By Ed Parmenter
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Reference: First Cavalry Division G-1 Monthly narrative for March 1949) In addition, because of lack of manpower, the third battalions of each regiment were “paper” battalions, as were the third firing batteries of each Field Artillery Battalion. Under the new reorganization, both the First and Second Cavalry Brigades were deactivated. All enlisted personnel in the Second Cavalry Brigade were transferred to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Eighth Cavalry Regiment; I am not sure where all of the officers went.
I also spent a day on the rifle range, practicing marksmanship. 30 caliber, bipod mounted light machine gun. I spent a damp and rainy weekend in the field where we set up tents and dug foxholes at several locations, all of them in VERY stony ground. S. Army Transport, General Eltinge. Thirteen days later, the ship arrived at the port of Yokohama. Even in the bay, before the ship docked, I could smell the odor of the human and animal waste, which the Japanese used to fertilize all of their crops.
Because I was the assistant BAR man, I had to fire two 20 round clips each at 300, 500 and a thousand yards. The first clip was single fire; the second clip was automatic fire, two or three rounds in a burst. I also fired two fifteen round clips from the M-1 Carbine at 100 yards. I was also required to clean each of the weapons that I fired. As part of my training, I had to learn to drive the jeep, the three quarter ton weapons carrier, the two and a half ton 6X6, and the Reconnaissance Platoon’s armored car.