65th Cavalry Division (United States)

65th Cavalry Division
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia of the 65th Cavalry Division
Active 1921–1941
Country United States
Branch United States Army
Type Cavalry
Garrison/HQ Chicago
Nickname(s) "Chevaliers"
Hugh S. Johnson
U.S. Cavalry Divisions
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The 65th Cavalry Division was a cavalry division of the United States Army Organized Reserves. It was created due to the perceived need for additional cavalry units. It was numbered in succession with the Regular Army cavalry divisions, not all of which were active at its creation.

The 65th Cavalry Division was organized in the Mid-Western United States. The division was composed of personnel from Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.


In 1940, the division included the following units:[1]

  • Headquarters (Chicago)
  • Headquarters, Special Troops (Chicago)
    • Headquarters Troop (Chicago)
    • 65th Signal Troop (Chicago)
    • 585th Ordnance Company (Medium) (Chicago)
    • 465th Tank Company (Light) (Chicago)
  • 159th Cavalry Brigade (Chicago)
  • 160th Cavalry Brigade (Detroit)
  • 865th Field Artillery Regiment (Chicago)
  • 465th Reconnaissance Squadron (Detroit)
  • 465th Quartermaster Squadron (Chicago)
  • 405th Engineer Squadron (Chicago)
  • 365th Medical Squadron (Chicago)


  1. Clay 2010a, p. 589.


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