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Bonus Army

Posted July 28, 2015 in Knowledge Corner

“The whole scene was pitiful.” July 28 marks the anniversary of the Army’s role in ousting the veterans of World War I from the national capital. The so-called “Bonus Army” was comprised of veterans...

African-American Tomb Guard recalls journey (guest post)

Posted February 2, 2015 in Knowledge Corner

On the first week of African Amercian History Month, we would like to share this guest post from US Army SSG Megan Garcia. It originally was posted via the Army News Service in 2012. ARLINGTON, Va....

Thomas Hudson Jones

Posted June 10, 2014 in Knowledge Corner

Every soldier who has guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier since the 1930s knows that Lorimer Rich and Thomas Hudson Jones were the two men chosen as the architect and the sculptor of the Tomb of...

The Tragedy of Heroism: Charles W. Whittlesey

Posted December 1, 2013 in Knowledge Corner

Charles Whittlesey was not one to acknowledge the accolades of others. He was a humble man but remained loyal to those with whom he served. His service in the First World War was the thing of legend...

Jumping Over Hitler’s Wall

Posted June 6, 2013 in Knowledge Corner

Late in the evening of June 5, 1944, small groups of young Americans from the All American and Screaming Eagle airborne divisions began boarding C47 aircraft for a short flight from airbases in...

Buglers of Arlington National Cemetery (Repost)

Posted March 27, 2013 in Knowledge Corner

Repost from Buglers of Arlington National Cemetery by Jari Villanueva via TAPS BUGLER TAPS can be heard an average of thirty times a day at Arlington National Cemetery. The bugle call is sounded at...

To Provide a Military Guard

Posted March 22, 2013 in Knowledge Corner

On March 2, 1926, Allen J. Furlow, a newly-elected Representative from Rochester, Minnesota, introduced what would become known as House Joint Resolution Number 185. The joint resolution called for...

Man of Sacrifice - Don Hollender

Posted December 7, 2012 in Knowledge Corner

Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) has its share of heroes. As far as the eye can see, the simple white headstones are testament to their sacrifice. At some point we learn of those that stand out. Don...

Frederick Douglass honors “The Unknown Loyal Dead” at Arlington National Cemetery [May 30, 1871]

Posted August 17, 2012 in Knowledge Corner

This is a guest post by John Muller, from The Lion of Anacostia, via the Ghosts of DC. Arlington National Cemetery, the pre-Civil War home of Robert E. Lee, is a short Metro ride from Washington, DC....

Knowledge Corner: How to Become a Legend

Posted June 26, 2012 in Knowledge Corner

You may think it is strange to pay tribute to a man more famous in death for something he didn’t do than for the actual heroic life he led. However, as many things are at Arlington National Cemetery,...

Remembering the Battle of Midway

Posted June 6, 2012 in Knowledge Corner

While June 6th is the anniversary of D-Day… let’s not forget the anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Midway, which is widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of...

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