102nd Cavalry Group-During World War II
The 102d Cavalry Group (mecz), consisted of the 38th and 102d Cavalry
Squadrons, was assigned to the First Army and attached to V Corps during its 3
years overseas during World War II. The 102d Cavalry Group landed on Omaha
Beach on D plus 2. The initial operation of the 102d Group was with the 1st
infantry Division on a mission of reconnaissance in advance of the division to
establish the perimeter of the beachhead. The next principal mission was to
protect the flank of the V Corps during its drive to breakout of the beachhead in
late July 1944. The group attacked dismounted on the right flank of the corps
alongside the 2d Infantry Division. The 102d Group then preceded the infantry
division into the city. It then preceded the V Corps north from Paris across
Belgium and the northern tip of Luxembourg, reaching the Siegfried Line early
in September 1944. Thegroup held defensive positions (dismounted) on the
western edge of the Siegfried Line from September 1944 to February 1945. In
December 1944, during the Ardennes offensive, the group, “Beat off” repeated
German attacks and successfully held a sector in the northern shoulder of the
“Bulge.” The 38th squadron was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for this
operation. The 102d Cavalry screened the flank of the V Corps as it broke
through the Siegfried Line in February 1945. The mission of preceding the
Corps’ advance to the Rhine River was then resumed. The 102d Group was
shifted to the Seventh Army under VI Corps during the Colmar operation, but
rejoined V Corps after being away only 2 weeks. The group screened the north
flank of the V Corps in its advance across Germany along the southern edge of
the Hartz Mountains. It remained in Czechoslovakia after V-E Day until it
returned to the United States in October 1945.

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Unit History
102nd Cavalry Group
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