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Scout Respects Horse Hero at Fort Sam for Eagle Project

Part of Story as it appears in San Antonio Express News by Vincent T. Davis, Staff writer: March 2, 2015

More than 50 people gathered under a gray sky at Fort Sam Houston on Monday afternoon for a teen’s tribute to one of the Army’s last equine soldiers.

Michael Harger, 13, thanked the family and friends who helped him mark the long, pebbled gravesite near the post’s Cunningham Street entrance. When he died at 45 in 1953, Pat — officially known to the Army as Preston Brand No. X594 — was considered the oldest horse in the world, the post’s newspaper reported at the time.

The memorial service, held on the 62nd anniversary of Pat’s death, was part of Michael’s Eagle Scout project to ensure visitors can learn about the horse’s storied past. Michael has worked on it since August with help from his parents, the Fort Sam community, fellow Scouts and his scoutmaster, Col. Roger Shuck.

“I feel very proud to complete such a project,” Michael said.

Army Col. Rick Harger and his wife, Tracey, said they were proud of their son’s effort.

“To kind of see it end on such a great day and with a great turnout shows him that, though the work may be hard and it may be long, it’s always worth it in the end,” his mother said.

The Life Scout from Troop 23 raised more than $1,000 to create a storyboard unveiled at the ceremony. He also built a 3D table with a map of Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in the caisson orderly room to help visitors get to locations for funerals.

Pat was born in 1908 at Fort Reno, Oklahoma, and began his military service at Fort Sam in 1912, when he was assigned to the mounted 12th Field Artillery battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. He was one of more than 1,500 Army artillery horses.

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