Skip to main content


April 2024
1min read

Some units had regular “UD [Undesirable Discharge] days, “especially when stockades got overcrowded. An Army lawyer recalled making weekly trips to the stockade, offering an Undesirable Discharge to anyone willing to sign the forms: “They were so eager to get out of jail and out of the Army, we could clean the place out in a day.” Some soldiers never realized what they were signing.

We hope you enjoy our work.

Please support this magazine of trusted historical writing, now in its 75th year, and the volunteers that sustain it with a donation to American Heritage.