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History of the U.S. Army Signal Corps

About this Dialogue

This presentation discusses the history of the U.S. Army Signal Corps and traces its technological developments and varied missions from 1860 to the present.  It focuses on the holdings of the Signal Corps Museum and how that institution preserves the organizations rich history through, exhibits, conservation, and programs. One of the most fascinating aspects of the presentation is the diversity of technology developed and used by the Signal Corps ranging from visual flag signals to photography to meteorology to aviation to satellite communication.  The museum is only 45 minutes drive from USC Aiken and is open to the public free of charge.

About the Speaker

Robert Anzuoni entered the U.S. Army in 1983.  After completing Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training, and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia,   he was assigned to the 505th Parachute Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in February 1984.   Between 1987 and 1993, he served the 187th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve in Massachusetts. He earned the U.S. Army Parachutist Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, British Parachutist Badge, and Canadian Parachutist Badge. 

Anzuoni attended Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts, and received a B.A. in American Studies in 1991.  He continued his education at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and earned an M.A. in History and Archival Methods.  He became curator of the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum in November 1993 and served as Director from February 1995 to May 2003.  Mr. Anzuoni has served as a member of the U.S. Army Center of Military History Museum Certification Inspection Team. He has also served as adjunct faculty for history at Fayetteville Technical Community College from 1995 to 2003 and is currently adjunct faculty at USC Aiken and Aiken Technical College. 

He has authored two books on the history of the 82nd Airborne Division, The All American and I’m the 82nd Airborne Division, as well as written numerous articles. He also co-authored Camp Gordon, 1917-1955. Presently, Mr. Anzuoni serves as the Director of the U.S. Army Signal Corps Museum at Fort Gordon, Georgia. 

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