Monthly Archives: January 2019

Ernie Verhulst (Part 2): Growing up fast in occupied Holland

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Ernie Verhulst (Part 2): Growing up fast in occupied Holland

Ernie Verhulst (Part 2):
Growing up fast in occupied Holland

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

A wide-eyed boy when the occupation of the Netherlands started, Ernie Verhulst had witnessed widespread atrocities, death and destruction. By 1944, the sound of streams of Allied bombers passing overhead on their way to targets in Germany—Americans by day; British and Canadians by night—had become so commonplace he rarely bothered to look up anymore.


Invisible Injury

Invisible injury

Story by Sharon Adams

If a soldier’s moral conscience is damaged, the problem and the solution can both be hard to find. For almost a decade, Canadian Armed Forces reservist James (not his real name) has been haunted by memories from one of his three tours to Afghanistan—haunted by something he did not do. The unextinguished feelings are a hint of a different kind of injury, one as old as armed conflict.


Military Milestones
A Mountie is killed by the Mad Trapper

A Mountie is killed by the Mad Trapper

On Jan. 30, 1932, Albert Johnson, known as the Mad Trapper of Rat River, sealed his fate by killing RCMP Constable Edgar Millen.

Surly and unfriendly, Johnson built a cabin in the summer of 1931 at prime trapping grounds along the Rat River in the Northwest Territories—but he never got a licence to trap.

When trapping season started, members of the Loucheux First Nation found someone interfering with their traps—and the only new person on the scene was Johnson. They complained to Millen at Fort McPherson, south of Inuvik.

Millen sent out two investigators, who trekked a week to Johnson’s cabin. Met with surly resistance, the constables went to Aklavik for reinforcements and a search warrant. When the expanded party of four reached the cabin again on Dec. 31, 1931, Const. Alfred King was severely wounded.


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Help is just a phone call away
The VAC Assistance Service can provide up to 20 sessions of counselling in a number of areas, including work-related issues, health concerns, family/marital problems, psychological difficulties and other problems in which the well-being of veterans, former RCMP members, their families and caregivers is affected. Bereavement services are also available.

You can reach the VAC Assistance Service by calling 1-800-268-7708. For the hearing impaired, dial 1-800-567-5803 (TDD).


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Invitation: Canada Consul General Luncheon in California Feb. 27

Note this up-coming event with the Canadian Consul General.


Canadian Consul General Hosted February 27

At Chamber’s International Trade Luncheon

Opportunities for economic development with California’s second leading trading partner will be the focus when Rana Sarkar, consul general of Canada, is hosted at the annual international trade luncheon by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 27.

The event is co-sponsored by the California State University, East Bay, College of Business and Economics.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Golden Peacock Banquet Hall and Conference Center, 24989 Santa Clara St., Hayward. Reservations must be made in advance at the chamber website Tickets are $25 apiece and will not be sold at the door.

“We are honored to be co-sponsors of this event and look forward to welcoming to Hayward a representative of California’s second largest trading partner and a historic ally,” said George Low, dean of the College of Business and Economics at Cal State East Bay.  “Students, faculty, and staff from the College of Business and Economics as well as the public will have the opportunity to learn more about current issues in international trade by attending this event.”

 “Hayward is a perfect place for the consul general to discuss the bright future for trade between our countries,” said Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. “Here at the center of the Bay Area a growing number of Hayward companies are keeping our chamber busy issuing certificates of origin for their exports.”

About Consul General Rana Sarkar

Mr. Sarkar was appointed consul general of Canada in San Francisco / Silicon Valley in 2017. He previously served as national director for high growth markets at KPMG Canada and co-chairman of the advisory board at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. From 2009 to 2013 he was president and chief executive officer of the Canada-India Business Council.

He co-founded Content Partners, a global content agency, and in 2001 the advisory firm Rawlings Atlantic Limited. He began his career as a consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in London and Munich and helped establish the company in India. He attended the London School of Economics, Queens University at Kingston, Ontario, and the INSEAD Executive Program in France.

Canada’s Impact on California and the Bay Area

According to the California Chamber of Commerce, Canada has remained California’s second largest export market (after Mexico) since 2006, with a total value of over $16.7 billion in 2017 (9.7 percent of all California exports), as well as exporting $9.2 billion in services to Canada. California imports $28.7 billion from Canada.

The California chamber’s Trading Partner Portal cites that computers and electronic products remained California’s largest exports, accounting for 33.5 percent of all California exports to Canada. Exports of agricultural products and food manufacturing from California to Canada totaled $3.72 billion. Transportation equipment and chemicals total $1.3 billion and $866 million, respectively. California imports from Canada were composed of transportation equipment, food manufactures, chemicals, and oil and gas.

According to the Canadian government, nearly $2 billion worth of goods and services crosses the Canada-U.S. border daily, the equivalent of over $1 million traded every minute.

Factoids from the California Chamber of Commerce:

  • There are 784 Canadian-owned businesses in California, employing more than 72,000 people statewide.
  • Canadian trade and investment supports 1,166,100 jobs in California.
  • Canada sells more to California than it sells to China.

According to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, U.S. goods and services trade with Canada totaled an estimated $673.9 billion in 2017.

Event Sponsors

Event co-sponsors with the Hayward Chamber of Commerce include the Consulate General of Canada; the City of Hayward; the California State University, East Bay, College of Business and Economics; the US Commercial Service, Mijosa LLC, PG&E, and the Russell City Energy Center.

Hayward Chamber of Commerce Speakers’ Series

Consul General Sarkar’s appearance is the latest in the Hayward Chamber of Commerce international trade luncheon series that has included Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok of India, Consul General Masato Watanabe of Japan, Consul General Felix Corona of Mexico, Hong Kong Trade Director Jeff Leung, and trade representative Yihang Yang from the Peoples’ Republic of China.


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WWI DISPATCH January 29, 2019

From the World War One Centennial Commission.

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Revamping Pershing Park: Giving World War I Remembrance Its Due

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The United States World War I Centennial had the opportunity last week to brief the Federal City Council (FC2 ) in Washington, DC on the new National World War I Memorial in the nation’s capitol. Commissioner and Vice Chair Edwin Fountain, and Commissioner Tod Sedgwick led a discussion with FC2 Trustees about plans to build the Memorial in Pershing Park. Click here to read the extremely positive response from the FC2 on the briefing, and the organization’s call for FC2 members to “get involved” in the Memorial project.

Senators Tester, Blackburn Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Honor “Hello Girls”


U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) are honoring the groundbreaking service of the women who connected American and French forces on the front lines of World War I. The Senators introduced the bipartisan Hello Girls Congressional Gold Medal Actto award the women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, dubbed the “Hello Girls,” with the Congressional Gold Medal for their service and subsequent 60 year fight to be recognized as veterans. The Hello Girls were recruited after male infantrymen struggled to connect calls quickly or communicate with their French counterparts. Despite their outstanding service and the military oath they took, the Hello Girls were denied veteran status and benefits when they returned home. It wasn’t until 1977, 60 years after the first Hello Girls took the Army oath, that Congress passed legislation to retroactively acknowledge the military service of the women in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Click here to read more about this new legislative initiative to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the “Hello Girls” that will “honor their service as well as their fight for recognition.”

American Legion supports review of minorities’ World War I valor medals

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The American Legion magazine’s February 2019 issue will carry a full-page article detailing the Legion’s support for the United States World War I Centennial Commission-sponsored Valor Medals Review Task Force. This is the first systematic  review of World War I veterans who may have been denied a Medal of Honor due to racial or ethnic discrimination. The Valor Medals Review Task Force is starting with the records of approximately 70 African-American soldiers — in particular, those worthy of the nation’s highest military award who may have been downgraded to a Distinguished Service Cross or received a French Croix de Guerre with palm. Click here to read more about the Valor Medals Review Task Force, and the Legion’s full support for its efforts.

Philadelphia Family Gets Back Grandfather’s World War I Keepsake Thanks to Purple Hearts Reunited

2nd Lt. Donald A. McClure

Three weeks ago, the nonprofit Purple Hearts Reunited reached out to the McClure family in West Chester, PA, letting them know that they found something that belonged to them. In a letter home to Pennsylvania, 2nd Lt. Donald A. McClure (left) described the severe leg injury he had suffered in World War I. The letter came from France. The year was 1918. McClure was 22. McClure’s descendants weren’t aware that Lt. McClure received a WWI Wound Certificate, and like many, don’t know how it left the family. But inside of a West Chester home, the honor was returned. Click here to read the entire story, and watch the video as a bit of World War I history was returned to a veteran’s family.

How the flu wiped out 675,000 Americans after World War I

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Commissioner Libby O’Connell of the United States World War 1 Centennial Commission is the chief historian emeritus at the History Channel. She picked up her historian’s pen to craft an article last week for the New York Post newspaper about the still mystifying outbreak of influenza during World War I that killed millions worldwide, including some 675,000 Americans, 43,000 of them Doughboys. Click here to read more about the viral carnage of the influenza pandemic, and how the specter of a pandemics like the World War I episode, in new and virulent forms, isn’t a remote historic footnote 100 years later.

Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old” marches on: Warner Brothers releasing widely across North America

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Warner Bros. Pictures is widening the front for Peter Jackson’s widely acclaimed World War I documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old.” The studio will expand the release of the film to 500 theaters across 150 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada, beginning on Friday, February 1, 2019, with special pre-shows the evening before.  The Warner Bros. release comes following the film’s hugely successful Fathom Events dates, which yielded record-setting results. “They Shall Not Grow Old” took in $8.34 million, making it the highest-grossing U.S. Cinema Event release ever. Click here to read more about the broad release of this epic World War I documentary, including how to buy tickets.

From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

A Century in the Making: An Interview with National WWI Memorial creative team Joe Weishaar and Sabin Howard


In Episode 105 of the WW1 Centennial News Podcast, which aired on January 11th, 2019, we heard from two people who are integral to the creation of the National WWI Memorial: lead designer Joe Weishaar (top left) and sculptor Sabin Howard. We honor the veterans of every other major conflict of the 20th century in our nation’s capital, except World War I. To fix that, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission’s capstone project is the creation of the memorial. During the centennial of the armistice, we held events in D.C. at the site of the future memorial. At one of these events, Weishaar, and Howard spoke about the evolution of the project and how they got together. Click here to read a transcript from the event.

Remembering Veterans: Erin Fehr

Erin Fehr

On January 11th’s edition of the WWI Centennial News Podcast, Episode 105, archivist Erin Fehr of the Sequoyah National Research Center (SNRC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, spoke with host Theo Mayer about the new “American Indians in World War I” section of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission web site. The encyclopedic web site commemorates the service of American Indians in the Great War. Click here to read a transcript of the entire interview.

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Episode #107
Highlights: New Nations, New World.

Host: Theo Mayer

  • The News 100 Year Ago in the Official Bulletin – Host | @02:05
  • Tempestuous Voyage Home – Dr. Edward Lengel | @15:55
  • A Seat At The Table: Yugoslavia – Host | @19:25
  • Communist Revolution in Germany – Mike Shuster | @22:40
  • First into German: Sgt. Roy Holtz – Host | @26:40(Courtesy of Robert Laplander)
  • The Next Step for the Sculpture – Sabin Howard | @34:10
  • National History Day WWI Education – Cathy Gorn | @41:45
  • Speaking WWI: Cup ‘O Joe – Host | @49:45
  • Hello Girls Musical Cast Album – Host | @51:35

Literature in WWI This Week

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Part 5

The last installment of the WWrite 2-Year Review! Since January 2017, WWrite has published a diversity of writers’ voices and stories from past and present. This week, part 5 takes a look at the following categories of posts: The Enemy; Allied Memorials; Native Americans; Colonial Soldiers; New WWI Art, Music, Poetry, and Fiction; Scholarship and Teaching. Read the fascinating ways international writers, scholars, and artists have commemorated the centennial at WWrite this week!

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The Extra

The double suicide of American twin sisters Dorothea & Gladys Cromwell occurred Jan 19,1919. Their deaths provoked widespread public debate concerning the mental effects of war work on women volunteers. Read about Gladys Cromwell’s poem “The Extra”

Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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United States Mint WWI Commemorative Coin and Display

The US Mint stopped selling the World War I Commemorative Coin on December 27, but you can still purchase the limited edition silver dollar in combination with our specially-designed display stand, personalized with information about your WWI ancestor, from the Centennial Official Merchandise store. This package makes a great collectible gift for family members and descendants of those who served in World War I. Personalization can include: rank, full name, enlisted date, deceased date, unit/decorations, battles, cemetery, etc. If you already purchased the Commemorative Coin from the US Mint, you can order just the personalized display. Both the combo set and display alone are available at hereSupplies are limited.  And remember: proceeds from the sale of this item go towards funding the building of the National World War One Memorial in Washington DC.

This and many other items are available as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial.

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369th at Kennedy Center

New PBS Arts Series to feature the 369th Experience

The Centennial Commission got a wonderful communication last week — an email from Judy Meschel, Producer for Local Projects at WETA Television, the Public Broadcasting for Greater Washington, D.C. Judy was letting us know that she had just finished producing a segment for WETA on James Reese Europe, the legendary WWI Harlem Hellfighter Jazz Band Leader. The show features a recent performance at the Kennedy Center by our Commission-sponsored 369th Experience. The WETA Arts segment is scheduled to start airing on Friday, February 1 at 8:30pm on WETA TV 26 — and the segment will be available online starting Saturday February 2.  Click here for more information on the program, and an in-depth interview with Judy Meschel.

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Dalton Ranlet

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Dalton Ranlet

Submitted by: Linda Gagen {niece}

Dalton Ranlet was born around 1900. Dalton Ranlet served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

Story of Service

My uncle, Dalton Ranlet, lied about his age to enlist in the 11th Engineers (Railway), which was one of the first regiments to go to France. In November 1917 he died in the Battle of Gouzeaucourt, which was the first time an American unit fought as a unit in World War I. His body was lost in the rubble and not recovered until 1955. He was then buried in the Somme Cemetery, without notifying the family.

My mother was born three years after Dalton’s death and grew up hearing stories of her brother’s service and death. In 2012, I learned that he was buried in France while researching family history. That discovery began a long process of searching for records both in the United States and France to learn more about Dalton.

Over time I met the citizens and officials for Gouzeaucourt, who expressed an interest in creating a memorial to the 11th Engineers. With the help of my friend Leo, we located the 11th Engineer Battalion Association, who gladly funded the construction of a memorial.

Read Dalton Ranlet’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.

New Nations, New World. Ep. #107

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New Nations,
New World.

Episode #107

Boarding for the voyage home.

Boarding for the voyage home.

New Nations, New World.

Host: Theo Mayer

  • The News 100 Year Ago in the “Official Bulletin” – Host | @02:05
  • Tempestuous Voyage Home – Dr. Edward Lengel | @15:55
  • A Seat at the Table: Yugoslavia – Host | @19:25
  • Communist Revolution in Germany – Mike Shuster | @22:40
  • First into German: Sgt. Roy Holtz – Host | @26:40
    (Courtesy of Robert Laplander)
  • The Next Step for the Sculpture – Sabin Howard | @34:10
  • National History Day WWI Education – Cathy Gorn | @41:45
  • Speaking WWI: Cup ‘O Joe – Host | @49:45
  • Hello Girls Musical Cast Album – Host | @51:35

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