December 13, 2021 marks the 385th birthday of the Army National Guard! According to the National Guard’s official website: “On this date in 1636, the Massachusetts colonial legislature directed that the colony’s existing militia companies be organized into three regiments. This date is recognized based upon the Department of Defense’s practice of adopting the dates of initial authorizing legislation for organized units as the birthdates of the active and reserve components of the armed services.” The South Carolina Army National Guard recognizes December 13 as its birthday as well. The SC Air National Guard, which turned 75 this year, observes its birthday in close proximity, on the date of December 9. This week’s edition of Walter Edgar’s SC Quiz will honor the Palmetto State’s brothers and sisters in uniform by testing your knowledge on the history of the SC Army and Air National Guard.
Interested in learning more about the history of the SC Army and Air National Guard, or South Carolina’s role in the Armed Forces? Check out the documentary "We Have a Story to Tell", produced by Mark Adams, or the Military Observances collection, both on Knowitall.org!