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On the US Army Birthday, Celebrating The Diplomatic Couriers’ Roots Laid by Soldiers

 

The U.S. Army honors its 243rd birthday on June 14. The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Courier Service, which is marking its 100th anniversary in 2018, has a century-long relationship with the U.S. Army.

The Courier Service traces its formal origins to the U.S. Army Silver Greyhounds messengers, a group of hard-charging soldier-couriers who hand-carried diplomatic messages across Europe during negotiations for the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I.

In early 1918, General John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing authorized Army messengers to rush sensitive military documents between the United States and France. Following the Armistice of November 11, 1918, the Silver Greyhounds took on a diplomatic role upon their formal assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, where they issued diplomatic passports, and directly supported the American Commission to Negotiate Peace. The Silver Greyhounds thus became the first U.S. organization dedicated specifically to the movement of diplomatic pouches.

The courier unit — created and led by Major Amos J. Peaslee — reopened diplomatic routes to U.S. diplomatic posts across war-torn Europe and into Bolshevik Russia. The new diplomatic courier service was integral to the peace process that culminated with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919. Read more

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The courier unit — created and led by Major Amos J. Peaslee — reopened diplomatic routes to U.S. diplomatic posts across war-torn Europe and into Bolshevik Russia. The new diplomatic courier service was integral to the peace process that culminated with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919

On the US Army Birthday, Celebrating The Diplomatic Couriers’ Roots Laid by Soldiers

 

The U.S. Army honors its 243rd birthday on June 14. The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Courier Service, which is marking its 100th anniversary in 2018, has a century-long relationship with the U.S. Army.