[Text from 85th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadran History]
85th Cavalry Reconnaissance
5th Armored Division
World War II
Drawings by T/Sgt Joe A. Sylvester
S-2 Section HQ-85 Cav Rcn Sq Mecz
My appreciation to Chaplain Lipsey for his fine cooperation
Thanks for your writeups, data, ideas, etc.
Lt. Col. Geo. C. Benjamin
1/Sgt William F. Smith
T/Sgt Benjamin J. Benita
Sgt Joe Grasser
T/5 Howell Belcher
T/4 Charles E. Derrick, Jr.
T/4 Howard Smith
Sgt Gilbert C. Baines
T/4 Jacob N. Kritt
1/Sgt Stearns E. Woodman
Sgt Leland Duval
Sgt Ray S. Kinner
Sgt Robert White
Sgt/Maj Henry Weidman
Capt. James L. Anderson
1/Sgt Andrew J. Johnson
T/5 Al Foster
Fight - Fix - Find
It happened to me in 42"
Right Flank March
One Volunteer for K.P.
What would you like to do in the Army?
Tench Hut! inspection
To the cherished memory of our gallant leaders and fellow
soldiers, to whom we are indebted for their outstanding
achievements and whose delightful companionship it was
our privilege to enjoy up to the last minute.
They were leaders, as well as soldiers, and there was in
each and everyone of them a technique which is as necessary
as that which had to be acquired by a musician, painter
or poet. It demanded showmanship, timing, a knowledge
of human reaction, emotionalism, opportunism, adroitness,
caution, patience, boldness, relentlessness and
Are these the qualities of greatness? No, but they are the
absolute requisite to greatness which these men have left in
our hearts and have given us the strength and courage to go
It is with great pride that we look back to their achievements
and accomplishments, we know that no man was
great for twenty-four hours a day, nor a general immaculate
in every decision. But for these men who have shown greatness
most of the day, only by their decisions were we successful
in accomplishing our assigned missions and gain the
respect and commendations which have been so highly
bestowed upon us.
Greatness in all of these men was like the light of the sun,
it could be seen and felt at a distance throughout the War.