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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard FRANKFORT, Ky. — Following their service as part of the Kentucky Brigade on the Mexican Border, Company M, Second Kentucky Infantry Regiment returned home to Beattyville, Kentucky, in February 1917. With the approaching entrance of the United States in the World War which was raging in Europe, military activities increased in the commonwealth. Kentucky National Guard units across the state were busily recruiting their commands to war strength. Simultaneously, units were being ordered to guard duty at various points in the state to secure vital pieces of infrastructure for fear of sabotage from German […]

    Century-old photo highlights Kentucky Guardsmen in WWI

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard FRANKFORT, Ky. — Following their service as part of the Kentucky Brigade on the Mexican Border, Company M, Second Kentucky Infantry Regiment returned home to Beattyville, Kentucky, in February 1917. With the approaching entrance of the United States in the World War which was raging in Europe, military activities increased in the commonwealth. Kentucky National Guard units across the state were busily recruiting their commands to war strength. Simultaneously, units were being ordered to guard duty at various points in the state to secure vital pieces of infrastructure for fear of sabotage from German […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The mysterious explosion and sinking of the U.S. battleship, Maine, in Havana harbor Feb. 15, 1898, was the call to war with Spain for most Americans, their rallying cry was “Remember the Maine.” Amid a tidal wave of martial spirit sweeping the country, war was declared against Spain April 21. For many Kentuckians this war was an opportunity to seek retributive justice for past atrocities of the Spanish against Kentuckians during the ill-fated Lopez Expeditions to Cuba 40 years earlier, their battle cry was “Remember Crittenden.” The following article appeared in the April 24, […]

    “Remember Crittenden” battle cry for Kentuckians in Spanish American War

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The mysterious explosion and sinking of the U.S. battleship, Maine, in Havana harbor Feb. 15, 1898, was the call to war with Spain for most Americans, their rallying cry was “Remember the Maine.” Amid a tidal wave of martial spirit sweeping the country, war was declared against Spain April 21. For many Kentuckians this war was an opportunity to seek retributive justice for past atrocities of the Spanish against Kentuckians during the ill-fated Lopez Expeditions to Cuba 40 years earlier, their battle cry was “Remember Crittenden.” The following article appeared in the April 24, […]

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  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The Utah Expedition, known also as the Utah War, Utah Campaign, Buchanan’s Blunder, the Mormon War and Mormon Rebellion, was an armed political, economic, military and religious confrontation between Mormon settlers in the Utah Territory and the U. S. Military, in 1857 – 1858. On June 29, 1857, President James Buchanan declared Utah in a state of rebellion against the United States, and mobilized a regiment of the U.S. Army, to act as an escort for new federal officials’ move to Utah and to establish order and enforce the laws of the United States. […]

    Kentuckians help avoid war in Utah

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard The Utah Expedition, known also as the Utah War, Utah Campaign, Buchanan’s Blunder, the Mormon War and Mormon Rebellion, was an armed political, economic, military and religious confrontation between Mormon settlers in the Utah Territory and the U. S. Military, in 1857 – 1858. On June 29, 1857, President James Buchanan declared Utah in a state of rebellion against the United States, and mobilized a regiment of the U.S. Army, to act as an escort for new federal officials’ move to Utah and to establish order and enforce the laws of the United States. […]

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  • Commentary by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph P. Lyddane, 138th Field Artillery Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. — The transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869 by Chinese immigrants and twenty-six years before that, on May 7, 1843 the first Japanese people began migrating to the United States. These are but two of the many reasons why the month of May was chosen to take the opportunity to recognize the contributions made by Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). They represent almost fifty countries with more than one hundred languages and dialects. According to the Census Bureau, there are 16.6 million AAPIs […]

    May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    Commentary by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph P. Lyddane, 138th Field Artillery Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. — The transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869 by Chinese immigrants and twenty-six years before that, on May 7, 1843 the first Japanese people began migrating to the United States. These are but two of the many reasons why the month of May was chosen to take the opportunity to recognize the contributions made by Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). They represent almost fifty countries with more than one hundred languages and dialects. According to the Census Bureau, there are 16.6 million AAPIs […]

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  • Story by John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Command Historian In recognition of March as Women’s Month, kentuckyguard.com is publishing a series of articles honoring women who are significant figures in Kentucky’s military history.  The following is one such story …. FRANKFORT, Ky. —  Margaret Willie Arvin was born on April 21, 1879, the oldest of seven children of William and Bettie Arvin, of Henderson, Kentucky.  Not much is known about her early years.  In 1904, she graduated from the School of Nursing at the Owensboro City Hospital in Owensboro, Kentucky. In 1914, she is accepted as a member of the […]

    An Angel of Mercy Under Fire: Kentucky’s Most Decorated First World War Female Veteran

    Story by John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Command Historian In recognition of March as Women’s Month, kentuckyguard.com is publishing a series of articles honoring women who are significant figures in Kentucky’s military history.  The following is one such story …. FRANKFORT, Ky. —  Margaret Willie Arvin was born on April 21, 1879, the oldest of seven children of William and Bettie Arvin, of Henderson, Kentucky.  Not much is known about her early years.  In 1904, she graduated from the School of Nursing at the Owensboro City Hospital in Owensboro, Kentucky. In 1914, she is accepted as a member of the […]

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  • Commentary by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph P. Lyddane, 138th Field Artillery Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. — There are many reasons why every year in March the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom (Canada in October) reserve a full month of recognition to celebrate women. Among them are the many contributions made by females that have impacted the world. The sad truth is that throughout history many of the achievements made by women have been overlooked and marginalized.  In 1911 the first International  Women’s Day was organized, which was a benchmark event considering the social climate at the time.  In 1980 […]

    March, National Women’s History Month

    Commentary by Chief Warrant Officer Joseph P. Lyddane, 138th Field Artillery Brigade FRANKFORT, Ky. — There are many reasons why every year in March the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom (Canada in October) reserve a full month of recognition to celebrate women. Among them are the many contributions made by females that have impacted the world. The sad truth is that throughout history many of the achievements made by women have been overlooked and marginalized.  In 1911 the first International  Women’s Day was organized, which was a benchmark event considering the social climate at the time.  In 1980 […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lt. Col. John Blackburn has worn an Army uniform for 24 years. The Frankfort-native joined the Kentucky Guard in 1994, serving multiple tours overseas. Achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2014 is but another accomplishment in his military career. Joining the military was the result of a childhood fascination, Blackburn said, but a decision that is rooted in the history of Kentucky and those who have helped shape it. “I’m not driven to tell my family ‘s story,” he said. “I just find personally interesting […]

    Kentucky Guardsman honors family’s military legacy

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lt. Col. John Blackburn has worn an Army uniform for 24 years. The Frankfort-native joined the Kentucky Guard in 1994, serving multiple tours overseas. Achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2014 is but another accomplishment in his military career. Joining the military was the result of a childhood fascination, Blackburn said, but a decision that is rooted in the history of Kentucky and those who have helped shape it. “I’m not driven to tell my family ‘s story,” he said. “I just find personally interesting […]

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  • Story by John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Historian/Archivist FRANKFORT, Ky. — Last year marked the beginning of the Centennial Commemoration of the First World War, the Great War, the War to End All Wars, which started in Europe on July 28, 1914. It was not until April 6, 1917, that the United States would enter into the war. America quickly moved to raise, equip, and ship the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) to join the war in Europe. An estimated 95,575 Kentuckians served during the war and 2,418 Kentuckians would become casualties of the Great War. One of those Kentuckians who […]

    John Ray Carter, A Harlem Hellfighter from Kentucky

    Story by John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Historian/Archivist FRANKFORT, Ky. — Last year marked the beginning of the Centennial Commemoration of the First World War, the Great War, the War to End All Wars, which started in Europe on July 28, 1914. It was not until April 6, 1917, that the United States would enter into the war. America quickly moved to raise, equip, and ship the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) to join the war in Europe. An estimated 95,575 Kentuckians served during the war and 2,418 Kentuckians would become casualties of the Great War. One of those Kentuckians who […]

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  • Story by John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard In recognition of February as Black History Month kentuckyguard.com is publishing a series of articles honoring African-American men and women who are significant figures in Kentucky’s military history. The following is one such story …. FRANKFORT, Ky. — On January 16, 2001, two Medal of Honor presentations were made by President Bill Clinton at the White House. The first, to the descendants of Corporal Andrew Jackson Smith, 137 years after his actions at the Battle of Honey Hill, South Carolina, and former President Theodore Roosevelt was also posthumously awarded the medal at the […]

    Corporal Andrew Jackson Smith, Kentucky’s only African-American Civil War Medal of Honor recipient

    Story by John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard In recognition of February as Black History Month kentuckyguard.com is publishing a series of articles honoring African-American men and women who are significant figures in Kentucky’s military history. The following is one such story …. FRANKFORT, Ky. — On January 16, 2001, two Medal of Honor presentations were made by President Bill Clinton at the White House. The first, to the descendants of Corporal Andrew Jackson Smith, 137 years after his actions at the Battle of Honey Hill, South Carolina, and former President Theodore Roosevelt was also posthumously awarded the medal at the […]

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  • Story by John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Command Historian In recognition of February as Black History Month kentuckyguard.com is republishing a series of articles honoring African-American men and women who are significant figures in Kentucky’s military history. The following is one such story …. FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War and is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against […]

    How two Kentucky “Buffalo Soldiers” earned the Medal of Honor

    Story by John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Command Historian In recognition of February as Black History Month kentuckyguard.com is republishing a series of articles honoring African-American men and women who are significant figures in Kentucky’s military history. The following is one such story …. FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War and is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against […]

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