Adventure travel The Falklands War / Malvinas War Expedition

The End of the Falkland War, Guerra de Malvinas       

El fin de las Islas Malvinas, la Guerra de Malvinas
Das Ende des Falkland-Inseln, Malvinas-Krieg
Slutten av Falklandsyene, Malvinas War...

AV-8B Harrier in the Falkland Islands
Pictures from the End of the Falklands - Malvinas War in 1982.
Fotos de la Final de las Malvinas - Guerra de Malvinas en 1982.
Bilder fra slutten av Falklandskrigen - Malvinas War I 1982.
Bilder aus dem Ende des Falkland - Malvinas-Krieg 1982.
フォークのエンドからの写真 - 1982年マルビナス戦争。

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"Enemy Contact"


  The End of the War 


  Argentine Soldier Helmets 

Photo from Neil Wilkinson


  Signing of the Surrender onboard the HMS Plymouth 

Photo from Neil Wilkinson


  Cruise Ship Canberra 


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  Cruise Ship Canberra 

Falklands War Ends and the Converted Cruise Ship Canberra Returns to Southampton

24x18 Photographic Print

  Cruise Ship Canberra 

P&O Cruise Ship Canberra Returns to Southampton Water
after Service in the Falklands War, July 1982


24x8 Photographic Print

  In Memory of Those Who Liberated Us, 14 June 1982 

Close-Up of a War Memorial in Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands


Holger Leue
12x16 Photographic Print

  Union Jack British Flag, Falkland Islands 


Hi Jeff,
Back in the Falklands and in every war your training and expertise takes you to another level.  Although you are an individual, you have a massive team around you, from medics to chefs, gunners to signal men.  My job onboard intrepid was to protect that team.  I lost sight of this fact and was reminded of it some years ago by an ex SAS member, thanks to him I started on my road to understanding me.


John Rapkin
24x18 Giclee Print

  Falkland Islands and Patagonia, Series 


24x18 Photographic Print

  Map of Falkland Islands 


1st Lt. Mariano Velasco


A4 is C207,Mariano Velasco's plane
  Mariano Velasco's Airplane 

Photo from Neil Wilkinson

The A4 is C207, Mariano Velasco's plane! the picture is courtesy of
 Mariano Arribillaga and the aircraft is in the Museo Nacional do Aeronautica,
Moron, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


A-4 Skyhawk



  Photos taken Later aboard the HMS Brazen 

Queen Elizabeth on the HMS Brazen in 1986

  Queen Elizabeth on the HMS Brazen 1986 

Photo by Neil Wilkinson

Neil Wilkinson meeting Her Majesty the Queen
onboard HMS Brazen back in 1986,

The Brazen was my next draft after the Intrepid and while serving on her, we had the Queens's son, Prince Andrew onboard as our helicopter pilot, so we did a visit to London and the Queen and Princess Diana came onboard and I met her, she was charming and everything you would expect from a Queen.  In 2007 I was honored to be invited to Buckingham Palace, to the Queens garden party

A note from the Webmaster:  Please take a good look at this picture, Neil is talking and Queen Elizabeth is listening very intently.  She has a legitimate smile and she is enjoying what he is saying.  She is a good lady.  


HMS Brazen going under the Tower Bridge in London
  Queen Elizabeth on the HMS Brazen 1986 

Photo by Neil Wilkinson

Brazen going under Tower Bridge in London

We had the Queens's son, Prince Andrew onboard the HMS Intrepid as our helicopter pilot he was there and he played as much a part as we all did when we were ready for battle.


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   Prince Andrew   


Prince Andrew in Naval Uniform Returns from the cruise aboard the Brazen, at Portsmouth Docks

The Brazen went out to the Gulf in 1983 and 1985, it is called Armilla patrol and it was getting tense even back in the 80's.


A Seawold Missile firing from the HMS Brazen
  Seawolf Missile HMS Brazen 1985 

Photo by Neil Wilkinson


A Seawold Missile firing from the HMS Brazen in 1985
  Seawolf Missile HMS Brazen 1985 

Photo by Neil Wilkinson

Forward and Aft Seawolf missiles systems firing a live missile
back in 1985 in the Gulf.


  The Final Resting Place for the Aircraft Carrier 
  HMS Intrepid 2008

HMS Intrepid crew 25 years later
  HMS Intrepid Crew, 2008 

Photo from HMS Intrepid Website

The veterans who attended the book launch, please note the exhibits in the background. Neil Wilkinson our starboard gunner in the conflict is 2nd from the right. I (Mike Quinn - that's me- is  on the 4th from the right at the back).


HMS Intrepid crew in Fareham Creek 25 years later
  HMS Intrepid in Liverpool, 2008 

Photo from HMS Intrepid Website

Pictured in Fareham Creek the next morning where we gathered to see our old ship Intrepid, many of us for the first time in 25 years. The veterans are from the left, Steve Dickinson, Rab Carrigan, Russell Morgan, George Heron, Neil Wilkinson and Mike Quinn.


HMS Intrepid in Liverpool
  HMS Intrepid in Liverpool, 2008 

Photo from HMS Intrepid Website

The Intrepid's final destination in Liverpool, in September 2008,  where she is being dismantled for recycling, and is contracted by the owners Leavesley International. The Leavesley company were very kind in allowing up 40 of our veterans to gather for a final goodbye to HMS Intrepid, our former home 25 years earlier. We had a fantastic day exploring our old ship whilst the memories came flooding back.


HMS Intrepid Crew in Liverpool
  HMS Intrepid Crew in Liverpool, 2008 

Photo from HMS Intrepid Website

The Leavesley company were very kind in allowing up 40 of our veterans to gather for a final goodbye to HMS Intrepid, our former home 25 years earlier. We had a fantastic day exploring our old ship whilst the memories came flooding back.



   About Neil Wilkinson  

Born in 1959 and lived in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.  I didn't have the happiest of childhoods, my mum divorced in the late sixties and got involved with another man, he was ok to start with, then things started taking a turn for the worse, my elder brother and myself took the full brunt of it and we got regular beatings, what for we didn't know.

It got even worse for my mum when the guy actually hospitalized her, he then went for me for the very last time, he made the mistake of giving me time to pick up a carving knife and as he made his move so did I, i didn't stab him and just warned him that if he came any closer what would happen to him, he knew I meant it.

I suppose I joined the Royal Navy to escape from this sort of thing, I wasn't getting on with the foreman at work and he treated me like a dog, whistling me and give me mundane jobs.

I eventually left home in 1979 and signed up, I was loving it, I was in training learning my radar course when my father died and I was automatically taken off the course, then because there wasn't another course starting for some time I was left with 3 options, Steward, Gunnery or leave the navy and re-enlist at some other date.

There was no way I could go back, so I opted for the Gunnery school in Plymouth.

I loved every minute of the course and eventually got my first ship, it was waiting for me in Plymouth sound, HMS Intrepid, she was what is classed as an LPD (landing platform dock) and it was a daunting experience for me as the biggest ship I had ever seen was just in pictures.

We sailed that night, we went straight to Norway with a full embarkation of Royal Marines, the trips abroad were endless and after we had being to the West Indies and Med I was coming to the end of my time onboard Intrepid.

I had options, either go to a shore establishment or get another ship, I fancied the thought of getting another ship and travelling some more, my next draft came through and it was to be HMS Sheffield, a type 42 destroyer.

All this changed though in early 1982 when Argentina decided they would invade British soil, although when they did at first we had not got a clue where the Falklands were!

It became apparent that I would be needed to stay onboard Intrepid and a lot of men came back to Intrepid who had previously left her because the ship was going into a standby role.

So my draft to Sheffield was cancelled and I set sail with the ship, fully loaded with ammunition, stores etc and all got ready in two weeks.

We joined the rest of the task force, having being one of the last to be made ready, our ship was a vital piece in the machinery, we were to land 3 para in San Carlos.

The night before we landed the para's I was coming out of my mess and stood in front of me was a guy who 2 years previous had being a barman in my local bar pulling me pints of beer and was now in the para's, we had a good chat before he went off and got all his ammunition ready for the landings the next morning.

We closed up at action stations through the night, it was bitterly cold and dark, entering into San Carlos was so strange, there was no gun fire from the enemy, just the sound of ships dropping anchors!

As daylight broke the silence was short-lived, we were then subjected to a constant wave of aircraft ducking and diving into the bay and then in a flash gone, the pilots were very brave and courageous.

After sitting in my gun for over 31 hours we were eventually allowed to rest, I found a quiet spot and decided to write a letter home to my mum, telling her ho w much I loved her and that I didn't think I would be coming home, at least not alive!

Then before I went to sleep I prayed and cried myself to sleep, the next few days were similar.

When it was all over and I got home, my mum knew there was something wrong, she told me I wasn't the same person that went away, which is quiet understandable.

I left the Royal Navy in 1989.  As the years rolled on I was having some major problems, my marriage was on the rocks and I was loosing it gradually, no money although I always worked.

I was eventually diagnosed with having PTSD, for people who have never had this or heard of it, it is one of the most horrendous things that could happen, it changes a person and you have to live with it forever. I relive the Falklands every day of my life, but I learnt how to control my problem, not by doctors or shrinks, by finding out how it all works, learning techniques and making myself aware when the problems are going to hit me, how to cope with it all and it works for me.

The Royal Navy like every branch in the armed forces taught me discipline and how to live, i can honestly say it was the best ten years of my life and I would join again if I had my time again.

I am now remarried and I have two children, plus two children from my previous marriage, my two boys are grown up are like brothers to me.

My life has recently become very interesting lately after discovering that one of the pilots I was credited with shooting down in the Falklands had survived, after 8 months of trying to locate the pilot I eventually found him in February 2008, we are in contact through the internet and I hope that one day we could meet.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.


  A Letter from Mike Quinn (HMS Intrepid)


Dear Jeff,

I must congratulate you on your superb website.

I am a former shipmate of Neil Wilkinson who has been contributing to your site, regarding his experiences on our ship, HMS Intrepid during the 1982 Falklands war with Argentina.

Please find attached some photo's from our website, Photo no1 was taken in Aug' 2008 at Eastleigh Museum Hampshire, for veterans to reunite, and attend a book launch, of a photographic book on the Falklands ships remaining in Fareham Creek, Portsmouth, whilst awaiting their final destination, the "scrap yard".

The book is called "Ghosts of the Falklands" published by Hampshire County Council. It was put together by Tom de Witt and Trevor Evans. The Photo's are of veteran ships Intrepid/Fearless/Glasgow and Cardiff.

I would like to add further information for you and your readers.

I must say, that the HMS Intrepid veterans came together when veterans attended the Falklands 25 Remembrance Parade in London in 2007. As a result, the website was formed. We now have over 320 members, and the new veterans association is flourishing. We have had several meets, including in November a remembrance parade in our commanding officers home town of Cowfold in Sussex. On that day we met our former C/O for the first time since we served on the Intrepid. His name is Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Peter Dingemans DSO.

I would like to add, that your site is very supportive of veterans from all conflicts. Our own experiences must mirror those of many of your readers. Many of us have gone on and had happy lives, with their ups and downs, and some of us have not been so fortunate since serving our country.

It's natural to compare notes with your comrades on a reunion, as you would if it was an old workplace or school reunion. It was a most positive experience for us all, and for some of us their was a little anxiety in meeting up and going over old ground. However, what became apparent, straight away was the close bond and mutual respect we had for each other, often unspoken, and often demonstrated, depending on the persona of each individual.

The individual who struck me most, was Neil Wilkinson. Why?, because he was not loudest, he wasn't the largest and not the first person you would notice in a crowd.

Neil has been there and "got the t-shirt", Neil has a unique place in modern Naval History, Neil shot down 2 Argentine planes during his Action Station in "Bomb Alley", San Carlos water, where we discharged and supported troops ashore and supporting other Naval units.

Neil shot down these modern jets, in a Naval situation, with an old fashioned 40/60 Boffor gun. I might add, that this gun, which fired shells packed and stored in the second world war, was working, where more modern missile systems either afloat or ashore were not always so reliable.

Not only did he shoot these planes down, but in doing so protected with his comrades up to 500 members of the ships company at any given time, and also any ad hoc embarked forces at the time.

In 2007/8, Neil was out of work, he applied for jobs, maybe a 100 jobs, often without reply, he has suffered PTSD, indeed, at out first reunion he was out of work, but, its a measure of this man, he did not mention this fact in the reunion.

On finding this out, his story struck a chord with me, I knew his story, our story on HMS Intrepid must be told, because there is something in Neil's story that is extra ordinary.

I decided, that I would write a PLAY, in tribute to guy's like Neil, it will be our story onboard a warship in a modern conflict. I have no experience, my day job is a Fork-Lift driver in a warehouse, but someone has got to do it. It's been over 25 years now!.

Thanks again for this site and good luck to you and your readers.

Mike Quinn (Ex HMS Intrepid).


  A Letter from Jeff Dyrek to Neil Wilkinson 


Dear Neil,

Thank you again for all of your help and enthusiasm on this project.  It's interesting how a single letter can get so many people involved.  I am having brain storms again.
You mentioned that people may be offended.  Look at Simon Weston, he is glad to put his hand forward for the help on this project.  Look at Mariano's letter, he has graciously invited the very man who shot him down, and your family to come and visit him.  What a greater gesture of friendship and forgiveness can a man give.  This is what I am thinking about the entire project.  It's not to document you shooting Mariano down, or the fact that he sunk the HMS Coventry, it is to show that people are people and we must respect people and disrespect hate.  You didn't shoot him down because you hated him and he didn't sink the Coventry because he hated them.  But his letter and your attitude, both, show that hate was never a factor, you guys didn't even know each other, how could you hate each other.  With the world pushing harder into a third world war, we need to fight that push by showing that it's not hate that drives humanity, instead it is our love for our brothers, no matter where they should live that opens our hands to friendship and help.
The greatest threat to all of humanity is hate. This project is a veterans military operation to show that it's friendship, charity and friendship that we need to embrace.
Thanks again and have a nice day,
Your friend,



In Argentina, the number of suicides among Malvinas war veterans is higher than the number of casualties from the war itself

En la Argentina, el nmero de suicidios entre los veteranos de guerra de Malvinas es mayor que el nmero de vctimas de la guerra en s



War is bad, and that about sums up the message of Blessed by Fire (a.k.a. Illuminated by Fire), a well-meaning but thinly written drama that boasts some dynamic scenes of battlefront futility. To be fair, director Tristan Bauer's emotionally potent drama did win the Best Narrative Feature award at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, and it has the distinction of being the first Argentinean film to openly address the physical and psychological devastation that resulted from the brief 1982 war against British forces in the British-colonized Falkland Islands (or Malvinas, as they're known in Argentina). The legacy of that woefully imbalanced war is tragic beyond comprehension: In Argentina, the number of suicides among Malvinas war veterans is higher than the number of casualties from the war itself, and that sad statistic crucially informs Bauer's story (based on a novel by Engardo Esteban and Gustavo Romero Borri) about a present-day journalist named Esteban (Gaston Pauls) who served in the Malvinas war with Vargas (Pablo Ribba), who's now comatose and hospitalized after attempting suicide with a drug-overdose cocktail. The film flashes back-and-forth from the present to their experiences leading up to and including the decisive battle on Mount Longdon (re-created in a harrowing 20-minute sequence), and while Blessed by Fire is certainly no Saving Private Ryan, its chaotic battle scenes are impressively intense and painstakingly realistic, and Bauer is equally effective in showing the miserably cold battlefield conditions prior to the eruption of violence. As Esteban's memory takes him back to the horrors of battle, his friend's present-day suicide attempt resonates throughout the film, which is surely more powerful for Argentinean viewers than for anyone else. We learn very little about the central character, however, and Paul's performance is too passively blank to draw us deeply into his emotional turmoil. Still, this is one of the few films to deal with what has essentially become a forgotten war, and Bauer's noble reminder offers reassuring proof that Argentina's sacrifices will not be forgotten. --Jeff Shannon
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Acclaimed director Tristn Bauer presents the harrowing story of a band of Argentinean soldiers sent to fight an un-winnable war and left to bear the brutal scars of the past. After learning of a friend’s attempted suicide, a journalist goes back to relive his experiences in the Falklands.


2 Documentaries Global Technologies and Tactics 1 - Falklands War 2 - Lebanon Falklands War: Seamlessly documented on land and sea by frontline British News footage, the Argentinean junta invaded the UK-controlled islands. Thousands of Argentine troops descended on the island, and easily overtook the small detachment of British troops that were stationed there. The UN Security council call for the withdrawal of the Argentinean troops and fostered futile negotiations, as British troops advanced by sea en masse. British planes viciously attacked Port Stanley from the air, shooting down Argentinean aircraft. A British submarine sank an Argentine cruiser, killing close to 400 crewmen. More blood was shed as the advancing British troops reached their destination of Port Stanley to dismantle the Argentinean forces. Argentina surrendered the land, after nearly 1,000 casualties and a bloody battle over the remote island. Lebanon: British News cameras impressively documented the frontline clash in 1975, when the Palestinian Liberation Organization began infiltrating Israeli borders with attacks that brought Israeli reprisals. Israeli strikes and raids were unable to control the growth of the PLO army. In June 1982, a terrorist group attempted to assassinate an Israeli ambassador. Israeli Defense Forces attacked Lebanon again, moving in to the country in an effort to drive out the terrorists. The PLO responded with a massive artillery and mortar attack on the Israeli population of the Galilee. The operation's initial success led officials to broaden the objective to expel the PLO from Lebanon and induce leaders to sign a peace treaty. Most of the terrorist groups in Lebanon have not yet been disarmed, contributing to ongoing antagonism over border control.


The 1982 Falklands War witnessed the largest deployment of British Army Special Forces since WWII--the Special Air Service, the Special Boat Squadron, and the Royal Marines Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre conducted several spectacular raids during the war. One of the most successful, the attack by the D Squadron SAS against an Argentinean airfield on Pebble Island, proved the SAS motto--Who Dares Wins. But the war cost heavily on both sides--255 British and over 1,000 Argentineans died.


An A-4 Skyhawk Story from the Webmaster

While I was stationed at NAS Lemoore, in Lemoore California, my friend, Dan Dove, and I took a break and walked around to the side of the hanger to watch flight ops at night.  It was almost instantly that we saw an A-4 Skyhawk coming in with its wheels up and at a higher approach angle than we expected.  The plane hit the ground and there was a huge flash of light.  We didn't actually see the plane hit because it hit the ground behind the hanger of VA-127 which was across from our hanger at VA-125.  However, we did see the flash coming from behind the hanger.  I can't actually remember what we did after this, but we must have ran across the street because I remember seeing the airplane on the ground and the pilot was opening the canopy.

These A-4 Skyhawks were real good at doing belly landings because of the low wing and the wing tanks that you can see in the picture above.  The tanks were ground down, in half, and the flash must have come from the residual fuel in them.  The next day we watched the plane being hauled past our hanger with a cherry picker truck.  It looked like that there was zero damage to the plane and it also looked like it was just a toy hanging from that huge crane.  

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"Ar'n't I a woman?" Sojourners Truth's Fight for Equality

"Dat man over dar say dat woman needs to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches. . . . Nobody eber helps me into carriages, or ober mud-puddles . . . and ar'n't I a woman?" Sojourner Truth, 1851

Sojourner Truth spoke these words at the Akron, Ohio Women’s Rights Conference in 1851. Originally known as Isabella,  Truth transformed herself from a domestic slave into a preacher, whose words of empowerment inspired people all over the world, and continue to do so today.  Her fierce and fiery personality, powerful physique, and hope and strength set her apart as she addressed listeners about her passion for equality. Truth became a national symbol for strong African-American women – for all strong women.

On August 18, 1920, women won the right to vote and to hold elective office with the ratification of the 19 th Amendment.  The American Women’s Suffrage Movement stands as a lasting affirmation of our country’s democratic promise. It re-emphasized the importance of the most fundamental democratic values: the right to vote, and the possibility of peaceful, yet revolutionary, political change. In 1971, Congress enacted Women’s Equality Day. The observance of Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, and also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is pleased to announce a Women’s Equality Day commemoration event, featuring Dr. Daisy Nelson Century, as she presents a living history portrayal of Sojourner Truth. The event begins at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 26, 2016 and is open to the public and free to attend. Dr. Century is a historical reenactor and has traveled across the United States, portraying many historical figures to include Harriet Tubman, Mary Fields, Phyllis Wheatley, Bessie Coleman, and Hatshepsut, the longest reigning female pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. Dr. Century currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a middle school science teacher.


Come celebrate Women’s Equality Day at USAHEC to learn more about the life and impact of Sojourner Truth! As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the “Cook Pot and Palette” art exhibit, “Treasures of USAHEC,” and the Soldier Experience Gallery, will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please call: 717-245-3972 or visit the website:

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Abductions in the American Revolution: Attempts to Kidnap Washington, Arnold, and Other Military and Civilian Leaders

As dawn broke on the chilly, dank morning of December 13, 1776, General Charles Lee sat writing letters in his sleeping gown in his room at White's Tavern, three miles from where his shivering American army was camped in New Jersey. The quiet mists outside the inn broke around twenty-four horsemen slipping slowly off the road to surround General George Washington's most trusted subordinate. Leading the raiding party, "Bloody" Banastre Tarleton motioned his green-coated Loyalist troopers to take the building, trapping the rebel general and kidnapping him for the British. General Lee's sudden abduction was not a unique event during the American Revolution. On Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 2:00 PM, Mr. Christian McBurney will lead a roundtable lecture event outlining the tactical and strategic implications of the wide-spread efforts to capture both American and British leaders. His formal presentation will be followed by a discussion with two other Revolutionary War scholars, bringing the conversation full-circle by connecting kidnapping as a military option to other wars in U.S. Army history, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Christian McBurney is an independent scholar from Kingston, Rhode Island, and a graduate of Brown University. He earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from New York University in 1985, and now serves as an attorney in Washington, DC.  Throughout his legal career, Mr. McBurney has continued his research and study into American military history. He is an accomplished speaker, appearing at the National Archives, the Naval War College Museum, the Society of Cincinnati, and numerous American Revolution historical organizations on the east coast.  Mr. McBurney is also a widely published author on the topic of special operations and Revolutionary War era spies. His books include Kidnapping the Enemy: The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee & Richard Prescott (Westholme, 2014), The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War (Westholme, 2011), Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island (History Press, 2014), and most recently, Abductions in the American Revolution: Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders.

DATE: December 17, 2016

TIME: USAHEC opens to the public at 10:00 AM, and the roundtable discussion is from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.


PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multi-Purpose Room; For more information on both events and any last-minute changes in meeting times and places, please check the USAHEC homepage: or call the Information Desk: (717) 245-3972.

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Iraq War Veteran and Dancing with the Stars Celebrity to speak at USAHEC Veterans Day Celebration

When Noah Galloway enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2001 and was sent to Iraq, he accepted the fact he might never make it home. He wasn’t, however, prepared to make it back to the U.S. severely injured. Noah Galloway, an Iraq War Veteran, has a life story of perseverance, beginning with his near-death experience on the battlefield, and continuing through overcoming addictions and depression, becoming an actor and men’s fitness personality, and eventually, participating in Dancing with the Stars. Galloway’s transformation is nothing short of astounding, as he overcame painstaking struggles to be where he is today, as a motivational speaker and fitness expert. On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) welcomes Mr. Galloway as the keynote speaker for “This We’ll Defend: The Army’s Infantry Through the Ages” program, from 7:15 PM to 8:15 PM.

After the events of 9/11, Galloway enlisted in the U.S. Army. He eventually attained the rank of sergeant and was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, during the timeframe of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During Galloway’s second deployment in 2005, he was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Yusafiah, Iraq. He lost his left arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee. His right jaw and leg were also critically injured, with the former having to be wired shut for a short time. After receiving initial treatment in Germany, Galloway was flown to the United States to continue his recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Following his rehabilitation, Galloway suffered a period of depression and addiction, but found motivation by rediscovering his passion for fitness. With a goal of inspiring others to be healthier, he transitioned into the role of teacher, becoming a personal trainer.

Galloway’s arduous journey during his time in the military and on his long road to recovery has inspired many people, as his story of survival is one in which people all over the world find hope. His experiences led him to become a motivational speaker, addressing audiences with his message of “no excuses.” Galloway’s time in the spotlight didn’t stop there, as he was selected to be a contestant on the 20 th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2015. Currently, he is a coach on the TV series True Grit.


Noah Galloway is scheduled to appear at USAHEC’s Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:15 PM, as a part of the program, “This We’ll Defend: The Army’s Infantry Through the Ages.” Galloway will give a presentation discussing his service in the U.S. Army, how his life changed after sustaining injuries in combat, and the nature of Soldiers and their sacrifices. Galloway’s presentation is the second half of the Veterans Day program. The first part begins at 11:00 AM, when three centuries of the development of infantrymen will be explored. Reenactors depicting Soldiers of the past and Soldiers from the Pennsylvania National Guard will talk about the life of an infantryman and also display items Soldiers would have used during their respective eras of combat.

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The Leadership of African American Generals

Since the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army has seen numerous African American Generals rise through the ranks and lead our fighting men and women. The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is proud to present a lecture from Dr. Jimmie Jones, former U.S. Army officer and author of the new book, Shock and Awe: An Introduction to African American Army Generals (1968-1992), as part of the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series. The lecture, studded with names such as Major General Frederic E. Davison, General Roscoe Robinson, Jr., and General Colin L. Powell, will include a detailed discussion of prominent contributions African American general officers have made to the Army. These officers forged the way towards a truly professional fighting force by combining unmatched leadership with a steady progression of race equality and equal rights in the Post-Vietnam War Army.

The officers Dr. Jones will discuss developed their leadership styles in the 1960s and 70s when turbulent and violent racial tensions in the United States were a very real threat to the stability of the U.S. Army. These officers’ leadership practices demonstrated their resolve to accomplish their mission, while simultaneously advancing racial equality in the service. Failure was never an option; these Soldiers steadfastly believed they had to be the best in order to be considered successful.

Dr. Jimmie Jones is a retired U.S. Army colonel. His 26 years as an Air Defense Artillery officer led to his command of an Air Defense Artillery Patriot Missile Battalion, after which he continued his career as an assignment and professional development officer in the Army Military Personnel Center. Dr. Jones was the Personnel Director for the Army National Guard, followed by a career in education, including positions as a college professor and a school principal. Dr. Jones earned the NCAACP’s Wilkins Meritorious Service Award in 2003, after which the City of Las Vegas proclaimed April 6, 2006 be recognized as “Dr. Jimmie Jones Day.” Dr. Jones earned degrees from several institutions, which include a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Master’s degree in Counseling, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.


DATE: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multi-Purpose Room


For updates and any last-minute changes in “Perspectives” meeting times and places, please check the USAHEC homepage: or call the Information Desk: (717) 245-3972.

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News Round-Up – February 16th 2017

Here are some of the latest British military news stories making the headlines this past week. General News Nato defence spending target met, government insists (BBC) Red Flag may affect whether F-35s deploy overseas this year (Defense News) British Army News Unanswered questions behind the failed witch hunt of Iraq veterans (The Telegraph) Army veterans’ […]

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4th Annual Mysteries in Military History Event

History Experts Will Help You Understand Your Military History Items at 4 th Annual Mysteries in Military History Event


Behind locked doors at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), staff members work diligently to collect, preserve, and exhibit historical items depicting the dedication and sacrifices of America’s Soldiers and Veterans. Research, time, and institutional knowledge help these devoted historians and museum professionals weave together the pieces of each Soldier Story, which tell the Army’s history throughout the Center’s displays. Once a year, the USAHEC invites the public to bring their puzzling, U.S. Army/military-related items to these experts, who can provide initial research support, help identifying items, and assistance solving mysteries in family history. Join the USAHEC for the 4 th Annual Mysteries in Military History Event on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM and let the professionals help you begin your military history research!

While the USAHEC’s library and archive is always free and open to the public for research, on August 20, our curators, conservators, archivists, and librarians will be available to help visitors dig a little bit deeper into the story behind their artifacts, documents, or the experts may even suggest how to care for family heirlooms in the attic or basement. Upon entering the event, visitors will be directed to different stations where military history, curatorial, and conservation experts can: identify unknown items; answer preservation questions about personal historic artifacts, such as photographs, manuscripts, books, uniforms, weapons, etc.; help visitors understand family genealogy highlighting military service; offer advice on the conservation of historical materials; provide research tips for working with archival and library items. It is important to note, USAHEC staff are prohibited from placing a value on items and therefore, will not conduct appraisals.

  Please know that firearms are welcome, but they must be unloaded and will be checked and marked by safety personnel prior to entering the building. Those planning on attending the event with any weapon must call prior to arrival to arrange a safety check. Visitors will need to provide their name, contact information, time of arrival, and information about the weapon they plan to bring. Explosive devices, ammunition, munitions, and containers for munitions will not be allowed at the event. If you are unsure if an item is safe to bring, please call: 717-245-4427.


Mysteries in Military History is open to the public and free to attend. The event will run from 10:30AM to 2:30 PM in the USAHEC Multipurpose Room. Parking is free, and both the Café Cumberland and the Museum Store will be open. For further information, please visit our website: or call: 717-245-4427.

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Uncover Your Family’s Military History at USAHEC’s 6th Annual Military Genealogy Event!

As renowned poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning once said, “If we try to sink the past beneath our feet, be sure the future would not stand.”  That statement is especially true of military history, as the origins of the U.S. military and the efforts of generations of Soldiers all across our nation have played important roles in shaping the United States as it exists today.  As the history of the U.S. Army is immense, it can often be challenging to track down pieces of your family’s Army history.  If you have found yourself in that position, then the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) may be of assistance! Join us for our 6 th Annual Military Genealogy Event on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  This event provides the perfect opportunity for you to receive help from the experts and further explore your own history through the Army records at USAHEC!

You can start your journey of family discovery with a comprehensive presentation on genealogical research techniques by Mr. Marty Andresen.  While the event will feature a basic background of genealogical research methods, the presentation itself will focus on discovering family history in the Army’s archive, and the numerous ways that you can conduct research in military history collections. The USAHEC Collection includes a great wealth of primary sources that range from in-depth photograph and manuscript collections, letters, diaries, newspapers, and even artwork, all of which can assist you in finding out more about your family’s past.  The event is free and open to the public. Participants must RSVP by Friday, January 13, 2017, by calling 717-245-3218, or sending an email to

This program kicks off  USAHEC’s 2017 Winter History Series. The next event in the series is the 6 th Annual USAHEC Re-enactor Recruitment Day, on Saturday, February 11, 2017. USAHEC will also hold the “Military History through Paper Modeling” event on Saturday, April 1, 2017.


After the presentation, feel free to visit USAHEC’s exhibits, including the Soldier Experience Gallery, the “Sleepless Nights” art exhibit, and the new World War I exhibit, entitled “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France.” You can also grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or browse the book selection found at the museum bookstore. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicap accessible. For more information about the 6 th Annual Military Genealogy Event and other events, please visit our website at

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation Announces New Member to Board of Directors

The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce a new member has joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  LTG(R) Susan Lawrence was elected in August 2016.                                        

            Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President Susan S. Lawrence is a leader in the firm’s defense business. As a seasoned technology leader and retired senior military officer, she supports a number of businesses and initiatives that cut across the defense and security markets. These include Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4); Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); enterprise IT; joint information environments; cyber; integrated mission systems; and emerging technologies.

            Ms. Lawrence enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1972, received her commission as an officer in 1979, and retired in 2013, after having attained the rank of Lieutenant General and serving as the Army’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and G-6. Prior to that role, she served as the Commanding General for the Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). Ms. Lawrence had end-to-end responsibility for Army C4 and Army Enterprise IT.

            She had scores of command and staff assignments during her Army career, mostly within the Army Signal Corps, including assignments leading network, C4, and IT functions during recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

            Ms. Lawrence received her commission from Campbell University, North Carolina. She holds a MS degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and the Army Signal School.

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The Psycho Boys of Camp Sharpe Lecture at USAHEC

As World War II expanded into the largest conflagration the earth had ever seen, the U.S. Army realized the need for specialized psychological warfare tactics. The job description was extensive: “prisoner and civilian interrogation, broadcasting, loudspeaker appeals, leaflet and newspapers production, broadcasting, and technical support.” The mission was intense: weaken the morale of the Third Reich and then help Germany transition to an era free from Nazi oppression. The American Soldiers selected to man the Army’s “Mobile Broadcasting Companies,” during the Second World War, however, were uniquely qualified to fight on a different battlefield from their rifle-bearing brethren – a war of hearts, minds, and intelligence. From their training at Camp Sharpe in Pennsylvania, the “Psycho Boys” worked in secret to undermine Nazi propaganda and provide American Forces in combat with another weapon to destroy the fascist juggernaut. On Thursday, November 3, 2016, Dr. Beverly Eddy of Dickinson College will present a lecture based on her book, Camp Sharpe’s “Psycho Boys”: From Gettysburg to Germany, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. She will follow five of the German refugees-turned-American Soldiers from the time they joined the Mobile Radio Broadcasting Companies at Camp Sharpe, to D-Day and the fight for Europe, through the liberation of the concentration camps. She will explore how the Psycho Boys’ nerve and inventiveness led to the desertion of thousands of German troops, and how the Psycho Boys played a vital role as mediators between the American and German forces as the war ground to an end.

Dr. Beverley Eddy is Professor Emerita of German at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has authored numerous books, as well as other works, including Camp Sharpe’s “Psycho Boys”: From Gettysburg to Germany, and Abbeys, Ghosts, and Castles: A Guide to the Folk History of the Middle Rhine. Dr. Eddy holds a Bachelors of Arts in Speech and Theatre from the College of Wooster, Ohio, and graduated from Indiana University with both a Masters of Arts in German Literature and a Ph.D. in German Literature, Linguistics, and Scandinavian Literature. She also has courses in Norwegian at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-Universität in Germany and the Universitetet i Oslo in Norway.

DATE: Thursday, November 3, 2016

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM. The question period concludes around 8:30 PM.

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Rooms

For updates and any last minute changes in meeting times and places, please check the USAHEC homepage: or call the Information Desk at 717-245-3972.

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10 Fascinating Cave Finds That Will Blow Your Mind

Post 8262 10 Fascinating Cave Finds That Will Blow Your Mind JANA LOUISE SMIT FEBRUARY 12, 2017 Caves have served as homes, storage sites, and sacred spaces throughout history. This makes them rich and rewarding hunting grounds for archaeologists. Far from yielding just the occasional odd fossil, caves hold tough-to-crack ancient mysteries, reveal unknown … Continue reading

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Perspectives in Military History Roundtable - George Washington's Strategic Vision for Winning the Revolutionary War

Perspectives in Military History Roundtable

50th Annual Lecture Series

George Washington’s Strategic Vision for Winning the Revolutionary War


Dr. Edward Lengel

Professor, University of Virginia


At the outset of the Revolutionary War, the American Continental Army was largely under supplied, untrained, and fighting for a divisive cause. General George Washington, the only officer with combat experience and the right political clout, choose to take command of a disheveled army of militiamen and lead them in battle against a global superpower. When he took command in 1775, Washington envisioned and developed a strategic plan at a level familiar to even today’s best military planners. Dr. Edward Lengel of the University of Virginia, will host a round table discussion about why Washington took command, and how he implemented his strategic plan for victory.


The Continental Army faced a daunting task in 1775: defeat the well-supplied, and well trained British Army. General Washington understood the fragility and complexity of the American military situation and identified the foundations of victory: a logistics system to ensure transportation of men and materiel on a grand scale, properly functioning intelligence systems, a regulated training program, firm shared interests with the American people, and the successful convergence of war on land and sea. Furthermore, Washington’s army needed to gain international acceptance by fighting the British on traditional European terms, a strategy which proved challenging in the colonial environment. The lecture and round-table event will shed light on the strategic mindset of America’s first great general.


Dr. Edward Lengel is an American military historian and professor at the University of Virginia. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Papers of George Washington documentary editing project at the University of Virginia. He earned his B.A. from George Mason University and his M.A. and Ph.D., both in history, from the University of Virginia. Dr. Lengel has written several pieces on Washington, including General George Washington: A Military Life and Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder, in Myth and Memory. Special Event: Make your trip to the USAHEC a full day of history! The USAHEC is proud to present the Mysteries in Military History event from 10:30AM to 2:30PM.


DATE: Saturday, August 20, 2016

TIME: The USAHEC opens to the public at 10:00 AM, and the roundtable discussion is from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.


PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multi-Purpose Room For more information on both events and any last-minute changes in meeting times and places, please check the USAHEC homepage: or call the Information Desk: (717) 245-3972.

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I agree with you wholeheartedly. Unfortunately for the male oriented forces change will be painful but necessary. Thanks Rich.

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This is definitely a tricky one to answer and no doubt there will be strong arguments from both sides. Before women were allowed on board, it presumably was much less of an issue and as with many male dominated workplaces, accepted by those involved. Now women are aboard the navy should adapt. However, I'm sure women aren't allowed in male accommodation and some women would enjoy a pin up or two themselves! This will no doubt be debated for months to come.

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation to transfer the Visitor and Education Center Expansion to the U.S. Army in a formal ceremony on Friday, September 16, 2016

The Army Heritage Center Foundation will formally transfer the 7,500 square foot expansion of the Visitor and Education Center at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center to the U.S. Army at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 16 th, 2016. The ceremony will occur at 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA.

Representing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be BG(R) Frank Sullivan; Executive Director, Military Community Enhancement Commission.  Accepting the building for the Army will be COL Kenneth Adgie, Deputy Commandant of the U.S. Army War College and LTC Greg Ank, Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander.

The ceremony will recognize the public-private partnership that facilitated this $2.25 million expansion of the Visitor and Education Center.  This addition includes a new gallery to enhance the interpretive display of Soldier stories, an additional multipurpose room to support growing educational programs and expanded café seating.

Funds obtained through the Build on Success campaign and a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant supported both the design and construction.   In addition to many individual donations, major contributors to the project included the Donald B. & Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, the G. B. Stuart Charitable Foundation, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Josiah W. and Bessie H. Kline Foundation, Inc., and Tawani Foundation. 

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BBC Panorama – “Bandit Country” (1976)

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Negotiating Peace Amidst the Passage of the 13th Amendment

Negotiating Peace Amidst the Passage of the 13th Amendment


Major General Orlando B. Willcox, commanding the IX Corps, received this order from Major General John G. Parke, Acting Commander of the Army of the Potomac, directing him to inform the three Confederate peace commissioners to await a messenger from Washington.

President Abraham Lincoln faced a dilemma as January 1865 dawned. After an initial vote failed the previous June, the House of Representatives had renewed debate on a proposed 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would abolish slavery. War-weary factions in the North and South were attempting to arrange a peace conference, but the news that peace commissioners might be en route to Washington alarmed many people in the capital. Radical Republicans demanded the Confederate armies surrender before discussing peace terms. Democrats, who had opposed Lincoln's antislavery policies, hesitated to support the 13th Amendment while a chance for a negotiated peace existed. Those Democratic votes would be necessary to achieve the necessary 2/3 vote on the amendment.

Lincoln had never recognized the Confederate states as a separate nation and refused to meet with Jefferson Davis, but allowed others to make inquiries about a possible conference. Lincoln insisted, however, the states in rebellion accept his condition that the Confederacy would return to "our one common country." Three Confederate peace commissioners, Alexander H. Stephens, John A. Campbell, and Robert M.T. Hunter, traveled from Richmond, Virginia to Union lines outside Petersburg in late January. Lincoln forbade the commissioners' passage into the capital, but allowed a conference at Fort Monroe.

Major General Orlando B. Willcox, temporarily commanding the IX Corps, received the first requests for the commissioners to pass through the lines on January 29, 1865. His request for instructions reached the War Department and the White House late that afternoon. The following morning, Lincoln dispatched an emissary to determine whether or not the Confederates intended to comply with his "one country" requirement before agreeing to peace talks, and sent word through the chain of command that a messenger was en route to meet with the commissioners.

Scene in the House on the passage of the proposition to amend the Constitution, January 31, 1865, from Harper's Weekly, February 18, 1865. [Source: Library of Congress]

The 13th Amendment passed by a narrow margin on January 31, removing all further barriers to the conference. Lincoln and Secretary of State William H. Seward met with the Confederate peace commissioners on February 3, on board the steamer River Queen, anchored in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The representatives discussed possible terms for ending the war, but the Hampton Roads Peace Conference failed to reach a peace agreement.

In association with the opening of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture, this letter, from Major General Parke to Major General Willcox, is currently on display in the "Treasures of the USAHEC" exhibit at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate.


Text from the 13th Amendment. [Source: Library of Congress]

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