all good cavalry men and women know, the Fiddlers’ Green is the place
where all Cavalrymen go when they leave this earth and this poem and
song are very old Cavalry traditions that go back as far as the line
regiments that patrolled the western plains long before the formation of
the 1st Cavalry Division. As such, they belong in the Web Site for the
Cavalry Military Police. This song was now and again heard being sung in
the MP Club in Phouc Vinh, Vietnam and the writer of this document has
been known to sing along after a beer or two.
Halfway down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all
dead troopers camped,
Near a good old-time
And this eternal resting place
known as Fiddlers' Green.
Marching past, straight
through to Hell
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by Engineers,
For none but the shades of
Dismount at Fiddlers' Green.
Though some go curving down
To seek a warmer scene.
trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere he's emptied
And so rides back to drink again
With friends again at Fiddlers' Green.
And so when man and horse go
Beneath a saber keen,
Or in a roaring
charge of fierce melee
You stop a bullet
And the hostiles come to get your
Just empty your canteen,
your pistol to your head
And go to Fiddlers'
Fiddler's Green is a legendary
after life imagined by servicemen, where there is perpetual mirth, a
fiddle that never stops playing, and dancers who never tire. Its origins
are obscure, although some point to the Greek myth of the
"Elysian Fields" as a potential
The story of Fiddler's Green was published
anonymously in a 1923 U.S. Cavalry Manual, and is still used by modern
cavalry and artillery units to memorialize the deceased. The name has
had other military uses. Today, in the heart of the Helmand River
Valley, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, the U.S. Marine Corps operates
a firebase (FB) named Fiddler's Green. Fiddler’s Green was an artillery
Fire Support Base in Military Region III in Vietnam in 1972 occupied
principally by elements of 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, and also
was the name of the U.S. Navy's enlisted men’s club in Sasebo, Japan
from 1952 to 1976. The informal bar at the Fort Sill Officers' Open Mess
used to be known as Fiddler's Green and it is the name of the stable and
pasture used by Parsons Mounted Cavalry, a cadet group at Texas A&M
University in College Station, Texas, and that of the bar at the Leaders
Club in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
CPT MP USAR
Police Company Association
626 1/2 South
Indiana 47374 USA
(765) 962 4627
phone & FAX