About Me and the blog (isn’t it always?)

I graduated from the USMA (West Point) in 1981 and was commissioned as a cavalry officer (great choice!).  I spent the next 15 years of my career in armor and cavalry assignments.  It was a great career with troops.  After my time as a cavalryman, my career took a turn in a different direct –toward staff assignments.  They were very rewarding in their own way.  Many of my staff assignments took me into the world of doctrine writing which was both fascinating and rewarding.

You can see my formal bio here.

I retired from the Army in 2005 and now have the greatest job in the world –teaching military history at the Army Command and Staff College.  In addition, I have a great family and live the dream on a 50+ acre horse farm in eastern Kansas.  We are in to fox hunting, dressage, eventing, and pleasure riding.  We have five horses (the number varies…check back for updates), three dogs, five cats and a John Deere tractor… life doesn’t get better. 

This blog site is just things that I’m interested in and have some thoughts on.  It covers a wide range of subjects and for now I’m not really interested in limiting it to a particular theme.

Time spent here would be better spent fixing fences or finishing my dissertation… but this is more fun 🙂

Published on September 17, 2008 at 3:39 am  Comments (32)  

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  1. Lou,
    I have read a number of your offerings to the SMH and enjoy your perspective. i got turned on to the blog by SMH.
    I’ll keep in touch you do the same.

  2. Enjoyed your excellent article in SMJ. Let’s talk some time. Cheers, Doug Macgregor

  3. Hi,
    My name is SSG Fordemwalt and I have been with the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment since 2003. I had read your article about your “Sighting in the fog. I then read you are from eastern Kansas. Just so happens I am from Baldwin City, KS just south of Lawrence. I was just curious where at in Kansas are you living?

  4. Near McClouth –north of Lawrence.

  5. Hi,Why can”t I find anything on the cav at Livingston in 1940-43.The re-mounts don’t seem to be important? or maby they were not?do you know of any information on the cav that were at livingston? Thanks G Negrotto

  6. Hello.I have worried over the many years of reading your work,thinking you were a ww2 vet.I am so relieved to know you have many years of sharing your knowledge with us.I thank you beyond words for your,”words”My grandchild has been riding for a year now.She only rides twice a month,lessons are sooooo expensive,but she loves to ride,she sits up so tall and proud.I guess its my way of being apart of the cavalry blood…..Sincerely Catherine King Negrotto

  7. Hello Sir.
    enjoyed your blogg. I am an ex Household Cavalry remount rider and more recently Remount and Ceremonial officer with the Royal cavalry of Oman. I consider that I have been blessed to spend my life in the company of horses and horsemen. Although officially retired I still spend my time training horses and riders. I`m sure it`s an incurable illness.
    I look forward to reading more of your blog.
    Tony D

  8. What a great blog, LTC DiMarco! I’m going to forward it to my dad, LTC (ret) Richard Noonan, who now lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He will love it! I grew up riding at FLH and was a member of the first “class” of Fiddlers’ Green Pony Club (my dad was DC at one time), so as a family, we had a long history with the hunt. I’m 52 now, so I rode there in the 70s. Congrats on a fascinating site, and keeping the memories not just of the hunt, but of the spirit of the cavalry around the world, alive!
    Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch

  9. My father, Edward M. Krolian, was in the 101st Cavalry, France thru Austria. Boot Camp was Fort Devins, Ma. with Sgt. Hugh Carey. Scouted for Nazi subs at Rehoboth Beach, MD. I have some stories, photos and Wingfoot if you are interested.

  10. What a great blog site, i too have a haflinger, this little guy has changed my life, i started riding at the ate age of 36,and my first horse was a 4 year old haflinger called Harvey, i have been very interested in the breeds role in both world wars, and was amazed to see on your blog that the german army still uses them, thank you for the insight

  11. I’m sure you are the person who taught me to ride years ago along with your wife barbara. Would love you to contact me

  12. I’ve worked as a second horse rider for a field master in Shropshire in England with the “W.W.W’s”.What’s the hunting like out there?and are there any vacancies for a good rider and nagsman? I’m in the “Blazers” county in Eire at the moment but would travel.

  13. On line exploring on a snowy day in Maine got me to SWJ and your piece on finding and preparing generals.
    Well done, sir!
    I researched that a bit for my book SAME DATE OF RANK, about 17 men and three women I interviewed at the tops and bottoms from USMA,USNA and USAFA. Many insights into officer development.
    Seeing your horse/cavalry interest prompts this note. You may be interested in learning about one of the last cavalry charges at USMA in the summer of 1941 in Chapter Two and I would be happy to share. Chris Hoppin, Lt.Col. USAF Ret. choppin@aol.com

  14. Sir – has been a pleasure reading your web site/ blog etc.

    I am trying to find information on the unit my father was assigned to during WWII – according to the copy his discharge: Tr A 17th Cav Rcn Sq.

    I have found fleeting references to the unit – but not much detail. I was wondering if you might know where I might be able to find a detailed accounting.

    Thanks, Mike

  15. Mr. DeMarco, I am looking for a WWII soldier named Louis A. DeMarch who was from the East Coast. He was a friend of my father, Bill Waldron. Would he be a relative of yours? And if so, is he still living?
    He served with the 90th Division in the Battle of the Bulge and Europe.

  16. Sorry. I did not have any relatives in the army at that time.

  17. The 17th CRS was part of the 15th Cavalry Group. Their most notable military action was as part of the VIII Corps operations in the Brittany Penninsula in 1944. There is no history that I know of, of the 15th Cavalry Group or the 17th CRS, but if you focus your research on operations in Brittany and on the seige operations of the major ports (Brest and St. Nazaire and Lorent). See my short history of the 15th Group on the mechanized cavalry website.

  18. Hello Tom,

    Have written to you a year or so ago, about The Household Cavalry, The Life Guards in particular.

    I’ve just thought that you may find this book of interest, written by an “old Comrade”, a fellow member of The Life Guards. A book of Fact & Fiction skilfully drawn together. (A Grey is always the Trumpeter’s Horse in the Household Cavalry irrespective of The Life Guards or The Blues & Royals [RHG/DG])


    Best Regards


  19. Looks great! I’ve ordered the book. I look forward to reading it and I’ll put a review of it up after I get through with it. Thanks for the tip!

  20. Hi , desperately searching for information on my uncle’s unit in ww2 Tr E 17th Cav Rcn Sq. any thing would be great. the more the better.

  21. Good afternoon. I am interested in finding out about a race horse that was retired and it ended up with 1CD Horse Det. Do you know anything about that horse? He was featured on TV, along with his Soldier and I just wondered if that horse was still at Fort Hood or if he has been retired from 1CD. What happens to those horses that are retired?

    Thank you; I enjoyed your blog. I, too, remember seeing those 1CD Horse Det cross the busy streets as they headed to or returned from a ceremony. I always got a thrill when I saw them.

  22. I would contact the 1st Cavalry Horse platoon directly.

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  24. My Father, Edward M. Krolian, Brooklyn, NY, entered the European Theater through Le Harve, France and spent 85 days in combat with the 101st Cavalry as a scout. Does anyone know of his buddy Lou Lano? I have some photos.

  25. Hello Sir,

    I am an AD MSG in the G3 for the Regional Medical Command in Germany. My SGM turned me on to your article on US Army General staff: Where is it… published in the small wars journal. I am trying to set up a three tiered training program for operations NCOs. It would actually start at the company training/OPS NCO level (101), proceed to the next level (Hospital OPS 201) and end at the G Staff Regional level (301). I was wondering if you may have published or have a good resource for a similar staff training program.

    Just as a point of order, I noticed your article was glaringly missing the part that senior NCOs play in a General staff. I assume this was done on purpose. I appreciate and agree with you that a SAMC grad is a valuable and possibly necessary position on a GO staff but I think a similarly trained NCO corps working along side set officer would make a huge difference. By reading the article I can tell that you had a specific scope in mind; adding an NCO portion may have taken the reader down a path you didn’t want to explore. Just an observation I would like to get your comments on.

    Thank you, sir.

    MSG Fullerton

  26. wow so enterting nawl

  27. Hello Sir, I am putting together a webpage for the Founders Day event this year and I would like permission to use your photo of the old crest and your description of founders day:

    On March , 1802 –two hundred and seven years ago, on 16 March 1802, Congress authorized the establishment of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Last night about a hundred and fifty of us “old grads” celebrated the founding of our alma mater here at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. Our oldest grad was class of ’48 and the youngest “old grad” was class of ’07. It was sometimes fun, sometimes interesting, sometimes boring, and often a humbling evening. We had the Dean of Academics, Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan, as our guest speaker and he was effective, if a bit long, in nudging our memories and stirring our hearts.

  28. Hi Sir; We could use your help; just purchased 2 leather and wood sturrups(spelling)sorry not the best if I mispell; they are very dirty and think very old; have wooden inside with a leather outer covering 1 has U S on front the other is blank, all hand (looks like)worked,still has horse dung on the inside and looks like it has been in a barn for years; should we clean them? and if we sent a pic, could you tell the age? With respect and best regards; Edward & Dianne

  29. if any info please informe us..thanks again Dianne

  30. New York State Govenor Hugh Carey, then Sgt. Hugh Carey from Brooklyn passed away two days ago. He was in the 101st Cavalry with my father, Corporal Edward Krolian in Fort Devins, Massachusetts. As a young boy I remember my father working six days a week in a hot and dirty dry cleaning store earning enough to pay the $75 rent in the apartment in Flatbush on Cortelyou Road in Brooklyn. My Mother would say, “Eddie, why don’t you call the Govenor? Maybe he could do something for you.” He never did, too proud. Sixty years later I was a guest of Attorney Michael Ridge at a St. Patricks Day feast in Queens where the Emerald Society and several hundred lawyers and court personnel heard the 85 year old former Govenor give a short speech. After the dinner, the Govenor sat alone. I went over to him.
    You were in Fort Devins at the start of the war?
    Yes, I was.
    They paid you $26.19 a month.
    Yes they did.
    They gave you a horse.
    Yes they did.
    Then, they mechanized your division.
    You were in the 101st.
    Yes I was.
    Govenor, You were my fathers Sargent.
    Is your Dad still with us?
    No, Six years passed.
    Sorry, Whats his name?
    Oh, Govenor, you would never remember my Dad.
    Really, What is his name?
    Edward Krolian.
    He was the Armenian guy.”

    Nobody could have guessed that fact. I should never have been suprised that he remembered.

    I have boot camp photos, with boots on, and two photos from Austria, fully mechanized.

  31. I enjoyed reading your blog.

  32. My dad was in the 81st Reconnaissance Squadron, from Naples to the Po Valley and War’s end. His name is Lt. Paul A Zurkuhlen and I believe he was a tank commander in Company B, wounded on the outskirts of Rome on June 4th, the day it was liberated. He returned to duty some weeks later. I have read the after-action report of the 81st during that period and am wondering if you have any more information on the 81st during that time or any of the people i could contact for more information. i saw a comment on a website by Michael Popowski III, who served in Vietnam and whose Dad (same name) was my father’s CO through Rome. Thank you

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