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“NYC Doughboy Day" World War I living history event a big success at Governors Island

 Ambulance at Governors Island 300By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, U.S. World War One Centennial Commission

NEW YORK (September 19, 2016) – There was a full agenda of World War I-related activities this Saturday in New York City, as a platoon of living history reenactors & historians brought World War I Doughboy Day to Governors Island National Monument. They hosted demonstrations & stories, and portrayed famous New York regiments, including the Harlem Hell Fighters.


Doughboy Day NYC 2016The World War I reenactors form up at Doughboy Day 2016 at Governors Island, NYC.The Doughboy Day participants included:

  • Long Island Living History Association (, military historians whose main purpose is to educate the public on all wars America has participated in.
  • The Ebony Doughboys ( a group of African American living historians who are focused on telling the story of the outstanding record of service of African Americans during the First World War.
  • Mark D. Van Ells, author of “America and World War I: A Traveler’s Guide.”
  • Actress Laurie Gaulke will represent women in the war with her show, “Doughnuts for Doughboys: A Salvation Army Lassie in Neuvilly.”

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission was on-hand to help out as well. Represented by WW1CC's Public Affairs Director, Chris Isleib, the Commission was able to help promote the event and get the word out about it to the community.

The weather was beautiful, and the audience was numbered in the thousands, as the weekend park visitors mingled with local history buffs. Organizer Ryan Hegg called it a great synergy. "The City of New York is central to the story of World War I, and the people here today really got that sense".

The event was produced by the World War One Centennial Committee for New York City (, who are dedicated to planning, producing, and coordinating events and activities commemorating the First World War in New York City and the surrounding areas.

Doughboy Day NYC 2016 4George King III, historian & reenactor, is interviewed by local media about his role with Doughboy Day at Governors Island. George is the owner of 'Ambulance #255', a 1916 Ford Model T that has been restored as an American Field Service ambulance from World War I.

Ambulance at Governors IslandThe 'Ambulance 255' team gets the 100 year-old vehicle ready for viewing at the Doughboy Day at Governors Island

Doughboy Day NYC 2016 3Visitors check out World War I-era stereoscopic viewers at the living history display tables

Doughboy Day NYC 2016 2The reenactors raise a 48-star World War I-era flag at historic Fort Jay on Governors Island, to mark the Doughboy Day event