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Apr
17

A 1972 Tour of Fort Lesley J McNair – Part III

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PART III

SELECT PHOTOGRAPHS FROM 1972 DISCOVERED

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The history of Fort Lesley J. McNair dates back to 1791 when Major Charles Pierre L’Enfant planned the new Capital City and designated 28 acres as military reservation #05.  Since then the historic US Army Post has expanded to about 100 acres and has had several different name changes as it served the United States needs in several different roles:  as  arsenal, as federal penitentiary, as barracks, as the US Army War College, Fort Humphreys.  It wasn’t until after World War II that it would be named to honor the highest ranking officer who was killed in the war.

This is the last of the group of photographs found that were taken in 1972 .  It gives a look, a snapshot in time of what some of the post and continues the tour of Fort Lesley J McNair.

Barracks - Alpha Company - "The Old Guard"

Barracks – Alpha Company – “The Old Guard”

In 1972, the US Army Band, Pershing’s Own and the US Army Music School was long gone from these acres having moved to Historic Fort Myer in Virginia.  For a long while, Alpha Company of the 3d US Army Infantry – “The Old Guard” would be the new occupants of the these barracks.  The company was the first company established when the 3d Infantry was reactivated on 06 APR 1948 when the Ceremonial Company of the Military District  of Washington was folded into the company.   Members of the company are special since they form “The Commander-in-Chief’s Guard” a unit that traces its origins back to the US Revolution when General George Washington had a special unit of Soldiers.  They wear the uniform as prescribed by Washington and their order of march and drilling movements reflect those of yesteryear.

 

Post Exchange

Post Exchange

In 1972 post population was such that one of the offerings was a Post Exchange that provided full service to those living on post.  Over time as the needs changed and the population, the PX became a long distant memory of these acres.

McNair Hall - Officers' Club

McNair Hall – Officers’ Club

Built at the same time as many of the other buildings. the Officers’ Club also known a McNair Hall is of the same colonial architecture.  Over the years it has been the site of many events beyond the military focus and is still until today providing a much needed oasis from the other day-to-day activities on post.

 

Officers' Quarters

Officers’ Quarters

“Generals’ Row” – the officers’ quarters on post haven’t changed much as they approach their centennial.  Many are adorned with artillery in the front yards which face the parade field.  The rear of the quarters have a commanding view of the Potomac River channel and Hains’ Point.

MORE TOUR PHOTOGRAPHS

There are two other sets of photographs from this group which can be seen –  PART I   and PART II.   The book, Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair contains over two hundred historical photographs, images and illustrations which chronicle the two hundred plus years of history among the acres of this US Army Post.

OVER 200 HISTORICAL IMAGES, MAPS & ILLUSTRATIONS

The book, Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair contains over two hundred historical photographs, images and illustrations which chronicle the two hundred plus years of history among the acres of this US Army Post.

The book “Images of America – Fort Lesley J McNair”  is “a walk down memory lane” as one reader called it after he turned the last page.  Go beyond

Images of America - Fort Lesley J. McNair

Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair

the website and read more of the history with your own copy – BUY THE BOOK offers the opportunity to get either a personalized & autographed copy from the author or purchase the book from one of the major resellers.

 

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