US Army 243rd Birthday

| June 14, 2018 | 56 Comments

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 5, 2014) — When the American Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, the original 13 colonies did not have a shared army, but instead, a collection of independent colonial militias.
The first battles of that war were fought April 19, 1775, in Middlesex County, Mass., by patriots of the Massachusetts militia. They were the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first hostilities between the colonies and Great Britain.
Following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and as British troops moved back across Massachusetts toward Boston, colonial militia from around New England began massing around that city. Within days, thousands of militia members under the leadership of Artemas Ward of Massachusetts had Boston under siege.
By May 10, just weeks after hostilities began in Massachusetts, the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia. On the agenda: creating a common army to defend the colonies.
A month later, on June 14, the Congress approved the creation of that army, the Continental Army. The new force was made of those militiamen already gathered outside Boston, some 22,000 of them, plus those in New York, about 5,000.
The following day, the 15th, the Congress named Virginian George Washington as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, and named Ward his second in command the following day.
The Congress also resolved to form a committee “to bring in a draft of rules and regulations for the government of the Army,” and voted $2 million to support the forces around Boston, and those in New York City.
Congress authorized the formation of 10 companies of expert riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, which were directed to march to Boston to support the New England militia. These were the first troops Congress agreed to pay from its own funds, and the units later became the 1st Continental Regiment.

Facts About the United States Army:

Twenty-four U.S Presidents served in the United States Army
George Washington chose the colors of the modern U.S Army uniform
The U.S Army is older than the United States
Over the past 10 years, Green Berets have been deployed in over 135 countries worldwide
The U.S Army is the second largest employer in the U.S
In 2011, the U.S Army estimated it used 1 billion gallons of gasoline


Today, the Army has about 467,000 active duty soldiers, with another 343,000 in the U.S. Army National Guard and 206,000 in the Army Reserves.

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  1. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Happy Birthday to the U. S. Army!


    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Ditto that and NO HUFFING the floor wax, YEF!

    • Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

      When I had compartment cleaning and the buffing machine wasn’t available, one guy sat on a blanket after the wax was applied to the deck with a swab and when dry, two guys would pull the guy on top of the blanket around the compartment to buff it. The word guy is used since back then, Women were not serving onboard ships.

      • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

        Been there, done that Jeff… did in in a p-way at the Navy Det building at 29 Palms. Guys didn’t know how to strip a floor, so I showed the (I was a Chief then) and they waxed it.

        Buffing it out was done will a wool blanket and a couple of guys pulling another, who was sitting on the blanket.

        • USAFRetired says:

          Yes, but the important question is… Was alcohol involved?

        • Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

          We took turns on the blanket HMCS. Talk about p-ways, our A-Gang diesel engine repair shop was in Air dale country forward hanger bay. When I got the computer, I was able to contact shipmates from the OKIE 3 (LPH3) and I emailed one of the Air dales then got to talking with him over the phone and he checked out my pic from the 1964 cruise book. Your the guy that always walked over the wet p-way I just swabbed which was my cleaning space. Turns out that he stood by the port air craft elevator machinery room during flight ops which was my cleaning space. Still keep in contact with him and a whole bunch of other shipmates. We are all into our 70’s now and still remember some of the things that we did. AHH those memories.

      • desert says:

        This is another one of those “goarmy” things, oops…that is go army lol, actually I like goarmy better, sounds like a bull fighter 😉

  2. 26Limabeans says:

    Happy birthday to me and every other soldier.
    Thank you helping Yef win the the war.

  3. AnotherPat says:

    Happy 243rd to my fellow Soldiers.😊

    Go Army! Beat Navy! (Too soon?)😉

    A BIG Thank You to our Sister Services for working with us as a team all these years…Salute!

  4. cc senor says:

    Sadly, Patriot’s Day has become flexible on the calendar. There’s no messing with birthdays, though. Happy 243rd, US Army. This We’ll Defend.

    This isn’t the original version of We Were There, but it is my favorite because of the tanks.

  5. Reddawg_03 says:

    Just finished submitting my package to the Sons of the American Revolution. One of my ancestors, William Spivey, out of North Carolina Served. He’s buried in a family cemetery in Putnam County Georgia. It was a really cool experience digging up all the old information which led to a couple of other ancestors that also served that I located after I sent my package in. Its all been approved and I’m just waiting for my stuff to come back from them now.

    Happy Birthday!

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      You made me ver nervous for a split second. It was that part about your ancestor and digging up….information.

    • thebesig says:

      I’ve done a family tree search, and found a father and son team, Great (7x) and Great (6x) Grandfathers, served during the American Revolution.

      The name, for my Great (6x) Grandfather, with my surname, also shows up as having served during the American Revolution, both as a Colonel and as a Private.

      I found a “Spivey” among my ancestors as well, Virginia/North Carolina area. :mrgreen:

      • Reddawg_03 says:

        send me an email. He had several brothers and cousins that also served. There were family is both of those states…..

        Wow. TAH. You never know who you might run into here

        • HMC Ret says:

          I’ve also done a partial family tree going back 250+ years. I discovered that my (approximately 6 to 8 X) uncles/cousins/whatever owned nearly 1000 acres near Salisbury, NC. Immediately realized they had to have owned slaves with that much land. I suppose I should hate myself, but I don’t. Does that make me a bad person, the fact that I feel no self loathing given my ancestors owned slaves? Well, whatever. No self hatred today. Or tomorrow. Or ever. It happened. It’s over. It didn’t involve me. I don’t approve but it happened and I can’t do anything about it.

          • Reddawg_03 says:

            Your not a Williams are you Chief?

            • HMC Ret says:

              No, Reddawg_03, don’t know of any Williams in the family tree. I can trace my mom’s side (NC) back over 300 years and then I lose them. All of them I know of are in the South.

              I can trace Dad’s side back to 1870s. For whatever reason, he never would tell me anything about his ancestors, even his siblings. After his death, I found his discharge papers from WW11 and also his discharge papers from Korean War, 1953. I hadn’t even known he was a Korean War veteran, as he never spoke a dozen words about his time in the Army. I did find his medals and he did see combat. Beyond that, I know virtually nothing.

    • SFC D says:

      My family got here to late to serve in the Revolution, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t fighting the British elsewhere!

    • desert says:

      Yep, had a couple of my ancestors served too, one was a Lt, the other served with the Swamp Fox, Francis Marion, he ended up a judge after the war!

  6. AnotherPat says:

    In honor of the Army’s 243rd Birthday, recommend if anyone has loose change today to please make a donation to the US Army Infantry Platoon Sergeant (Retired) who is also the founder and owner of TAH.

    Thank You!

  7. Non Cedo Ferio says:

    The most memorable Army birthday for me was in 1975 in Firt Benning for the 200th . I got to shake Gerald Fords hand as he worked the crowd. Then he gave the keynote speech. It was a big day for a 9 year old like me. The buddy seat ride in the jump towers. The Sky Craine helicopter lifting a large shed.fir demonstation. The working dog demonstration. Then sitting with my dad on a picnic blanket outside of the infantry school to watch the fireworks. My dad drinking some PBRs he scored from the old Top 5 club on post. Some of you older guys might remember the place. Best of all it was special for me and my friends. Because Vietnam had ended 2 months prior and that meant no more worrying about wether our dads were coming home. I don’t think I’ll ever top that Army Birthday. But I’m thankful to be a third generation Soldier and want to say happy birthday US Army!

    • Non Cedo Ferio says:

      Fort not Firt lol

    • David says:

      1975….9…. sigh

    • Jonn Lilyea says:

      We jumped into Benning for that particular celebration and President Ford was on Fryar Field. We got pulled from our ORTT (the old name for ARTEP) to march in the Birthday parade.

    • rgr1480 says:

      Ahhh … my birthplace — the old “U.S. Army Hospital” at Ft. Benning … this was before Martin Army Hospital was built.

      The buddy seat ride in the jump towers.

      Did you get a “Junior Paratrooper” certificate? I did the 250′ tower and the 34′ mock towers sometime around 1958 and got a now-lost “Junior Paratrooper” certificate.

      Went back in 1980 and got the real thing!

      • Non Cedo Ferio says:

        Can’t remember if I got one or not. But I do remember it sure was fun. One of the best things about growing up in the Columbus / Fort Benning area was that I got to watch the Airborne guys training . On the towers and in the mock up planes. My first real expierience with the Airborne guys and Rangers was thorough the international wives club which my step mom was president. Did a lot of functions with them as a lot of them had foreign born wives. Great bunch of guys. Seemed like the Airborne , Rangers and Infantry single Soldiers had a bad reputation for busting up the dives up and down Victory Drive lol

  8. AW1Ed says:

    Happy Birthday to the Nautically Challenged Elder Service!

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      Ahey there mortie!

    • AnotherPat says:

      Well, have to admit, AW1Ed, that the few times I deployed with the Navy on their ships, with all the bells and whistles, the diesal smelling water and going thru all those portholes up and down decks, was glad I made the decision to join the Army.

      At least I didn’t fall for the Seabat story…😉

      Per guidance from 2/17th Air Cav: Go Army! Beat Navy! (Again!)

      • AW1Ed says:

        You missed the opportunity to view the rare, strange, nearly mythical seabat? *grin*
        Something about three square meals daily (four, counting Midrats) and a nice rack to sleep in did it for me. Never did like marching that much, or sleeping in holes.

        Go Navy!

  9. Top W Kone says:

    Just got done with the 1st Armor Division “Birthday” run.

    Now to knock out a lot of 350-1 training, because the bad guys will win if everyone does not complete WNSF Phishing v3 by the 30th

  10. Mick says:

    Happy Birthday Army!

    Semper Fidelis!

  11. OldManchu says:

    Did the 1st Continental Regiment get CABs?

  12. Ex-PH2 says:

    Happy Birthday, Army and many, many more to come, ’cause we need the troops!

    Now just make up your minds what clothes to wear, willya???

    • AnotherPat says:

      “Now just make up your minds what clothes to wear, willya???”

      But, Ex-PH2, if we did that, then the good ole folks at Natick, MA wouldn’t have jobs! Or the TRADOC folks as well! 😉

  13. Mark Lauer says:

    From an old Marine:

    Happy Birthday to the finest Army ever assembled.

  14. Sparks says:

    Happy Birthday to all my fellow Army vets and members now. May we never fail to celebrate this day.

  15. Former 13D says:

    God bless this country and the United States Army!!

    7 years, 9 months and some odd days before terminal leave with the greatest group of people in the world…with some good days, some bad days. I choose to remember the good days.

    On a side note: don’t forget that the American Revolution started with a governmental (British) gun confiscation program at Lexington and Concord.

  16. HMC Ret says:

    “Happy, happy birthday Army”.

    You know the tune.

    Please! I don’t understand your language. It’s battalion this, regiment that, ORTT, ARTEP, etc. Spreckenze English?

    Yeah, yeah, I know, the Navy is just as bad, possibly worse.

    Anyhow, thank you Army folks for your long history of service to our country. I appreciate all you do/did for this great nation. We wouldn’t be the United States w/o the Army.

  17. OWB says:

    Happy Birthday, Army! Happy to say that I have US Army ancestors from every generation since the beginning, and some of them wore redcoats prior to that. Not sure that we can say continuous service, but someone in the family has served in the Army from each and every generation. Until mine. We broke the tradition with USAF and Marine Corps. (A family disgrace!)

    Go Army!

  18. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Happy birthday Army. Dad signed up before the draft and WW2. Coast Arty.

  19. BlueCord Dad says:

    Happy birthday US Army, my son’s Service of choice…HOOAH🇺🇸

  20. Bob says:

    I don’t think I’d be out of line in claiming my grandfather, Colonel William Bond, is a plank owner of the U.S. Army (excuse the Naval terminology, as I’m unfamiliar with that of the Army). He was second in command as Lt. Colonel of his militia regiment during the Siege of Boston, and took command as Colonel after his boss, Colonel Gardner, died of wounds inflicted during the Battle of Bunker Hill. His regiment is the oldest in our history, and continue’s today as a NG unit.

    Regretfully Grandpa did not live to see the victorious end of the Revolution, as he paid the ultimate price in 1776 near Fort Ticonderoga. RIP Grandpa Bond!

    • AnotherPat says:

      “I don’t think I’d be out of line in claiming my grandfather, Colonel William Bond…Regretfully Grandpa did not live to see the victorious end of the Revolution, as he paid the ultimate price in 1776…”

      Bob, thank you for sharing, but have to ask. How OLD are you??????🤔

  21. Chip says:

    Happy birthday Army. I only served one hitch but some of the best four years of my life.

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