Within the extensive military history collection at the Robert R. McCormick Research Center there is a special collection of the histories of individual military units. These unit histories were written by: individual soldiers, military historians, and Army personnel; they may be authorized or unauthorized accounts of a unit’s actions. Some unit histories cover a single action in a war; others may cover the whole history of a unit to date. Many of the unit histories in this collection of 500 plus titles are rare and unique to our Research Center. They represent actions from before the First World War up to the Iraq War, and we are always adding to the collection as new materials are written and published.Unit Histories may contain, in addition to the “story” of the unit, information on citations for decorated soldiers, lists of officers, names of soldiers who were killed in action, wounded in action, or who were missing in action, rosters of soldiers in a unit, maps, and photographs.
Our Unit Histories are used for research by veterans and their families, soldiers, authors, historians, students, and genealogists. Members of the staff of the McCormick Research Center welcome your questions.
For further information on the unit history collection or to use the collection, contact:
Dictionary of United States Army Terms (Short Title: AD). Headquarters, Department of the Army. 1983. http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/ar310-25.pdf
Credits: Unit Histories database created by Mary Manning