Troopers, veterans and families came together for a recognition ceremony Sept. 25 on Fort Hood to honor three 1st Cavalry Division veterans who served in 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, during the Vietnam War.
Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, 1st Sgt. Emerson Trainer, and Spc. Jack “Squirt” Miller were three “Ghost Battalion” veterans who served in Company B, 2nd Bn., 7th Cav. Regt., from 1968-1969. Each trooper was recognized for their, selfless, valiant and honorable service to their country.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be here today,” Timothy Trainer, son of 1st Sgt. (recognized) Emerson Trainer, said. “Though, I have stood and spoken in front of many people over the years, I have never had the privilege of standing and speaking to a distinguished group such as this, composed of today’s Bravo 2-7 Soldiers as well as those who served with my father.”
During the recognition, current Bravo Co. troopers unveiled three plaques; each one with a different name to recognize. The ceremony highlighted the veterans’ service and accomplishments that lead to their ultimate legacy.
“You survived the blistering monsoons in the southern highlands, fought in battles in the blistering heat on the Cambodian border, and stomached the gore of war,” Sgt. 1st Class Richard Hernandez, current acting first sergeant of Bravo Co, stated. “I cannot begin to fathom your sacrifice and from the bottom of my heart I thank you all for your honorable and distinguished service to our country.”
After the ceremony, the family members and veterans were invited into the current Bravo Company footprint to hang each plaque on the wall. The plaques were placed in three different locations so troopers can look up at the wall and continue to be inspired by those before them.
“We are all united because at one point or another, we all answered the nation’s call,” Hernandez said. “We have all been forged by the crucibles of ground combat, and no one besides a veteran can understand that bond.”
The history of these three veterans will forever line the wall with Bravo Co., 2nd Bn., 7th Cav. Regt., and the legacy of First Team troopers continues to grow as their stories of old, and new, are told shared across the armed forces.