User:Damon.cluck

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Dedication[edit]

This compilation of Wikipedia Articles is dedicated to the Fallen Heroes of the 39th Brigade Combat Team who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their unit, state and nation. Bowie Team!

Current Projects[edit]

I am currently working on the following articles:

39th Brigade Combat Team
153rd Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry
2nd Battalion, 153rd Infantry
3rd Battalion, 153rd Infantry
151st Cavalry Regiment
206th Field Artillery Regiment
39th Brigade Support Battalion
39th Brigade Special Troops Battalion
39th Infantry Division
142nd Field Artillery Regiment (United States)
User:Damon.cluck/List of Confederate military camps in Arkansas
Campaign for Little Rock Order of Battle

Template:Arkansas Union Regiments navbox/doc

Split of Arkansas Army National Guard[edit]

I helped split the larger article Arkansas Army National Guard into smaller articles. I am now working back through the articles in an attempt to get them all up to "B" status.

Template:Arkansas National Guard Series
Arkansas National Guard
Arkansas Territorial MilitiaYes check.svg Done
Arkansas Militia and the War with Mexico Yes check.svg Done
Arkansas Militia in the Civil War Yes check.svg Done
Arkansas Militia in ReconstructionYes check.svg Done
Arkansas State Guard and the Spanish-American War
Arkansas Air National Guard
Arkansas National Guard and the Intergration of Central High School Yes check.svg Done
Arkansas National Guard during World War IYes check.svg Done
Arkansas National Guard and World War II Yes check.svg Done
Arkansas Army National Guard and the Cold War Yes check.svg Done
Arkansas Army National Guard and the Global War on Terrorism
Arkansas Army National Guard and the Korean War
Arkansas Army National Guard in Operation Desert Storm
The Militia Clause, United States Constitution

Awards[edit]

Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
Awarded to Damon.cluck for his contributions relating to the United States military. AustralianRupert (talk) 05:22, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
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For all your work around topics relating to the Arkansas National Guard. Keep up the good work. AustralianRupert (talk) 01:33, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
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For doing outstanding work creating a model for volunteer editors in the United States Military History Community to follow in creating the series on the Arkansas National Guard. Keep up the good work, and discuss it with your fellow military historians, Sadads (talk) 03:02, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
BoNM USA Hires.png The United States Barnstar of National Merit
Awarded to Damon.cluck, as part of AustralianRupert's 2012 New Year Honours List, in recognition of their work relating to the Arkansas National Guard throughout 2011. Thank you and keep up the good work! AustralianRupert (talk) 10:31, 31 December 2011 (UTC)

Create a Book[edit]

One great feature of Wikipedia is the Create a Book function. A user can select several articles and upload them to a publisher who will return a very nicely bound soft cover books with the selected articles, a table of contents and an index at the end. The user can select a title and photo or artwork the front cover. The book takes approximately 15 days to arrive at your home.

List of Books assembled by this user: [User:Damon.cluck/Books/]

User:Damon.cluck/Dedication and Foreword from Damon Cluck, editor

Book:History of the 39th Infantry Division

Book:Arkansas Confederate Infantry Units

Book:Arkansas Confederate Artillery Units

Book:Arkansas Confederate Cavalry Units

Book:Arkansas Civil War Union units

Book:Arkansas National Guard

Book:Church of Christ

User:Damon.cluck/List of Arkansas Artillery Batteries

A Note on the Histories of Military Units[edit]

Every military unit in the United States Army has a history, which reads like a family tree for that particular unit. The unit's "Birth Certificate" is it's Lineage and Honors certificate which details the history of the various organizations from which the current unit is said to descend. These histories can often read like the marriage history of an extremely dysfunctional family, with various units constantly being organized, reorganize, redesignated, consolidated, constituted and reconstituted. For National Guard Units these histories can become even more confusing because according to Army Regulation 870–5, [1] the history of a National Guard unit is tied to the parent or preceding unit and to the unit's geographic station, or hometown. Thus the local National Guard unit may currently be an Artillery Battalion, but its Lineage and Honor's Certificate may refer to the unit being reorganized from an Infantry unit in the past, because that was the type of unit assigned to that hometown at some point in the past.

These Lineage and Honors certificates also track the military campaigns, engagements, and honors, or awards which the unit has won in various wars. The United States Army Center of Military History currently tracks over 179 separate campaigns and engagements for which a unit may be entitle to credit.[2] These campaigns and engagements stretch all the way back to the earliest days of the American Revolution up through the current Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

It is from these Lineage and Honors certificates that military units draw their histories and traditions. It can be said that these histories are even more important to National Guard units because of their close ties to the local community. It is not uncommon to visit the local National Guard Armory and find it hosting a reunion of veterans from the local Guard Unit, or one of it's parent organizations, from World War II, Korea, Operation Desert Storm or some other operation or time period. The current military organizations draw on the good will and support of these former members for assistance in current operations, whether its assistance with sponsoring a welcome home ceremony for the newest veterans returning form the most recent deployment, or lobbying for improved equipment and training for the units.

So the next time you are in the local Anytown National Guard Armory and you see a rather decrepit looking certificate detailing the exploits for the local Guard unit in some training exercise or competition from fifty years ago, and you wonder why a modern organization would be interested in preserving such an outdated document, know that there is probably some veteran of that unit, or one of it's parent organizations, who regularly visits the local armory, may be not as often as he used to, but as often as time and health will allow, to ensure that the history of his organization is being preserved.

It is for this reason that it is so important that new members of current military units thoroughly indoctrinated on the history and traditions of their organization, its campaigns, and it's stations. Some day that visiting veteran may be you or me.

Sources[edit]

I am working with the Arkansas Military History Roundtable to develope a bibliography of Arkansas Militia and National Guard History. I am storing the sources at User:Damon.cluck/Bibliography of Arkansas National Guard History.

User:Damon.cluck/Civil War Related References
User:Damon.cluck/Arkansas State Military Board Records
User:Damon.cluck/Miller County Problems
User:Damon.cluck/Reorganization of 1967
User:Damon.cluck/Reorganization of 1996
User:Damon.cluck/Mobilization for World War II
User:Damon.cluck/State, Mobilization for World War II
User:Damon.cluck/39th Division, Mobilization for World War II
User:Damon.cluck/Kie Oldham Papers
User:Damon.cluck/39th Division History for Roundtable
User:Damon.cluck/Arkansas Militia Law of 1860
User:Damon.cluck/EXTRACT FROM CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS, RELATING TO THE MILITIA
User:Damon.cluck/TO THE MILITIAMEN OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS
User:Damon.cluck/Militia Organization of 1837
User:Damon.cluck/Militia Orders 1825-1848
User:Damon.cluck/Volunteer Companies Raised After Secession
User:Damon.cluck/Arkansas Newpaper reports on Militia
User:Damon.cluck/1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry, Past Battalion Commanders
User:Damon.cluck/6th Arkanas Flags
[Brigade Price|Order of Battle for Jenkins' Ferry]
[of Battle Trans-Mississippi, Dec 12, 1862]
User:Damon.cluck/Last Will and Testament of The Springfield Presbytery

On Going Projects[edit]

User:Damon.cluck/Arkansas Confederate Infantry Unit Histories
User:Damon.cluck/Arkansas Regiment of Mounted Volunteers
User:Damon.cluck/Arkansas Confederate Cavalry Unit Histories
User:Damon.cluck/Arkansas Confederate Artillery Unit Histories
User:Damon.cluck/Arkansas Union Civil War Unit Histories
User:Damon.cluck/Volunteer Companies
User:Damon.cluck/Volunteer Companies organized in the Militia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Army Regulation 870–5 Historical Activities Military History: Responsibilities, Policies, and Procedures 870–5 • 21 September 2007,
  2. ^ United States Army Center of Military History, Determination of Official Army Campaigns, Retrieved 28 Jan 2010, http://www.history.army.mil/html/forcestruc/campaigns.html