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by Tom Gregg, 18 October 1998
The First Cavalry Division is the only U.S. Army cavalry division to have seen action in modern times. During WW II it served in the Pacific; though designated as a cavalry division and composed of cavalry regiments, it was functionally an infantry division.
During the Vietnam War, the division was designated the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), i.e. a helicopter-mobile infantry division. Today it is organized as an armored division.
Like armored divisions, the 1st Cav's organizational flag is a horizontal bicolor, red over yellow, with yellow fringe and the division's shoulder sleeve insignia centered. The organizational flags of the division's organic brigades also follow the pattern for armored divisions.
Tom Gregg, 18 October 1998