Blackjack was a coal black horse. He was the last of the United States Army Quartermaster issued horses. Black Jack was born on 19 January 1947. He was named in honor of General John J. (Black Jack) Pershing. He entered the Third United States Infantry Stables at Fort Myer on November 22, 1953.
He served in the Caisson Platoon of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). 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.
During his service as a riderless horse, Blackjack took part in the funerals of Presidents Herbert Hoover, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and that of the General of the Army Douglas MacA
rthur. Of course, his service also included literally hundreds of other funeral processions in Arlington National Cemetery.
Blackjack was retired to the Third United States Infantry Stables on 1 June 1973.Black Jack died after a 29-years of dedicated service in the military career on February 6, 1976. He was cremated, with his remains laid to rest in a plot at Fort Myer, Virginia, on Summerall Field; his final resting place lies 200 feet (60 m) northeast of the flagpole in the southeast corner of the parade field.
Why is he famous?
He is famous for being the last of the United States Army Quartermaster horse.He is also one of only two horses in United States history to be buried with Full Military Honors, the other being Comanche 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.
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