Units and Operational History

Guns of Grizzly: The California Army National Guard On-site AAA Gun Program, 1954-1958

Written By Lieutenant Colonel Danny M. Johnson, USA-Ret. In 1954, the U.S. Army made an unprecedented move involving the Army National Guard (ARNG) to create an early form of full-time manning of hand-picked, continental U.S. air defense sites.  This program, called the Antiaircraft Artillery (AAA) On-Site Gun Program, utilized selected non-divisional air defense units situated …

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Borrowed Soldiers:  The American 27th and 30th Divisions and the British Army on the Ypres Front, August-September 1918

Written By: Mitchell Yockelson Ypres, or “Wipers,” as the British Tommies called the ancient Belgian city, is synonymous with World War I.  An extraordinary number of lives were lost there and in the nearby salient during seemingly endless fighting over the course of four years.  Numerous monuments and cemeteries dot the landscape and remind one …

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8460th Special Weapons Group

By early 1946, with a hasty demobilization decimating the armed forces, MG Leslie Groves looked to the atomic bomb to counter Soviet expansion. He consequently took steps to preserve both the research facilities at Los Alamos and the ability to produce bomb components. With many Manhattan Project scientists leaving to resume civilian careers, Groves also …

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8204th Army Unit (American Graves Registration Service Group)

The first shipload of remains of Americans killed in Korea arrived in Japan on 3 January 1951. By the end of January almost 5,000 bodies had been removed from military cemeteries in South Korea, including the Inchon, Taejon, Taegu No. 1 and No. 2, Masan, and Miryang Cemeteries. The process of identifying the bodies began soon …

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