Words atone cannot define the Squadron, it's activities, or
characterize it's personalities. Within the next few pages is a
Summarization of interest, of the 85th Cavalry Reconnaissance
Squadron Mechanized. It is the combined efforts of each little section
Which helped to bring on a VE Day.
It is impossible for the Squadron Commander to care for every
detail in order that the Squadron will operate smoothly and
effectively; consequently, he must have cooperation of a Special
Staff consisting of Executive Officer, S-1, S-2, S-3, and S-4,
Communication Officer, Maintenance Officer, Liaison Officer,
Personnel Officer, Special Service Officer, Medics and Chaplain.
Primarily, the principal duties of the Executive Officer is to coordinate
all activities; also in the absence of the Squadron Commander
he is given to make decisions in his name.
S-I, The Adjutant, is responsible for all administration pertaining
to the Squadron. Interviews and assigns all reinforcements
making certain they are properly assigned to the duties in which
they are of most beneficial to the army.
Recommendations for decorations, promotions, discharges
and transfers a processed by the S-1; also, leaves of all nature.
Appointment of both summary and special courts martial are S-
Add to this the new redeployment regulations and point system
and the formulation of policies concerning them and you have an
idea of the S-1's responsibilities.
During combat he is also the burial officer.
S--2. Intelligence Officer, is responsible for the collection, evaluation,
and dissemination of all pertinent information about the enemy
and terrain. He must gather and weigh all reports from all
sources to form a picture of the enemys strength, his position and
During combat S-2 depends on all personnel of the Squadron
to obtain necessary information regarding the enemy, once received,
is plotted on the situation map and proper action taken by
squadron if feasible.
Screening of all suspicious civilians in captured towns, and
Interrogation of all PW's is also handled by the S~2 Section.
Counter-intelligence, also, is the S-2's responsibility; must be
extremely cautious at all times that proper measures are taken to
limit the enemy's information of our troops and of our intentions.
Since VE Day, the duty and responsibility of S-2 requires the
establishing and maintaining of security posts of all types.
S-3, Operations, Plans and Training, it is the responsibility of
S-3 during combat to plan and coordinate the operations of the
squadron in accordance with the desires of the Squadron
Commander and orders from higher headquarters.
S-3 section plots all friendly information on the situation map,
kept current by information gained from all troops, combat
Commands and friendly units. A constant check on the progress of
The operations is made by members of the staff, making changes as
dictated by the situation.
It is also his duty to select all routes to the objective during
combat, tactics to be used, fire power necessary for success,
Supplies needed, and adequate number of personnel needed to gain
In time of training periods S-3 organizes and coordinates the
training of the squadron; arranging for training areas, training
aids, schools, ranges and equipment with one aim in mind, that is,
to build the squadron personnel into a fighting team.
* We will always remember our gallant leaders: Lt. Col. Kent
Fay, Major John P. Gerald, and also our leading noncommissioned
officer, Sgt/Major John E. Sealy, who gave their
lives leading their men into combat . . .