History Archive

  • By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard “The time is now near at hand when by Federal statute the organization, armament and discipline of the Organized Militia in the several states and territories shall be the same as that prescribed for the Regular Army of the United States.” – Ohio Senator Charles Dick, 1910 In his 1909 annual Report of the Adjutant General, Philip P. Johnston made the following recommendation to then Governor Augustus E. Wilson, “The militia of nearly all the States are now called the National Guard. Kentucky should fall in line in this particular.” Since statehood in 1792, […]

    Birth of the Modern Kentucky National Guard, March 1912

    By John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard “The time is now near at hand when by Federal statute the organization, armament and discipline of the Organized Militia in the several states and territories shall be the same as that prescribed for the Regular Army of the United States.” – Ohio Senator Charles Dick, 1910 In his 1909 annual Report of the Adjutant General, Philip P. Johnston made the following recommendation to then Governor Augustus E. Wilson, “The militia of nearly all the States are now called the National Guard. Kentucky should fall in line in this particular.” Since statehood in 1792, […]

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  • By Pfc. Nasir Stoner, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Historical Society held a ceremony to open a new exhibit at the Kentucky Military History Museum for former KHS Director and military weapons innovator George M. Chinn Sept. 28, 2017. “This exhibit heralds Colonel George Chinn’s unique and lasting contributions to the Nation and the heritage of the Commonwealth through his innovative spirit, passion for weapons technology, and his love of Kentucky history,” said Col. Alan Denny, Chief of Staff for the Kentucky Army National Guard. “The exhibit has literally been a lifetime and more in the […]

    Local firearms expert honored with new exhibit

    By Pfc. Nasir Stoner, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Historical Society held a ceremony to open a new exhibit at the Kentucky Military History Museum for former KHS Director and military weapons innovator George M. Chinn Sept. 28, 2017. “This exhibit heralds Colonel George Chinn’s unique and lasting contributions to the Nation and the heritage of the Commonwealth through his innovative spirit, passion for weapons technology, and his love of Kentucky history,” said Col. Alan Denny, Chief of Staff for the Kentucky Army National Guard. “The exhibit has literally been a lifetime and more in the […]

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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 John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Wrapping up Black History Month and leading into Women’s History Month, kentuckyguard.com presents this unique look at a woman who swore to fight for her nation and ended up combating social justice …. FRANKFORT, Ky. — “It was raining that April morning as the train rolled into the station at Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. It was one of those day-long rains that slows the world down and gives you time to reflect. They had been waiting to meet the train that was bringing her back home. Home to her final resting place, this young woman […]

    She accomplished so much in her short life — The story of Anna Mac Clarke

    Story by John Trowbridge, Kentucky National Guard Wrapping up Black History Month and leading into Women’s History Month, kentuckyguard.com presents this unique look at a woman who swore to fight for her nation and ended up combating social justice …. FRANKFORT, Ky. — “It was raining that April morning as the train rolled into the station at Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. It was one of those day-long rains that slows the world down and gives you time to reflect. They had been waiting to meet the train that was bringing her back home. Home to her final resting place, this young woman […]

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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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  • Staff Report with contributions from Jim Warren, Lexington Herald Leader FRANKFORT, Ky. — Former Franklin Circuit Court Judge Henry Meigs II was a hero and a visionary who helped found the Kentucky Air National Guard. Meigs died Dec. 5 in Louisville, Kentucky at the age of 93. Born in New York, Meigs earned a law degree from the University of Kentucky after his service in World War II. He served as an Army Air Corps fighter pilot in the Pacific, flying the P-38 Lightning, shooting down six Japanese planes. He received the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross among numerous […]

    Kentucky Guard honors founding father

    Staff Report with contributions from Jim Warren, Lexington Herald Leader FRANKFORT, Ky. — Former Franklin Circuit Court Judge Henry Meigs II was a hero and a visionary who helped found the Kentucky Air National Guard. Meigs died Dec. 5 in Louisville, Kentucky at the age of 93. Born in New York, Meigs earned a law degree from the University of Kentucky after his service in World War II. He served as an Army Air Corps fighter pilot in the Pacific, flying the P-38 Lightning, shooting down six Japanese planes. He received the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross among numerous […]

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  • Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Kentucky National Guardsman and University of Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard recently reached another milestone in his career, being inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2015.  Announced in a June 8 press conference at the KHSAA Offices, Maggard and nine others were inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, which consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators and contributors. A former officer with the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, Maggard currently serves as the Kentucky Guard’s Community Relations Liaison. “For […]

    Former Guardsman inducted into Hall of Fame

    Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Kentucky National Guardsman and University of Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard recently reached another milestone in his career, being inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2015.  Announced in a June 8 press conference at the KHSAA Offices, Maggard and nine others were inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, which consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators and contributors. A former officer with the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, Maggard currently serves as the Kentucky Guard’s Community Relations Liaison. “For […]

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