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WWI DISPATCH February 2020

A newsletter from the World War One Centennial Commission.

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February 2020

Construction fence cover

Phase 1 construction work continues at the site of the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC. The graphic construction fence covers, designed by Memorial architect Joseph Weishaar, have been installed, listing the key Memorial sponsors and organizations, along with information and photos. Passersby will be able to see through the panels to follow the ongoing construction work.

Our Forgotten Heroes:
Why don’t we talk about World War I?

“During the ‘Great War’, the United States of America lost over 116,000 of her troops in a span of only 19 months,” writes Jessica Manfre on the We Are the Mighty web site.  “It can be argued that without American’s force beside the allies, the war wouldn’t have ended in victory, but a stalemate. History has documented this impressive and vital piece of our story. So why don’t we talk about it and those incredible heroes that turned the tide for an entire world in the name of democracy?”  Click here to read the entire article about how “America failed its heroes by avoiding that chapter in its history.”

Foundations & Legacy:
General John J. Pershing

"The Loot"

To the fresh-faced and naive cadets at the University of Nebraska, he was “The Loot.” Some 25 years later, he was “The General” to battle-hardened officers of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) at the end of World War I.  Writing in The Officer Review magazine, Kevin Upton explores how John J. Pershing’s experiences on the university campus both shaped and presaged his success on the battlefield in World War I, and his enduring influence on military organizations a century later.  Click here to read the entire thoughtful article.

Lt. Col. Joseph H. Ward:
Doctor, surgeon, soldier

Joseph Ward

Leon Bates “came across Lt. Col. Joseph H. Ward’s name while doing research before returning to college, and came to appreciate his legacy while doing additional dissertation research.” Writing in American Legion magazine, Bates notes that while digging further, “I discovered he was a medical trailblazer and early American Legion member whose achievements – decades before the civil-rights movement – have been largely forgotten.” Click here to read the entire article, and find out how “this first-generation freedman became a successful physician, surgeon, entrepreneur, Army officer, hospital administrator, civic leader, and prominent member and commander of American Legion Post 107 in Indianapolis.”

The Legacy of the World War I: Ft. Des Moines Black Officers Training Camps

Ft. Des Moines grads

One of the most overlooked and neglected stories of African-Americans struggling for their inalienable rights was embodied by the 2,369 Black men who volunteered for training in the two Black Officers Training Camps at Ft. Des Moines, Iowa from June to November, 1917. Hal Chase, professor of African American studies at Des Moines Area Community College, takes up the story of how two of the 2,000 men who trained at Ft. Des Moines and “perceived themselves as the vanguard of their race that would forge a new future” went on to become leaders in the Civil Rights movement. Click here to read Chase’s entire article.

First Memorial to African-American Veterans of WWI Built in West Virginia

Kimball, West Virginia

When the United States entered World War 1, a platoon of 1,500 black soldiers from McDowell County, West Virginia  signed up for the fight.They served our country with distinction, and many were recognized with special honors for their service. A memorial dedicated specifically to the African-American soldiers of the First World War (the first memorial of its kind in the nation) opened in 1928 in Kimball, McDowell County.  Click here to learn more about how the memorial, like the soldiers who it was built to honor, was first a key part of the community, then neglected and forgotten, but now being restored again to its place and role of honor.

Innovative, team-taught class brings scale of World War I into focus through trip to European battlefields

Notre Dame class

More than 20 million people were killed and another 20 million or more were injured in World War I, but it’s difficult for Americans today to wrap their minds around just how catastrophic the conflict was. The last survivors have died, the war wasn’t fought on American soil, and it ended more than a century ago. But a group of Notre Dame students now has more than numbers, texts, or photos to help them understand the devastation. Click here to read more about how an interdisciplinary course combined “conventional battlefield analysis with the collective and individual things people did to understand and come to terms with the war.”

Alabama teen was American WWI hero

Homer Givens

Homer Givens was 19 years old when he received the title of “America’s first World War I hero,” as well as one of France’s highest honors, the Croix de Guerre. Givens, born in Florence, Ala., also received a Purple Heart and is now honored on the Walk of Honor at Florence, AL’s River Heritage Park. Click here to read more about how “the unassuming, bespectacled young man” became “an unlikely hero” for his actions during a bloody battle with German forces in 1917.

Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

Lest We Forget Book Cover

“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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You can keep track of progress at the new National World War I Memorial through construction site time lapse video, or a live video feed from the site. Click here to take a look, and also find out how you can help finish this national tribute to the 4.7 million Americans who served, and the 116,516 who did not come home from the World War I.

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John Brother Cade

A Story of Service from the Stories of Service section of

John Brother Cade

Submitted by: Johnette Brooks {GA WWI African American Historian}

John Brother Cade was born around 1894. John Brother Cade 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

2nd Lt. John Brother Cade, 1894 – 1970, Elberton, GA
Southern University Library Namesake
| Historian | Author | Educator

By Johnette Brooks

John Brother Cade (aka John B.) was born on 19 October 1894 in Elberton, GA. He was the second child of William Richard and Sara Francis (Bradford) Cade. His siblings are his elder brother Luther (also a WWI Private); William Jr.; Dora J.; Luthura and Leola. He attended St. Paul’s CME Church grade school. In 1915, he graduated from Knox Institute and Industrial School in Athens, GA. He was an early member of the C.M.E. or Colored Methodist Church.

Shortly after entering college, John became one of the first to volunteer for the new WWI Officers School in 1917. On 12 June, he was plowing his daddy’s field during the summer college break when he received the notice of his appointment shortly after 8AM. After refusing to pay double the bus fare to a negro man in Elberton with a car, he took the Greyhound bus and arrived too late to take the 3:40PM, non-stop train the Army provided to Iowa. So, he boarded the Dixie Flyer the next day and immediately saw faces he recognized. He first saw (future 1 Lt.) Pierce M. Thompson, the Albany Normal and Industrial School principal; then William Robinson, an Albany teacher; John J. James, a mail carrier from Thomasville.

Read John Brother Cade’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.

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C100 is Celebrating 10 years! Join us at Canadians in Tech

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Hi ,

Happy Leap Year! This year is a notable year for us not only because it’s a leap year, but also because C100 is celebrating its 10th year as an organization! It truly has been through member engagement, partner support, and community commitment that we’ve come so far in the last 10 years. We look forward to an exciting year ahead filled with member events and community engagement.

Some upcoming events have been announced and RSVPs are open for our next Canadians in Tech. This year we will be hosting more member events than we have in the past and we look forward to convening exceptional Canadians for dinner, drinks and discussions. If you’d like to join us for these member-only events, please consider joining as a member. All members are invited to all member-only gatherings and we’d love to have you. Click here or scroll down to learn more.

See you soon,

The C100 Team

Upcoming C100 Events
March 23: Canadians in Tech
6-8PM | San Francisco
C100 hosts regular meetups in San Francisco/Palo Alto for all Canadians visiting or living in the Bay Area to network with one another alongside C100’s staff, Charter Members and Partners. These frequent gatherings are the only consistent Bay Area networking events C100 hosts that are open to the public. All attendees must RSVP in order to join us. . 
RSVP for Canadians in Tech Here
April 20: Member Dinner in SF Bay Area
This is an exclusive benefit of C100 membership. Interested in joining?
Learn more about membership by clicking the button below!
Learn More About Membership Here!
May 20-21: 48Hrs in the Valley
The nomination period for 48Hrs in the Valley officially closed on Friday, Feb 7th. This year our members, alumni, scouts, and sponsors collectively nominated an impressive 193 Canadian-led startups. Big thanks to all of you who have committed to working on the Selection Committee to select the 25 who will be supported by C100 and its Members through mentorship in 2020. We can’t wait to announce this year’s cohort in March.
Did your company apply for this year’s 48Hrs in the Valley? Expect to hear from us mid-March with an update on your application status. Thank you!
Member Alex Lazarow Announces New Book Backed by Harvard Business Review
We’re excited to share that one of our Members, Alexandre Lazarow, wrote and published with book with Harvard Business Review that is now available for pre-order titled, ‘Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs – from Delhi to Detroit – Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley‘.
It was the #1 New Release in venture capital and we hear there’s even a shout out to C100 in it.

More about the book:
Everything we know about innovation is rooted in a time and a place: Silicon Valley and today. In @Alex_Lazarow’s book #OutInnovate, he tells the stories of global entrepreneurs and how they are reinventing the playbook altogether.

Congratulations, Alex! We look forward to reading it. Want to read it too? Pre-order yours today and support a fellow Canadian entrepreneurial leader!
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Century old army helmet still offers the best blast protection

An item from the Legion Magazine.

Front Lines
Century-old army helmet still offers the best blast protection
Century-old army helmet still offers the best blast protection

Century-old army helmet still offers
the best blast protection

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Scientists have found that the current United States Army helmet provides no better blast protection than its First World War predecessors and, indeed, the vintage French helmet was actually better than the modern American design.

The biomedical engineers from Duke University in Durham, N.C., hope the results of their study will inform future helmet designs, making them more protective, particularly against shockwaves, known as primary blasts.

“Major improvements made in helmet technology to increase ballistic protection do not provide the same increase in blast protection,” the study concludes.


Leap to Savings
Military Milestones
Canadians’ baptism of fire

Canadians’ baptism of fire

Story by Sharon Adams

The Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry got its first taste of battle in the Boer War on the murderous Bloody Sunday in mid-February 1900 at Paardeberg Drift, which claimed 1,300 British casualties, including 18 dead and 60 wounded Canadians.

Within 10 days the regiment was to receive much of the credit for the first significant British victory of the war.


Front Lines Podcast
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This week in history
This week in history

February 28, 1991

Following Iraqi defeat and retreat from Kuwait, U.S. President George H.W. Bush announces a ceasefire and Operation Desert Storm, the combat phase of the Persian Gulf War, ends.


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Legion Magazine

Innovation And Leadership: March 2nd Veteran Entrepreneur Panel

Note this event with a fellow Bay Area veterans organization.

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There’s still time to register for our next Entrepreneur Panel!  

Veteran Entrepreneur Panel & Networking
at the Marines’ Memorial
2 March 2020 – 6pm

Chris Hsu

Chris Hsu

Co-founder and CEO of Zibo

Zach Scheel

Zach Scheel

Co-founder and CEO of Rhumbix

Kimberly Shenk

Kimberly Shenk

Co-founder and CEO of Novi

Jackie Space

Jackie Space

Co-founder and Senior VP of Business Development of BMNT

In addition to talking about the transition from military to civilian careers and leadership, our March Panel will discuss something all 4 of our panelists share– a focus on innovation.

Our panelists will be Chris Hsu, CEO of Zibo, Zach Scheel, CEO of Rhumbix, Kimberly Shenk, CEO of Novi, and Jackie Space, Senior VP at BMNT. (Full bios on the event landing page HERE) Our moderator will be Marines’ Memorial Board member and President of DoUnto, Susannah Stokes.

Monday, 2 March 2020 at 6pm
Marines’ Memorial Club – 609 Sutter Street (@Mason), San Francisco
Marines’ Memorial Members – FREE, Non-Members – $10
(Not a member yet?  Join HERE)

5:30 Doors open, no-host bar available
6:00pm-7:00pm Panel Discussion
7:00pm-8pm Networking

Please share this email with Veterans and civilians who could benefit from this event.


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CAN Announcements

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
Next Week: Knowledge Borders: Temporary Labor Mobility and the Canada–US Border Region, feat. Prof. Kathrine Richardson
Lecture | March 3 | 12:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Key elements of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal with temporary labor mobility, and should ideally make the temporary movement of professionals easier across the border of all NAFTA countries. However, this is arguably not the case in emerging sectors such as high technology. Dr. Richardson’s book, Knowledge Borders: Temporary Labor Mobility and the Canada-US Border Region, examines the movement of technology professionals across the Canada-U.S. border, focusing on Vancouver, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area. It asks whether current policy is an impediment to the development of high-tech clusters, and presents new models and policy approaches for the development of an innovation cross-border region.
Kathrine E. Richardson is an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University. Her research specializes in the mobility and retention of highly skilled professionals, and how they influence the development of urban systems. She received her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2006, and did a post-doc at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In addition to teaching, Dr. Richardson is currently working on her second book.
Plus: Two Additional Talks Coming March 10 & 17!
We’re excited to announce that Canadian Studies will be adding two special lectures to our colloquium in March, featuring the two finalists for our postdoctoral competition. We’ll be sending out a special announcement soon, so stay tuned for more information!
March 12: Get Ready to Give Big!
The Big Give, Berkeley’s annual day of giving, is approaching fast. On March 12, show your support for Canadian Studies by giving a gift of any size online. And this year, your gift could help us win thousands of dollars in special contest prizes – at no extra cost to you!
Want to learn more? We’ll follow up with how you can help as the big day gets closer, but you can click here for a preview of the contests. We hope you’ll join us then!
Cosponsored Event: Register for Housing Justice Conference at UC Berkeley, March 13-15
NOTICE: Please do not forward this invitation or otherwise share it. Attendance is limited and we’d like to privilege participation among community organizers, policymakers, students and faculty in sponsoring departments, and those actively working issues of housing justice.
We are excited to open up registration for attending “Power at the Margins II: Mobilizing Across Housing Injustice.” The gathering will bring together over 140 scholars and community organizers working on issues of housing justice from across the Bay Area, US, and other countries in discussion across 25 sessions.
Seeking a change in the current scenario where academia, activists, and practitioners perform separately, our goal is to create a dedicated space for all who engage in work at the margins of traditional housing to come together. Sessions will address a range of issues including:
· Defending and expanding affordable housing
· Legal, civil, and human rights struggles of housing and homelessness
· Intersections and alliances between housing justice and other movements including labor, health, environmental, gender, and racial justice.
· Solidarity, lessons, and collaborations between academia and community organizing
The event will take place at Wurster Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. The gathering will commence with a plenary panel “Defending Housing” Friday, March 13 5:30 – 7pm. It will then continue with full days of sessions on Saturday and conclude Sunday, March 15 at 1:30pm. For the schedule and list of panels and participants click here.
Registration is free, but limited. We encourage you to register ASAP to secure a spot. Registration is for the full day of sessions on Saturday and/or Sunday. We hope you will be able to join for both. The Friday evening plenary does not require registration and is open to the public. Click here to register!
Event Report: Mental Health and Refugees: The Eritrean Case
Earlier this month, our friends at the Center for African Studies organized a great event on mental health care for Eritrean refugees in Canada. The event, “Mental Health and Refugees: The Eritrean Case”, was co-sponsored by the Canadian Studies Program, and featured Yohannes Ferdinado Drar, a social worker at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center.
Mr. Drar spoke about his work with Eritrean refugees in Canada, and the particular challenges they face. The event attracted a diverse audience of over 60 people, including students, faculty, and members of the local Eritrean community. It generated a lively discussion, and attendees offered many insightful questions and comments. Students showed particularly high interest in the subject.
The event also introduced many to the beauty of Eritrean culture, as attendees were treated to a coffee ceremony including traditional coffee, himbasha (Eritrean soft bread) and popcorn.
Events From Our Friends at the Canadian Consulate
March 3: Vishtèn at Freight & Salvage
Musical performance | 8:00 p.m.
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley
For close to fifteen years, the Acadian trio Vishtèn has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences. Lauded as “traditional but fiercely up-to-the-moment” (Penguin Eggs), this band from Canada’s east coast has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture around the world.
Click here for tickets and more information.
March 24: Techplomacy: Global Leaders Wrestling with Big Tech
Panel discussion | 6:00 p.m. | Manny’s, 3092 16th St, San Francisco
The effects of unchecked technology growth have become apparent in the wake of major political events, privacy breaches, and social transformations. We need to make sure that our democracy sets boundaries for the tech industry—and not the other way around.
In a town hall-style panel discussion, techplomacy leaders from Canada, Switzerland, and Denmark will be available to answer questions and take suggestions about how governments can (or should) use tech policy to shape the future of our societies.
Click here for tickets and more information.
Canadian Studies Program
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