Naming Commission Issues Final Report

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Naming Commission Issues Final Report

The third and final report from a Defense Department commission focused on removing Confederate names from U.S. military assets tackles Army vessels, battle streamers, a 108-year-old monument at Arlington National Cemetery and the shoulder patch of the renowned 29th Infantry Division.

French Announce Planned D-Day Experience

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French Announce Planned D-Day Experience

An ambitious D-Day project has been announced in France to create what is being called a “living tableaux” to retell the history of the Allied landings of World War II and the Battle of Normandy.

Merrill’s Marauders Recognized With Gold Medal

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Merrill’s Marauders Recognized With Gold Medal

Nearly eight decades after their heroic actions during World War II, the Army’s famed Merrill’s Marauders were honored May 25 during a virtual Congressional Gold Medal ceremony. 

The Marauders “answered the call for the most dangerous missions” and “faced the most brutal conditions in the jungles of Burma,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said during the ceremony.

Trailblazing Buffalo Soldier Promoted 100 Years Later

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Trailblazing Buffalo Soldier Promoted 100 Years Later

More than a century after his death, Charles Young, the first African American colonel in the U.S. Army, was posthumously promoted to brigadier general.

The long overdue recognition took place April 29 at an event hosted by Army Undersecretary Gabe Camarillo at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, where Young began his Army career and became the third African American to graduate from the academy in 1889. 

Commission Seeks Public Input to Rename 10 Army Posts

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Commission Seeks Public Input to Rename 10 Army Posts

The commission tasked with renaming military installations that honor Confederate leaders is asking for the public’s participation in suggesting new names.

Seeking names that are consistent with U.S. military and national values, the Naming Commission is asking local, city, state and federal leaders, as well as members of the community, to provide insight and feedback to ensure a well-rounded process.

Women Soldiers, Veterans Urged to Tell Their Stories

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Women Soldiers, Veterans Urged to Tell Their Stories

The Military Women’s Memorial is asking women who have served in the Army to register the details of their service in the organization’s digital database.

Approaching its 25th anniversary, the Military Women’s Memorial is located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, and it is the only national memorial that honors the service of military women.

But the growing database is an online platform that is accessible from anywhere in the world.

War Letters Bring Service Members’ Experiences Home

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War Letters Bring Service Members’ Experiences Home

The Museum of American War Letters brings home the stories of American service members across all of the nation’s wars through its curated digital exhibit. 

The exhibit features letters and short documentaries and was curated from over 175,000 letters, Andrew Carroll, director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University, said in an interview with WWNY 7 News. The featured letters give visitors unique insight into what service members experienced and endured on the ground during periods of conflict. 

Retired Gen. Joulwan Speaks at AUSA Webinar

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Retired Gen. Joulwan Speaks at AUSA Webinar

Retired Gen. George Joulwan, whose Army career spanned 36 years and gave him a front-row seat to history, will speak April 20 during a webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

Speaking as part of AUSA’s Thought Leaders series, Joulwan will discuss his new book, Watchman at the Gates: A Soldier’s Journey from Berlin to Bosnia.

West Point Memorial Aims to Honor Buffalo Soldiers

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West Point Memorial Aims to Honor Buffalo Soldiers

A new memorial honoring the legacy of West Point’s Buffalo Soldiers will be revealed next year as planners aim to have it completed in September 2021.

A monument featuring a trooper mounted on horseback will replace the U.S. Military Academy’s “memorial rock,” which was dedicated in 1973 to honor the Black Horse Cavalry Detachments, including the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments, that served at West Point from 1907 to 1947. 

Webinar Highlights New Book on Operation Husky

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Webinar Highlights New Book on Operation Husky

The author of Sicily ’43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe, an in-depth look at Operation Husky, speaks Nov. 19 in a webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

James Holland, an internationally acclaimed historian, writer and broadcaster, appears as part of AUSA’s Thought Leaders webinar series.

The event begins at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The event is free, but registration is required here.