70 Years Ago – Black Jack foaled – January 19, 1947
“Black Jack” was the last of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps issued horses, and the last to be branded with the Army’s “US” (left shoulder) and his serial number “2V56” (left side of his neck). “Black Jack” became well known as the caparisoned horse during the State Funeral for President John F. Kennedy, with reversed boots symbolizing a fallen warrior or leader.
He was foaled January 19, 1947, at Fort Reno, OK. and came to Fort Myer on November 22, 1952. He was named after General of the Armies General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing. He not only took part in President Kennedy’s funeral, but those of Herbert Hoover, Douglas MacArthur, Lyndon Johnson and thousands more in Arlington National Cemetery.
“Black Jack” ended his military career on June 1, 1973, after which he grazed and exercised at the Fort Myer stables. “Black Jack” died on February 6, 1976, at Fort Myer. He is buried at the corner of Summerall Field, the post parade ground, near the post headquarters.
Video of the Black Jack Memorial Ceremony. The even was held in honor of the 40th anniversary of the passing of Black Jack, the riderless horse from President Kennedy’s State Funeral. The ceremony was held February 6, 2016 on Summerall Field at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, VA.
In January 1975, Nancy Schado held one of her famous Black Jack birthday parties. Here you can see the cake for his 26th birthday in 1975. Each year she held a party for Black Jack at the Caisson Stables of the Caisson Platoon, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), Fort Myer, VA.