Each year the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts (MHSM) hosts a leadership essay contest to recognize the top essay written by a Massachusetts ROTC Cadet. The winning essay is awarded a total sum of $4,000; $2,500 in the form of a scholarship check to the Cadet author and a $1,500 check for program funds to support the study of military history to the winning Cadet’s ROTC Program.

2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II. VE Day (Victory in Europe). That victory was possible, in large part, due to the invasions of France and Italy. Those invasions were fueled by massive logistical operations involving the British Isles (BOLERO) and earlier Africa and then Italy (TORCH). This is asides from logistical operations when the British were alone in Africa and the operations supporting the Soviet Union.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the question posed to the 2020 essay participants was: How did logistics shape the outcome of the victory in Europe, what was the scope and organization, and what do you feel was the most significant change to American military logistics that led to and supported the victory?

2020 Competition Winner:
Cadet Kyle Hammalian
Boston University Air Force ROTC

Cadet Hammalian is pictured with the certificate he received from the Military Historical Society for his winning entry. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the awards dinner will be scheduled at a later date.

Essay Contest Winners

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2019 Winner - Cadet Easun Arunachalum Essay: Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps: Progress and Prospects

2018 Winner - Cadet Lucy Lee Essay: Cryptography in the First World War

2017 Winner - Cadet Eva Lisowski Essay: An Ordinary Hero

2016 Winner - Cadet Eric Koch Essay: American Spirit: The Yankee Division in the First World War

2015 Winner - Cadet Jocelyn Bly Essay: Mission Command: A Timeless Weapon

2014 Winner - Cadet James Kiefner Essay: Portrait of General Ulysses S. Grant (Un-titled essay)

2013 Winner - Cadet Daniel Silva Essay: From Revolution to Rapprochement | The War of 1812: The Causes, the War, the Legacy

2010 Winner - Cadet Garrett Brnger Essay: A War Fought from Both Sides: The ignored lessons of the American Revolution and their application to Vietnam

2009 Winner - Cadet William Mathews Essay: The Foreseeable Victory: A Justification for the Federal Use of Force in the Civil War

2008 Winner - Cadet Spencer Reese Essay: Washington’s Principle: Civil-Military Relations 1776-2008