History of Company B-9
The Pershing Rifles unit at the University of
Colorado was established in 1950. As a special drill team, it
participated in several important drill meets and sponsored several
itself until interest in precision drill declined in the late
1950's. After the Regimental Headquarters was moved to the University
of Colorado in 1958, the new Headquarters of Ninth Regiment again
resumed the sponsorship of the Mile High Drill Meet, now recognized
as one of the finest drill meets in the western United States.
With the decline of interest in drill competition in the late
1950's, Headquarters Company changed its training to emphasize
tactics. Later, the entire Regiment shifted to programs that put
emphasis on tactics as the vehicle for teaching teamwork and leadership.
In 1980, the Ninth Regiment was the only regiment in the National
Society of Pershing Rifles that was specifically designated as
a tactical regiment. In 1995 Company B-9 won the first annual
National Postal PT Match.
History of the National Society of Pershing Rifles
History of the Ninth Regiment
The Ninth Regimental Imprint
History of the National Society
of Pershing Rifles---
In 1891 Lieutenant Pershing took up duties as Professor
of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Nebraska. It
was here, in 1893, that Company A, the special drill team, became
the fraternal organization bearing the name Varsity Rifles. In honor
of Lieutenant Pershing, the organization changed its name to Pershing
Rifles in 1894.
When Pershing left Nebraska in 1895, he at the request of a committee
gave the company a pair of his cavalry breeches. These breeches were
cut into small pieces and were worn on the uniform as a sign of membership.
These "ribbons" were the first service ribbons ever worn
in the United States.
During the Spanish-American War, 30 members of Pershing Rifles enlisted
in the 1st Nebraska Volunteers, commanded by Colonel W.H. Ourv, a
former Pershing Rifles Captain. Every one of the 30 distinguished
himself in the ensuing battle.
From 1900 to 1911, Pershing Rifles reached the height of its existence
prior to World War I. Membership was a great military honor. After
1911, however, the influence of Pershing Rifles in the military department
declined. Its activities suddenly seemed to cease and the organization
was disbanded and its records burned.
In 1920, Pershing Rifles was again formed. Its growth was as remarkable
as its decline. Special drill teams all over the country began to
seek admittance into Pershing Rifles.
Ohio State University was the force that recreated the National Honorary
Society of Pershing Rifles. In 1922, they formed "The President's
Guard" and sought affiliation with Pershing Rifles in 1924. Their
new application was approved and dates May 13, 1925. This inaugurated
a new policy in Pershing Rifles.
The University of Tennessee was next in 1927 and was designated Company
C. In 1928, the National Headquarters was established at the University
of Nebraska. Pershing Rifles at Nebraska then even surpassed its Spanish-American
Today, Pershing Rifles is still a vital, active national honorary
society for outstanding cadets, midshipmen, and civilians. As of spring
1985, there were 112 active units and nine regimental headquarters,
with the national headquarters still located at the University of
History of the Ninth Regiment
With its headquarters originally located at the University
of Denver, the Ninth Regiment was responsible for Colorado, Wyoming,
Utah, New Mexico, and part of Texas and Idaho. In the spring of 1958,
the Ninth Regimental Headquarters was moved from the University of Denver
to the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In May of 1965, the Ninth Regiment absorbed the territory and companies
of the Eleventh Regiment. This extended its area of responsibility to
cover the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Arizona,
and New Mexico.
In 1996, the regimental system was disbanded by Headquarters and all
Companies now report directly to the National Commander.
The Ninth Regimental Imprint --- Top
"Pride, confidence, self-determination, and the ability to lead, endure, and succeed regardless of the odds or obstacles of the enemy, weather, or terrain."