Looking for "3rd cavalry reconnaissance squadron" also known as the Green book written in late 40's by the men in the 3rd?
I have a CD Jpeg of the green book of the 3rd cavalry group form the 3rd US army in World war II
My dad was in WWII & wrote home about a Captain Whorf writing the history of the 3rd Cavalry in about 1945 - my dad did the drawings. Wouldn't I love to find a copy for him! Have any ideas?
Hi, Is this a book with the words "Brave Rifles 3" in the upper left corner in a recon logo?
Hi Gary, I have no idea if the book Dad talked about was ever even published. I just know that he said a Captain Whorf was writing it & my dad (last name Bainter) was doing the drawings. I wish there was a copy "out there" to find for him.....he just turned 88..... Thanks.
My dad was 3rd calvary recon. He told VERY few stories, but now I´m piecing it all together bit by bit. He always said his commander crossed into Germany first but had to come back, then the crossing a Remagen happened. He said it was controvesial, his comander didn´t get credit for being first, and the army used Remagen to advance when they caught up. He then crossed at Remagen. He never said anything about a fight being involved, like the story at Thionville... BUT he also never talked about any actual fighting. He never touched another gun after he returned, however. Dad is gone now, but the stories he told his brothers, plus the stories I´m finding that fit the tid-bits he gave me are quite interesting. How can I find out more? I would LOVE to get a copy of at the "green book" you speak of. How can I do that? My cousins are looking for a book about the 11th calvary (The Roer to the Elbe... or something similar) in storage where he wrote his platoon and troop. His name was Bill Dyson (Harry or Harrold Dyson at the time, I think). He was assigned to an M-8 Greyhound. He had the "Brave Rifles" patches and pin.
I had just recently found out that my friend's Dad was part of the 3rd Cavalry Recon, since my friend knew that I had a interest in WWII he told me that I could talk to his Father and ask whatever. Just tonight was the first chance I have had to talk to him, briefly the Father mentioned Normandy, The Bulge, Thionville and some other places and events. I plan on having more in depth conversations soon. The father is 94 and sharp as a tack, he remembers a lot in details. I am thinking of playing Historian and recording all information the father is willing to share. I'm not sure how I can help you but you can contact me as you wish to and we can go from there.
Wow. Thank you. I would love to know all I can. My dad's story seems to fit the first trip accross the Moselle into Thionville that ended up saving the bridge, but not being capitalized on by Patton for quite some time. Anything about 3rd calv. recon. would be of great interest. My dad came in AFTER the battle of the bulge,if I have the story straight. I'm still trying to figure out who has the record of what unit he is in. It is in a little book that someone in the family claimed when he died (I live outside the country).
Thank you for your response, and anything more you share. My dad would have been 89 now.
Would you consider copying, selling and shipping a copy of that CD? My dad was in that group and I am trying to reconstruct his experiences (which he only refered to vaguely over the years).
My father was also in Patton's army and speaks about the green book often. would you be interested in copying and selling a copy of the CD?
Did you have any success with your research? I am quite curious to learn more.
My dad, Beryl Winks, was also in this group. He is sitting in my living room and is reminiscing. So I did a cursory search which brought me here to this site. He is from upstate NY near Syracuse area. Friends with Herb Miller, Lt "Woody" (killed 5 days before the war ended in Europe) C Troop, SGT Hall. Contact me at <email> <phone> /Doug Winks He is interested in contacting any living vets. Thanks. Beryl (my dad) has one of those green books of the 3rd Cav.
I'm sorry to say that my Dad is no longer alive. However, I would love to know anything about the Reconnaissance guys in the 3rd. My dad was with them from before they followed across at Ramagen (don't know how long before), till the end of the war. You could sell a scan of that green book to several of us on this discussion page. I'd be first
Thanks Tom for a prompt response. That 3rd Cav "green book" is somewhere in a house in NY. If I can find it, I wouldn't mind scanning it and providing it (free) for those who are interested. Problem is that I am not planning on going to the NY house any time soon, so it may be awhile. Doug Best wishes.
Thank you. I will await word if you ever get up that way. Tom
I have a copy in my library. I can probably scan it and email it to you if you give me some time.
Thank you so much. That would be very kind of you. I know that would be a bit of work. My email is <email> When you can get around to it, I will be very grateful.
Hi Doug, I found it interesting that your dad was in C Troop, 3rd Cavalry Recon Squadron Mech. When I entered the army, I was sent to Camp (now Fort) Gordon GA. I believe that this was a reactivation of our unit. We were organized as the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and later broken into the 3rd and 43 Squadrons. Our cadre consisted of officers from the horse cavalry. Originally I was in A Troop and later C Troop commanded by Capt Downing and First Sgt "Pinky" Marcher. I was in Headquarters Platoon and in charge of ammunition. I do not recall your dad but I did know a Herd Miller that was awarded a battlefield commission. I don't think that he was killed. I am pretty sure that I saw him at Fort Bragg when we mustered out. I don't recall Lt. Woody. Remembering names is a little difficult but her are a few that your dad may know: Ken Graham and Gus Vang both from Painted Post, NY, Gordon Payne, "Two Beer" Conover, Tomillio the mail clerk, Percell, Cogswell (in charge of gasoline supply). Maybe your dad will remember some of these names. As for the "Green Book" that everyone is interested in - I had one and wasn't really impressed. I think that it got lost in one of my many moves. If your dad would care to reminisce any further I can be reached via <email> .
Andrew D. Blidy, son
Dad, Peter J. Blidy was there Thionvlle, France. This is the final battle seen use in Saving Private Ryan Movie.
In January 1943, the Regiment was re-designated the as the 3d Cavalry Group (Mechanized). The 3d Cavalry Group arrived in France in 1944 and was attached to XX Corps. On 17 November 1944, after numerous fierce battles, the 3d Cavalry Group Troopers became the first to cross into Germany.
 First Into Germany
On 31 August 1944, the 1st platoon of B Troop, 3d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, with 30 men, 6 Jeeps armed with .50 cal MG, and three M-8 armored cars with 37 mm guns made a raid behind enemy lines to Thionville, France in a desperate attempt to prevent the bridge across the Moselle from being destroyed by the Germans.
The platoon conducted the raid 75 miles (121 km) behind enemy lines as US Forces advanced slowly towards the Moselle River to effect a crossing on its push toward the German "West Wall". Troop commander Captain James D. Jackson succeeded in crossing the river to the eastern approach to the bridge and cut the wires leading to the demolition charges, and was wounded in the attempt. An enemy sniper then killed SGT Baker when he assumed command, the only fatality among the raiders.
Their mission accomplished, the platoon crossed the dynamite-laden bridge to rescue Jackson before falling back, fighting their way out. In so doing, they were no doubt the first American troops to cross the Moselle in WW-II. The platoon suffered 6 casualties and 2 jeeps lost.Germany casualties were 1600 wounded and killed. Captain Jackson was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, and the bridge over the Moselle was temporarily saved from destruction. The remainder of the Army did not reach and cross the Moselle until 12 September at Arnaville, France.
My dad, Sergeant Peter J, Blidy from Buffalo, N.Y., was with Troop B, 3rd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron MecZ., Car commander 733, XX Corps Army , 3rd US Army #32842837 . Campaigns France , Rhineland ,Ardennes, Germany from July 19 ,1944 to May 8 ,1945 4 bronze service stars and Silver star medal on August 20,1944, 50 miles south of Paris at Vitry aux Loges, France. My brothers and sister have his discharge separation papers and his Silver Star citation. He also had a purple heart. Any other info would be appreciated since he never talked about his WWII experiences. He pasted away Aug 4,1984 and laid to rest in North Collins N.Y.
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I too would be great full to have a copy of the green book from my grandfathers service. Chester "Snow" Sniegowski served in 3rd Cavalry (Mechanized) in F Company.
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Dear Mr Miller, Thank you for your kind response. Please feel free to contact my dad, Beryl Winks at <phone> . He lives near Ft Pierce, FL now. I am positive he would love to hear from you. (Just called him) He fears that he may not remember alot but I encouraged him that you both may encourage one another in that area. You mentioned a couple guys that he remembered, so I believe you may have a pleasant conversation.
Sir, If you would feel more comfortable calling me first to get some background information to facilitate your call to him, call me on my <phone> or at my home # <phone> . My email address is <email> Thank you so very much for your service to our country!! I am retired Army (22yrs) and am currently working at Ft Stewart, GA helping the 3rd Infantry Division meet their training requirements. Very glad to have heard from you. Let me know if I may be of service. Doug Winks
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Hello, I have a large German banner signed and dated March 19, 1945 and has the names of memebers of the 43rd Cavalry Recon Sqdn Mech. Troop C. The flag indicates it was signed in Germany by 2nd Platoon, 1st, 2cd and 3rd section. Anyone interested in a Photo of the flag?
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was in the 3rd calvary of the 3rd army?
As you probably know by now, I did talk to your dad. He did not know me nor did I remember him. We did have an enjoyable conversation about people that we both knew. After all these years, it was great to talk to someone from the outfit.
Yes 3rd Army 3rd Cavalry Troop F (tank) but obviously assigned out as attachments.
Was the 43rd part of the 3rd?