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March 2022

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Sculptor Sabin Howard is working tirelessly on A Soldier’s Journey, the 60-foot-long high relief bronze bound for the nation’s capital. In the completed section shown (which has already been shiped to the foundry for casting), the soldier heads into battle with two comrades.

Behind the Epic WWI Memorial Being Sculpted in an Englewood Warehouse

A recent article in the New Jersey Monthly magazine captures the painstaking work going on in the sculpture studio of Sabin Howard as the monumental A Soldier’s Story bronze takes shape. When completed, the sculpture is destined for installation at the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC before the Memorial is dedicated in 2024. Click here to read the entire New Jersey Monthly magazine article, and and learn how a 21st Century digital process is enabling the project, which might have taken a lifetime using traditional approaches, to be completed in just a few years.

April 6 Book Launch & Photography Reception in Washington, DC “In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War”

In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War two books

In recognition of the 105th anniversary of the American entry into World War I, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Doughboy Foundation, the Embassy of Hungary, and Mathias Corvinus Collegium invite you to a Book Launching ceremony and Photography Reception for the premiere of Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy’s forthcoming two-volume book, “In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War.” The event will be held at the DAR Headquarters, located in the heart of Washington D.C at 1776 D St NW,, on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 5 p.m. Click here to read more about the event, and learn how “In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War” chronicles and explains the historical events and the horrors of the First World War through photos that were taken 100 years later,

Virtual Field Trip – “Our Girls Over There”: The Hello Girls of World War I

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The National Museum of the United States Army is presenting a “Virtual Fieldtrip” to 100 years ago in history for a close look at “Our Girls Over There”: The Hello Girls of World War I.  Supported by the U.S. Army Women’s Museum, the free online program has three showings: Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 10 a.m. EST; Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 10 a.m. EDT; and Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 10 a.m. EDT. Click here to learn more, and to sign up for a session exploring “the commitment, sacrifice and challenges of the Hello Girls during World War I.

Daniel Sharp: Taps at the National World War I Memorial has been an honor

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Through rain or shine, (and this winter through heavy snow as well), rotating buglers fulfill the Doughboy Foundation’s mission to sound “DAILY TAPS” at the National World War One Memorial in Washington, DC. This month one of our dedicated buglers, recruited by Taps for Veterans, Daniel Sharp shared his story with us. Click here to read more, and learn how sounding Taps at the Memorial “has become very meaningful” to this Former Surface Warfare officer in the U.S. Navy, who remains active in the Navy Reserve.

An American Father-Daughter Story in World War I

In Their Own Words, Writings of war correspondent Don Martin and his 11-year-old daughter Dorothy.

When James Larrimore’s mother died in 2001 at age 94, Larrimore was stunned to discover family records from the World War I era. His grandfather, Don Martin, who Larrimore never met, had died in France while serving as a highly-regarded war correspondent. Looking through the treasure trove of documents, Larrimore realized “that I had to learn about the role my grandfather had played in World War I.” What Larrimore discovered was published on his blog over several years, and is now captured in his new book “ In Their Own Words, Writings of war correspondent Don Martin and his 11-year-old daughter Dorothy. An intimate view of WWI.” Click here to read more about the book, and learn how Larrimore discovered that the grandfather that he had never known “was a role model and a hero.

Power Parity in Produce: Women’s History Month

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Leslie Halleck of the Produce Grower web site noted recently that “March being Women’s History Month and all, I of course find myself thinking about where women stand today in the world of agriculture, and society.” Noting that the official theme for Women’s History Month in 2022 is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” Halleck cites an interesting historical example, asking “have you ever heard of the Women’s Land Army?” Click here to read more, and learn how during World War I the Women’s Land Army of America (WLAA) put 20,000 women to work in agricultural fields, many of whom “believed that doing their patriotic duty in the agricultural sectors would also help the suffrage movement” in the United States after the war.

Fargo woman finds WWI letter to her great-uncle from the King of England

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When 20-year-old Jens Olaf Kittlesrud arrived in England with a few thousand other American troops to fight in WWI, he was handed a letter from the King of England. The letter had apparently been tucked away for years when Jens Kittlesrud’s great-niece, Betty Hoff, found it among her parents’ possessions. She was curious about the story behind the letter and wondered if other soldiers had received it. Click here to read more, and learn how many American soldiers received similar royal correspondence in WWI.

Meet the very good boy who brought smokes to soldiers in WWI trenches

Mutt the cigarette delivery dog

Have you ever gotten exactly what you wanted? It’s hard to imagine that any PlayStation 5 on Christmas morning could beat a pack of cigarettes showing up when you’re stuck in the trenches, but add to it that it’s delivered by an adorable dog. That’s what the soldiers of the 11th Engineers were treated to when Mutt, a YMCA trench runner loaded with ciggies, visited them in 1918 in the Aisne-Marne operation during World War I.” Click here to read Miranda Summers Lowe’s entire article about Mutt the cigarette delivery dog, and all the other canines with a job supporting Doughboys in World War I.

Who was the first woman to receive a Purple Heart? 7 things to know about WWI nurse Beatrice Mary MacDonald

Beatrice Mary MacDonald

Beatrice Mary MacDonald, a World War I nurse, was the first woman to be awarded the Purple Heart. One night in August 1917 during World War I, a German aerial bomb exploded at a military field hospital in Belgium during the Third Battle of Ypres. Metal shrapnel ripped through a tent at Casualty Clearing Station #61, where the 36-year-old was rising from her cot to start her shift caring for wounded Allied soldiers. Click here to learn about what happened next, and six more interesting facts about this American WWI heroine.

How one telegram helped to lead America toward war

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On this day in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson learned of a shocking piece of paper that made America’s entry into World War I inevitable. And current research shows the Americans didn’t know everything German diplomats intended. The Zimmermann Telegram was a message sent on January 12, 1917, from the German foreign minister Arthur Zimmerman to the country’s embassy in Washington, D.C., to be relayed to German representatives in Mexico. Click here to read more about the infamous telegram, and learn how there was a lot more to the message than the American government knew at the time.

A Post-Dispatch mailroom clerk is the first St. Louisan to die in WWI

David Hickey

David Hickey was 38 when he answered the patriotic drumbeat in April 1917 to fight in the Great War. He was assigned to a U.S. Army artillery battery in France at the village of Seicheprey, near the slaughterhouse known as Verdun. Hickey had grown up just north of downtown and was a newsboy. He later worked in shoe factories and the Post-Dispatch mail room, where newspapers were bundled. He played on local amateur baseball teams and never married. His distinction was posthumous: “First St. Louis Man Killed in France,” was the headline in the Feb. 27, 1918, Post-Dispatch. Click here to read the entire article, and learn how the battlefield death of an obscure newspaper employee became really big news in wartime St. Louis.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial on Digital Media

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From November 9 through 11, 2021, thousands of people came to Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) to participate in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial Commemoration. To supplement the in-person anniversary events, a comprehensive digital media campaign enabled millions more to participate in the centennial virtually. Click here to read more, and learn how, throughout 2021, ANC featured blog and social media posts (identified with the hashtag #Tomb100) about a rich variety of topics related to the Tomb’s history, meanings, and global significance as a memorial site.

Granddaughter finds hidden WWI treasure in a box

Memories of a WWI Ambulance Driver cover

Judy Bruckner’s lifelong passion for family history began at a young age. An interest sparked by a multi- generational collection of stories, photographs and countless afternoons with her beloved grandparents who cared for it all. Most prized amongst this collection of treasure; a black, leather-bound album containing photographs, letters, documents and a one-year diary by a 19- year-old WWI ambulance driver named Charles C. Leonard, Judy’s grandfather. Click here to read more, and learn how this vast collection of memories allowed her to experience World War I through Charles’ eyes, and led to an amazing new book.

Teaching Ohio’s Forgotten WWI Heroes

Ohio History Connection

Nearly 8,000 Black Ohioans served in the United States Army and Navy in World War I; many made the ultimate sacrifice. The story of these heroes is often overlooked. In today’s classroom, teachers are often forced to balance the volume of content against limited time. World War I content would likely be covered in one to two weeks of class time. Click here to see the resources that Paul LaRue, retired high school teacher and former member of the Ohio WWI Centennial Committee, has made available to teachers that will enable better thoughtful classroom coverage for Ohio’s (and other states’) forgotten World War I heroes.

How Much Was World War I About… Bread?

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Current events unfolding in Ukraine are raising fears of possible global grain shortages as a fallout from the conflict, as Ukraine is one of the world’s largest exporters of wheat. In his new book Oceans of Grain, author Scott Reynolds Nelson shows that a century ago, “Grain was key to almost every stage of World War I.” Click here to read more, and learn how “Fearing the threat to its grain exports, imperial Russia helped provoke this global conflict,” and “as the conflict dragged on, Germany, also suffering from a dearth of cheap bread, found a unique path to Russia’s bountiful harvest.”

National WWI Museum & Memorial asks Black families to donate WWI artifacts

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The National World War I Museum in Kansas City has launched an ongoing project to diversify its collections by calling on family members or other people related to Black World War I soldiers to donate their loved ones’ treasured items from the war. Click here to read more, and learn how one of the museum’s goals with the project is “showing how that history affects us today. It’s their objects, their statements and their letters. We need to have that to tell the story” of how “African Americans were well represented, both on the battlefield and the home front.”

‘Don’t You Know There’s A War On?” Rationing In World War I

Sheep on White House lawn

Wartime is a crisis not only because men and women are being sent into a warzone where untold numbers may be killed, but also because resources diverted to the war effort mean privation and shortages for the folks back home. Those who were left had to make sacrifices too, in ways they might never have imagined. Click here to read more, and learn some of the conservation measures made during wartime that really hurt, and others that were really unusual…like mowing the White House lawn with a flock of sheep.

Pritzker Military Museum & Library “On War” Military History Symposium March 31 – April 1, 2022

PMML On War Symposium 2022 alternative

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library present their 2022 On War Military History Symposium featuring Dr. Margaret MacMillan, recipient of the 2021 Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. The symposium will consider the current state of military history under the theme of “What is Military History Today?” This year’s Symposium will take on a hybrid format with an option to join in person or virtually online. Click hear to read more about the event, the speakers, and how you can register to attend.

“There is No Expiration for Valor”

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For the past few years, a task force at a Missouri university has made it its goal to give many Doughboys of World War I the proper recognition for their acts of valor. A team from Park University’s George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War — located in Parkville, Missouri, near Kansas City, Missouri, — is working on the project with the World War I Centennial Commission, members of Congress and veterans service organizations, including the VFW. Click here to read more from the VFW web site about how the Park University team has taken on the task  of correcting the military records of marginalized veterans of WWI.

World War Wednesday: Bacon Fat Soft Molasses Cookies from World War I

Bacon Fat Soft Molasses Cookies from WWI

Writing on the Food History Blog web site, author and baker Sarah Wassberg Johnson recounts her search for and discovery of “historic recipes for bacon fat cookies” from World War I. Click here to read more, and learn how a World War I “Soft Molasses Cookies” recipe, listed as a “Conservation Recipe” in the February, 1918 issue of American Cookery (formerly the Boston Cooking School Magazine) got itself baked (and enjoyed!) again 104 years later in February, 2022.

World War I News Digest March 2022

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World War I was The War that Changed the World, and its impact on the United States continues to be felt a century later, as people across the nation learn more about and remember those who served in the Great War. Here’s a collection of news items from the last month related to World War I and America.

What if World War I was just a tragic accident?

Erik Kokeritz: Remembering a forgotten American WWI hero

John T. McCutcheon’s Wartime Valentines

 WWI facts: The Real History of The King’s Man

Del Mar author releases book based on WWI-era letters

KC veterans’ WWI fight shows democracy is durable

The Dangerous Ghosts of WWI Research in Spring Valley

WWI Battlefield Replica Keeps Tennessee Military Memory Alive

Letters and the Lost Voices of Women in World War I

The Daring Americans who Flew for France

Foreign countries benefit from WWI-era Jones Act

Doughboy MIA for March 2022

Franklin Ellenberger

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Our Doughboy MIA this month is PVT Franklin Ellenberger – and he has a special story!

Born on 12 July, 1892, Frank Ellenberger was from Wilmington, Ohio and was drafted into the army on 27 May, 1918. Sent to Camp Beauregard at Alexandria, Louisiana he was assigned training with the 41st Company, 159th Depot Brigade for indoctrination before being sent to Company I, 153rd Infantry Regiment, 39th ‘Delta’ Division. The 39th left for France on 6 August, 1918 and once Over There was re-designated as the 5th Depot Division (replacement division). From there, Ellenberger was sent to Company K, 128th Infantry, 32nd ‘Red Arrow’ Division in September, 1918. When the 32nd went forward to relieve the 91st Division during the Meuse-Argonne campaign on 4 October, 1918 PVT Ellenberger was among them. The 32nd would be the first division to crack the Kriemhilde Stellung six days later, on 10 October, 1918, but by that time Ellenberger was already dead. A statement by his sergeant says he “saw Private Ellenberger killed instantly by fragments from a high explosive shell. Hit in the head… on October 7th, 1918 while in action near Epinonville.”

At the time Ellenberger’s battalion (the 3rd) was supporting attacks made by the 125th Infantry south of Romagne sous Montfaucon who would, within a few days, capture the ground that the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery occupies today.

Laura Ellenberger

No record of his burial ever made it back to the Graves Registration Service however, and while two separate searches were made for him following the war, nothing further was ever found concerning his case and it was closed in December, 1919. His mother, Laura Ellenberger (right) made the Gold Star Mother’s Pilgrimage to see her sons name on the Tablet of the Missing at the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery in 1931.

Jeremy Wayne Bowles

Then, on the evening of 4 November, 2019, our Assistant Field Manager here at Doughboy MIA, Mr Jeremy Wayne Bowles (at left, commonly known as ‘The Dayton Doughboy’) was doing some research into Ohio soldiers that served in the war with his family’s help when his mother happened to notice a name that rang a bell with her… Ellenberger. Later that night, just on a hunch, she pulled out the family tree to check that name and found an entry for a Private Franklin Ellenberger KIA in the war, who had been her great grandmothers brother. Jeremy checked the ABMC website to find out if this relative of his – whom he had not known about before – was buried in France or had come home and found he was MIA!

Infer what you want about this story, but it certainly would seem some sort of intervention was at work here for a worker with Doughboy MIA to discover through accident and hunch that HE was related to an MIA from that war – another example that a man is only missing if he is forgotten!

Would you like to help solve PVT Ellenberger’s case? Please consider a donation to Doughboy MIA and help us make as full an accounting of our American service personnel still listed as missing in action from WW1 as possible. Can you spare just ten dollars? Give ‘Ten For Them’ 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.

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  • This replica tin mug has been upcycled into an all-natural soy candle
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  • Made from all organic soy wax, cotton wick, essential oils
  • The “Morning Java” scent will fill the room with a wonderful coffee aroma that includes just a hint of chocolate.
  • Camp mug is reusable once the candle has burned down
  • Makes a great 2-in-1 gift. (Reduce + Reuse)

Proceeds from the sale of this item 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 Doughboy Foundation.

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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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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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Camille Louise O’Brien

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

Camille Louise O'Brien

Submitted by: Michael {Friend of family}

Camille Louise O’Brien was born around 1883. Camille O’Brien served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

Emory Unit Nurse, Camille O’Brien, is the only Emory Unit nurse to died in France. Her family, in Roswell, Georgia, reached out to me to find a home for her personal effects. I am a retired police officer of 34 years and a historian so I agree to help. Happily, Camille’s items are now at the Atlanta History Center. I decided to learn more about this nurse.

Unknown to the family, Camille’s body was brought back to Georgia, in 1921 and placed in an unmarked grave, in Greenwood Cemetery, Atlanta. On April 18th, 2019, at 11am, I have put together a grave site memorial, for Camille. Thanks to Patterson & Son Funeral Home, Camille is going to finally have a beautiful gravestone. A WW1 Honor Guard will be present and a bugler, for Taps. Present at the site will be the grandson of Lt.Col. Edward Davis, the father of the Emory Unit, Ren Davis.

Who is Camille? She was born in 1883 in Warren County, Georgia. In 1900/1901, she attended the University of Georgia. In 1913, she attended the St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1916.

Read Camille Louise O’Brien’s entire Story of Service here.

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