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2014 CMH Features

August

  • August, 2014 Medal of Honor - 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing Medal of Honor - 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing »
    The White House has announced that on September 15, President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing for conspicuous gallantry his actions on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War ...
  • August, 2014 K-Rations K-Rations Powered the Speedy Liberation of Europe »
    K-rations were issued for the first time in the winter of 1941 - colored packaging appeared in 1943. The breakfast, dinner and supper provided 2,830-3,000 calories for the individual soldier ...
  • August, 2014 Arlington National Cemetery: Memorial Display Room Arlington National Cemetery: Memorial Display Room »
    Nestled between the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Memorial Amphitheater in an area that originally and still serves as a staging area for VIPs before they spoke at the amphitheater, the Memorial Display Room houses artifacts that bring ANC's history and mission to life ...
  • August, 2014 The August 2004 Fight at an Najaf The August 2004 Fight at an Najaf »
    The Imam Ali Shrine in An Najaf is the holiest site in Shi'a Islam after Mecca and Medina, and it was the epicenter of a battle in August 2004 between a joint Army-Marine Corps task force and Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi militia ...
  • August, 2014 Fighting on the Flanks, August 1864 - The Siege of Petersburg Fighting on the Flanks, August 1864, The Siege of Petersburg »
    In mid-August, Gen. Grant opened a new offensive at Petersburg. The previous month, Lee had detached Early's Second Corps and Breckinridge's division from his army and had sent them to defend the Shenandoah Valley and threaten Washington, D.C. ...

July

  • July 23, 2014 A Tale of Two Evaders A Tale of Two Evaders »
    RM1c George Ray Tweed, Sergeant Soichi Yokoi ...
  • July 21, 2014 Staff Sgt Ryan M. Pitts awarded Medal of Honor Staff Sgt Ryan M. Pitts awarded Medal of Honor »
    Pitts became the ninth living recipient to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. His was for courageous actions during operations at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in the vicinity of Wanat Village in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2008 ...
  • July 21, 2014 Guam: 21 July - 10 August 1944 Battle of Guam :  21 July - 10 August 1944 »
    As the V Amphibious Corps secured Saipan and prepared to land on Tinian, the III Amphibious Corps, under the command of Marine Lieutenant General Roy Geiger, prepared for Phase III of OPERATION FORAGER: recapturing Guam, the largest and southernmost island in the Mariana chain ...
  • July 17, 2014 The Atlanta Campaign, July 1864 150th Anniversary: The Atlanta Campaign, July 1864 »
    Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's 113,000 Federals faced the 70,000 Confederates of General Joseph E. Johnston's Army of Tennessee. The Federals had advanced steadily through northwestern Georgia, reaching the outskirts of Atlanta by mid-July. ...
  • July 2, 2014 The Battle of Chippewa 200th Anniversary: The Battle of Chippewa   July 5, 1814 »
    On July 5, 1814, U.S. troops of the Army of the Niagara efficiently moved into position opposite the British line at Chippewa, Canada. The skill and discipline exercised by the American rank and file allows historians today to celebrate the War of 1812 as a turning point in US Army history. ...
  • July 1, 2014 Bayonet Shock and Awe by Musket Fire and Bayonet Charge »
    On July 5, 1814, U.S. troops of the Army of the Niagara efficiently moved into position opposite the British line at Chippewa, Canada. The skill and discipline exercised by the American rank and file allows historians today to celebrate the War of 1812 as a turning point in US Army history. ...

June

  • June 19, 2014 June, 1864 - Siege of Petersburg June, 1864 - Siege of Petersburg »
    In early-June 1864, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, commander of all United States armies fighting to defeat the Confederate rebellion during the Civil War, made his headquarters near Cold Harbor, Virginia ...
  • June 17, 2014 Army History Magazine - Summer 2014 Issue Army History Magazine - Summer 2014 Issue »
    The Summer 2014 issue of Army History features two articles on very disparate topics. The first article details the saga of the last Civil War volunteers to be mustered out of service - the 125th U.S. Colored Infantry. The next article, chronicles the inception, rise, and ultimately the fall of the Army's Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH).
  • June 15, 2014 Invasion of Saipan, June 1944 June 15, 1944 - Invasion of Saipan »
    As the world focused on the beaches of Normandy, forces in the Central Pacific stripped the Japanese of a critical zone of defense and took another step closer to the Japanese homeland ...
  • June 6, 2014 Operation Overloard: Memorandum of Record, 5 June 1944 The Word to Go »
    Operation Overloard: Memorandum of Record, 5 June 1944 ...
  • June 5, 2014 Normandy Invasion: The Artists View Operation Overlord 70th Anniversary »
    When dawn broke on 6 June 1944, a great invasion force stood off the Normandy coast of France. During the hours that followed, more than 100,000 fighting men moved ashore as part of one of the largest and most complex amphibious operations conducted in World War II ...
  • June 4, 2014 Normandy Invasion: The Artists View Normandy Invasion: The Artists View »
    Among the eyewitnesses whose accounts contribute to our collective picture of the Normandy invasion are a small group of Army Artists who witnessed and documented on canvas the pre-invasion rehearsals, D-Day itself ...
  • June 1, 2014 Paratroopers Paratroopers during Operation OVERLORD »
    On June 6, 1944, the U.S. Army executed one of the greatest air and seaborne operations in history against an enemy-held heavily fortified Normandy coastline ...

May

  • May 29, 2014 The T1E1 Stinger Gun Unconventional Warfare and Unconventional Weapons »
    Well before the Allied invasion at Normandy, Allied strategy placed covert operatives into enemy-held areas in France to assist the French Resistance to disrupt German lines of communications and supply before, during, and after Allied operations at Normandy on June 6, 1944 ...
  • May 14, 2014 Medal of Honor 9th Soldier to receive Medal of Honor since 9/11 »
    Former Sgt. Kyle Jerome White was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony yesterday, making him the sixth living Army recipient, and the 14th from all services, to earn the medal in either Iraq or Afghanistan. ...
  • May, 2014 Overland Campaign The Overland Campaign 150th Anniversary »
    One hundred and fifty years ago this spring, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant launched the campaign that marked the beginning of the end of the American Civil War. For over a month, he and General Robert E. Lee were locked in a remorseless struggle that took their armies across the woodlands and farm clearings of central Virginia ...

April

  • April 22, 2014 McCarthy Hearings Army-McCarthy Hearings Televised, 22 April 1954 »
    On this day in 1954 the Army-McCarthy hearings were televised and witnesses began testifying. The purpose of the hearings was to investigate whether Roy Cohn, a member of McCarthy's staff, pressured the Army into giving preferential treatment to G. David Schine ...
  • April 21, 2014 The April 2004 Battle of Sadr City The April 2004 Battle of Sadr City »
    The arrest of a top lieutenant of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on charges of murdering a rival religious leader, coupled with the Coalition Provisional Authority's 28 March 2004 decision to close al-Sadr's official newspaper for sixty days, set the conditions for an imminent clash between Shia militia and U.S. troops ...
  • April 6, 2014 Staff at Fort Sill museum improves post's facilities Staff at Fort Sill museum improves post's facilities »
    Charting a course through the uncertain waters of a shrinking Army is all in a day's work for Fort Sill's three museums. In an interview, Frank Siltman, director of museum services, lavished praise on the hardworking staff, volunteers and special duty soldiers who keep the museums accessible to the public. ...

March

  • March 21, 2014 Army History Magazine - Spring 2014 Issue Army History Magazine - Spring 2014 Issue »
    Steven L. Ossad, an independent historian and author, brings to life the case of the prominent Terrill family from Virginia which was torn apart as one of the Terrill boys, William Rufus, decided to remain loyal to his oath and the Union; while the rest of the family declared their loyalty for the Confederacy. Ossad details the lives of various Terrill family members, culminating with the battlefield deaths of two brothers...
  • March, 2014 Women's History Month 2014 Women's History Month 2014 ... »
    In keeping with the 2014 National Theme of "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment", the United States Army Women's Museum at Ft. Lee, searched the vast archival collection and out of thousands of possibilities, selected nine great American women who, in service to their country, exemplify these standards. ...

February


January

  • January 30, 2014 The Man without a Gun The Man without a Gun »
    One of the most powerful pieces of combat art ever produced, Lawrence Beall Smith's 1944 painting "The Man without a Gun" is a stirring portrayal of a medic in Normandy ...
  • January 23, 2014 General McClellan's Field Glasses General McClellan's Field Glasses »
    These Civil War field glasses belonged to General George Brinton McClellan during his tenure as Commander of the Army of the Potomac. Most likely of French manufacture, these binocular are ...
  • January 14, 2014 Model 1903
Springfield Rifle
Serial Number 1 Model 1903 Springfield Rifle, Serial Number 1 »
    One of the most iconic weapons of the American Army is the 1903 Springfield rifle, carried by American soldiers in two world wars. This rifle was the first to come off the production line at the Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois ...
  • January 8, 2014 The Battle of New Orleans The Battle of New Orleans »
    The last major battle of the War of 1812 was the Battle of New Orleans. On January 8th 7,500 British soldiers marched against 4,500 U.S. troops led by General Andrew Jackson. The British were defeated in just 30 minutes. The Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war, had been signed two weeks before, but the news had not yet crossed the Atlantic ...

2013 CMH Features

December

  • December 30, 2013 Army History Magazine - Winter 2014 Issue Army History Magazine - Winter 2014 Issue »
    In this issue Michael A. Bonura examines the influence of French military theory and doctrine on the U.S. Army in the years during and after the War of 1812 ...
  • December 19, 2013 We Shall Triumph mural "We Shall Triumph" Media, Technique, and Deterioration of Henry J. Soulen's Mural »
    In December 2011, the U.S. Army Center of Military History acquired a painting by Henry J. Soulen, an American artist and illustrator of the so-called golden age of American illustration...
  • December 16, 2013 First Flag of the HQ, US Army Design for the First Flag of the Headquarters, United States Army »
    On 15 December 1880, Commanding General William Tecumseh Sherman approved a design for a flag of the Headquarters of the United States Army. Before Congress settled on the Stars and Stripes ...
  • December 6, 2013 Civil War Saber Civil War Saber »
    On December 6, 1862 this ornate Civil War Cavalry Officer's presentation saber was given to Colonel Hugh Judson Kilpatrick of the 2d New York Volunteer Cavalry on his promotion to full colonel ...
  • December 4, 2013 Colt .45 caliber M1911A1 Pistol Colt .45 caliber M1911A1 Pistol »
    When Elvis Presley saw the film Patton, he was so impressed by the portrayal of General Omar N. Bradley as "the soldier's general" in World War II, that he wanted to show Bradley his admiration ...

November


October


September

  • September 30, 2013 Specialist Alex Aguilar - Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Army Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Army ... »
    Profile: Specialist Alex Aguilar
    On 12 August 2004 while on a three man Observation Post, the HMMWV (High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) Specialist Aguilar was in came under attack ...
  • September 19, 2013 Army History Magazine: Fall 2013 Infantry Army History Magazine: Fall 2013 Edition ... »
    In this Fall 2013 issue of Army History we feature two interesting articles on very disparate topics. Both articles are timely in that we are in the opening stages of the First World War centennial commemoration and the closing stages of the Korean War sixtieth anniversary commemoration ...
  • September 17, 2013 The Regimental Color of the 8th U.S. Infantry The Regimental Color of the 8th U.S. Infantry ... »
    This standard of the 8th U.S. Infantry Regiment was presented to the West Point Museum by Major Milton Cogswell, an 1849 United States Military Academy graduate, who served in the 8th U.S. Infantry during the War with Mexico, 1846-1848 ...
  • September 15, 2013 Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Army Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Army ... »
    America's diversity is a source of strength, and Hispanic Americans have not hesitated to defend and show their allegiance to this nation in many ways, but especially through military service ...

August


July


June

  • June 27, 2013 M1832 Shako Uniform Cap CMH Pieces of History: M1832 Shako Uniform Cap ... »
    A rare example of an M1832 enlisted soldier's Shako - designated as a uniform cap by the Army—it replaced the earlier M1821 bell crown cap ...
  • June 25, 2013 Korean War Map Korean War Map ... »
    On this anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, this map has been marked to show the disposition of friendly and enemy troops in a sector of Korea in August 1952. The 15th Infantry was occupying ...
  • June 18, 2013 A Testimonial of Esteem and Respect A Testimonial of "Esteem and Respect" ... »
    On May 23 - 24, 1865 Union Army 1st Lt. Oscar D. McMillan was in obscure Hedgeville, Virginia, ninety miles northwest of the events taking place in the nation's capital on Pennsylvania Avenue ...
  • June 13, 2013 Army History Magazine: Summer 2013 Edition Army History Magazine: Summer 2013 Edition ... »
    Included in this issue is a continuation of a previous article examining role played by Andrew A. Humphreys at the battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg. This issues focuses on his role shifting to Chancellorsville and Gettysburg ...
  • June 5, 2013 The Colt Navy Revolver CMH Pieces of History: The Colt Navy Revolver ... »
    The U.S. Army Center of Military History acquired a six-shot M1851 Colt Navy Revolver used in the Civil War by John Myers, who in 1861 enlisted as a First Sergeant in the 6th Kansas Cavalry Regiment ...
  • June 4, 2013 The Career Program 61 The Career Program 61 for Historians, Archivists, and Museum Professionals ... »
    The Career Program 61 (Historians, Archivists, and Museum Professionals) ACTEDS (Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System) plan for FY 13 has been approved ...

May

  • May 10, 2013 The New Arlington Cemetery Welcome Center The New Arlington Cemetery Welcome Center ... »
    The Center for Military History provided support and oversight for the Arlington National Cemetery's first Welcome Center update in more than twenty years ...
  • May 9, 2013 The Gettysburg Campaign, June - July 1863 The Gettysburg Campaign, June - July 1863 ... »
    After the Confederates' victory at Chancellorsville in May 1863, General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. Hooker, once again confronted each other across the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia ...
  • April 25, 2013 Army Artist: Olin Dows Army Artist: Olin Dows ... »
    Just a month after his arrival in England, funding for the war art program was cancelled. He and the other artists were instead given photography missions, but continued painting on their own iniative ...

April

  • April 2, 2013 The 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh The 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh ... »
    On April 6, 1862 the Confederate Army of the Mississippi led by General Albert Sidney Johnston launched a surprise attack on the encampment of the Union Army of the Tennessee commanded by Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant ...

March

  • March 28, 2013 Arming the Revolution: Amusettes Manufactured in Stafford, Virginia CMH Pieces of History: Arming the Revolution ... »
    Between 1776 and 1782, the Rappahannock Forge in Stafford, Virginia, manufactured pistols, muskets, and amusettes ...
  • March 21, 2013 Army History Magazine:
Spring 2013 Edition Army History Magazine: Spring 2013 Edition ... »
    The issue's featured articles include "The Doughboys Make Good: American Victories at St. Mihiel and Blanc Mont Ridge, by Mark E. Grotelueschen and "The Indomitable Dr. Augusta: The First Black Physician in the U.S. Army", by Gerald S. Henig.
  • March 20, 2013 The Chancellorsville Campaign, January - May 1863 The Chancellorsville Campaign, January - May 1863 ... »
    The battle of Chancellorsville, fought in the spring of 1863 in Virginia's Piedmont region, pitted a powerful Union Army under its newly appointed commander, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, against a significantly smaller but well-led Confederate force under General Robert E. Lee.
  • March 19, 2013 Hands on History Lesson Hosted by Ft. Sill Hands on History Lesson Hosted by Ft. Sill ... »
    Fort Sill hosted an "Army Through Time" historical timeline event representing over 10 conflicts in American History. This was done with the support of the staffs of three Army Museums and over 50 living history volunteers from all over Oklahoma, with some coming from as far away as Arkansas.
  • March 4, 2013 Edward Reep, WWII Combat Artist Edward Reep, WWII Combat Artist ... »
    Edward Reep, one of our last surviving World War II Army Artists, passed away on February 28, 2013 at the age of 94.
  • March, 2013 Women in the U.S. Army, 2013 Women in the U.S. Army, 2013 ... »
    During National Women's History Month CMH remembers and explores the expanding role of women in the U.S. military services. Women have served in the United States Army since 1775. Currently, women serve in 95 percent of all Army occupations and make up about 15.7 percent of the Active Army.

February


January

  • January 9, 2013 The Buglers Statue - Capturing a Moment The Bugler's Statue: Capturing a Moment ... »
    CMH has provided curatorial and exhibit design services for Arlington National Cemetery's new Welcome Center. Installed in the former Visitor Center, the new exhibits draw inspiration from Arlington's three major themes - Honor, Remember, Explore.

2012 CMH Features

  • December 20, 2012 Deepening Involvement, 1945-1965 - The U.S. Army Campaigns of the Vietnam War Just Released: Deepening Involvement, 1945 - 1965 ... »
    The U.S. Army Campaigns of the Vietnam War - To many Americans, the war in Vietnam was, and remains, a divisive conflict. Now almost fifty years after the beginning of major U.S. combat operations in Vietnam, the war has faded from much of America's consciousness. Over half of the U.S. population was born after the war and has no direct memory of the conflict, yet this does not lessen its importance.
  • December 5, 2012 Army History Magazine, Winter 2013 Army History Magazine, Winter 2013 ... »
    In this issue:
    - The Trial of the Lincoln Assasination Conspirators
    - Arthur L. Wagner, Military Educator and Modernizer
    - and more ...
  • November 29, 2012 CP61 Announcement Announcement for all new Historians, Archivists, and Museum Professionals ... »
    A one week course will introduce all new employees of the Army History Program to the Army, its history program, its regulations, the Center of Military History, the field history offices, CP 61, Army historical resources, the Joint and OSD History world, and a host of other useful subjects.
  • November 20, 2012 General Martin E. Dempsey Portrait Portrait of General Martin E. Dempsey Unveiled ... »
    The Army unveiled its official portrait of GEN Martin E. Dempsey, the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army. GEN Dempsey served as Chief of Staff of the Army.
  • September 29, 2012 Army History Magazine, Fall 2012 Army History Magazine, Fall 2012 ... »
    The "Army History Magazine" is published by the U.S. Army Center of Military History. The Fall 2012 issue has been released. This issue and all and past issues are available for download.