WWI DISPATCH March 12, 2019

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March 12, 2019

Sculptor Sabin Howard on a mission to effect lasting social progress through art

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A brand-new “Great Women Sculpture Initiative” (GWSI), which aims to change the way women are portrayed in sculpture, is celebrating female leadership in human rights, civil rights, and women’s rights. The sculptor for the national World War I Memorial in Washington, DC, Sabin Howard, is a key player in the movement. Howard and his associates have started the process to create a body of work of female sculptures to be shown as a traveling exhibit to museums. A book and documentary about the process of creation will follow.  Click here to read the entire Architectural Digest article about this women-focused artistic effort.


Hough, Cobbs, Theres honored by U.S. Army Women’s Hall of Fame for Hello Girls work

Mark Hough

Attorney Mark Hough (left), who succeeded in 1978 in lobbying for Congressional recognition for the Hello Girls’ military service, nearly fifty years after their return from WWI, was one of three people recognized by the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation as they inducted, collectively, the U.S. Army Telephone Operators of World War I — AKA the “Hello Girls” — into the Army Women’s Hall of Fame March 7th on Capitol Hill. Along with Hough, also recognized were Elizabeth Cobbs, author of the definitive “Hello Girls” book, and Jim Theres, director of the award-winning documentary, “The Hello Girls”. Click here to read more about the ceremonies honoring the Hello Girls, and the three special partners of the United States World War I Centennial Commission in the Task Force for gaining Congressional Gold Medal recognition for the Hello Girls.

Cobb OpEd Washington Post

Also last week, Elizabeth Cobbsbrought the Hello Girls message to a broader public audience. Cobbs published an OpEd in the Washington Post that urged Congress to support the measure introduced by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to honor the women of the WWI U.S. Army Signal Corps Signal Corps with the Congressional Gold Medal.  Click here to read the OpEd and find out more about the proposed Congressional Gold Medal.


Restored memorial in Hudson, OH recognizes 81 veterans of World War I

Hudson, OH memorial

A restored World War I memorial in Hudson, Ohio recognizes 81 veterans of Great War, with help from U.S. World War I Centennial Commission partner reenactors Seth and Garrett Moore. The restoration of this memorial was part of the Commission’s 100 Cities/100 Memorials program. Click here to read more about the unveiling of the restored bronze tablet containing the names of 80 men and one woman from Hudson who served in World War I.


Navy Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Board of Decorations and Medals

Department of he Navy

The Navy celebrates the centennial of the Board of Decorations and Medals. Founded March 6, 1919, the board was established by order of then-Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to standardize the awarding of medals to service members for extraordinary acts of heroism or distinguished service. The Board was established following the World War I Armistice, and Congress’ creation in February 1919 of two new decorations: The Navy Cross and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. Click here to read more about how the century-old Board of Decorations and Medals “guarantees authenticity of the high tributes we bestow on our Nation’s warfighters.”


“We’re Home—Now What?” Exhibition at National WWI Museum & Memorial

When You Go Home book

A new Exhibit opening today at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO looks at the challenging transition for American armed forces personnel from War-time duty to civilian life after World War I through archival materials. The U.S. government offered financial, vocational and social resources to the nearly 5 million servicemen and women who began demobilizing in 1919 after nearly half served overseas in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). Click here to read more about this new look at the government and private efforts 100 years ago to the assist returning veteran’s in becoming a “civvie” again.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

Remembering Veterans:
Writer Elizabeth Foxwell on the Roles & Experiences of Women in the Great War

Elizabeth Foxwell

In March 8th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 113, host Theo Mayer spoke with writer Elizabeth Foxwell about stories and experiences of female service in WWI, many of which have been neglected or forgotten. Foxwell, a journalist and author focusing on the stories and neglected accounts of and by women who served in various roles in the war. Click here to read a transcript of the entire interview.


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

The Fingerprint Girls of WWI 2

Episode 113
Highlights: Women’s Diverse Roles

Host – Theo Mayer

100 Years Ago This Week – Host | @02:15

Getting to a League Of Nations Draft – Mike Shuster | @10:35

Being Hospitalized in France – Dr. Edward Lengel | @14:30

“Digital Technology and the Sculptor’s Art” Part 2 – Host | @20:50

Courtesy of the author: Traci Slatton

K9 Veterans Day and Our Poll | @35:15

Women’s Diverse Roles in WWI – Elizabeth Foxwell | @37:15

Hello Girls Documentary Update – Jim Theres | @45:05


Literature in WWI This Week

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Writing in the Post-War World of Agatha Christie

By Christopher Huang

Agatha Christie has won the world over with her fabulous detective novels and her star character, Hercule Poirot.

Less renowned is her time in WWI as a nurse, an experience that, without a doubt, inspired her narrative universe. Christopher Huang, the author of A Gentleman’s Murder, a detective story about a murder in a gentlemen’s club of British 1914-1918 veterans, discusses the influence of WWI on Agatha Christie’s work. Uncover Huang’s post about one of the greatest detective writers of all time at WWrite this week!


Behind Their Lines

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From Behind Their Lines

Celebrate Pi-Day (3.14) this week with an American doughboy poem from WWI: “Home Is Where the Pie Is!”.


Doughboy MIA for week of March 11

Private Percy E. Southard

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday’s Doughboy MIA this week is Private Percy E. Southard. Born in March, 1897, the son of Henry and Minerva Southard of Reidsville, North Carolina, Private Percy Southard was already a member of the 3rd Regiment of Infantry, North Carolina National Guard, when America entered WW1 in April, 1917. His unit – Company G of Reidsville – was federalized on 06AUG1917 and sent to Camp Sevier, South Carolina to prepare for overseas service. There the company became Company G, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division. Fighting strength for the units of the 30thwere then built up by drafts of men coming in from Camps Jackson and Taylor. Private Southard shipped ‘Over There’ on 12MAY1918 aboard the transport Bohemian, departing from Boston, Mass. Overseas, the division was brigaded with the British, first in the Ypres Sector up in Belgium. By August, however, they had been transferred to the British 4th Brigade, in the Somme Sector, to take part in the coming ‘Final Offensive.’

At 5:50 am on 29SEPT1918, the 120th Infantry was sent over the top in the area of Bellicourt, near the St. Quentin Canal. It was a section of the line the Germans believed impossible to break and the fighting was intense. Nevertheless, by 11:45 am that day  the 120th had taken Bellicourt. The price had been high though – of the 250 man Company G, some 120 of them had been killed or wounded. One of the killed was Private Percy Southard. Nothing further is known of his case at this time.

His death was announced in the papers back home on 01NOV1918, while his father did not receive official word until 12NOV1918. His mother had died (ostensibly of TB) in June, 1918, while Percy was overseas.

Want to help solve Pvt. Southard’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

Collector's Bundle

World War I Collector’s Bundle Sale

Collect all commemorative coins and lapel pins in one purchase, with a nice discount!

  • Coins: Each piece is die-struck, bronze alloy, with nice gravity (unlike cheaper zinc coins)
  • Enamel inlay provides premium detailing and finish
  • Each coin and pin comes with its own commemorative packaging, adding value and gifting appeal.

This collection includes a WWI Centennial Coin, Centennial Lapel Pin, Bells of Peace Commemorative Coin, Bells of Peace Commemorative Lapel Pin, and U.S. Victory Lapel Pin.

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


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Sawyer the Seadog

Sawyer the Seadog, the mascot of the National Museum of the United States Navy in Washington, DC, hosted a visit from the staff of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission last week. Sawyer and the whole Commission team will be working together in NYC for the upcoming annual Fleet Week New York, 22-29 May, which this year will have a World War I theme! Click here to meet Sawyer and the Commission staffers.


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Vincent ALuza

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

Vincent A. Luza

Submitted by: Lydia Luza Mousner {granddaughter}

Vincent A. Luza was born in 1895. Vincent Luza served in World War I with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1920.

Story of Service

Vincent Aloysius Luza was born on May 2, 1895 in Bryan, Brazos County, Texas. His parents, Vincent and Mary Luza, and grandparents, Baltazar and Francis Gibble Luza, immigrated through the Port of Galveston in 1873 from Praha, Moravia. He was also the grandson of Frank and Angelina (Honozak) Luza. V.A.

Luza attended Allen Academy in Bryan, Texas. He was drafted into the army in 1918 and was assigned to the 344th Field Artillery in Battery F at Camp Travis, TX.

On March 4, 1918, the regiment with its two batteries of guns and six hundred-odd animals marched out to Camp Bullis (Leon Springs) for target practice. It was at Camp Bullis that reconnaissance gun squads were first able to put into practice their gun drill, which had in the beginning been executed on make-shift carriages of wood and later perfected by work on the eight three-inch pieces which had been assigned to the regiment.

Read Vincent ALuza‘s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.


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