Delaware Army National Guard 

Brig. Gen. Kennard. R. Wiggins Jr., (DE ANG Ret.)

I had completed the DelawareAir National Guard history and what would be a better topic for a follow-on book than a matching history of the Delaware Army National Guard? I am a fourth generation Delaware Guardsman and I knew a fair amount about the Army Guard history and had access to hundreds of images from the files of the Delaware Military Museum.

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.

Fun fact: The Delaware National Guard has more battle streamers from all our nation's wars than almost any other state. 


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Kennard Wiggins

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