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SIX YEARS ANNIVERSARY – FREE SHIPPING!

13 JUNE 2011 ...

SIX Years ago -  a day that will live in celebration when the FIRST book about FORT MYER was published. The release of "Images of America - Fort Myer" was and is a groundbreaking achievement in documenting US Army history. As one of the original defenses of Washington during the Civil War when it was known as Fort Whipple, the installation is still on the mission of defending the Capital City of Washington DC. Carved from the 1,100 acres of the Custis-Lee estate, the post shares a common wall with Arlington National Cemetery - the shrine to the country's military and their
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Images of America
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service and sacrifices.

A Historic Post of Distinctive Innovation

The book chronicles the first one hundred years of this historic US Army post that has been the center of innovation while also a showcase for the cavalry (some 1,500 horses once were stationed among the acres), home to the Buffalo Soldiers (both the 9th and 10th Cavalry were garrisoned on post). Among other notable innovations and milestones include:
  • Origins of military aviation
  • Long distance telephone service
  • Trans-oceanic & continental radio communication (the Three Sisters)
  • National Weather Service established
  • Location of acceptance and approval for the remarkable vehicle known as the "JEEP"

Current Garrison

Currently, the post is home to the US Army's top two ceremonial units - The US Army Band - "Pershing's Own" and the oldest infantry unit - 3d Infantry - "The Old Guard".  Their missions include ceremonial support for Arlington National Cemetery, which is adjacent to Fort Myer. And since 06 APR 1948, when the Regiment was re-activated,  it has provided sentinels to guard "The Tomb of the Unknown"

About the Book "Images of America - Fort Myer"

The book contains over 200 historical photographs, maps, and illustrations complemented by a rare first found/published note from Abraham Lincoln which is all augmented with descriptive text.

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Also by John Michael

In 2015 again he brought to the world another book chronicling the history of the 3d oldest US Army post in the  United States -  "Images of America - Fort Lesley J. McNair" where the Lincoln assassination conspirators were incarcerated, tried and hanged.  It's also been home to the Army Corps of Engineers, The US Army Band, Alpha Company of the 3d Infantry Regiment - "the Old Guard". Currently the headquarters of the Military District of Washington, home to the Center of Military
Images of America Fort Lesley J. McNair
Images of America
Fort Lesley J. McNair
History and the National Defense University and several of its colleges including the National War College at the iconic Roosevelt Hall.
At Fort Myer Community Center

Fall Bazaar on Fort Myer

Hold the Date!

SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER 2015

At Fort Myer Community Center
At Fort Myer Community Center
For the Annual Fall Bazaar 2015

AUTOGRAPHED COPIES OF FORT MYER & FORT McNAIR

At the Community Center on Fort Myer from 1000 until 1500  John Michael will be signing and selling "Images of America - Fort Myer"  AND "Images of America - Fort Lesley J. McNair" PLUS other items including ANC notecards, greeting cards and photographs Among them will be select heraldry Christmas notecards also!
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Images of America - Fort Myer

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Images of America – Fort Myer!

On 13 JUN 2011 - a milestone groundbreaking book was published - HAPPY BIRTHDAY - IMAGES of AMERICA - FORT MYER! FREE SHIPPING - From now until 30 JUN 2013 - Add an author autographed copy of the book to your library Why?  With over 200 timeless historic photographs, it features a note from Abraham Lincoln, first published in the book that highlights the connection between the 16th President and Major General Amiel Weeks Whipple Select FREE SHIPPING and in days your "Personalized"  book will be in your hands and the adventure will begin to provide you with the first one hundred years of this historic US Army Post with origins during the US Civil War when it began as Fort Whipple. Learn about military aviation's beginnings, the National Weather Service,  and...   NOTE A portion of your purchase price will be donated to the Army Historical Foundation to help build the National Museum of the US Army.  

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Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln – Whipple Connection

  Abraham Lincoln It was an honor to present to The Lincoln Group of Washington DC and provide them an insight to The Lincoln - Whipple Connection... General Amiel Weeks Whipple and President Abraham Lincoln had a great friendship that most people are unaware. Whipple was summoned East when the US Civil War broke out and became assigned to General McDowell's staff as an engineer.   His career continued to rise from the major accomplishments this move initiated. More will be shared on the Lincoln - Whipple connection in 2013. In the meantime a hats off and thank you to the Lincoln Group for having me address their distinguished group!
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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! We're going to another re-printing of the book!   To all of you who have bought and supported the work... it's most appreciated!   FREE SHIPPING will continue through 31 AUGUST 2012...  It'll also give you a chance to help build the National Museum of the US Army!  Please share this post and tell all your friends ...  Thank you For a limited time only,  an autographed copy of "Images of America - Fort Myer" can be had ...  FREE SHIPPING and $1.00 of your purchase price is donated to the Army Historical Foundation -  They're building the National Museum of the US Army --- Made in the United States of America
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MEGA EVENT: Meet the Author/Book Signing

On Friday, 03 AUG 2012,  John Michael,  author of "Images of America - Fort Myer" will be appearing at the Fort Myer Military Clothing Store for a Meet the Author and Book signing during the hours of 1000 to 1500 (that's  10 AM to  3 PM)
  •  Fort Myer Military Clothing Sales Store
  • 106 Stewart Road
  • Bldg 313
  • Fort Myer, VA 22211
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  • 703-696-7196
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For more information,  you can download the Event Flyer. The book - "Images of America - Fort Myer" is HERE! Can't make the event?   Want to purchase an autographed copy?   CAN DO ... right here on the website...  BUY THE BOOK  gives you several other options also!
Note from the Chief, General Raymond T Odierno

Hail From the Chief

Reactions Are Important - Chief Ones Are VERY Important!

A creative work whether it be a photo, a painting, a sculpture or in this case a book -hangs in the balance of whether someone likes it or not.  Getting a chief response, is unexpected! Each time it's put out there, there is a resulting response of like or not like. When I began the work to produce what has now become the FIRST book ever about Fort Myer,  I wanted it to be the best.  After many months of extensive research, field trips to libraries, history offices, The Library of Congress, the National Archives in College Park, MD and more, the pile of "stuff"  appeared intimidating.  How to mold it into something that people would read.   AND like.   I had learned that it was more than a US Army Post that was named after General Albert J Myer.   More than the home of the US Army Band (TUSAB) - "Pershing's Own"  more than the home of the 3d Infantry Regiment  - "The Old Guard"    It was history that needed to be chronicled and told to the public.

The Beginnings were a Challenge

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Images of America
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  Along the way, my best friend from high school, who was career US Army, was my sounding board.  He didn't see the "stuff"  but was given ongoing "sit-reps"  that often began  "Did you know what I found yesterday?"  After which he patiently listened as my latest find was being held up to the phone - he couldn't see it, but my words and excitement conveyed the import.  The cover photo was long ago chosen and set, the back of the book proclaimed the work that I'd done for over a dozen years that prepped me for this event.  I was fortunate to find a striking image of the 15th Cavalry - the same unit that George S Patton, Jr was initially attached to and brought him to Fort Myer for the first time in 1912.  He competed in the Stockholm Olympics. When the book finally released on 13 JUN 2011, my friend promptly purchased two copies, one for himself, the other for his son who was currently serving in the US Army, attached to the 10th Cavalry - one of the original "Buffalo Soldiers"  regiments.   It was several weeks before I heard from him.  He normally calls early in the evening.  This time it was later than usual. He began the call by saying  "I read your book and..." I waited for the reaction. He went on: "I expected it to be good.   But no, it's not good,  it's great.  Over the months while you were gathering and composing, sifting and sorting, and finalizing, I concluded that you were doing your darnedest to make a good book.   Well you ultimately set the bar high with this.  And not only did you set the bar high,  you jumped OVER the bar.  Congratulations!"

FOUND A NOTE WORTHY ITEM

One of the nuggets in the book is a note from President Abraham Lincoln which opened up doors to the Whipple family (It's amazing what one family's role has been in the foundation and building of the United States of America!)  Finding that first note (there's a second one that I'm still casually looking to locate) was a result of "God sitting on my shoulder..."   Since it was not where it was supposed to be.

"...loves me like a rock...."

The Rocks, Inc.One of my special forces brothers -  He's actually "the second older brother I never had." - invited me to exhibit and participate in the bi-annual conference of The Rocks, Inc.,  a great association.   It provides mentoring to active duty and retired military, primarily the US Army.  The conference was held at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  One of the the guest speakers for the conference was the current Chief of Staff of the US Army GEN Raymond T Odierno.  It was after his fantastic speech that I awarded him a copy of "images of America - Fort Myer"  (He lives there in " Quarters One"   Home to the Chief of Staff since  1906, when MG J Franklin Bell first occupied what was supposed to be the quarters of the post commander. It was built in 1899. It's historic too, since 1973, it's been on the National Historic Register) The General thanked me for the surprise gift and was on his way to his next event / meeting / encounter.  I didn't think much more about it.  At least he got a copy of it.

Surprise from The Chief

I went to my post office box and there among the mail was a monarch sized envelope neatly addressed to me with the return address that showed it was from the Pentagon - the Office of the Chief of Staff - WOW! I opened it immediately.  Wanting to know just what was written inside.   I beamed with joy when I read his words -How he liked the book and about  My work at Arlington National Cemetery.  And he's awaiting my next book too! Note from the Chief, General Raymond T Odierno                                             Thanks Chief!
US Army 3d Infantry Regimental Coat of Arms

Sixty Three Years Ago

US Army 3d Infantry Regimental Coat of Arms The date 06 APRIL is a significant milestone in Fort Myer history, for it was on that day in 1948 that one of the most historic and oldest infantry regiments within the US Army would be re-activated after World War II and call this historic US Army Post home.  The regiment, like many after World War II, was inactivated, however there was a major need  for a unit to provide for the defense of the National Capital of Washington DC while also providing  ceremonial support.  Military District of Washington did have a cermonial company to provide for ceremonial company that did ceremonies.  So when the US Army's  3d Infantry Regiment was reactivated, they were included within the regiment. The 3d Infanry of the US Army, also known as The Old Guard, a name given to them by General Winfield Scott can trace its beginnings to the United States revolution with the date of its origination of JUNE 1784.  From the start, the regiment has served and fought valiantly to protect and defend the United States. Since its beginnings, the 3d has fought in
  • War of 1812
  • Mexican-American War 
  • American Civil War 
  • Indian Wars
  • Spanish-American War
  • Philippine-American War
  •  World War II  
  • Vietnam
  •  Iraq War
So it was 06 APR 1948 when the US Army 3d Infantry Regiment was reactivated on the steps of the US Capitol and then took up home at Fort Myer.  Known also as "The Escort to the President" - The Old Guard is the primaryunit within Presidential Inaugurations and state funerals.

Nostalgic Video

The video below, courtesy of the US Army, provides an historic look back in time to about 1955.  Accompanied by the US Army Band - "Pershing's Own", it shows the dual mission which the Old Guard continues until today.
Within Arlington National Cemetery, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded day and night all year round by Sentinels who are carefully selected and trained as Tomb Guards from this regiment.  Over the years, the regiment has added several distinguished specialty platoons / companies to address the ceremonial needs of the Military District of Washington and the US Army.  These include:
  • The Presidential Salute Battery
  • The Caisson Platoon
  • The Continental Color Guard
  • The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
  • The US Army Drill  Team
  • The Commander-in-Chief's Guard
In the book "Images of America - Fort Myer"  many historic photographs of the 3d Infantry Regiment are displayed along with many more about Fort Myer.   

Note:  06 APRIL was officially designated as Army Day by Congress.  The last one that was celebrated nationally was in 1949.

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Congressional Medal of Honor - US Army

National Medal of Honor Day and Fort Myer

Congressional Medal of Honor - US ArmyToday 25th March is dedicated to the special group of military who have been awarded the highest distinction which the United States of America can bestow upon its military - the Congressional Medal of Honor or known just as the Medal of Honor.   Since its inception in 1861 after President Abraham Lincoln signed it into law, less than 4,000 medals have been awarded as of  March 2011.  The valor, heroism and bravery demonstrated by these men has been something which most never really hear about or read about their achievements. Five of the recipients have had association with Fort Myer over the last 150 years, where they either lived on Post in a senior officer position within the US Army or they were Post Commander. Brigadier General Louis Henry Carpenter was a Post Commander of Fort Myer from 1887 to 1891.  He received the Medal of Honor while he was a Captain, Company H, 10th US Cavalry on 8 APR 1898 for his service during the Indian campaigns in Kansas and Colorado SEP - OCT 1868 Brigadier General Guy V. Henry Sr. was a Post Commander of Fort Myer. He received the Medal of Honor on December 5, 1893.   General Henry also was instrumental in the recruiting of Soldiers for all the Buffalo Solider regiments - Infantry and Cavalry. Major General Leonard Wood was named Army Chief of Staff in 1910 by President Taft; he remains the only medical officer to have ever held that position. General Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV was also a Fort Myer Post Commander and comanding the 3d Cavalry and 16th Field Artillery. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur was a Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and lived in Quarters One on Fort Myer. Additional insight to these men and significant events  are contained in the book "Images of America - Fort Myer"