Topics of Interest

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login
    Login Login form

Posted by on in News and Events

Millions of Americans answered the call of duty when the United States entered World War I and nineteen year-old Howard Munder of Philadelphia was among them.  Enlisting just ten days after the declaration of war, Munder soon found himself on his way to Camp Hancock, Georgia, to join the newly formed 28th Infantry Division.  When the division deployed to France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces, Bugler Munder went with them.

Munder was a prolific letter writer and typically sent home several letters a week.  His collected and transcribed letters now reside in the archival collections at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA.

Starting on September 15, the Army Heritage Center Foundation began publishing Munder’s letters online on the 100th anniversary of the day each letter was written.  This mode of publication was conceived by the Foundation’s Education Director, Jeff Hawks.

“When you pick up a published collection of letters,” Hawks says, “you have the entire story right there, all at once.  That’s not how the families experienced the story.  100 years ago, families did not know when the next letter from their loved ones would arrive.  They had to wait, sometimes patiently, sometimes anxiously, checking the mail every day, not knowing when the next letter would come.  The technology of online publishing gives us the opportunity to re-create, in some respect, that experience.  Our hope is that our readers will start to follow Munder as his story unfolds in real-time, albeit 100 years after the fact.”

Hawks refuses to answer questions about Munder’s ultimate fate.  “His parents didn’t know what was going to happen.  Anyone who wants to know is going to have to read along and find out in the same timeframe they did.”

During World War I, about two million Americans shipped out for France.  53,402 died or went missing in combat, 63,306 died from other causes, and 204,002 were wounded or injured, a casualty rate of about 16%.  Hawks notes that these casualties include 3 Army Nurses wounded by shellfire and 272 Army Nurses who died of various diseases that were rampant in the war zone.

 

To read the letters as they are published, visit the Army Heritage Center Foundation’s website at https://www.armyheritage.org/2-site-content/578-howard-munder-over-there-with-the-28th-infantry-division.

 

Hits: 2097
0

Holocaust survivor Edith Vidos and Army Nurse Deborah Pecora will share their experiences as witnesses to the Holocaust at 12:30 PM on Friday, September 22, 2017, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC).  Edith, a young Jewish girl living in Hungary, survived years of brutal imprisonment at Ravensbruck and Penig concentration camps.  Deborah, an Army Nurse, participated in the liberation of the Penig and provided medical care to the survivors including Edith Vidos. 

Their presentations are part of a day-long program conducted by facilitators from Echoes and Reflections, a partnership between Yad Vashem, the Shoah Foundation, and the Anti-Defamation League to train teachers how to incorporate Holocaust education in the classroom.  The full program runs from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  The Army Heritage Center Foundation, the non-profit friends group for USAHEC, is sponsoring the program as an element of its educational mission.

“The Holocaust is part of the Army story,” says the program organizer and the Army Heritage Center Foundation’s Education Director Jeff Hawks.  “American Soldiers were eyewitnesses to the reality of the camps.  They wrote about what they saw in letters, diaries, and memoirs that are part of the USAHEC collection.  The value of this record grows in importance every day as more and more eyewitnesses pass into history.”

The sessions will focus on the book Night, by Elie Wiesel.  Specific topics will include placing the work in the larger historical context and examining some of the major themes of the memoir.  Ms. Vidos and Ms. Pecora will begin their presentations starting at 3:30 PM.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the day’s program.  Certified teachers who attend will receive Act 48 credit.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact the Jeff Hawks at the Army Heritage Center Foundation at 717-258-1102 or eddirector@armyheritage.org.

 

About the Army Heritage Center Foundation

 

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016. Known as the Hall of the American Soldier, this expansion added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe.

 

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

Hits: 2277
0

Over two-hundred middle-school students will team up with local Veterans while touring the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle on Thursday, September 14 for a “Walk With a Veteran” program.  The students will spend the day at the Center with the Veterans exploring the mile-long Army Heritage Trail, learning about the history of our nation and the men and women who served in the military in times of war and adversity.

“There’s no better way to learn about history than from the people who lived through it,” says Army Heritage Center Foundation Education Director Jeff Hawks. “The exhibits at USAHEC provide the perfect backdrop for Veterans to share their stories of service and sacrifice.”

The Army Heritage Center Foundation is hosting the program with the tremendous support of our sponsors.  Humana is the premier sponsor for the event.  “Humana approached us about doing something for Veterans and local youths,” Hawks says.  “This event grew out of that conversation.”  Ahold is also sponsoring the event, providing lunch for the students and Veterans.

The event will also mark National POW/MIA Day and will feature Mr. Don McClarren who served on the USS Pueblo when the ship was boarded and seized by North Korean forces in January of 1968.  Along with 82 crewmates, he endured months of brutal captivity as a POW while North Korea attempted to extract confessions from the crew and political concessions from the United States. McClarren and his shipmates were freed after 11 months, but the USS Pueblo remains in North Korean hands.  McClarren’s story is a reminder that no matter where or when one serves, military service carries considerable risk.

For more information about this program, please contact the Army Heritage Center Foundation at 717-258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org

Hits: 2023
0

Please Note: Reservations are no longer being accepted for the September 12 screening as attendance has reached maximum capacity.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center invites you to a very special event, a two-night screening of two important documentaries about the Vietnam War on September 12 and 13, 2017. First, on September 12th, WITF and the Army Heritage Center Foundation will show a special one hour preview of “THE VIETNAM WAR--a landmark documentary film series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.” On September 13th, WPSU will take part in the national dialogue sparked by Ken Burns’ film with their documentary “A Time to Heal: Exploring the Vietnam War Experience from a Pennsylvania Perspective.” Each night, the program will begin at 6:15 PM and Cumberland Café will offer a special dinner menu to enjoy before the film screening events.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part, 18-hour documentary series “THE VIETNAM WAR,” tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides--Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. The exclusive sneak preview highlights service-people, the Vietnamese perspective, media and journalism, leadership, civilian life, the anti-war movement, Veterans coming home, and more. After the screening, audience members can share their stories and take part in a panel discussion with local experts.

On the second night, "A Time to Heal" is a 60-minute documentary from WPSU Penn State, which explores the impact of the Vietnam War on the lives of those who fought, protested, or prayed for their loved ones to come home alive.  Producer Lindsey Whissel Fenton travels across Pennsylvania, talking with men and women about their experiences during the war and their perspectives now, seeking an answer to the question: is it finally a time to heal?  The film also features footage from the USAHEC Collection. The documentary will have a panel of local Veterans impacted by the war as well as the producer/writer of the documentary. 

Doors open at 5:00 PM and both programs begin at 6:15 PM. Cumberland Café will have a special dinner menu to enjoy before the program. Admission is free for both events, and we strongly encourage patrons to attend both nights.  For directions or more information about the documentaries, please visit www.usahec.org.

Hits: 2079
0

The Board of Directors of the Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce the honorees that the Foundation will recognize at its 10th Annual Membership and Recognition Dinner at the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on November 4, 2017.

 

Awardees

  • Living Legend Award: Mr Bill Beck
  • Boots on the Ground Award: Mr. Joseph Galloway
  • MG John Armstrong Award: R.S. Mowery & Sons

 

Background

Bill Beck will receive the Foundation’s Living Legend Award for his contributions as a Soldier during the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley during the Vietnam War.  His individual achievements deserve recognition and serve as an inspiration for others. Beck was drafted into the Army in 1964 and during the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in November 1965, much like Joshua Chamberlain did for the Union Army at Gettysburg, he secured the flank of his unit’s position.  He was awarded a Silver Star for these actions while serving as an assistant machine gunner in the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment (1/7 Cav), 1st Cavalry Division.  Then and now, he represents those Soldiers who joined the Army and fought in the initial battles of the Vietnam War.

Recognizing individuals or organizations that make a very positive contribution to the lives of Soldiers and their families, the Foundation has selected Joe Galloway to receive the Foundation’s Boots on the Ground AwardGalloway has not allowed our Soldiers to be forgotten.  His service as a military reporter, columnist, and author has helped publicize and humanize our Soldiers, especially related to the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam. Joe Galloway was a 23 year old United Press International reporter who was assigned to Vietnam in 1965.  He wanted to tell the stories of Soldiers in war, and to do so, he had to serve with them in the field.  In November 1965, he accompanied the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment into the Ia Drang Valley.  To save his and Soldiers’ lives he had to take up arms.  He received a Bronze Star with V Device for his actions and forged a deep friendship with Soldiers of the unit.  He would later tell their stories in the best-selling book, We Were Soldiers Once and Young.

Don Mowery of R.S. Mowery & Sons will receive the MG John Armstrong Award.  Named for MG John Armstrong (1725-1795), a Soldier, a Statesman, a Pioneer, and a Leader who shaped the development of this region and the Nation, the award recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped develop USAHEC. For the past decade, Don Mowery has been an ardent supporter of the Foundation’s efforts and has been instrumental in enhancing the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus particularly through the design and construction of the Visitor and Education Center and the Hall of the American Soldier.

 

The Dinner

This annual dinner will be held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, allowing the Foundation to better showcase the Center’s assets to its guests, to honor Veterans past and present and those who support Soldiers, and to thank those who support the Army Heritage Center Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in “Telling the Army Story . . . one Soldier at a time.®”   

Included in the evening’s activities is a silent auction that includes unique items and gift certificates to regional attractions, restaurants, wineries, and golf courses, among others.

Dinner sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional details about the dinner and silent auction, or to order tickets, please contact the Foundation at (717) 258-1102, info@armyheritage.org, or visit www.armyheritage.org.

 

About the Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable.  

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 that added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

USAHEC is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the U.S. Army War College.  Since 2004 when the facility opened to the public, almost 1.4 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu.

Hits: 2389
0