Monday, April 16, 2012

Maryland Defense Force Uncovers Historic Photos In The Baltimore Sun Archive

At TribunePhotos, we love hearing the unique stories of our customers and how we've helped them discover and preserve a lost piece of their history through the news archive photographs we sell.

The following letter was received from Ronald "Buddy" Scott, Command Sergeant Major of the Maryland Defense Force, one of our great customers, after discovering photos of the Guard in The Baltimore Sun's archive

Maryland Defense Force Maryland State Guard InsigniaOn behalf of TribunePhotos, thank you to all the men and women serving in the Maryland Defense Force! 

Please see the links below for more information on the Maryland Defense Force.

Dear TribunePhotos,

I am the Command Sergeant Major for the Maryland Defense Force; we are the modern day “Home Guard” or sometimes called the “State Guard.” 

The Maryland Defense Force is a volunteer uniformed state military agency and one of the four components of the Maryland Military Department. Formally established by the Maryland legislature in 1917, the unit's heritage and traditions trace back to the 17th century.

MDDF is one of a number of State Defense Forces authorized by the U.S. Congress under Title 32 and the respective state legislatures.

While specific missions vary from state to state, the Maryland Defense Force has the primary mission of providing competent and supplemental professional, technical, and military support to the Maryland Army National Guard, the Maryland Air National Guard, and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

State Defense Forces operate under the command of the Governor, as state Commander-in-Chief, and fall under the operational control of the state Adjutant General. State Defense Forces receive no federal funds and are supported entirely by the state.

Marylanders have a proud heritage of defending and serving their communities in times of war and disaster. From the volunteer colonial militias of the 17th century, to the citizen soldiers that responded to America's great conflicts that have touched the state, Maryland has come together to protect our shores and borders in times of distress and disaster. That inherited spirit of service gave birth to The Maryland State Guard during the past two World Wars and is the origin of the Maryland Defense Force.

Much of our history, it lost, or buried deep someplace unknown, when I saw the pictures for sale at your eBay store, I had to purchase them. Many show our Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI) which has not changed much over the years.

I have now gotten almost a dozen pictures off of your eBay store. Framed and on display in my Office, I continue to search for old photos and hopefully will find the news stories that were published with these historic photos. Finally some of our history will be preserved forever.

Many say how the internet and social media has changed our society, but for me, my unit, and our history, we would have never known these pictures were for sale.

For more information on the Maryland Defense Force, and to see modern day photos, check out our website at

And yes, we do have a FaceBook page

Ronald "Buddy" Scott
Command Sergeant Major
Maryland Defense Force

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