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The Stackpole Company
Second Edition January 1959
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
The Army almanac; a book of facts concerning the United
States Army. 2d ed. Harrisburg, Pa., Stackpole Co.
p. illus., maps. 22 cm.
THE ARMY ALMANAC is a new commercial edition of the book first published by the Department of the Army in 1950 as a Government publication. Now extensively revised and brought up to date, The Army Almanac is republished in response to popular demand.
The need for an authentic reference book of useful facts about the United States Army has been voiced by many. Here is an enormous collection of pertinent, up-to-date reference data of interest to all who are concerned with the Army and its personnel-newspaper and magazine editors and reporters, radio and TV commentators, high school and college librarians, public libraries, defense industries, and all others who need specific information about the Army. Also interested are military personnel and members of their families: Regular Army officers and men, both active and retired; and National Guard and Army Reserve personnel. Young men about to be drafted and their parents, as well as veterans of past wars, will find much useful information directly pertaining to them.
The scope of the new edition has been broadened. Current information has been revised and brought up to date. Historical data have been condensed where appropriate and expanded as necessary for adequate perspective.
Particular care has been taken by the Army and all other agencies concerned to verify the accuracy of the facts presented.
Readers are invited to submit corrections to the publisher; in so doing, please indicate the source of the information on which the correction is based.
The publishers consider themselves fortunate in securing the services of Brig. Gen. GORDON R. YOUNG to edit this edition of The Army Almanac. His broad vision, his skill in writing, his passion for accuracy, his uncanny talent for research and his comprehensive knowledge of the Army acquired first hand through 40 years' service in all grades from USMA cadet to general officer have especially well fitted him for the task.
Grateful appreciation is expressed to the Office of the Chief of Information, Department of the Army, and to all other agencies and individuals, in and out of the Army Establishment, who generously assisted in the preparation of this edition. By thus helping to make available in ready reference form information which is often sought by many people, it is hoped that each individual who has assisted in this project will find that he may henceforth answer many questions simply by a specific reference to this new edition of the Army Almanac. Our particular thanks go to each of the following official agencies
Department of the Army
Office of the Chief of Finance
Ofce of the Surgeon General
Office of the Chief Chemical Officer
Office of the Chief of Special Warfare
Office of the Chief of Military History
Office of The Adjutant General
Office of the Director, Womens Army Corps
Office of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau
Military District of Washington
Seventh U.S. Army Information Office
Southern European Task Force U.S. Army, Pacific
Eighth U.S. Army Information Office U.S. Army, Caribbean