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“Skirted Soldiers”:  The Women’s Army Corps and Gender Integration of the U.S. Army during World War II

By Melissa Ziobro Prior to World War II, the Army occasionally used women in “gender appropriate” roles.  For example, civilian women, often known as camp followers, cooked and performed other chores for soldiers during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, much as they had done for their men in times of peace.  A few women acted …

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“… the war will be over and then we can be together always”: World War I Letters Home from an Army Lawyer in France

By Fred L. Borch and Jennifer L. Crawford From the early days of the U.S. Army, soldiers at war have relished contact with their families and friends at home.  From the Civil War through Vietnam, it was letters and postcards; today it is email and Skype.  Not only has the desire to stay in contact …

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The Purple Heart – The Story of America’s Oldest Military Decoration and Some Soldier Recipients

Written By Fred L. Borch All soldiers know that the Purple Heart is given to those who are wounded or killed while fighting in the nation’s wars.  Most also know that those who are injured or die in terrorist attacks are eligible to receive the decoration, too.  What most soldiers, and most Americans, do not …

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The Mad Russian: The Life and U.S. Army Service of Alexis Ureyvitch Sommaripa

Written By: Paul Roberts A lot of people get hurt in this business, If anything happens to me remember this: I’m a deeply religious man, I have no fear of dying. —Alexis Ureyvitch Sommaripa These, prophetic words were spoken by Alexis Ureyvitch Sommariba to Lieutenant Colonel Louis Huot shortly before his untimely death near Reinhardshain, …

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The Other Foe: The U.S. Army’s Fight against Malaria in the Pacific Theater, 1942-45

Written By: Seth Paltzer Disease has always had a major impact on armies at war, often producing more casualties than combat wounds.  The history of the U.S. Army is full of examples of this fact.  The Civil War Trust estimates that for every three men killed in combat from 1861 to 1865, another five died …

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Jayhawk Goes to War: VII Corps in Operation DESERT STORM

Written By: Peter S. Kindsvatter Just over twenty-five years ago, on 2 August 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein unleashed his army on his neighbor to the south, the small, oil-rich country of Kuwait.  Spearheaded by the elite Republican Guards Forces Command (RGFC), Iraqi forces overran Kuwait by the evening of 3 August and were poised …

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To the Last Man: The 103d Regimental Combat Team in the Pacific, 1942-1945

Written by: First Lieutenant Jonathan D. Bratten, Joint Force Headquarters Command Historian, Maine Army National Guard It was September 1941 when Sergeant Leroy Adams of the 152d Field Artillery Regiment pushed his section of 75mm guns up to knock out six enemy tanks that were threatening a nearby infantry company.  It was his first time bringing artillery …

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The Tip of the History Spear: Capturing the Combat History of the Army in Current Operations

Written By: Major David Hanselman, USAR Ever since history teams under S.L.A. Marshall deployed to combat in World War II, the U.S. Army has deployed military history detachments to America’s wars.  The mission of the Military History Detachment (MHD) is to deploy into theaters of combat in three-person teams consisting of one officer and two noncommissioned …

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