It appears possible that the US military will cease to honor traitors and will change the names of bases named after Confederate generals. This raises the question of what new names to give them. This is one of the topics on which I have the very least expertise, so I will make my suggestions.
1) Fort York. Named after Sergeant Alvin York who, when he was corporal York during World War I, personally captured 132 German soldiers. I like the idea of naming a fort after a sergeant. Also I just learned that, when drafted, York initially was a conscientious objector before being convinced to the distinct advantage of the 132 German soldiers and ot the disadvantage of the 25 he killed when leading the attack on the German machine gun nest.
Only risk. Gaffe prone President Biden might slip up in the decidation ceremony and inadvertently plagiarize “Now is the Winter of our discontent maid glorious Summer by this noble son of York” *I still remember when Neil Kinnock’s ancestors mysteriously became Biden’s ancestors back in 1988).
2) Fort Bradley
Come on, station GIs in a fort named after the GI’s general.
3) Fort Howard, named after General Oliver Otis Howard head of the Freedman’s bureau and founder of Howard University. NO compromise with treason.
4) Fort Walker named after the only female Medal of Honore recipient Mary Edwards Walker MD. I’ll drink to that.
5) Fort Anderson named after James Anderson Jr who threw himself on a hand grenade in Cam Lo in 1967
They also served who died in pointless wars. We owe them gratitude along with infinite apologies. Infinite.
6) Fort Baldonado named after Jose Rodriguez Baldonado who doesn’t even have a Wikipedia article.
7) Fort Montgomery. Clearly there might be some need for disambiguation. I am writing as someone raised in Montgomery County Maryland hearing stories about the Montgomery Bus Boycot. I am thinking of lieutenant Jack C Montgomery, more or less the sergeant York of World War II.
I propose renaming Fort Rucker Alabama Fort Montgomery.
As a gesture at national unity play “Sweet Home Alabama” when dedicating it (hoping that people notice the closing line “My, Montgomery’s got the answer” which should have been completely clear in the context of the 1960s also “the governor boo boo boo” should have been fairly clear.
8) Fort Hayashi. I am thinking of Joe Hayashi, but it is OK if people think of Shizuya Hayashi. The name can honor two Medal of Honor recipients with one fort.
Robert, did Shakespeare really spell “made” as “maid”.
Three more suggestions:
In place of Fort Hood, Fort Audie Murphy.
In place of Fort A.P. Hill, Fort George Thomas.
In place of Fort Bragg, Fort Hugh Shelton.
You mean “slow-trot” Thomas due to back issues? His troops never broke ranks when faced by the enemy. A superb general.
“The Rock of Chickamauga”
By the time I was 19 I had read all of Catton’s book. Pretty intriguing books for someone who wondered what the military was like till I found out. I managed to get a hold of the letters of Col. Franklin Artemus Haskell at UW History Library who part of the Wisconsin Iron Brigade. He died at Cold Harbor. Distant relation.
Thanks for the reminder . . .
Oh my, there are so many neglected heroes out there … Some suggestions: Curtis LeMay Air Force Base, Fort George Patton, Hyman Rickover Naval Station, Billy Mitchell AFB (there was a Mitchel AFB, named after a former NYC mayor, but that lacks relevance and resonance). And forts named for Douglas MacArthur. and Nathanael Greene.
Also, there ought to be a NASA base named after Wernher von Braun and someday a Robert Peary Lunar Base. And a bit down steam, a James T. Kirk Star Force Base.
These aren’t ALL serious suggestions, but …
Not an American, even by adoptive citizenship. He belongs to the Federation. Other hand, Dr. McCoy and Lt Uhuru qualify.
But we could have a Camp Superman! (if we don’t already.)