Today is the US Army’s Birthday

“The United States Army (USA) is the landservice branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the eight U.S. uniformed services, and is designated as the Army of the United States in the U.S. Constitution.[12] The oldest and most senior branch of the U.S. military in order of precedence,[13] the modern U.S. Army has its roots in the Continental Army, which was formed 14 June 1775 to fight the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783)—before the United States was established as a country.[14] After the Revolutionary War, the Congress of the Confederation created the United States Army on 3 June 1784 to replace the disbanded Continental Army.[15][16] The United States Army considers itself to be a continuation of the Continental Army, and thus considers its institutional inception to be the origin of that armed force in 1775.[14]” wiki

Comment: My family began to serve in the colonial militia in New England in the Pequot War. We have served in the US armed forces ever since. pl

United States Army – Wikipedia

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12 Responses to Today is the US Army’s Birthday

  1. Whitewall says:

    Col, I have just started reading your memoir “Becoming Tattoo”. It is a fascinating read and today, a timely one. Many thanks.


    • Bill Roche says:

      Col. Lang has quite a history of service to the nation from colonial times to today.
      Not many can match it I’ll bet. There is an interesting bit of history that places the real beginning of an American army with George Washington, Anthony Wayne, and the Battle of Fallen Timbers. Interesting stuff.

  2. Pat Lang says:


    Yes if you mean the Regular Army. A number of National Guard units are directly descended from colonial militia.

  3. TTG says:

    Happy birthday to us. My family doesn’t have a long history with the US Army. My father, his brother and my mother’s brother all enlisted in the Marines close to the end of WWII. SWMBO’s family has history with both the Army and the Army Air Corps.

    Yesterday my sister sent me a thumb drive with a lot of old family pictures. Among them were several from what I believe was a Flag Day celebration on our town green when I was in grammar school. Being that today is also Flag Day, I’ll put up a post to share a few of those photos.

  4. leith says:

    Happy 247th.

  5. MJ says:

    I love the Army.

    Many moons ago at an overseas airfield, a group of us airmen asked our Humvee driver if he wouldn’t mind taking us to the flight line kitchen before taking us out to our plane, because us “Zoomies” wanted a hot meal instead of having MREs on their long plane flight. I was the last airman off the Humvee on the way to the kitchen and heard the specialist mutter under his breath “Goddamn Air Force”.

    Happy Birthday United States Army!

  6. cobo says:

    ‘Obsolete’ NATO Force Presence in Baltics Needs Upgrade, Estonian Defense Leader Says

    I agree, we need to implement, now, universal conscription. There are too many things that need to be done, that are not being done. This has been an issue of mine forever…

    “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”

    • Bill Roche says:

      I’m pleased to hear that the Estonian Defense Minister recognizes the need for modernization and improvement of defense. Now, what does Estonia intend to do and how much will she spend?

      • Fred says:


        She’ll spend every dime Biden gives to Estonia. What we get in return is yet another obligation on the other side of the world.

      • cobo says:

        One of my favorite ever bosses was a quite lovely Estonian woman. She ran our health office. If you could make the case, and it made sense, you would get the budget approval. I expect that Estonia will spend what it can, where it makes sense.

      • TTG says:

        Bill Roche,

        This is from the Estonian MOD. “Estonia’s defense spending plan for the years 2023-2026 is now worth just over €3.8 billion, and will include the procurement of artillery and mid-range air defense systems, sufficient to cover the entire territory.”

        This is an increase from 2.3 to 2.5% of Estonia’s GDP. Major procurement items include MLRS, probably ours, and the South Korean K9 Thunder 155mm self-propelled artillery. This also includes a major investment in the volunteer Defense League. This is similar to Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces and is a key part of the national defense strategy adopted by all the Baltic nations and Ukraine.

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