In this Issue:
"Glad I Was in It"
Iowa Doughboy in the Great War, 1918–1919
By George C. Herring Jr.
Devil Dogs with Army Wings
Marines with the AEF Air Service in the First World War
By Annette D. Amerman
CMH - Publications
Army History Magazine
Spring 2017 Edition
CMH, March 2017
This issue of Army History, which will be published shortly before the centennial of America's entry into World War I, focuses almost exclusively on that conflict. We are pleased to present two excellent articles that deal with the First World War from very different points of view - from the trenches below and the skies above. The first article, by eminent historian George C. Herring Jr., tells the story of his father's time as a soldier fighting on the Western Front in 1918 and as part of the Army of Occupation in 1919. Herring's narrative, constructed from his father's letters and diary entries, is a fascinating look at the war through the eyes of a farm boy from Iowa.
The second article, by Annette D. Amerman, the head of the Historical Reference Branch, Marine Corps History Division, shines a light on a little know part of Army and Marine Corps history. During World War I, six marines flew with the Army as part of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service. Amerman has identified five of these individuals and their unique stories of interservice cooperation.
The Artifact Spotlight examines the restoration of an M1916 White Armored Car from the World War I period. The refurbishment, conducted at the National Armor and Cavalry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia, has completely restored this vehicle, which will soon be part of a countrywide traveling exhibit. We also launch a new section in this issue with the U.S. Army Museum Feature, where, periodically, Army History will highlight new galleries from the Army's various field museums. This issue showcases the new World War I galleries at the West Point Museum.
In the Chief's Corner, Mr. Charles Bowery discusses the number of upcoming commemorative efforts and encourages the Army historical community to use these events to educate the Army about the importance of its own history. Mr. Jon Hoffman, in his Chief Historian's Footnote, talks about the difficult, but essential, task of hiring and keeping top-quality historians.
I continue to encourage readers to submit articles on the history of the Army and invite constructive comments about this publication.
Bryan J. Hockensmith