World War One was a watershed in American history. The United States' decision to join the battle in 1917 "to make the world safe for democracy" proved pivotal in securing allied victory — a victory that would usher in the American Century.
During the war's duration, places all across the nation had various roles in the prosecution of the war effort. After the war, memorials—from simple honor rolls, to Doughboy sculptures, to grandiose architectural ensembles—were erected throughout the US. Places and structures were named in honor of men, women, organizations, and even animals who served with distinction during the war. Libraries and museums were established to house the artifacts and documents related to the great war. Many of the facilities and structures that were important during the war have faded into obscurity, or are gone, but many remain.
Each of these places has a story to tell about the nation's struggle during World War One. This nationwide inventory during the Centennial Commemoration of the Great War seeks to identify, document, and preserve the knowledge of all these places.
You can submit information on a place that played a role during the war, or plays a role now in preserving the history of the nation's war effort. Click here to submit information about significant places that are not in the database, or to correct information about a place already recorded.
See here for more information on the country's World War One memorials and monuments, and efforts intended to raise public awareness of the presence, and in many cases, sadly, the plight of these historic monuments and memorials, or to submit a Monument or Memorial to the database.
One Waterside Drive, Suite 248
The Hampton Roads Naval Museum (HRNM) is an official Department of the Navy museum that teaches the history of the U.S. Navy in Hampton Roads from the 1770s through the present day. HRNM is part of the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C., and admission to visit the museum is always free of charge.
2220 Adams Avenue, Building, 5218
The Quartermaster Museum's mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit the history and heritage of the Quartermaster Corps, the oldest logistical branch in the Army. The museum is free and open to the public Monday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm. Point of Contact, Laura Baghetti, (804) 734-4203.
20 N. Coalter Street
Through exhibits on the President’s life and times -including The Great War (World War I), The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library educates our visitors on how President Wilson changed the world and how his ideals continue to do so.
Contact: Heather Sutton, Education Coordinator, email@example.com; 540-885-0897 x 114.
Camp Warden McLean was yet a third camp at the Fort Oglethorpe site, being dedicated to reserve officers training. With a barracks capacity of 1,500, its facilities ceased to be used for that purpose at it was turned over to Camp Greenleaf in November 1917 to house motor field units.
Seaport Museum, 211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
The Olympia carried the U.S. Unknown Soldier from WW1 back from France. Olympia was Admiral Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay in May, 1898. Moored along the Delaware River at Penn's Landing at the foot of Spruce Street alongside the WW2 submarine Becuna, launched 1944.
There is an admission charge to go on board and tour the ship. However, you can see the ship without charge from the Penn's Landing walkway along the river, reached via the public streets and sidewalks. You can reach the Olympia at Penn's Landing via Columbus Blvd. or the Spruce St. or Dock St. walkways.
Independence Seaport Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum will be CLOSED every Monday from January 9 - March 2017 with the exception of holidays.
6799 Guilford Road
Midway Village Museum hosts an annual Great War Event, a World War I military event featuring re-enactors portraying soldiers and civilians from the United States, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary in the museum’s 13-acre Village on the museum grounds. Visitors engage in history with the opportunity to walk near encampments and tour a reproduction three-bunker trench, talk to over 220 re-enactors about life as a soldier, learn about the various military equipment and combat techniques of this war, and watch large-scale narrated battle reenactments.
300 North Street
Headquartered in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the state’s official history agency and administers The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Historic Preservation Office, and numerous historic sites and museums across the commonwealth including Boalsburg’s Pennsylvania Military Museum and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania at Strasburg. Watch phmc.pa.gov for upcoming special programs, exhibits, and projects commemorating Pennsylvania’s involvement in World War I. The Pennsylvania State Archives, in particular, holds many collections documenting the war years and is currently partnering with Ancestry.com and the State Library of Pennsylvania to provide on-line access to number of these valuable records. For example, check out http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60884 to examine Pennsylvania’s World War I Veterans Service and Compensation files. Coming soon: Digital access to over 200 stunning World War I posters from the State Archives’ collections via the State Library and the PA Power Library site.
See State Museum of Pennsylvania website for schedules and prices.
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.
Dawney Hill - Brookwood GU 240 JB Woking, Surrey
Buried at the Brookwood American Cemetery are 468 soldiers from the Great War. Of these, there are 41 Graves to the Unknown and 563 names inscribed on the Walls of the Missing inside the chapel located within the cemetery.
02400 Belleau France
Buried at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery are 2,289 soldiers from the Great War of whom most were killed in the area and in the Marne Valley during battles in the summer of 1918. Of these, there are 249 Graves to the Unknown and 1,060 names inscribed on the Walls of the Missing.
Within the Flanders Field American Cemetery peacefully lie 368 soldiers of the Great War. Included in these graves are 41 Graves to the Unknown. There are 43 names inscribed on the Walls of the Missing in Flanders Field American Cemetery.
Rue du Général Pershing
The Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery holds the greatest amount of military dead in Europe - 14,246 - the majority of whom lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I. Within these are 486 Graves to the Unknown. Inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing are 954 names. These include those from the U.S. expedition to northern Russia in 1918-1919.
Somme American Cemetery
Within the Somme American Cemetery are 1,844 graves of military dead, many whom lost their lives while fighting near Cantigny or serving in American units attached to the British. Among these graves are 132 Graves to the Unknown. Engraved into the chapel in Walls of the Missing are the names of 333 missing.
Route de Verdun
123 Boulevard Washington
More than 1,541 men and women are buried at Suresnes American Cemetery. Of these are 30 Graves of the Unknown. Brass plaques list the names of the 974 World War I missing.
300 Washington Blvd, Besson Hall
The U.S. Army Transportation Museum is devoted entirely to the history of U.S. Army transportation from colonial days to the present. It offers a unique glimpse of the importance of logistical support to the Army, and is a must when visiting the Virginia Peninsula.
The Transportation Museum features artifacts from and a history of the Army's transportation efforts in support of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I.
2609 N. York Hwy, Pall Mall, TN 38577-5202
York General Store & Interpretive Center is the first stop on a visit to Pall Mall and the home place of Sgt. York in the Valley of the Three Forks of the Wolf River.
2700 North York Hwy Pall Mall, Tennessee 38577
Sergeant Alvin C. York Historic Park pays tribute to Sgt. Alvin C. York, one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I. The park contains the farm and gristmill once owned by York who lived in the Pall Mall area for most of his life. Along with the millhouse and milldam, the park includes York’s two-story house, York’s general store and post office, the Wolf River Cemetery, the Wolf River Methodist Church, the York Bible Institute, an M247 Sergeant York tank and various picnic facilities.