Californians and the Military
Major General Carl Aulick
by Brigadier General Donald Mattson
Carl Aulick's military career began when he was 19, he enlisted in the California National Guard's Company G, 184th Infantry Regiment. By December of 1928 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. By the time he was called to federal service for WWII he attained the rank of Major.

His first action was in the Aleutian Campaign as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 184th Inf.. and participated in the sea born landing on Kiska. Later he participated in the landings at Kwajelien. Having been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, Aulick commanded a training center in Hawaii preparing troops for combat action. He was discharged from federal service as a full Colonel.

General Aulick returned to duty with the newly formed California National Guard and became the architect of the post war guard. The California National Guard organization today is essentially that which Aulick established. In 1958 he was promoted to Brigadier General as assistant Adjutant General army division and later assistant Adjutant General of the California National Guard. He refused the appointment to Adjutant General, stating he believed he could be more effective in the position he held at the time.

BG Carl Aulick retired with 39 years of Federal and National Guard service. He was placed on the retired roll as a Major General. His decorations and awards include: The Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Combat Infantry Badge, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ Arrow Head device and two Campaign Stars, and the California Medal Of Merit.

Major General Aulick was a strong advocate and generous patron of the California Military Museum. He strongly encouraged the established and maintenance of a museum for the benefit of California citizens and National Guardsmen, so present and future generations will remember the unselfish service of our veterans and that freedom is not free! In honor of General Aulick's generous endowment, the World War II gallery will be named in his honor.
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