This project actually began in 1992 in a hotel room in Atlanta. Five War Wagon Pilots and one Crusader/C&C pilot got together for the first ever un-organized, un-official, giant “Romeo Fox-trot” reunion.
Rick Waite, "War Wagon 16/19" and I, "War Wagon 14", began gathering data about the unit from various sources. Rick's profession led him to contact many former D Troopers and to archive tons of photographs and documents. Many can be viewed on these pages.
With the intent to someday produce a not-for-profit book for everyone in the Unit, I started assembling a "works" in book form with many contributing authors. Over the years I have compiled a large amount of historical data about the unit, but there is so much more to be collected. The "works" have become huge and there is still so much left to be recorded.
The internet seemed to be a good medium to make some of the information available to fellow troopers and the World in general.
Not all of "Light Horse's" stuff is here because we don't want some pecker-wood stealing it an making money off of a book and we all know that some aspects of our history is inappropriate even for the Internet.
“Scavenger” Don Armstrong was instrumental in providing a lot of historical data through his efforts at the National Archives and contacting old Trooper friends and picking the brains of new ones.
Claude Stevens, Long Knife Crewcheif, holds the honor and distinction of having had enough interest and dedication 5 years ago to create the first D Troop Home Page. His failing health has prevented him from continuing that endeavor. This web site merely an extension of his ideas and work.
Thanks to Mike Rasbury for providing photos, documents and so much of the information regarding Ace Cozzalio.
Hat's off to Hunter Jones and George Rein who rounded up so many Dough Boys and contributed lots of material pertaining to their tours.
I must heartily thank all of the guys who have dug out their closets, garages and attics across America, the guys who even risked pissing off ex-wives and new wives to gather and to contribute the material seen on our pages.
Most of the information on this site is factual and verified. Most of the “War Stories”, are pretty accurate and verifiable. Many of the stories in the "Legends" section are lacking only in author's names for verification and then addition to the "Stories Pages".
The rule I have used is that if a story
is substantiated and collaborated by at least two people, then I consider
it to be an accurate representation.
This is where you can help if you have knowledge of these events. Please contact me so I can record the "Straight shit".
Much of our material is really still incomplete and I plead with any former D Trooper to add what they know help improve the accuracy of the historical events.