7th Regiment: Garry Owen
June 25, 2011
The U.S. Army Cadet Command established the Regimental Affiliation Program in 1985 to foster unit cohesion, camaraderie, esprit de corps, and the pride of belonging among the diverse groups of Cadets attending the Leader Development and Assessment Course from states around the nation.
Cadets attending LDAC have the unique privilege of being members of one of the Army’s finest combat units. Through the Regimental Affiliation Program, each Cadet organization is assigned to an active Army regiment. The goal of the program is to bind Cadets and cadre together in a close-knit and dynamic organizational relationship with a strong sense of teamwork so crucial to success at LDAC.
LDAC’s 7th Regiment is affiliated with the U.S. Army’s 7th Armored Cavalry Regiment. “The Seventh First!”
The 7th Cavalry Regiment is one of the most renowned units in the United States Army. Its deeds are linked forever with the legends of the American West. The sabers of the 7th Cavalry were first drawn in service during the Indian wars when the Garry Owen regiment charged into history against Blackfeet, Kiowa, Comanches, and Sioux.
The 7th Cavalry next galloped to the Mexican border under the command of General “Blackjack” Pershing to confront Pancho Villa’s renegade bandits.
A generation later, the regiment bore its colors to the Pacific in World War II. The 7th Cavalry proved so stalwart in battle that General Douglas Macarthur never permitted its absence from a single major battlefield. The Garry Owen regiment continued its legendary charge through New Guinea, Leyte, Bismarck and Luzon.
The regiment’s motto, “The Seventh First!” was confirmed in the battle for Korea. No other regiment won more Presidential Unit Citations. The 7th Cavalry was never halted, crushing the enemy from the frozen Chosin reservoir to the Ia Drang Valley.
Garry Owen was called to action again during Operation Desert Storm, contributing to the United Nations Coalition’s victory over Iraq and earning another Presidential Unit Citation.
Regimental honors include Presidential Unit Citations from the United States, the Philippines, and the Republic of Korea as well as 52 Medals of Honor.