Army Personnel Records

Army Personnel Records


The Army has the most personnel of any of the U.S. armed services. Like the Marine Corps, its core strength lies in the prospect of boots on the ground. Technology can certainly help boots on the ground be more effective, but numbers matter.

And a large number of front-line troops means an even larger number of support personnel.

In the mid-1950s, the Army was demobilizing from the Korean War. It ramped up again sharply for the escalation of U.S. involvement in Vietnam in the second half of the 1960s, before a rapid dropoff by the early 1970s as the the United States withdrew from Vietnam.

From the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, with the end of the Cold War, there was another significant reduction of nearly 40 percent. Since then, aside from a relatively small percentage bump for the so-called surge in Iraq around 2007, the number have hovered at around 500,000.

Up to 80,000 US Service members, from World War II to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, are either prisoners of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA). The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is responsible for the recovery and accounting of these missing service members.

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Car accident leads to Vets’ Reunion

If it weren’t for a car accident earlier this summer, Korean War veterans Jim Cunningham and Don McIntyre would never have found each other again, and missed out on a vets’ reunion.

The two met up for coffee recently at the Warrenton home of McIntyre’s daughter. It was the first time they’d seen each other in 63 years.

Both the men enlisted in the Marine Corps as soon as they were old enough, because the Korean War was going on and they thought it was their duty to serve. “We live in a country with a lot of problems, but it is the best country in the world,” Cunningham said. “Whatever we have to do to defend it, we should do.”

In Korea, they were stationed 50 miles behind battle lines, so they didn’t see any fighting, but they saw the results — aircraft blown apart by bombs with wings, tail sections and engines blasted in different directions.

Half a century had passed, but Cunningham had never stopped looking for his friend.

“I’m not computer-literate,” he said. “I knew he was in the moving business, so I kept looking for his trucks.” he said.

To read the full article – go here.

Both men said that Korea was a good experience for them.
“I’m glad I did it,” McIntyre said. “I hope I made a difference.”

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Labor Day USA

Army and Labor Day USA

labor day marchAcross America, millions of people take time to enjoy Labor Day in the USA – enjoying the festivities, often without giving much thought to the significance of this national holiday.

Early Labor Day celebrants, however, recognized the importance of this day and appreciated the honor it brought to the working classes.

The first Labor Day celebration was organized by the Central Labor Union 134 years ago, on September 5, 1882, in the city of New York. Historians don’t always agree on the actual founder of this holiday, (some say it was Peter J. McGuire, secretary general of the Brotherhood of Carpenters, while others believe it was Matthew Maguire of the International Association of Machinists), but it was definitely an idea whose time had come.

Approximately 10,000 workers participated in the first Labor Day celebration, marching from City Hall in New York City past Union Square and up to 42nd Street, where they eventually gathered in Wendel’s Elm Park to enjoy great food, entertainment and speeches extolling the virtues of the working class.Proponents of Labor Day proposed setting aside a special day each year as a tribute to the American worker, acknowledging his contributions to the strength and prosperity of our country. This proposal was readily accepted by the Central Labor Union and soon afterwards, plans were conceived for the first Labor Day celebration.

It was a momentous occasion for American workers as they were given the recognition they deserved. Unions also used the occasion to discuss tactics for improving working conditions for their people.

As the years passed, more labor organizations took up the torch for this ‘working man’s’ holiday and States began to adopt legislation in its favor.

In 1894, with the backing of Congress, President Cleveland signed a bill instituting Labor Day as a national holiday – to be celebrated annually on the first Monday of September. And so it stands.

Traditional celebrations of Labor Day consisted of street parades to display ‘the strength and esprit de corps’ of labor organizations, and organized festivals and recreation to entertain workers and their families.

Although Labor Day today is no longer directly associated with union activities as it was once, it continues to be a time of national celebration for American workers, including of course members of our armed forces.

The US Army alone constitutes a workforce of approximately 1.5 million if you include Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and civilians. Both our armed forces and civilian workers merit the honor of this special holiday for making America the country it is today.

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Soldiers killed in Iraq from New York City

The two Soldiers killed in Iraq artillery mishap were from Texas, New York.

An Army sergeant from New York City on his second combat deployment and a specialist from Texas on his first were identified by the Pentagon late Monday as the artillerymen killed in an explosion in northern Iraq.

Sgt. Roshain E. Brooks, and Spc. Allen L. Stigler Jr., were killed Sunday last when a round that they were firing at an Islamic State mortar position blew up, according to the Pentagon. Five other soldiers from their cannon crew were injured in the incident, but they are expected to survive, said Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman.

Brooks and Stigler deployed to Iraq in January from Fort Bragg in North Carolina, according to the Army. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, which has spent most of 2017 conducting artillery operations against ISIS militants, primarily to back Iraqi forces as they drove the terrorist group from its former stronghold of Mosul.

To heighten the sense of awful timing, both soldiers were due home next month. Their brigade commander, Col. Pat Work, called them ‘courageous patriots’, saying they served with an extraordinary commitment to the mission to defeat ISIS.

“Their personal commitments to our campaign against ISIS were extraordinary, and we are incredibly proud to have served with them.”

Manning characterized the deadly incident as a mishap that is under investigation. Pentagon spokesmen said Tuesday that they had no additional information about the incident as yet.

A defense official said Brooks and Stigler were killed when a 155mm artillery round blew up inside the tube of the M777 howitzer that they were firing.

Brooks and Stigler were posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge, according to an Army statement.

Brooks (30) was from Brooklyn and joined the Army in July of 2012. He was initially assigned to Fort Hood in Texas from where he served a deployment to Afghanistan from June to November of 2014, according to the Army. He joined his unit at Fort Bragg last year.


Stigler (22), posthumously promoted to sergeant, was from Arlington, Texas, according to the Army. He enlisted in the Army in 2013 after graduating from Mansfield Timberview High School.

Stigler was initially assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division and served at Camp Casey in South Korea from May 2014 through June 2015. He then joined the 82nd Airborne and was serving his first combat deployment, according to Army records.

With the deaths of Stigler and Brooks, 9 US service members have died in Iraq in 2017, including non-combat deaths. At least two others have died in combat-related incidents, including another member of the 82nd Airborne.

First Lt. Weston Lee was killed by an improvised bomb near Mosul in April this year.


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Family Service Records

Find Family Service Records

These days we love to capture moments on video tape and film, to watch later and display the pictures in frames and photo albums – or on tablets and mobiles too, but what about looking for older family service records – for example.

birth recordHow often do we consider the historic moments that went before –  like grandfather’s memories of World War 2..? If we fail to record these they will soon be lost forever. Recording our family legacy is a beautiful gift for generations to come, now that we have the technology easy to hand to do so.

Where to begin – well, record dates and places of events. Write down names and birth dates of your family members as they come into your story. Make your descriptions as short or long as you like, just capture the moment. What may seem like nothing to you can mean the world to someone else who has gone through a similar experience, especially memories of past and present wars and conflicts.

Family photo albums hold a wealth of clues to your family heritage. Look at your families photo album. What so family members remember about each photo? Who’s in the picture, when, and where was it taken, was it a special occasion? If possible, find out who took the picture. Often, the one person you see less photos of in the album is the person behind the lens. Make copies or save them to a CD to preserve them. As you go along create a living timeline of your family’s history with these photographs. In the end, by remembering and recording your family and military heritage, you will have created a beloved heirloom for further generations to treasure.

As you identify family members from old photos, think about exploring their past – look up military service records, and other government archives, and piece together a portrait of their lives now that the internet makes this task so much easier for us all. There is so much information we can collect from the comfort of our homes, and family service records are just one database we can research.

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Abe Lincoln Facts

Abe Lincoln Facts

Some interesting Abe Lincoln facts. Abe (Abraham) Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America, the leader who successfully prosecuted the Civil War to preserve the nation.

abe lincoln factsPrior to his election as president in 1860, he had successful careers as a lawyer and a politician in Illinois, serving several terms in the state legislature and one in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He played a key role in the composition and passage of the 13th Amendment, which eventually ended slavery in America. Sadly as the war was ending, Lincoln became the first U.S. president to be assassinated.

A few less known facts about Abe Lincoln

Lincoln has been the tallest US president to date, standing at 6ft 4″. Among his presidential rivals in height have been LB Johnson (6ft 3″) , Thomas Jefferson (6ft 2½”), Barack Obama 6ft 1″. Donald Trump is actually 6ft 2″ tall.

He was the only president to have registered a patent (1849). The patent was for a device for lifting riverboats off sandbars and freeing ships that had run aground in shallow water.

His assassin wasn’t unknown to him. Lincoln watched John Wilkes Booth  perform in The Marble Heart at Ford’s Theatre in November 1863.

Lincoln’s coffin has been moved 17 times and opened five times. And in 1876, grave robbers tried to steal his remains unsuccessfully.

More about Lincoln

We like to call Lincoln “Abe,” in keeping with the familiarity we feel for our beloved 16th president. But we probably wouldn’t have called him that to his face!

He had escaped poverty to achieve respectability, and had a formidable sense of his own dignity. So he didn’t like the diminutive Abe. At his law office he called his younger partner William Herndon “Billy”, but Herndon called him “Mr. Lincoln.” His wife, too, called him “Mr. Lincoln, and  before they had children and he began calling her “Mother.”

For all of Lincoln’s tender-heartedness and his homespun charm, he could be quite  remote. Lost in thought, he would sometimes pass people he knew on the street without acknowledging them. His friend David Davis called him “the most reticent—secretive man I ever knew..” According to Herndon, Lincoln’s mentor John Stuart said “he has been at L’s house a hundred times, and never was asked to dinner.” His secretaries in the White House, John Nicolay and John Milton Hay, said that when it came to familiarity with Lincoln “there was a line beyond which no one ever thought of passing.”

One target of Lincoln’s ridicule, a Democrat named James Shields, once challenged him to a duel. As the challenged party, Lincoln had the choice of weapons and picked “Cavalry broad swords of the largest size, precisely equal in all respects.” Shields was five-eight or nine, and Lincoln was about half a foot taller, with extraordinarily long arms. Asked afterward why he choose these weapons, he said, “I didn’t want the damned fellow to kill me, which I rather think he would have done if we had selected pistols.” Once the parties arrived at the designated dueling ground, the dispute was “adjusted” and the swordplay avoided. Embarrassed by the episode, Lincoln never liked to talk about it afterward.

According to his law partner Herndon, Lincoln spent a month preparing his famous ‘House Divided’ speech in 1858. He wrote notes on “slips, put these slips in his hat, numbering them, and when he was done with the ideas, he gathered up the scraps, put them in the right order, and wrote out his speech.

A fascinating man, some abe lincoln facts to digest, a man to be a little wary of, but aren’t all great men..?


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