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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) The National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP) has evolved [...]

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

By: Kevin Brown Troops of the 370th in France(Photo Courtesy of Army.mil) 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 [...]

A Heartfelt Reunion at the End of World War I

A Heartfelt Reunion at the End of World War I Jonathan W. White                            In the digital age it is common for cell phone videos to capture the moment when a deployed soldier or sailor reunites with his or her family. Often these [...]

Remember to Write: 150 Years of Letters Home

Remember to Write: 150 Years of Letters Home               Writing home has always been a part of the National Guard’s history tracing back to the colonial militias.  Letters and packages from love ones are a crucial factor in maintaining high spirits and morale.  They provide a brief escape to normalcy during times of conflict [...]