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August 1, 2017

Treasure trove of WWI film footage coming to video at National Archives

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The National Archives houses the largest repository of World War I documents in the United States, and it encompasses not just paper records but also still pictures, microfilm, and motion pictures related to the conflict. Now, miles of seldom-to-never-before-seen film footage is being processed into high definition video and made available on the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Some 1,600 reels of documentary film shot during and after World War I, made at a cost (in today's dollars) of some $55 million, will be free for the public to access online. Read more about this remarkable restoration and distribution project here.


Roses of No Man’s Land online exhibit honors Wisconsin nurses who served 

Wisconsin Nurse

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum opened an online exhibit called The Roses of No Man’s Land, honoring and commemorating these nurses that served during the Great War. Using photos, letters, and personal writing logs, the exhibit features the stories of World War I nurses from Wisconsin, coinciding with the centennial entry of the U.S into the war. The exhibit focuses on the lives of two volunteers who dedicated their lives to help the war effort. Read more about this exhibit to Wisconsin nurses who served during the Great War.


American Society of Landscape Architects following progress of design for WWI Memorial at Pershing Park

Memorial

The American Society of Landscape Architects published an extensive article on their web site recently chronicling the evolution of the design concept for the new national World War I Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC, after the approval by the National Capital Planning Commission of the conceptual design in July. The article offers a good review of the issues the plan has encountered as it moves forward toward a dedication on November 11, 2018, the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war. Read the entire article here.


“Treasury Raiders” and empty promises: Bonus Marches across U.S. during 1930's

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The World War I veterans' Bonus March movement was ended by Federal government intervention on July 28, 1932. The Bonus Marches had sprung up across the country in the early 1930s, pitting the American veterans of World War I against their own government. Some 20,000 homeless and unemployed WWI veterans occupied the nation’s capital in May 1932, building an encampment on the bank of the Anacostia River called "Bonus City."  On July 28, Army Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur directed the military forces that brought "Bonus City" and the demonstrations to an end.  Read more about what many called a betrayal of the American WWI veterans, and how the fallout from the suppression led to new attitudes toward military service.


George Creel's WWI Daily Bulletin is posting daily on ww1cc.org web site

Official Bulletin

One of the remarkable World War I resources and features that can be found on the Centennial Commission website is the daily republication of the Official Bulletin, published daily throughout the war at the behest of President Woodrow Wilson. The Official Bulletin was published to keep Americans informed about the war's progress, and to keep the public emotionally engaged in the overall war effort. Check out this amazing cultural resource of this period in our country.


WW1 Centennial News Podcast

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

Available on our web site, iTunes, Google Play, and TuneIn.

Highlight of Episode #30 include:

  • Orville Wright on winning the war with air power 
  • james Higgs Balloon Observer 
  • Mike Shuster on GAS
  • Richard Rubin & Jonathan Bratten on
    building a national army 
  • William C. Gorgas and the Great War in Tuscaloosa, AL 
  • Dr. Libby O’Connell about the history of food
  • Introducing the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials Review Committee
  • David Craig on the Maryland WW1 Centennial Commemoration 
  • Laura Vogt on the National WWI Museum and Memorial in KC
  • Facebook post on the Kodak VPK - vest pocket camera 
  • Shout out to the commission’s summer of 2017 interns 

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WW1 Poppy Kits

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Raise money for your organization, While helping us build the National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington DC.

The WW1 Centennial Commission has created “WW1 Poppy kits”. You receive one kit with each $64.99 contribution. Each kit neatly packages 60 poppy seed packets that you can distribute or use to raise money for your organization. 

The cost of the kits allows you to double your money or more. This is a terrific fund-raiser for veteran service organizations, state WW1 centennial organizations, 100 Cities / 100 Memorials projects, or even scout troops, school and churches.

FREE SHIPPING  with no extra shipping or handling fee.

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Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind

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

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Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind was one of the first Asian Indian soldiers and the first turbaned Sikh to serve in the United States Army during the First World War.

Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind was born on October 3, 1892 in Taragarh, Punjab, British India. Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind arrived to Seattle, Washington on July 14, 1913 on board the ship Minnesota from Manila, Philippines. His younger brother, Jagat Singh Thind died onboard  the ship Komagata Maru, which had been forced to turn back from Canada in 1914 because of country’s racial laws. When the ship returned to India, the British government thought the Indians on board the ship were attempting incite revolutionary activities, and a riot broke up out. Many were killed and jailed, including Jagat Singh Thind. Dr. Thind came to the United States for higher education to become a spiritual teacher and scholar. He made his way to Oregon and eventually settled in California later in life.

Dr. Thind came to the United States for higher education to become a spiritual teacher and scholar. When America entered the war, Dr. Thind was studying at the University of California, Berkeley for metaphysics, spirituality, and religion and it is safe to assume that he wanted to serve his new home and uphold the strong warrior tradition of the Sikh faith. He enlisted in the United States Army when the country entered the war in the 1917.

 

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July 25, 2017

Sabin Howard advances WWI memorial sculpture in Weta Workshop sessions

Sabin Howard

With the unanimous design-concept approval by the U.S. Commission of Fine Art and by the National Capital Planning Commission, in recent weeks, our development of the new National World War I Memorial is in high-gear. Our sculptor, Sabin Howard has taken the design artwork to New Zealand, to work with the incredibly talented artists at the high-tech sculpting studio, Weta Workshop. He took some time to talk to us, and to show us what he has created, and how the sculptural development process will work. Read about the high tech take on an ancient artistic procedure here.


WWI Memorial design concept gains ground with unanimous NCPC approval

Memorial

 On July 13, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) voted unanimously to adopt the Centennial Commission’s concept design for new national World War One Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, DC. NCPC’s decision followed the other unanimous concept approval on May 18th from the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), another regulatory agency reviewing the design. Read more about the progress of the memorial to date, and when the next round of regulatory reviews with the CFA and NCPC will tak place.


WWI: "How far we have come, that now we can remember together as friends."

Christoph Bergs

First came engravings, then scrolls, then books, then documentaries. Now, the way history reaches new audiences is through the internet. In this segment previously, we interviewed Youtuber Extra Credits. This week we spent some time with Christoph Bergs, otherwise known online as "Bismarck", who tackles history with a specific lens: aviation history. Bergs, like our previous interview Bernhard Kast, is not an American yet still has covered American military history as told by the military aircraft they employed. Through simulators, games, and visual representations, the way the world does combat in the realm of the sky is Bergs' key interests. He also has had experience working with the Great War, having worked with our French counterpart, the Mission du Centenaire, visiting the battlefields of the Somme and Verdun. We were fortunate enough to spend some time with him, and he additionally has agreed to produce a video on American aircraft during World War 1 for us. Read the entire interview and check out the great graphics here.


100 Cities / 100 Memorials Update

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The 100 Cities / 100 Memorials Grant Application Evaluation Period Has Begun

To evaluate the individual submissions a Review Committee has been assembled, each of whom are assigned a group of submissions to read, review, rate and recommend. 

Once completed in Mid-August, the entire Review Committee will meet so that all committee members have chance to be introduced to all the proposed projects and the final recommendations for the grant awards will be made.

The Review Committee includes representatives of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Daughters of The American Revolution, the National World War I Museum and Memorial in KC, Saving Hallowed Ground, The American Battle Monuments Commission, and the Design Team from the National Memorial at Pershing Park project.

Read all the details and see who is on the committee in the new 100C/100M blog post.


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The Short Story Behind a Photo by Benjamin Sonnenberg

This week's WWrite post gets inside the mind of the enemy.  Benjamin Sonnenberg writes from the point of view of two of the most important WWI German Generals—Paul von Hindenburg and Erich Ludendorff— who commiserate over a failed military operation. 

The story's inspiration? A famous photo.


WW1 Centennial News Podcast

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

Available on our web site, iTunes, Google Play, and TuneIn.

Highlight of Episode #29 include:

  • Launching the Lottery
  • A tale of combat between a merchantman and a U-boat
  • The Russians and the Balkans
  • The Storyteller & The Historian with Dissent in 1917
  • Wrapup on Bastille Day
  • “The Extraordinary Adventures of Colonel Hughes”
  • Governors Island WWI History Weekend
  • “Luck of the Draw”, NZ art projects commemorating WW1
  • Nieuport 11’s Commemorative flight arrive in London:
  • Youtube history hit channel “Extra Credits”
  • Stephanie Trouillard young french journalist

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WW1 Poppy Kits

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The WW1 Centennial Commission has created “WW1 Poppy kits”. You receive one kit with each $64.99 contribution. Each kit neatly packages 60 poppy seed packets that you can distribute or use to raise money for your organization. 

The cost of the kits allows you to double your money or more. This is a terrific fund-raiser for veteran service organizations, state WW1 centennial organizations, 100 Cities / 100 Memorials projects, or even scout troops, school and churches.

FREE SHIPPING  with no extra shipping or handling fee.

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


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Fred Frank Carson

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

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Submitted by: Kevin Loren Carson

Fred Frank Carson served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The dates of service are: Known June 5, 1918 - Oct 1, 1918.

Fred Frank Carson’s journey from seminary student to the Battle of the Meuse Argonne was a brief one. Fred was born in Prescott, Washington near the Walla Walla River, June 5, 1897. He enjoyed the outdoors and was a fine runner, garnering awards for his speed in competitions.

Fred tried to enlist while he was at Spokane University but was initially rejected. Since he was a seminary student at the school, he was exempt from the draft. But Fred was determined, and he tried several venues until he was inducted into the Army at Camp Lewis, Washington, home of the 91st Division. It was his birthday, June 5th, 1918.

Fred’s Division was variously known as the Pine Tree Division, and the Wild West Division. Some called the soldiers ‘Westers’. The Division drew its strength of 22,000 soldiers from the western states.

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July 18, 2017

National Capital Planning Commission reviews plan for WWI memorial in DC

Joe Weishaar

Members of the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) Thursday, July 13 reviewed plans for the new national World War I memorial at Pershing Park, questioning how the proposal could best complement the existing park's design. Joe Weishaar, the lead designer of the memorial, attended the hearing, where the challenge of building a new landmark on a historic piece of property in the nation's capital was intensely discussed  by the NCPC Commissioners. Read more about the hearing here.


New York National Guard reported for World War I duty 100 years ago 

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On July 15, 1917, 24,000 members of the New York National Guard began reporting for duty in what was then known as the World War. On July 12, President Woodrow Wilson had ordered all 112,000 National Guard Soldiers across the country to report for duty as part of the National Army which was being built to fight the Germans in France. New York's troops, along with those in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska were instructed to report on July 15 to their armories and begin preparing to ship out. Read more about the New York National Guard's great mobilization here.


World War I: "How human and how preventable this catastrophe was."

James Portnow

Engaging a new generation is absolutely vital for any field, history included. Popular history has found new formats in the age of the Internet. Podcasts, such as Dan Carlin's Hardcore History or Mike Duncan's History of Rome, as well as Youtube Channels, such as Extra Credits or Alternate History Hub or The Great War, reach a whole new demographic that television documentaries and books haven't been able to tap. This month we'll be introducing you to some of the dedicated content creators who work hard to create educational but exciting videos and podcasts. The first YouTube outlet we will introduce to you is Extra Credits. We were fortunate to spend some time with Lead Writer James Portnow, who told us about their vision for the show.

James Portnow will also be a guest on the WW1 Centennial News Podcast this week.


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Who says World War I doesn't interest the youth of today? 

With a rapidly expanding following on her blog and Twitter feed, this is the question leading a young French journalist's work that strives to give a fresh face to WWI using social media. This week on WWrite, France24's Stéphanie Trouillard tells us about her personal and professional passions driving her innovative historical writing project. And a special bonus! She's shared part of her Twitter feed from Bastille Day in Paris, where she covered President Trump meeting French President Emmanuel Macron to commemorate the centenary of the United States' entry in WWI. Don't miss the up-close look at this important day!


"I hope to that the importance of WWI to who we are as a nation is not forgotten."

Mike Masters

Every few weeks, we like to showcase the efforts of our remarkable Centennial Commission volunteers. Today, we bring you the story of Mike Masters, who is managing the WW1CC's exhibition booth activity. In his short time on board, Mike has told the Centennial Commission story to thousands of people at several convention events around the Washington DC area. Mike is a Foreign Service Retiree and WW1 history enthusiast. He is helping with events in the DC area, and staffed the Commission information booths at the Belgian Embassy Europe Day event, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Service to America night. Hear why Mike got involved in the Commission, and why the WWI Centennial is so important to him.


"World War I can be said to have 'finished' the French Revolution–and perhaps the American, too."

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Sean Munger is a historian, teacher and author whose historical writing has appeared in a variety of national and international historical journals. In his meditation "Unfinished revolutions: Bastille Day and World War I," Munger posits that "to cement the ideals that the French people had risen up in 1789 to establish in their society,..the real test came in 1914, when France found itself in the midst of an existential military crisis: the French nation was threatened with literal destruction." To save France in 1917 came another nation whose own revolution was historically and symbolically intertwined with that of France: "On Bastille Day 1917, three months after U.S. entry into the war, those tanks and troops were visible marching down the central boulevards of Paris. One democratic country, with its own rocky and tumultuous history of trying (often imperfectly) to realize the ideals of its revolution, had come across the sea to rescue another." Read the entire thoughtful essay on the meaning of Bastille Day 2017 here.


WW1 Centennial News Podcast

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

Available on our web site, iTunes, Google Play, and TuneIn. 

Highlight of Episode #28 include:

  • We say farewell to Former Commissioner James Nutter: Dan Dayton |@ 00:30
  • Poland in WW1 - Part 1: The Oath Crisis |@ 01:45
  • Poland in WW1 - Part 2: What you probably did not know: Jan Lorys |@ 03:45
  • The US government federalizes the shipbuilding industry |@ 10:45
  • Women take up the fight in Europe: Mike Shuster |@ 19:15
  • Americans who fought before America’s declaration: Richard Rubin & Jonathan Bratten |@ 23:30
  • President Trump in Paris for Bastille Day WW1 Commemoration |@ 28:45
  • Junior Master Gardener Poppy Project: Lisa Whittlesey |@ 29:30
  • NYC museum exhibit: “Posters & Patriotism” |@ 35:45
  • Utah grant program for WW1 events, research and memorials |@ 36:45
  • “They Also Served” overlooked WW1 participants |@ 37:45
  • Story about Star Spangled Banner widely picked up |@ 40:15
  • The Buzz about gas:Katherine Akey |@ 42:15 

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Features from State & partner web sites

Hawaii

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Honoring Hawaii’s First Casualties of WW1

Hawaii’s World War I Centennial Task Force held its inaugural event marking the 100th anniversary of “the war to end all wars”, April 2, at Aloha Tower.   The ceremony honored the memory of six Hawaii men who died when the American merchant ship SS Aztec was torpedoed in the north Atlantic on April 1, 1917.  The sinking of the SS Aztec by a German U-boat was one of several factors that led the United States to declare war on Germany and its allies and enter the war on April 6, 1917. Major General Arthur “Joe” Logan, state adjutant general, was selected as the keynote speaker because of the historic maritime connection the State of Hawaii, Department of Defense had with WW I. Read the entire article about the Hawaiian ceremony here.

James Williams

Maine

Bangor Park Rededicated in Honor of World War I Hero

On the night of July 17, 1918, U.S. Doughboys struggled through the dark eaves of Belleau Wood in a driving rainstorm. Thousands of troops were moving into position to attack at dawn the next morning, in what would begin the Aisne-Marne Offensive. One of these men was James W. Williams of Company G, 103rd Infantry Regiment.

Born and raised in Bangor, Maine, he had enlisted in the Maine National Guard's Company G, 2nd Infantry in June of 1916. He accompanied the regiment to the Mexican Border that year for a four month tour of guard duty. Now he was in France with the 2nd Infantry, except it had now been renamed the 103rd U.S. Infantry Regiment. Williams had already served on two fronts in the Great War: the Chemin des Dames and the Toul Sector. Now he was getting ready to go on his first attack.

As the Americans moved forward, the Germans caught sight of troops moving in the night and pounded Belleau Wood with artillery. Heavy shells shredded the trees into splinters and tossed great showers of earth into the air in ear-splitting explosions. Read the entire gripping article here.


Official WW1 Commemoration Merchandise

Messenger bag

Function and style are combined in this lightweight and compact Messenger Pouch. You can show your American pride while carrying this Made in the USA dark khaki pouch. Plenty of room for keys, wallet, tablet and documents. Outside flap features distressed “U.S.” imprint and an exclusive fabric garment label commemorates the U.S. Centennial of World War One.

Pouch features: Constructed of touch dyed canvas, with adjustable leather tab closure with collar button stud. Nylon adjustable strap. Two internal pockets. Dimensions: 15.5” W x 10.5” H x 2.5” D. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item will help fund the national WW1 Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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


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Albert (Bob) Cornelius Peterson

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Submitted by: Marjorie Winslow-Kulba

Albert (Bob) Cornelius Peterson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known September 18, 1917-April 19, 1919 & February 2, 1921-February 1, 1924.

Albert (Bob) Cornelius Peterson was born May 3, 1892 in Muskegon, Michigan.

He enlisted in the Army and trained at Fort Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan. He served in the 528th Field Artillery, 85th Division, Battery A, during World War One. He achieved the rank of corporal. He saw action in Toul Sector, France from Nov. 1-Nov. 11, 1918.

He wrote a letter home, describing the last two hours before the armistice was signed. It was published in the "Muskegon Chronicle" on January 11, 1919. He wrote:

"We returned from a little journey to the front last week. Fortunately we didn't have any casualties while there, although it was rather uncomfortable at times. While we were there, Fritzie started some of his hellish work each night at just about dusk. It would last three hours, then stop abruptly, and commence again just before dawn."

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July 11, 2017

U.S. troops prepare for Bastille Day parade in Paris with President Trump

U.S. soldier in paris

 

U.S. soldiers joined rehearsals this week for the Bastille Day parade on  July 14, where they and president Donald J. Trump will be participating in the ceremonies to observe the 100 anniversary of the arrival of U.S. forces in France in World War I. The troops included members of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, which was founded in 1917, the same year that the United States entered World War One. The President will be attending the day's festivities at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron. Read more about Friday's activities in Paris here.


Veterans History Project launches Part Two of web series on WWI Veterans

Three soldiers

The Veterans History Project (VHP) has launched “Over There,” the second in a three-part, online “Experiencing War” website series dedicated to United States veterans of the First World War. “Over There” highlights 10 digitized World War I collections found in the Veterans History Project archive. This series is being presented as a companion site to the Library of Congress exhibit, “Echoes of the Great War.” Each veteran’s first-person narrative is shared through their original photographs, letters, diaries, memoirs, maps and other materials. Congress created the VHP in 2000 to make accessible the firsthand remembrances of America’s veterans from WWI through the more recent conflicts. Read more about the new VHP WWI series here.


"Our priority was to gather collections together in a way that would enable people to tell stories."

Jerri Young

Historypin is a digital, user-generated archive of historical photos, videos, audio recordings and personal recollections. The company is one of the World War I Centennial Commission’s Commemorative Partners, and they are contractor for “Remembering WWI”, a National Archives app that makes available the miles of WWI film footage at NARA which was heretofore mostly unavailable. Kerri Young of Historypin worked on this exciting project, and told us about it.


Honoring the Prince of the Escadrille

Norman Prince

Norman Prince of the Lafayette Escadrille was recently honored at a dedication ceremony in Gerardmer, France. The ceremony took place at the Hôtel de la Poste, which was a military hospital during WWI. Retired French Lt. General Daniel Bastien delivered an address at the event to an audience composed of local historians, specialists in the Great War, military aviation researchers, and members of Legion of Honor associates and Medaille Militaire, both medals Prince had been awarded. Read more about the ceremony here.


New York artists created works to stir WWI public to loyalty, duty, and sacrifice

Donald Albrecht

There is a great new World War I exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. It is called "Posters and Patriotism", and it explores the effort that the U.S. government made to communicate the war, and to recruit people to join. When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, hundreds of New York City's artists and illustrators were enlisted in the war effort. Many of them worked for the federal government’s new Division of Pictorial Publicity. Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York examines the outpouring of posters, flyers, magazine art, sheet music covers, and other mass-produced images created by these New Yorkers to stir the American public to wartime loyalty, duty, and sacrifice. Donald Albrecht is the curator of the exhibition, and he took some time to tell us about it.


WW1 Centennial News Podcast

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

Available on our web site, iTunes, Google Play, and TuneIn.

Highlight of Episode #27 include:

  • History: Pershing’s 4th of July 1917 |@ 01:30
  • History: Race riots in East St. Louis |@ 03:45
  • Feature: US Official Bulletin - Logistics |@ 06 :00
  • Guest: Joe Johnson, Logistics Expert: Defense Acquisition University |@ 10:30
  • Guest: Mike Shuster, Espionage Act attack on bill of rights |@ 15:50
  • News: President Donald Trump heading to Paris for WW1 Franco/US commemoration parade |@ 20:30
  • Event: Commissioner O’Connell “Feeding The Fight” with WWI culinary event in NYC |@ 22:00
  • Guest: Ellouise Schoettler “Ready to Serve” - one woman show about WWI Nurses |@ 23:15
  • States: Texas exhibit: “From Cowboy to Doughboy” & Jim Hodgson article |@ 29:15
  • International: London mail tunnels reopen as museum attraction |@ 30:10
  • Feature: 16-year-old teenage girl flies 100-year-old Jenny |@ 31:20
  • WWrite Blog: New post flips on convention with writer exploring redeeming qualities of combat violence!? |@ 34:00

And much more…

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Features from State & partner web sites

Pfaender Cup

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Pfaender cup on loan for WWI exhibit

A rare artifact is being loaned to the Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) Museum in New Ulm, Minnesota for its World War I exhibit. Jay Pfaender, great-grandson of one of New Ulm’s founders, William Pfaender, has loaned a loving cup awarded to his grandfather Major Albert Pfaender. The cup’s inscription reads: “Presented to Major Albert Pfaender by the officers and men of the First Battalion, Second Regiment Infantry, on the occasion of their muster out of federal service, Jan. 24, 1917 in token of their high esteem and appreciation of his kind and efficient leadership during their term of duty on the Mexican border.” Read more about this unique artifact here.


It's Amazon Prime day - and it can help you - help us

If you shop Amazon using shop smile.amazon.com , Amazon will donate to United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars for every dollar you spend.

Today, July 11 is Amazon's third-annual Prime Day when they feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year. 

If you shop Amazon anyway, go to Amazon Smile and go get some great merch deals today... and without it costing you a penny, you'll help us meet our goal of building America's WW1 Memorial in Washington DC.

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Cleve O. Sherrod

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Sherrod

 

 

 

 

Submitted by: Marilyn Konruff {granddaughter} 

Cleve O. Sherrod served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The dates of service are: Known December 17, 1917-June 8, 1919. 

On June 5, 1917, two weeks before his wedding, 29-year-old Cleve Sherrod filled out a Civilian Draft Registration card in Kilbourn, Wisconsin. He had tried to enlist in the U. S. Army before, but had been rejected due to height requirements (he was only 5’3”). Cleve married Florence Wagner of St. Louis, Missouri, on June 26th. They honeymooned in Chicago before returning to Kilbourn, Wisconsin, where Cleve was employed by the railroad.

Enlistment restrictions were suddenly lifted when the United States officially entered the war in France, so on December 14th, Cleve was able to enlist as a Private in the U. S. Army, 33rd Division, and dispatched to Camp Logan, Texas, for training. The 33rd Division, commanded by Major General George Bell, Jr., was composed of National Guard units from Illinois, prompting the name “Prairie” Division. As an electrician, Cleve was attached to the 108th Engineers, Company D under Col. Henry Allen.

Disembarking from a troop train at Camp Logan, Cleve Sherrod found a hastily built tent city. He slept on a cot in a cramped tent with eight others and was subjected to hot days, dust, mosquitoes, cold nights, disease, fatigue and hard days of physical activity and living outdoors. A typical day was about seven hours long and consisted of physical readiness exercises, marching drills, rifle maintenance and marksmanship, bayonet drills, and battlefield signaling. This short of stature, older Private kept up with the young ones!

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July 5, 2017

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and World War I

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The 4th of July means friends, family, fireworks, firing up the grill and, if you're like millions of Americans, baseball. Americans celebrated Independence Day with the "Star-Spangled Banner" ringing from the loudspeakers at Major and Minor League ballparks across the nation, or from radio and TV speakers at home. A fine article from the Associated Press this week recalled why the National Anthem became part of sports events in the first place: it happened due to World War I. Elsewhere this year, baseball games in the International League have provided great WWI learning opportunities for fans. Check out the results of those games, and where WWI history will go come to the plate in baseball stadiums during the rest of this season.


President Trump to attend Bastille Day Parade in Paris honoring WWI the U.S. soldiers arriving in France 100 years ago

 

Colors July 4, 1917 Paris

U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted French President Emmanuel Macron’s invitation to attend France’s Bastille day celebrations as the two men put aside differences to pay tribute to the U.S. soldiers who fought in France 100 years ago. Trump will attend the traditional July 14 military parade where American troops will march alongside French soldiers to commemorate the centenary of the U.S. entry into World War I, the offices of both leaders said. Read more about the President's homage to America's WWI soldiers here.


"The episodes of the war speak for themselves in all their tragedy, triumph, irony, and absurdity."

Gene Fax

Author Gene Fax spent seventeen years combing archives in Washington, Baltimore, Paris, West Point, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania. to research the story of the U.S. 73rd Division in World War I. He specifically wanted to learn about their pivotal role during the Battle for Mountfaucon -- one of the most bloody and fiercely contested battles of the entire war. Part of his drive to learn this story was the fact that Gene Fax's grandfather, Corporal Oscar Lubchansky, served in that division, in that battle, as a member of the division's 313th Infantry Regiment. WW1CC's Paul Burgholzer heard about Gene Fax's remarkable book, and reached out to the author to hear more.


U.S. Embassy in France hosts “Lafayette, we are here!” 4th of July celebration

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On June 29, the U.S Embassy in France hosted an early Fourth of July celebration at the Residence of the U.S Ambassador to France. The day was marked by these famous words: “Lafayette, we are here!” In celebration of the Franco-American friendship, the event commemorated America’s 241st birthday and its centennial entry into World War I. The celebration events started with a World War I-themed garden party, and also included a period vehicle display at Rue du Eaubourg Saint Honoré, and a ceremony in front of General Marquis de Lafayette’s tomb in Picpus Cemetery, the following day. As French visitors took pictures in front of the famous Uncle Sam poster at the U.S Official Residence, it was clear that the two nations shared something further: common gratitude and friendship. Read more about the event here.


WW1 Centennial News Podcast

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

Available on our web site, iTunes, Google Play, and TuneIn. 

Highlight of Episode #26 include:

  • Feature: The Red Cross we know today | @01:45
  • Guest: Mike Shuster - The anti-war resistance “over there” | @11:00
  • War In The Sky: Louis Bennet | @15:30
  • Guests: Richard Rubin & Jonathan Bratten - General Robert Nivelle | @19:00
  • Feature: Keith Colley’s Mobile WW1 Museum | @26:15
  • Guest: Jerry Meyer bringing back Chautauqua | @27 :45
  • International: Many events in France last week | @33:00
  • Introduction: Harley Davidson in WWI - Part1 | @35:00

And much more…

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"Wwrite Blog" Exploring WWI’s Influence on Contemporary Writing and Scholarship.

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Ernst Junger: The Modern War Story by Elliot Ackerman

This week, in an interesting flip on convention, the  WWrite post steps out of the current narrative in war literature to exploreour culture's allure not to peace, but to violence. 

Rather than glorifying war, recent memoirs and books have concentrated on its debilitating and destructive effect on the returning soldier. 

In this post, award-winning veteran writer Elliot Ackerman gives us his take on Ernst Jünger's seminal war memoir, Storm of Steel, and the ways in which it assigns a redeeming quality to combat violence.

Don't miss this most interesting post.


Features from State & partner web sites

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To honor those who served and commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice

With its 1921 Georgia State Memorial Book, Georgia became the first state to publish an official memorial book to those who died in World War I. But under the racial practices of the time, the book contained only the names of white personnel. Through the diligent research of retired state librarian Dr. Lamar Veatch, who works as an associate with the GWWICC, the names of hundreds of soldiers of African American, Native American, and other descent have been identified and added to the expanded version housed on the GWWICC website. As a result of this significant effort, today the names of some 1,300 Georgians are on the rolls as part of the national centennial program to find and record all such tributes to Americans who fought and died in World War I.

That same website also includes an online inventory, with photographs, of the war memorials and plaques located throughout the state — there is one in virtually every county seat. Some are elaborate; others are simple. Some have separate listings for “white” and “colored,” while others omit African Americans altogether. The GWWICC website will become a lasting legacy of these efforts as a part of the National Archives collection on the WWI Centennial.

Read all of Georgia World War I Centennial Commission guest contributor Tom Jackson's  looks at the many memorials to WWI soldiers in the Peach State here.

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A War by Invention

Commonly referred to at the time as the "War to End All Wars," World War I was in fact not a "last" but a "first." Innovations in technology, tactics, and equipment ushered in a new era of warfare that defined how wars were fought for the next one hundred years.

While most people associate World War I with the start of trench warfare, it was by no means a new strategy or idea. Employed at great lengths during the American Civil War, trench warfare was a siege tactic that had been around for centuries. So what then was "new" about World War I and how did it shape warfare in the 20th Century?

Read all of the article by Kevin Hampton, Curator of History, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, looking at the technology innovations (good and bad) spawned by WWI.


Official Commemoration Merchandise

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While helping us build America's WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington DC.

The WW1 Centennial Commission has created “WW1 Poppy kits”. You receive one kit with each $64.99 contribution. Each kit neatly packages 60 poppy seed packets that you can distribute or use to raise money for your organization. 
The cost of the kits allows you to double your money or more. 

This is a terrific fund-raiser for veteran service organizations, state WW1 centennial organizations, 100 Cities / 100 Memorials projects, or even scout troops, school and churches.

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These kits and many other commemorative items can be found at the Official WW1 Commission merchandise shop.


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 William J. "Bill" Murphy

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

William J. "Bill" Murphy

 

 

 

Submitted by: T. J. Cullinane

William J. "Bill" Murphy served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 14, 1918 - July 3, 1919.

By all accounts, William Joseph “Bill” Murphy was a good and kind man and an excellent soldier. Hailing from Lynn, Massachusetts, the small-statured Irishman was employed as a leather sorter in the shoe industry. He enlisted in the United States Army at age 26 on June 14, 1918 and received the serial number 2795649.

After completing basic training, Bill was assigned as a cook with the 4th Mobile Ordnance Repair Shop and shipped to France. With supply lines stretching across the U-boat infested North Atlantic, it was imperative for the Army to have the ability to repair broken weapons and artillery pieces in France and return these essential tools to the front line as fast as possible. This was the mission of Bill’s unit.

The 4th Mobile Ordnance Repair Shop (M.O.R.S) was divided into two sections, the equipment section and the machinery section. The equipment section, with three repair trucks and two supply trucks, focused their efforts on repairing small arms; mainly machine guns, rifles and pistols. The machinery section, with three artillery repair trucks and three supply trucks, repaired mortars, field guns and howitzers. Keeping this hardworking team fed was Bill’s job.

Read William J. "Bill" Murphy's entire Story of Service here.

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