On Point Summer 2024

On Point summer 2024 On the Cover Mead Schaeffer’s 1943 poster, created for the Ordnance Department features an M7 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage. (Library of Congress) For more information, check out The 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M7 by James Lankford in this issue of On Point. Inside this issue Mail Call Reader comments on the M102 105mm Howitzer and General Bruce Clarke articles that appeared in the Spring 2024 issue, as well as thoughts on digital On Point. ARMY HISTORY Irvin McDowell: Forgotten No More Irvin McDowell, often overlooked by Civil War historians, was a true, loyal, and dutiful soldier

Post- Fort Drum, Philippines

Fort Drum, also known as El Fraile Island, was a heavily fortified site situated at the mouth of Manila Bay in the Philippines, due south of Corregidor Island, in the Boca Grande Channel. Nicknamed the “Concrete Battleship,” Fort Drum looked much like a heavily armed warship at sea.

Army Birthday Message from our Foundation’s President

On this 249th Birthday of the United States Army, I am especially grateful for the generations of Americans who have served our nation wearing the Army uniform, and I have never been prouder to call myself an American Soldier.

96th Infantry Division

Organized in the final weeks of World War I, the 96th Division never joined the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) fighting the German Army on the Western Front. It would not be until the next world war that the 96th saw combat, this time battling the Japanese in the Pacific Theater on Leyte.

America’s Atomic Army of the 1950’s and the Pentomic Division

Throughout the twentieth century, the Army was in a state of constant transformation and reform driven by changing missions and technological advances. The development of nuclear weapons at the end of World War II resulted in it becoming virtually irrelevant in the 1950s. General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, running for President in 1952, promised to end the Korean War, which had devolved into a bloody stalemate.

Soldier- General Roscoe Robinson, Jr.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, on 11 October 1928, Robinson grew up in a close-knit family. His father, who had been a soldier in France in World War I, worked in a car wheel foundry and later managed an apartment complex.

From the Army Art Collection: Vietnam War Artwork Of Combat Artist Team

The Army organized a total of nine CATs. Each team typically had five soldier-artists, plus a supervisor. Each CAT would spend sixty days in Vietnam gathering information and making preliminary sketches ranging from day-to-day activities and routine duties to combat operations.

Sunken Roads Screening at the Museum

June 1, 2024, the Army Historical Foundation invites you to a free screening of the documentary Sunken Roads: Three Generations After D-Day followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Charlotte Juergens.