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Bearing Witness to War

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WWI DISPATCH July 30, 2019

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Chicago community, Guardsmen Rededicate World War I Monument

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Lt. Col. (ret.) Jennifer Pritzker (left), founder of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago, salutes the color guard as they retire the colors following a rededication of the Victory Monument in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. The Illinois National Guard, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, the 8th Infantry Association, the Chicago Military Academy at Bronzeville, the World War I Centennial Commission, Friends of the Victory Monument Memorial and several dignitaries took part in the rededication of the Monument honoring the World War I service of the Illinois National Guard’s storied all African-American 8th Infantry Regiment. Click here to read more about the event, and the legacy of valor that the regiment blazed across three wars in America’s service.

“I wouldn’t trade the incredible time I’ve had with this team for anything.” 

Chris Isleib

As the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission shifts its mission to focus exclusively on the construction of the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC,  there is also a shift in staffing. Among those who will, sadly, depart the Commission team is long-term Director of Public Affairs Chris Isleib. Isleib has been with the Commission on long-term loan from the U.S. National Archives, and will return to the Archives on the first of August. Chris’s trademark contributions to the Commission web site were multi-question interviews via email with a wide assortment of individuals inside, outside, and around the Commission, and across the world. As what may be (but we hope isn’t) his final contribution, Chris took the opportunity to interview one more important person about his tenure, and his personal experiences as part of the Centennial Commission team—himself!

Pär Sundström: “I know we make people research and dig deeper.”

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World War I Centennial Commission intern Joshua Haynes conducted an interview with Pär Sundström, the lead bassist for Sabaton, a Swedish power metal band that focuses on writing songs about military history. They have just completed their most recent album, The Great War, which explores various themes and events from World War I. Clearly, this album means a lot to Pär and the rest of Sabaton as well as their fans. The band takes great pride in its ability to combine the value of history with the thrill of heavy metal, developing a strong fan base across the world.  Click here to read what Pär had to say about how the The Great War came to be made, and Sabaton’s oeuvre.

Hundreds of black Americans killed during 1919 ‘Red Summer’ after WWI

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America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It was branded “Red Summer” because of the bloodshed and amounted to some of the worst white-on-black violence in U.S. history. Beyond the lives and family fortunes lost, it had far-reaching repercussions, contributing to generations of black distrust of white authority. But it also galvanized blacks to defend themselves and their neighborhoods with fists and guns; reinvigorated civil rights organizations like the NAACP and led to a new era of activism; gave rise to courageous reporting by black journalists; and influenced the generation of leaders who would take up the fight for racial equality decades later. Click here to read more about how “Red Summer” in the aftermath of World War I still resonates a century later.

Walker Jagoe of Denton, Texas was one of America’s first fighter pilots

Walker Jagoe

Walker Jagoe’s passion for aviation began in 1910 when he was 14 years old. He and fellow Denton High School student Robert Storrie built a biplane glider in Jagoe’s yard. Joining the Army in 1917, Jagoe was among America’s first group of pilots in the 135th Aero Squadron, nicknamed the “Liberty Squadron.” He flew alongside celebrated pilots like Eddie Rickenbacker and future generals Carl Spaatz and Benjamin Foulois. Click here to read more about the Texas native who flew to amazing heights in World War I, which were only recognized ten years after the war’s end.

100-year-old stained-glass window honors Bristol, VA World War I soldiers

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An antique window that can only truly be appreciated from inside the Washington County Courthouse in Bristol, VA was installed a century ago in honor of local soldiers who fought in World War I. In March 1919, the Washington County Board of Supervisors approved the manufacture and installation of a one-of-a-kind window to honor the service of local soldiers and their role in World War I. The window — made of Tiffany-stained glass — was installed on July 4, 1919, as part of the town’s Independence Day celebration. Click here to read more about the remarkable window created as “a tribute to our boys who left the country for the recent war and to the ladies who did their bit to make the world safe for democracy.”

The Lessons of the Versailles Treaty

Victor David Hanson

The Treaty of Versailles was signed in Versailles, France, on June 28, 1919. Says historian Victor David Hanson (left), “Neither the winners nor the losers of World War I were happy with the formal conclusion to the bloodbath.” Noting that “The traditional criticism of the treaty is that the victorious French and British democracies did not listen to the pleas of leniency from progressive American President Woodrow Wilson,” Hanson asks “A century later, how true is the traditional explanation of the Versailles Treaty?” Click here to read the entire thoughtful and contrarian perspective on how “The failure of Versailles remains a tragic lesson about the eternal rules of war and human nature itself — 100 years ago this summer.”

From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

WWI Now: Commission Executive Director Dan Dayton

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In July 29th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 133, host Theo Mayer spoke with U.S. World War I Centennial Commission Executive Director Dan Dayton about the progress of the national memorial, the newly renamed memorial fundraising arm, and how World War I continues to resonate in American society.  Click here to read the entire interview with the man who has spent the last half a decade immersed in nurturing the commemoration of World War I.

WWI Now: An Interview with Commissioner and National WWI Museum President Dr. Matthew Naylor  

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In July 29th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 133, host Theo Mayer spoke with Dr. Matthew Naylor. Dr. Naylor is an accomplished non-profit executive, a World War I Centennial Commissioner, and Chief Executive of the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO. Click here to learn more about Dr. Naylor, the National Memorial and Museum, and how it complements the future memorial in Washington, D.C. (and vice versa).

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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

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Highlights: WWI Remembered in KC & DC

Host – Theo Mayer

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National WWI Museum and Memorial in KC – Dr. Matthew Naylor | @ 10:55

Doughboy Foundation – Dan Dayton | @ 21:20

Born in the Month of July – Dave Kramer | @ 31:30

Articles & Posts: Weekly Dispatch – Host | @ 34:35

Doughboy MIA for week of July 29

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The regular Doughboy MIA will not be published this week as Managing Director Robert Laplander prepares for a major research trip to the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis this week to dig deep into some of the cases we’ve been working on.

This was ONLY possible through YOUR generous donations! Thanks to all of you who gave to remember those men who “disappeared from the scene” over 100 years ago, the Doughboy MIA team is able to move another step forward in solving the mystery of what happened to some of these men – and possibly toward finding them. Without YOUR support we wouldn’t be here, plain and simple. Doughboy MIA is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that receives NO funding from the US government. We are supported only through private contributions, like YOURS.

In the coming months, you will be able to see more evidence of what your contributions are doing, as Doughboy MIA will begin publishing The Silent Sentinel, a once monthly e-newsletter in which will be brought forth articles and reports to keep all of you informed of our doings. The MIA of the week that you have come to look forward to will also continue at the same time.

There are good changes coming to Doughboy MIA; changes we have been working toward for a long time and now, and through the generous contributions made to the organization thus far, we can move ever forward toward growing these changes even more! So please, keep those donations coming in! Visit make yours today. The choice of size is up to you, whether you wish to donate BIG or contribute to our ‘Ten For Them’ program (ten bucks… who can’t afford ten bucks?), whatever you choose know that EVERY dollar you send goes toward our mission: finding out what happened to these men and perhaps doing even more…

Either way, know that your contribution helps realize our motto: A Man Is Only Missing If He Is Forgotten. And you haven’t let them be forgotten thus far – so don’t stop now! Your contributions ARE making all the difference.

Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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“Lest We Forget: The Great War”

World War I Prints from the Pritzker Military Museum & Library 

As the United States commemorates the centennial of World War I, one of the nation’s premier military history institutions pays tribute to the Americans who served and the allies they fought beside to defeat a resourceful enemy with a lavishly illustrated book.  It is an official product of the United States World War One Centennial Commission. The story of WWI is told through the memorable art it spawned―including posters from nations involved in the conflict―and a taut narrative account of the war’s signal events, its major personalities and its tragic consequences; and the timely period photographs that illustrate the awful realities of this revolutionary conflict. Most importantly, this book is a tribute to those who served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and what would become the Air Force. Proceeds from the sale of this book help fund the new National WW1 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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In August 1919, Iowans streamed through the State Fair gates in record-breaking numbers to attend the “Victory Fair,” which celebrated World War I’s end. The main exhibit of the Victory Fair’s daytime program was the War Department’s display of weapons and trophies from the Western front. In the evening, the fair’s grandstand show, “The Grand, Scenic Military Spectacle, The Battle of Chateau Thierry,” re-enacted the battle in France that turned the tide of the war against Germany in 1918. Click here to read more about the WWI “disaster spectacle” that headlined the fair’s entertainment in 1919.

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Juan P. Quintana, Jr.

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Submitted by: Barbara Gonzales {Daughter}

Juan P. Quintana, Jr. was born around 1899. Juan Quintana served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1934.

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Juan Quintana, Camp Mills, Long Island, New York 05/17/1919, enlisted on June 27, 1917 and was sent to Fort Logan, Colorado and Camp Kearney, California for his basic training.

The photograph by Joseph K Dixon is courtesy of the Mathers Museum Wannamaker Collection of photographs and letters documenting the service of Native American Indians. Juan was not a citizen but he became one June 2, 1924 when Congress authorized the Secretary of Interior to issue certificates of citizenship to Indians.

My father, Juan Phone Quintana was born on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation, August 24, 1899. He spent his first 16 years on the reservation helping his parents with the sheep. At the age of 9 he was finally caught by the Indian Agent and sent to school. He said his mother did not want the agent to find her children so she hid them.

At the age of 16 he decided he did not want to be a sheepherder, so he left the sheep and ran away. He caught the train to Durango, Colorado and joined the Army. He lied about his age and no one asked for documents as World War I was in full swing. Although he was not recognized as an American citizen, he said it was his country to and he wanted to protect it and serve in the US Army.

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1926 Dedication of WWI Memorial in Kansas City, MO

1926 Dedication of WWI Memorial in Kansas City, MO

WWI Remembered in KC & DC

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  • Surplus Food Sales at Post Offices – Host | @ 08:50
  • National WWI Museum and Memorial in KC – Dr. Matthew Naylor | @ 10:55
  • Doughboy Foundation – Dan Dayton | @ 21:20
  • Born in the Month of July – Dave Kramer | @ 31:30
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Mission Matters Newsletter from Wreaths Across America – July 2019

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.

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Thank you to all who have shared your stories this month as part of #GivingInJuly. Seeing how you are giving back in your own communities through helping to Remember, Honor and Teach is truly what made my family want to start Wreaths Across America to begin with.

Daily, I am reminded of the impact this mission has on so many people, Americans coming together from all backgrounds to remember a stranger’s loved one. From a Gold Star mom finding peace in knowing someone came to visit her child and said their name, to seeing a Veteran brought to tears as we welcome them home 50 years later. The wreath is the catalyst to help us do this. It bring communities together and helps people put aside their differences for a brief time to focus on all that is good.

I will forever be grateful to play a small part in this incredibly humbling journey that is Wreaths Across America, and look forward to hearing your stories and bringing more people together in this great country.

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Wreaths Across America is proud to partner with nonprofits, youth and civic groups, and veteran service organizations across the United States in supporting our nation’s heroes and thanking them for their service. Through our fundraising group efforts, Wreaths Across stimulates other charitable funds by returning $5 of every $15 wreath sponsorship raised. In doing so, we “do good twice,” recognizing the commitment made by veteran service organizations, civic and youth groups, and other nonprofits to support Wreaths Across America by directly giving back to their missions in turn. 
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The Tyson team accepted their award presented by Wreaths Across America Founder Morrill Worcester and his son Rob on July 12 at the 6th Annual Stem to Stone event held in Downeast Maine. 

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The 10 balsam bouquets comprising each veteran’s  wreath are symbolic of so much to us at Wreaths Across America. Represented here by hands, they demonstrate the many ways individuals and communities come together to Remember, Honor and Teach.

Each month, we’ll share stories from across the country of the different ways to #PlayAPart2019.

Army veteran’s dog tags returned 50 years later

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Legion donates $300k to promising PTSD treatment program

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Legion donates $300k to promising PTSD treatment program

Legion donates $300k to promising
PTSD treatment program

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Project Trauma Support just received a pledge for $300,000 in support over three years from National Headquarters of The Royal Canadian Legion. It is the brainchild of Manuela Joannou, a longtime family physician and emergency medicine specialist.

“PTSD, as it is defined and diagnosed, is only a small piece of this injury,” Joannou said. “I recognize that very often it is an injury to your heart and soul; it is a moral injury.”

The two have different symptoms and treatments.


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Canadians under fire in Cyprus

Canadians under fire in Cyprus

Story by Sharon Adams

On July 15, 1974, tension boiled over into violence as an attempted coup by the Greek Cypriot National Guard ousted the Greek Cypriot president.

Four days later, the part of the Green Line patrolled by Captain Alain Forand’s Canadian Airborne Regiment platoon was suspiciously quiet. By dawn, Turkey had invaded, dropping more than 1,000 troops into the area, with about 100 helicopters in the air and 11 warships offshore. The Turks were intent on capturing the airport in Nicosia, on Canadian peacekeepers’ turf. The Canadians became a target from both sides.


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WWI DISPATCH July 23, 2019

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“We are a very high visibility American Legion Post since we are located in Paris, France.”

Bryan Schell

Our Commission’s recent commemoration efforts in Versailles, France put us in touch with some friends whom we haven’t seen in a while — the members of the world-famous American Legion Post #1 in Paris. These Legion members stand on a long tradition, one that celebrates a direct line to our World War I veterans. Post #1 is the first, and the oldest, American Legion post outside of the United States, and was created by people who had just seen the Great War end months before. Since that time, they have fulfilled a unique and special role in representing our American veterans in France, and throughout Europe. Vice Commander Bryan Schell took some time to tell us about his special post, their history, and their current activities.

World War One Centennial Commission Announces the “A.E.F. Memorial Corps”

A.E.F. Memorial Corps

The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission has announced the “A.E.F. Memorial Corps” (American Expeditionary Forces Memorial Corps) to recognize Veterans, Military, Patriotic, Historical, Service, and Community organizations that raise funds to help build and provide ongoing support for the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC. The A.E.F. Memorial Corps will induct national, state, or local organizations (or any local chapters such as American Legion or VFW posts) which hold fundraisers for the benefit of the national World War I Memorial. Those Legion and VFW Posts which have already made donations to help build the Memorial will be inducted at the organizations’ respective national conventions this summer. Click here to find out more about the A.E.F. Memorial Corps, and how your organization can become a member.

4th Annual Camp Doughboy World War I History Weekend this September in NYC

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The fourth annual Camp Doughboy World War I History Weekend comes to Governors Island National Monument on September 14 and 15. Each day will bring living history, reenactors, authors, experts, vintage vehicles, and animals. This is the largest free public WWI exhibition in the United States. Reenactors representing the Allies and Central Powers—as well as civilians in Edwardian-era attire—are invited living history participants. The centennial of the service members returning to Governors Island is in 2019 and this group of volunteer reenactors will share the story of WWI participants. Click here to learn more about Camp Doughboy 2019, and the planned events and activities in September.

Honors given; marker placed; RIP, Private Ulysses Grant Moore

Ulysses Grant Moore flag presentation

Richard Mize is pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. Last weekend, he helped give belated honors to Army Private Ulysses Grant Moore, a century after he served in World War I, and 55 years after he died. As Mize writes, “Why such honors were overlooked, and why this marker never made it here to his burial site are unknown.” Click here to read the entire story of how 55 years after the fact, “It took a compelling series of discoveries that started by happenstance” to finally deliver to Private Moore the much delayed and much deserved honors from his nation for his service in World War I.

Germany’s World War I Debt Was So Crushing It Took 92 Years to Pay Off

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At the end of World War I, Germans could hardly recognize their country. Up to 3 million Germans, including 15 percent of its men, had been killed. Germany had been forced to become a republic instead of a monarchy, and its citizens were humiliated by their nation’s bitter loss. Even more humiliating were the terms of Germany’s surrender. World War I’s victors blamed Germany for beginning the war, committing horrific atrocities and upending European peace with secretive treaties. But most embarrassing of all was the punitive peace treaty Germany had been forced to sign. The Treaty of Versailles didn’t just blame Germany for the war—it demanded financial restitution for the whole thing, to the tune of 132 billion gold marks, or about $269 billion today. How—and when—could Germany possibly pay its debt? Click here to read more about how the process took 92 years and another World War to be completed.

Fillmore County, WI restores World War I memorial entrance for 100th anniversary

Fillmore County Fairgrounds WWI Memorial Entrance Plaque

“Fillmore County remembers its history,” said Nathan Pike, the Olmsted County veteran’s service officer and emcee of last week’s celebration of the restoration of the World War I Memorial at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds entrance. The structure was built 100 years ago, erected to honor soldiers returning from World War I. “There were over 1,000 residents of Fillmore County that enlisted or were drafted into service during the first World War,” said Pike. “Forty-eight of them were killed in action, and they did not return to Fillmore County.” Click here to read more about the restoration project, and how Fillmore County remembers its citizens who served in WWI.

George Dilboy, the first Greek-American who fell in battle during World War I

George Dilboy

In 1918 George Dilboy was killed on a battlefield near Belleau, France after fighting so courageously that he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, America’s highest medal for bravery. Dilboy was the first Greek-American soldier who fell in the line of duty. The Greek-American’s conspicuous heroism was so outstanding that he was recognized and honored by three US presidents. Woodrow Wilson signed the authorization awarding Dilboy the Medal of Honor, Warren G. Harding brought his remains back to be buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery, and Calvin Coolidge presided at his final burial there. Click here to read more about the life and heroism of George Dilboy.

Milford celebrates: 100 years ago, WWI ended & the American Legion was born

Ernest F. Oldenburg

The American Legion in Milford, Michigan is celebrating 100 years since the end of World War I and the birth of America’s largest veteran’s organization. The Ernest F. Oldenburg American Legion Post 216 held an open house last weekend. Around 1945, Henry Ford sold the property at 510 W. Commerce Road in Milford to the American Legion with the stipulation that the post be named after his friend Ernest F. Oldenburg, a soldier from the Milford area who served with the 32nd Red Arrow Division and was killed in action in France in 1918. In 1946, the new building opened. Click here to read more about the World War I centennial commemoration activities by American Legion Post 216.

WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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Highlights: Red Summer Riots 1919

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Doughboy MIA for week of July 22

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This week we bring you something different from Doughboy MIA.

Many have wanted to know the breakdown of missing; those on land as opposed to those lost or buried at sea (L/BAS), the number of unknowns, etc. Over the last few months we have worked hard at scrutinizing the list and crunching the numbers in order to detail those who were L/BAS, especially as no complete or accurate record of them was ever made available.  So, in answer to the questions that come in, here are the numbers by cemetery and then in totals:

Aisne-Marne Cemetery = Unknown burials – 249 Tablets of the Missing – 1060

Brookwood Cemetery = Unknown burials – 41 Tablets of the Missing – 564 (All on the Tablets are L/BAS.)

Flanders Fields Cemetery = Unknown burials – 21 Tablets of the Missing – 43

Meuse-Argonne Cemetery = Unknown burials – 486 Tablets of the Missing – 954

Oise-Aisne Cemetery = Unknown burials – 601 Tablets of the Missing – 241

Somme Cemetery = Unknown burials – 138 Tablets of the Missing – 333 (Note that one Unknown grave at Somme contains seven sets of remains.)

St. Mihiel Cemetery = Unknown burials – 137 Tablets of the Missing – 284

Suresnes Cemetery = Unknown burials – 6 Tablets of the Missing – 974 (The number of missing are all L/BAS and includes 14 names believed to be L/BAS but for which further research is required.)

Total (Total Missing in Action from the war, no matter the reason) = 4,453

Unknown burials = 1,679

Subtracting the Unknown burials from the MIA’s leaves 2,774unrecovered soldier dead.

Subtracting the L/BAS total of 1,538 from the unrecovered total leaves 1,236 unrecovered soldiers dead that remain out on the battlefields.

Our goal at Doughboy MIA is to make an accounting of all these men. Over the coming years we will be researching each man individually to make a determination as to what happened to him and publishing a report. We have already been able to get several together thanks to the contributions made to our organization, which just goes to show that with your assistance we are making a difference!

Want to help? Come on over to the Doughboy MIA website at and make a tax deductible donation to our non-profit organization. Every dollar you give IS making a difference! And remember:

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Robert J. Laplander
Directing Manager for Doughboy M.I.A.

Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar Sets

No longer available from the U.S. Mint!

These Official World War I Centennial Silver Dollar Sets are only available here on the WWI Centennial Commission’s online gift shop.

NOTE: Each set comes with 2 separate coins. Each set will accompany the Official Doughboy Design alongside your choice of Military Branch.

“The United Mint certifies that this coin is a genuine 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar, minted and issued in accordance with legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President on December 16, 2014, as Public Law 113-212. This coin was minted by the Department of the Treasury, United States Mint, to commemorate the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I. This coin is legal tender of the United States.”

A portion of the proceeds from your purchase will help build the new National World War I 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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Tom Russo wrote an in-depth and insightful article on the commercial real estate web site last month, entitled More Than A Century Later, The U.S. Still Doesn’t Have A National World War I Memorial In Washington. Russo noted that the U.S. World War Centennial Commission has “one purpose: to erect America’s first-ever national monument to all 116,708 Americans who fought and died in Europe’s first total war.”  Click here to read Russo’s entire article for a great perspective on the ongoing effort to build the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC.

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James Edward Coffey

Submitted by: Donald P. Vincent {Nashua, NH American Legion Post 3}

James Edward Coffey born around 1897. James Coffey served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

James Edward Coffey, the first soldier from Nashua, NH to die in battle in World War I, was born on April 22, 1896, to Daniel J. and Catherine (Dillon) Coffey.

He attended Nashua schools and St. Patrick Church, and in June 1917, became one of the first Nashua men to enlist in the Army at the outbreak of the war. He was assigned to Company D, 103rd Infantry, 26th Division, and trained in Concord and Westfield, Mass.

Coffey and his unit, the famous 26th Yankee Division commanded by Maj. Gen. Clarence R. Edwards, deployed overseas in September 1917.

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