WWI DISPATCH March 5, 2019

From the World War One Centennial Commission.

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March 5, 2019

Remembering the Great War: An Interview with Dale Archer, Chief of Staff of the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission

Dale Archer

We were happy to see an excellent article, shared with us by Sigma Nu Fraternity Magazine, which is an in-depth interview with the World War I Centennial Commission’s Chief of Staff, Dale Archer (left), about the National World War I Memorial project that he has been managing for the past three years. The article notes that “World War I’s impact on the world, and American society in particular, is fading from our collective memory, but Dale Archer is working to ensure we never forget the sacrifices made or the legacy the ‘war to end all wars’ left behind.”  Click here to read the entire article about Dale’s ongoing effort to get the national World War I Memorial built in Washington, DC.

Digging Into History: World War I Trench Restoration in Seicheprey, France

Christine Pittsley

Christine Pittsley of the Connecticut World War I Centennial Committee (left) writes to tell us about the Seicheprey Trench Restoration Project, a remarkable new Education initiative planned and coordinated by the Connecticut State Library, which will take place in France this summer. The project is designed to create a historic site for tourists to visit, and to teach visitors about this important battle & American contributions to the war. The restoration project will take place in France this coming July, and is sponsored, in part, by the American Legion. Click here to read more about this special project that aims to restore and strengthen the friendship between the people of Connecticut and the people of Seicheprey.

Popular World War I Exhibit Extended at North Carolina Museum of History

NC Museum exhibit

Due to popular demand, the North Carolina Museum of History will extend one of its most-loved exhibits, North Carolina and World War I. The exhibit will now be open through May 27, 2019 (Memorial Day). “North Carolina & World War I” is a free, award-winning exhibit commemorating the centennial of U.S. entry into World War I and focuses on North Carolina’s role in the War to End All Wars on the western front in France and Belgium. Visitors will experience a re-created trench warfare environment to discover what life was like for Tar Heel soldiers, who entered the war in 1917. Click here to read more about how the World War I installation has cemented “its status as the most-visited temporary exhibit ever created by the North Carolina Museum of History.”

Not Every Woman Who Served With the U.S. Military During World War I Got the Same Treatment. Here’s Why.


As Women’s History Month begins this March, author Pamela D. Toler, whose new book Women Warriors: An Unexpected History was recently published, takes a look at the different attitudes and experiences encountered during (and after) World War I by women who volunteered to serve in the American armed forces during the Great War. As Toler notes: “The Navy’s ‘yeomanettes’ and the Army’s Hello Girls were the first American women to openly serve in (or at least with) the military. And, though they served in the same war for the same nation, their experiences differed greatly.” Click here to read the entire insightful article on the TIME magazine web site.

Bessie Bendt made a name for herself as Sioux Falls’ first ‘conductorette’ in WWI


As well as serving in the armed forces, American women in World War I stepped forward to fill other traditionally male roles and occupations that were emptied by the mobilization of men into uniform. Take the case of Bessie Bendt, a trailblazer in Sioux Falls, SD as the city’s first ‘conductorette’ during World War I. When her new husband Otto, who was working for the city’s electric trolley company, was called to military duty in June of 1918, Bessie stepped forward to keep the commuter rails running as the first female to serve in the role of a conductor for the Sioux Falls Traction System. Click here to read more about Bessie, and the role she pioneered in supporting the American war effort.

Public Invited to Lander University Symposium on The South and WWI

Lander U Symposium

On Thursday, March 14, and Friday, March 15, Lander University will host a two-day symposium on the far-reaching effects that World War I had on the American South. The symposium will feature panel discussions on World War I’s impact on women and patriotism; the U.S. military and foreign policy; Southern agriculture and economy; and race relations in the South.Click here to read more about this ambitious symposium that originated in observation of the lack of published material on the topic of the South and World War I.

Effort underway to restore the WWI Monument at the Mohave County, Arizona Superior Courthouse

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Businesses, organizations and individuals all throughout Mohave County came together in 1928 to erect a monument dedicated to those who served in World War I. Now that the passage of time and a few bad actors have led to the deteriorating condition of the monument, there’s a group of veterans leading another community effort, this time to restore the World War I monument at the Mohave County Superior Courthouse. Bob Wallace, director of the Arizona Military Order of Devil Dog Charities, notes that “The monument was to recognize the service and dedication of those young kids that went to WWI. They were 18, 19-year-old. This monument is for the memory of those folks that went into what they call the ‘War to end all wars’ and preserved the planet.” Click here to read more about what Wallace and others are doing to rescue the neglected memorial and restore it to its original condition.

A Chambersburg soldier and his family write letters through World War I

Chambersburg soldier

Writing on the Chambersburg, PA PublicOpinion newspaper web site, Mike Marotte tells the story of his Great Uncle Lawrence E. Funk, who served in the U.S. Army’s Remount Squadron #302 during World War I, through the lens of the many letters and postcards exchanged between the soldier and his family in Pennsylvania during his stateside training and the postcards that he sent home from deployment to Europe. Click here to read more about how this wartime correspondence illuminates life on the battlefield and the American home front during World War I.

From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

Historian’s Corner:
Dr. Patricia Fara on Women’s Rights post-WWI in the United Kingdom

Dr. Patricia Fara

In March 1st’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 112, host Theo Mayer spoke with Cambridge University’s Dr. Patricia Fara about the effect of World War I on women’s rights in the United Kingdom. We’re entering the centennial period when American women finally succeeded in getting the vote, but women’s suffrage was a global issue these days 100 years ago. Click here to read the entire transcript of this article, and find out how women’s suffrage was a trans-Atlantic issue in 1919.

Historian’s Corner:
Dr. Charissa Threat on African American Women in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps

Dr. Charissa Threat

In February 22nd’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 111, host Theo Mayer spoke with historian and Chapman University Professor Charissa Threat about the participation of African American women in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. These women faced systemic discrimination along the lines of race and gender, yet managed to serve despite these barriers. Click here to read the entire transcript of the interview, and learn more about the 18 African American Nurses that joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corp.

WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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The WW1 Centennial News Podcast is about WW1 THEN: 100 years ago this week, and it’s about WW1 NOW: News and updates about the centennial and the commemoration.  Available on our web siteiTunesGoogle Play, PodbeanTuneInStitcher Radio on Demand.  Spotify  listen on Youtube. New – Comment and ask questions via twitter @TheWW1podcast

Sculptor's Art - Sabin Howard

Episode #112
Highlights: The Sculptor’s Art

Host: Theo Mayer

100 Years Ago This Week – Host | @02:10

Mission to Moscow – Mike Shuster | @09:35

A “Y” girl sets up a library – Dr. Edward Lengel | @13:20

Announcing WWI Themed “Fleet Week” in NYC – Host | @20:20

“Digital Technology and the Sculptor’s Art” Part 1 – Host | @21:10Courtesy of the author: Traci Slatton

Historians Corner: Women’s Suffrage in the UK – Dr. Patricia Fara | @27:35

Remembering Veterans: Choctaw Code talkers in WWI – Sarah Sawyer | @34:55

Speaking WWI: Scrounge – Host | @42:50

Dispatch Newsletter Highlights – Host | @44:50

Literature in WWI This Week

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The Debt of WWII Resistance Writers to WWI Veterans Part 3:

French Journalist Traces Her Breton Family Through Both World Wars

WWrite Interviews Stéphanie Trouillard.

French journalist and regular WWrite blog contributor Stéphanie Trouillard has undertaken a formidable task: chronicling innovative histories of WWI and WWII… at the same time. For five years and counting, she has used social media to tell the stories of WWI for the French media.

She has also just published her successful first book, My Uncle from the Shadows, a memoir of her great-uncle who died in the WWII French Resistance. In this week’s post, she sits down to talk with WWrite about the ways her research and writing on both wars have intertwined to tell a tale of her own family’s experience of loss and survival in 1914-1918 and in 1939-1944.

This is the third in the blog series entitled, “The Debt of WWII French Resistance Writers to WWI Veterans.” Read Trouillard’s story about one generation and two wars at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

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A sister’s poem for her brother killed in the first weeks of the war: “Aftermath.” Mary E. Boyle writes, “Let the stones of literary criticism fall from your hands, or use them to build a cairn, as we do in the north, to the memory of a very gallant young soldier, and a great mutual love.”

Doughboy MIA for week of March 4

Wallace Green

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday’s Doughboy MIA this week is Sergeant Wallace Green, DSC. Very little is known about Wallace Green’s early life. He was born and raised in the little town of Eure, North Carolina and may very well have been a pre-war soldier, serving with the 9th Cavalry. What is known is that he sailed as a corporal from Hoboken, New Jersey, bound for ‘Over There’ aboard the transport Covington on 09APR1918, assigned to Company M, 6th Infantry Regiment, 5th ‘Red Diamond’ Division.

The 6th Infantry Regiment is one of the oldest of the ‘regular army’ regiments in the army inventory, tracing its roots back to 1812. In November, 1917, while still in the States, the 6th was assigned to the assembling 5th Division. Then once overseas, when the 1st US Army was organized in France to perpetrate the St. Mihiel Offensive (set to begin on 12SEPT1918), the 5th Division was one of the divisions assigned to it on 10AUG1918. At that time, however, the division was serving in the Vosges Sector and preparing for a limited offensive of its own.

At 4:04 am on the morning of 17AUG1917, after a 10 minute artillery barrage, the 6th Infantry Regiment launched an attack against the village of Frapelle in that sector. Two minutes into the attack, a heavy German counter barrage began to fall on the American trenches and the attacking Doughboys. Nevertheless, the 6th pressed on doggedly and by 6:30 am had reached and liberated the town of Frapelle, freeing it from four years of German occupation. However, now Sergeant Wallace Green wasn’t with them – he had been killed in action during the initial attack and in the process earned the Distinguished Service Cross. Reports of him being both KIA and MIA appear simultaneously in papers back home as early as 24SEPT1918. On 05OCT1919 his award of the DSC was officially announced:

GREEN, Wallace Sergeant, Company M, 6th Infantry.
For extraordinary heroism in action at Frapelle, France,
August 17, 1918. He unhesitatingly and with great coolness
and courage went forward under a heavy enemy barrage
to destroy wire entanglements and
continued this hazardous work until killed.

General Orders No. 15, War Department, 1919

Sergeant Green’s name is among the 284 names which grace the Tablets of the Missing at the beautiful St. Mihiel American Cemetery at Thiaucourt, France.

Want to help shed some light on Sgt. Green’s case?  Consider making a donation’ to Doughboy MIA and help us make a full accounting of the 4,423 American service personnel still listed as missing in action from WW1. Make your tax deductible donation now, with our thanks.

Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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World War OneCustom Silk Tie

This 100% woven silk tie has been custom created for the World War One Centennial Commission.  This red silk tie features World War One-era aircraft and the official logo of the Centennial Commission on the back.  This beautiful tie also comes packaged in a 2 piece box with the Doughboy seal printed on the top.  Proceeds from the sale of this item will help to fund the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.

A Certificate of Authenticity as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial is included.

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

Double Donation Women Marines


The US Defense Department has honored US World War I Centennial Commission Commissioner Dr. Monique Seefried for her remarkable efforts in telling the story of World War I, both here and in her native France. The award, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, was presented to Commissioner Seefried by Lieutenant General Joseph M. Martin, the Secretary of the Army’s Director of the Army Staff, in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Click here to read more about the award to Commissioner Seefried.

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Philip Martin

A Story of Service from the Stories of Service section of ww1cc.org

Phillip Martin

Submitted by: Michael Rauh {Grand Nephew}

Philip Martin was born around 1892, Philip Martin served in World War I with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

In 1958, I was a 5th grade student. While studying world history, my class learned about World War I, also known as the Great War. We read about the terrible battles where trench warfare, poison gas, and modern weaponry took many lives. I learned then that America had entered the war on April 6, 1917.

To help mark the 100th anniversary of these events, I want to tell my family the story I learned so many years ago.

At the end of the term where I learned about World War I, there was an old black & white movie on TV about the life of Sergeant Alvin York. He was one of the many American heroes who fought in the great war. For his actions, he received many awards and was the most decorated soldier of the war. I was very impressed with the movie and was surprised when my mother told me my great-uncle was a member of the same infantry unit as Sgt. York, and that he had fought in the same battles.

Read Philip Martin’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.

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