Magazine article Army

The American Soldier to Receive Marshall Medal

Magazine article Army

The American Soldier to Receive Marshall Medal

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The Association of the U.S. Army has selected the American soldier as the recipient of this year's George Catlett Marshall Medal, the association's highest honor. It will a be presented at the George Catlett Marshall Dinner at AUSA's Annual Meeting in October.

The American soldier was born on June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress raised the 1st Continental Regiment, made up of 10 companies of expert riflemen, six from Pennsylvania, two from Maryland and two from Virginia. At the head of this small force, Congress placed Col. George Washington of the Virginia militia, whose command included the militia that had fought the British at Lexington and Concord.

Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, U.S. Army retired and President of AUSA, said of the Revolutionary War fighters: "Those 'expert riflemen/ the first soldiers of America's Army who fought bravely at the Battle of Lexington Green-the start of the Revolutionary War-and who fired 'the shot heard round the world/ are the same men and women who today are firing shots around the world, and have again answered the call to arms to defend and protect the United States of America."

Since the Revolution, the American soldier has fought at home and abroad to defend the country's liberty and its citizens' rights. Since September 11, 2001, Americans in uniform have ousted the Taliban and helped Afghanistan establish a democratic government, tn Iraq, American soldiers brought down Saddam Hussein and they continue to fight against an insurgency while a democratic government takes root. …

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