Mile 26 Post

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1952, the Mile 26 Post was published. The winning entry was submitted by Lt. Hal Pressman, a services officer. His reasoning for the name was: "The term has been the one used for pointing out locations of the vast territory's scattered settlements, the 'mile post'particularly has been symbolic of the growth and development of Alaska." In addition to the new name, the paper also had a new flag. Sgt. Robert Blake submitted this winning entry. It depicted, of course, Mile 26, Alaskan landscape, aircraft, and Army tanks. This begs the question: Why are there Army tanks in the flag? There were approximately 2,000 Army personnel stationed at Eielson throughout much of the 1950s. (graphic courtesy of the 354th Fighter Wing History Office)

PHOTO BY:
VIRIN: 080422-F-3366A-004.JPG
FULL SIZE: 1.36 MB
Additional Details

No camera details available.

IMAGE IS PUBLIC DOMAIN

Read More

This photograph is considered public domain and has been cleared for release. If you would like to republish please give the photographer appropriate credit. Further, any commercial or non-commercial use of this photograph or any other DoD image must be made in compliance with guidance found at https://www.dimoc.mil/resources/limitations, which pertains to intellectual property restrictions (e.g., copyright and trademark, including the use of official emblems, insignia, names and slogans), warnings regarding use of images of identifiable personnel, appearance of endorsement, and related matters.