Browse Articles about Military
|Cantonment Reno||Lori Van Pelt, WyomingHeritage.org|
|Casper Army Air Base Murals||Eric Wimmer|
|Casper Army Air Base, history of||John Goss|
|Cheyenne, Northern, return from Oklahoma||Gerry Robinson|
|Connor, Patrick E.||Ellis Hein|
|Crook, Gen. George, campaigns of 1876||Lori Van Pelt|
|David, Bob in World War I||Tom Rea|
|Dull Knife Fight, 1876||Gerry Robinson|
|Eisenhower, Dwight and 1919 transcontinental motor convoy||Lori Van Pelt|
Wyoming sent four infantry companies and an artillery battery to the Philippines in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. The troops saw minor skirmishes against Filipino insurgents after the Spanish were defeated. All told, three Wyoming troops were killed, 12 died of disease and 75 more were discharged due to wounds or illness.
In 1919, Lt. Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower and an Army truck convoy crossed Wyoming and the nation to determine the condition of the nation’s roads—which were terrible. In the 1950s, with memories of that trip vivid in his mind, President Eisenhower successfully pushed Congress to back a system of interstate highways.
Crossing what’s now Wyoming in sub-zero cold, Elizabeth Cumming suffered a badly frostbitten foot in November 1857. She and her husband Alfred—the new governor of Utah Territory—and about 2,000 U.S. troops were unsure if they’d be welcomed in Salt Lake City—or faced with armed resistance.
Wyoming soldier, artist, bugler and wolf killer George Ostrom joined the National Guard in 1913 and in 1918 found himself serving with an artillery regiment in the Great War. While in France he sketched vivid combat scenes but is best remembered for his design of Wyoming’s famed bucking-horse logo, modeled on his beloved sorrel, Redwing.
Ever see the bucking horse and rider? In Wyoming you can’t miss it. The logo appears everywhere—license plates, web pages, the university, military insignia and all kinds of signage and merchandise. Ever wonder where it came from? For starters, try France—and Lander.