WWI, The Navy & New York
AMERICA’S WWI STORY IS A NEW YORK STORY
20% of all doughboys come from New York State.
The Navy commissions and New York builds a full-size wooden battleship in Union Square.
Four of every five Doughboys ship to France from New York Harbor.
Manhattan: a huge recruiting center. Bronx: Pelham Bay Park, a naval training station. Brooklyn: the Navy Yard. Staten Island: a military hospital. Queens: where the first U.S. combat troops depart.
New York is the scene of joyous returns in 1919 and in 1921, plays a solemn role in the return of thousands of U.S. war dead, including the first Unknown Soldier.
200 WWI memorials are erected in the five boroughs, more than for any other U.S. conflict.