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116,516 U.S. soldiers gave their lives in combat.

More than 350,000 African Americans served in the U.S. military, as did Native Americans and members of other minority groups. And, for the first time
women joined the ranks of the U.S. armed forces.



More than four million American families sent their sons and daughters to serve in uniform during the Great War.

116,516 U.S. soldiers gave their lives in combat. Another 200,000 were wounded,
a casualty rate far greater than in World War II.

More than 350,000 African Americans served in the U.S. military, as did Native Americans and members of other minority groups. And, for the first time, women joined the ranks of the U.S. armed forces.



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Over the coming years, the Commission will serve as the lead organizer for the nation’s commemorative events and will coordinate the activities of thousands individuals and institutions to raise awareness of and give meaning to the events of a hundred years ago.
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