Terry Shoptaugh, MSUM archivist and librarian, has received the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) Bronze Medal for 2010 for his book, They Were Ready: The 164th Infantry in the Pacific War. MWSA recognizes its members and their creative works at an awards banquet during their annual conference.

All awards recipients will be honored at the MWSA’s conference, Sept. 30 through Oct. 3, at Pittsburgh’s Wyndham University Plaza. The conference will feature special interest luncheons around the city, a play featuring the works of MWSA authors at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, oral history day, workshops, book signings, and the awards banquet. Many of the events are open to the public. Joseph-Beth’s Book seller is the official MWSA Pittsburgh Conference bookstore, where many books by the award winners will be offered for sale.

Shoptaugh is among more than 900 authors, poets and artists who comprise Military Writers Society of America. Most MWSA members are active duty military, retirees or military veterans. Others are life-long civilians who’ve chosen to focus on military and/or historical themes with their writings or art.

A complete listing of all MSWA award winners for 2010 is at the Society’s web site: http://militarywriters.com/2010Awards.html