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WWI DISPATCH August 20, 2019

A newsletter from the World War One Centennial Commission.


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August 20, 2019

WWI Dispatch newsletter becomes monthly publication in September 2019

Beginning in September, this weekly World War I DISPATCH newsletter will transition to a once-a-month publication format. The first new monthly issue will arrive in the middle of September, sent to the same distribution list as the weekly publication has been for the last three years. If you’re a subscriber now, you’ll continue to be one going forward.


A hero of the Great War: North Carolina A&T instructor Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell

At N.C. A&T, like at most universities, the buildings are named for people who played important roles on campus. The original main building is named for a past A&T president. So, too, are the library, the current administration building and four academic buildings. And then there’s Campbell Hall, home of A&T’s ROTC programs since 1955. The building’s namesake, Robert Campbell, served in World War I, but that is only the beginning of his amazing story.  Click here to read more about how Campbell was ” the definition of an officer and a gentleman” and an inspiration to many with his life and service.


Middleboro, MA town square renamed to keep promise to World War I soldier

Glass Square sign

The somewhat disorienting five-way intersection located at the top of Center Street in downtown Middleboro, MA, known locally as Everett Square, is due to be redesigned in 2020, but before that, Everett Square had to be renamed, or better yet, reestablished, as John F. Glass, Jr. Square, as it was always supposed to be. Click here to read the entire story of how members of American Legion Post 64 and other local veterans fought a decade-long campaign to have the square rededicated in keeping with a 1929 Town Meeting vote which established the spot as Glass Square, in honor of the last serviceman from Middleboro to be killed in action in World War I.


100th Anniversary Transcontinental Motor Convoy reaches Iowa this week

MVPA 1918 staff car

Retired Army Sgt. Mark Ounan drives his restored 1918 Army staff car (left) as the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s convoy of historic military vehicles made its way through northwest Ohio. Ounan noted that “Five of these cars went on the original convoy in 1919, and Eisenhower was on that trip with the Army so he probably rode in one just like it.” The convoy honoring the 1919 US Army’s Transcontinental Motor Convoy reaches Iowa this week, heading west toward San Francisco. Click here to read more about the Clinton, IA stop, and how to track the convoy’s position on its way to the West Coast.


The Definition of a ‘Boom’ Town in WWI

NItro, WV

The U.S. government put its own version of the Big Bang Theory into action during 1917 when it established the town of Nitro, West Virginia, to manufacture nitrocellulose (also known as “guncotton,” because of its explosive characteristics) to support the war effort in WWI. Click here to read more about how the government wanted the residents and plant employees there (like those pictured at left) to do a bang up job of supplying explosives to the U.S. armed forces, but also hoped that living and working in Nitro didn’t end up being too much of a blast.


WWI soldier’s grave finally gets marker

Robison grave marker

Denny Robison wasn’t sure why the grave of his grandfather — a World War I veteran — was unmarked for 45 years. Now, together with his wife, Carolyn Robison, and the Pottawattamie County, IA Veterans Affairs office, that has been corrected. Robison figured it was just an oversight that his grandfather — WWI U.S. Army veteran Dan Robison — remained buried in an unmarked grave, and that oversight was buried with time. Click here to read more about how teamworkhelped get the World War I veteran’s grave properly marked at Walnut Hill Cemetery.


Group proposes moving Springfield, MO World War I memorial after vandalism

Springfield, MO memorial

The Springfield, MO World War I memorial may soon be moved from its longtime home in Grant Beach Park following an act of vandalism in April this year. The monument was defaced when multiple people or a vehicle pushed over the top portion of the obelisk.  It wasn’t damaged, but park board spokeswoman Jenny Edwards said that was the second time in her seven years of working with the board that the monument had been pushed over.  Click here to read more about the move to a new and more secure location in Springfield for the monument erected in 1924.


2019 marks 101 years since death of pioneering aviator Louis Bennett Jr.

Louis Bennett Jr.

August 24 will mark the 101st anniversary of Louis Bennett Jr.’s death during WWI. Bennett, Jr. served in the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom. At the time of his death Bennett had flown 25 maneuvers against the Germans. He formed the West Virginia Flying Corps, which was commissioned by then WV Governor Cornwell on July 26, 1917. The U.S. Army, however, refused to accept the corps, which led Bennett Jr. to enter flight school with the British Royal Air Force in Canada. Click here to read more about Bennett’s unfortunate death in combat, and how the aviator is now honored by memorials in three nations.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

War in the Sky: Medal of Honor Recipient Erwin Bleckley 

Erwin Bleckley

In August 12th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 135, we reprised an earlier interview about a heroic but largely unknown American serviceman. As the Lost Battalion fought for their lives in the fall of 1918, a group of Airmen risked their lives to relocate and resupply them–the first such mission in American military history–including 2nd Lieutenant Erwin Bleckley. Click here to read his remarkable story, as told by historian Lieutenant Colonel Doug Jacobs, U.S. Army (Ret.), former command historian and curator for the Kansas National Guard Museum.

War Tech: The Interrupter Gear

Anthony Fokker

From August 12th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 135 (originally aired in Episode 68): At the beginning of World War I the airplane had yet to realize its lethal potential as a weapon of war. One major hindrance to aerial combat was the difficulty of firing a forward-mounted machine gun on a propeller plane without destroying the propeller itself. Then in 1915, a Dutch engineer named Anthony Fokker changed the world with his revolutionary “Interrupter Gear.” Click here to learn more about this deadly invention by which German planes would dominate combat in the WWI skies until mid-1916.


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

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Episode #136
Highlights: The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay.

Host – Theo Mayer

100 Years Ago: The Turning Tide – August 1918 – Host | @ 02:10

100 Years Ago: The Aftermath – August 1919 – Host | @ 07:20

Remembering Veterans: The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay –
Daniel J. Basta | @ 09:25

Commission News | @ 22:05

Spotlight on the Media: “Over There with Private Graham” –
Steve Badgley, Bruce Jarvis | @ 24:55

Articles & Posts: Weekly Dispatch – Host | @ 35:55

“Making History”: The Hello Girls Cast Album -Music Snippet | @ 42:55


Doughboy MIA for week of August 20

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Our MIA this week is a report. As we have been poring over the information we collected from the NPRC a couple of weeks ago, we have zeroed in on several targets.

First, we are working on the cases of our missing from the Russian expedition of 1918 – 1921 (the ‘Polar Bears’). In this we have approached the Polar Bear Association in Michigan for assistance, as their expertise in this theater is the first and foremost in the world. The expedition to Russia was a confusing and difficult affair and in order to insure accuracy in our determinations, we believe that the Association’s assistance will be a deciding factor. There is A LOT of information to sift through and we are painstakingly moving forward. News will be forthcoming.

Second, we are working on a small group of men buried together in July, 1918 from the 2nd Engineers during the Soissons battle who were never recovered. However, we were approached by an individual whose grandfather was one who assisted in the burials and left behind his memories of the event and his impressions. There is a possibility this information may make a difference in making a determination, or even an investigation with an eye toward a recovery effort. Much data has been gathered already, and once we have combed through it, we have two 2nd Division experts who will be assisting with additional advice. Stay tuned!

Besides those investigations, we continue working a case of a man from Montana whose name remains in doubt, and investigating the Doughboy MIA’s from Oregon at the request of their highway commission, who are dedicating a stretch of highway in honor of the state’s POW’s/MIA’s. So you can see we have many irons in the fire. And it is with that in mind that we will be forced to delay the new newsletter we have planned, ‘The Silent Sentinel’, until further notice. But fear not, it will be worth the wait, we assure you!

Lastly, do you believe you possess skills we could use here at Doughboy MIA and would you like to volunteer to help? Drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do together. Otherwise, your donations make all the difference – as you can see by the above, ONE trip to the NPRC got us this far. How far could we still go? Only time and generous donations will tell!  Visit the website at www.ww1cc.org/mia to give today. Your tax deductible donations DO make a difference and know that every dollar IS appreciated!

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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 new National WW1 Memorial in Washington, DC.

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


French cave wall carving detail

A team from Wheaton College in Norton, MA, led by Professor of Computer Science Mark Leblanc, recently returned from two days in the caves at Braye-en-Laonnois, France after capturing 3D data of the cave etchings left there by American soldiers in World War I, like those in the image above. Click here to learn how 21st Century technology is being used to capture, preserve, reproduce, and disseminate these 100 year-old memoirs of American soldiers during the Great War.


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George Franklin Rutledge

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

George Franklin Rutledge

Submitted by: Glenn Perry {great nephew}

George Franklin Rutledge was born around 1891. George Rutledge 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

George Franklin Rutledge was drafted on 30 Nov, 1917 and sent to Camp Pike in Arkansas for training. Among the first recruits to be trained there, he slept in tents until barracks were built. On 8 May, 1918, his unit departed for France from Hoboken, New Jersey on troop ship “America.” He was a member of Co M, 23rd Infantry of the U S Army 2nd Div.

By June 5, 1918, the 2nd Division’s lines had been rushed to the front and finally stabilized after several hectic days of relief and defense during the waning hours of the Aisne Defensive. In that time, the infantry and machine gun units of the division had been thrown into the line where needed as the Germans advanced and as the French slowly withdrew, fighting for every town and wood. Two battalions of the 23rd Infantry took over the line from an area named Triangle to Le Thiolet. The front was a mess of wheat fields, small towns, and woodlots, with parallel ridges facing each other. It was virgin territory, the ground as-yet unscarred by trenchlines and shell holes.

The 2nd Division had been given two missions: capture the height of Bois de Belleau and the nearby town of Vaux. The height was in the sector of the Marine Brigade while Vaux lay far to the right, nearly on the dividing line between the French and the 2nd Division. the 1st and 3rd Battalions of the 23rd Infantry advanced from their positions to come just south of the road leading from Bouresches to Vaux. About two hours after advancing, the 3rd Battalion was hit with a heavy counterattack in the vicinity of Cote 192, where they suffered extreme losses. Just after midnight, both battalions were given the order to withdraw to their starting positions. They were to hold this front line position aggressively patrolling the front, sending out raids to keep the enemy off balance, digging in, and enduring tremendous enemy artillery shelling, including heavy mustard gas bombardment.

Read George Franklin Rutledge’s entire Story of Service here.

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NEW PODCAST: The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay Ep.#136

A new podcast from the World War One Centennial Commission.


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Episode #136

The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

Host – Theo Mayer

  • 100 Years Ago: The Turning Tide – August 1918 – Host | @ 02:10
  • 100 Years Ago: The Aftermath – August 1919 – Host | @ 07:20
  • Remembering Veterans: The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay –
    Daniel J. Basta | @ 09:25
  • Commission News | @ 22:05
  • Spotlight on the Media: “Over There with Private Graham” –
    Steve Badgley, Bruce Jarvis | @ 24:55
  • Articles & Posts: Weekly Dispatch – Host | @ 35:55
  • “Making History”: The Hello Girls Cast Album -Music Snippet | @ 42:55

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All about WW1 THEN and NOW while you drive, work or play.

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WWI DISPATCH August 13, 2019

A newsletter from the World War One Centennial Commission.


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August 13, 2019

First armatures arrived in NJ

Full size armatures of the first nine figures out of the 38 in the sculpture for the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC arrived August 8 at sculptor Sabin Howard’s studio in New Jersey, shipped from Stroud, UK where they were fabricated. The armatures will be coated with clay and then sculpted by hand, preparing them for the bronze casting process.


Commemorative reenactment of historic post-WWI military convoy underway

MVPA convoy

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association is sponsoring a reenactment of the 1919 military convoy that traveled across the Lincoln Highway, from the East Coast to the West Coast, to celebrate the victory in World War I. The 2019 MVPA Transcontinental Convoy got on the road August 10th in York, PA and ends September 14th in San Francisco, CA. Click here to read more about the convoy, and its arrival in Galion, OH on August 17. More information on the Convoy is available from MVPA here. If you are wondering where the Convoy is at any moment, click on this link for the Live Convoy Tracker.


Ridgefield, CT students dig into WWI history with Trench Restoration project

DIgging into History

A group of 15 Connecticut students participated in the “Digging Into History: WWI Trench Restoration” program in Seicheprey, France this summer. The Connecticut State Library’s program brought participants to the site of the first German offensive against American troops to restore a section of trench once occupied by Connecticut’s 102nd Infantry Regiment. Click here to read about about the trench restoration effort, and the experiences of Ridgefield High School seniors Aaron Cohen and Mairead Lacey in France during the three-week program.


A century ago in WWI, six soldiers from Chandler, OK were killed on same day

Matheny headstone

Only the names on the telegrams were different. Otherwise, the six were exactly the same: Same date. Same place. Even the same wording. “It must’ve been gut-wrenching,” said Paul Vassar, who still has a hard time grasping what it was like for his hometown — losing six of its young men on the same day in World War I. A retired district judge, Vassar has written a book about this tragic chapter in his hometown’s history. It’s called “The Boys: The Story of a Town and War.” Click here to read more about the book,, and how the tragic story “was lost to time” in an Oklahoma town after WWI.


‘Hello Girls’ documentary tells story of women on the front lines in World War I

James Theres

An errant Google search and a last-minute, fortuitous find at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., made James Theres’ documentary “The Hello Girls” come together. Theres, with three documentaries under his belt, started searching in 2017 for a project to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in November 1918. Read more about how a mistake in a Google search for information on WWI set him on the path to his award-winning documentary.


August Offerings at National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City

Living the Great War August 2019

A weekend event featuring the Living History Volunteer Corps and living historians presenting real WWI artifacts for visitors to inspect, a panel discussion on challenges faced by returning soldiers from war and a presentation on the race riots of the “Red Summer” of 1919 are among the August offerings at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. On Saturday, Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. the Museum and Memorial is sponsoring Living the Great War. This free weekend event features the Living History Volunteer Corps and other World War I living historians sharing their knowledge and inviting the public to inspect their collections in a camp setting on the Museum and Memorial grounds. Click here to read more about this and other August activities at the National WWI Museum and Memorial


“Letters from Over There” by 2nd Lt Parke Tolman Scott of Armstead, MT

Quartermaster Supply unit in France

K.C. Picard, Idaho WW1 Centennial Commissioner, tells the story of how 2nd Lt Parke Tolman Scott of Montana kept the home front informed of what was happening with the AEF in France through his DATELINE FRANCE: “Letters from Over There” postings to the Dillon Tribune newspaper in Beaverhead County, MT. Read more about how the 25-year-old gas and oil officer for the AEF Quartermaster Depot in France reached out to his family and community with news about the war front and commentary that was in keeping with the American Expeditionary Forces’ strict military and security needs.


The Army’s Message to Returning World War I Troops? Behave Yourselves

Not with this on

The shelling stopped on Nov. 11, 1918, sending millions of American soldiers back to the United States to pick up where they had left off before joining or being drafted into the war effort. For one officer, the return meant facing a perfunctory public welcome and superficial support. A series of posters — on display at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., until Sept. 15 — designed by the Army to show America’s discharged soldiers how they should behave once they returned to civilian life, provides evidence of the nation’s blindness to the toll modern war took on those who endured it. The Army didn’t want the flood of veterans returning home to become a disruptive presence or a financial burden on society. Click here to read the entire New York Times Magazine article about the post-war debates over the government’s responsibility to care for its military forces in the war’s aftermath.


WWI Changed the Meaning of ‘Barbaric’

Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) was a philosopher, cultural critic, and essayist. Associated with the Frankfurt School, Benjamin influenced many of his contemporaries, including Bertolt Brecht, Gershom Scholem, and Theodor Adorno. Benjamin’s best-known essays include “The Task of the Translator,” “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” and “Theses on the Philosophy of History.” In 1940, he killed himself in Portbou, on the French-Spanish border, when his attempt to escape Nazi forces was thwarted. Click here to read Benjamin’s penetrating remarks on the  barbarity of the Great War, reprinted from The Storyteller Essays on the Literary Hub web site.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

WWI Now:
Philanthropist David Rockefeller, Jr. 

David Rockefeller, Jr.

In August 5th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 134, host Theo Mayer spoke with David Rockefeller Jr., scion of the legendary American family and a very successful business leader and philanthropist in his own right. Mr. Rockefeller is involved in many prestigious non-profit organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the Museum of Modern Art. In the interview, Mr. Rockefeller discusses the connection between his family’s early philanthropic ventures and the First World War, his impression of the National Memorial maquette, and why WWI is important to remember.  Click here to read the entire interview.


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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

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Episode #135
Focus On: War in The Sky

Episode #135

Host – Theo Mayer

Introduction – Host | @ 01:45

Balloonatic: James Allen Higgs Jr. – Host | @ 04:35

Erwin Bleckley & the Lost Battalion – LtCol Doug Jacobs USA (Ret.) | @ 08:05

WWI War Tech: Interrupter Gear – Host | @ 13:50

PTSD in WWI Pilots – Mark Wilkins | @ 16:40

Eddie Rickenbacker Profile – Host | @ 23:30

Quentin Roosevelt Killed – Host | @ 26:05

New Memorial to WWI Airmen – Michael O’neal & Robert Kasprzack | @ 28:05


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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World War I Collector’s Bundle $29.95

Collect all commemorative coins and lapel pins in one purchase!

  • Coins: Each piece is die-struck, bronze alloy, with nice gravity (unlike cheaper zinc coins)
  • Enamel inlay provides premium detailing and finish
  • Each coin and pin comes with its own commemorative packaging, adding value and gifting appeal.

This collection includes a WWI Centennial Coin, Centennial Lapel Pin, Bells of Peace Commemorative Coin, Bells of Peace Commemorative Lapel Pin, and U.S. Victory Lapel Pin. Originally sells for $34.35, now only $29.95.

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


Seefried First DIvision certificate

U.S. World War I Centennial Commission Commissioner Monique Brouillet Seefried, Ph.D. participated in the 100th anniversary of the Society of the First Division last week in Washington, DC. On Saturday, August 10, she was designated an honorary member of the 16th Infantry Regiment by an order of the Secretary of the Army for her work to memorialize the 16th Infantry and the 1st Division in World War I, especially in the Argonne. Said Seefried: “It was a great honor.”


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Oscar Lysne

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

Oscar Lysne

Submitted by: Jay Lysne {Grandson} 

Oscar Lysne was born around 1890, Oscar Lysne 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

Oscar Lysne was born in Moscow, Minnesota on June 24th, 1890 to Norwegian immigrants Ole and Kate Lysne. He was mustered into the service on Sept 22, 1917 at Albert Lea, MN. He trained at Camp Dodge, IA and Camp Cody, NM until June 28th, 1918 when he shipped off to France as a replacement.

He landed in Le Havre, France on July 15th, 1918 and was assigned to I Company, 3rd Bn, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42nd Infantry Division. I Company had just suffered very heavy casualties in the Champagne Marne Defensive, including the loss of an entire section in a “sacrifice post”. He first went into action with the Rainbow Division on July 25th, 1918.

Oscar participated in the Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne Operations, where he was wounded below the knee by machine gun fire and a second time by artillery.

Read Oscar Lysne’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.


NEW PODCAST SPECIAL: Focus ON: War In The Sky

A new podcast from the World War One Centennial Commission.


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WWI marked the beginning of modern air warfare and flight in general

SPECIAL Focus On: War in The Sky

Host – Theo Mayer

  • Introduction – Host | @ 01:45
  • Balloonatic: James Allen Higgs Jr. – Host | @ 04:35
  • Erwin Bleckley & the Lost Battalion – LtCol Doug Jacobs USA (Ret.) | @ 08:05
  • WWI War Tech: Interrupter Gear – Host | @ 13:50
  • PTSD in WWI Pilots – Mark Wilkins | @ 16:40
  • Eddie Rickenbacker Profile – Host | @ 23:30
  • Quentin Roosevelt Killed – Host | @ 26:05
  • New Memorial to WWI Airmen – Michael O’neal & Robert Casperzack | @ 28:05

More….

Listen To The Podcast NOW

All about WW1 THEN and NOW while you drive, work or play.

Subscribe on iTunes

Subscribe on iTunes and listen anytime on your mobile device.
Also available on Google Play  Podbean TuneIn Stitcher Radio On Demand , Spotify and now you can listen on Youtube
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Join live recording

Register to join us as we record and produce the show. Ask questions of the guests. Let us know what you think. Get the link list right during the show. Most Wednesdays at Noon, Eastern.

Use our research and publish the stories. Join our live recording sessions and get ALL THE LINKS TO STORY SOURCES before we publish the podcast.


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WWI Dispatch August 6, 2019

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World War I documentary project wins National History Day First Prize

Sebastian Pizzini

Every year, thousands of students and teachers gather to share their passion for history in the National History Day Contest, which places students and their research projects into a friendly competition. Hosted by National History Day (NHD), a non-profit educational organization, students compete at the local and state level, where finally the top students then advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. This year, Sebastian Pizzini from Puerto Rico, placed first in the Senior Division: Individual Documentary category with his original work, Heroes: African Americans in World War IUS World War I Centennial Commission intern Joshua Baker interviewed Sebastian to find out how he became interested in WWI, how he settled on his winning project, and what the NHD competition was like.


“One can only wonder what would have happened if these US equines had not contributed to the war efforts.” 

Brooke USA

Since 2017, the Brooke USA organization has put the spotlight on the services of American horses and Mules in World War I through their very popular Horse Heroes site here on the United States World War I Centennial Commission web site. As the commemoration period for the centennial of World War I winds down, we wanted to follow up with the Brooke team to review everything the organization has done to put a well-deserved spotlight on the horses and mules that supported the war effort of the United States and its Allies a century ago, and also talk about the Brooke mission to support the 21st Century Horse Heroes that make life better for people in the developing world.  Brooke USA Executive Director Emily Dulin, and Brooke USA’s Horse Heroes Special Project Volunteer Jo Ellen Hayden, took the time to answer a few questions for us.


View the Match: Solving the Mystery of a Doughboy Grandfather, and Celebrating a Family Reunion

Erwin Heibel

“In April of 2017, I received a message through my genealogical service account from a man I didn’t know named Johannes Heibel. I immediately noted the highlighted link below the message that read “View the match.” Needless to say, I was intrigued to have been contacted by a relative whose name I did not recognize. However, the message I was about to read would lead to a family reunion that I never would have imagined.” From that intriguing beginning, David Harstin maps out a trans-Atlantic detective story, 100 years in the making, that ends up connecting a German boy born in 1920 with an American family in Tennessee. Click here to read the entire story of how 21st Century genealogical sleuthing solved a World War I family mystery a century later.


Centennial anniversary of a World War I black veterans group deserves attention

Victory Monument, at 35th & King Drive in Chicago

The American Legion George L. Giles Post #87 will celebrate its 100-year anniversary Aug. 17 and 18 in Chicago. For 93 of those years, the post has kept this important history alive by leading an annual Veterans Day parade to the Victory Monument. That sculpture (above) was built in 1927 to honor the Eighth Regiment of the Illinois National Guard — an African American unit. “At the time we formed the post in 1919, this was the only place that we were allowed to meet and discuss what had happened in our life,” said Cmdr. Ashley Shine Jr., 73. “This 100-year anniversary is quite a celebration.” Click here to read the full store of the Post’s hero namesake George Giles, and how his best friend Earl B. Dickerson — a man who went on to break important racial barriers — founded the George L. Giles Post #87, making sure his friend’s name would never be forgotten.


Veterans mark World War I milestone in Hiawatha, Kansas

Homer White

A week of events honoring the hometown hero of Hiawatha, Kansas, came to a close on August 3 with a procession through downtown Hiawatha led by the Homer White American Legion Post No. 66. Homer White week honors the World War I fallen soldier killed in action in Germany and laid to rest on Aug. 3, 1919, following the end of the war in late 1918. The 100th anniversary of his funeral and the recent 100th anniversary of the end of hostilities in the Great War, which raged from July 1914 to November 1918, makes this an especially meaningful time for the Hiawatha legionnaires, who strive to memorialize the conflict in a world where no World War I veterans still live. Click here to read more about this centennial observance, and how today’s veterans feel connected to those of a war one century ago.


Flag reaches final resting place, in memory of Maine World War I soldier

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When Alison Jones Webb and her husband went off to see the movies at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland, Maine, they weren’t particularly thinking about World War I. But the movie was “The Big Parade,” a 1925 war drama that was one of the most successful movies of the silent era. As she watched the movie, Webb found myself thinking about Garth Wise, her maternal grandmother’s half brother, who fought in World War I, and a certain America flag that “doesn’t belong in my basement any longer.” Click here to read the entire story of Garth Wise, the 48-star flag that once draped his coffin, and the “sense of responsibility to honor his memory as a soldier” that found a new home for the flag.


WWI changed how Quincy residents ate

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Wars profoundly change a nation’s relationships with other governments and often its own domestic way of life. Far from the battlefields, the First World War incidentally affected what Americans ate and how they thought about food. After the US entered the war in April 1917, a massive national conservation effort began on the home front to save the most substantial and nutritious food for troops fighting in Europe. Voluntary programs with pledge cards distributed to families initiated “Meatless Mondays,” “Wheatless Wednesdays” and other programs. Writing in the Quincy, IL Herald-Whig newspaper, Joseph Newkirk looks at how the large scale national efforts to provide food for American soldiers fighting in trenches and fields of Europe affected the people of small town America when they sat down for dinner.


Community Celebrates New World War I Memorial in Duluth, Minnesota

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The City of Duluth hosted a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 3 to celebrate the new World War I memorial at Memorial Park. The memorial was originally made in 1928 for the 22 West Duluthians who served and died in the war. At the time, there were 23 ash trees planted with small plaques that were engraved with the name of each soldier. They were placed on the foot of each tree. The 23rd marker was for the unknown war veteran who died. After many years, the memorial had damage. Local leaders and community members said it was time for an upgrade. In May, construction was started to renovate the memorial. Click here to read about (and watch video of)  the upgraded Memorial that honors the names of the 22 soldiers who died in line of duty during the war along with Duluth’s 167 Gold Star men and women.


World War I monument being updated at Craven County, NC Courthouse

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The American Legion, The New Bern Historical Society, and the Craven County Department of Recreation and Parks have partnered to update the World War I Monument at the Craven County Courthouse. The New Bern Historical Society says the goal is to update the WWI monument that has stood on the courthouse grounds since 1944. The update has two parts: to clean the 75-year-old obelisk and to add the names of Craven County residents who were not originally listed. The updated monument will be unveiled to the public in September. Click here to read more about this North Carolina memorial restoration project that coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion.


Family is reunited with missing flag from their World War I veteran ancestor

Marcellus Herod

On July 17, a folded flag was found in the middle of the road in Prince George’s, inside of a shattered glass display case. Navy veteran Tom Jarrett picked the flag up, knowing it had to mean something to someone. Washington, DC television station ABC7 ran his story in an attempt to help find the owner. And the right person was watching: William Holley’s oldest daughter. She immediately called her dad. 79-year-old Holley had inherited the flag after the death of his wife’s uncle, WWI veteran Marcellus Herod, in the early 1980s. It was the memorial flag from Herod’s casket. Click here to read more about how the military treasure was lost, and watch moving video of the military ceremony reuniting the flag with the World War I veteran’s family.


Descendants of RI Italian World War I vet span five generations at reunion

Michael Tudino

Michael Tudino led an adventurous life that took him from the small Italian town of Sant’Ambrogio sul Garigliano to the jungles of Brazil, the textile factories of Industrial New England, and the front lines of World War I. On a warm summer weekend last month in Warwick, Rhode Island, roots that the man probably never imagined to have planted culminated in a family reunion that spanned five generations and included as many as 70 members of the family that came to be because of Tudino’s marriage to Teresa Bianco. Click here to read more about the interesting life that Tudino led, his harrowing experiences in World War I, and how his legacy was felt in the gathering of so many people who owe their very lives to his own.


Major General George Owen Squier nominated to Aviation Hall of Fame by Michigan WW1 Centennial Commission

Major General George O. Squier

The Michigan WW1 Centennial Commission has nominated Major General George O. Squier the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Squier made a tremendous impact on early military aviation. He was the pioneer in military aviation, making the U.S. Army leaders in this field until the World War 1. He also established Langley Field which served as a research facility for civilian and military aviation and eventually space travel. Click here to read the full story of this World War I hero and scientist whose work in and after the war continues to affect what you hear and see every day.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

Remembering Veterans:
Dr. Nancy Gentile Ford on Foreign-Born Soldiers in the WWI American Army 

Nancy Gentile Ford

In August 4th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 134, host Theo Mayer spoke with Dr. Nancy Gentile Ford. She is the author of the book Americans All! Foreign-born Soldiers in World War I. Using the voluminous original research materials for that book which she has accumulated, Dr. Ford, a professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where she teaches 20th century American military cultural and political history, created the Americans All! web site on the U.S. World War I centennial Commission web site.  Click here to read the entire interview, and find out how the book came to be written, how the web site came to be built, and the lessons about WWI and America that came out of all of her research.


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Doughboy MIA for week of August 5

William E. Babinger

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday’s MIA this week is Corporal William E. Babinger. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 9, 1891, William Edward Babinger was one of 4 children born to Lucy and Charles Babinger, who later moved the family to Detroit, Michigan. It was there, while working as a day laborer, that the brown hair and brown eyed William registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. Upon receiving his call, he was inducted on October 2, 1917 and sent to Camp Custer to train with the 85th Division of the ‘national’ (draft) army, where he was assigned to the 339th Infantry regiment. Dreaming of service in France, the 339th was nevertheless destined for something much more divertive – service in Russia as part of the allied effort at helping hold the ‘white Russian’ line against the Soviet Russians.

A Corporal with Headquarters Company at the time of his death, he was at first listed as being wounded and having died October 2, 1918, then as accidentally killed on that date. However, further inquiries ascertained that he and three others of his unit (who also remain MIA) were in fact killed on September 29, 1918 near the town of Obozerskaya and buried in temporary graves nearby. They remained unrecovered when the 339th left Russia in June, 1919.

A 1929 expedition by the VFW, though resulting in the return of 86 sets of remains, did not turn up Babinger or the other three from his regiment. However, a 1934 return expedition (organized after then President Roosevelt officially recognized the Soviet government), resulted in several sets of remains being brought in by the Russians from known American graves. Two of these sets, recovered on August 8, 1934 from Obozerskaya, were brought in from a spot of logged over land opposite the local railway station water tower and some 100 yards east of it, to be compared with dental profiles of the four missing men from HQ CO/339th Infantry. None were a match.

The story doesn’t end there – over the next three weeks we will be taking a look at the cases of the three other men to gain a better perspective of this particular situation, at which time we will be better able to make a determination as to dispositions.

And how did we come about this much detail concerning Corporal Babinger’s case? Through the valued donations made by YOU! This past week saw us back in St, Louis digging through the paperwork needed to make determinations in these 100 year old ‘cold cases’; a trip that was made possible by contributions that continue to come in by individuals with enough care and concern for our missing Doughboys. Time doesn’t dim their deeds – only failing memories. Want to help us keep those memories alive? 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 will help us make a full accounting of all 4,523 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

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Proudly wearing the World War 1 U.S. Victory lapel pin is a meaningful way to honor the contributions made for our country one hundred years ago. Soldiers received Victory buttons upon their discharge from service in “the Great War”. Hand cast in jeweler’s alloy and hand finished in a satin bronze patina, the design features the star, symbolizing victory, honor and glory; a wreath of evergreen laurel leaves symbolizing triumph over death; and the U.S. insignia, clearly identifying the country served. Measures 1” diameter.

 A portion of proceeds from the sale of this item goes towards funding the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C. A Certificate of Authenticity as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial is included.

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


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He doesn’t have the big screen presence of Sergeant Stubby, or a home in the Smithsonian Institution like Cher Ami, but another American animal in World War I made a significant contribution to the war effort: a scrawny little Iowa rooster named Jack Pershing. Click here to read more about the feisty avian fundraiser whose World War I career got started because the “unhappy brown-black rooster” was “too darn cantankerous to take home.”


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Louis McCahill

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

Louis McCahill

Submitted by: Colonel B. Wayne Quist {American Legion Post 110 Historian}

Louis McCahill was born around 1896. Louis McCahill served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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Corporal Louis McCahill, American Legion Post 110, Lake City, Minnesota

American Legion Post 110 in Lake City, Minnesota was named in honor of World War I veteran Corporal Louis McCahill. He died in France on November 5, 1918 less than a week before the Armistice that ended “The Great War.” Corporal McCahill served in many engagements with the 412th Motor Truck Company 426 during the conflict. He is buried in Suresnes American Cemetery in Paris, France: Plot A, Row 4, Grave 5.

Lake City American Post 110 was named in honor of Corporal Louis McCahill on February 7, 1921. In addition, Lake City, MN named McCahill Memorial Park on Lakeshore Drive and McCahill Ballpark on Jewell Ave for Corporal Louis McCahill.

Read Louis McCahill’s entire Story of Service here.

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WWI DISPATCH July 30, 2019

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Chicago community, Guardsmen Rededicate World War I Monument

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Lt. Col. (ret.) Jennifer Pritzker (left), founder of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago, salutes the color guard as they retire the colors following a rededication of the Victory Monument in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. The Illinois National Guard, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, the 8th Infantry Association, the Chicago Military Academy at Bronzeville, the World War I Centennial Commission, Friends of the Victory Monument Memorial and several dignitaries took part in the rededication of the Monument honoring the World War I service of the Illinois National Guard’s storied all African-American 8th Infantry Regiment. Click here to read more about the event, and the legacy of valor that the regiment blazed across three wars in America’s service.


“I wouldn’t trade the incredible time I’ve had with this team for anything.” 

Chris Isleib

As the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission shifts its mission to focus exclusively on the construction of the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC,  there is also a shift in staffing. Among those who will, sadly, depart the Commission team is long-term Director of Public Affairs Chris Isleib. Isleib has been with the Commission on long-term loan from the U.S. National Archives, and will return to the Archives on the first of August. Chris’s trademark contributions to the Commission web site were multi-question interviews via email with a wide assortment of individuals inside, outside, and around the Commission, and across the world. As what may be (but we hope isn’t) his final contribution, Chris took the opportunity to interview one more important person about his tenure, and his personal experiences as part of the Centennial Commission team—himself!


Pär Sundström: “I know we make people research and dig deeper.”

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World War I Centennial Commission intern Joshua Haynes conducted an interview with Pär Sundström, the lead bassist for Sabaton, a Swedish power metal band that focuses on writing songs about military history. They have just completed their most recent album, The Great War, which explores various themes and events from World War I. Clearly, this album means a lot to Pär and the rest of Sabaton as well as their fans. The band takes great pride in its ability to combine the value of history with the thrill of heavy metal, developing a strong fan base across the world.  Click here to read what Pär had to say about how the The Great War came to be made, and Sabaton’s oeuvre.


Hundreds of black Americans killed during 1919 ‘Red Summer’ after WWI

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America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It was branded “Red Summer” because of the bloodshed and amounted to some of the worst white-on-black violence in U.S. history. Beyond the lives and family fortunes lost, it had far-reaching repercussions, contributing to generations of black distrust of white authority. But it also galvanized blacks to defend themselves and their neighborhoods with fists and guns; reinvigorated civil rights organizations like the NAACP and led to a new era of activism; gave rise to courageous reporting by black journalists; and influenced the generation of leaders who would take up the fight for racial equality decades later. Click here to read more about how “Red Summer” in the aftermath of World War I still resonates a century later.


Walker Jagoe of Denton, Texas was one of America’s first fighter pilots

Walker Jagoe

Walker Jagoe’s passion for aviation began in 1910 when he was 14 years old. He and fellow Denton High School student Robert Storrie built a biplane glider in Jagoe’s yard. Joining the Army in 1917, Jagoe was among America’s first group of pilots in the 135th Aero Squadron, nicknamed the “Liberty Squadron.” He flew alongside celebrated pilots like Eddie Rickenbacker and future generals Carl Spaatz and Benjamin Foulois. Click here to read more about the Texas native who flew to amazing heights in World War I, which were only recognized ten years after the war’s end.


100-year-old stained-glass window honors Bristol, VA World War I soldiers

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An antique window that can only truly be appreciated from inside the Washington County Courthouse in Bristol, VA was installed a century ago in honor of local soldiers who fought in World War I. In March 1919, the Washington County Board of Supervisors approved the manufacture and installation of a one-of-a-kind window to honor the service of local soldiers and their role in World War I. The window — made of Tiffany-stained glass — was installed on July 4, 1919, as part of the town’s Independence Day celebration. Click here to read more about the remarkable window created as “a tribute to our boys who left the country for the recent war and to the ladies who did their bit to make the world safe for democracy.”


The Lessons of the Versailles Treaty

Victor David Hanson

The Treaty of Versailles was signed in Versailles, France, on June 28, 1919. Says historian Victor David Hanson (left), “Neither the winners nor the losers of World War I were happy with the formal conclusion to the bloodbath.” Noting that “The traditional criticism of the treaty is that the victorious French and British democracies did not listen to the pleas of leniency from progressive American President Woodrow Wilson,” Hanson asks “A century later, how true is the traditional explanation of the Versailles Treaty?” Click here to read the entire thoughtful and contrarian perspective on how “The failure of Versailles remains a tragic lesson about the eternal rules of war and human nature itself — 100 years ago this summer.”


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

WWI Now: Commission Executive Director Dan Dayton

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In July 29th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 133, host Theo Mayer spoke with U.S. World War I Centennial Commission Executive Director Dan Dayton about the progress of the national memorial, the newly renamed memorial fundraising arm, and how World War I continues to resonate in American society.  Click here to read the entire interview with the man who has spent the last half a decade immersed in nurturing the commemoration of World War I.

WWI Now: An Interview with Commissioner and National WWI Museum President Dr. Matthew Naylor  

Matt Naylor

In July 29th’s edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 133, host Theo Mayer spoke with Dr. Matthew Naylor. Dr. Naylor is an accomplished non-profit executive, a World War I Centennial Commissioner, and Chief Executive of the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO. Click here to learn more about Dr. Naylor, the National Memorial and Museum, and how it complements the future memorial in Washington, D.C. (and vice versa).


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Highlights: WWI Remembered in KC & DC

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Doughboy MIA for week of July 29

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The regular Doughboy MIA will not be published this week as Managing Director Robert Laplander prepares for a major research trip to the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis this week to dig deep into some of the cases we’ve been working on.

This was ONLY possible through YOUR generous donations! Thanks to all of you who gave to remember those men who “disappeared from the scene” over 100 years ago, the Doughboy MIA team is able to move another step forward in solving the mystery of what happened to some of these men – and possibly toward finding them. Without YOUR support we wouldn’t be here, plain and simple. Doughboy MIA is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that receives NO funding from the US government. We are supported only through private contributions, like YOURS.

In the coming months, you will be able to see more evidence of what your contributions are doing, as Doughboy MIA will begin publishing The Silent Sentinel, a once monthly e-newsletter in which will be brought forth articles and reports to keep all of you informed of our doings. The MIA of the week that you have come to look forward to will also continue at the same time.

There are good changes coming to Doughboy MIA; changes we have been working toward for a long time and now, and through the generous contributions made to the organization thus far, we can move ever forward toward growing these changes even more! So please, keep those donations coming in! Visit www.ww1cc.org/miato make yours today. The choice of size is up to you, whether you wish to donate BIG or contribute to our ‘Ten For Them’ program (ten bucks… who can’t afford ten bucks?), whatever you choose know that EVERY dollar you send goes toward our mission: finding out what happened to these men and perhaps doing even more…

Either way, know that your contribution helps realize our motto: A Man Is Only Missing If He Is Forgotten. And you haven’t let them be forgotten thus far – so don’t stop now! Your contributions ARE making all the difference.


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 new National 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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In August 1919, Iowans streamed through the State Fair gates in record-breaking numbers to attend the “Victory Fair,” which celebrated World War I’s end. The main exhibit of the Victory Fair’s daytime program was the War Department’s display of weapons and trophies from the Western front. In the evening, the fair’s grandstand show, “The Grand, Scenic Military Spectacle, The Battle of Chateau Thierry,” re-enacted the battle in France that turned the tide of the war against Germany in 1918. Click here to read more about the WWI “disaster spectacle” that headlined the fair’s entertainment in 1919.


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Juan P. Quintana, Jr.

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Juan P. Quintera, Jr.

Submitted by: Barbara Gonzales {Daughter}

Juan P. Quintana, Jr. was born around 1899. Juan Quintana served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1934.

Story of Service

Juan Quintana, Camp Mills, Long Island, New York 05/17/1919, enlisted on June 27, 1917 and was sent to Fort Logan, Colorado and Camp Kearney, California for his basic training.

The photograph by Joseph K Dixon is courtesy of the Mathers Museum Wannamaker Collection of photographs and letters documenting the service of Native American Indians. Juan was not a citizen but he became one June 2, 1924 when Congress authorized the Secretary of Interior to issue certificates of citizenship to Indians.

My father, Juan Phone Quintana was born on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation, August 24, 1899. He spent his first 16 years on the reservation helping his parents with the sheep. At the age of 9 he was finally caught by the Indian Agent and sent to school. He said his mother did not want the agent to find her children so she hid them.

At the age of 16 he decided he did not want to be a sheepherder, so he left the sheep and ran away. He caught the train to Durango, Colorado and joined the Army. He lied about his age and no one asked for documents as World War I was in full swing. Although he was not recognized as an American citizen, he said it was his country to and he wanted to protect it and serve in the US Army.

Read Juan P. Quintana, Jr.’s entire Story of Service here.

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