Va. Guard History Archive

  • RICHMOND, Va. – In 1898, two Virginia battalions of African American Soldiers were mustered into federal service in support of the Spanish-American War. Once on federal active duty, the battalions, formed from companies initially organized as early as 1870, formed the 6th Virginia Volunteers. While the men of these units never saw combat, they trained in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia […]

    Virginia’s African American Militiamen: Remembering the 6th Virginia Volunteers

    RICHMOND, Va. – In 1898, two Virginia battalions of African American Soldiers were mustered into federal service in support of the Spanish-American War. Once on federal active duty, the battalions, formed from companies initially organized as early as 1870, formed the 6th Virginia Volunteers. While the men of these units never saw combat, they trained in Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia […]

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  • NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — In early December 1917, 150 Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 117th Military Police Company had already spent two months in France, arriving there eight months before the 29th and 80th Divisions and just seven months after President Woodrow Wilson declared war. One hundred years later, on Dec. 2, 2017, at the Virginia War Museum […]

    Virginia National Guard & Virginia War Museum remember WWI

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — In early December 1917, 150 Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 117th Military Police Company had already spent two months in France, arriving there eight months before the 29th and 80th Divisions and just seven months after President Woodrow Wilson declared war. One hundred years later, on Dec. 2, 2017, at the Virginia War Museum […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — For many Virginia National Guard units, 2017 marks their 100th anniversary. Units like the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division and the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Regiment both formed as the United States prepared to enter World War I in 1917. Fort Pickett and Camp Pendleton, the Virginia National Guard’s premier training installations, also celebrated their respective 75th and 100th birthdays this year. […]

    Virginia Guard historical collection helps tell centuries-old stories

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — For many Virginia National Guard units, 2017 marks their 100th anniversary. Units like the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division and the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Regiment both formed as the United States prepared to enter World War I in 1917. Fort Pickett and Camp Pendleton, the Virginia National Guard’s premier training installations, also celebrated their respective 75th and 100th birthdays this year. […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — A new exhibit highlighting the Virginia National Guard’s service in World War I officially opened May 22, 2017, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia. For the National Guard, WWI was significant because it was the first time volunteer state militia units were federalized under U.S. Army structure and deployed overseas for combat operations. The exhibit […]

    New exhibit highlights Va. Guard service in WWI

    RICHMOND, Va. — A new exhibit highlighting the Virginia National Guard’s service in World War I officially opened May 22, 2017, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia. For the National Guard, WWI was significant because it was the first time volunteer state militia units were federalized under U.S. Army structure and deployed overseas for combat operations. The exhibit […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A cake cutting ceremony to recognize the 410th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and Jamestown was held May 12, 2017, Sandston, Virginia. The Virginia Guard traces the heritage and traditions of Citizen-Soldier and Citizen-Airmen service to the founding of Jamestown when Capt. John Smith organized the colonists for defense. Since the colony’s founding on May 14, […]

    Cake cutting ceremony recognizes 410th birthday of Va. National Guard, Jamestown

    SANDSTON, Va. — A cake cutting ceremony to recognize the 410th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and Jamestown was held May 12, 2017, Sandston, Virginia. The Virginia Guard traces the heritage and traditions of Citizen-Soldier and Citizen-Airmen service to the founding of Jamestown when Capt. John Smith organized the colonists for defense. Since the colony’s founding on May 14, […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — One hundred years after America entered the conflict of what would become known as World War I, Virginia citizens, veterans and leaders joined Virginia National Guard Soldiers for a commemoration ceremony April 6, 2017, at the Virginia War Memorial Carillon in Richmond, Virginia. The event, hosted by the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission included […]

    Va. Guard helps commemorate 100th anniversary of U.S. entry to WWI

    RICHMOND, Va. — One hundred years after America entered the conflict of what would become known as World War I, Virginia citizens, veterans and leaders joined Virginia National Guard Soldiers for a commemoration ceremony April 6, 2017, at the Virginia War Memorial Carillon in Richmond, Virginia. The event, hosted by the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission included […]

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  • STAUNTON, Va. — More than 100 Vietnam veterans filed onto the drill floor of the Thomas D. Howie Memorial Readiness Center March 30, 2017, for a Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Ceremony. The event, hosted by Congressman Bob Goodlatte in Staunton, Virginia, included several helping hands from the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Soldiers of the unit not only […]

    Vietnam veterans recognized by Congressman Goodlatte in Staunton ceremony

    STAUNTON, Va. — More than 100 Vietnam veterans filed onto the drill floor of the Thomas D. Howie Memorial Readiness Center March 30, 2017, for a Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Ceremony. The event, hosted by Congressman Bob Goodlatte in Staunton, Virginia, included several helping hands from the Virginia National Guard’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Soldiers of the unit not only […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Richmond-based Combined Support Maintenance Shop recovered a World War I era German mortar that had been lost for more than 40 years July 7, 2016, near Petersburg, Virginia. “In gratitude for the United State’s role in World War I, the Republic of France sent some of the captured German equipment […]

    Virginia Soldiers recover World War I German mortar

    SANDSTON, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Richmond-based Combined Support Maintenance Shop recovered a World War I era German mortar that had been lost for more than 40 years July 7, 2016, near Petersburg, Virginia. “In gratitude for the United State’s role in World War I, the Republic of France sent some of the captured German equipment […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — A new historical exhibit showcasing the Virginia National Guard’s role in defending the U. S. border from hostile Mexican revolutionaries from 1916 to 1917 was unveiled after a meeting of the Virginia World War I Centennial Committee Nov. 2, 2015, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. The Guard’s service during the Mexican Expedition marked the […]

    Guard’s 1916-1917 border service showcased in Va. War Memorial exhibit

    RICHMOND, Va. — A new historical exhibit showcasing the Virginia National Guard’s role in defending the U. S. border from hostile Mexican revolutionaries from 1916 to 1917 was unveiled after a meeting of the Virginia World War I Centennial Committee Nov. 2, 2015, at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Va. The Guard’s service during the Mexican Expedition marked the […]

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