Fort Stewart, GA – 05 NOV 2010

Located in Liberty County (an hour out side of Savannah), this 280,000-acre post is the largest military installation East of the Mississippi...which means it's bigger than last weeks Fort Rucker which felt like driving through a forest. I guess this one just didn't feel as remote since the gates were located close to town and I only drove around the main 2 miles complex. This place served as a POW camp for German & Italian prisoners in 1943-45, but I didn't find any information about it in their museum. What I did learn was about the bikini:"On July 5, 1949, French designer Lousi Reard unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit at the Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris. Parisian showgirl Micheline Bernardini modeled the new fashion, which Read dubbed 'bikini,' inspired by a news-making US atomic test that took place on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean earlier that week. In purdish America, the bikini was successfully resisted until the early 1960s, when a new emphasis on youthful liberation brought the swimsuit in mass to US beaches. It was immortalized by pop singer Brian Hyland, who sang "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini" in 1960, by the teenage "beach blanket" movie of Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, and by the California surfing culture celebrated by rock groups like the Beach Boys." (Signage in Fort Stewart Museum)
I did get to see "Golden Guns;" Saddam Hussein had several gold-plated AK47s made as gifts.Tinky Winky takes a ride on a T-71M-1 tank. This was a Polish built export, the Republican Gard crewmen abandoned on a Rumalia Oil field in March, 1991, when we arrived.
TW poses with a marble nose-less Saddam Hussein...the sign read, "This bust of Saddam Hussein former Dictator of Iraq was located on a building near Forward Operation Base (FOB) Prosperity. It was placed on a building much like Gargoyles are placed on American buildings. Local nationals were in the process of removing and destroying several other busts from the building, when they gifted this one to I-76 HHB. (Note the battle damage to the marble)" These were outside the museum; unfortunately, they and no labels to tell me anything about them.






I noticed this emblem and the term 'dogface' so I had to do some research. I learned that during WWII, the Army infantry foot soldiers were called Dogface...reference linked to dog-tags, pup-tents, foxholes and the fact that they were treated like dogs during training. The 1955 film, "To Hell and Back" based on Audie Murphy's autobiography (he was the most decorated US soldier of WWII) included the song "The Dogface Soldier" which was popular during the war...it was been adopted as the song of the 3rd Infantry Division. Although I did not get to hear it, I've been told it is sung every morning after reveille.