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NEW EPISODE: The Imperial Hubris of Mandates

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The Imperial Hubris of Mandates
Episode #124

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Map of the ottoman Empire 1917 – Now Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Israel, Jordan, Lebenon, and more

The Imperial Hubris of Mandates

Host – Theo Mayer

  • 100 Years ago: The Imperial Hubris of Mandates – Host | @ 01:55
  • The Fate of The Ottoman Empire – Mike Shuster | @ 09:45
  • War Memoirs From WWI: “Edmund Blunden”  – Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 13:55
  • Commission News: Fleet Week Update – Host | @ 19:45
  • Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence – Dr. Kate Clark-Lemay | @ 21:10
  • Erie County WWI Remembrance –  Mary Jane Koenig | @ 28:40
  • Articles & Posts: Highlights from Dispatch – Host | @ 34:35

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A Memorial Day ‘Thank You’ Gift For Our Friends and Supporters

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A Memorial Day Thank You Gift For Our Friends and Supporters

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Thank you for your friendship, interest and support of our mission to keep the faith with our WWI Doughboys.

For being a part of the community that is remembering the significance and the sacrifice of our men, women and nation in WWI, we would like to offer you a free copy of Debra Dudek’s World War I Genealogy Research Guide.

This 100-page eBook provides a great roadmap and a panoply of information, links and direction for how to find you WWI heritage and it even includes a section on finding non-combatants.

So behalf of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, The Doughboy Foundation, our founding sponsor the Pritzker Military Museum and Library,

Please Enjoy This Guide in the hopes of continued interest and support of our WWI Veterans

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Daniel S. Dayton
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Take up our quarrel with the foe: 
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high. 
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


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In Memory Of Our WWI Veterans This Memorial Day Weekend

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We’re getting close to putting a shovel in the ground for the National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C.

We started at $50 Million and we only have $13 Million to raise in order to get started this fall. That is tremendous progress, so I know that together we can do it.

Thanks for your friendship, interest and support with gifts, guidance, and commitment as we seek to remember those who, as our Chairman is fond of saying, “left their homes to fight in a war they didn’t start, in a land most had never visited, in the name of peace and liberty for people they didn’t know”.

Our Doughboys did it then.

You can help get this done now.

If you have given before, please consider another gift, large or small, in Memory of the Doughboys, on this special weekend when we remember those who sacrificed. Every dime goes to our Doughboys’ Memorial.

And if you have not donated to the National WWI Memorial in Washington – now is a really important time for you to join in the effort.

Whether you can give a gift right now or not, thank you for being part of the community that is remembering the significance and the sacrifice of our men, women and nation in WWI.

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Daniel S. Dayton
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WWI DISPATCH May 21, 2019

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Fleet Week New York 2019

Commission activities honor America’s World War I Vets during Fleet Week 2019

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The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, will host a number of cultural activities, and commemorative events, during the U.S. Navy’s upcoming Fleet Week New York, from 22-27 May 2019. A full list of the WWI-related activities can be found at ww1cc.org/fleetweek. These events will help tell the story of the 4 million American men and women — many from the greater New York area — who stepped forward to serve during World War I, 100 years ago. Click here to read more about the World War I -related activities taking place during Fleet Week 2019 this week.

369th Experience

The 369th Experience Band, sponsored by the Centennial Commission, will be making several appearances during Fleet Week, including at Rockefeller Center on Saturday, May 25; at Liberty State Park in Jersey City on Sunday, May 26; and leading the the annual Memorial Day Parade in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn on Monday, May 27. Click here to find out more details and times for these performances by the fabulous 369th Experience.

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In the run-up to Fleet Week in New York City this week, The American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog will unveil the official bronze statue of Sgt. Stubby, a distinguished World War I war dog, which will be housed permanently at the AKC Museum of the Dog. The sculpture will be unveiled on May 23. Commissioner Dr. Libby O’Connell of the United States World War I Centennial Commission will perform the unveiling.  Click here to read more about the sculpture, the sculptor, and how Stubby earned his recognition at the Museum of the Dog.


Fall start envisioned for WWI tribute; concept for monument in D.C.‘really coming along,’ says Arkansas designer

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The Arkansas Democrat Gazette newspaper this week published an update on the progress of the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC. The article noted that “supporters of the new World War I Memorial say they’re hopeful they can break ground this fall.” “We’re getting close to wrapping up the design. We’re about 75% of the way through,” said Joseph Weishaar, the project’s architect and a Fayetteville native. “It’s really coming along.” Click here to read the entire article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette newspaper.


In search of Roman’s ‘lost boys’ of WWI

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Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA was founded by Irish immigrant Thomas Cahill in 1890, and was the first free Catholic high school in the country. By the time the United States had entered World War I in 1917, the school was already more than a quarter-century old. Yet many alumni, including writer Chris Gibbons, had long assumed that there was no commemorative plaque for World War I because no Roman alumni had died in that war. However, as Gibbon’s interest and knowledge of the Great War deepened over the years, he began to doubt this assumption. After he read James Nelson’s book The Remains of Company D, Gibbons resolved to finally learn the truth regarding World War I and the lost boys from Roman. Click here to read how this search unfolded, and how the names of the lost boys of Roman are being rediscovered and honored 100 years after the end of World War I.


Filmmaker Daniel Bernardi and his historical documentary series for the National Cemetery Administration

Daniel Bernardi

Daniel Bernardi is a remarkable young filmmaker, and a very busy person. He is a Navy Reservist, a professor of film at San Francisco State University, and he manages a film production company specializing in documentaries. Daniel’s current project, as a filmmaker, is a series of pieces for the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), which manages the nation’s veteran cemeteries across the United States. These National Cemeteries are amazing historical sites, and are home some of America’s greatest military heroes. — In fact — The Centennial Commission worked with the NCA for the Wreath Laying Ceremony for World War I heroes buried in NYC’s Cypress Hills National Cemetery on May 2nd. Daniel’s biggest film of this series, the WWI-themed WAR TO END ALL WARS, premiered recently at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, and will be screened there during Memorial Day Weekend. Much of the new video work done by Daniel and his team can be found on their YouTube channel. Recently we took some time to talk to Daniel about his work, and hear his thoughts on why these stories are important; click here to read the entire interview.


Indiana exhibit to highlight World War I veterans’ shrine rededication

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An exhibit chronicling World War I will be one highlight of this year’s Memorial Day weekend rededication of Fort Wayne’s Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum in Indiana. The Shrine is a recipient of a 100 Cities/100 Memorialsgrant. Info on the restoration project for this memorial can be found here. 100 Cities/100 Memorials is a joint program of the United States World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. Click here to read more about the Shrine and the “The Great War: From Ration Lines to the Front Lines” traveling exhibit curated by the Indiana Historical Society.


Gone but no longer forgotten: At long last, these four World War I veterans receive a memorial service

No Longer forgotten

The cremated remains of four World War I veterans were transported in a horse-drawn carriage, accompanied by Patriot Guard Riders and a police escort, to their final resting place at the Roseburg National Cemetery Annex in Douglas County, Oregonlast week. The veterans’ remains were forgotten on a shelf at a local mortuary before being rediscovered through the painstaking research of Douglas County Veterans Forum member Carol Hunt and retired Roseburg National Cemetery technician Gigi Grimes Shannon. What the two women found was one of the largest groups of unclaimed veterans remains ever to have been recovered in the state. Click here to read this extraordinary story of a dogged pursuit for justice for these four World War I veterans.


Fort Des Moines exhibit honors African-American men who served in WWI

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Over a century ago, the first African-American officers trained at Fort Des Moines. On May 4, local members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity unveiled a display honoring members who received their commissions there in 1917 and served during World War I. The Fort Des Moines training camp was the first and only established for African-American officers and non-commissioned candidates. What began as a simple question  — “Did Phi Beta Sigma have any members who were commissioned here” — turned into a three-year project that uncovered 20 men from the fraternity who served in WWI, including nine who received their commissions at Fort Des Moines. Click here to read the entire story about the search, the ceremony, and what the fraternity learned about its World War I heritage as a result.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

Events:
Richard “Corky” Erie and Beth Baker
on Fleet Week 2019 in NYC

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In May 10th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 121, host Theo Mayer interviewed Richard “Corky” Erie and Beth Baker about Fleet Week New York. Richard is the director of Fleet Week New York, and Beth is the Director of Public Affairs for the Navy in the Mid-Atlantic and Fleet Week New York. The two of them have plenty to say about the logistics, scale, operation, and impact of Fleet Week on the city- as well as how this year’s event incorporates World War I. Click here to read the entire interview, and get an inside look at what it takes to bring “12 to 14 Navy and Coast Guard ships carrying upwards of 2,600 Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen to all five boroughs of New York City, executing over 130 events in six days.”

Centennial News Now:
Tom Frezza on the USS Recruit 

Tom Frezza

In May 3rd’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 121, host Theo Mayer interviewed Tom Frezza, Director of Education at the National Museum of the US Navy. Mr. Frezza spoke in-depth about the USS Recruit, a full-scale battleship replica built in New York City in 1917 to encourage people to join the Navy — and they were able to recruit over 25,000 men into service! Click here to read the entire story about the great wooden “land ship” that sent sailors all over the planet while never leaving Manhattan.

100 Years Ago This Week: The Tragic Death of James Reese Europe

James Reese Europe

In May 3rd’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 121, host Theo Mayer reviewed some of the most important headlines from this week, 100 years ago. Among them was the death of James Reese Europe, the legendary African American band leader of the 369th Infantry Band. Already famous as an innovator and an advocate for Black musicians in New York, he’s often credited for bringing Jazz to France with the 369th.  He was tragically murdered in an altercation with a bandmate. Click here to read the contemporary story of the death of a military and musical legend 100 years ago.


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Highlights: Remembering WWI Veterans

Host: Theo Mayer

Germany Agrees to Sign Peace Treaty – Mike Shuster | @ 02:15

100 Years Ago: The Treaty and the League as Viewed in America – Host | @ 06:50

War Memoirs From WWI: “Will Bird”  – Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 13:10

Back Over There: Italian Immigrants Serving in WWI – Luca Angeli | @ 18:50

Fleet Week New York 2019: The Site, the Events and the Social Media – Host | @ 27:15

Living Historians from the Cutter Olympia – Laura Adie & Kevin Smith | @ 28:10

“The Hello Girls Musical” Releases Cast Album – Cara Reichel, Peter Mills & Ben Moss | @ 37:15

Articles & Posts: Highlights from Dispatch – Host | @ 46:50


Literature in WWI This Week

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Waking Up to History: John Dos Passos, the Cut-up, and World War I

By M.C. Armstrong

When M.C. Armstrong traveled to Iraq as a war reporter, he took with him the work of WWI volunteer ambulance driver and American novelist, John Dos Passos. Like Dos Passos did in 1919, Armstrong came back and began to assert his own theory of war writing based on lessons learned.

In this post, Armstrong analyzes language as a weapon in war through the ways Dos Passos criticizes journalism using fiction. Read Waking Up to History: John Dos Passos, the Cut-up, and World War I, which discusses the war propaganda machine and Dos Passos’ signature “cut up” technique at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

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Over 1.7 million American doughboys were sent to Europe to serve in the First World War.

Read one soldier’s account of the loneliness men felt on over-crowded ships as they headed towards the Great War. The writer, John Allan Wyeth, is considered one of the finest American combat poets of the war.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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“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 Unites 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. It serves as a lasting reminder that our world ignores the history of World War I (and the ensuing WWII) at its peril ― lest we forget.  Proceeds help fund the WW1 Memorial in Washington, DC.

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

Grace Banker

100 years ago this week, “Hello Girl” Grace Banker received the Distinguished Service Medal for her service “with exceptional ability as Chief Operator in the Signal Corps Exchange at General Headquarters, American Expeditionary Forces and later in a similar capacity at First Army Headquarters.” Banker’s granddaughter Carolyn Timbie takes a look back at Banker’s remarkable military service in World War I; click here to read the entire article.


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John A. Dean

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Submitted by: Elmer J Bott, Jr. {Legion Post Adjutant} 

John A Dean born around 1893, John Dean 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

John A. Dean was born about 1893, his mother Anna (Kelly) Dean and William Dean were residents of Butler.

John A. Dean enlisted August 31, 1917 in the Ambulance Co #33, which trained at the Van Wyck estate bordering on Lake Apshawa. He then traveled to Syracuse, New York, Allentown, Pennsylvania and lastly Camp Greene, Charlotte, North Carolina for further training.

At Camp Greene his company was incorporated into the 4th Division Regular Army. They left the United States for service overseas on May 13, 1918. In whole or part he served at Belleau Wood, Chateau Thierry, and the Aisne-Marne offensive, St. Mihiel, the Meuse Argonne in France and in the Army of Occupation in Germany.

Read John A. Dean’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.


NEW EPISODE: Remembering WWI Veterans

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Remembering WWI Veterans

Host – Theo Mayer

  • Germany Agrees to Sign Peace Treaty – Mike Shuster | @ 02:15
  • 100 Years Ago: The Treaty and The League as Viewed in America – Host | @ 06:50
  • War Memoirs From WWI: “Will Bird”  – Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 13:10
  • Back Over There: Italian Immigrants Serving in WWI – Luca Angeli | @ 18:50
  • Fleet Week New York 2019: The Site, the Events and the Social Media – Host | @ 27:15
  • Living Historians from the Cutter Olympia – Laura Adie & Kevin Smith | @ 28:10
  • “The Hello Girls Musical” Releases Cast Album – Cara Reichel, Peter Mills & Ben Moss | @ 37:15
  • Articles & Posts: Highlights from Dispatch – Host | @ 46:50

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Coming up next week:

  • Kate Lemay from the suffragette portrait gallery…
  • MaryJane Koenig on Erie PA WWI Veterans…
  • Philip G. Mazzara – on funding progress for the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. …

and much more…

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WWI DISPATCH May 14, 2019

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National Football League donates
$1 million for National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission announced today that the National Football League (NFL) has contributed $1 million to the construction of the first-ever National World War I Memorial in Washington D.C. The NFL is now one of the lead donors to the Memorial, along with  the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, the Starr Foundation, General Motors, FedEx, Walmart, the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, the Lounsbery Foundation, and several other corporations and foundations. Click here to read more about the NFL’s generous donation to help “provide a site that will tell the world of the sacrifices these men and women made for our liberty a century ago.”


WWI Centennial Commission announces Fleet Week New York 2019 Events

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The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, will host a number of cultural activities, and commemorative events, during the U.S. Navy’s upcoming Fleet Week New York, from 22-27 May 2019. These activities will help tell the story of the 4 million American men and women, many from the greater New York area, who stepped forward to serve during World War I, 100 years ago. Click here to read more about the schedule of World War I related activities taking place during Fleet Week.

As part of the Fleet Week activities, there will be special performances by the 369th Experience Band at Liberty State Park in New Jersey on Monday, May 27. The band is made up of musicians from a collection of Historically Black Colleges and Universities that pay homage to the contributions of African-Americans and Puerto Ricans in World War I through the eyes of the 369th U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as James Reese Europe’s “Harlem Hellfighters.” Click here to read more about all the events in Liberty State Park, including a certified 5K Run.


Memorial Day Weekend Events Honor Nation’s Heroes at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City

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As the commemoration of the Centennial of World War I (2014-19) continues, the National WWI Museum and Memorial serves as a fitting place to honor and recognize the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country during Memorial Day weekend. Admission to the Museum and Memorial is free for veterans and active duty military personnel, while general admission for the public is half-price all weekend (Friday-Monday, May 24-27). The Museum and Memorial offers a wide variety of events during the weekend for people of all ages.Click here to read about the entire great schedule of Memorial Day activities.


AKC Museum of the Dog honors Army’s Sgt. Stubby, celebrated WWI service dog

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He was the “goodest boy” of them all. As one of the first U.S. Army service dogs, bull terrier mix Sgt. Stubby endured mustard gas and shrapnel from grenades during his time in World War I France. The long-treasured mascot’s bravery and service will be honored with an unveiling of a bronze statue in his likeness at the AKC Museum of the Dog in Manhattan on May 23, where it will be housed permanently. Click here to read more about the ceremony, and why Gen. John J. Pershing awarded the four-legged fighter a medal for his bravery.


Teacher to eulogize WWI soldier from Wild Rose, Wisconsin who died in 1918

Joseph Nowinski

Pvt. Sylvester Mushinski was married and the father of three children when he died during World War I. He was a farm boy who grew up in Wild Rose, moved to the Chicago area and then enlisted in the Army in June 1917, then became one of the 116,516 Americans who died in military service during the war. Now, a century after Mushinski’s death, an Almond-Bancroft High School social studies teacher Joseph Nowinski will deliver the soldier’s eulogy in France, as part of a program offered through National History Dayand sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commissionand the Pritzker Military Museum & LibraryClick here to read more about educational journey that Nowinski and 18 other teachers will take to France in June to pay homage to the heroes who died in the war.


Remarkable photos of African-American soldiers who fought bravely shoulder-to-shoulder with white comrades in WWI

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The Daily Mail newspaper in the UK has published what it terms “Incredible images from the end of the First World War show brave African-American soldiers as they keep up morale in France – and the infamous Harlem Hellfighters as they return to New York after 191 days at war. The remarkable shots, which were taken in around 1918, depict a proud father holding up eleven stars, one for each of his sons serving; a soldier entertaining his comrades in Orleans, France; and rapturous crowds welcoming the Harlem Hellfighters home.” Click here to read more about the 369th, and view the remarkable collection of photographs chronicling their World War I service.


Belongings of Burlington WWI soldier return to American Legion Post 273

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When Claire Lohr was in her 30s and helping her grandmother, Mildred Parker McAleer, clean out her Washington, D.C., home, she rummaged through many items that had familiar names of family members she knew. But there was one item, a leather military Bible, that caught her eye. She opened it and saw a name scribbled inside. “Who’s Leonard Millican?” she asked her grandmother. Click here to read the unexpected World War I story that her grandmother’s answer to the question provided about a Burlington hero in the Great War.


Iowa’s WWI ‘Soldiers in White’ honored with special ceremony at State Capitol

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On May 5, Iowa’s ‘Soldiers in White’ were honored again, with a special tribute to the women who served during the Great War. A new bronze plaque was dedicated to those nurses next to the World War II Memorial at the State Capitol. The original dedication ceremony to those soldiers was held in 1921. At the time, 10 birch trees were planted near this spot to honor them. Those trees have since been replaced with white oaks, but the bronze plaque is meant to be a lasting symbol for generations to come.  Click here to read more about the ceremony and the new, permanent memorial to the nurses for their service in World War I.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

100 Years in the Making:
National Memorial Lead Designer
Joe Weishaar

Joe Weishaar

In April 26th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 120, host Theo Mayer spoke with Joe Weishaar, the lead designer of the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. Joe has been dedicated to bringing the memorial to fruition for nearly four years, from the design competition up through the present day. In the interview, Joe catches us up on the status of the memorial as it goes through both the design and regulatory processes. Click here to read a transcript of the program, and learn where the Memorial’s progress stands now.

Animals in World War I with Leah Tams

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In April 26th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 120, host Theo Mayer interviewed Leah Tams, a Program Associate based at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, about a very interesting animal contributor to the American war effort. We’ve all heard about dogs like Sgt. Stubby, and horses, and many mascot animals. But click here to read the transcript of the entire program to find out how even invertebrates played important roles as the Americans slugged it out with the Germans in WWI.


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The WW1 Centennial News Podcast is about WW1 THEN: 100 years ago this week, and it’s about WW1 NOW: News and updates about the centennial and the commemoration. 

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100 years Ago: US Navy NC-4, first to fly Atlantic – Host | 02:06

Ultimatum to Germany: Sign or face renewed war – Mike Shuster | 16:35

War Memoirs from WWI: “Hervey Allen”  –
Dr. Edward Lengel | 29:35

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Host | 26:00

Fleet Week New York 2019 –
“Corky” Erie and Beth Baker | 27:25

Articles & Posts: Highlights from Dispatch –
Host | 39:30


Literature in WWI This Week

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The Debt of WWII Resistance Fighters to WWI Veterans

Part 4. Marc Bloch, a History Lesson

By Jennifer Orth-Veillon

On June 16, 1944, ten days after the Americans landed in Normandy on D-Day, the Gestapo massacred 29 French Resisters. Among them was Marc Bloch, one of the world’s most important historians.

This was not the first time Bloch, a Jew from Alsace and Professor at the Sorbonne, had taken up arms against the Germans.

In this post, WWrite Curator Jennifer Orth-Veillon discusses Bloch’s incredible trajectory from Legion of Honor WWI leader to WWII French Resistance hero.

Read about Bloch and the ways in which WWI shaped his pathbreaking approach to history at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

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In 1914, America’s Poetry magazine sponsored a “War Poetry Competition.”

The magazine received over 700 entries and selected 14 poems to be published.

Read one of the winning poems ­—Alice Corbin Henderson’s “Fallen”—and learn more about America’s early response to the war in this post on Behind Their Lines.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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8″ X 12″ WWI flags for Memorial Day

The WW1 Centennial Flag is made of durable nylon and measures 8 inches x 12 inches.  It sports the iconic Doughboy silhouette digitally screened onto it and is secured on a 15.75″ wooden dowel with a decorative ball on top .

It also features “Double Honors”, because a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item are designated for the America’s National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park, in Washington DC.

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

Janet Jones

The U.S. WWI Centennial Commission began advocating in 2018 for the ‘Hello Girls‘ to be honored for their World War I service with the Congressional Gold Medal. We helped to create Senate Bill S. 206, and House Bill H.R. 1953, both collectively known as the “Hello Girls Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019“. Now we need yourhelp to gather supporters & sponsors from the members of the U.S. Senate. and the U.S. House of Representatives. We hope that you will join us — and ask your elected officials in Washington to sponsor S. 206 and H.R. 1953. Click here to read the story of One Particular ‘Hello Girl’ — 1LT Janet Jones.


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Sanco Thompson, Sr.

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Sanco Thompson, Sr.

Submitted by: Sonya R. Grantham {Granddaughter}

Sanco Thompson, Sr. served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

My grandfather Sanco Thompson, Sr. from Columbia, South Carolina. He was a member of the 371st Infantry Regiment 93rd Division Colored, WWI and I have found service records for the 369th Harlem Hell Fighters.

My grandfather is buried in the Childs Cemetery in Richland County, South Carolina. The cemetery is located on the grounds of a former manufacturing plant. The site was also the former Wade Hampton Plantation. The Llysander D. Child’s purchased the plantation during the Reconstruction Era.

I have restored and documented people that are buried in the cemetery-for nine and have for years – solo. I’m proud to be the granddaughter of a WWI Soldier.

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NEW EPISODE: US Navy NC-4, first to fly Atlantic

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US Navy NC-4 arrives in Lisbon Portugal

US Navy NC-4, first plane to fly across the Atlantic arrives in Lisbon, Portugal

US Navy NC-4, first to fly Atlantic

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  • 100 years Ago: US Navy NC-4, first to fly Atlantic – Host | 02:06
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  • War Memoirs from WWI: “Hervey Allen”  – Dr. Edward Lengel | 29:35
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