Splendid Service: The Montana National Guard, 1867-2006

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  • Copyright: 2011-09-30
  • Publisher: Washington State Univ Pr
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The origin of Montana's militia dates to 1867, when a politically ambitious acting governor organized frontiersmen in supposed fear of Plains Indian incursions into the territory's mining camps and other settled regions. After establishing posts on the upper Missouri, some skirmishing with warriors occurred, but within months these unruly volunteers were disbanded after mutiny in the ranks, their harsh punishment of horse thieves, and disputes over federal provisioning. Afterward, the U.S. Army took the forefront in the Indian campaign.

Author Biography

Orlan J. Svingen is a Professor of History at Washington State University. He teaches public and U.S. history, and has a special interest in American Indian History.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Introduction and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Contributorsp. xvii
Stampede! The Montana Territorial Volunteers of 1867p. 1
Men, Do Your Duty: Montana Territory, 1876-1889p. 27
From Territorial Militia to State National Guard, 1889-1897p. 53
Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War, 1898-1899p. 71
Dick Act and National Reorganization, 1900-1910p. 113
Trials of Reorganization: Peacekeepers or Tin Soldiers, 1911-1914p. 139
"Splendid Service": The Mexican Border, Labor Conflict, and World War I, 1915-1919p. 163
Rebuilding to Stability: The 1920sp. 195
From Peace to War: The 1930sp. 211
Answering FDR's Call to Arms: The 163rd Infantry Regiment, 1940-1942p. 231
Twenty-two Days of Combat in Papua: The Sanananda Front, 1943p. 257
Island Hopping in the Pacific: New Guinea and The Philippines, 1943-1945p. 289
Post World War II Period: Reorganization, 1945-1955p. 335
Building a Cold War Army and National Guard Partner, 1955-1965p. 365
Reserve Forces Act (1955): 6-Months Active Duty, Monthly Training, and 2-Week Summer Camp, 1955-1965p. 385
The Vietnam Era, 1965-1975p. 409
Total Force Policy and the Post-Vietnam Era, 1976-1990p. 425
"Brave Cameras": 103rd Public Affairs Detachment, Gulf War, 1990-1991p. 445
Launching an Air Squadron into the Big Skyp. 471
Air Defense and State Service: The Montana Air National Guard, 1947-1998p. 487
Epilogue-Operation Big Sky: Reorganization in the Modern Erap. 515
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