On Point: The Journal of Army History

On Point: The Journal of Army History has been published as the Foundation’s quarterly journal since 1995. In addition to publishing various articles and  book reviews on U.S. Army history, On Point also provides information on the Foundation’s activities, including the status of the National Museum of the U.S. Army. On Point is provided to all AHF members.

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Museum Spotlight: The Global War Gallery 150 150 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Museum Spotlight: The Global War Gallery

The Global War Gallery will tell the story of the Army’s operations around the globe…

Museum Snapshots – The Knox Trail Diorama 1024 772 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Museum Snapshots – The Knox Trail Diorama

Rather than sending visitors on a chronological forced march through time in the Fighting for the…

Kazuo Yamane 150 150 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Kazuo Yamane

By Matthew J. Seelinger During World War II, thousands of Japanese-American soldiers proudly served in…

The Battle of Newtown, August 29, 1779: An Aggressive Attack Carried Out With Audacity 791 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The Battle of Newtown, August 29, 1779: An Aggressive Attack Carried Out With Audacity

Written By: MAJ Glenn T. Williams, AUS-Ret. On 3 July 1778, Indian and Loyalist forces…

Lieutenant General Leslie R. Groves, Jr. 819 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Lieutenant General Leslie R. Groves, Jr.

Written By: Patrick Feng Since the end of World War II, there has been a…

The 291st Engineer Combat Battalion 1024 1022 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The 291st Engineer Combat Battalion

Written By: David Lemelin  It was almost sundown near the village of Neucy, Belgium.  A…

Chut, J’ecoute: The U.S. Army’s Use of Radio Intelligence in World War I 696 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Chut, J’ecoute: The U.S. Army’s Use of Radio Intelligence in World War I

Written By: Betsy Rohaly Smoot  “This source of information, practically unthought-of before the war, has…

Artwork of Samuel Johnson Woolf 1024 683 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Artwork of Samuel Johnson Woolf

Written By: Katie Holt An artist well known for his portraits of twentieth-century influential figures,…

China-Burma-India Theater Artwork 1024 805 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

China-Burma-India Theater Artwork

The China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater of World War II offered a new set of challenges for…

Elmer E. Ellsworth 889 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Elmer E. Ellsworth

Written By: Emily George “The beginnings of great periods have often been marked and made…

From a Teenager in China to an Army Lawyer in America: The Remarkable Career of Judge Advocate General John L. Fugh 799 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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…

Artwork of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 1024 790 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Artwork of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

[Featured Image: An American patrol pauses near an Afghan town in Sergeant First Class Elzie Golden’s…

What Really Happened on 16 March 1968? What Lessons Have Been Learned? A Look at the My Lai Incident Fifty Years Later 832 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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”…

369th Sustainment Brigade 1024 801 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

369th Sustainment Brigade

Written By: Melissa Ziobro Much has been written about the “Harlem Hellfighters” of the 369th…

6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion 1024 796 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion

Written By: Kevin M. Hymel The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was a unique U.S.…

Three Days in March: El Paso, the U.S. Army, and the Escobar Revolution of 1929 1024 867 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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…

Army Aviation 1024 639 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Army Aviation

While an argument can be made that Army Aviation began with the use of observation…

Key to the Northern Country:  The Hudson River Valley in the American Revolution 450 630 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Key to the Northern Country:  The Hudson River Valley in the American Revolution

Edited by James M. Johnson, Christopher Pryslopski and Andrew Villani.  Albany:  State University of New…

Every Army Man is with You:  The Cadets Who Won the 1964 Army-Navy Game, Fought in Vietnam, and Came Home Forever Changed 450 630 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Every Army Man is with You:  The Cadets Who Won the 1964 Army-Navy Game, Fought in Vietnam, and Came Home Forever Changed

By Nicolaus Mills.  New York:  Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.  ISBN 978-1-4422-3985-2.  Photographs.  Appendixes.  Notes.  Bibliography.…

The M24 Chaffee Light Tank 1024 826 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The M24 Chaffee Light Tank

Written By: Matthew J. Seelinger During much of World War II, the U.S. Army relied…

Artwork of Sergeant First Class Amy L. Brown 1024 683 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Artwork of Sergeant First Class Amy L. Brown

Sergeant First Class Amy L. Brown, the U.S. Army Center of Military History’s (CMH) current…

Ardennes-Alsace Campaign 1024 598 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Ardennes-Alsace Campaign

On 16 December 1944, the German Wehrmacht launched what would be its last major offensive…

Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood: Premier Cavalry Soldier of the American West 543 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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…

The 31st Infantry Regiment 1024 765 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The 31st Infantry Regiment

Written by: Patrick Feng In almost 100 years of service, the 31st Infantry Regiment has…

Soldiers on the Moon?!? The Army’s Strange but True Plan for a Lunar Outpost 1018 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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…

133d Engineer Combat Battalion and One Soldier’s Sketches of Its Operations 719 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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…

The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps: A Hundred Years Old and Still Going Strong 1024 680 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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)…

Sergeant Major Christian Fleetwood 718 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Sergeant Major Christian Fleetwood

Written By: CSM (Ret) James H. Clifford The streets of Baltimore were abuzz on 17…

The M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer 1024 836 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer

Even before Nazi Germany’s declaration of war on America on 11 December 1941, the U.S.…

The Dawn of American Armor: The U.S. Army Tank Corps in World War I 1024 784 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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,…

“I will give them one more shot!” Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery, at the Battle of Gettysburg, 2-3 July 1863 1024 768 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

“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,…

Vietnam’s Second Front: Domestic Politics, The Republican Party, and the War 343 499 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Vietnam’s Second Front: Domestic Politics, The Republican Party, and the War

By Andrew L. Johns.  Lexington:  The University Press of Kentucky, 2010.  ISBN 978-0-8131-2572-5.  Appendix.  Notes. …

“Our Officers and Men Behaved Like Men Determined To Be Free”: The Battle of Stony Point, 15-16 July 1779 758 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

“Our Officers and Men Behaved Like Men Determined To Be Free”: The Battle of Stony Point, 15-16 July 1779

Written By Eric Anderson Historian Henry P. Johnston writes that the Battle of Stony Point was…

M14 Rifle 1024 683 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

M14 Rifle

Written By: Patrick Feng Paratroopers from the 82d Airborne Division carry M14s in H. Charles…

Mobility, Vigilance, Justice: The U.S. Constabulary Forces in Germany, 1946-1952 1024 808 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Mobility, Vigilance, Justice: The U.S. Constabulary Forces in Germany, 1946-1952

Written By David A. Kaufman Following the surrender of Nazi Germany on 8 May 1945,…

An Unlikely War Poet: A Doughboy from Maine 673 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

An Unlikely War Poet: A Doughboy from Maine

By First Lieutenant Jonathan Bratten, MEARNG World War I has been noted for the amount…

Chut, J’ecoute: The U.S. Army’s Use of Radio Intelligence in World War I 779 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Chut, J’ecoute: The U.S. Army’s Use of Radio Intelligence in World War I

By Betsy Rohaly Smoot “This source of information, practically unthought-of before the war, has been…

A Forty-Minute Korean War: The Soviet Defector Firefight in the Joint Security Area, Panmunjom, Korea, 23 November 1984 1024 768 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

A Forty-Minute Korean War: The Soviet Defector Firefight in the Joint Security Area, Panmunjom, Korea, 23 November 1984

Written By: Colonel Thomas Hanson, USA-Ret. Vasilii Yakovlevich Matuzok had dreamed of fleeing the oppression…

1st Signal Brigade 1024 994 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

1st Signal Brigade

Written By: Howard Bartholf In the storied annals of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, the…

Fort Garland, Colorado 821 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Fort Garland, Colorado

Written By: Lieutenant Colonel Clayton R. Newell, USA-Ret. In June 1852, Major George A. H.…

U.S. and German Field Artillery in World War II: A Comparison 1024 786 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

U.S. and German Field Artillery in World War II: A Comparison

Written By: William G. Dennis At the beginning of World War II, the U.S. Army’s…

The 505th Infantry Regiment 844 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The 505th Infantry Regiment

Written By: Nicholas C. Welsh Throughout its long and storied history, the 505th Infantry Regiment…

No Greater Glory: The Four Chaplains and the Sinking of the USAT Dorchester 1024 685 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

No Greater Glory: The Four Chaplains and the Sinking of the USAT Dorchester

Written By: Command Sergeant Major James H. Clifford, USA-Ret. In the early morning hours of 3…

Railroaders in Olive Drab: The Military Railway Service in WWII 1024 708 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Railroaders in Olive Drab: The Military Railway Service in WWII

In July 1861, Confederate Brigadier General Joseph E. Johnston dramatically demonstrated the importance of railroads…

Mine Warfare in the Civil War 984 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Mine Warfare in the Civil War

Written By: John Grady Early in the Civil War, hard-pressed Confederate Army officers in the…

Rudder’s Rangers and the Boys of Pointe du Hoc: The U.S. Army Rangers’ Mission in the Early Morning Hours of 6 June 1944 1024 549 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Rudder’s Rangers and the Boys of Pointe du Hoc: The U.S. Army Rangers’ Mission in the Early Morning Hours of 6 June 1944

Written By: Megan Johnson  Pointe du Hoc, a prominent position along the coast of Normandy,…

Fort Apache, Arizona 1024 751 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Fort Apache, Arizona

By Lieutenant Colonel Clayton R. Newell, USA-Ret. In July 1869, Major John Green, 1st Cavalry,…

The M28/M29 Davy Crockett Nuclear Weapon System 1024 828 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The M28/M29 Davy Crockett Nuclear Weapon System

Written By: Matthew Seelinger During the Cold War, as the U.S. Navy and Air Force…

The Springfield Model 1873 Rifle 1024 683 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The Springfield Model 1873 Rifle

Written By: Nick McGrath Original publication date: Spring 2013 The Springfield Model 1873 was the…

A Tale of Two Forts on Mobile Bay: Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan 1024 690 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

A Tale of Two Forts on Mobile Bay: Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan

Written By: Eileen Mattei Two forts separated by only three miles remained worlds apart in…

The 199th Infantry Brigade 683 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The 199th Infantry Brigade

Written By: Patrick Feng The 199th Infantry Brigade is most notable for its participation in…

Guns of Grizzly: The California Army National Guard On-site AAA Gun Program, 1954-1958 829 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Guns of Grizzly: The California Army National Guard On-site AAA Gun Program, 1954-1958

Written By Lieutenant Colonel Danny M. Johnson, USA-Ret. In 1954, the U.S. Army made an…

Journey Through the Wilderness: Lieutenant Henry T. Allen’s 1885 Exploration of Interior Alsaka 1024 827 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Journey Through the Wilderness: Lieutenant Henry T. Allen’s 1885 Exploration of Interior Alsaka

Written By: Robert Marsett In January 1885, three soldiers departed from Portland, Oregon, beginning a…

Company D, 151st Infantry (The Indiana Rangers) 1024 576 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Company D, 151st Infantry (The Indiana Rangers)

 Written By: Megan Johnson The Army National Guard (ARNG) is the oldest component of the…

Winning the “War of Western Possession”: The Battle of Glorieta Pass 1024 734 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Winning the “War of Western Possession”: The Battle of Glorieta Pass

Written By: Major Adam Morgan, COARNG Original publication date: Spring 2013 All was not quiet…

Borrowed Soldiers:  The American 27th and 30th Divisions and the British Army on the Ypres Front, August-September 1918 718 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Borrowed Soldiers:  The American 27th and 30th Divisions and the British Army on the Ypres Front, August-September 1918

Written By: Mitchell Yockelson Ypres, or “Wipers,” as the British Tommies called the ancient Belgian…

The War of 1812 on the Niagara River 1024 638 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The War of 1812 on the Niagara River

Written By: Lieutenant Colonel Richard V. Barbuto, USA-Ret. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Niagara Falls…

Company A, U.S. Engineer Battalion, June 1864: “…one of the most brilliant scenes of the war.” 1024 745 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Company A, U.S. Engineer Battalion, June 1864: “…one of the most brilliant scenes of the war.”

Written By: Donald McConnell & Gustav Person                                                        In March 1864, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant…

The Persian Gulf Command and the Lend-Lease Mission to the Soviet Union during World War II 1024 817 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The Persian Gulf Command and the Lend-Lease Mission to the Soviet Union during World War II

By Lieutenant Colonel Danny M. Johnson, AUS-Ret. When the subject of the the U.S. Army…

Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London 332 500 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London

Review By: Gary Sellick Benedict Arnold is one of the most controversial figures in American history,…

The Queen’s American Rangers 347 499 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The Queen’s American Rangers

Review By: James P. Bongarra, Jr. The Queen’s American Rangers tells the story of a Loyalist…

“Skirted Soldiers”:  The Women’s Army Corps and Gender Integration of the U.S. Army during World War II 1024 801 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

“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…

The Dogs of War: The U.S. Army’s Use of Canines in WWII 1024 748 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The Dogs of War: The U.S. Army’s Use of Canines in WWII

Written by Seth Paltzer Throughout history, dogs have accompanied man at work and play.  Even…

“… the war will be over and then we can be together always”: World War I Letters Home from an Army Lawyer in France 1024 683 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

“… 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.…

The Purple Heart – The Story of America’s Oldest Military Decoration and Some Soldier Recipients 1024 724 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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…

The Mad Russian: The Life and U.S. Army Service of Alexis Ureyvitch Sommaripa 668 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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…

The Other Foe: The U.S. Army’s Fight against Malaria in the Pacific Theater, 1942-45 1024 789 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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,…

Jayhawk Goes to War: VII Corps in Operation DESERT STORM 1024 677 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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…

Braddock’s Defeat 759 1024 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Braddock’s Defeat

Review by: John Grady, Fairfax, VA David Preston’s Braddock’s Defeat is not  only a blow-by-blow…

Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee 450 630 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee

Review by: Gregory J.W. Urwin, Temple University Next to Benedict Arnold, no other Continental Army…

The Seminole-Negro Indian Scout Detachment 1024 610 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

The Seminole-Negro Indian Scout Detachment

Sub-post [of Fort Clark] at Meyers Spring, Terrell County, Texas, Wednesday, February 28, 1883…Muster and…

To the Last Man: The 103d Regimental Combat Team in the Pacific, 1942-1945 494 400 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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…

The Tip of the History Spear: Capturing the Combat History of the Army in Current Operations 1024 768 The Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army

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…

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