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Last recipient of the Badge of Military Merit: SGT Daniel Bissell

Last recipient of the Badge of Military Merit: SGT Daniel Bissell
Daniel Bissell, the eldest son of Daniel and Elizabeth Bissell of Windsor, Connecticut, was born December 30, 1754. When the Revolution began he enlisted in the 5th Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Line, where his “sterling qualities of head and heart speedily gained the esteem of his comrades and the confidence of his officers.” He became a sergeant on September 1,... Read More

Short History of the Specialist Rank

Short History of the Specialist Rank
When considering the discussion for reintroducing of senior specialist ranks to the US Army one must reflect on the trials and tribulations of the past. Here is a short history of the US Army Specialist by CSM (Ret.) Dan Elder. When Washington assumed the role as Commander in Chief of the fledgling Continental Army in 1775, it had adopted the... Read More