Monday, March 29, 2010

Mailbox Monday: American Journey Challenge (Georgia)

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page and it's one of my favorite memes. This week's mailbox features the last of the three books I've selected for my American Journey Challenge hosted by Vivienne. The order was placed before my latest book-buying ban. The following 567-page hardcover book was bought online on March 6 at Better World Books and came in the post last Friday.

Home of the Infantry: The History of Fort Benning by Peggy A. Stelpflug and Richard Hyatt: Fort Benning's history tells the story of the US Infantry. For most of a century, Fort Benning's infantry school has graduated the soldiers who lead as well as the fighting foot soldiers in the dirt and mud. Founded on farm land in Georgia, it has been one of the US Army's premiere installations from the days of the Doughboys to a more modern era where Rangers proudly wear their Ranger berets.

Fort Benning's history has produced an impressive alumni list. Eisenhower coached its football team. Marshall rewrote the curriculum. Patton pushed men to prepare for battle. Bradley organized its Officer Candidate School, a source for men of rank in World War II. Powell and Schwarzkopf were honor graduates, as were Eaton and Freakley and other heroes from the sands of Iraq.

Fort Benning trained soldiers in the art of the bayonet. It prepared them to jump out of airplanes. It discovered the mobility and power of helicopters. It honed the technology of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. It has set the table for war in the trenches, war on the ground, war in the air, and war in the desert. Infantry has led the way and so has Fort Benning. It truly is the
Home of the Infantry.

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