Fort Myer Firsts

The Remaining US Civil War Era Post

It sits on Arlington Heights overlooking Washington DC and has seen its share of firsts since 1863 when it was first built as Fort Whipple.  It was among the 70 fortifications surrounding the National Capital during the US Civil War, but unlike the rest which fell into disrepair and were abandoned,  Fort Myer continues until this day (though they've hidden the name slightly - it'll always be Fort Myer because of its significance and contributions.) Some of the early firsts that this US Army Post holds are: Over time, the significance of Fort Myer has grown.  With its elite troops - the 3d Infantry of the US Army  - "The Old Guard" and the musical talent of the US Army Band "Pershing's Own -  within, it continues to stand ready to defend the Nation's Capital while providing an outstanding place to receive  and honor visiting dignitaries.

Over Two Years In Research

Images of America - Fort Myer FirstsThe book "Images of America - Fort Myer" highlights these and others in a combination of historical photographs, maps, and notes with revealing captions.  The outstanding nugget is a first-time published note from Abraham Lincoln which no one knew existed.  Browse through the website and learn of some of the history - the people, the events, the places and enjoy.    


Images of America - Fort Myer is a pictorial chronicle of the first one hundred years of history containing over two hundred photographs, maps, and images.  Beginning in the 1860s and carrying through the 1960s it provides a view of what was over time.  An autographed copy of the book can be purchased at BUY THE BOOK.

Post Author: John Michael

12 thoughts on “Fort Myer Firsts

    Michael Patterson

    (March 8, 2011 - 2:43 pm)

    Can’t wait for the book to hit the stores. As the webmaster of the Arlington National Cemetery Website, I love to read about the many “firsts” that took place on Fort Myer and have touched Arlington as well.

    John Socha

    (March 30, 2011 - 4:02 pm)

    As a South Poster from 1966-1969, I have ordered the book. Last time I was there, I found NO TRACE of the South Post, not even a marker. I sometimes wondered how many Gillette Blue Blades exploded from the latrine walls when the wrecking balls hit the WWII era barracks I lived in! (There were slots cut in the walls of the latrines for disposal of the blades!)

    Claire snyder Philpott

    (March 30, 2011 - 9:39 pm)

    I lived at South Fort Myer from 1956-1963 First at 321 c south post and then in Kansas Hall. I played in the concourse of the Pentagon, when to the elementary school,dispensary,polka dot room,green room,stables and more. We used to play in the cemetary and sleigh ride down the Lee Mansion Hill. The pool,gym,NCO club,service club,library and more. My mom worked at the North PX upstairs in the customer service dept. Many many great memories. The shuttle bus,the secret tunnels! Wow! Looking forward to the book. Claire

      David Edwards

      (February 25, 2013 - 6:11 pm)

      We lived at 211 Kansas Hall around 1959-60. I was in the 2nd grade then, my brother in the 6th. I remember the carnivals by the gym (outside in the summer), the sledding down the hill, the chimneys and smokestacks, walking to the theatre and PX, going to the old apts for the officers that were being torn down and playing in them before they were demolished.

    Claire snyder Philpott

    (March 30, 2011 - 9:39 pm)

    Also— My dad is now buried in Arlington Cemetery
    approx where we once lived!

    Lloyd E Barnes

    (March 30, 2011 - 10:21 pm)

    I was stationed at South Post Ft Myer from June 1954 till May 1956, with the 2044 AACS.
    This was the Air Force squadron stationed there that worked in the Pentagon and handled the incoming info from around the world to the Chiefs of Staff… I was in the crypto group.
    We had about 200 or more stationed there,,, Nebraska Hall and maybe Alabama Hall.
    Kinda hard to remember as that was many years ago. I have been there a number of times in the last few years…. have to really stop and think where South was located.
    But I do remember it fairly well. Anyway great to see or hear anything about the South Post. If anyone wants to e-mail me its
    Lloyd E Barnes

      Cristy Huender

      (July 4, 2012 - 1:04 pm)

      I saw your post while reading the Images of Fort Meyer book website. My father was also in the Air Force squadron stationed there that worked in the Pentagon at the same time. He was a Cryptologist. His name was Walter St. Pierre. Prior to that he was stationed in Iceland.


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    John Michael

    (March 30, 2011 - 10:44 pm)

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    Frank Jasinski

    (March 31, 2011 - 7:24 pm)

    I was stationed at South Post from 1953-1954 during the Korean War..I was with the 9423rd TSU Army Signal Corp and worked in the Pentagon at the Microwave Communications Station..Will be looking forward to seeing your book

      Brent Wucher

      (May 22, 2017 - 3:08 pm)


      Where on Fort Myer was the 9423rd TSU located.

      Brent Wucher
      Fort Myer Public affairs office

    Anthony Clark

    (January 15, 2015 - 8:41 pm)

    I lived on South Post from 1952-1954 and from 1956-1959, first at Florida then at Maine Hall. My father was in the Army working at the Pentagon. I remember the Green Room, Polka Dot Room, the theater and PX. I also have memories of the surrounding areas in Arlington, like the Sears building on Wilson Blvd, and communal cook-outs with other post families at Four Mile Run Park.

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