Awards Announced for Excellence in U.S. Army History Writing

15 June 2017
Arlington, VA – At its Twentieth Annual Members’ Meeting, held 15 June 2017 at the Association of the United States Army Building in Arlington, VA, the Army Historical Foundation recognized six books and three articles as outstanding achievements in writing on U.S. Army history. General Gordon R. Sullivan, Chairman of the Army Historical Foundation, announced the winners of the 2016 AHF Distinguished Writing Awards.

Book Awards

General Fox Conner: Pershing’s Chief of Operations and Eisenhower’s Mentor, by Steven Rabalais (Havertown, PA: Casemate Publishers)

Operational/Battle History
Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle,
by Mark Edward Lender and Garry Wheeler Stone (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press)

Institutional/Functional History
Elvis’s Army: Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield, by Brian McAllister Linn (Cambridge: Harvard University Press)

Journals, Memoirs, and Letters
Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam, by William Reeder Jr.
Annapolis: Naval Institute Press

Unit History
Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill, by Mark Lee Gardner (New York: William Morrow)

The West Point History of World War II, Volume 2, edited by Clifford J. Rogers, Ty Seidule, and Steve Waddell (New York: Simon & Schuster)

Article Awards

Army Professional Journals
“Armor Goes to War: The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the Vietnam War, December 1965 to December 1966,” by John M. Carland (Army History, Spring 2016)

Academic Journals
“‘It Would Be Very Well If We Could Avoid It:’ General Pershing and Chemical Warfare,” by Thomas Faith (The Historian, Fall 2016)

Journals and Magazines
“Nathanael Greene’s Game of Posts,” by Noah Andre Trudeau (MHQ, Spring 2016)

The book award winners received a plaque honoring the book and a $1,000 cash award. The winner in the Reprint category received a plaque but no cash award. The article award winners also received a plaque and a $250 cash award.

The Army Historical Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the American soldier. Its goal is to promote greater public appreciation for the contributions that America’s Army – Active, Reserve, and National Guard – has made to the nation in 242 years of service. The Foundation is the principal fundraiser to build the National Museum of the United States Army, which will open in the fall of 2019 at Fort Belvoir, VA.

In addition to fundraising for the National Museum of the United States Army, the Foundation’s projects and activities include refurbishment of historical Army buildings; acquisition and conservation of historical art, artifacts, and documents; support of Army history education programs; historical research; publication of historical materials on the American soldier; and providing counsel and support to private and governmental organizations committed to the same goals as the Foundation.

The AHF Distinguished Writing Awards program was established in 1997 to recognize authors who make a significant contribution to the literature on U.S. Army history. Each year nominations are submitted to the Awards Committee by publishers and journal editors. A small group of finalists are selected and a final judging is made. The winners are announced at the annual AHF Members’ Meeting.

For more information on the Foundation and its activities, please view the AHF website at

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Matthew J. Seelinger
Chief Historian
Army Historical Foundation
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 522-7901, x 4166;


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