Black Jack (horse)

Black Jack (Horse)

Black Jack (horse)

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A coal-black Morgan-American Quarter Horse cross, Black Jack served in the Caisson Platoon of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment . Named in honor of General John J. Pershing, he was the riderless horse in more than 1,000 Armed Forces Full Honors Funerals (AFFHF), the majority of which were in Arlington National Cemetery. With boots reversed in the stirrups, he was a symbol of a fallen leader.

Early life

Black Jack was foaled January 19, 1947, and came to Fort Myer from the Cavalry remount station at Fort Reno, Oklahoma, on November 22, 1952. Black Jack had the honor of being the last of the Quartermaster–issue horses branded with the Army's U.S. brand (on the left shoulder) and his Army serial number 2V56 (on the left side of his neck).


Black Jack served a long and respectable military career. Among the highlights were that he participated in four state funerals:

Army Major General Philip C. Wehle was the commanding general of the Military District of Washington during those state funerals, except for LBJ's; during LBJ's, it was Army Major General James Adamson.

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