WWI DISPATCH April 2021

A newsletter from the organization formerly known as the World War One Centennial Commission, which we received earlier today.


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April 2021

First Colors from NE

First Colors Ceremony opens the new National WWI Memorial to the public

The National World War I Memorial First Colors Ceremony on April 16 was viewed live by more than 11,000 people on the event website, and the Pentagon streamed it live on every military installation around the globe via defense.gov.

Tens of thousands of people have visited the First Colors site since the event, where the full show is available on demand. It has also been viewed thousands of times on the World War I Centennial Commission YouTube channel. In the future, the American Forces Network will air a 60-minute version of the event worldwide.

PBS News Hour picked up the flag raising through the end of the show and this clip has been viewed online more than 14K times (and counting).

The First Colors Ceremony made news in every single state.

If you haven’t seen the First Colors Ceremony yet, click here to watch the historic event now or later on the event web site.


Memorial Webinar May 2021

The National World War I Memorial is OPEN! This webinar will make your visit happen

Join us on Friday May 14, 2021 at 10am PT / 1pm ET for an exclusive insider tour of the new National World War I Memorial that opened to the public on April 17, 2021. This webinar will be a great introduction to all kinds of people, especially tour guides, travel planners, and interested visitors, students, teachers – anyone and everyone who wants to learn more about the new Memorial. Get ready for Memorial Day with key information and insights about Washington, D.C.’s newest war memorial. We will provide you with:

  • Background and History of the location
  • The Story of how the WWI Memorial went from concept to opening
  • Tour of design features and insider tidbits
  • The history of WWI to which the Memorial speaks

AND the FREE WWI Memorial APPs:

  • One app for use when you are VISITING the WWI Memorial in DC.
  • One app which brings the WWI Memorial remotely to any classroom, living room, or yard.
  • “How WWI Changed America” – A downloadable web site on the social & cultural impact of WWI

There will be lots of great information, and words from the people who got the Memorial built.  Click here to learn more, and register for this useful and informative webinar on May 14.


WWI Memorial opening ceremony featured song developed at Binghamton

Hello Girl snip

On April 16, the National World War I Memorial site in Washington, D.C., was unveiled in a livestreamed ceremony of the Inaugural Raising of the Flag. The event covered the history of World War I and included numerous speakers whose family members served in the war. Viewers learned about the “Doughboys,” the “Hello Girls” and other veterans who gave their service to the country. The Binghamton University community played a role in this event, as a song about the “Hello Girls,” which was written in Johnson City, was performed at the ceremony. Click here to learn more about the Hello Girls, and the music made in cooperation between the Goodwill Theatre, the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City and the Prospect Theater Company in New York City that was part of the event.


Waging war for her grandmother: N.H. woman fights to honor ‘Hello Girls’

Carolyn Timbie

As she was helping her parents move from their home a decade ago, Carolyn Timbie of Atkinson, NH stumbled upon what she calls “an amazing treasure trove” of items from World War I — things her grandmother Grace Banker had saved from her time in WWI as the commander of the Hello Girls telephone operators. Some 60 years after Banker’s death, Timbie is now helping historians and U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of NH understand the work done by Signal Corps women during the war, when they became known as the Hello GirlsClick here to read more, and learn about the proposed Congressional Gold Medal to honor the service and legacy of the Hello Girls.


Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Twenty-One Steps cover

Author Jeff Gottesfeld had, in his forties, gotten into the habit of visiting national cemeteries on Memorial Day. A chance encounter in 1915 at Los Angeles National Cemetery with several headstones marked “UNKNOWN” sparked an idea: a children’s book about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and “the Tomb Guards who have kept watch there every minute of every day since July 2, 1937.”  Click here to learn more about how this project took shape in unexpected ways, and how the author learned about himself as well as the Tomb in the process of writing Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


Answering the Call: Erie County, Pennsylvania in World War One

Answering The Call cover

In 2018 thirteen people, including teachers, veterans, historians, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, all from varying backgrounds, thought that Erie County should be commemorating the American engagement in World War One. Each of them had a distinct connection to WWI. The outcome: a series of projects illuminating the county’s role in the Great War. Their efforts culminated in the last thing that they anticipated at the beginning: a book. Click here to read more about the creation of the volume, and how it will support the perpetual maintenance of the World War One Memorial in Erie County.


Viewing World War I through the eyes of women journalists

Chris Dubbs

Author Chris Dubbs notes wryly that he occupies “a narrow slice of scholarship in the history of World War 1—its journalism. Having so focused a view on such a vast subject means that I filter all the drama of WW1 through the reporters who covered it.”  Dubbs’ fourth book on WWI journalists came out in April 2021—American Women Report World War I: An Anthology of Their Journalism. As Dubbs himself notes: “A fourth book on WW1 journalists, you ask? Would not three, or two, or even one, have been enough?” Click here to learn why Dubbs was compelled to add another volume to his canon, and how he needed to “draw out the full picture of women’s role, a news story that was overlooked by male correspondents.”


“Give me an opportunity, I will do it” ― Dr. Frank E. Boston & World War I

Dr. Frank Boston

George Whitehair, enjoying his twilight career as a Writer, Editor, and Researcher, “had just finished compiling a fun and upbeat book of short stories highlighting the contributions of immigrants” when a good friend mentioned that he might want to add Dr. Frank Boston (left) to his list. Out of that small suggestion has come a large project to recognize the accomplishments of a remarkable individual in both war and peace. Click here to read more, and learn about an amazing individual: “the first veteran African-American in the US to start both a hospital and ambulance corps, both of which are in operation today.


In The Trenches of World War I

Wallace Martin Stockberger

The Friends of the Frankfort Public Library presents “In the Trenches of World War I” during the month of May. The group has been working with several entities to discover compelling stories of WWI and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located in Arlington National Cemetery. As well as onsite exhibitions and programs throughout the month, the event offers a virtual presentation on May 6 by military historian and best-selling author, Patrick O’Donnell. He will discuss one of his latest books, The Unknowns, The Untold Story of America’s Unknown Soldier and WWI’s Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him HomeClick here to learn more about the program, and how to register to attend the virtual presentation that intends to illuminate the saga behind the creation of the monument and animate the tomb by giving voice to those who served in WWI.


Why was the Sinking of the Lusitania so Controversial?

Remember the Lusitania

Writer Allyn Lawrence notes that “If you asked people a reason for the United States of America entering the First World War, one of the most common answers would be the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.” However, Lawrence also notes that “…the Lusitania was just one of the thousands of ships sunk by the German Imperial Navy during World War One. Yet, to this day, it is remembered as a major precipitant of the United States joining the war. Why is this? Why was the sinking of the Lusitania so controversial? Why was this event so important?” Click here to read more, and learn how some individuals who went down with the ship may have had an outside impact on public opinion in America.


WWI America invites audiences into a nuanced understanding of World War I

WWI America poster

Although it was fought thousands of miles away, WWI war transformed the United States from a relatively provincial power on the world stage to a full-fledged global, military-industrial leader, held together by a newly powerful federal government and charged with confident patriotism. WW1 America, on view through May 30, 2021 at the Irving, CA Archives and Museum, also shows that there were darker sides of the American experience during the years 1914 to 1919. Click here to read more, and discover how this exhibition reveals that WWI “was nonetheless always in dialogue, sometimes violently, with the day’s upheavals, shaping the nation in profound and lasting ways. Indeed, so many issues from this period cascade down the years to our own time.”


World War I brought challenges to the home front — in Vermont and the U.S.

Bellows Falls, VT

When 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip fired two shots from a pistol in the streets of Sarajevo on a late June morning in 1914, Vermonters had no idea what troubles the incident would trigger for the people of their state.” So begins writer Mark Bushnell’s look at how World War I changed life for the citizens of The Green Mountain State. Writing on the VT DIGGER web site, Bushnell notes that initially “Vermonters remained unscathed by the horrors enveloping so much of the world, but their good fortune didn’t last. Events finally dragged Vermont men off to war, sparked the deadliest epidemic of the last century, and led to a crackdown on civil liberties in the state.” Click here to read the entire article.


How Military Sled Dogs Became Essential Resources During WWI

sled dog snip

When one thinks of war, snow doesn’t usually come into the picture. But part of World War I was fought in the Vosges, a mountain range in France. Soldiers had to contend with cold and snow as well as the other dangers of war. The snow presented challenges that didn’t exist in other areas. How would the soldiers get supplies, ammo, medicine, and transport their injured soldiers? Their horses found it difficult to move through snow, and when they did, it was slow going. Click here to read more, and learn how military sled dogs came into the picture, and became vital in winter theatres during World War I.


Doughboy MIA for April

PVT Jerry Harris

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Our Doughboy MIA this month is PVT Jerry Harris of the 120thInfantry/30th Division.

Jerry Harris was born 16 May 1896 and raised in the town of Roanoke Rapids in Halifax County, North Carolina, the second of four children born to Sarah and Frank Harlour. He was working in a cotton mill when he enlisted in the North Carolina National Guard on 26 May 1917, being assigned to Company H, 3rd N.C. Infantry Regiment. When his unit was called into federal service that summer, it became Company H of the 120th Infantry, 30th Division. With them Harris traveled to France aboard the SS Bohemian on 12 May 1918.

Harris stone

The 30th Division, alongside the 27th, was assigned to the US 2nd Corps and brigaded with the British. They fought in the Ypres-Lyes Sector that summer and in the final Somme Offensive as part of the great ‘final offensive’ by the allies of the war. It was during this offensive that Harris was killed in action on 29 September 1918.  Currently, no other specific details of his death are known, but following the war the Graves Registration Service was unable to locate his battlefield grave and thus he is still listed as officially missing in action and his name is inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Somme American Cemetery at Bony, France. His family also erected a memorial stone for him at Cedarwood Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids.

Want to help us dig deeper into the case of PVT Harris? Consider a tax deductible donation to our non-profit organization and help us solve his case! Simply visit www.ww1cc.org/mia today and consider a gift. Every dollar helps us find out what happened to our missing boys, and YOU get to help.

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.


Official Doughboy Foundation
and WWI Centennial Merchandise

Poppy Mask 2

“Remember Them” Poppy Face Mask

  • A Doughboy.shop exclusive!
  • High quality, dual-layer, machine washable fabric
  • Outer: 100% Cotton jersey knit
  • Inner: Polyester 135gsm with Anti-Microbial protection
  • Adjustable elastic ear straps for a comfortable fit
  • Flexible wire frame over the nose for secure fit
  • Width: 9.5” / 24cm x Height: 6” /15.5cm
  • Screen printed poppy design “Remember Them” inscription
  • One size – fits most adults

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



Virtual Explorer

Click or scan the QR Code below to download the Virtual Explorer App for the National World War I Memorial, and explore what the Memorial will look like when work is completed.

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Free Self-Contained WWI History Web Site on YOUR computer

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We have packaged all the content we created for “How WWI Changed America” into a format that is essentially a web site on a drive. Download the content onto any drive (USB, external, or as a folder on your computer), and all the content is accessible in a web site type format even without an internet connection. Click here to learn more, and download this amazing educational resource for home or classroom use.


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Arthur E. Winslow

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

Arthur Winslow

Submitted by: AD1 (AW) Darren Winslow, USN (Ret.) {Nephew}

Arthur E. Winslow was born around 1895. Arthur Winslow 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

Arthur Winslow enlisted on June 6, 1917, he was the “First to Enlist” and has an American Legion Hall named after him, (American Legion Post #1 Rockland Maine).

After enlistment he was transferred to Augusta June 8, 1917 Company F 2nd Infantry, Maine National Guard. He sailed for overseas in the latter part of September 1917. He was promoted to Pvt 1st Class December 1, 1917 and assigned to Company F, 103rd Infantry.

He was mortally wounded in the Toul Sector on June 16, 1918 and died on July 6, 1918, at evacuation hospital No. 1 He was buried in a cemetery at Toul, word of his death was received in Rockland on July 16, 1918.

On November 11, 1927 “Armistice Day” The American Legion held services to honor the first two soldiers from Rockland that paid the supreme sacrifice, they named a block of main street in downtown Rockland “Winslow Holbrook Square”

Read Arthur E. Winslow’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.


Honor the Stories of Service of ALL Who Served.

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