WWI DISPATCH March 26, 2019

From the World War One Centennial Commission.


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March 26, 2019

2019 Fleet Week NYC has WWI Theme

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The Fleet is coming to NYC — and World War I will be a part! The much-loved annual U.S. Navy Fleet Week NYC will descend on the greater New York area from May 22-28, 2019. Events will kick off with the traditional parade of ships past the Statue of Liberty, and will blossom into an incredible series of activities, exhibits, displays, tours, concerts, and appearances. This year, there will be added excitement, as the Secretary of the Navy has declared that “World War I” will be included as a special theme. The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission is taking the lead on its own series of activities, aimed at teaching people about the American men and women who served. Among the World War I-related events will be exhibits of era equipment and uniforms by living-history reenactors, as well as commemorative events, and displays of the sculpture for our new National World War I Memorial in Washington DC. Click here to read more about Fleet Week 2019 and the World War I activities that will be part of the big week in NYC.


WWI Memorial Designer Joe Weishaar welcomed by UA School of Architecture & Design and Honors College April 3

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Joe Weishaar, a native of Fayetteville and a 2013 graduate of the University of Arkansas’  Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, will return to campus to present a free public lecture, “To End All Wars: The Fight for the National WWI Memorial,” on Wednesday, April 3. The UA published a thoughtful video  interview and article with and about Weishaar this week, focused on his efforts as the designer of the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC. Click here to watch the video, and read the entire article.


The Navy’s First Enlisted Women, 1917-1918

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Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels began preparing for the United States’ entry into World War I before Congress declared war in April 1917. While assessing the administrative, material, personnel, strategic other requirements, Daniels discovered that the Civil Service Department could not provide an adequate number of workers. He was delighted to learn, however, that there were no legal barriers to recruiting women, as the Naval Reserve Act of 1916 permitted any U.S. citizen to serve. Rear Admiral Leigh C. Palmer, Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, announced via his 19 March 1917 memo that the Navy was enlisting women for primarily clerical duties. Click here to read more about how the addition of female sailors led to a U.S. Navy “stronger, more efficient and more capable” in World War I and today.


USS Olympia and the World War I Unknown Soldier is April 3 lecture topic

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2021 is the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In an April 3 lunchtime lecture at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society in Washington, DC, John Brady, president of the board of directors, Flagship Olympia Foundation, will share information about the USS Olympia‘s role in transporting the Unknown Soldier home from Europe and his subsequent lying in state at the U.S. Capitol prior to being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Click here to read more about this upcoming event in Washington, DC in April.


“A Prince In Sky-Blue Uniform” is French salute to WWI aviator Norman Prince

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On April 19, 2019 the French Cultural Center of Boston will present a live theatre play entitled ” A Prince In Sky-Blue Uniform: Paying Tribute to War Hero Norman Prince” at 6:30 p.m. at the Center. The emotional play, written by Jean-Claude Redonnet and directed by Richard Sewell, pays tribute to Massachusetts-born war hero Norman Prince, portrayed by David Bliss. Prince is one of the many Americans who fought and perished for the freedom of France and the World during World War I. Click here to read more about this commemorative presentation by the French Cultural Center of Boston.


Dayton, Ohio photographer has important role in WWI documentary

Dan Patterson

Aviation photographer, historian and author Dan Patterson is one of the producers and the art director of a 20-minute documentary version for The United States World War One Centennial Commission titled “The Lafayette Escadrille.” The film makers collected original film footage, photographs and historical records and conducted interviews with descendants of the pilots. Film of replica WWI aircraft in dogfights over the Pennsylvania countryside is used to give a pilot’s perspective of the close combat between the fragile airplanes. Click here to read more about how this Ohioan got involved in bringing an important story of America in World War I to the movie screen.


NEH Grant Helps Connecticut to Remember World War I

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With the help of an NEH grant, the Connecticut State Library has documented more than 450 men’s and women’s experiences in World War I. Over the course of four years, the Remembering World War One project collected nearly 5,000 images and artifacts illustrating these individuals’ stories. This extensive and deeply personal collection was amassed through 47 public digitization events hosted by partner institutions throughout the state. Remembering World War One stands out as an exceptionally comprehensive state-wide commemoration of the war’s centennial; it garnered two nationally-syndicated AP stories and numerous local television and radio spots. Click here to read more about how the Nutmeg State commemorated the centennial of World War I.


A Century of Service with the U.S. Navy Photo Archive

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January 2019 marked the 100-year anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Navy’s Photo Archive, currently held at the Naval History and Heritage Command at the Washington Navy Yard. The Navy’s collection of historical records predates the National Archives (established in 1934) and originally began in the Office of Naval Records and Library (NR&L). The first expansion of the activities of the Historical Section had been the establishment on Jan. 1, 1919 of a Pictorial Branch whose purpose was to collect and file under proper references photographs illustrating activities of U.S. and foreign navies. A follow-up in the form of an ALNAV 86 dated March 14, 1919 requested that copies of photographs and motion pictures of naval activities, ships, bases, personnel, and incidents taken during the war be forwarded to the Historical Section. Click here to read more about a World War I era decision that created a priceless national photographic treasure.


An Oregonian’s part in the Legion’s birth

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He was a beloved soldier, family man, Oregonian and visionary co-founder of The American Legion. And George A. White’s legacy infused a gathering of veterans, families and dignitaries who packed American Legion Post 10 in Albany, Ore., March 15 to mark the 100th birthday of the nation’s largest veterans service organization “He was there from the very beginning,” Oregon Alternate National Executive Committee member Andy Millar said. “He was a true Legionnaire.” “I get choked up because of my dad,” added Steve Adams, first vice commander of the Department of Oregon, who began accompanying his father on visits to American Legion posts when he was 6 years old. “He made me promise to never forget World War I because that’s when The American Legion was born.”Click here to read more about how a World War I soldier from Oregon helped found America’s largest veterans organization.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

The Great War and the Great Depression: Exploring the Connection
with Professor Maury Klein

Maury Klein

In March 15th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 114, host Theo Mayer spoke with history professor and author Maury Klein about the often forgotten connection between two of the most catastrophic events of the 20th century. Click here to read the transcipt of this discussion about connecting the dots to between World War I and the giant stock market crash of 1929 and the following Great Depression.


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

Donut Girl or Lassie in WWI Tin Helmet holding a bowl of confections

Episode #115
Highlights: Congressional Medals & Donuts

Host – Theo Mayer

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

Mandates? Colonies by Another Name – Mike Shuster | @ 11:05

Donuts & the YMCA Volunteers – Patri O’Gan | @ 15:00

Suffragette Turned WWI Gov. Agent – Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 21:20

Valor Medal Review Task Force – Zachary Austin | @ 27:00

Congressional Gold Medal for the Hello Girls – Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs | @ 33:00

National Medal of Honor Day 3/25 – Host | @ 41:20

Dispatch Newsletter Highlights – Host | @ 43:55


Literature in WWI This Week

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“The End of Patriarchy:” Pat Barker’s WWI Novel, Regeneration

By Jennifer Orth-Veillon, Blog Curator

Legendary novelist, Pat Barker, winner of the 1995 Man Booker Prize for her trilogy, Regeneration, based on the life of British male soldiers in WWI, announced in a January interview with The Guardian that “we’re at the end of patriarchy and I’m fine with that as long as it’s remembered that among the victims of patriarchy the vast majority are men.”

In this last post of Women’s History Month in which WWrite has showcased women war writers,  blog curator Jennifer Orth-Veillon discusses the meaning of Barker’s statement in the context of Regeneration, a novel that takes place in Scotland’s Craiglockhart Psychiatric Hospital and features the fictional characters poets Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and their renowned war psychiatrist, W.H.R. Rivers. Read about Barker and her monumental literary work on WWI at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

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In the aftermath of the First World War, Americans began to realize how much had been lost.

American poet Daniel Sargent, a doughboy who survived the war, remembers his dead comrades. Read more of his story in “Through Names I Walk.”


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

US Army Woolen Blanket

U.S. Army Woolen Blanket

Keep warm while showing your American pride with this classic green woolen U.S. Army blanket.

Still proudly Made in the USA by Woolrich, Inc., the oldest continuously operating woolen mill in the United States since 1830, the blankets were originally purchased by the U.S. military to supply our troops. Designed to be used by soldiers in the barracks, this Limited Edition blanket features a heat-marked “U.S.” emblem on the center and an exclusive fabric garment label commemorating the U.S. centennial of World War One. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item will help fund the National WW1 Memorial in Washington, D.C. Fabrics and Features: 66”W x 84” L; 24 oz. 65% wool/35% recycled wool. Overseamed at all four sides. Made in USA.

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 nurses


Vira Boarman Whitehouse

Vira Boarman Whitehouse was among the most outspoken and successful leaders of the campaign for women’s suffrage in the United States. Her leadership and hard work played major roles in securing votes for women in New York State in November 1917. Little did she expect the United States government to ask her to serve as a diplomatic agent in Europe, with responsibilities that included fencing with German spies–but she happily took on the challenge. Click here to read about her multifaceted contributions to social change in America and the United States’ war effort in World War I.


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Mary Darnaby Henton

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

Mary Darnaby Henton

Submitted by: Zack Austin

Mary Darnaby Henton born around 1894. Mary Henton served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

Darnaby (as she preferred to be called) was born the fifth child of farmers James Henton and Bettie Hampton in Versailles, Kentucky in 1894.

She was one of 7,600 women to volunteer for 100 positions advertised by the War Department in newspapers throughout the US calling for “patriotic women” to serve as “full-fledged soldier[s]” willing to face the dangers of submarine warfare and aerial bombardment. She followed her brother Sam, already serving as a Battalion Sergeant Major in the 326th Field Artillery Regiment, into the service, proud to be a member of America’s first unit of female soldiers outside of the Nurse Corps—the “Hello Girls”.

The first Hello Girls took the Army oath on January 15, 1918. By operating switchboards relaying orders and providing real-time translation from French to English, the women would “do as much to help win the war as the men in khaki who would go ‘over the top’” according to the War Department.

Read Mary Darnaby Hinton‘s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.


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