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American Artillery and the Medal of Honor

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American Artillery and the Medal of Honor
  • by David T. Zabecki, Brigadier General, Field Artillery, USAR
    • Merriam Press Military History Series
      • Fifth Edition 2015
      • 327 6x9-inch pages
      • 89 photos
      • 23 tables
A massive work, which includes a brief history of the Medal of Honor including the evolution of American military awards, brevets, Certificate of Merit, Congressional Medals, Roll of Honor, Pyramid of Honor, 1916 Review Board, double winners, Acts of Congress, and more.
Each major war or campaign in which an artilleryman won a Medal of Honor (MOH) is covered: Civil War 1861-65, Indian Wars 1861-98, Philippine Insurrection 1899-1913, Vera Cruz 1914, World Wars I and II, Korea 1950-53, and Vietnam 1964-75.
Each of these sections contains a brief overview of artillery MOH recipients, followed by detailed info for each individual winner.
An appendix details how the author came to the conclusions published in this work, and how all previous sources on the subject have not been as complete as they should have been in crediting many recipients with “artilleryman” status.
There are twenty-three detailed tables included, which present facts and figures to put the MOH story into perspective, especially as it relates to artillerymen.
Much of this data has never been available in any other published source.
  • Introduction
  • Artillerymen and the Medal of Honor
  • The Civil War 1861-1865
  • The Indian Wars 1861-1898
  • The Philippine Insurrection 1899-1913
  • Vera Cruz 1914
  • World War I 1917-1918
  • World War II 1941-1945
  • Korea 1950-1953
  • Vietnam War 1964-1975
  • Naval Gunfire
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices Source Notes The Author
    • Medals of Honor Awarded by Wars and Campaigns
    • Artillerymen Who Have Received Congressional Honors
    • Artillery Medal of Honor Winners by War
    • Foreign-Born Artillery Medal of Honor Winners
    • Artillery Medal of Honor Winners by Rank
    • Artillery Medal of Honor Winners Who Became General Officers
    • Artillery Units With Three or More Medals of Honor
    • Categories of Artillery Actions That Won the Medal of Honor
    • Posthumous Award of the Medal of Honor, 1917 to the Present
    • Civil War Army Medal of Honor by Branch
    • Analysis of Selected Civil War Battles
    • Artillery Group Actions in the Civil War
    • Time Delays Between the Act and the Award (Army)
    • Non-Artillerymen (Army) Who Fought As Artillerymen
    • U.S. Navy Personnel Who Fought As Field Artillerymen
    • Artillerymen Not Fighting in Artillery Units At the Time They Won the Medal
    • Marine Corps Artillerymen Who Won the Medal of Honor
    • Mortar Crewmen and Observers Who Won the Medal of Honor
    • Medal of Honor Winners Who Later Became Artillerymen
    • Other Army and Marine Medals of Honor Awarded for Actions Which Involved Artillery
    • Medals of Honor for Navy and Marine Gunners, Gunners Mates and
      for the Adjustment of Naval Gunfire
    • Marines Who Won the Medal of Honor While Serving on Navy Gun Crews
The Author
Major General David T. Zabecki enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966. He served in Vietnam as an infantry rifleman in the 9th Infantry Division, 1967-68. He left Vietnam shortly after the Tet Offensive. After transferring to Germany he was assigned to an 8-inch artillery battalion and eventually became the Battalion Fire Direction Chief. After leaving active duty at the end of 1969, he transferred to the Army National Guard, where he also served as a Battalion Fire Direction Chief in a 105mm unit. In 1975 he received a direct commission from Sergeant First Class to First Lieutenant. He subsequently served as a Battery Executive Officer, Battery Commander, Battalion Fire Direction Officer, and Battalion Intelligence Officer (S-2). In 1985 he transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve and was assigned to a Military Intelligence Group in Germany as a Targeting Intelligence Officer, and then as the Group Operations Officer (S-3). As a Lieutenant Colonel he commanded the 303rd Rear Operations Center of the 3rd Infantry Division; and as a Colonel he commanded the 313th Rear Tactical Operations Center of the 21st Theater Army Area Command in Germany. When the U.S. military entered Bosnia in 1995, he served as the Operations Officer (G-3) of the U.S, Army Europe (USAREUR) Mobilization Support Center. In 1997 he was assigned as the Chief of Staff of the 7th Army Reserve Command (7th ARCOM) in Germany. In 2000 he was selected for promotion to Brigadier General and assigned as the Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve. In 2002 he returned to Germany as the Commanding General of the 7th ARCOM. In February 2003, while still in command of the 7th ARCOM, he was assigned simultaneously as the Director of the USAREUR Deployment Operations Center, responsible for managing and synchronizing the deployment of 33,000 USAREUR soldiers and their equipment from Europe to the Middle East. In 2003 he was promoted to Major General and attached to the State Department as the Senior Security Advisor on the U.S. Coordinating and Monitoring Mission in Israel (the Roadmap to Peace in the Middle East Mission). In 2004-05 he served as the U.S. Department of Defense Executive Director for all World War II 60th anniversary commemoration events in Europe and simultaneously served as the Commanding General of the 3,000-man task force that supported the D-Day 60th anniversary observances. In 2005-06 he was the Commanding General of the U.S. Southern European Task Force (Rear) in Italy, and the senior U.S. Army commander south of the Alps. His final assignment in the Army in 2006-07 was Deputy Chief of Staff for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs at USAREUR.
Maj. Gen. Zabecki is a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He completed the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1988, receiving the General John J. Pershing Award as the Distinguished Honor Graduate of his year group. He also completed the officer advanced branch courses for Field Artillery, Military Intelligence, Infantry, Armor, Air Defense Artillery, Military Police, and the Psychological Operations Officer Course. Maj. Gen. Zabecki holds a functional area specialty in Operations (54A), and additional skill indicators as a Military Historian (5X), and as Nuclear and Chemical Target Analyst (5H).
An editor and a writer specializing in Military History, he is the Editor of Vietnam magazine, and the author or editor of numerous military history books, including Steel Wind: Colonel Georg Bruchmüller and the Birth of Modern Artillery (1994); World War II in Europe: An Encyclopedia (1999); On the German Art of War: Truppenführung (2001); Vietnam: A Reader (2002); and The German 1918 Offensives: A Case Study in the Operational Level of War (2006). He has written more than 400 articles for journals, magazines, and encyclopedias. He previously served as an Assistant Professor of Military History with American Military University. Gen. Zabecki also worked for 20 years in private industry as an engineer. 
Maj. Gen. Zabecki is a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality and holds certifications from ASQ as both a Quality Engineer and a Reliability Engineer. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in History from Xavier University (Ohio); a Masters degree in Systems Management from Florida Institute of Technology; and a Doctorate in Military Science from the British Army's Royal Military College of Science. 
Maj. Gen.  Zabecki's military awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (with five Oak Leaf Clusters); Vietnam Service Medal (with three Campaign Stars); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Bosnia); Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal; Department of the Army General Staff Identification Badge; and the German Army Proficiency Badge in Gold.

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