11th cavalry

Roger Holder of the 11th ACR, 1967.

Holder was seriously wounded when a landmine hit his M113 APC. Later, after serving time for marijuana possession, he went AWOL. Then, in 1972, he hijacked a plane with his girlfriend.

From Wikipedia:

June 2, 1972: Western Airlines Flight 701 from Los Angeles to Seattle was hijacked by Willie Roger Holder, a Vietnam War veteran, and his girlfriend Catherine Marie Kerkow. The hijackers claimed they had a bomb in an attaché case and demanded $500,000 and that Angela Davis, who was then on trial, be freed. After allowing half the passengers to get off in San Francisco and the other half to get off in New York on a re-fueling stop, they flew on to Algeria, where they were granted political asylum, joining the International Section of the Black Panther Party. It was and still remains the longest-distance hijacking in American history. Later, $488,000 of the ransom money was returned to American officials.

The story of the hijacking is chronicled in Brendan Koerner’s book The Skies Belong to Us.


Oak Saddle Bow excavated from Coppergate, York dated between 900-1100 CE on display at the Yorkshire Museum

Vikings predominantly fought on foot but would often ride into battle before dismounting to fight on foot. Rulers or lords embellished their horses fittings to display their rank.

This piece from a saddle was originally covered in patterned and coloured leather. It represents and incredibly rare survival.

Fire and Smoke

Photograph by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull

Original Caption: US Army Soldiers, assigned to 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment-Blackhorse, fire the main gun of an M1 Abrams tank at targets during a combined arms live-fire exercise at Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 5, 2015. Part of #OperationDragonSpear, the training was part of a joint forcible entry operation with XVIIIth Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division, The 75th Ranger Regiment, 10th Special Forces Group and the United States Air Force. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull

A Trooper from Killer Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, surveys the battlefield during the Blackhorse Regiment’s movement to contact elements of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in the National Training Center, June 26, 2017. This phase of NTC Rotation 17-07.5 challenged the Raider Brigade’s ability to conduct zone reconnaissance and prepare the area of operations for follow on forces. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Austin Anyzeski, 11th ACR)

Battle of the Crossroads: At 0745 an element of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment on Operation KENTUCKY COUGAR engaged an unknown size enemy force 8 km north-northeast of Loc Ninh in Binh Long Province. The enemy returned fire with small arms, automatic weapons and RPG fire. As fighting continued, other elements of the Blackhorse Regiment and an element of the 2d Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division moved into the area and reinforced the troops in contact. Action continued in the afternoon until 1600 when the enemy withdrew. Results are 35 enemy killed, 1 US KIA and 9 US WIA. Two M113 ACAV and two M551 ARV Sheridan were destroyed.