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WWI DISPATCH March 2020

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On Friday, April 3, please join us for a virtual tour and construction update of the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. featuring the project’s lead designer Joe Weishaar, project managers for Grunley Construction, and others. This is a great opportunity to get an insider perspective on this important project. We are practicing all CDC Covid-19 protocols, and are fortunate to be able to continue our mission to build the Memorial that will honor our WWI Veterans in our nation’s capital for generations to come. Click on the photo above to register for the webinar on Friday, April 3.

“National World War I Memorial construction should give us pride”

“The coronavirus has shut down much of the nation,” says Tom Rogan, “but construction at the National World War I Memorial rumbles on.” Writing in the Washington Examiner newspaper in March, Rogan observes that the ongoing construction progress at the Memorial, “as far as it comports with public health needs”, “is good news.” Rogan points out that keeping the project moving forward on schedule “matters. It has stained the nation’s honor that those who fought so long ago have not had a timeless memorial to their service.” Click here to read the entire thoughtful and insightful article.


Why Don’t We Celebrate the Doughboys as the ‘Greatest Generation’?

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“Why does the First World War get no respect in America?” asks author Michael Peck in an article on The National Interest web site this month. Peck notes that “over 100 years after America’s declaration of war on Germany on April 6, 1917, our nation’s participation in World War I is seldom remembered except for a few old statues on town squares.” Peck wonders if “it has to do with why the war was fought” and how soon “the world was again engulfed by global war.” Click here to read the entire article urging Americans to remember the “courage and commitment” of the Doughboys..


On International Women’s Day 2020, Remembering Women’s Roles in WWI

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Doran Cart, Senior Curator at The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO, published an article in Ms. magazine this month chronicling the “thousands of American women served in all duties overseas during World War I,” on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Noting that women served as “doctors, hospital administrators, ambulance and truck drivers, telephone operators, nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, reconstruction aides, entertainers, canteen workers, office workers, fundraisers and many other occupations,” Doran also noted that while none were in combat roles, some lost their lives. Click here to read Doran’s entire article on the extraordinary performance of American women in the Great War.


Petition asks for World War I monument to be placed in Martinsburg, WV town square

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Nearly a century after the World War I Doughboy monument in Martinsburg, West Virginia was installed in front of the historic Martinsburg post office, the impending sale of the Federal property has reignited a controversy from the 1920’s about just where the statue should be located. Berkeley County, which own the sculpture, intends to place it in the county’s War Memorial Park. The Martinsburg City Council has received a petition requesting the statue be placed in the town square. Click to read articles in the Herald-Mail newspaper and The Journal newspaper that outline a disagreement going back to the original placement of the memorial after World War I.


Decades-long World War I munitions cleanup in DC nears completion

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The peaceful serenity of the neighborhood surrounding the stately home at 4825 Glenbrook Road, in the Spring Valley section of Northwest D.C., was matched by the potential danger and uncertainty of chemical agents buried beneath it. Almost eight years since heavy machinery knocked down the first bricks of the home that had been built atop a World War I chemical weapons testing and disposal site — known as the American University Experiment Station — the painstaking cleanup of what’s been called the “mother of all toxic dumps” is entering its final stages. Click here to read the entire story, and listen to the audio report.


Roanoke, Virginia fought a war against an influenza pandemic in 1918

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Perhaps 50 million people died worldwide during the flu outbreak in 1918-19, a number that included 675,000 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 12,000 Virginians died of the flu, 10 times more than died on the battlefields during World War I. Today, as Roanoke joins the rest of the world in trying to fend off another global pandemic, the response to the swift and deadly outbreak of influenza in the fall of 1918 still holds a few lessons.  Click here to learn more about how the city’s health department and the Red Cross fought the the pandemic a century ago.


Doughboy MIA for March 2020

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A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Our Doughboy MIA this month is SGT John T. Curran, M CO/316 INF/79 DIV, DWRIA while POW 07NOV1918.  John Thomas Curran was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 01AUG1891, the fifth of ten children born to James and Mary Curran. Mary Curran died in 1911; it is not believed James remarried. On draft registration day (05JUN1917) Curran listed his home address as Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and his occupation as carpenter. He is described as tall and slender with grey eyes and dark brown hair. He claimed no exemption from service.

Curran was inducted into the service on 02NOV1917 at Allenton, Pennsylvania and sent to Camp Meade in Maryland for training, where he was assigned to Company M/316th Infantry Regiment / 79th Division. He would remain with this unit until his death. He was elevated in rank to Private First Class on 21JAN1918; Corporal ten days later on 31JAN1918; and Sergeant on 10JUN1918. He departed for overseas service with his unit on 09JULY1918 aboard the steamship France, departing from Hoboken, New Jersey.

Records show that SGT Curran was in Base Hospital #31 from 22SEPT1918 through 16OCT1918, cause unknown but likely as a result of the so-called Spanish Flu pandemic then sweeping the world. During this time the 79th Division participated in the assault on Montfaucon on 26 & 27SEPT1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, taking massive casualties in the process. It is very lucky that Curran missed this action – the 79th was pulled off the line by 30SEPT1918 for rest and refittment with replacements; after just five days on the line, the division was combat ineffective.

Curran rejoined the division at Verdun during this its refittment and wrote his last letter home from there dated 25OCT1918. On 03NOV1918 the 3rd/316th again went into action. During the heavy fighting on 06NOV1918, SGT Curran was severely wounded in the ankle by machine gun fire and taken prisoner. He was transported by to a house serving as German Base Hospital # 72 where he is reported to have died on 07NOV1918 of his wounds and been buried in the garden of the house, then serving as a cemetery for the hospital. His death was reported by the International Red Cross on 20MAR1919.

Following the war an investigation into Curran’s death and burial was conducted as late as 1926, and German authorities were questioned on the subject. Records are sparse but indicate German officials insisted at the time they knew nothing further than what had been reported. To date no further Graves Registration Service searchers’ reports have been located. Curran is currently believed to be unrecovered, and Doughboy MIA maintains this case as open and under continued investigation.

Want to help in Curran’s case? Why not consider a donation to Doughboy MIA that can help us in our mission of making a full accounting of our missing US service personnel from WW!? Large or small – the size doesn’t matter. What does is that you care and remember. Give 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.

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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Commemorative World War I Hat

Inspired by the iconic image of a U.S. Doughboy, you can wear your American pride with this Made in the USA hat.

An informal term for a member of the U.S. Army or Marine Corps, “Doughboys” especially used to refer to the American Expeditionary Forces in World War One. This poignant silhouette of a soldier in trench warfare serves as a reminder of those who sacrificed so much one century ago.

Hat features: Navy with white Doughboy embroidery.100% cotton, structured hat with contrasting pancake visor, sweatband and taping. 6 panel soft crown, pre-curved bill. Velcro closure features U.S. flag emblem on this exclusive commemorative hat. One Size Fits All.

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.


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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 World War I.


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Frank Carson Davidson, Jr.

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

Frank Carson Davidson, Jr.

Submitted by: Marianne (Dee) Dosch {granddaughter}

Frank Carson Davidson Jr. was born around 1894. Frank Davidson served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Frank Carson Davidson, Military Service Gunners Mate 3rd Class Ninth Naval District U.S. Naval Reserve Force

The First World War began in Europe on July 28th, 1914. As hard as the United States tried to stay out of WWI, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to enter The Great War on April 6th, 1917. It turned out to be one of the deadliest conflicts in history as over 18 million troops and civilians were killed during the more than four years of fighting. The Selective Service Act was passed on May 18th, 1917 requiring men between the ages of 21 to 31 to register for the U.S. Armed Forces.

On this one hundred year anniversary of my country entering into WWI, I wanted to know more about my grandfather who served in the armed forces during this time. With the help of my Aunt, his daughter Diana Davidson Carter, I was able to learn some facts about his time in the U.S. Navy. In an old box in her attic were his military records with the information that I compiled together, along with some old photographs, to write this story.

Read Frank Carson Davidson, Jr.’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.


Join us THIS Wednesday for our next Virtual Roundtable: Accessing capital in a sudden downturn

A reminder of these up-coming events from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


C100 is excited to share our newest series of virtual roundtables in collaboration with Careerlist: Startup Playbook in a Sudden Downturn. Please join us for the next session on Wednesday and check out our upcoming schedule below and on our website.
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April 1st @ 9AM PT/12PM ET
Topic: Access and Approach to Capital. Thinking creatively about runway and revenue. Featuring Geoff Lewis (Founder & Managing Partner, Bedrock), Janet Bannister (Managing Partner, Real Ventures). Moderated by Michael Scissons (Founder & CEO, Careerlist)
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April 8th @ 9AM PT/12PM ET
Topic: Updates to Business Plan. Redesign your business plan to accommodate recession times.
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Missed last week’s Virtual Roundtable,”Startup Playbook in a Sudden Downturn: Team Crisis Management. Leading strategically and compassionately in unprecedented times.”? Check out the full recording by clicking the link below.

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The Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) invites founders to a COVID-19 update call with Hon. Doug Ford. Premier of Ontario, and Hon. Vic Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Econ. Dev., Job Creation, and Trade.
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VEDay75 – Commemorate Canada’s Finest Hour Digitally!

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May 8, 2020 is the 75th Anniversary
of the Victory in Europe.

Seventy-five years ago, three young Canadians were in Holland when World War Two ended …

Mona Louise Parsons
An actress, a nurse, and a member of the Dutch Resistance, Mona Louise Parsons of Middleton, Nova Scotia was imprisoned and became one of the first and only woman to be tried by a National Socialist tribunal in Holland. Sentenced to death, she escaped …
Charles “Charlie” Byce grew up the son of a First World War hero and a woman from the Cree First Nations. He survived the residential school system and fought for Canada in World War Two with bravery. He risked his life many times to ensure the safety of his men earning a Distinguished Conduct Medal and a Military Medal, but …
Philip Pochailo
Born in Rainy River, Ontario, Philip Pochailo was 21 years old when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was shot down over the Netherlands, hidden by many Dutch families and members of the Resistance, only to …
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW THE REST OF THEIR STORIES?

This year, Defining Moments Canada returns with an exciting digital commemoration for VEDay – VEDay75 — Normandy to Netherlands!

Learn about these three iconic Canadians, plus the inspiring stories of many more Canadian Veterans from 11 months of battle — July 1944 to May 1945 — along the ‘road’ to liberating the Netherlands through occupied Europe.

Complete with four original lesson plans, innovative digital story-maps and tools from Project44.ca, dozens of rarely-seen imagesmapsletters and war diariesVEDay75 — Normandy to Netherlands is an entirely bilingual project that engages students (ages 12-18) in digital curation and interactive mapping skills.

Start your class commemoration May 1, 2020 at DefiningMomentsCanada.ca

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#WePledgeAllegiance Challenge + More! Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters Newsletter

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I know people in our great nation are struggling to make sense of this health epidemic brought about by COVID-19, or the Coronavirus.

I speak for both myself and the entire extended Wreaths Across America family when expressing our deep appreciation to those of you who remain on the front lines treating the ill, and fighting the spread – from the health care workers to the professional truck drivers and first responders, and all those essential individuals doing their part to keep America moving and safe, thank you.

Many times throughout our history, we’ve been called together as Americans to sacrifice and fight for our nation. Our mission to remember, honor, and teach is as important as ever and our staff and
volunteers are working to provide you with useful and educational information.

We’re using our technology channels already in place which include, Wreaths Across America
Radio, our blog and social media pages. We’ll be sharing ideas and activities with you
throughout the coming weeks to help keep your family active and connected to your communities, safely.

As always, be kind to one another and understand we’re in this together. As our slogan for 2020
reminds us, “Be An American Worth Fighting For.”

Remember. Honor. Teach. #AmericaStrong🇺🇸️

With gratitude,

Karen Worcester
Executive Director

#WePledgeAllegiance Challenge

During this time of national crisis and uncertainty, it is clear people are turning to social media to gain a sense of community and maybe even learn something along the way.

Given that children and educators (and now parents) are schooling from home, we thought one way Wreaths Across America could provide some positivity during this time is to continue to live the mission and help TEACH!

We’ve started an easy, educational, patriotic challenge that encourages kids and families to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day. We want to hear from you and your community – join us in the #WePledgeAllegiance Challenge. Record your child(ren) reciting the pledge, tag Wreaths Across America and use the hashtag #WePledgeAllegiance.

Below, is a short video by our own beloved WAA Museum curator and retired school teacher, Mrs. Willey, teaching us all a lesson on the meaning behind the Pledge of Allegiance. If you have a few minutes to watch, please do!

It is so important, now, more than ever, that we feel connected to something greater than ourselves.


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KID’S CORNER

Kid’s Corner will be featured on our website blog and in our monthly newsletter. Tune into Wreaths Radio during Fun Fridays to hear our youth announcers. You won’t want to miss it

Antonya Prior, who goes by Tony, is a high school sophomore in Indiana. Tony has been attending Wreaths Across America wreath-laying events with her Grandma since she was in 4th grade, and now she’s a dedicated volunteer.

To hear Antonya (Tony) Prior’s story, tune in to Wreaths Across America Radio on Friday, March 27, 2020, during the LIVE Morning Show 6-10 am EST. Listen live at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/radio or download the app to your phone and listen anywhere!

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Run to Remember, safely, on your own course and your own time.

Each race registration will place a veteran’s wreath next December at the location of your choosing. Runners will also receive a race bib where they can write who they are running to remember, a finishers medal, and the first 200 registrants will receive an event t-shirt.

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Tampa, Florida – Saturday, April 25

Help support your community, get outside and be part of a fun, virtual fundraising event!

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Tune in tomorrow Friday, March 27, at 10:45am EST! Michael W. Hale, Morning Show Host for Wreaths Across America Radio, along with Don Queeney, Director of Transportation for Wreaths Across America will join in on the conversation with Jimmy Mac.

#WorthFightingFor2020

Join us each month for a small sampling of the amazing stories we hear of Americans stepping up in their communities and living lives worth fighting for. 


Army veteran receives mortgage-free Newport News home

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Brockton veteran died without family, but hundreds turn out for funeral

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Maine men transform trailers into temporary homes for veterans

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Veteran’s widow grateful for new roof

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Online Construction update and suggestions for WWI related videos

An update from the World War One Centennial Commission.


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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Our prayers are with you and with our great nation as we work our way through the pandemic. Our Doughboys would all be forever grateful for your support and steadfastness.

The good news for this week is that construction continues and we have had no COVID-19 delays.

On Friday April 3, please join me for an online virtual tour and construction update of the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. featuring the project’s lead designer Joe Weishaar, and project managers for Grunley Construction.

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Meanwhile for those of you looking for some WWI themed video watching while stuck at home, here a few suggestions for some things to watch this weekend.


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As many of you know, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) is in discussions to partner with the National Parks Service for the maintenance of the Memorial when it is completed.  ABMC has been developing television programming for several years now, and you might find it interesting to revisit this program on the history of the AMBC by Thomas Conner, author of “War and Remembrance”:

Tom Conner: War and Remembrance: The Story of ABMC

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Some of you have copies of “Lest We Forget”on your coffee table.  You may not know that it draws heavily on the visual resources of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.  Here’s a link to the making of “Lest We Forget”:

Michael Robbins: Lest We Forget

Soldiers Journey

Although many of you may have seen the short film called “A Soldier’s Journey”. I link to it again here for you to share as you wish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVPtxDS3o5U

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And finally some insights into the “other” pandemic –  the ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic of 1917-1918. This is from a just released video , part of our “How WWI Changed America” series, made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation:

https://vimeo.com/400627111


Stay safe,

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Daniel S. Dayton
Executive Director
U.S. World War One Centennial Commission


Skirmish at Duck Lake

An item from the Legion Magazine.


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Skirmish at Duck Lake

Skirmish at Duck Lake

Story by Sharon Adams

The Northwest Rebellion, or Northwest Resistance, depending on which side of history you are on, began on March 26, 1885, in Saskatchewan near the junction of two trails, one of which led to Batoche and the other to Fort Carlton. On March 26, a force of about 100 North West Mounted Police and armed citizens commanded by Superintendent Leif Crozier came up the trail to Duck Lake. They were met by Gabriel Dumont and his men. Words were exchanged; a scuffle broke out between a Mountie interpreter and a Cree emissary.

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U.S. army research gives new meaning to G.I. ‘Joe’

U.S. army research gives new meaning to G.I. ‘Joe’

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Ah, caffeine. That little pause that refreshes. But if you’re in the military, that cuppa joe or caffeine-laced energy drink can literally be a lifesaver. That’s why scientists in the United States military have spent 10 years researching the benefits of caffeine. They’ve come up with a mobile application called 2B-Alert, which can recommend how much of the popular stimulant to consume and when to consume it to optimize its effects.

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March 23, 1965

Fifteen RCAF aviators are killed when their Argus patrol plane goes
down in a night exercise off Puerto Rico.

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