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    U.S. Cavalry- Commemorative Pennant, Philippine Scouts, 26thv Cav. Association. The Philippine Scouts, organized in 1901, were a military formation of the United States Army. Comprised of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans; commanded by Caucasian officers and some Filipino graduates of West Point. Originally constituted as infantry within the Philippine Department, the formation grew to divisional strength before WWII. In addition to infantry, the Philippine Scouts eventually came to have Cavalry, Field Artillery, Coast Artillery, Military Police, Quartermaster, Ordnance, and Signals units. The Philippine Scouts became the frontline U.S. troops in Asia and were the first U.S. soldiers to see combat. At the Battle of Bataan, the Philippine Scouts stood as the backbone of the American defense and the 26th Cavalry was "stoutest" and only "serious opposition" to the Japanese.

    This 34" X 70", cotton, triangular, double sided, machine sewn pennant is a beige field with a trapezoidal black "stripe" along a portion of the bottom edge. On the black "stripe", in golden-yellow, san-serif, capital letters is the word "ARMY." In the hoist is a pair of unsheathed, double appliqued, stylized cross sabers. Centered on the sabers is an inverted WW1 US Army Cavalry Private 1st Class insignia. The pennant is finished with plain hem and pairs of four black ties along the hoist edge. Inscribed along the upper hoist is, "US LAST COMBAT CAV CHARGE JAN 15 1942" and "CAPT RAMSEY" and "BATALAN" and "P.I. 26 RGT."

    The reference is to the charge of the 26th US Cavalry at Morong, Philippines Islands on January 16, 1942. "Capt. Ramsey" is a reference to 1st Lieutenant (acting captain) Edwin Price Ramsey who commanded Troop G of the 26th at Morong. The word "Batalan" remains unidentified but it may be a misspelling of "Bataan" or "Battalion."

    After the Battle of Bataan, the 26th were compelled to slaughter their horses for food. The unit eventually dissolved and many of the troopers made their way into various Luzon guerrilla units. Since this flag conforms to no known style of guidon, standard or flag carried by the U.S. Cavalry, it is likely that this is a post war pennant utilized to commemorate this event in the history of the Philippine Scouts.

    Surviving flags associated with the 26th Cavalry are exceeding rare. Their standard was recovered at the end of the War, but is currently unaccounted for. None of their guidons are known to have survived. This is a pennant for a collector of 26th Cavalry, Philippine Scouts, Battel of Bataan, and Philippine artifacts.

    Condition: This Pennant in in good condition. It is used, worn, soiled and the fly tip is split, but it is otherwise complete.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.


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