Edwin Price Ramsey was born in Illinois, raised in Kansas, and graduated from the Oklahoma Military Academy. Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Cavalry Reserve in May of 1938, he entered active service in February of 1941 with the famous 11th Cavalry Regiment, at Campo, California. In June of 1941 he volunteered for service in the Philippines with the elite 26th Cavalry Regiment (Philippine Scouts). With Regular Army officers and Filipino soldiers, the regiment was considerably smaller than a normal stateside cavalry regiment. It consisted of six line troops in two squadrons, with a total of 54 officers and 784 enlisted men.
In December 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and then invaded the Philippines, the regiment was ordered north as part of the North Luzon Force to oppose the Japanese landings in Lingayan Gulf. Additional landings elsewhere forced the withdrawal of the outnumbered American and Filipino forces, whose retreat was covered by the 26th Cavalry into Bataan. Leading a 27-man Platoon, as advance guard for the 1st Regular Division of the Philippine Army, on January 1st, 1942 at the village of Morong, Bataan, Lieutenant Ramsey encountered a Japanese infantry force in the village and immediately ordered a charge. General Wainwright later awarded Ramsey the Silver star for gallantry in action for leading what became the last Horse Cavalry charge in U.S. history.
     Escaping after the surrender of Bataan, Lieutenant Ramsey formed the guerrilla forces in Central Luzon. Then came three years of agonizing guerrilla warfare, waged by courageous Americans and Filipinos on Luzon Island, fighting both the imperial Japanese Army and communist Huk guerrillas to prepare the way for the return of General Douglas MacArthur. Ramsey also sent critical intelligence information to General Douglas MacArthur in preparation for the liberation of the Philippines. After his return, General MacArthur personally awarded Ramsey the Distinguished Service Cross for his guerrilla activities.

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September 2014
Dear Family & Friends,

I’m still in jet lag but I want to let you know that Doug Ramsey and I had an incredible time
during the U.S. Cavalry Bivouac in Fort Reno, OK which will be the new home of the U.S.
Cavalry Association as the Chairman, BG Phil Bolte and the President, Bill Tempero announced
during the Annual Meeting.

There are so many stories to relate but I can summarize them with three adjectives:

It was Memorable because of the reconnection with long time dear friends of Ed and me in the
Cavalry like Maj. Bob Seals of the Special Forces and his son, Bobby who met us and took
care of us all week. We also had the chance to make new friends like Byron Price from the OK
Press and Neil Heeney and Maj. Kevin Weber from OU.  The Fiddlers Green Ceremony brought
back so many happy times with Ed as Chaplain Paul Scholtz beautifully described them during
his sermon in the Chapel…

It was Exciting as we watched the Cavalry Competitions amongst the different Horse Platoons
and stood in awe at the Pass in Review with the caisson rolling along, and Steven Barber and
Matthew Hausle from Vanilla Fire Productions capturing the events and the Cavalry Charge for
the documentary on Ed…

It was Enjoyable as we attended the Punch Bowl Ceremony where I was called to pour a bottle
of Rum after sipping a bit and feeling the hot liquid on my throat and saying “Ed you used to do
this so, here’s to WW II in the Philippines… and the Cavalry Banquet where we sang the
Cavalry songs, made Toasts and exchanged stories with old and new friends.

I would like to Congratulate and Thank all of the organizers of this year’s Cavalry Bivouac for an
outstanding reunion! I’m so proud of your great work and I’m sure Ed is too!

Edwin Price Ramsey
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