U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)

1812-burned capital

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)  makes historical materials available for use to support the U.S. Army, educate an international audience, and honor Soldiers (men and women)- past and present. They have several categories which are covered from military history to a fine archive made in digital format and assess-able online. Being a historical museum, there are always new items or databases done and then put online. All American conflicts, wars, battles and peace-time are recognized by the organization.

It is a good source for historical information. A recent addition was about the burning of Washington, D. C. during the War of 1912.

The digital collections will be of the most interest. With approximately 1.5 million photographs in U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center archival collection it can be a rich source of photos. The collection represents the history of the United States Army and covers all major conflicts from the Civil War, the Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection, both World Wars to the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War era, the Persian Gulf War to current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some of the other sections have extensive coverage the Civil War, the World War One and Two Signal Corps, Korean War, along with some photos of important military artifacts. Besides the photos there are biographies, documents, and the meaning of military awards / pins. There is a rich collection of African-American soldiers over the years also.  Some images may never be located in any other location.

soldiers There is a search box at the top center and you never know what might be located.

Photos: 1812 the burned US Capital building and African-American soldiers – George Biggs and George Vernall.

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