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Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the Rise of US Air Power

In 1909, the United States Army Signal Corps contracted with the Wright Company, and purchased its first airplane. In a makeshift airfield just outside of Dayton, Ohio, the newly Army-owned Wright Military Flyer was sent on a successful test flight.…

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125th Infantry Regiment

  Introduction The 125th Infantry Regiment of the Michigan National Guard has adopted new methods of fighting and has evolved throughout its long history of warfare, from the Civil War to the war on terror in the Middle East. The…

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Memorial to the Michigan Polar Bears

In mid October 1918,  99 years ago, American soldiers of the 85th Infantry Division were in the far north of Russia, near Kodish, settling in after a joint attack alongside British and Canadian forces to drive off Bolshevik ‘Red’ forces that…

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The Beginning for The Red Arrow, 32nd Infantry

The 32nd Division, known as the ‘Red Arrow’, was a division of the army made up by the National Guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin. As rivals these men did not fit together at first. In a fight for our country…

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George Armstrong Custer Equestrian Monument

The George Armstrong Custer Equestrian Monument was erected to commemorate Custer’s early life and his service during the Civil War. Custer’s rise through the ranks in the US Army during the Civil War was in part due to his charismatic…

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Oshkosh Corp.

    The Oshkosh Corporation (formerly known as Oshkosh Truck, and even before that as the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company) is a manufacturing company that engineers and constructs a wide array of specialty vehicles. Dating back to 1906, the…

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1st infantry Division in the First World War

Under the War Department, the First Division of the United States military also known as ‘The Big Red One’ was founded on May 24, 1917 [1].This division although new was founded on existing divisions and would see combat throughout the…

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Camp Custer and World War I

Camp Custer, located near Battle Creek, MI, was a camp built during World War 1, in 1917. This camp was named after General George Armstrong Custer, the Civil War General most famous for his death at the Battle of Little…

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The Eagle Harbor Life Saving Station

The last remaining building of the Life-Saving Station (LSS), in Eagle Harbor, Michigan, serves as a reminder of the heroic men and women who served in the United States Life-Saving Service. This station monitored a large swath of Lake Superior…

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“Detroit’s Own Polar Bears” in Northern Russia

The United States had a late involvement in World War I, but few know that the U.S. had a small regiment of troops called Detroit’s Own Polar Bears deployed in northern Russia who remained in battle until 1919, even after…

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