Monthly Archives: December 2022

Join us at the Marines’ Memorial Club Event: Brigadier General Jason L. Morris, USMC

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


Brigadier General Jason L. Morris, USMC

Commanding General, MCRD San Diego & Western Recruiting Region


BGen Morris will speak on current Marine Corps matters and recruiting for Force Design 2030.  Join us for this very special event!

Thursday, January 26th at 6pm

Registration / Doors Open at 5:30pm

At the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel

Tickets: Free for members (Membership ID Number); $20 for Non-members

No assigned seating

Join us at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel for our exciting 2023 Lecture Series event on 26 January 2023!

Our featured speaker: Brigadier General Jason L. Morris, USMC


Brigadier General Jason Morris was commissioned in May 1992 after graduating with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy.


Brigadier General Morris’ command assignments include: Rifle and 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines; Headquarters Company Commander, 4th Marine Regiment; Commanding Officer, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines; Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station, Portland, Oregon; Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 10-2; Commanding Officer, 9th Marine Corps District; Commanding General, Training Command.


Brigadier General Morris’ staff assignments include: Weapons Company Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines; Instructor Duty, The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course; Assistant Operations Officer, 5th Marine Regiment; Director, 1st Marine Division Schools; Assistant Operations Officer, G-3, 1st Marine Division; Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines; Future Operations Officer, G-3 Iraqi Security Forces, Multi-National Force West; Deputy G-5 and Chief of Plans, I MEF; Theater Security Cooperation Branch, NC/J35 Operations Division, USNORTHCOM Directorate of Operations; Chief, NC/J32 Counter-threat Network Division; Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 Operations, I MEF.


Brigadier General Morris holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Masters in Military Studies from the USMC Command and Staff College, a Masters in Operational Studies from the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting, and a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He graduated with honors from The Basic School, the Amphibious Warfare School, the USMC Command and Staff College, the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting, and the U.S. Naval War College. He was the Marine Corps’ 2001 Leftwich Award recipient and also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program, Class 195.


His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with one Gold Star (in lieu of 2d Award), Bronze Star (with Combat Distinguishing Device) with one Gold Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one Gold Star, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one Gold Star, and the Combat Action Ribbon with one Gold Star.

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PUBLIC LECTURE: Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory with Ted Barris

Members may be interested in this talk that is being broadcast in Zoom.

Ted Barris and Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory
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Winter 2022


Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory

11 January @ 7:00 pm ET
In 1939, Canada’s navy went to war with exactly 13 warships and about 3,500 sailors. During the desperate Atlantic crossings, the RCN grew to 400 fighting ships and over 100,000 men and women in uniform. By V-E Day in 1945, it had become the 4th largest navy in the world. The Battle of the Atlantic proved to be Canada’s longest continuous military engagement of the war. The story of Canada’s naval awakening in the bloody battle to get convoys to Britain is a Canadian wartime saga for the ages.
This hybrid event will be hosted in-person and broadcasted live via Zoom.

If you would like to attend in-person, the event will take place at 232 King St N. Doors will open at 6:30pm.

For online attendance, CLICK HERE to register.

Upcoming Events

Time Travel to Brantford, 1900 – 1920

15 February @ 7:00 pm ET

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Critical Histories of Blackness in Canada: R v. R.D.S

22 March @ 7:00 pm ET

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Lifesavers and Body Snatchers: Medical Care and the Struggle for Survival in the Great War

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Year-end letter from Dan Dayton

A newsletter from the organization formerly known as the World War One Centennial Commission.

Open Letter from Dan Dayton

Dear Michael

Using our new online request tool, I just made arrangements to honor Elmore DeWitt with the playing of taps at the National WWI Memorial.  Elmore served in the 3rd Battery Field Artillery in France from June of 1918 to May 1919…most of the war.  Many years later he was my neighbor and mentor and friend to my kids.  A very good man indeed. I was able to select his birthday to honor his service.

You can see the Taps performances every evening at 5 PM eastern on our YouTube channel, and I’ll be able to share the clip with his family, along with a nice certificate.

Which sets up the theme of this year-end THANK YOU letter!

“What YOU helped us do in 2022!”

Now everyone can request to honor specific veterans with a dedicated sounding of Taps at the National WWI Memorial

Bugler playing taps in honor of: on 12/20/2022

Reserve Your Dedication

The 369th Experience performing

The 369th Experience band came to Washington DC for Juneteenth week

The 369th Experience is a tribute band to the original 369th Harlem Hellfighter Regimental Band that brought Jazz to Europe. It is composed of over 60 students primarily from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and about the same age as those who served in WWI. They were able to come to DC and march with the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band. They performed at the Kennedy Center and at the WWI Memorial to commemorate Juneteenth. It was impressive and impactful. To quote one of the students: “This experience changed my life!”

Watch the 369th Hoboken homecoming from 1919

Verizon and doughboy foundation partnership

Verizon and the Doughboy Foundation partnered to bring our award winning WWI Teaching and Learning resources to middle and high school teachers

Verizon has partnered with the Doughboy Foundation’s EdTech efforts through their Verizon Innovative Learning HQ. That program is targeting 10 million youths by 2030. It is a key partnership in helping us reach out across the country to the 275,000 middle and high school history teachers, as we offer them our unique and award winning WWI Teaching and Learning Resources.

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Pershing own play summer sunset concerts at the WWI Memorial

“Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band  played a “Summer 2022 Rush Hour Concert Series” at the WWI Memorial

Every Thursday this past summer different elements of the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, performed at the Memorial.  It became a popular end-of-day event in the city. We started to live-stream the concerts too. And, if you missed it, they will be back in the summer of 2023.

Sample the Concerts

Bells of peace video

Bells of Peace 2022 was celebrated in cities, posts, churches and schools across the country

On 11 November at 11AM local, Bells of Peace rang around the country to mark the date and time of the Armistice in 1918. Many of these ceremonies were kick-off events for Veterans Day commemorations. Here in Washington at the WWI Memorial, we sounded a ship’s bell and heard very powerful remarks from General Barry McCaffrey on why leaders MUST avoid war.

Watch the Bells of Peace story

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Our popular monthly Dispatch Newsletter continued to grow and expand

Starting with a humble subscriber list of just over 3.500 names in early 2017, the popular monthly Dispatch newsletter, a curation of WWI related articles and information, now goes to over 250,000 recipients every month with a distribution that has expanded approximately  20% in 2022.

Check the latest issue

Rebuilt website

We redesigned the entire website to serve our community better

We invite you to discover and explore last year’s and upcoming programs on our completely redesigned website made to serve you better, faster, across all platforms and browsers.

Explore the new website

Legacy society planned giving

You can now “Remember the Doughboys” in your planned giving

In 2022 we launched a Legacy Society planned giving program and have already received gifts which will be realized at the passing of the donor.

Consider a legacy gift

and a whole lot more…

Please consider a tax deductible year-end donation to help us continue the work.

All that was accomplished in 2022 was made possible through the support from our community of interested people like YOU.

We need your help to continue our mission to “Keep Faith With The American Doughboy” through our programs, projects and activities that educate the public about the importance and impact of America’s participation in World War I.

Help us protect our future by remembering our past.

YES! I will make a year-end tax deductible donation 

Happy New Year and with gratitude for your ongoing support of our work.

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Dan Dayton
The Doughboy Foundation

New articles are available from Canadian Military History!

Members may be interested in these articles.

The fate of soldiers captured during the Hundred Days, Canada’s Faustian Bargain to Save Civilians in the Western Netherlands, the Evacuation of Canadian Personnel in Libya in 2014, plus seven book reviews.
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New articles are available from Canadian Military History!

Vol. 31, No. 2, Summer / Autumn 2022

Pursuit to Valenciennes 1918

Abstract: This article tracks the Canadian Corps’ pursuit of the retreating German army in the last weeks of the First World War. As French hamlets, villages and towns were liberated, the war-weary troops—nursing grudges after almost four years of war—encountered civilians who had endured poor and sometimes brutal treatment under the yoke of the cruel invader. During the Battle of Valenciennes hundreds of German soldiers were killed; the vast majority perished under immense artillery barrages. But a number who survived the onslaught of shells and bullets succumbed to Canadians’ rifles while or after surrendering. Motives are identified that drove frontline soldiers to kill surrendering opponents on the battlefield. This article contends that one strong motive for killing surrendering soldiers in the heat of battle was revenge for the untold civilian suffering in previously enemy-occupied territory.

Crossing the Grebbe Line

Abstract: Beginning at the military-political level and ending at the regimental level, this paper will explore the growth of Canadian responsibility within a failing Allied relief framework throughout the Dutch Hunger Winter 1944-1945. Beginning in early April 1945, I Canadian Corps experienced a growing responsibility to secure an independently negotiated and effective ceasefire on the Grebbe Line to enable transport of food prior to broader German surrender. Under the name of Operation Faust, I Corps utilised targeted medical and food relief practices to address gaps in Allied relief capacity, following what Canadian Military Headquarters (CMHQ) referred to as a “hastily improvised” planning process. The objective of this article is to explore how an unheralded Canada exerted such great humanitarian influence while acting independently of the broader Allied command framework.

Op LOBE and the Evacuation of Canadian Personnel from Libya, 2014

Abstract: In the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising in Libya and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s intervention that overturned Muammar Gaddafi’s government amid fears of reprisals against civilians, Canada and other countries re-established a diplomatic presence. The region was still unstable with many competing militias in a tentative truce following Gaddafi’s downfall. Canada’s embassy required a military presence to secure the compound and the safety of Canadian VIPs. In July 2014, the men and women of Operation LOBE were forced to evacuate from Libya amid a diplomatic exodus during a resurgence of civil war. This piece, based largely on a Canadian War Museum oral history interview with Op LOBE’s Roto 6 Task Force Commander Major Doug Henderson, revisits the mission’s purpose, its deployment, the challenges faced in country and the successful evacuation of Canadian personnel to Tunisia in the summer of 2014.


January 11th @7:00pm ET


Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory


For more information CLICK HERE.

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