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Origin of the Term “Quartermaster”

Though the Quartermaster supply function is as old as the first army that took the field, the term “Quartermaster” seems to have come into general usage with the rise of standing armies in the 16th century.  Derived from the Old French quartier and the Latin...

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The Quartermaster Regiment

Early in 1981 the Army implemented The New Manning System. This system contained two parts: the COHORT (cohesion, operational readiness and training) Unit Movement System and the U.S. Army Regimental System (USARS). Initially the regimental system was limited to the...

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Key Quartermasters in History

MG Thomas Mifflin – First Quartermaster General (August 14 1775). MG Nathanael Green – Third Quartermaster General. Reorganized the Army’s supply system after Valley Forge and established its first depot system. BG Thomas Jessup – Longest running Quartermaster General...

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Famous Former Quartermasters

Former members of the Quartermaster Corps include U.S. Presidents, supreme court justices, military heroes and prominent citizens.  From the American Revolution to about 1912, officers and noncommissioned officers were detailed from the Infantry, Artillery and...

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Quartermaster Creed

Updated May 2022 I am QuartermasterMy Story has enfolded within the history of this NationSustainer of Armies... My forges burned hot in the cold of Valley ForgeDown frozen, rutted roads my oxen hauled what supplies a young Congress could send me...Scant rations for...

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Quartermaster Corps Branch Insignia

Original Design. 1896 War Department General Order #40 of 3 September 1896 authorized the sword, key, wheel and eagle as the insignia of the Quartermaster Corps. The insignia was designed by Captain Oscar F. Long at the direction of the Quartermaster General,...

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Quartermaster Corps Regimental Coat Of Arms

The Coat of Arms for the Quartermaster Corps was authorized by the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry effective 16 June 1994. A Coat of Arms has always been an object of pride which symbolizes the past deeds of the unit it represents. The coat of arms appears on the...

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Quartermaster Medal of Honor Recipients

(For a listing of all Medal of Honor Recipients go to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.) The Medal of Honor is the United States' highest award for military valor in action. And while over 150 years have passed since its inception, the meaning behind the Medal...

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