Coastal South Carolina Chapter Blog Posts

Charleston Military Highlight

According to the Charleston County Public Library article in a May 2014, 425,000 German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war (POWs) were held in the United States under the supervision of the Provost Marshal General’s office at the end of World War II. The Geneva Convention and War Department directives were put in place for treatment in hopes that American POWs overseas would be treated as humanely.

In 2011 the Edmondston Alston House did a Special Exhibit titled: “The Races! The Races! Charleston’s Gala Race Week”, this article is based on that exhibit and some additional information.

The Battle of Rantowles Bridge occurred during the British siege of Charleston in 1780. Before a discussion of the battle, we need to review LTC Washington and the Siege of Charleston.

William A Washington:

Charleston Military History Ft. Johnson

No traces now exist of the original Fort Johnson which stood at Windmill Point on James Island. Fort Johnson was designed and built in 1708 by Huguenot refugees to protect the English colony of South Carolina from attack by Spanish and French forces. It was named after the Proprietary Governor of the Carolinas, Sir Nathaniel Johnson. A second fort was built in 1759 and portions of its "tabby" walls, made from sea shells, are still visible today. The fort played a role during the Stamp Act crisis.

Ed Gallasso’s Chapter Leader Training

 “ There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer”

                                                                         -  LTC Jimmy Doolittle


Those sentiments were prominently on display at this years CLDT at AUSA National of which I had the pleasure of attending.

Society of Cincinnati

Major General Henry Knox developed the idea of the Society of the Cincinnati. The first meeting of the Society was held in May 1783 at a dinner in Newburgh, New York.

Dandridge Presents Coin to Patrick Smith Ft Mill

The Friends of Fisher House Charleston Good Will Ambassador, W. Larry Dandridge gave a speech and a book signing for the Fort Mill, SC Rotary Lunch Club on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  
US Army Aviation Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Dandridge talked about the VA Medical System, Fisher House Charleston and the soon to be Fisher House Columbia, the US Helicopter War in Vietnam, AUSA, and the all five-star reviewed and award winning military history and action book that Larry wrote to raise money for Fisher House Charleston.  

Charleston AUSA Chapter Presents Outstanding Service Award to VA Nurse

Larry Dandridge, the Volunteer Vice President for Veteran Affairs, for the Charleston, SC Chapter of The Association of the US Army (AUSA) presented Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Registered Nurse (RN) Lydia Batista, the Chapter’s Outstanding Service Award, on October 8, 2018.  

LT W. T. Sherman and Charleston

William Tecumseh Sherman graduated from West Point in 1840, sixth in his class of 42, and was commission a lieutenant in the Third U.S. Artillery. He briefly served in Florida near the end of the Seminole War, then at Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay. He was then assigned to garrison duty at Fort Moultrie in Charleston, South Carolina. Ft Moultrie was largely abandoned in the 1820-30’s and fell into disrepair. Repair was given to the Corps of Engineers and the effort was led by Capt. Alexander H. Bowman from 1839 to 1842.

Chapter Officers & Executive Committee Members of the Charleston, South Carolina Chapter of the Association of the United States Army