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An American Officer in France, 1917-1918

CSI Press is pleased to announce the publication of Over There with the AEF: The World War I Memoirs of Captain Henry Evans, 1st Division, American Expeditionary Forces. This publication marks the first time CSI Press has published a memoir of any kind, but the story of Henry Evans justifies such a break with tradition. Evans left college to drive ambulances for the French Army in early 1917, and then received a commission in the US Army when the United States entered the war later that year. His memoir offers important historical details about the first US Army unit to fight on the Western Front. Evans’ account, however, also vividly relates the experiences of a young officer learning how to lead soldiers in wartime. Most importantly, his stories highlight the valor of the exhausted and mostly inexperienced men with whom he served. After 97 years, the story of Henry Evans and his men deserves to be remembered.

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Lt. Col. Clark Welch (dark jacket), one of the most decorated Soldiers during Vietnam, spoke to classes and a public forum at the Command and General Staff College on May 19.

Welch received the Distinguished Service Cross for action at Ong Thanh, Vietnam, on Oct. 17, 1967. He also received three Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, and five Purple Hearts in Vietnam.

Ong Thanh was a hellish firefight between 142 Americans and approximately 1,400 enemy soldiers. Then 1st Lieutenant Welch commanded D Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry. His company was the trail company in a two-company movement. The lead company, A Company, was nearly wiped out in the first few
minutes of the battle. Welch, a Special Forces officer and former enlisted soldier, led his company in defensive efforts while doing all he could to recover casualties despite being wounded five times during the battle. His actions at Ong Thanh are described in "They Marched Into Sunlight" by David Maraniss and "The Beast Was Out There" by Jim Shelton. Shelton, who retired as a brigadier general, had been the battalion executive officer prior to Ong Thanh and recommended Welch for the Medal of Honor following the battle.

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On May 18, 2015 Gen. Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan (Chief of Staff, Army, Bangladesh); Gen. Kiyofumi Iwata (Chief of Staff, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force); and Maj. Gen. Dobran Bozic (Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces) CGSOC graduates, were inducted into the International Hall of Fame at Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS. Photos may be found on our Flickr site at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usacgsc/sets/72157653038630866 ...Read More
Winner of the TRADOC Educator of the Year, Dr. Phillip G. Pattee (left) from CGSC. The award was presented at Fort Leavenworth on behalf of TRADOC Commanding General, Gen. David Perkins, by Brig. Gen. Chris Hughes (right), Deputy Commanding General CAC-E. ...Read More
CGSC Presents the International Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremony May 18, 2015 at 10:30am at the Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS. The inductees will be General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, Chief of Army Staff, Bangladesh Army, USA CGSC 1989; General Kiyofumi Iwata Chief of Staff, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force USA CGSC 1994 and; Major General Dobran Božič, Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces, USA CGSC 2001. ...Read More

SAMS Graduation Class 2015
Guest Speaker:
MG Wayne Grigsby,
Commander of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa
May 21st, 2015 at 9:00am
Eisenhower Auditorium, Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS

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