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Oct
10

Where in the World is Freddy?

By John Michael  //  Army War College, Fort Lesley J McNair  //  No Comments

Freddy is Missing ?

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Roosevelt Hall located on Fort Lesley J. McNair began as the home of the US Army War College – a concept conceived by then Secretary of War, Elihu Root and approved by then President Theodore Roosevelt.  The building proclaims the Beaux Arts styling and was designed by the noted architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White.

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Mar
31

A 1972 Tour of Fort Lesley J McNair – Part I

By John Michael  //  Fort Lesley J McNair  //  No Comments

SELECT PHOTOGRAPHS FROM 1972 DISCOVERED

Map of Fort Lesley J. McNair Circa 1972 - The Area in Bold Line is Designated a Part of the National Historic Register

The Area in Bold Line is Designated a Part of the National Historic Register

 

 

After months of digging into boxes of photographs, combing through online databases of images, it’s rare to find something new and different about one of the most beautiful US Army Posts…  Fort Lesley J. McNair.  Good news, a series of rarely seen photographs were found that were taken in 1972.    Roosevelt Hall – the iconic building on the acres once known as Greenleaf Point changed from the name of Turkey Buzzard Point – still looks the same, yet among the recent discovery are several views that may show some marked changes.

The book – “Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair” has a chapter devoted to the most current view of the post – this historic US Army Post – third oldest in continuous operation.   So here is another chronicling milestone  The tour of Fort Lesley J McNair begins with the iconic Roosevelt Hall

 

Aerial Photograph Southeast corner looking to the Northwest

Aerial Photograph Southeast corner looking to the Northwest

President Theodore Roosevelt arrived on 21 FEB 1903 to lay the cornerstone of the building that would take until 1907 to complete.  In the meanwhile the statue of Frederick the Great stood in front of the building site – it was a gift from the German government and dedicated on NOV 1904

Aerial View from the South looking to the North

Aerial View from the South looking to the North

 

On the left side of the above photograph is the US Army Signal Corps film processing and storage buildings that were the central facility to provide the results of the films captured by the signal corps.  Those buildings would eventually be razed and the work was done elsewhere.   Just north of that small complex of buildings begins Officers’ Row with the Officers’ Club as the first building.

 

Front of Roosevelt Hall looking to the South

Front of Roosevelt Hall looking to the South

 

There are two other sets of photographs from this group which can be seen –  PART II   and PART III.

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

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.

 

 

Jan
1

Army War College Class of 1909

By John Michael  //  Army War College, Washington Barracks  //  No Comments

THE FIRST GRADUATES FROM ROOSEVELT HALL

The building of Roosevelt Hall was completed in 1907 and the Army wasted no time to begin educating the first class in the new structure there on what was Greenleaf Point.  It was then named Washington Barracks. The first graduating class included nearly thirty officers selected from the US Army, Yet one officer was from the US Marine Corps who would later rise to become the Commandant of the US Marine Corps.

The photo below is of those officers and the military units they came from.

 

Army War College - Class of 1909 - 1910

Army War College – Class of 1909 – 1910

 

NOTE: The persons are numbered – from 01 to 21 are standing and from 22 to 30 are seated in the photo.

They are:

  1. LTC John A, Lejeune,  US Marine Corps
  2. CPT Edwin Landon, USA Coast Artillery Corps
  3. MAJ Carl Reichman, USA 24th Infantry
  4. CPT Eli A. Helmick, USA 10th Infantry
  5. MAJ Guy Carlton, General Staff, Director, Army War College
  6. MAJ George L. Irwin, USA 3rd Field Artillery
  7. CPT Malin Craig, USA General Staff
  8. CPT William K. Naylor, USA 9th Infantry
  9. CPT Alexander F. Dade, USA 9th Cavalry
  10. CPT Edwin O. Sarratt, USA Coast Artillery Corps
  11. MAJ Daniel E. Houghton, USA General Staff
  12. CPT Sherwood A Cheney, USA Corps of Engineers
  13. MAJ William A. Brown, USA 3rd Cavalry
  14. CPT George H. Jameson, USA 29th Infantry
  15. LTC D. A. Frederick, USA General Staff, Director Army War College
  16. CPT Fox Conner, USA General Staff
  17. CPT Frank S. Cocheu, USA General Staff
  18. CPT Gilbert A. Youngberg, USA Corps of Engineers
  19. MAJ Godfrey H. MacDonald, USA 13th Cavalry
  20. MAJ David J. Baker,Jr, USA 11th Infantry
  21. CPT Joseph D. Leitch, USA General Staff
  22. MAJ Charles L. Beckurts, USA 5th Infantry
  23. LTC John T. Knight, USA Quartermaster Department
  24. MAJ Robert A. Brown, USA 4th Cavalry
  25. MAJ Eben Swift, USA General Staff
  26. BG William Wallace Witherspoon, President Army War College
  27. LTC Lyman W. V. Kennon, USA 14th Infantry
  28. LTC Hunter Liggett, USA 15th Infantry
  29. LTC Charles M. O’Connor, USA 6th Cavalry
  30. LTC John C. F. Tillson, USA 18th Infantry

ARMY WAR COLLEGE TODAY

Distinguished in their accomplishment, their graduation marked a turning point in the way that the US Army and eventually the US military would be provided more training and insight. The Army War College would remain located on what became Fort Lesley J. McNair until 1946 when the National War College was established and located in Roosevelt Hall.

Today the Army War College is located at Carlisle Barracks, another historic US Army installation in the state of Pennsylvania.  They took Freddy –  the statue of Frederick the Great with them and he’s located near the Hessian Powder Magazine building on post.

 

OVER 200 HISTORICAL IMAGES, MAPS & ILLUSTRATIONS

The book, Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair has 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 buy the book from one of the major resellers.

 

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