Founded in 1944, NDTA will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2019.
To commemorate this milestone event, we will be publishing a series of articles selected from our archives that will highlight important events in our Association's history.
After the end of World War II in 1945 throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and pretty much the whole world, there was a belief that WWII was "the war to end all wars". Little did we know that in less than five years, US combat troops would find themselves on the battle field in another war--the Korean War. Technically it was not a "war," but a "police action." And although the war is still not over today (it ended in a "cease fire", not a truce), that distinction was lost on most troops actually fighting the war.
That period between the end of WWII and the Korean War saw several transportation and world events of extreme importance. Just briefly, here were the biggest news stories:
* 6 June 1944 -- D-Day
* 25 Aug 1944 -- Red Ball Express established
* 1944 -- Federal-Aid Highway Act
* 11 October 1944 -- The Army Transportation Association (ATA) was founded
* Six new chapters joined the ATA
* February 1945 -- The Association established its Transportation Journal
* 6 August 1945 -- First Atomic Bomb Explodes in Hiroshima
* November 1946 -- The Association's 1 st Annual Convention was held in Chicago
* 26 June 1948 -- Berlin Airlift Operations Begin
* 1949 -- ATA changed its name to NDTA
* The government established the Department of Transportation, Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Air Force, Central Intelligence Agency, and National Security Council
* The Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) Program begins
One thing that is particularly noteworthy about the conflict, and not too well known outside of transportation circles, is the invention of two technological pieces of equipment: one very high tech, and one decidedly low tech. We are referring to the invention and first use in war time of the helicopter, and the steel CONEX container or Container Express in formal terms. We will...