The Donut Dollies of Vietnam

Over 600 Donut Dollies responded to the somewhat opaque Red Cross’s ads seeking “qualified young women who were willing to serve one year overseas.”

The U.S. Army Barrack Shoes, Pattern 1886

By Ephriam D. Dickson III Deputy Chief, Field Museums Branch, U.S. Army Center of Military History Since the Army’s establishment, supply officers have struggled earnestly to find a functional design […]

Feeding a Hungry Army

Not surprisingly, feeding troops has always been a major issue for the U.S. Army. On November 4, 1775, the Second Continental Congress established a standard Army ration, which, on paper, […]

Reflections: Smoke ’em if you got ’em

Who can forget the welcome call to “Take 10; smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!” Or, how about the threatening tone of “Field strip that cigarette butt, Soldier!” Whatever the […]

Reflections – Wartime Bond Drives

Waging war is a costly enterprise. Congressional Research Service records indicate that World War I cost the United States over $30 billion, while more than $300 billion—the staggering equivalent of […]

The Jeep: An American Icon

World War II Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall called it “America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare.” War correspondent Ernie Pyle wrote, “It does everything. It goes everywhere. […]


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