Transmittal and Certificate of Achievement awarded to Sergeant Elvis A. Presley …”in recognition of faithful and efficient performance of duty and for outstanding service to the United States Army.”, 02/24/1960
Army and Navy Battle for the First Time
On November 29, 1890 the first Army-Navy football game was played at West Point. The United States Naval Academy defeated the United States Military Academy 24-0. (And by 1899 they were already talking smack.)
Photograph of some of the action on the field during the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, attended by the President and Mrs. Truman. 12/02/1950
In the 1950 game in this photo Navy upset undefeated Army by a score of 14-2.
“Matronly persons … will always have preference”
Circular No. 8 Regarding Requirements for Female Nursing Applicants, 07/14/1862
In 1861, shortly after the Battle of Bull Run, U.S. Surgeon General William Hammond appointed Dorothea Dix as Superintendent of U.S. Army Nurses. This circular lays out Dix’s requirements for women who wanted to serve. Strict age and marriage requirements stemmed from fears that mixing young unmarried women with soldiers would lead to scandal. Dix appointed approximately 3,000 women to nursing positions. Approximately 30,000 women served in nursing and relief operations on both sides of the conflict.
On April 9, 1865, Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee met in the parlor of a house in Appomattox Court House, VA, to discuss this surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, which would end the Civil War. According to the terms, the men of Lee’s army could return home in safety if they pledged to end the fighting and deliver their arms to the Union Army.
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Wishing You a Sweet Passover
The “First Passover Sedar Dinner” given by Jewish Welfare Board to men of Jewish Faith in the American Expeditionary Forces in order that they may observe the Passover Holidays. Paris, France., 04/1919
April 6, 2012 marks both the observance of the traditional Seder Dinner at the start of Passover, and the anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I on April 6, 1917, following a Declaration of War on Germany.
My Tho, Vietnam. A Viet Cong base camp being [burned]. In the foreground is Private First Class Raymond Rumpa, St Paul, Minnesota, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, with 45 pound 90mm recoiless rifle. 04/05/1968
Army Specialist Fourth Class Dennis Kurpius, photographer
Elvis in the Army!
Acknowledgement of service obligation signed by Elvis Presley on March 24, 1958, to indicate that he understands that his total service obligation (both active and reserve) is 6 years., 03/24/1958
Born into slavery in Thomasville, Georgia, on March 21, 1856, Henry Ossian Flipper was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1873. Over the next four years he overcame harassment, isolation, and insults to become West Point’s first African American graduate and the first African American commissioned officer in the regular U.S. Army.
Photograph of Lt. Henry O. Flipper, Photo by Kennedy, ca. 1877; Center for Legislative Archives; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives; National Archives and Records Administration (Reproduced with the permission of the U.S. House of Representatives)
November 5, 1944 - “Cpl. Carlton Chapman…is a machine-gunner in an M-4 tank, attached to a Motor Transport unit near Nancy, France.”