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WWI DISPATCH December 2019

A newsletter from the World War One Centennial Commission.


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December 2019


National WWI Memorial Is Under Construction!

Construction Launch 2019

(December 12, 2019) Key leaders joined the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission on the site of the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC to mark the start of construction. (Left to right) National Park Service Acting Director David Vela; Commission Special Advisor Admiral Mike Mullen; Commission Chair Terry Hamby; Commission Special Advisor Senator John Warner; and U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.

Construction Permit received for the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC; first phase work is now underway

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission has received a building permit from the National Park Service (NPS) for the first construction phase of the new National World War I Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.

Key leaders gathered on the Memorial site on December 12 to mark the start of construction, including Commission Chair Terry Hamby, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, National Park Service Acting Director David Vela, Commission Special Advisors Senator John Warner and Admiral Mike Mullen, and others.

The first phase of construction will be a 360-day project to rebuild the former Pershing Park, and prepare the site for the eventual installation of the Memorial bronze sculpture when it is completed. The building permit was awarded after the Memorial design was approved by the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission earlier in 2019.

Click here to read more about the construction kickoff, and the road ahead to complete the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC.


Honor the Doughboys with Year-End Gift

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It’s been an an incredibly dynamic year for the Doughboys. In late August, sculptor Sabin Howard moves his studio from the Bronx to Englewood, NJ to accommodate the “full size” sculpting of the 58 foot long, 38 character bronze relief sculpture called “A Soldier’s Journey”. The final Memorial design is approved, and first phase construction has begun. It is your continued support that is making all this possible. So we ask you to please include the new World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. in your tax-deductible year-end giving. Click here to donate today!


Valor Medals project will advance in 2020

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The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, signed on December 20, requires the service secretaries to re-examine the records of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Jewish American, and Native American veterans of World War I who earned medals for valor, and decide whether any of them should be upgraded to the nation’s highest military honor. The Valor Medals Review Task Force, a joint project by the World War I Centennial Commission and the George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War at Park University in Parkville, Mo., has identified World War I service records that the service secretaries can use to determine whether they should be reviewed further to be considered for the Medal Of Honor. Click here to read more about this long-sought opportunity to be sure no Doughboy deserving the nation’s highest honor is left overlooked.


Spokane community unites to restore neglected World War I Memorial bridge

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Spokane, WA Daughters of the American Revolution chapter member Rae Anna Victor was chatting with a local historian about the Argonne Bridge in the Millwood section, noting “how sad it was that the plaques had been taken off the Argonne Bridge because now hardly anyone knew the origins of the name. Both of us agreed that it needed to be rectified.” From this seed sprouted an amazing grass roots project that culminated in a new memorial dedicated on November 11, 2019. Click here to read more about this project “joining the past to the present, and moving on into the future” that has many lessons for other groups looking to rescue and restore local World War I memorials across the nation.


VFW Post 287 marks 100th Anniversary by honoring World War I namesake

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Pennsylvania historian Joseph Felice was driving along Main Street in Coatesville, PA earlier this year when he noticed banners lining the sidewalks, placed there by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 287 in honor of Coatesville area men and women who served their country past and present. One banner in particular grabbed his attention: it read “Wellington G. Sahler, Killed in Action, 1918, Died in the Battle of Argonne Forrest.” Click here to read how Felice’s piqued interest resulted in a new understanding and appreciation of Sahlar, his friend Lance Eck, and the story of how and why VFW Post 287 got its name after World War I.


Greenwood, MS American Legion Post 29 named after three World War I heroes

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American Legion Post 29 in Greenwood, Mississippi bears the name of three World War I veterans who all sacrificed their lives during the Great War. The three officers (one an aviator, two infantrymen) were killed in action in 1918 during the final month of combat in World War I, but thanks to the support of Greenwood’s American Legion Post 29, the stories of these three heroes will live on in perpetuity. Click here to read more about these three heroes: Lt. Samuel R. Keesler, Jr., Cpt. Henry W. Hamrick, and Lt. Gordon Gillespie.


How I Found Austin & How He Found Me

Austin in the Great War

For Robert Eugene Johnson, the author of Austin in the Great War, it started out as a beguilingly simple question about his father, Austin Johnson: “My family always longed to know what happened to Austin during the Great War. When I retired I resolved to find out.” That resolution led him on a remarkable journey that started with “only the barest facts about my father’s time “over there” and ended up with a book that shed light on both his father’s experience and the history of a half-forgotten component of the American Expeditionary Forces. Click here to read the whole story about the many “goosebumps” encountered in the journey to discover and tell the whole story about Austin in the Great War.


French village of Saint-Parize-le-Châtel commemorates WWI American presence

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The small French village of Saint-Parize-le-Châtel (just south of the city of Nevers—former site of the Service of Supplies of the American Expeditionary Forces in WWI) still commemorates the American presence in their area where the huge Mars-sur-Allier Hospital Camp was located during 1917-1919. Click here to read a message from mayor, the head of the local historical society, and the designer of the historic route around the former U.S. Hospital, which tells of how citizens from the village continue to honor the American men and women who were killed during the First World War.


Doughboy MIA for December 2019

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A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

This month Doughboy MIA would like to thank everyone for their contributions throughout 2019. It is through your generous donations that we are able to continue our work, and you will begin seeing more results of this work as 2020 progresses. We have several cases in the works and have made conclusions in several more more, and these will all be featured in coming editions of Doughboy MIA of the Month.

We took on a big job when we launched Doughboy MIA several years ago, and it has been a hard pull getting started, but we have made progress and that was only possible via YOUR donations and the hard work of our volunteer team.

Thanks! And blessings to you and yours this holiday season. 2020 promises to be a big year for us, and that means for you, too. Keep those donations coming and know we are ever grateful. The size doesn’t matter – the feeling behind it does. Together we will continue to try and make a full accounting of our missing Doughboys until a determination has been made for them all and any that might still be found are.

A man is only missing if he is forgotten – and together we’ll keep them from being forgotten.

A Happy New Year to you all.

Sincerely,

Rob Laplander and the whole Doughboy MIA team.

Would YOU like to be a part of our mission of discovering what happened to our missing Doughboys from WW1? Of course you would, and you CAN! Simply make a donation to the cause and know you played a part in making as full an accounting as possible of these men. Large or small doesn’t matter – that you cared enough to help does. Visit www.ww1cc.org/mia to make your tax deductible donation to our non-profit project today, and remember:

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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World War I Centennial Commemoration 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.


Lilly Endowment donates $5 million to WWI Memorial

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission has announced a $5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Doughboy Foundation in support of the campaign to build the first-ever National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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One of Lilly Endowment’s founders, J.K. Lilly, Jr., served in World War I and rose to the rank of captain in the medical supply service of the American Expeditionary Forces.

Click here to read more about this wonderful donation to the National World War I Memorial.


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Charles Wilhelm Gärtner (Gardner)

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

Charles Wilhelm Gärtner (Gardner)

Submitted by: Charles R. Gardner {Grandson}

Charles Wilhelm Gärtner born around 1892. Charles Gärtner 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

This is the Story about my grandfather, Charles Wilhelm Gärtner, his participation in WW1 and ends after the War with his marriage to my grandmother Anna K. Wolff. Charles Wilhelm Gärtner, participated in the “The Great War”.

Here is what I’ve discovered about him and that “War”.

This was his birth name and he does not change it until 1919. The World War started in July 28, 1914. The United States declared war on the Axis Powers later, in April 6, 1917. In June 5, 1917, Grandpa was working for the “Automatic” Sprinkler Corporation of America in New York City. They sent him to Atlanta, Georgia where he then lived. His job was “Sprinkler Engineer” and maybe the small factory manager. He worked in the Caudler Building (it was small building according to local historians), Atlanta Branch, in the city (Atlanta Georgia). He lived at the Atlanta YMCA. He was single, 25 years of age, of medium height, medium build, gray eyes, and black hair.

On June 5, 1917, he filled out a Draft Registration Card (#756). A year later (April 27, 1918) he was drafted in Atlanta, Georgia. He told his boss “Good bye” or maybe sent a letter to the New York City Headquarters to inform them and waits for his replacement to come. Once released from his job, bags packed, he walked to the Atlanta Recruiting Station and boards a bus for the 13-14 mile trip to Camp Gordon, named after the Confederate General John Brown Gordon. Camp Gordon, northeast from Atlanta, was the receiving station in this area (Georgia & Alabama) for Army induction. Today it’s the current site of the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.

Read Charles Wilhelm Gärtner’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.


Honor our WWI Doughboys with a Year-End gift

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A Soldier’s Journey

In late August, sculptor Sabin Howard moves his studio from the Bronx to Englewood, NJ to accommodate the “full size” sculpting of the 58 foot long, 38 character bronze relief sculpture called “A Soldier’s Journey”.
At this new facility, Sabin and his entire studio team are doing amazing work.


At the site National WWI Memorial in Washington DC

Memorial Design Approved

In a major project milestone, the final Memorial design is unanimously approved by the US Commission of Fine arts (CFA) after a presentation on Sept. 18, 2019. The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) also approved the final design in early October, clearing the way for the project to seek construction permits from the Department of the Interior and the supervising National Park Service.


Construction Launch 2019

Construction of the WWI Memorial Launches

December 12, 2019, tops off an incredibly dynamic year for the Doughboys. This marks the launch of the first phase of construction for their new memorial in Washington, D.C. after more than 100 years!


It is your continued support that is making all this possible.

So we ask you to please include the WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. in your tax deductible year-end giving.

Click HERE to donate today


Even if you can’t donate now
You can still help!

Here is how:

We have published the 2019 WWI Memorial progress into a Facebook Story with videos and image galleries. If you have a facebook account, please help us raise money by sharing our post with your friends on your Facebook Page.

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Using you smart phone, go to 
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ww1centennial/posts/

The story is pinned to the top of the posts.

Click the share button and spread the word about the progress on the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and thank you for your support.

Peter Jackson WWI Documentary back in Theaters for Holidays

Don’t forget…


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See it at size and even in 3D


Peter Jackson intended audiences to see this masterpiece reconstruction of WWI footage at full theatrical size and in 3D. And you have three chances to do that.
This Saturday, Dec. 7th or on Tuesday & Wednesday Dec.17 & 18th.
This cinematic experience is something you will likely never forget. The limited engagement may sell out so don’t delay. Reserve your tickets today!

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And Please Honor our American Doughboys This Holiday Season as Well.

We have made so much progress in these past months… The Memorial has received final design approval from the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC). Sabin Howard is making tremendous headway with the Sculpture “A Soldier’s Journey”.
We are ready to get our Construction Permits which authorize us to begin the PHASE 1 PARK RECONSTRUCTION, preparing Pershing Park as the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Now is the time we need your support and contributions more than ever! Please remember the Doughboys and all those who served in WWI in your Holiday and Year-End giving. “They Gave the Best Part of their Youth” for us. Let’s remember them this season!

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Peter Jackson WWI Documentary back in Theaters for Holidays

This news may be of interest to our members and followers.


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Find Showtimes / Theaters >

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See it at size and even in 3D


Peter Jackson intended audiences to see this masterpiece reconstruction of WWI footage at full theatrical size and in 3D. And you have three chances to do that.

This Saturday, Dec. 7th or on Tuesday & Wednesday Dec.17 & 18th.

This cinematic experience is something you will likely never forget. The limited engagement may sell out so don’t delay. Reserve your tickets today!

Find Showtimes / Theaters >


And Please Honor our American Doughboys This Holiday Season as Well.

We have made so much progress in these past months… The Memorial has received final design approval from the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC). Sabin Howard is making tremendous headway with the Sculpture “A Soldier’s Journey”.

We are ready to get our Construction Permits which authorize us to begin the PHASE 1 PARK RECONSTRUCTION, preparing Pershing Park as the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Now is the time we need your support and contributions more than ever! Please remember the Doughboys and all those who served in WWI in your Holiday and Year-End giving. “They Gave the Best Part of their Youth” for us. Let’s remember them this season!

Donate to the Memorial > 

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WWI DISPATCH November 2019

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A Soldier’s Journey – Sabin Howard’s National World War One Memorial

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MutualArt magazine chose the week of Veteran’s Day 2019 to examine the process of creating A Soldier’s Journey, the sculpture in the newly-approved National World World War I Memorial in Washington, DC. The in-depth article on sculptor Sabin Howard  portrays him working in his”austere New Jersey industrial warehouse studio” to complete “the final modelling stage of A Soldier’s Journey” before the sculpture can be cast.  Click here to read the entire interview.


They Shall Not Grow Old returns to theaters in December for limited run

They Shall Not Grow Old 2019

Back by Popular Demand, Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson’s masterpiece WWI documentary appears again in theaters near you this Holiday Season, featuring never seen before World War I soldiers and events colorized and in 3D. The December 2019 screenings include an exclusive introduction from Jackson, and interview with him at the close. “They Shall Not Grow Old” will be seen December 7, 17 & 18 onlyClick here to find the theater nearest to you, and to order your tickets now.


Frank Havlik: Doing what’s right

Frank Havlik

Corporal Frank Steven Havlik, E Co, 355 Infantry, 89th Division, stood in the burning church in France in 1918 and had to make a quick decision about what he should try to save from the inferno rapidly consuming the building. Havlik and his buddy grabbed the priest’s golden robe, a chasuble, and each took half away with him as the they left the burning church. Havlik always intended to return the chasuble to its proper owner, and his intention was finally carried out by his family nearly a century later. Click here to read the entire story of how a Doughboy’s determination to “do what’s right” finally brought the precious artifact home.


A Memoir of the War: A Doughboy’s Journey Through France and Germany in World War I

A Memoir of the War

“Writing the memoirs of his participation in the American Expeditionary Forces twelve years after the end of the First World War, my father proudly declared that the time he was in uniform was ‘the greatest experience of my life.’ Reading them, one can sense that he relished every minute of it, including terrifying moments in combat or coping with mind-numbing mud whether in the trenches or on his never-ending marches. But he never lost his sense of humor.” So writes Charles L. Daris of his father Louis Z. Daris’ WWI memoirs, which he helped edit and publish.  The remarkable two-volume set provides a unique perspective on World War I, by an American soldier who recorded in remarkable detail what he saw in the Great War. Click here to read the entire article by Charles Davis, and find out how you can get copies of his father’s wartime journals.


Bells of Peace 2019: Thanks to all who participated across the nation

Bells of Peace 2019

Bells of Peace is a National Bell Tolling that was launched in 2018 as a part of the Centennial of the WWI Armistice, when fighting on the Western Front stopped.

As a part of the program, and to support small groups for participation, we created a Bells of Peace Participation App. This Smartphone App earned over 22,500 installs in 2018 and so we release an update for 2019.

Although for 2019 we had to let go of several features of the 2018 application (including social sharing), we did get an update published. For 2018, the App was launched on over 3,500 smart phones for Veterans Day.

For 2020, we hope to expand Bells of Peace and produce a more complete update of the App. This is in anticipation that, for next year’s Armistice anniversary,  actual construction on the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC will be well underway.

Regarding the Participation App, one of the major improvements we want to implement for 2020 is the user’s ability to test their phone and the tolling. In this way users can be sure that they will get the result they planned at 11 a.m. on November 11th, 2020.

Keep reading the World War I Dispatch newsletter for more information on the 2020 Bells of Peace Participation App.


Teaching World War I history after the Centennial is over: a teacher’s thoughts

Paul Larue

This Veterans Day marked one hundred and one years since Armistice was declared. The World War I Centennial is winding down. What is the state of World War I education in classrooms across the country? Paul LaRue was a classroom teacher for thirty years in a rural, high-poverty school district in southern Ohio, and also served on the Ohio World War I Centennial Committee, working primarily on education. Paul has some comments and opinions on the state of World War I education in the aftermath of the Centennial. Hint: he gives it pretty good grades.


“The Lafayette Escadrille” movie has World Premiere at the National Museum of the United States Air Force

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The Air Force Museum Foundation Living History Series presented the World Premiere of the film “The Lafayette Escadrille” on Saturday, November 9, in the Air Force Museum Theater. “The Lafayette Escadrille” is the first comprehensive documentary film made about the American volunteers who flew for France before the United States entered World War I. The movie is officially endorsed by the United States World War I Centennial Commission. “The Lafayette Escadrille” follows the path of the young Americans who came to the aid of America’s oldest ally—standing up for the values of freedom and liberty shared by the sister republics. Click here to read more about the movie that is “the only American story that covers the entire duration of the war, from one end of the Western Front to the other.”


“Known But To God”: The Unknown Soldier and the U.S.S. Olympia

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Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier recently received new SIG Sauer U.S. M17 pistols inlaid with wood from the U.S.S. Olympia. It was selected because she was the honored ship that transported the remains of the World War I Unknown Soldier home from Europe. Today, three American soldiers are interred at the Tomb, one each from World War I, World War II, and Korea. (A fourth unknown from the battlefields of Vietnam was later identified and returned to his family). Aboard the U.S.S. Olympia, a young U.S. Marine Corps captain led the Honor Guard that accompanied the remains of Unknown Soldier back home in 1921—the year the Tomb was dedicated. His name was Graves Erskine. Click here to read the entire story of how the Tomb of the Unknown and Erskine were linked over the next fifty years and three wars.


Postal Service stamp remembers U.S. “Turning the Tide” in World War I

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Lisa Y. Greenwade, in the Stamp Development department of the U.S. Postal Service, writes to remind stamp collectors that the World War I: Turning the Tide Forever® stamps are still available from the USPS. The stamps commemorate the nearly five million Americans, mostly men, joined the military, and about a million women entered the workforce to make up for the shortage of civilian labor. In spring 1918, U.S. forces played vital roles in the St. Mihiel battle and the Meuse-Argonne offensive, which helped bring an end to the war. Click here to read more about the development of the postage stamp, and how to get it from the U.S. Postal Service.


WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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

Available on our web siteiTunesGoogle Play, PodbeanTuneInStitcher Radio on Demand.  Spotify  listen on Youtube.

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The Doughboy Podcast had quite a run! It all started as a weekly conference call between and among those who were focusing on the Centennial of WWI.

In 2017, as the centennial of America’s Entry into WWI was imminent, we decided to turn our conference call into a public-facing podcast.

For the next 148 weeks — nearly three years — we delivered a series of shows that included the story of WWI from 100 years ago, and stories about those who were commemorating WWI today.

In that time, over 2.17 million show copies were downloaded by an audience which grew to over 100,000 downloads a month.

The Podcast was privileged to interview the smartest, the brightest and best experts and enthusiasts on the subject of WWI. We explored the story of WWI from many perspectives, inviting historians, authors, curators, veterans, musicians, film makers, game developers, orchestra conductors, educators, politicians, and many others.

Most of all we need to say THANK YOU to everyone who tuned in. And you still can! Much of what was captured remains a great listen anytime.

And as we publish new SPECIALS, we will be sure to reach out to everyone who subscribed to the mailing list. SIGN UP HERE.


Doughboy MIA for November 2019

Franklin Ellenberger

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

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

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

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

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

Jeremy Wayne Bowles

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

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

Can you spare just ten dollars? Give ‘Ten For Them’ to Doughboy MIA and help us make a full accounting of the 4,423 American service personnel still listed as missing in action from WW1. Make your tax deductible donation now, with our thanks.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar Set

No longer available from the U.S. Mint!

These Official World War I Centennial Silver Dollar Sets are still available here on the WWI Centennial Commission’s online gift shop.

NOTE: Each set comes with 2 separate coins. Each set will accompany the Official Doughboy Design alongside your choice of Military Branch.

“The United Mint certifies that this coin is a genuine 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar, minted and issued in accordance with legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President on December 16, 2014, as Public Law 113-212. This coin was minted by the Department of the Treasury, United States Mint, to commemorate the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I. This coin is legal tender of the United States.”

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



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Abraham Wolfe

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

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Submitted by: David Andrew Masiero, CDR USCG, Ret. {Abraham was my 1974 Restaurant Boss}

Abraham Wolfe was born around 1895. Abraham Wolfe served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Abraham Wolfe was my boss at his Lenox, MA steak house when I worked there at age 16. My understanding is he and his older brother Manny had a steak house in Manhattan and at some point Abe decided to have a steak house on his own in Lenox, Massachusetts in Berkshire County.

I lived in the next town Lee, MA. I was inquisitive and asked questions when my waitress mother told me he was a WW1 vet.

Both my Italian grandfathers (born 1895 & 1899) came to USA from villages Pavone (LOM) & Trissino (VZ) in 1922 & 1923 as laborers (Frank at Lee, MA Lime/Marble quarry pits & Andrew at Brooklyn Navy Yard on drydock shoring team). They both were in the ITA combat infantry vs. AUS/HUN. Nono Frank “Chesko” Baccoli lost complete use of one eye so WW1 always interested me. They died in 63 & 65 (me born 1958) when I was too young so I was never able to discuss WW1 with them.

My deceased (2014) father Val Masiero was a 1951-1955 (E5) Navy Construction Electrician Seabee and he told me his father Andrew would NEVER talk about the Great War. It was something NOT discussed.

Back to Abe, …. I am Catholic and Abe Wolfe told me that as a Jew there was great discrimination at Army National Guard boot camp & on the way over on the troop ship. He was in the NY National Guard (part of AEF) and deployed to France.

Read Abraham Wolfe’s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family’s Story of Service here.


Veterans Day / Armistice Day Commemoration Resources

As many jurisdictions have Remembrance Day/Veterans Day as a holiday, these materials may be of use to some teachers out there today.


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Bells of Peace Logo 2019

in 2018, we launched “Bells of Peace” as a WWI Remembrance on the centennial of the Armistice of World War I. Tens of thousands of communities, churches, organizations and individuals came together for a moment of reflection to honor the people, events, sacrifices and consequences of the “War that Changed the World”.

It is a means of showing respect and reverence to the horrific, the heroic, and the consequential. In order that these events do not fade back into the mists of obscurity, we are once again calling for a National Bell Tolling on the 11th hour (local), of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Join us as we stop, and take a moment to reflect, remember and honor… as we reverently toll bells 21 times, 5 seconds apart in hope for continued peace.

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No Bell? No Problem!
We have an App for that.

2019 “Bells of Peace”
Participation App Features:

  • For iOS & Android mobile devices.
  • Countdown timer to 11am local 11/11/19
  • Easy to share with friends.
  • Bells will toll together across devices.
  • Select from 7 bells sounds.
  • Auto OR Manual tolling mode.

And more…

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Multi-Denominational Sacred Service

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World War I Armistice Day Commemorative Sacred Service

If you play this podcast on 11/11 starting at 10:03:30 am local, the Bells of Peace will toll at 11am exactly.

This special 90 minute podcast is available on your Smartphone or on the web. It brings you the sound of the World War I Armistice Day Commemorative Sacred Service, a multi-denominational service honoring the Centennial of the WWI Armistice, from the WWI Centennial Commission in partnership with Washington National Cathedral.

Listen to the Sacred Service >

Download the Service’s Program:

Download this beautiful 36-page program from the Sacred Service. This is a wonderful remembrance and a keepsake in its own right.

Download the Service’s Program >


A Great WWI Story to listen to together.

This iconic WWI picture shows SGT Roy C. Holtz, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and he is riding through a European city on a Harley Davidson!

Yes – A WWI era Harley — Also iconic and also from Wisconsin!

Actually, the picture and caption aren’t quite accurate… that’s Belgium he is riding through; it’s not Germany —  But the story is true, real and more amazing than the simple assumption.

Our good friend, citizen historian and author Rob Laplander wrote a researched account of this story… what “actually” happened –  intended for high school students.  Rob generously has given us permission to produce the story for you as a Podcast… and we have the whole 40-minute story for you here today. It is fun, interesting, family friendly and a great listen by yourself, or with any group. It is an ideal Veterans Day activity. Please enjoy.

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“First into Germany”:
SGT Roy Holtz – And he did it on a Harley
By author Robert Laplander

Easy to access and play from your Smartphone or the website.

Listen to the Story >


National WWI Memorial View

Honor and Remember All Those Who Served in WWI For Generations to Come!

As you remember all veterans and their service on Veterans Day 2019, please help us honor our WWI Doughboys, Hello Girls, Devil Dogs, Hellfighters, Air Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Nurses, Donut Girls, and everyone in our nation that rallied to the cause for world freedom and Democracy a century ago. It was no less than the birth of our nation on the world stage.

Step up and help build this memorial in our nation’s capital to honor America’s epic, historical, and previously unprecedented commitment to the values that define us.

We cannot let this story, sacrifice and lesson fall back into obscurity. Your participation will help it stand for generations to come. Please donate on this special day!

Donate Today

SPECIAL: A WWI Commemorative Sacred Service

A note for those who are not able to attend a service tomorrow, but would still like undertake an act of remembrance.


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Commemorative Sacred Service

Episode #148

WWI Armistice Day Commemorative Sacred Service 2019

SPECIAL: World War I
Commemorative Sacred Service

If you play this episode on 11/11 starting at 10:03:30 am local, the Bells of Peace will toll at 11am exactly.

Host: Theo Mayer

This special episode brings you the sound of the World War I Armistice Day Commemorative Sacred Service, a multi-denominational service honoring the Centennial of the WWI Armistice, from the WWI Centennial Commission in partnership with Washington National Cathedral.

Download the Service program (a keepsake in its own right):
https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/images/2018-ace/pdf/wwi_armistice_sacred-service_program_11_11_2018.pdf

Link to Listen to the Sacred Service 

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