61st Cavalry Division (United States)

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61st Cavalry Division
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia of the 61st Cavalry Division
Active 1921–1942
Country United States
Branch United States Army
Type Cavalry
Garrison/HQ New York City (1922–1941)
Nickname(s) "The Foragers"
George B. Duncan
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The 61st Cavalry Division was an Organized Reserve cavalry unit of the United States Army.

It was created in 1921 from the perceived need for additional cavalry units after World War I, and was numbered in succession of the Regular Army Divisions, which were not all active at its creation. The 61st was officially disbanded on 30 January 1942, although most of its personnel had been reassigned in 1941. The unit was nicknamed "The Foragers".

The Division was composed of personnel from New York and New Jersey. The Division Headquarters was initially located in Rochester, New York, but moved to New York City in 1922.


In early 1940, the division included the following units:[1]

Standard organization chart for a Cavalry Division in November 1940

Notable Personnel

See also



  1. ^ Clay 2010a, p. 581.


  • Clay, Steven E. (2010a). US Army Order of Battle 1919–1941 (PDF). 2. Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: Combat Studies Institute Press. ISBN 9781780399171.
  • Clay, Steven E. (2010b). US Army Order of Battle 1919–1941 (PDF). 4. Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: Combat Studies Institute Press. ISBN 9780984190140.
  • Wilson, John B. (1998). Maneuver and Firepower: The Evolution of Divisions and Separate Brigades (PDF). CMH Pub 60–14–1. Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History.
  • Sawicki, James A. (1985). Cavalry regiments of the US Army. Dumfries, Virginia: Wyvern Publications. ISBN 9780960240463.
  • [1], The Trading Post, Journal of the American Society of Military Insignia Collectors, April- June 2009, page 21

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