Fort Riley, Kansas: Grave of Chief, Last Cavalry Mount in the U.S. Army

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Old Trooper

Address:
Sheridan Ave., Fort Riley, KS
Directions:
Chief is buried the foot of the statue of "Old Trooper" at Fort Riley, site of other monuments and the Cavalry Museum, Custer Ave. Bdg. 205.
Phone:
785-239-3911
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Grave of Chief, Last Cavalry Mount in the U.S. Army

Chief died in 1968, the last cavalry horse in the U.S. Army. He was buried, standing, in a special hero horse casket.

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Grave of Chief, Last Cavalry Mount in the U.S. Army

There are three museums in the vicinity of the grave. They are all free. One is the Custer House. And there are several military tanks on display to photograph.

[Stoney, 02/18/2013]
Chief, Last Cavalry Mount in the U.S. Army

Beneath a statue of a mounted soldier next to the Fort Riley parade ground is a simple grave marker for a horse.

CHIEF FOALED ... 1934 ENTERED THE MILITARY SERVICE 1940 RETIRED 1949 UPON HIS DEATH. HE WAS THE LAST CAVALRY MOUNT ON THE ROLLS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY. DIED .......... 1968

[Craig S. Thom, 01/27/2002]

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