Call to Duty

Why My Brick? The Story Behind The Inscription.

With installation of commemorative bricks at the National Museum of the United States Army (NMUSA) in full swing, more and more brick purchasers are choosing to share the story behind their bricks.  Butch Schwoyer recently relayed the story behind his three bricks, purchased for himself, his father, and his son. Schwoyer served in Vietnam and …

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Family Honors Father’s Service in Military Intelligence

Kazuo Yamane, a veteran of World War II, was one of many Japanese-Americans who served their nation despite widespread discrimination against Americans of Japanese descent. As a master sergeant in the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), primarily a Japanese-American military unit and later the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), Yamane’s story of duty and self-sacrifice embodies what it means to be a Soldier in the United States …

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Grassroots Volunteer Spotlight: Don Lanman

This issue our Army Historical Foundation (AHF) Grassroots Volunteer Spotlight features Don Lanman of Riviera Beach, Fla.  Don, a veteran of the Vietnam War, has devoted much of his free time to helping other veterans. He serves on the boards of the Florida Veterans Foundation, Military Affair Committee, AAAneurysm Outreach, and Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, helping …

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Civil War Belt Plate

By Paul Morando, Chief of Exhibits, National Museum of the United States Army Objects found on a battlefield can provide curators and historians a human connection to the subject they are studying. These objects often become artifacts and find a home in a museum for public display.  One such item is a Civil War belt …

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Commemorative Brick Installation Slated for September

The National Museum of the United States Army (NMUSA) Commemorative Brick program has reached another major milestone—installation on the Museum campus. Production of the bricks began in 2017, and the first finished batch of the over 7,500 bricks purchased to date has been delivered to the Museum site at Fort Belvoir, Va. As of September, …

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French Infantry Musket, M1728 (“Charleville”)

Written By: Paul Morando, Chief of Exhibits, National Museum of the United States Army It is well known that support from France helped secure the American victory against the British during the Revolutionary War. The import of weapons, to include thousands of “Charleville” muskets, proved crucial in solidifying France’s commitment to American independence. It also …

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