Grave of Comanche the Horse, Fort Ord, California
Posted by: WalruZ
N 36° 38.668 W 121° 45.410
10S E 611127 N 4056152
Quick Description: A revered calvary horse is remembered
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 10/3/2007 10:01:10 PM
Waymark Code: WM2ARD
Out among the trails of old Fort Ord, North of Monterey, surrounded by live oak and manzanita, is the grave of Comanche the last ceremonial horse to serve on the Fort.
The grave is on the aptly named Comanche Trail.
It's fenced in with horseshoes on the rails and a brass plaque on the headstone.
She was buried here with full military honors.
At one corner is a display of mementos and ribbons she won
and on the side of the display is this story...
Comanche was truly a calvary horse as she participated in many parades here on Fort Ord as well as throughout the state of California, Arizona and Oregon.
She started in the late 1960s for the last graduating class of basic trainees then in 1970 on the Main Parade Field, Drill Sargent Field, and Fritsche Airfield for every commanding general incoming and outgoing - the 9th calvary, the 10th calvary, Basic Combat Support Brigade, Cook and Bakers School, and Air Brigade.
She paraded in the city of Marina, Seaside, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Castroville, San Jose, King City, Paso Robles, Redding, Palm Springs, Reno, Redwood City, San Juan Bautista, Soledad, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Walnut Creek, Ashland and Medford Oregon, and Yuma Arizona.
She won 1st place in most all off-post parades, and paraded in the Army Birthday Parade in 1976 on the Main Parade Field.
Type of Memorial: plaque
Type of Animal: service, work animal
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