images of America - Fort Myer

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
Images of America Fort Myer, home of the Chief
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.
Pershing's Own - The US Army Band

The US Army Band Comes to Fort Myer

Organized at Fort Hunt Virginia

Known as "Pershing's Own" - The US Army Band was organized at Fort Hunt, Virginia on 25 JAN 1922 as The Army Band and later moved to the District of Columbia's oldest military installation Fort Lesley J  McNair (The fort  began as arsenal in the 1790s with defenses built in 1794). Fort McNair is also the third oldest US Army post - only West Point and Carlisle Barracks are older. When the 3d Cavalry, which had been at Fort Myer from after WW I until the beginnings of WW II moved from Fort Myer, their "mounted band" went with the regiment.  There was a need for ceremonial support within Arlington National Cemetery and  the US Army Band was called upon to provide it.

Ceremonial Band Needed at Arlington National Cemetery

Initially, musicians were transported to and from Fort Myer from Fort McNair and eventually a "funeral band' was organized on Fort Myer as an extension of the US Army Band.    It was during WW II  - June 1943, the band at Fort McNair was deployed to both North Africa and Europe.  Upon its return from the War,  Fort Myer became its home ever since.   For its efforts while deployed, it received a campaign streamer. Among the over 200 historic photographs within the book "Images of America - Fort Myer"  the US Army Band is presented among other units, people, and events which helped to mold Fort Myer into the active duty US Army Post it has become...  Home of "Pershing's Own" and "The Old Guard"