This site was once the home of the Delaware Military Heritage and Education Foundation. The Foundation has moved to www.demilitaryheritage.org. We've elected to keep this site as an on-line archive of Delaware Military History. This site is dedicated to Delaware military history. It is meant to be a collaborative effort. If you'd like to make a contribution to recording the military heritage of Delaware, please contact us at Kennard.Wiggins@gmail. com. We're always eager to record more of our history, or to make it more accurate.
Contents: People - Biographies and profiles of Delawareans who have made military history. Places- History of fortifications, bases, camps, armories, and other military locations Organizations - The military components and units of Delaware Sources - Places where you can learn more, research libraries, bibliographies, links to other sites Arms - the weapons and arms used by Delawareans; ships, aircraft, vehicles and arms Chronology - A list of events throughout Delaware History related to military people and deeds.
Would you like to know more? We recommend the following books available at local Delaware bookstores and from Arcadia Publishing.
Delaware Air National Guard The Delaware Air National Guard got its start when a group of World War II veterans formed a new National Guard unit composed of surplus airplanes, combat experience, a measure of hard work, camaraderie, and fun. Some called this assemblage a gentleman’s flying club, but in a few short years, it was tested for the first time in the Korean War. Since then, the Delaware Air National Guard has flown and fought in almost every corner of the globe. It answered the call in Vietnam, the Middle East, the Balkans, and most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Celebrating 60 years of service, it has become a well-known local institution. The “Blue Hen Air Force” has evolved into a professional organization that shoulders a significant operational role for the U.S. Air Force and serves as a versatile emergency resource for the state of Delaware.
Delaware Army National Guard The Delaware National Guard traces its roots to 1655, when the Swedish Colonial government formed a militia to defend itself. That tradition carried through Dutch and then English control of the colony. The militia served in all five French and Indian Wars and then distinguished itself during the Revolutionary War as the First Delaware Regiment of the Continental Army, earning its "Blue Hen" nickname. The Delaware militia continued to serve in every major war, and currently it remains in the forefront. Images of America: Delaware Army National Guard presents images of this fabled organization that survived from the Spanish-American War to the present. The people, places, equipment, and facilities of the Delaware National Guard are illustrated in this compilation of historic photographs from the collection of the Delaware Military Heritage and Education Foundation.
Dover Air Force Base Dover Air Force Base is the largest aerial port in the United States and home to gigantic jet air transports that are lifelines for our modern military. It started as a municipal airport and has grown and expanded nearly continuously since opening a week after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. Its saga is the story of the evolution of the U.S. Air Force from World War II to the present. The pictures in Images of Aviation: Dover Air Force Base represent the thousands of people who called Dover AFB their home, the hundreds of aircraft that have been assigned there, and the dozens of various missions assigned to the facility over the past seven decades. Over 200 vintage photographs from the archives of the Air Mobility Museum and other sources provide a sampling of the way it was at Dover Air Force Base through the years.
Delaware Aviation For such as small state, Delaware has a fascinating aviation history. Delaware counts aircraft from the smallest, like the 1910 "Delaplane" to the largest, the USAF C-5 Galaxy airlifter, among its rich variety. Numerous small grass strips dotted the state in the early years of aviation, serving as an incubator for aerial progress. the state has been the home to aircraft manufacturers, notable aviators, and aeronautical innovators and hosts military aviation units from the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, the US Air Force Reserve, and the United States Air Force on two major bases. World War II brought the development of Dover Air Force Base, currently the largest aerial superport in the United States. This collection of historical photographs depicts the colorful people, the locales, the varied aircraft and the numerous milestone events that make up the history of aviation in Delaware.