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“Therefore he rides in a loose flannel shirt that will not cramp him as he whirls the coils; but the handkerchief knotted at his throat, though it is there to prevent sunburn, will in time of prosperity be chosen for its color and soft texture, a scarf to draw the eye of woman.”- The Evolution of the Cow Puncher: Owen Wister, Harper’s Magazine, 1895.
The Yellow Cavalry Scarf is another Cav tradition whose origins are all but lost in ambiguity. First, let me start by saying that like most Cavalry traditions, the scarf, bib, ascot, foulard (to keep foul weather off your head), handkerchief, neckerchief, or whatever you want to call it, is a symbol. It may not be listed in the army uniform regulations, but for the Cav community, it symbolizes and represents the Cavalry, regardless of where it originated. The scarves are still used today for parades and ceremonies.
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Nearly every Cav Trooper remembers the scene in "Apocalypse Now" when Robert Duvall prepared for his assault in his Stetson. The fearless American badass. Cav, Hooah.
Robert Duvall portrayed Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore in the movie Apocalypse Now (1979) and received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also won both a BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award for that role. His line "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" from Apocalypse Now is now regarded as iconic in cinema history. Here is the full movie quote:
"You smell that? Do you smell that? Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for twelve hours. When it was all over I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. But the smell! You know - that gasoline smell... the whole hill! Smelled like... victory. (Pause) Some day this war is going to end..."
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