s History wherever it is being lost”

U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Historical Preservation Group is a group of individuals that are concerned about the preservation of the History of the Veterinary Corps, Remount Service and Cavalry or wherever our country’s history is being lost in conjunction with our beloved “Horse and Mule”. There is no cost to join and membership is for life. We believe by uniting together in numbers we will be a more powerful force to be heard. Our membership list is private and only used to contact our members. Email us and become a member.

Greg Krenzelok
gregkrenzelok@msn.com

FACEBOOK: U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Historical Preservation Group

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U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Historical Preservation Group