(S.D.)-Guard Soldiers Study Little Bighorn Battlefield
FORT MEADE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota National Guard soldiers
from the 196th Regiment traveled to the Little Bighorn Battlefield
near Garryowen, Mont., on July 4 to study the successes and
failures of battle known as "Custer's Last Stand."
The Guard says an analysis of both sides of the historic battle
is one of the major events required for students to graduate from
the 58-day commissioning program and become 2nd lieutenants.
In 1876, Lt. Col. Colonel George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry
were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the battle.
Numerous studies in recent years have uncovered a great deal of
information about the locations, allowing tactics to be studied.
Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Wall says studying military history teaches
junior military leaders to think in terms of terrain and tactics.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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