History & Service Requirements The American Campaign Medal was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9265 dated 6 November 1942, and subsequently amended by President Harry S. Truman’s Executive Order 9706 dated 15 March 1946, to be awarded to members of the Armed Forces who served in the American Theater between 7 December […]
Last month in this series we talked about the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal of World War II, and this month we are discussing its equivalent in the Pacific theater. History & Service Requirements The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9265 dated 6 November 1942, and subsequently amended by […]
Waco, Texas Camp MacArthur, named for Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Gen. Arthur MacArthur (father of Gen. Douglas MacArthur), was established in July 1917 to become the training camp of the 32nd Infantry Division which was made up of federalized National Guard units from Michigan and Wisconsin. The National Guard units arrived in September 1917 […]
Accotink [Ft. Belvoir], Virginia Camp A.A. Humphreys [sometimes spelled Humphries], named for Civil War Brigadier General Andrew A. Humphreys and built on the Potomac River near George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon home, was authorized in December 1917 and construction began in January 1918. In May 1918 the camp was designated as an engineer replacement and […]
Orval Henry Schwartzkopf was born on 10 February 1919 in Perry County, Illinois, the son of Henry Schwartzkopf and Lula Egbert. He was 21 years old and working on the family farm with his father when he registered for the Selective Service Draft on 16 October 1940 in Pinckneyville, Illinois; he enlisted in the Army […]
John Sherman Lathrop was a student at the University of Illinois when the United States entered into World War I – he was also a soldier, first of the Illinois National Guard and then of the famed 42nd Infantry Division in France during 1918.