General History

Chut, J’ecoute: The U.S. Army’s Use of Radio Intelligence in World War I

Written By: Betsy Rohaly Smoot  “This source of information, practically unthought-of before the war, has been developed to such an extent that, at the close of hostilities, it constituted one of the main branches of intelligence.”  Captain Charles H. Matz, Radio Intelligence Officer, First Army, American Expeditionary Forces, November 1918 The United States entered World …

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Elmer E. Ellsworth

Written By: Emily George “The beginnings of great periods have often been marked and made memorable by striking events.  Out of the cloud that hangs around the vague inceptions of revolutions, a startling incident will sometimes flash like lightning, to show that the warring elements have begun their work.”  Published in July 1861, this excerpt …

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From a Teenager in China to an Army Lawyer in America: The Remarkable Career of Judge Advocate General John L. Fugh

Written By: Fred L. Borch While many soldiers can claim to have “remarkable” careers, few match the achievements in uniform of John Liu Fugh.  Born in Beijing, China, in 1934, Fugh came to the United States as a teenager in 1949.  After graduating from law school, he joined the Army in 1960.  For the next …

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Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood: Premier Cavalry Soldier of the American West

 Written By: Lieutenant Colonel Paul Fardink, USA-Ret. History affords the unique perspective of offering clarity through retrospection. Even though Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood, using mutual respect and negotiation—not bullets and bravado—potentially saved the lives of countless cavalrymen, settlers, Native Americans, and Mexicans by ensuring Geronimo’s surrender in 1886 after years of contentious and bloody Indian …

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133d Engineer Combat Battalion and One Soldier’s Sketches of Its Operations

Written by: James Stejskal In mid-January 1945, with the darkness of night enveloping them, bridge specialists from all three companies of the 133d Engineer Combat Battalion quietly slipped down the southern embankment of the Sauer River. They were preparing to deliver soldiers from the 5th Infantry Division across the river in rubber assault boats. They …

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