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Name: Mick Calkins <>
Date: 2015-07-08
I very much enjoyed reading and looking at the photos.l'm also glad to see the efort for saving buildings and history. I wish they could save a Basic Combat Training,wooden barracks area for a future touring museum so future generations could see how soldiers became soldiers! All you need is 7.5 acres and a check from THE ARMY!

Name: Phyllis Cleveland <>
Date: 2015-02-03
I sent an email several weeks ago requesting some info, but haven't heard back.
I have questions concerning the horses in the cav especially between 1900-2025.
What are the visiting hours/days for the museum?
Who do I direct questions to for details about the horses.
Thank you,


Name: Jim Macks <>
Date: 2014-11-26
Greg, thank you so much for the in-depth research. I found it fascinating! I live close by the station veterinary hospital and I never knew its history.

Name: Greg Westen <>
Date: 2012-10-06
The BUGLER on the horse at Camp Funston circa 1941,is wearing the 2nd CAVALRY DIVISION insignia like my father did at Fort Clark,Texas. 1942-1944.

Name: Wallace L. Morgan <>
Date: 2012-07-26
This is one of the greatest sites that I have ever visited for historical facts of the old mounted service. I always wanted to be in the mounted service while growing up, however it was gone when I became of age. I did belong to the mounted R.O.T.C. while enrolled at Peacock Military Academy, San Antonio, Texas (High School years). Later I belonged to a mounted cavalry unit which acted as a Union Civil War unit. Then I started a unit which acted as Indian War years. I have ridden horses since I was 12 years old, always have been interested in the mounted service. We lived and worked on old Fort Clark after I retired from the USAF. I was Chief of Security and had a mounted patrol, in addition to other normal duties. I was also in charge of the stables while stationed at Incerlik Turkey. The Security Police had several horses stabled there for mounted patrol.

Name: Susan <>
Date: 2012-06-04
Thank you for researching and preserving, in photos, a part of our equine military history.


Name: James R. Young <>
Date: 2012-05-17
This was a great effort and really brought back old memories. I was the Commander of the 56th Medical Bn 76-77 on Ft. Ord. I was told early during my tour that My additional duty was to manage the "Horse stables", Which was next to the Vet clinic. As I recall there were about 65 privatly owned horses there and the place was pretty run down. I got the owners together, Got some old bleachers from the G3, enlisted the help of an Engineer Bn CDR, and with the help of the owners, rebuilt the existing stables. My wife came to visit one day and bought a Tennessee Walker that was being stabled there (KingPin). Then she got a starved rescue horse from the SPCA, So my horse ownership all began at Ft. Ord. Again, Thanks for keeping this history alive.. Jim Young

Name: 27E20 <none@none.none>
Date: 2012-05-12
Our Ordinance Shop, to the north, and Motor Pool, to the east, were next to the "Artillery Wash Rack" on the NW corner of 4th Ave & 5th St. I was there from '77-'79. Never knew about the real cav history there.

Name: Daniel Johnsen <>
Date: 2012-01-25
God bless you all there. For what you do for are men and women who died for us and for are pal's (horse) My god bless them,

So if you need any help i would love to help. I do living History as 11th Cav with Fred Klink,


Name: Patrick Daly <>
Date: 2011-11-25
Very well done! Having served at Ft. Ord on two separate ocassions in the early 70's, I remember being told about the old stables near the 4th Bde's motor pool which was across the street from the WAC barracks. I attended basic training 11/71 - 02/72 and had many draftees serving with me. The draft ended sometime later in '72. As for the Ms. Harrison's comments some 3 years ago, that is VERY typical and what I would expect from a liberal shortsighted educator. They go through life with very closed minds hoping for socialism.

Name: M. D. George <>
Date: 2011-11-04
I drove around this area this summer and saw horses and mules/donkeys in pens. I did not know the history. Thank you for posting this information. It's amazing history. Some buildings are still there, so as of August 2011, they have not been torn down. I don't know what the future holds for them, but I hope something can be worked out. I love Fort Ord. It is a very special place.

Name: Nina Martinez <>
Date: 2011-09-14
Thank you for such an in-depth look at the history of Fort Ord and the cavalry. When I was a little girl, my mom and oldest sister spent a lot of time at the stables. In fact, the horse from the Fort Ord closing ceremony is my mom's horse Silver. She still has a picture in the house of Mr. MacDonald and Silver, and she was very proud to see it online here.

The area around the stables is very special to me for so many reasons. There are many good memories for me there. Now as an adult looking back, the history is so fascinating. I think it's something important for us to preserve and to share. It's definitely a source of pride for the area!


Name: Jacob C. Myres <jclydemyres@gmail.comI>
Date: 2011-08-21
I was one of the fist regular Army soldiers in tent Camp at Fort Ord.JUNE THE 8TH 1940 The 11th Cav. showed us how to pitch a tent and furnished our meals for about ten days until our Cadre showed up. They did impress me as being good soldiers. March 1941 I transefered to the 1st Cavalry at Fort Bliss. I spent the rest of my time in E Troop 7th Cav. for a total time of Five years three months and seventeen days. My duties was file closer Sgt and in Combat as T/Sgt in 3rd platoon. We did spend our time in combat I survived due to very good training the M1 Garande rifle and a hell of a lot of luck. I may add by the Grace of God.
former Fort Ord 19th Eng. E Troop 7th Cav. Under General Innis P Swift General Mudge & Gen. Hoffman 28 months in SWPA Jacob C. Myres (now 88year old) Ps I outlasted three Generals


Name: Mary Clark <>
Date: 2011-08-04
Thank you for keeping this information alive. My Dad, Albert R Clark (Jack) and his brother Bill, William Barry Clark, were troopers in the 107th from Toledo, Ohio. Dad told me numerous stories of good times at Ft. Ord and with the Cavalry. He and his brother joined the National Guard in 1938 while in college and trained under horsemaster Chuck Howard. Mr Howard later took over the old horse armory in Toledo as his stables before moving to Michigan. Somewhere I have photos of Dad and his unit, and an 8mm movie of the caisson manouevers and a rodeo.
I wish I could help in your quest to save the veterinary hospital and stables, but unfortunately, I am in no position to do so.
My Dad passed away at age 49 in 1966, but passed his love of horses to me and to two granddaughters. One great-granddaughter has inherited it, too!
Mary L. Clark


Name: GENE <>
Date: 2011-01-05

Name: Linda Stowers <>
Date: 2010-10-06

Name: Irv C. Rogers <>
Date: 2010-08-28
This is quite a resource for me. My Father, Abel Rogers served with the 11th Cavalry at the Presidio of Monterey from 1923 to 1926. He joined up before he was 17 and grew an inch and a half while in the service. I myself spent an entire year training at Fort Ord and as a cadreman before serving a year with the 23 Regiment in Korea.

Name: John Bobb <>
Date: 2010-06-12
I was stationed at Fort Ord, the fall of 1966. Infantry AIT and then with the 54th MP company, working at the medium security stockade. I lived in the WWII barracks on both assignments. I then went to Infantry OCS, servied in Vietnam, and I am a retired Federal Agent. In July, 2008, I was in Gilroy for a military reunion, and drove to the old Fort Ord to find out if I could tour the old stockade. the private owner allowed me to do that. It brought back a lot of memories. My fahter was a POW in WWII. Don't even get me started on what I think of these modern day whackos that don't care about military tradition. If it weren't for miltitary sacrifices of men, women, and our service animals, in this great country, they wouldn't even be free to make stupid decisions. thanks for the website. I enjoyed it. John

Name: John Horrocks <>
Date: 2010-05-10
Thank you! I've just found this website and scanned it. I plan to go through it more carefully when I have time, and to send it to my brother as well. Our father, James T. Horrocks, was a sergeant in the 76th Field Artillery, stationed at Ft Ord. He is now 93 and lives in Ft Worth, TX. Dad was assigned to the unit for his skills as a horseman and remained there for some time, charged with training new troops. He was stationed at Ft Ord, I believe, until the unit was mechanized. I've hear him tell stories of his time there for decades, but have never seen photos like the ones you have here - they help bring the stories to life! If you're interested, I will see if we have any photos or rosters. And if you have any questions, my Dad is still quite sharp and quick with the stories of life in the unit. He might be able to confirm or dispel some myth for you.
Good work!
John Horrocks


Name: Duane Colt Denfeld PhD <>
Date: 2010-05-10
To whom it may concern

For many years horses and mules were central to the Army’s mission. It surprises many to learn that U.S. Army posts had considerable numbers of animals up to the end of World War II.

These animals required care and treatment, provided by a Veterinary Corps in specialized facilities. For example, at Camp Lewis during World War I its Remount Station included an extensive treatment center. Some of this facility survived into World War and cared for horses of the 113th Cavalry assigned to the post. In February 1945 a new Veterinary Facility opened, housed in wood-frame mobilization buildings (plan 700-486).

Following the war these facilities were converted to dog kennels (in the 1970s housing marihuana detection dogs). The Fort Lewis Veterinary Treatment center site was demolished in 1977-1979. No trace survives today of this significant, but largely forgotten site.

Across the nation the Veterinary Treatment Centers have been demolished without record of their important role in the pre-mechanized military. The Fort Ord center is unique as a surviving example with considerable integrity. It can effectively recall Army history and be used to relate this history. The preservation of this historic feature would enhance our sense of history and were we have been.

My current position is Architectural Historian, Fort Lewis, Washington, and I have studied and written on the World War II building program. Among my writings on this effort are: How World War II Bases Were Built, Journal of America’s Military Past, April 1991; and The Quonset Hut, Alaska Geographic, 1996; and other more recent publications.

Duane Colt Denfeld PhD
Architectural Historian
Fort Lewis Cultural Resources
(253) 966 1781


Name: Richard Eells <>
Date: 2010-03-29
To whom it may concern,

My name is Richard Eells, I am a U.S. Army veteran (Ft Dix 1975-1978) and I recently relocated to the Ft. Ord area. I am writing to express the importance of preserving the history of Ft. Ord including some of its buildings and especially the Fort Ord Station Veterinary Hospital. As I understand, it is the only surviving one of its kind in the country and it should not be torn down. Being from the birthplace of our nation (Philadelphia, PA) I know the value of preserving our history. Sharing what many considered unremarkable events and efforts by extraordinary men and women during what will be known as the glory days of the United States of America (1900-1975) is vital if we are going to preserve our nation for future generations. Please don't let the places and buildings where these men and women achieved those accomplishments fall into disrepair and demolition and from our memories!

Richard Eells


Name: LTC Christian J,. Heidorf <>
Date: 2010-03-14
Great job perpetuating Ord history. We cannot preserve everything but destruction of everything voids our ability to maintain live touch with our history. I will send pics of military morgans ca 1912 I do for programs.



Name: Peter Macfarlane <>
Date: 2010-02-23
This website has been a very interesting and well done website. I just recently reconnected with (Old Bill) Allan A. MacDonald. I served with him in B Troop 5th Cavalry from December 1942 till I was transfered to the 5th Cavalry 1st Squadron Headquarters as the S-2 Sgt. in July 1945. We exchanged Christmas cards each year until 3 years ago when I did not get a return and I figured he was dead. We were not in the same rifle platoon, he was in the third and I was in the first and were horse mounted till Feb 1 1943. At the ending of the war I had 80+ points and opted to be discharged after the first 27 days of the occupation of Tokyo. Allan stayed in till retirement. The history of his service after WWII was very interesting, he never said much about it in the Christmas notes. Thank you again for the excellent website. I will read it again to reminisce about my time in the old Horse Cavalry.
Peter Macfarlane


Name: Ronald L Web CSM (Ret) <>
Date: 2010-02-07
I was At Ft Ord 1958 Basic Training, 70s,80s, &90s TDY.
This is great website. Thanks


Name: Dick Randall < >
Date: 2010-01-25
I looked at your website an amazing compilation of not only military horse units but U S military history as well, from the present to 1846 when Texas won its independence from Mexico thereby getting the land for the U S that is now not only the state of Texas but New Mexico, Arizona, and California where the Marines helped establish ownership by landing and maintaining a base at Monterrey Bay.

My step-dad was at Camp/Fort Ord for the big maneuvers in 1940 with the 10th Field Artillery. A picture of him carrying the Regimental Colors is on the cover of the Army & Navy Publishing Co magazine "Pass In Review 3rd Division Camp Ord 1940" which has many pictures and history of the participating units including the 76th Field Artillery-Horse Drawn.

Your pictures of Officers in their riding pants and boots remind me of what I wore as a senior at Texas A&M in 1954, but as an officer in the Combat Engineers with the 101st Airborne Div at Ft Campbell, Ky, I wore none of that (but I did wear the OD "Ike jacket" and combat boots).

I also have a picture of my real dad who was in the Cavalry with his horse at Ft Brown, TX in 1920's.

What we can't keep because of money or needed space we must preserve in memory. You have done that with this project.

Thank you.
Dick Randall


Name: Joe Cosenzo < >
Date: 2009-12-27
Very nice website and very interesting about the horses! My uncle was in the 16th Field Artillery horse-drawn Thanks!

Joe Cosenzo


Name: Lloyd G. Ploutz <>
Date: 2009-11-10
Mr. Greg Krenzelok, What a grate piece of research and details. Question, I was stationed at Fort Ord in 1960 for Basic and scond eight weeks training. How would I find out my old training units and their physical locations of the building I was billeted in?? Again, great job!!!!
LLoyd G. Ploutz, USA, RA19636697, Jan 6, 1960 to Nov 22, 1962


Name: CSM Ronald L Webb Ret <>
Date: 2009-11-10
Was stationed @ Ft Ord 1958. Returned Many times T D Y .
Thanks for keeping the site going.


Name: Betty Smith King <>
Date: 2009-11-10
Your research is amazing. The time you have spent on preparing this document must help our future generations to understand, in part, the history of the United States.

During WWII my farther (Coast Artillery) was stationed at Ft. Scott and I was privileged to ride the horses from both the Presidio and Ft. Scott stables. Also at that time I was a member of the Red Cross Mounted Corp which trained at Golden Gate Park. Needless to say your history brings back many fond memories.


Name: Mike Paisley <>
Date: 2009-11-09
VERY interesting !! Thank you for your work and MANY THANKS to those who served - man and horse.

Name: Barron Smith <>
Date: 2009-11-09
Very interesting website! Thank you for sharing this interesting info!

Name: Larry Cox <>
Date: 2009-11-06
Very well done. I was honored to be stationed at Ft. Ord as a Veterinary Specialist (91T20) from Dec 1969 thru Feb 1972. I recognize many of the buildings in the pictures and while there we had approximately 75 horses privately owned by Army personnel. I helped care for these horses as well as small animals. I had the pleasure to ride horses many miles in the arena as well as across the post into the Salinas River bottom. Brings back many fond memories.

Name: Julie Munnerlyn <>
Date: 2009-10-28

I am in the middle of doing a family research and I came across my father's uncle who served in Veterinary Corps during WW2. Your website has helped me understand what he did I never knew. He was at Fort Bliss



Name: Mike Duran <>
Date: 2009-10-19
I have been following your work for a long time and again your have done a great job covering an area of history that was almost forgotten. Few remember that there where U.S. Army Horses and Mules at Fort Ord during WW2 in all those stables.

Many thanks and keep up the good work!

Mike Duran


Name: greg krenzelok <>
Date: 2009-10-12
Thank you for the correction. I appreciate and welcome this and all corrections to make this a better and more accurate website. It has been corrected.

Greg Krenzelok – Veterinary Corps Website


Name: Michael Counts <lmcounts@att.nett>
Date: 2009-10-12
You list the Commanding General from 1980 to 1982 as MG Avers. His Last Name is aYers with a "Y". I was the company commander for the 7th Division Material Management Center and have Letter of Commendation for reenlistment with his signature on it.

Name: Marcus Haney <>
Date: 2009-10-11
great pictures

Name: greg krenzelok <>
Date: 2009-10-10
Well, I'll start is out. If you would like to make a comment or ask a question, please let me know. Thank you for taking the time to visit this website. Learning about the Fort Ord Station Veterinary Hospital has been a great blessing to me and I hope it will also be for you - Greg Krenzelok - Veterinary Corps Website

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