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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,…

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What Really Happened on 16 March 1968? What Lessons Have Been Learned? A Look at the My Lai Incident Fifty Years Later

Written By: Fred L. Borch On 16 March 1968—fifty years ago—First Lieutenant William L. “Rusty” Calley, Jr., and his platoon murdered at least 300 Vietnamese civilians (and perhaps as many…

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Three Days in March: El Paso, the U.S. Army, and the Escobar Revolution of 1929

Written By: G. Alan Knight Once again, El Paso, Texas, found itself dragged into the chaotic world of Mexican political and military strife for three tension-filled days in March 1929.…

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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…

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Soldiers on the Moon?!? The Army’s Strange but True Plan for a Lunar Outpost

Written by: Fred L. Borch “ … a lunar outpost … is of critical importance to the U.S. Army of the future.” It was March 1959, and Lieutenant General Arthur…

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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…

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The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps: A Hundred Years Old and Still Going Strong

Written By Colonel Woolf Gross, USA-Ret. In 2016, the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) celebrated its centennial as the largest producer of commissioned officers for the U.S. Army. In…

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Sergeant Major Christian Fleetwood

Written By: CSM (Ret) James H. Clifford The streets of Baltimore were abuzz on 17 September 1863 with word that a new Union regiment was marching from Camp Belcher on…

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The Dawn of American Armor: The U.S. Army Tank Corps in World War I

Written By: Eric Anderson For better or for worse, war often drives innovation.  World War I, in particular, heralded the introduction of numerous formidable and terrifying technologies:  flamethrowers, poison gas, combat…

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“I will give them one more shot!” Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery, at the Battle of Gettysburg, 2-3 July 1863

Written By Donald McConnell and Gustav Person When the Civil War erupted in April 1861, the twelve batteries of the 4th U.S. Artillery were spread out across the continental United…

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