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Herman G. Leitz’s Headlines

By Montana Coward Herman G. Leitz with His Newspaper Headlines(Courtesy of Carl Hartup/ The News-Sentinel August 14, 1985) Herman G. Leitz, an Indiana man working as a security guard at the Studebaker plant during World War II, collected almost 1,000 American newspaper headlines documenting the war. Leitz was frustrated by his small recollection of the [...]

The 9/11 Era Gallery Memorial Wall

New York Army Guard Specialist Roshan Singh Lost his Life at the World Trade Center on 9/11. By Kevin Brown Over 800 National Guard members have made the ultimate sacrifice since September 11, 2001. Several Guard members died in the horrific 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon and World Trade Center. One of these members was [...]

The National Guard’s State Partnership with Ukraine

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, adjutant general of the California National Guard, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine, and California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, visited the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Air National Guard Base, California, Sept. 2, 2021.(Courtesy of national guard.mil) By Kevin Brown The National Guard’s State Partnership Program [...]

Remembering The Bataan Death March

By William Roulett Capt. Edward Lingo(Courtesy of the New Mexico National Guard Museum) April 9, 2022, marks the 80th anniversary of the start of the Bataan Death March. Orchestrated by the Imperial Japanese Army, some 60,000-80,000 American and Filipino Prisoners of War (POWs) were brutally forced to march more than 60 miles from Mariveles, at [...]

The Career of Maj. Gen. Roberta V. Mills

Maj. Gen. Roberta V. MillsMarch 18, 1938 – April 20, 2021(Courtesy of Roberta V. Mills Estate) By William Roulett As Women’s History Month draws to a close, we at the National Guard Memorial Museum reflect on the life of Major General Roberta V. Mills. Mills accomplished much in her 83 years, including a 33-year career [...]

President Lincoln’s Militia Service

President Lincoln’s Militia Service (Courtesy of NGEF) By Kevin Brown Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th President of the United States from 1861 before being assassinated in 1865. During his early days in office, the United States plunged into a bloody civil war between northern and southern states over slavery. Prior to his presidency, Lincoln, [...]

“The Black Devils” of the Illinois National Guard 370th

Troops of the 370th in France(Photo Courtesy of Army.mil) By: Kevin Brown Since the Revolutionary War, African Americans have made countless contributions to the National Guard. Prominent segregated National Guard units distinguished themselves during the First World War, such as Illinois’ 370h infantry regiment. Unlike the Harlem Hell fighters, which formed just before the Great [...]

1918 Spanish Flu

  In January and February of 1918, a flu virus quietly spread through sleepy Haskell County, Kansas, with a human population of 1,720 dispersed over nearly 600 acres.  By the time the Spanish Flu burnt itself out globally, over 21,000,000 people would be dead.     As the virus worked its way through Haskell County, young American [...]

Intern Ginger Miroy Raises PTSD Awareness

Always Ready, Always There: My Story of Hope                 September 11, 2001 was a defining moment for many of us, but even more so for CW4 Clifford Bauman. CW4 Bauman was on his way to the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the building, and Bauman sprang [...]

Bill’s Maudlin Humor

Bill’s Maudlin Humor: WWII as seen through the cartoons of Bill Mauldin By: Lauren Wong December 7, 1941 was the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor; it was also the day the U.S. entered WWII. When the Army shipped out, they brought nine Divisions of National Guardsmen with them. The 45th ID was one of [...]