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WWI DISPATCH June 18, 2019

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June 18, 2019


One Hundred Years of the Los Angeles Victory Memorial Grove: Flag Day 2019

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“If one had taken a short hike on Flag Day in Elysian Park in Los Angeles on the one hundredth anniversary of the dedication of the park and passed by the World War One monument there, your heart surely would have taken a patriotic beat at what you witnessed. A proud display by a striking color-guard, a moving rendition of our National Anthem, and heroic tales of bravery in the field all added to the remarkable feeling of dignity and gratification at being an American.” So writes Bill Betten, California WW1 Centennial Task Force Co-Director, of the ceremony in Los Angeles last week.  Click here to read Bill’s entire report on the Centennial event in Los Angeles.


“It is we who have had the privilege of talking to survivors of the First World War that must now keep the memory of the Great War alive.”

Attila Szalay Berzeviczy

An interesting new World War I-themed photo book project will come out later this year. The 640-page book, entitled “„In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War“, the book will be a tribute to the centennial of the First World War, done through contemporary imagery. We spoke to the book project’s author, Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy, about the book’s photography, and the book’s aims. Attila has an interesting background — he is an economist, a photographer, the founder of Historical Military Photos Ltd, and the former President of the Budapest Stock Exchange. Attila took some time to talk to us about his amazing World War I project, and share some of the incredible photography featured in the volume.


“Never Forget Garden” initiative represents America’s sacred duty to remember veterans

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The Centennial Commission has been partners and friends with a number of organizations over the years. Among them is a very special group — the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This group has a strong focus — to make certain that the individuals that made the ultimate sacrifice of their life for our freedom are not forgotten, and that the general public understands this price of freedom. The members of the Society are preparing for the Centennial of the arrival of the first Unknown at Arlington National Cemetery. To help us all mark this special anniversary, Society members have developed a new initiative to help us to remember the service of our veterans, and the memory of our fallen. We were able to talk with the Project Director, Richard Azzaro, about the project.


World War I home front featured at Lindbergh site for one more summer

Families on the WW1 Home Front Tour

Over the last several summers, visitors to the Charles Lindbergh Historical Site have had the chance to take a look into the lives of people on the home front of World War I, thanks to volunteers and staff reenacting life on the Lindbergh property at the time. That will come to an end after this summer. In its final year, visitors can come enjoy the program Saturday July 6, July 20, Aug. 3, Aug. 17 and Aug. 31. Through a tour of the Lindbergh home, visitors learn  some of the things people went through during the war on the Home Front. Click here to read more about the World War I programming at the Charles Lindbergh Historical Site in Minnesota this summer.


Cathedral Of The Rockies Music Director Takes World War I Tribute To Belgium

Paul Aitken

20 years ago, Cathedral of the Rockies music director Paul Aitken composed a choral piece that captures the hope and despair felt by World War I soldiers on the fields of Flanders in Belgium. This month, Aitken will travel to Flanders to conduct a performance of “Flanders Fields” on June 23. He recently joined Idaho Matters to talk about the importance of the piece and performing it at the site of its inspiration.  Click here to listen to the PBS interview, and watch a video of the choral performance.


Reading, PA Rededicates One of the Nation’s Oldest World War I Memorials

Reading WWI Memorial

The Great War ended on Armistice Day in November 1918; by June 8, 1919, the city of Reading, PA was dedicating a memorial to the 224 soldiers from there and surrounding communities. Reading rededicated its World War I ‘Doughboy’ Monument during a ceremony Saturday, June 8, the 100th anniversary of its original dedication. Click here to read more about the centennial rededication, including the unique story of the Doughboy sculpture atop the memorial structure.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

Remembering Veterans: Hawaii WWI Centennial Task Force Chairman Colonel Arthur Tulak on the upcoming Honolulu WWI Symposium 

Colonel Arthur Trulak

In June 7th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 126, host Theo Mayer interviewed Colonel Arthur Tulak, Chairman of the Hawaii World War I Centennial Task Force. Colonel Tulak discusses Hawaii’s role in the First World War, the activities of the Task Force, and an upcoming academic symposium in Honolulu. Click here to read the entire transcript of this podcast interview.

Commission News: Raising Money for the National WWI Memorial with Director of Development Phil Mazzara 

Phil Mazzara

In May 31st’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 125, host Theo Mayer spoke with Phil Mazarra, Director of Development and the Chief Fundraiser for the National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. Read on to learn more about the Mr. Mazarra’s experience in the fundraising field, and the ongoing effort to raise enough money for the National Memorial- what he calls “the most meaningful project he’s ever raised money for.” Click here to learn more about Phil, and the status of fundraising for the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC

An Interview with Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Executive Director Rebecca Kleefisch

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In May 31st’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 125, host Theo Mayer spoke with Rebecca Kleefisch about the background, mission, and plans for the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, of which she is the Executive Director. Click here to read a transcript of the interview, and learn more about to tell us about the Commission, the mission, and the plans for the centennial commemoration of the passage of the 19th Amendment.


WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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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.  Available on our web siteiTunesGoogle Play, PodbeanTuneInStitcher Radio on Demand.  Spotify  listen on Youtube. New – Comment and ask questions via twitter @TheWW1podcast

Stars & Stripes last WWI issue

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Highlights: Stars and Stripes

Aftermath of WWI Perspective – Host | @ 02:25

Stars And Stripes Last WWI Issue – Host | @ 04:15

Insights into Stripes – Robert H. Reid | @ 06:45

Preserving the Stripes’ Legacy – Laura Meyer & Sue Mayo | @ 10:05

Germany in Shock at Peace Treaty – Mike Shuster | @ 13:55

War Memoirs From WWI: “John Lucy” – Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 18:15

WWI Genealogy Research Guide Update – Host | @ 23:50

American POWs in WWI – Col Greg Eanes, (USAF ret.) | @ 25:30

Mobile WWI Museum Update – Keith Colley | @ 32:20

Dispatch Highlights – Host | @ 40:15


Literature in WWI This Week

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WWrite Tripleheader!

This week, WWrite features three new posts in preparation for ending the blog series in June. National Book Award winner, Phil Klay, will write the last post next week, but before we say this final, exciting goodbye, we are honored to present the following authors this week:

1. They Shall Not Grow Old – and Neither Have We
By Teresa Fazio

This past January, amid headlines of US negotiations with the Taliban and lingering Syrian ISIL strongholds, former Marine Officer and award-winning freelance writer, Teresa Fazio, escaped internet news for an afternoon of 3D immersion in They Shall Not Grow Old, by Peter Jackson. But when she forked over twenty bucks for a ticket, she didn’t know that what would strike her even harder than this impressive technical reconstruction was the similarity of the youthful soldiers to my Marines in Iraq in 2004. Don’t miss “They Shall Not Grow Old – and Neither Have We,” by Teresa Fazio this week at WWrite!

2. Movies That Made Me – A Farewell to Arms
By Jenny Pacanowski

Often people ask former Army medic, Jenny Pacanowski, at her poetry events if she started writing before her deployment to Iraq in 2004 or before. She answers that it was watching old movies on her parent’s couch, that made her a poet. This week, she shares inspiration gained from the 1957 version of Hemingway’s iconic WWI novel, A Farewell to Arms. While the time and circumstances were different, Hemingway’s tale from almost100 years ago resonates with her experience as a medic in Iraq. Read Movies That Made Me – A Farewell to Arms by Jenny Pacanowski at WWrite this week!

3. When the War Didn’t End
By Rob Bokkon

Every WWI aficionado knows the date and the hour. 11AM, Paris time, November 11, 1918. The Armistice and the end of the Great War. The world was free from tyranny. Safe for democracy, in the words of President Woodrow Wilson. As writer Rob Bokkon, this week’s third WWrite contributor attests, however, on the global scale, tragic stories abound about how the war didn’t end on November 11, 1918. Part of these unknown stories involve American troops fighting the Bolsheviks in the nascent Soviet Union, and the lynching of African-American veterans in the South, often by their own brothers in arms. Read Bokkon’s post, When the War Didn’t End, to understand why he thinks these stories are just as much a part of the Great War narrative as the tales of heroism at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

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General George S. Patton is best known for his leadership in WW2, but in WW1, he served with the US Tank Corps.

Not many people know that Patton was also an enthusiastic writer of poetry: his poem dedicated to the tanks he commanded is one of his quirkier literary efforts.


Doughboy MIA for week of June 17

Earl Cliett

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday’s MIA this week is Private Earl Cliett. Born in 1891 at Cairo, Georgia, Earl I. Cliett was the son of Lee and Amanda Cliett, farmers by trade, and one of four children. He was living in the town of Reno, in Grady County, Georgia when he enlisted in the Regular Army at Fort Thomas, Kentucky on 3 April, 1917; just days before President Wilson declared war on Germany. He was immediately assigned to Company I, 28th Infantry. He sailed on 14 June aboard the troop ship Tenedores, bound for France – one of the first contingent of American soldiers to arrive ‘Over There’, where the 28th Infantry would be an integral unit of the newly forming 1st Division. Private Cliett served in all the battles the 28th Infantry was involved in until he was killed in action on 20 July, 1918. He is memorialized on the Tablets to the Missing at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at Belleau Wood. He was the first soldier from Grady County, Georgia killed in the war and his family received word on 2 August, 1918.  Nothing else is known about his case at this time.

Want to help shed some light on Private Cliett’s case? Consider making a donation to 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.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

Commemorative Hat

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Inspired by the iconic image of a U.S. Doughboy, you can wear your American pride with this Made in the USA hat. The poignant lone silhouette of a soldier in trench warfare serves as a reminder of those who sacrificed so much one century ago. The Navy hat with white Doughboy embroidery is a 100% cotton, structured with contrasting pancake visor, sweatband and taping, and pre-curved bill. The velcro closure features U.S. flag emblem. A Certificate of Authenticity as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial is included. Order your Doughboy Commemorative hat here.

This and many other items are available as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial.  Proceeds from the Official WWI Centennial Merchandise help to fund the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.


John Green

For the next week, there will be a special ceremony held at the National WWI Museum and Memorial each night. The event will focus on honoring those who have served or currently serving, as well as those who gave their lives in the line of duty. It’s called “Taps at the Tower” and will happen at sunset each evening. One of the people playing Taps is John Green. He plays it the traditional way by playing the bugle. Click here to read more about Green’s bugling and the Taps in the Tower ceremony.


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Maurice Herbert Roberts

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

Maurice Roberts

Submitted by: Thomas, “T.J.” Cullinane {Town Historian}

Maurice Herbert Roberts was born in 1900. Maurice Roberts 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

Forgotten Sorrow, Forgotten Valor.

In gazing at the serene visage of Maurice Roberts, one gets the impression of a young man who has wisdom beyond his years. Just eighteen when he volunteered for the Army, Maurice had seen his mother Carrie pass away at age 39 after a long and painful fight with uterine cancer. As his unit was preparing for overseas movement at Camp Syracuse, New York, he would learn of the death of his nineteen year old sister Melissa from tuberculosis.

In spite of these tragedies, or perhaps because of them, Roberts would fight with reckless abandon on the Western Front. He would be cited twice for bravery by the French government, a very rare distinction for a lowly enlisted man, before being killed in action during the opening stages of the Meuse-Argonne Campaign.

Maurice Roberts was born in Derry, New Hampshire on May 2, 1900, to Albert B. “A.B.” Roberts, a shoemaker and town selectman and the former Carrie E. Nutter. The family made their home at No. 2 McGregor Street in Derry. In addition to Maurice and Melissa, A.B. and Carrie had two older children, Rena and Alvin. Alvin, who preferred to be called by his middle name Burton, also served in the war. He would see heavy fighting while assigned as an artilleryman with the 103rd Artillery Regiment, 26th “Yankee” Division. Burton survived the war, but would die three years before his fortieth birthday. Maurice, a student who probably never held a full time job, enlisted in the Army at age 18 and was given serial number 39184. His stateside training would eventually take him to Camp Syracuse, a mobilization camp located four miles outside the city. Here, he would be assigned to the 9th Infantry Regiment. The 9th Infantry was, and remains, a distinguished regular army unit. They are known as the “Manchus” a nickname they earned during the Boxer Rebellion in China where three of the their members had earned the Medal of Honor.

Read Maurice Herbert Roberts’ entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.


NEW EPISODE: Stars And Stripes

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WWI Last Issue

Episode #127

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On June 13, 1919 the last issue of the WWI Stars And Stripes is Published

Stars And Stripes Last WWI Issue

Host – Theo Mayer

  • Aftermath of WWI Perspective – Host | @ 02:25
  • Stars And Stripes Last WWI Issue – Host | @ 04:15
  • Insights into Stripes – Robert H. Rheid | @ 06:45
  • Preserving the Stripes’ Legacy – Laura Meyer & Sue Mayo | @ 10:05
  • Germany in Shock at Peace Treaty – Mike Shuster | @ 13:55
  • War Memoirs From WWI: “John Lucy” – Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 18:15
  • WWI Genealogy Research Guide Update – Host | @ 23:50
  • American POWs in WWI – Col Greg Eanes, (USAF ret.) | @ 25:30
  • Mobile WWI Museum Update – Keith Colley | @ 32:20
  • Dispatch Highlights – Host | @ 40:15

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WWI DISPATCH June 11, 2019

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FREE World War I Genealogy Research Guide still being offered for limited time!

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During our Fleet Week activities in New York City in May, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission (WWICC) highlighted a new genealogical tool that has a limited-time offer attached. The World War I Genealogy Research Guidehelps trace American military and noncombatant ancestors. It is provided courtesy of WWICC and the Doughboy Foundation. This guide is authored by Debra M. Dudek, with a foreword by Col. Gerald York, grandson of Medal of Honor recipient Alvin York. As well as over 100 pages of information and guidance, it features over 250 links to resources on the Web. The guide is available in PDF form, free of charge.  Click here to be among the first 5,000 people who download it FREE. After the download limit has been reached, it can be purchased in book form online or wherever books are sold. Get your copy of the WWI Genealogy Research Guide now!


National History Day WWI Webinar Series Scholarships deadline June 30

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National History Day (NHD) has engaged with several partners to commemorate the World War I Centennial. NHD has created resources to offer different perspectives on the war, engage students with unique primary sources, and remember those who served and sacrificed as part of the war effort. Free tuition and credit is available for two teachers from every NHD Affiliate. Through this program, teachers can earn a certificate of professional development hours or three graduate extension credit units from the University of San Diego. Applications for a scholarship will be accepted through July 30, 2019. Click here to read more about this exciting opportunity for teachers to be part of the Legacies of World War I Webinar series in the fall.


Park University to Host Valor Medals Review Program at National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City

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On Wednesday, June 19, Park University will host a program “From Kansas City to Washington, D.C.: World War I Valor Medals Review,” at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free and open to the public, but attendees must  RSVP. In mid-April, the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and Park University announced that they were spearheading the effort of a Congress-led systematic review of minority veterans who served in World War I who may have been denied the Medal of Honor due to race. Information on that effort can be found here on the Centennial Commission’s web site. To find out more about the event in Kandsas City, and to RSVP to attend, click here.

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The Task and Purpose military and veterans web site published an extensive article last week on the Valor Medals Review project. Click here to read the entire article on the Task and Purposeweb site.


Kudos to the NYC Parks Conservation Team for their work on WWI Memorials

Bronx Victory Memorial

The World War I Centennial may be over, but the NYC Parks continue its mission and mandate to preserve the city’s touchstones of the past, including all of the 102 World War I monuments in the city’s parks, such as the Bronx Victory Memorial at left. In the run up to Memorial Day, the NYC Parks’ small but dedicated field staff were engaged in ongoing care of many World War I memorials. This work included detailed cleaning, waxing, and minor repairs. Click here for more about this effort to make the WWI memorials in NYC look their very best for Memorial Day 2019.

Riverdale Memorial Bell Tower Door

In related news, NYC Parks’ Citywide Monuments Conservation Program (CMCP), a public-private partnership, recently commissioned a precise replica of the severely deteriorated oak door at this landmark monument. The new door (seen at left)  was fashioned by master carpenter Tim Fagin, and reuses the original forged decorative ironwork. The project was supported in part by a $2,000 award from the US World War I Centennial Commission’s 100 Cities/100 Memorials Grant Program, with oversight by NYC Parks Art & Antiquities. Click here to read more about this remarkable restoration project for a key NYC World War I memorial.


Teaching the Great War 100 Years Later

Chris Davis

When Chris Davis (left) was asked by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro History Department what course he would like to teach for the fall of 2018, there was no hesitation in his response: he wanted “to teach a course that gave The Great War its due.” In the fourth year of his Ph.D. program in U.S. History at Greensboro, Chris got his wish: not only would he be teaching a course on his favorite topic: WWI, but this course would coincide with the centennial of the war’s end. Click here to read more about the course, the content, the students, and how the results reinforced Chris’ determination to “keep the public interest now that we have had the opportunity to temporarily seize it” about the significance of World War I.


New Online Exhibition: “The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I”

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“The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I” examines the stories of the young American men and women who transformed the meaning of volunteerism in World War I. Prompted by altruism, personal ambition, a search for adventure or hope for an Allied-led redemption of a devastated Europe, these American volunteers engaged in the war before the United States entered the conflict. Click here to learn more about this digital exhibition, produced by the National World War I Museum and Memorial in collaboration with AFS Intercultural Programs, which shares the inspirational stories of these American volunteers.


World War I Memorial in Covington, Ohio honors over 250 local men who served

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The 2019 Memorial Day festivities were like no other as the Village of Covington in Ohio honored those residents who fought in World War I with a monument. Nearly 300 Covington servicemen fought in World War I with the United States Army’s 148th Infantry Regiment in the battles to liberate Belgium in 1918. On hand to represent Belgium in paying respects for the sacrifices of the Covington servicemen who sacrificed on behalf of freedom was Lieutenant Colonel Heidi Libert of the Belgian Armed Forces. Click here to read more about this memorial, and watch video of the unveiling ceremony.


World War I veterans “will not be forgotten” as new monument is revealed in Jefferson County, Georgia

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The names of 26 Jefferson County, Georgia men who gave their lives in service to their country during WWI were revealed, etched in granite, on a new monument in the newly redesigned veterans plaza on the county courthouse lawn Thursday, June 6. The WWI monument is part of a veterans plaza originally started last year by Dr. Lamar Veatch, a Jefferson County native and member of the WWI Commission who brought the idea of a WWI memorial to the board of commissioners and historical society. Click here to read more about this new Memorial in Georgia to recognize the sacrifices of the World War I veterans.


How vaccines and vigilance could have stopped the World War I pandemic

Influenza nurse Walter Reed

Just one century ago, the world was in the grips of one of the deadliest pandemics in history. At least 50 million people – 3 percent of the world’s population – were killed by the Spanish influenza pandemic that swept across the planet, considerably more lives lost than in World War I, which was also occurring at the time. While much has changed since this chapter of the 20th century ended, the story of Spanish flu still holds a valuable lesson in not underestimating the pathogens we share Earth with. Click here to read about a new study which has detailed that the outbreak sharply highlights the importance of vaccination programs and the risks of complacency when it comes to communicable diseases in the globalized world.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

100 Years Ago This Week:
The Middle East

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May 24th’s edition of the WWI Centennial News Podcast, Episode 124. Podcast Researcher Dave Kramer jumps into the WWI centennial time machine to look at the Middle East 100 years ago. A major challenge, and one that frustrates President Wilson time after time, comes from the wartime agreements between nations, oftentimes secret, that addressed short-term war needs but created long-term headaches. Click here to read the entire transcript of this fascinating look at the complex Middle East events a century ago that were the prologue for the intractable Middle East issues of today.

Events:
“Votes for Women” 
Exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. with Dr. Kate Clarke Lemay

Dr. Kate Clarke Lemay

In May 24th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 124, host Theo Mayer interviewed Dr. Kate Clarke Lemay, a historian at the National Portrait Gallery in downtown Washington, D.C. Dr. Lemay curated the new “Votes for Women: Portrait of Persistence” exhibit at the Portrait Gallery. Click here to find out more about the exhibit, the history of the women’s suffrage movement, and how the movement intersected with World War I.


WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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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. 

Available on our web siteiTunesGoogle Play, PodbeanTuneInStitcher Radio on Demand.  Spotify  listen on Youtube. New – Comment and ask questions via twitter @TheWW1podcast

Classroom 1919

Episode #126
Teaching & Learning WWI

Host – Theo Mayer

Lafayette, Here We Go Again –  Host | @ 02:15
Killing the Angel of Peace
– Mike Shuster | @ 07:15
War Memoirs From WWI: “Siegfried Sassoon”
– Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 11:30
Updates From The States: Hawaii
– Col. Arthur Tulak (ret.) | @ 17:20
Education in 1919
– Host | @ 25:15
WWI Educator’s Tool Kits
– Dr. Jennifer Zoebelein | @ 28:15
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
– Ron Nash | @ 36:25


Literature in WWI This Week

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“They were mortal, but they were unconquerable.” Willa Cather and the WWI Memorial in Washington

By Mark A. R. Facknitz

What does it mean that Willa Cather ‘s words from her novel, One of Ours, “They were mortal, but they were unconquerable,”will join Woodrow Wilson, Archibald MacLeish, and the American nurse Alta May Andrews on the future WWI Memorial in D.C.’s Pershing Park?

That two of the four whose words will be immortalized in stone are women is remarkable, representing the maturation of our sensibilities as we grasp more completely that the long-term consequences of wars transcend gender. As WWI literary specialist and historical advisor to the WWI Commission, Mark Facknitz, explains in this post, they also exceed the usual limits of class, region, and literary prejudices. Discover Willa Cather’s impact on war and literature by reading “They were mortal, but they were unconquerable.” Willa Cather and the WWI Memorial in Washington at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

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A sister mourns for her younger brother, killed just days before his 22nd birthday — his body never found. Read more at “The Unreturning.”


Doughboy MIA for week of June 10

Arthur Wylie

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday’s MIA this week  is Private First Class Arthur Wylie. Born at Forsyth County, Georgia in March, 1899, the only son of James and Ida Wylie, Arthur C. Wylie enlisted in the Georgia National Guard at Atlanta on 23 July, 1917 and was assigned to Company K, 5th Infantry, GNG. Stationed at Camp Wheeler, at Macon, Georgia, the year before this unit had been federalized for duty on the Mexican Border as Company K, 122nd Infantry. Following the declaration of war in 1917, the 122nd had been assigned duty with the 31st ‘Dixie Division’ which would go overseas as a replacement division in September, 1918.

By that time however, then Private First Class Wylie had received machine gun training with the 122nd before sailing for France aboard the troopship Elpenor on 20 June, 1918 as a member of Company #1, Camp Wheeler June Automatic Replacement Draft, which had been drawn from Camp Wheeler trainees. Ten days later he landed in France and a week after that he had been assigned to Company B, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd ‘Rainbow’ Division. He was with them but a short time when, on 18 July, 1918, he was killed in action, having been in France barely 18 days.

PFC Wylie is memorialized on the Tablets to the Missing at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at Belleau Wood. Nothing else is known about his case at this time.

Want to help shed some light on PFC Wylies’s case? Consider making a donation toto Doughboy MIA and help us make a full accounting of the 4,423 American service personnel still listed as missing in action from WW1. It takes only a moment and your tax deductible contribution can be as large as you want or as small as $10.00 on our ‘Ten for Them’ program. Make your tax deductible donation now, with our thanks.


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 United 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. Proceeds from the sale of this book 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.


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Guy E. Golterman, Sr.

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

Guy Golterman, Sr.

Submitted by: Ed Golterman {Grandson}

Guy E. Golterman, Sr. was born around 1879. Guy Golterman served in World War 1 with the American wartime industry supplying the armed forces. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

Story of Service

As Director of the Nation’s Forum, Guy Golterman produced the most important series of recordings in US History, led by Pershing’s Address from the Battlefields. Mr. Golterman marshaled the recording and radio industries to the war effort, and to capture all the major statements leading up to the elections of 1920.

Pershing’s was the first recording of a General made on a battlefield in history. The Forum did its job well a century ago and we have the voices today.

Read Guy E Golterman Sr.’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.


NEW EPISODE: Teaching & Learning WWI

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World War I

Episode #126

Classroom 1919

In 1919, 94% of Americans over age 14 could read. Most classes were taught by women.

Teaching & Learning WWI

Host – Theo Mayer

  • Lafayette, Here We Go Again – Host | @ 02:15
  • Killing the Angel of Peace – Mike Shuster | @ 07:15
  • War Memoirs From WWI: “Siegfried Sassoon”  – Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 11:30
  • Updates From The States: Hawaii – Col. Arthur Tulak (ret.) | @ 17:20
  • Education in 1919 – Host | @ 25:15
  • WWI Educator’s Tool Kits – Dr. Jennifer Zoebelein | @ 28:15
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History – Ron Nash | @ 36:25

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WWI DISPATCH June 4, 2019

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National World War I Memorial moves ahead with Pershing Park plan

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The Architect’s Newspaper,an authoritative architectural publication that covers the United States in monthly printed issues and online, recently published an in-depth article on the progress and status of the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC. The article features thoughtful comments from the Memorial’s designer, architect Joseph Weishaar, and sculptor Sabin Howard. Click here to read the entire article on where the approval process for the Memorial stands now, and when construction is planned to begin.

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Elsewhere, the Memorial project received broad television coverage throughout the nation last week via Nexstar Media, the second-largest television station owner in the United States (after Sinclair Broadcast Group) with 171 television stations across the U.S. The chain broadcast a Memorial Day article on progress of the National WWI Memorial. Click here to watch the video as it appeared on NewsChannel 34 in Binghamton, New York last week.


2019 Fleet Week New York is a Wrap!

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2019 Fleet Week New York is one for the books. Now in its 31st year, FWNY is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. This year was unique in that Fleet Week New York was also a celebration of a tradition of service. Fleet Week 2019 had a special World War I theme, and as such, included a number of activities — concerts, exhibits, events, ceremonies, etc. — to tell the story of World War I, and remember its heroes. Click here to read the entire article about how World War I was the Fleet Week focus in 2019.


Blue Lake, CA man who died in World War I honored in New York’s Fleet Week

USS San Diego

The story of how a Humboldt County native’s name, alongside those of five other U.S. Navy sailors, ended up on a memorial plaque in New York City on Tuesday begins in 1918 — the final year of World War I. In July of that year a mine laid by a German U-boat off the coast of Fire Island, New York, detonated against the hull of the USS San Diego. One of the sailors who perished that summer day in 1918 was 24-year-old Blue Lake native James F. Rochat, born in 1894  in Humboldt County. On May 28, the WWI Centennial Commission and the Navy hosted the memorial plaque unveiling in Times Square in honor of the six men who lost their lives – among them, Engineman 2nd Class James Rochet. Click here to read more about the cascade of events large and small that led to California-born Rochat’s WWI death on the nation’s East Coast, and the 21st Century honor for he and his fellow sailors who died in the only capital ship the Navy lost in WWI.


Who are the vets on the WWI Bremerton Memorial and why are some missing?

Elisabeth Demmon

Twenty bronze plaques on a chunk of concrete. It seemed a simple enough assignment for researcher Elisabeth Demmon as she copied the names of 11 soldiers, five sailors and four Marines off a memorial for those who “fought and died” in World War I at Bremerton’s Evergreen-Rotary Park. Her mission: learn who these men were. “I thought it was going to be a straightforward project,” said Demmon, a library research associate at Kitsap Regional Library working on her master’s degree in genealogical studies. “I had no idea what I was in for.” Click here to read how an apparently simple assignment turned into a remarkable odyssey of surprises through 100-year-old history in Washington state.


‘Polar Bear’ memorial in Troy, MI marks largely forgotten mission in WWI Russia

Polar Bear

The Polar Bears were some 5,000 soldiers of the American North Russian Expeditionary Forces, most of them from Michigan. They fought the Bolsheviks with guns and cannons in Russia’s frozen northern reaches for seven deadly months after the November 1918 armistice that ended World War I. Their mission was unclear, their president reluctant, and their weaponry ill-suited for the conditions. Largely forgotten outside Metro Detroit, they were remembered on Monday, May 27 in the 90th annual WWI Polar Bear Memorial Service in Troy. Click here to read more about the remembrance a century later for the only American soldiers to ever battle Russians.


Construction set to begin on new World War I Memorial in West Duluth, MN

Duluth Memorial

A $60,000 construction project is set to begin in June for a new World War I memorial at Memorial Park to honor more than 20 West Duluth soldiers. A new concrete surrounding and a flag pole will be installed in the park on the corner of Central and Grand Ave. The memorial will also pay tribute to over one hundred fifty World War One Gold Stars members. Click here to read more and watch video about this new Midwest memorial to replace an original lost to time and vandalism.


New USS Kansas City crew attends Memorial Day ceremonies at National World War I Museum & Memorial

USS Kansas City

Crew members from a brand new U.S. Navy ship, the USS Kansas City, paid their respects at last Monday’s Memorial Day public ceremonies at Liberty Memorial. It`s always a sacred time when thankful Kansas Citians gather to thank their military heroes. However, this year’s gathering was unique. This year’s guests of honor included the crew of the forthcoming USS Kansas City, a U.S. Navy vessel that`s due to be commissioned next year. Click here to read more about the new ship, and the Memorial Day Services at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.


Once World War I enemies, Minneapolis musicians shared bond over French horn left on battlefield

French Horn Friendship

With all its brass curves, a lost French horn wound up in what the 1927 Minneapolis Daily Star called “the center of one of the most amazing coincidents … ” Wilhelm Muelbe and Fred Keller were born nearly seven years and 4,300 miles apart in the late-1800s. They wound up fighting — and playing in military bands — on opposite sides of World War I a century ago. In the chaos of the American Saint-Mihiel offensive in northeastern France in 1918, Muelbe had to abandon his treasured Cruspy French horn as the German Army retreated. Nine years later, the horn reappeared under the most amazing circumstances an ocean away. Click here to read the entire remarkable story of men, music, and the mysterious ways that Fate can move.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

Remembering Veterans: Luca Angeli on Italian-born Doughboys 

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In May 17th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 123, host Theo Mayer spoke with Luca Angeli about his project commemorating Italian-born Doughboys who died fighting for the United States. A native of Italy, Mr. Angeli has spent time working in the United States, following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather. His research about his great-grandfather led him into the stories of the many Italians who went “back Over There” as members of the U.S. Army in WWI, and died in their native land on behalf of their new nation. Click here to read the whole interview, and learn stories sparked an amazing research project that now spans two continents and two web sites a century after World War I.

100 Years Ago This Week: The League and Treaty as Viewed In America

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May 17th’s edition of the WWI Centennial News Podcast, Episode 123, World War I Centennial News researcher and writer Dave Kramer explores the story of the Paris Peace Conference not only as it played out in the halls of Versailles, in Germany’s Weimar, in the United Kingdom’s parliament, but also here in America’s Washington, DC.  Click here to read this rich report recalling the raucous political battles in America that ultimately sent the Versailles Treaty down to defeat in the United States Senate a century ago.


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Episode #125
The Century of Suffrage:

Host – Theo Mayer

Making Peace: Who Will Save Armenia? –
Mike Shuster | @ 03:00

War Memoirs From WWI: “Ernst Jünger”  –
Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 07:10

100 Years Ago: Women’s Suffrage, The Cliff Notes –
Host | @ 11:50

Raising Money for the Memorial –
Phil Mazzara | @ 19:40

Introducing the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission –
Rebecca Kleefish | @ 28:40

Articles & Posts: Highlights from Dispatch –
Host | @ 37:45


Literature in WWI This Week

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“Zone Rouge” and “The Land Remembers”

By Amalie Flynn
Amalie Flynn, author of the memoir Wife and War: The Memoir, the story of she tells of surviving 9-11 and her husband’s 15-month deployment to Afghanistan, shows in her poems “Zone rouge” (red zone) and “The Land Remembers” that her experience also belongs to a universal history of war, including WWI. “Zone rouge” is the French name for the almost 120,000 hectares of battlefields that incurred major physical damage to the environment during WWI. Read Flynn, who has also published in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and TIME, as she brings a contemporary poetic eye to France’s battle-torn landscapes at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

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Winifred Letts enlisted as a Volunteer Aid Detachment nurse and worked in military hospitals through much of the First World War. Her poem “Spring the Cheat” contrasts the season of regeneration and rebirth with the devastating losses felt by those on the home front.


Doughboy MIA for week of June 3

Fred Allison

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday’s MIA this week is Corporal Fred M. Allison, born in 1894 at Savannah, Georgia, the son of John H. and Maria S. Allison and one of four children. A carpenter’s helper by trade, he enlisted in the Regular Army on 15 May, 1917 at the Army Recruiting Station in Savannah. He was sent to Fort Logan, Colorado for training where he was assigned to Company A, 2nd Engineers on 22 May, 1917. This unit would eventually be integral to the 2nd ‘Indian Head’ Division. He departed for France aboard the SS Carpathia on 10 September, 1917 and once in France was quickly promoted to Private First Class (in December, 1917) and Corporal (in April, 1918). During the heavy fighting that summer, Corporal Allison fought through the battle of Belleau Wood and all the fighting that came after, where the 2ndDivision wrote its way into history. On 19 July, 1918 Corporal Allison was killed in action. Today, he is memorialized on the Tablets to the Missing at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at Belleau Wood. Few other details are known of his case at this time.

Want to help shed some light on Corporal Allison’s case? Consider making a donation’ 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.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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Inspired by the iconic image of a U.S. Doughboy, you can wear your American pride with this Made in the USA polo shirt. 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. Largely comprised of young men who had dropped out of school to join the army, this poignant lone silhouette of a soldier in trench warfare serves as a reminder of those who sacrificed so much one century ago.

Shirt features: Navy with white doughboy embroidery. 100% combed cotton pique, 6.2 oz. pre-shrunk fabric. Shirt has 3 wood-tone buttons, and side seam design for shape retention. Mens’ sizes available S – 2XL.

Proceeds from the sale of this item will help to fund the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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


Wendy Yessler

100 years after the end of America’s involvement in World War I, author Wendy Yessler (above) has published a remarkable document: a first-hand account, written and compiled by her great grandfather, Paul L. Compton, whose narrative brings WWI events to life from a perspective of one who was actually there. Beginning with training at Camp Hancock, Georgia, he carries you through the voyage to Europe, the war, and then the return home to the welcoming parades. Click here to read more about this amazing family time capsule from a century ago.  Want to find out more about your own ancestors of family members who served in the U.S. armed forces in World War I? Click here to download the free World War I Genealogy Research Guide from the US World War I Centennial Commission.


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Louis Arthur “Slip” Paquette

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

Louis Arthur "Slip" Paquette

Submitted by: Thomas, “T.J.” Cullinane {Town Historian}

Louis Arthur “Slip” Paquette was born in 1890. Louis Paquette 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

A Derry Shoemaker in the Coast Artillery

Few portraits in the Derry, New Hampshire Great War Soldier’s Album are more compelling than that of Louis Arthur Paquette, late of Battery A, 71st Coast Artillery Corps. Upright and earnest, the handsome young Paquette proudly displays his New Hampshire War Service Medal and First Army artillery patch. “Slip,” as he was popularly known, was born in Derry on December 30, 1890. The town records state that the industrious shoe maker enlisted at age 26 on March 8, 1918.

Like many New England soldiers, he would begin his Army career with recruit training at Fort Slocum, New York. This post was located on David’s Island at the southern end of Long Island Sound in the city environs of New Rochelle.

Soon after completing his training, he was given serial number 402214 and assigned to Battery A of the 71st Coast Artillery Corps. At this juncture, Slip was destined to spend the war manning a huge coastal artillery battery in Boston Harbor’s Fort Strong. This was not to be however, as there was an urgent need for heavy mobile artillery in the American Expeditionary Force deployed in France.

Read Louis Arthur “Slip” Paquette’s entire Story of Service here.

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Womens Suffrage Storefront

The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in America is coming as the 19th Amendment to the Constitution passes in the Senate this month, 100 years ago.

The Centennial of Suffrage

Host – Theo Mayer

  • Making Peace: Who Will Save Armenia? – Mike Shuster | @ 03:00
  • War Memoirs From WWI: “Ernst Jünger”  – Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 07:10
  • 100 Years Ago: Women’s Suffrage, The Cliff Notes – Host | @ 11:50
  • Raising Money for the Memorial – Phil Mazzara | @ 19:40
  • Introducing the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission – Rebecca Kleefish | @ 28:40
  • Articles & Posts: Highlights from Dispatch – Host | @ 37:45

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WWI DISPATCH May 28, 2019

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World War I remembrance is focus at Fleet Week New York 2019 events

World War I was a persistent theme throughout Fleet Week New York 2019, which wound up yesterday. The scale model maquette of the sculpture for the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC took center stage on Fox and Friends as the big event kicked off last week, and was also featured at the Navy’s opening reception. Click here to watch the Fox and Friends video.Click on the links below for image galleries of these and other Fleet Week events where America’s WWI veterans were remembered.

John J. Harvey

With the help of the historic fireboat John J. Harvey, painted in World War I “dazzle” camouflage pattern, the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission welcomed the U.S.S. New York as she led the parade of ships into New York Harbor to kick off Fleet Week New York. Click here to see striking photos from New York Harbor.

de Blasio at reception

The United States World War I Centennial Commission joined Admiral Christopher W. Grady, Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and other Sea Service leaders, and city officials, for a special reception to mark the start of Fleet Week New York. Among the attendees was New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, who had a chance to see the Memorial maquette. Click here to see photos from the reception, which included a performance by cast members of the “Hello Girls” Off-Broadway musical.

Sawyer the Sea Dog

The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in New York was the site of two World War I events: the dedication of the Sergent Stubby sculpture, with remarks by Commission Dr. Libby O’Connell, and a visit from Sawyer the Sea Dog (left), mascot of the U.S. Navy Museum in Washington, D.C., who appeared in his own unique World War I Navy uniform, along with several WWI Navy Living History Reenactors.

USS San Diego plaque

The U.S World War I Centennial Commission unveiled a new memorial plaque honoring the crew of the U.S. Navy WWI heavy cruiser USS San Diego during Fleet Week. Commission Vice Chair Edwin Fountain helped unveil the plaque, and spoke at the event in Times Square. The plaque will be permanently placed in Ocean Beach, N.Y. later this summer to honors the USS San Diego, sunk by enemy action off the coast of New York’s Fire Island , and the six U.S. Navy sailors who were lost in the tragedy.

The 369th Experience, sponsored by the World War I Centennial Commission, was all over town during Fleet Week, with performances at Rockefeller Center (below) as well as at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, and leading the annual Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade. Click here for more images of the 369th Experience at Rockefeller Center.

369th Experience at Rockefeller Center


Special Memorial Day Mass in Baltimore for AEF & Polish-American ‘Blue Army’ WWI vets

Polish Army in France

The Maryland Catholic War Veterans (CWV) and Auxiliary hosted the Maryland “Catholic War Veterans Centennial World War I Memorial Mass” this past Sunday, at Saint Casimir Church, Baltimore, Maryland. The Services honored the veterans of World War l, as well as the veterans of General Joseph Haller’s ‘Blue Army’ Volunteers of WWI. In the ceremony, the American Legion’s General Joseph Haller Post 95 was recognized on its 100 Anniversary.  Click here to read more about these services specifically to honor those forgotten heroes of World War l.


KU rededicates WWI memorial ‘Victory Eagle’ in new location on campus

KU Victory Eagle

For the third — and likely final — time, the University of Kansas on Monday dedicated “The Victory Eagle” statue in honor of the Douglas County residents who lost their lives fighting in World War I. “Monuments like this ‘Victory Eagle,’ commissioned to honor those from Douglas County who answered their country’s call, makes this world history our local history,” said Lorie Vanchena, who is a KU associate professor of German Studies. “Eighteen of the 68 individuals whose names appear on the plaque were KU students and alumni. So this monument makes this world history our university history.” Click here to read more about the many flights on the Victory’ Eagle’s journey to a permanent place of honor at KU.


St. Louis threw a homecoming party for the ages in 1919 for the 138th Infantry

St. Louis Parade 1919

St. Louis’ own 138th Infantry Regiment returned from World War I with a parade through the city on May 9, 1919. Coinciding with  the first meeting on American soil of the veterans of World War I who created the American Legion, the massive celebration included the 138th’s soldiers marched through cheering mobs, via pillars erected by the city to make 12th Street a “hall of honor” for the veterans returning from the Great War. Click here to read more about the big celebration for which the 138th had paid dearly in WWI.


Through her eyes: Exhibit offers glimpse of WWI through Hatfield woman’s diaries

Marian C. Billings

Around a century ago, Marian C. Billings left her family’s tobacco farm on Main Street in Hatfield, MA at the age of 37 to join the Red Cross as a canteen worker during World War I. Of the 103 people from Hatfield who enlisted to serve in “the war to end all wars,” she was the only woman. A new exhibit curated by the Hatfield Historical Society shares stories of Billings’ time nursing and feeding soldiers from 1918-1919 in France, as well as presenting stories pieced together about the town’s WWI soldiers. Click here to read more about this remarkable exhibit.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

Living History Crew from the USS Olympia at Fleet Week New York 2019

USS Olympia Living History

In May 17th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 123, host Theo Mayer interviewed Kevin Smith and Laura Adie of the Cruiser Olympia Living History Crew. Kevin and Laura both attended Fleet Week in NYC to share World War I Naval History with visitors. Click here to read on and learn more about the work of the Living History Crew, the story of the Olympia, and more. 

Education: Teacher Suzan Turner and her Award-Winning Students

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In May 3rd’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 121, host Theo Mayer interviewed Suzan Turner and a few of her students from Nashau, Iowa. Suzan’s students produced an award-winning documentary for Who They Were, a National History Day program that encourages students to engage with World War I. The students received the Loren Horton Award for Local History, and were honored by the Governor of Iowa for having the outstanding youth project in local history in the State this year. Click here to read the transcript of an absorbing interview with some remarkable young students of World War I.

The Curtiss NC-4 and the First Transatlantic Flight

Glenn Curtiss

In May 10th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 122, host Theo Mayer recounted the story of the first transatlantic flight. American Navy pilots flying a Curtiss NC-4 made several stops on a trip that ultimately took several weeks before landing in Lisbon, Portugal. It was harrowing journey that marked a major achievement for the Navy, the nascent aerospace industry, and the United States as a whole. Click here to read the transcript of this enthralling podcast about aviation history.


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Highlights:The Imperial Hubris of Mandates

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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


Literature in WWI This Week

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How to Remember Your Ancestor’s Names

By Drew Pham

When WWrite asked veteran The Wrath-Bearing Tree editor, Drew Pham to contribute a post, he composed a poem that traces his Vietnamese heritage by looking at WWI and beyond using experimental techniques with language and style.

Pham, who was sent to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division, has published fictional and non-fictional work in Time Magazine, The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, Columbia Journal, and The Brooklyn Review. Read Pham’s innovative poem “How to Remember Your Ancestor’s Names” at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

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For many Americans who fought in the First World War, their journey on a military transport ship was highly memorable: it was the first time they’d ever left the country.

Pittsburgh native Frank L. Armstrong wrote the comic verse “Going Over”; it uses humor to cope with the disconcerting strangeness of crossing an ocean for war service.


Doughboy MIA for week of 5/27

James G. Mason

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday’s MIA this week is PFC James G. Mason. Born 10 December 1897 in Dublin, Georgia, James Griffing Mason was the son of James D. and Cassie G. Mason, the youngest of three children. He was one of the first from Dublin to enlist in the ‘Macon Volunteers’ for Border service on 20 June, 1916 into Company B, 2nd Georgia National Guard. Upon the unit’s return following the US declaration of war, they were sent to the newly formed Camp Gordon to be federalized in August, 1917 as Company B of the 151st Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd ‘Rainbow’ Division. A conscientious and popular soldier, Private Mason was soon promoted to Private First Class. The 42ndwent to France in November, 1917 and was in the thick of it almost from the beginning, eventually seeing 264 days of combat.

It was on 29 July, 1918, that PFC Mason was killed in action near Villers Sur Fere (Sergy) during the drive from Chateau Thierry to the Vesle River. He was 20 years old. While little is known of his case at this time, there is evidence that the temporary cemetery he was buried in contained several bodies buried without markers. PFC Mason may have been one.

                There is a private memorial to him in a family cemetery at Dublin, Georgia, and a military provided marker at Detrick Cemetery at Shenandoah County, Virginia.

Want to help shed some light on PFC Mason’s case? Consider making a donation 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. It takes only a moment and your tax deductible contribution can be as large as you want or as small as $10.00 on our ‘Ten for Them’ program. Your contribution helps us make a full accounting of all 4,423 US MIA’s from WW1 and keeps these lost men from being forgotten.  Make your tax deductible donation now, with our thanks.

Remember: A man is only missing if he is forgotten.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

Commemorative Hat

Commemorative Doughboy Hat

Inspired by the iconic image of a U.S. Doughboy, you can wear your American pride with this Made in the USA hat. The poignant lone silhouette of a soldier in trench warfare serves as a reminder of those who sacrificed so much one century ago. The Navy hat with white Doughboy embroidery is a 100% cotton, structured with contrasting pancake visor, sweatband and taping, and pre-curved bill. The velcro closure features U.S. flag emblem. A Certificate of Authenticity as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial is included. Order your Doughboy Commemorative hat here.

This and many other items are available as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial.  Proceeds from the Official WWI Centennial Merchandise help to fund the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.



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Frank J. Dunleavy

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

Frank J. Dunleavy

Submitted by: Ellen Kazimer {Granddaughter}

Frank J. Dunleavy was born around 1889. Frank Dunleavy 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

My grandfather, Frank J. Dunleavy, was drafted in April of 1918. He was 29, and by the time he arrived at the front, the war was over. French soldiers informed him, but he didn’t believe it until he reported to the front.

Frank Dunleavy worked in the Central Records Office in Bourges, France compiling the service records of every soldier in the American Expeditionary Forces. For six months there were 6000 soldiers and five to six hundred women from Great Britain’s auxiliary army corps working in the records office.

My grandfather sent an amusing letter to his family detailing a week of leave touring the Rivera on seven dollars. He slept on the baggage rack of the train, went to a dance where he said the French danced fairly good, toured museums, and watched Charlie Chaplin at the movies.

Read Frank J. Dunleavy’s entire Story of Service here.

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