Call to Duty

Museum Spotlight: “Relics of Barbarism”: The Army’s Original Enlisted Bunks

By Ephriam D. Dickson III, National Museum of the United States Army Project Office Every Soldier today owes a small debt of gratitude to the efforts of Capt. John S. Billings, an assistant surgeon in the U.S. Army’s Medical Department. During the 1870s, Capt. Billings successfully campaigned for better living conditions in all enlisted barracks, …

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Anywhere, Anytime

In “‘Relics of Barbarism’: The Army’s Original Enlisted Bunks” (page 2 of Call to Duty, Volume 9, Issue 3), Ephriam Dickson vividly explains the rationale causing the Army to do away with the traditionally uncomfortable, overcrowded, and unhealthy double wooden bunks that populated enlisted Army barracks until after the Civil War in favor of the …

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Museum Spotlight: The Army in the Cold War Exhibit Area

During the Cold War, America’s Soldiers served around the world, deterring the Soviet Union from enlarging its communist empire. “The Army in the Cold War” exhibit area in the Cold War gallery, sponsored by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, provides visitors with a comprehensive overview of the U.S. Army’s actions. As visitors cross the …

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Army Women Support Museum’s Veterans’ Hall

The Army Women Veterans’ Association of Northern Virginia is the latest organization to help sponsor the Veterans’ Hall in the future National Museum of the United States Army. Association President LTC Laura Wages (USA-Ret.) and several chapter members recently visited The Army Historical Foundation (AHF) headquarters to personally present their donation which places the Northern …

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MPCs—Trong chi tiêu cua ban là gì? (“What’s in your wallet?”)

Vietnam veterans will surely recall those quirky-colored Military Payment Certificates (MPCs) used to buy Seiko watches, Pentax cameras, stereo gear, and beer and tobacco in U.S. facilities throughout South Vietnam. Meant to help control inflation and deter black market operations and currency manipulation, the MPCs took the place of U.S. dollars as the authorized medium …

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