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SFC Elzie Ray Golden

Sergeant First Class Elzie Ray Golden was a soldier-artist at the U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH), Museum Division from 2002-2005. Prior to his coming to CMH, his last duty assignment was at the Defense Information School (DINFOS), Basic Graphics Course (BGR), Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, where he served for fifty months, training future joint service multimedia illustrators.

At DINFOS, SFC Golden supervised nineteen joint service instructors and performed the duties of BGR branch supervisor and course coordinator concurrently for two years, and the duties of course coordinator and team leader, functional area one, illustration and design, concurrently for one year. He also ensured that academic and administrative problems were resolved for more than 400 joint service students and established an academic top ten to recognize superior students. During his last year at DINFOS, he was tasked to rewrite, reference, and validate content for the illustration and design block of instruction, totaling one third of the entire course.

"Tracking Bin Laden" - Oil on canvas, 2002
First Place DINFOS MILGRAPH 2002, Military Graphic Competition, Fine Art category

SFC Golden produced fourteen works of art as a member of the Soldier-Artist Team 25 in 1990 that documented ROTC training at Fort Lewis, Washington. He designed the May 1992 cover of Soldiers magazine featuring women in the Army during World War II, the 1991-1994 Army Aviation Association Commander's Conference posters, and the Armed Forces Day posters for 2001 and 2002. His works of art are featured in the Center of Military History books, Portrait of an Army and Soldiers Serving the Nation. The Army Historical Foundation also featured his work in the book The Army, published in 2001. SFC Golden has been the subject of articles and interviews for ArtForum and Der Spiegel magazines, German public television and public radio, and the Hartford Courant newspaper.

He won first place in 2000 in the fine art category of the first Military Graphic Artist of the Year (MILGRAPH) competition, and again in 2002.

SFC. Golden studied fine art at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the University of Arizona. He entered active military duty in October 1984. His assignments include the 13th Support Command, Fort Hood Texas; 2d Infantry Division, Camp Casey, South Korea; Training Support Activity, Eighth Army, East Korea, Yongsan, South Korea; and the 10th Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

The following pieces of artwork are representative of his work.


"The After Action Review"
"The Audie Murphy '94"
"STRAC Instructor"
"M60 Range Instructor"
"Colored pencil on paper"
"M60 Gunner"
"M60 Squad Tactics"
"Satan's Sandbox"
"Street Fight"
"The Hizara Province"
"8th Regiment Graduation - Cadets, Cadre, and Other Officers"
"Sergeant Major's Recondo Confidence Course"