March 28, 2016

Stars on Their Shoulders: Military Uniforms of the 20th Century

The Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, is currently hosting a special exhibition titled “Stars on Their Shoulders: Military Uniforms of the 20th Century.”  The exhibition highlights the evolution of United States military general’s uniforms throughout the 20th century and showcases the Akers Collection, the largest privately owned collection of military general’s uniforms in the state of Oklahoma.

“Stars on Their Shoulders: Military Uniforms of the 20th Century,” features fourteen original military uniforms all previously worn by generals of the United States Army and Air Force. Three of the original uniforms on display belonged to general officers from Oklahoma.  One of those men is Otwa T. Autry, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.  Another featured uniform belonged to Alden K. Sibley, who served as military aide to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937.  Through photographs and original uniforms, the exhibit will reveal the evolutionary history of United States military uniforms from the turn of the century, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War era, and ending with the Persian Gulf War era.

The exhibition has been featured by several local media outlets:

“Stars on Their Shoulders: Military Uniforms of the 20th Century,” runs through May at the Chisholm Trail Museum; located at 605 Zellers Ave. in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.  For more information, visit

March 30, 2015

General Frank F. Everest

General Frank F. Everest
Formal Evening Dress Uniform

General Everest graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1928 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery.  He then entered Primary Flying School at Brooks Field, Texas, graduating in 1929.  After service in Hawaii, Everest was assigned to Army Air Forces Headquarters in August of 1941.  He was posted to the Pacific Theater in 1942, serving as commander of the 11th Heavy Bomb Group at New Hebrides Islands and Guadalcanal and then Army air officer on the staff of the commander of the South Pacific Theater.  Everest returned to Headquarters of the new Air Corps in 1944 and was then designated Air Force member of the Joint Staff Planners of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1946.  He was then made commander of the Yukon Sector of the Alaskan Air Command before joining the Atomic Energy Commission in 1950.  The following year, Everest became commanding general of the Fifth Air Force, Far East Forces, in Korea.  In 1954, he was named deputy chief of staff for operations at Air Force Headquarters.  Everest was assigned as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and promoted to a full general in 1957.  He returned to the United States as commander of the Tactical Air Command in 1959, retiring 1961.