The Saving the Lipizzaner Horses
by Troop A, 42nd Reconnaissance Squadron (MECZ)
2nd Cavalry Group (The Ghosts of Pattonís Third Army)
It is an innate nature in us, our love of humanity, an element found in people of every country and culture that has finally determined the achievement of an ultimate peacefulness that brings warring peoples and countries together, no matter the extent of political indifferences, misunderstandings and evil deeds that war arises from. In the aftermath of war, it is this element of humaneness that compels us to record and remember those events of war, so horrible and unspeakable, to warn future generations. Innate in this history then is the story of the human spirit, of selfless sacrifice, unbounded determination and dedication, of heroism and of courage and braveness.
In World War Two, a regiment of German soldiers left their trenches to seek out a brass band that they had heard from a far off distance and crossing through "no-man's land" to join British soldiers. Singing Christmas carols, they presented gifts to one another there in the trenches of the British and spent an afternoon playing soccer together. When evening came, they returned to their trenches to resume the war and fighting against one another.
These events, where soldier enemies are compelled to share a humane moment during bitter fighting, and a struggle for life, go even beyond our ties to our fellow man, but extend to all sentient life, as demonstrated in the saving the Lipizzaner horses. It was the appreciation of culture built around these horses that compelled one German officer to venture between enemy lines to ask for assistance from his American adversary, Colonel Charles H. Reed, Commander of the 2nd Cavalry Group, to prevent the destruction of these horses.
The rescue of the horses and the preservation of the culture around them occurred during the remaining last days of World War II by an assemblage of soldiers named Task Force Stewart. Task Force Stewart was manned by Troop A, 42nd Reconnaissance Squadron, (MECZ), of the 2nd CAV Group, who were also known as the "Ghosts of Pattonís Third Army." The mission was named Operation Cowboy.
Most elements of the 2nd Cavalry Group had landed at Normandy in July of 1944 to immediately distinguished themselves in General George Pattonís Third Army by their daring reconnaissance missions. It was infamous in the German High Command who called it the "Ghosts of Pattonís Third Army." For the German's, this unit seemed to just materialize from nowhere at various points behind their lines.
General Patton gave Colonel Reed the green light and he
enlisted a Captain Stewart to initiate action in a top secret mission into
Private First Class Raymond E. Manz (19)
Troop A, 42nd Cavalry Reconnaissance
PFC Manz attended
On 30 April 1945, while eliminating a Nazi SS roadblock at Hostau in the rescue of the Lipizzaner horses, PFC Manz was slightly wounded. He was seriously wounded during
a counter attack by the Germans that followed while trying to establish a more
effective field of fire that resulted in a barrage eliminating German
resistance there on 30 April 1945 he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished
Service Cross for extraordinary heroism. His body was interred temporarily at
the US Quartermaster cemetery in
|Technician 5th Grade
Owen W. Sutton (29)
Troop A, 42nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mecz)
Born 8 December 1916 and died of wounds 01 May 1945
Owen W. Sutton was born
at 02:50 hours, 8 December
TEC/5 Sutton died of wounds he
received 30 April of