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May 14, 2019

National Football League donates
$1 million for National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

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The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission announced today that the National Football League (NFL) has contributed $1 million to the construction of the first-ever National World War I Memorial in Washington D.C. The NFL is now one of the lead donors to the Memorial, along with  the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, the Starr Foundation, General Motors, FedEx, Walmart, the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, the Lounsbery Foundation, and several other corporations and foundations. Click here to read more about the NFL's generous donation to help "provide a site that will tell the world of the sacrifices these men and women made for our liberty a century ago."


WWI Centennial Commission announces Fleet Week New York 2019 Events

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The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, will host a number of cultural activities, and commemorative events, during the U.S. Navy's upcoming Fleet Week New York, from 22-27 May 2019. These activities will help tell the story of the 4 million American men and women, many from the greater New York area, who stepped forward to serve during World War I, 100 years ago. Click here to read more about the schedule of World War I related activities taking place during Fleet Week.

As part of the Fleet Week activities, there will be special performances by the 369th Experience Band at Liberty State Park in New Jersey on Monday, May 27. The band is made up of musicians from a collection of Historically Black Colleges and Universities that pay homage to the contributions of African-Americans and Puerto Ricans in World War I through the eyes of the 369th U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as James Reese Europe’s “Harlem Hellfighters.” Click here to read more about all the events in Liberty State Park, including a certified 5K Run.


Memorial Day Weekend Events Honor Nation’s Heroes at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City

NWWIM&M with flags

As the commemoration of the Centennial of World War I (2014-19) continues, the National WWI Museum and Memorial serves as a fitting place to honor and recognize the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country during Memorial Day weekend. Admission to the Museum and Memorial is free for veterans and active duty military personnel, while general admission for the public is half-price all weekend (Friday-Monday, May 24-27). The Museum and Memorial offers a wide variety of events during the weekend for people of all ages.Click here to read about the entire great schedule of Memorial Day activities.


AKC Museum of the Dog honors Army's Sgt. Stubby, celebrated WWI service dog

Stubby

He was the "goodest boy" of them all. As one of the first U.S. Army service dogs, bull terrier mix Sgt. Stubby endured mustard gas and shrapnel from grenades during his time in World War I France. The long-treasured mascot's bravery and service will be honored with an unveiling of a bronze statue in his likeness at the AKC Museum of the Dog in Manhattan on May 23, where it will be housed permanently. Click here to read more about the ceremony, and why Gen. John J. Pershing awarded the four-legged fighter a medal for his bravery.


Teacher to eulogize WWI soldier from Wild Rose, Wisconsin who died in 1918

Joseph Nowinski

Pvt. Sylvester Mushinski was married and the father of three children when he died during World War I. He was a farm boy who grew up in Wild Rose, moved to the Chicago area and then enlisted in the Army in June 1917, then became one of the 116,516 Americans who died in military service during the war. Now, a century after Mushinski's death, an Almond-Bancroft High School social studies teacher Joseph Nowinski will deliver the soldier's eulogy in France, as part of a program offered through National History Day and sponsored by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. Click here to read more about educational journey that Nowinski and 18 other teachers will take to France in June to pay homage to the heroes who died in the war.


Remarkable photos of African-American soldiers who fought bravely shoulder-to-shoulder with white comrades in WWI

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The Daily Mail newspaper in the UK has published what it terms "Incredible images from the end of the First World War show brave African-American soldiers as they keep up morale in France – and the infamous Harlem Hellfighters as they return to New York after 191 days at war. The remarkable shots, which were taken in around 1918, depict a proud father holding up eleven stars, one for each of his sons serving; a soldier entertaining his comrades in Orleans, France; and rapturous crowds welcoming the Harlem Hellfighters home." Click here to read more about the 369th, and view the remarkable collection of photographs chronicling their World War I service.


Belongings of Burlington WWI soldier return to American Legion Post 273

Leonard Millican bible

When Claire Lohr was in her 30s and helping her grandmother, Mildred Parker McAleer, clean out her Washington, D.C., home, she rummaged through many items that had familiar names of family members she knew. But there was one item, a leather military Bible, that caught her eye. She opened it and saw a name scribbled inside. “Who’s Leonard Millican?” she asked her grandmother. Click here to read the unexpected World War I story that her grandmother's answer to the question provided about a Burlington hero in the Great War.


Iowa's WWI 'Soldiers in White' honored with special ceremony at State Capitol

Iowa nurses memorial

On May 5, Iowa's 'Soldiers in White' were honored again, with a special tribute to the women who served during the Great War. A new bronze plaque was dedicated to those nurses next to the World War II Memorial at the State Capitol. The original dedication ceremony to those soldiers was held in 1921. At the time, 10 birch trees were planted near this spot to honor them. Those trees have since been replaced with white oaks, but the bronze plaque is meant to be a lasting symbol for generations to come.  Click here to read more about the ceremony and the new, permanent memorial to the nurses for their service in World War I.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

100 Years in the Making:
National Memorial Lead Designer
Joe Weishaar

Joe Weishaar

In April 26th's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 120, host Theo Mayer spoke with Joe Weishaar, the lead designer of the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. Joe has been dedicated to bringing the memorial to fruition for nearly four years, from the design competition up through the present day. In the interview, Joe catches us up on the status of the memorial as it goes through both the design and regulatory processes. Click here to read a transcript of the program, and learn where the Memorial's progress stands now.

Animals in World War I with Leah Tams

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In April 26th's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 120, host Theo Mayer interviewed Leah Tams, a Program Associate based at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, about a very interesting animal contributor to the American war effort. We've all heard about dogs like Sgt. Stubby, and horses, and many mascot animals. But click here to read the transcript of the entire program to find out how even invertebrates played important roles as the Americans slugged it out with the Germans in WWI.


WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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The WW1 Centennial News Podcast is about WW1 THEN: 100 years ago this week, and it's about WW1 NOW: News and updates about the centennial and the commemoration.  Available on our web siteiTunesGoogle Play, PodbeanTuneInStitcher Radio on Demand.  Spotify  listen on Youtube. New - Comment and ask questions via twitter @TheWW1podcast

US Navy NC-4 arrives in Lisbon Portugal

Ep. #122
Highlights:US Navy
NC-4, first to fly Atlantic

Host - Theo Mayer

100 years Ago: US Navy NC-4, first to fly Atlantic - Host | 02:06

Ultimatum to Germany: Sign or face renewed war - Mike Shuster | 16:35

War Memoirs from WWI: “Hervey Allen”  -
Dr. Edward Lengel | 29:35

FREE WWI Genealogy Research Guide -
Host | 26:00

Fleet Week New York 2019 -
“Corky” Erie and Beth Baker | 27:25

Articles & Posts: Highlights from Dispatch -
Host | 39:30


Literature in WWI This Week

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The Debt of WWII Resistance Fighters to WWI Veterans

Part 4. Marc Bloch, a History Lesson

By Jennifer Orth-Veillon

On June 16, 1944, ten days after the Americans landed in Normandy on D-Day, the Gestapo massacred 29 French Resisters. Among them was Marc Bloch, one of the world's most important historians.

This was not the first time Bloch, a Jew from Alsace and Professor at the Sorbonne, had taken up arms against the Germans.

In this post, WWrite Curator Jennifer Orth-Veillon discusses Bloch's incredible trajectory from Legion of Honor WWI leader to WWII French Resistance hero.

Read about Bloch and the ways in which WWI shaped his pathbreaking approach to history at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

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In 1914, America’s Poetry magazine sponsored a “War Poetry Competition.”

The magazine received over 700 entries and selected 14 poems to be published.

Read one of the winning poems ­—Alice Corbin Henderson’s “Fallen”—and learn more about America’s early response to the war in this post on Behind Their Lines.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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8" X 12" WWI flags for Memorial Day

The WW1 Centennial Flag is made of durable nylon and measures 8 inches x 12 inches.  It sports the iconic Doughboy silhouette digitally screened onto it and is secured on a 15.75" wooden dowel with a decorative ball on top .  

It also features "Double Honors", because a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item are designated for the America's National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park, in Washington DC.

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


Sanco Thompson, Sr.

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

 

Sanco Thompson, Sr.

 

Submitted by: Sonya R. Grantham {Granddaughter}

Sanco Thompson, Sr. served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

My grandfather Sanco Thompson, Sr. from Columbia, South Carolina. He was a member of the 371st Infantry Regiment 93rd Division Colored, WWI and I have found service records for the 369th Harlem Hell Fighters.

My grandfather is buried in the Childs Cemetery in Richland County, South Carolina. The cemetery is located on the grounds of a former manufacturing plant. The site was also the former Wade Hampton Plantation. The Llysander D. Child's purchased the plantation during the Reconstruction Era.

I have restored and documented people that are buried in the cemetery-for nine and have for years - solo. I'm proud to be the granddaughter of a WWI Soldier.

Read Sanco Thompson, Sr.'s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family's Story of Service here.


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O'Connell at Cypress Hills

Wreath of Remembrance Ceremony at NYC's Cypress Hills National Cemetery

A Wreath of Remembrance Ceremony was held in Brooklyn's Cypress Hills National Cemetery, on Thursday of last week, to honor the centennial of World War I and Navy-Marine Corps heroes in advance of the U.S. Navy's Fleet Week New York 2019. Commissioner Dr. Libby O'Connell of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission (above) was one of many speakers at the ceremony. The Commission-sponsored event honored Sailors from France and the U.K. who died in New York City in 1918, along with double Medal of Honor recipients Coxswain John Cooper, USN and Sergeant Major Dan Daly, USMC.  Click here to read more about the event and see photos of the ceremonies.


World War I Mobile Museum is on the Move! 

Keith Colley

Chris Isleib, Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission, has been in touch with our friend Keith Colley (left), owner of the incredible WWI Mobile Museum (see previous articles here and here). Keith and the museum have been very busy telling the WWI story -- he recently completed a trip to New England, with several stops, and he also has shared with us his upcoming schedule. Chris talked to Keith for a bit last week, and Keith filled us in on what he has been doing, and what the future holds for his incredible project. Click here to find out where the WWI Mobile Museum is going to be when, and how to have it come to you.


National History Day Students Receive Award from IA Governor for WWI Project

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The State Historical Society of Iowa Board of Trustees recently selected the Nashua-Plainfield High School History Club as the winner of the 2019 Loren Horton Community History Award Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Youth Project, for their video "Who They Were: Dedicated to Nashuans Who Served in World War I." The project,  utilizing a program sponsored by the World War I Centennial Commission and National History Day, produced a seven-minute film about their local community's role in the Great War commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the war's armistice on November 11, 2018. Click here to read more about this outstanding project, and the state award it earned in Iowa.


Marines dedicate Panzer Kaserne parade ground as ‘Devil Dog Field’

Devil Dog Field

The U.S. Marine Corps has long been associated with the Battle of Belleau Wood and its role in stopping the German advance on Paris in June 1918. But Belleau Wood was only the beginning of the story of the Corps in World War.  To commemorate the Corps' service and sacrifice across the battlefields of Europe, a memorial dedicated on the parade ground in front of the MARFOREUR/AF headquarters renames the field as “Devil Dog Field” to recognize the Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers that comprised the units fielded by the Marine Corps in the American Expeditionary Force. Click here to read more about the ceremony, and the incredible bravery of the Marines in World War I.


The unlucky life of Nebraska's own Private Ryan in World War I

Clifford Ryan

Private Clifford Ryan lived a cursed life, right up till the moment his commanding officer sent the Nebraska boy charging over a bloodied river in France. Matthew Hansen of the Omaha World-Herald newspaper writes:

"Clifford T. Ryan is the full name of the 24-year-old infantryman sprinting through your mind. He’s carrying some serious baggage as he runs on Nov. 11, 1918. Cliff’s mother died when he was 4. He grew into a man and married his first love, Loretta. His wife died giving birth to their first child.

"His baby girl died, too.

"He enlisted in the Army then, and — just his luck — soon found himself stuck for three months on the brutal front line of The War to End All Wars."

Already you suspect that this tale won't end well, but click here to read the entire story of how Private Ryan's luck in World War I was pretty much no luck at all.


Camp Sherman look back: A proud Chillicothe story

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Austin P. Story must have been puzzled when he checked the mailbox at his Caldwell Street home in early November 1975. Peeking out of the top was a large manila envelope addressed to him from Col. James B. Agnew of the Military History Institute in Carlisle, Pa. Tucked away inside was a lengthy 44 question survey inquiring about his experiences in World War I. The 84 year-old veteran had been discharged nearly 60 years earlier. Click here to learn more about the origin of the survey, and how it meant a lot to Storey and all the other veterans of a forgotten war.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

Updates from the States:
Susi Adler from the Minnesota
World War I Centennial Committee

Susi Adler

In April 19th's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 119, host Theo Mayer interviewed Susi Adler, a Minnesotan determined to commemorate the soldiers from her state killed in action during the Great War. Adler, a member of the Minnesota World War I Centennial Committee,  created and continues to curate a Facebook group called Minnesotans Remembered. To learn more about the project, click here to read a transcript of the entire interview.

Remembering Veterans:
Dr. Alexis Catsambis on the
Mystery of the USS San Diego

Dr. Alexis Catsambis

In April 19th's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 119, Dr. Alexis Catsambis of the US Naval Heritage and History Command spoke with host Theo Mayer about the sinking of the USS San Diego, and the process of unraveling the mystery behind what went wrong. Although other ships like The USS Tampa were also lost in World War I, this event was shrouded in mystery, until 2018. Click here to read a transcript of the entire interview, and learn the fate of the San Diego.


WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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The WW1 Centennial News Podcast is about WW1 THEN: 100 years ago this week, and it's about WW1 NOW: News and updates about the centennial and the commemoration.  Available on our web siteiTunesGoogle Play, PodbeanTuneInStitcher Radio on Demand.  Spotify  listen on Youtube. New - Comment and ask questions via twitter @TheWW1podcast

USS Recruit in Union Square

Episode #121
Highlights: USS Recruit in Union Square.

Host - Theo Mayer

100 Years Ago This Week - Host | @ 02:00
Threat of Reimposed Blockade on Germany - Mike Shuster | @ 14:35
War Memoirs from WWI: ‘Jack’ Idriess - Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 18:35
Remembering Veterans: USS Recruit - Tom Frezza | @ 24:40
Events: AKC Museum of the Dog - Emily Brostek | @ 30:10
Educations: “Who They Were” Project from Nashua, IA - Suzan Turner w/ Drew, Abby, Tyler, Jayne and Lucas | @ 35:25
Articles & Posts: Highlights from Dispatch - Host | @ 44:15


Literature in WWI This Week

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The Red and the Gray

By Elsa Minisini

In 1914, German writer Ernst Jünger entered the war with weapons, notebooks, and a camera. He came out of WWI alive with his seminal novel, one of the only to be written on the front lines, Storm of Steel.

He also took numerous photos. French director François Lagarde spent 20 years producing, The Red and the Gray, a documentary film combining Jünger’s important text, his photos, and thousands of images captured by amateur German soldier-photographers on the front.

For this post, Elsa Minisini, the co-producer of the film, discusses Lagarde’s journey, one she helped him finish when he passed away before the film was complete. Read about this incredible project and the powerful story behind it at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

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Throughout the First World War, the coming of spring brought with it the renewal of military offensive action. In 1915, American poet Sara Teasdale examined the incongruity of resuming the killing during earth’s season of growth and rebirth: "Spring in War-Time."


Doughboy MIA for week of May 6

Charles Timmons.

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday's Doughboy MIA this week is Sergeant Charles E. Timmons. Born in September, 1896, Charles Edward Timmons, Jr.  was the son of Charles Sr. and Annie McLeod. Timmons, at Rocky Mount, Nash County, North Carolina. One of five children, his family moved to Lynchburg, South Carolina when he was small. He attended Furman University where he managed the1916 football team and was a volunteer social worker for the region. When war was declared ‘Charlie’ immediately volunteered; as a matter of fact, he graduated from university that year wearing his uniform. He was originally assigned to his local unit, The Butler Guards, which when federalized became Company A, 118 th Infantry Regiment, 30 th ‘Old Hickory’ Division. He went overseas with them as Supply Sergeant of his company on 11 May 1918, leaving from Brooklyn Pier 29. Over There, the 30 th Division was brigaded with the British, serving in their sector, and saw heavy fighting in northern France and Belgium all that summer. Moving into the area of the heavily fought over area around the St. Quentin Tunnel and Canal to take part in the final offensive of the war on the night of September 23rd , the 118th took over a section of front held by an Australian unit. Filtering into the lines that night with their 1st battalion ahead to the left, their second battalion ahead to the right, and their 2 nd battalion behind in support, Sergeant Timmons and his supply section were kept very busy carrying needed supplies to the front. The enemy kept up a constant harassing fire all that night, all the next day, and well into the night of the 24th . That night, Sergeant Timmons volunteered to lead a detail of some 30 men forward for with provisions for Company D. Along the way, in the nortoriously tangled system of trenches in an area that had seen heavy fighting all through the war, Sergeant Timmons got lost and led the detail into the German lines where they were ambushed. Timmons, just 21, was killed there. There seems to be some speculation that Sergeant Timmons’ remains were later found and buried by the British at Bellicourt but, as with many British burials of that time and place, details are sketchy. There is a cenotaph for Charles Timmons at the Elmwood Memorial Gardens in Columbia, South Carolina.(Thank to Mr. John Holman for sending a great newspaper article and picture of Sergeant Timmons.)

Want to help us shed some more light on Sergeant Timmons’ case? Consider making a donation to Doughboy MIA and help us make a full accounting of the 4,423 American service personnel still listed as missing in action from WW1. Make your tax deductible donation now, with our thanks.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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World War I Collector's Bundle $29.95

Collect all commemorative coins and lapel pins in one purchase! 

  • Coins: Each piece is die-struck, bronze alloy, with nice gravity (unlike cheaper zinc coins)
  • Enamel inlay provides premium detailing and finish
  • Each coin and pin comes with its own commemorative packaging, adding value and gifting appeal.

This collection includes a WWI Centennial Coin, Centennial Lapel Pin, Bells of Peace Commemorative Coin, Bells of Peace Commemorative Lapel Pin, and U.S. Victory Lapel Pin. Originally sells for $34.35, now only $29.95.

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


Hugh Thomas Nelson, Jr.

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

 

Hugh Thomas Nelson, Jr.

Submitted by: Thomas P. Nelson, Jr. {Grandson}

During World War I, Hugh Thomas Nelson, Jr. was commissioned a Captain in the Medical Corps and ordered to Camp Lee, Virginia, where he was placed in charge of sanitation. He became the commanding officer of the 318th Field Hospital.

He was later commissioned a major and sailed overseas with the division on May 25, 1918 aboard the ship Mercury, returned to the States in the early 1919.

Among major engagements in which his service was rendered were the Argonne and Meuse Offensive.

Major Nelson would begin the effort to leave France on Christmas Day 1919 when he received word that Edith, his wife, was very ill. Edith, on October 15, 1918, gave birth to Hugh Thomas Nelson III in Charlottesville, who died two days later and is buried in the family cemetery plot at Riverview Cemetery in Charlottesville.

Read Hugh Thomas Nelson, Jr.'s entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family's Story of Service here.


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April 30, 2019

Maquette at Fleet Week

WWI Memorial sculptural maquette on display at Fleet Week New York 2019

The U.S. Navy's big Fleet Week New York 2019 is coming up 22-27 May. During Fleet Week, there will be Sea Service-related concerts, appearances, tours, and other activities throughout the greater New York area during that time. This year, Fleet Week New York will also have an added theme of 'Remembering World War I', in cooperation with the United States World War I Centennial Commission.

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We will have World War I-themed Living-History Reenactors, special exhibits, and ceremonies, all telling the story of the New York area, and the U.S. armed services, during World War I.

One very special public exhibit that we will have in New York is our new sculptural maquette, designed and created by sculptor Sabin Howard, a scale-model representation of the new National World War I Memorial that is being created in Washington, DC. Click here to read more about where the maquette will be appearing in Fleet Week New York 2019 this month.


Hawaii World War I Symposium and Activities scheduled for May 26-28

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The Hawai'i World War I Centennial Task Force will be hosting a  World War I academic symposium to mark the end of the WWI Centennial Commemoration Period, to be held in downtown Honolulu at the Aloha Tower. This academic symposium is co-hosted by Hawaii Pacific University, the Arizona Memorial Visitors’ Center, and the Hawaii WWI Centennial Task Force. The Task Force has issued a Call of Presentations for the Symposium. The symposium will run from 0800-1630 26 and 27 June, and a half day on Friday 28 June, which is the final day of the WWI Centennial Commemoration Period. Click here to read more about the Symposium, and find how how to submit your proposal to be a speaker at this World War I event in Hawaii.


World War I veterans like Sgt. Butler of Salisbury deserve Medal of Honor

Linda Duyer

Linda Duyer, a Historian from Salisbury, MD with a concentration in Delmarva (Delaware/Maryland/Virginia) African American History, spoke about a local soldier, Sargent William A. Butler, on Thursday, April 18, 2019 during the announcement of the World War I Valor Medals Review Act, a new bipartisan legislation that will ensure that minority Veterans who served during WWI get the recognition they deserve. The Valor Medals Review is sponsored by the United States World War I Centennial Commission. Duyer followed up with an articulate opinion piece on the delmarvanow web site. Click here to read her thoughtful exposition on why the review is important, and how the story of one Maryland soldier got her involved from the beginning of the effort.


New local World War I documentary from Akron, Ohio has nationwide appeal

Toivo Motter

Toivo Motter (left) is a historian & Education expert, who works as Director of Education at the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, in Akron, Ohio. He and his colleagues were very interested in telling the story of World War I's dramatic impact on their region. Toil, himself, has experience working with public television, so he proposed making a film. They loved the idea, pooled resources, called in favors, and collaborated their efforts -- with great success. Their pinnacle triumph is a full-length television documentary film, LOST VOICES OF THE GREAT WAR, which aired locally and on PBS. Click here to read more about this project, and how, even though the film was made to tell a regional story, the producers found that the experiences of the folks from their community reflected those of others around the state, and throughout the entire nation.


"Commemorating those who served, remembering the service of those who have passed on"

Michael Barbour

The ties between the U.S. and Canada were never stronger than during World War I. Not only did our nations help each other with wartime food and supplies, but over 35,000 Americans served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force from 1914-1918. Some 3,500 of those men and women lost their loves in the war. Recently we learned that a very special group of Canadians follow our Centennial Commission's activities. The Royal Canadian Legion is a non-profit veterans service organization that supports Veterans and their families, remembers the men and women who served our country, and strengthens communities. The Legion has a chapter based in the San Francisco Bay area, U.S. Branch 25, who have been very active in Great War remembrance activities -- they share our weekly Dispatch stories with their members, and they even participated in our Bells of Peace on Nov 11th, 2018. We had a chance to talk to U.S. Branch 25 member Michael Barbour about the Post and its members, and about his own connection to World War I.


Seven Framingham, Massachusetts folks who served during World War I

Stacen Goldman

As World War I raged, men and women from all walks of life in Framingham, Massachusetts served their country and community at home and abroad in ways that revealed the courage and character of small town America. The lives – and sometimes deaths – of seven diverse residents provide personal snapshots of the war’s impact on Framingham in “An American Town in World War I,” a thoughtful and moving exhibit at the Framingham History Center. “I definitely hope the exhibit makes visitors think about those men and women who served in different ways,” said curator Stacen Goldman, who organized the exhibit. “I hope people reflect critically on the war and what it meant to those people.” Click here to read more about the exhibit, and the folks from Framingham who served their nation in World War I.


Jane Addams, secular Saint, was scorned for Pacifism during World War I

Jane Addams

Jane Addams had won Americans’ hearts in the early 20th Century by founding Hull House, a pioneering social action center in Chicago, by being a force on behalf of woman suffrage, by speaking out against imperialism, and by advocating for workers. But once the United States  had entered World War I,  Addam's pacifism made her a pariah, a role for which nothing in decades of public service and public approbation had readied her. Click here to read more about how Jane Addams achieved personal peace amid public ire by hewing to what she called her “vision of the truth” and the “obligation to affirm it.”


America's first World War I fighter plane blinded pilots and lost its wings

Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker

When America threw its weight behind the Allies in World War I, optimistic politicians and the writers of the day predicted that, soon, tens of thousands of top-tier planes would pour from American factories to the front lines, blackening the skies over the "Huns." In reality, American aviation was too far behind the combatants to catch up, and so American pilots like eventual ace Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker (left) took to the air with French castoff aircraft that gave them diarrhea and nausea, obscured their vision, and would lose their wings during combat. But other than that, the aircraft were great!  Click here to read more about how American aviators overcame these technical and biological challenges, and proved themselves faster learners and braver than their allies had expected, leading to a grudging respect from the other pilots.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

Historian's Corner:

The Story of Helen Hagan 

Helen Hagan

In April 5th's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 117, host Theo Mayer aired a brief sound bite from the Yale Daily News introducing Helen Hagan (left), the first female, African American graduate of Yale's music school, and someone whose extraordinary story is intertwined with World War I. Then, writer Elizabeth Foxwell joined Theo on the show to elaborate on the life of this talented and extraordinary person. Click here to read a transcript of the entire program.

Remembering Veterans:

James Carl Nelson on America's 339th 'Polar Bear' Regiment 

James Carl Nelson

In April 19th's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 119, author James Carl Nelson joined the host Theo Mayer to discuss a theater of combat that America participated in, but most Americans have forgotten: Russia, just before and after the armistice. The men of the 339th Regiment braved bitter cold and fought the Bolsheviks before returning home in July of 1919. Known as the Polar Bears, the 339th's saga is a pretty incredible and not widely told World War I story. Click here for a complete transcript of this program and learn the hard, cold facts of America's most northern combat zone in World War I.


WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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The WW1 Centennial News Podcast is about WW1 THEN: 100 years ago this week, and it's about WW1 NOW: News and updates about the centennial and the commemoration.  Available on our web siteiTunesGoogle Play, PodbeanTuneInStitcher Radio on Demand.  Spotify  listen on Youtube. New - Comment and ask questions via twitter @TheWW1podcast

Congressional Medal of Honor

Episode #120
Highlights: Valor Medal Review Legislation

Host - Theo Mayer


April 1919 Popular Science Magazine - Host | @ 01:55

Reactions to Versailles Peace Treaty - Mike Shuster | @ 12:05

A Century in the Making: Memorial Update - Joe Weishaar | @ 17:05

WWI Valor Medal Review Legislation - Dr. Tim Westcott / Zach Austin | @ 25:45

Legless, Wingless Animals Serving in WWI - Leah Tams | @ 36:00

Dispatch Newsletter Highlight - Host | @ 41:55
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Literature in WWI This Week

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All the Way Home

By Jane Clarke

The Irish experience of the First World War has been largely overlooked and even denied until relatively recently; now we know that 210,000 Irish soldiers fought and up to 40,000 died.

When the Mary Evans Picture Library in London invited poet, Jane Clarke, the winner of the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry, to write a sequence of poems in response to an Irish First World War family archive, she accepted the challenge: how to find fresh ways of writing about the First World War.

This week at WWrite, read the post, "All the Way Home," Clarke's account of imagining the forgotten experience of Ireland in WWI!

Behind Their Lines

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This week we celebrate International Jazz Day and also remember the 100th-year anniversary of the death of James Reese Europe (more commonly known as “Jim Europe”). Jim Europe was the first black American officer to enter the trenches of the First World War, the first to lead troops in combat in the war, and the first black American to be given a public funeral in New York City. And yet James Reese Europe is virtually unknown today, both for his contributions to music and for his service in the First World War. Read more about this WWI hero and his musical account of a patrol in No Man's Land.


Doughboy MIA for week of April 29

Tom Gardner

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday's Doughboy MIA this week is Corporal Tom F. Gardner. Born at Fayettville, Georgia and raised in Stockbridge, Georgia, Tom Frank Gardner enlisted in the Regular US Army on 11 September 1916 at Columbus Barracks, Ohio. He served on the Mexican Border with Company A, 35th Infantry Regiment. Promoted to Private First Class just before being transferred, he was sent to Company A, 18th Infantry on 28 May 1918 and with them went overseas. In France the 18th Infantry became organic to the newly formed 1st Division. All that summer and fall he served the regiment well and on 22 January 1918 was promoted to Corporal. On 18 July 1918, during the fighting around Chateau Thierry to stop the German drive on Paris, Corporal Gardner was killed in action. His name is among the 1,060 on the Tablets to the Missing at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at Belleau Wood. No other details of his case are known at this time.

Want to help us shed some light on PFC Gardner’s case? Consider making a donation to Doughboy MIA and help us make a full accounting of the 4,423 American service personnel still listed as missing in action from WW1. Make your tax deductible donation now, with our thanks.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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WWI Centennial Commemorative Lapel Pin

 Proudly Wearing the WWI 100 Years lapel pin is a fantastic way to let folks serving in the military, along with veterans, know that we still honor those who served our country one hundred years ago.  This satin nickel lapel pin is a simple, yet meaningful, way to display your pride and remember those who sacrificed throughout our nation’s great history. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item goes towards funding the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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


William Anthony Hemmick

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

William Anthony Hemmick

Submitted by: Patricia Daly-Lipe {great niece}

William Anthony Hemmick was born around 1886. William Hemmick served in World War 1 with a non-government service organization. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

When the First World War broke out, now ordained, Father William Hemmick felt committed to help the troops. After the war, he was proclaimed the Patriot Priest of Picardy by the Army and Navy.

His letters written from the front lines of the battle of Picardy to his sister, now in the archives of Georgetown University, are included in my book about his life: 'PATRIOT PRIEST, The Story of Monsignor William A. Hemmick, the Vatican's First American Canon.'

Read William Anthony Hemmick's entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family's Story of Service here.


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April 23, 2019

CFA Meeting April 2019

CFA approves "Soldier's Journey" sculpture for National WWI Memorial 

The new National World War I Memorial for Washington, DC continues to roll ahead strongly. Last week, the World War I Centennial Commission provided an update briefing to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) on a host of design concept details.  The meeting at CFA headquarters drew a number of attendees -- journalists, architects, landscape designers, urban planners, art critics -- to hear the latest news from the project. The Commission's speakers were led by Commissioner Dr. Libby O'Connell, and included sculptor Sabin Howard, who brought his new scale-model maquette, as well as construction team members. Click here to read more about the CFA meeting and the outcomes from it that advance the construction of the Memorial.


Lest Sligo Forgets campaign reconnects local WWI hero with American family

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Chris Isleib (bottom left), Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, reports:

"My work with the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission has given my family & me a sensitivity to those who want to remember their veteran heroes. My own family has roots in County Sligo, Ireland. When I heard that they were creating a new local WWI Memorial, we wanted to provide some support to their effort. The people at Lest Sligo Forgets accepted our support, and they assigned us a random casualty-name to sponsor. As it turns out -- the random name they assigned was the name of our grandfather's cousin!"  Click here to read a report from the Lest Sligo Forget project on this remarkable coincidence linking Chris to a County Sligo WWI casualty via his grandfather, Michael Clancy O'Hart (top left).


Hero in WWI and baseball to receive overdue honors from PA hometown

Hero in WWI and baseball to receive overdue honors from PA hometown

If Spottswood Poles had been born a century later, he would have been a superstar. Instead, most people in his hometown of Winchester, PA have no idea who he was or what he did. But that’s about to change. Poles, an African-American who became a hero on ballfields and battlefields alike, will be recognized by city officials and the local baseball team this summer with a historical marker and the naming of a road for him in. Poles was a decorated hero in the Army’s 369th Infantry Regiment — the legendary Harlem Hellfighters — during World War I, and many argue that "the black Ty Cobb’” should be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Click here to read more about Spottswood Poles' feats as a soldier and a ballplayer, and the long-overdue recognition planned by his home town.


MLB adds poppy with “Lest We Forget” to Memorial Day game uniforms

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Major League Baseball is adding a poppy to its Memorial Day uniforms — a symbol that has been used since World War I to honor those who died in war — with the phrase “Lest We Forget.” These will appear on teams’ regular uniforms. The caps will feature a special stars-and-stripes Memorial Day patch. For Memorial Day, beyond the poppies and cap patches, teams will wear their usual uniforms. On Memorial Day the individual teams will present on-field tributes featuring their own local military heroes. That includes first pitches and on-field presentations. Click here to read more about these new Memorial Day uniforms, as well as MLB's plans for special uniforms for games on Armed Forces Day.


Virginia War Memorial event celebrates baseball in VA, sport's mesh with WWI

Al Barnes

Baseball was an important part of the lives of soldiers involved in World War I. When millions of U.S. troops deployed to Europe, they brought with them their love of the game and promptly addressed the absence of diamonds. “They made hundreds of fields. ... The French would stand around and wonder ‘What the heck are these crazy guys doing?’ ” said Al Barnes (left), author of “Play Ball! Doughboys and Baseball in the Great War,”  to an appreciative audience at the Virginia War Memorial, which hosted “Play Ball! 100 Years of Baseball in Virginia.” By the war’s end, there were more than 4,000 teams made of military personnel — including major leaguers, minor leaguers and Negro League players — competing in Europe, according to Barnes. Click here to read more about how baseball kept the Dougboys connected to home, and emerged from World War I as "America's Pastime."


Former Mineola resident to be a part of new World War I National Monument

Zach Libresco

Ever since the inception of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission in 2013, New York City sculptor Sabin Howard and architect Joe Weishaar have been hard at work creating Washington, D.C’s first-ever World War I memorial at Pershing Park. In order to bring the project alive, so to speak, Howard and a team of reenactors began a crucial stage of the creation process in the United Kingdom earlier this year, where the reenactors, who were dressed in WWI costume, posed in a first-of-its-kind photogrammetry rig that was composed of 160 cameras. One of those reenactors who traveled across the pond to partake in this monumental project was former Mineola resident Zach Libresco, who will be portrayed in the national memorial.  Click here to read more about how the the graduate of Mineola's Wheatley High School grabbed a permanent role in the national World War I Memorial.


Roswell, Georgia remembers heroic story of WWI nurse Camille O'Brien

Camille O'Brien

A Roswell, GA family's great aunt was honored with a new headstone at Greenwood Cemetery for her service and bravery during World War I as an Army nurse. Camille Louise O'Brien was a member of the Emory nursing unit during WWI and was the only Red Cross nurse from Atlanta, and the only nurse from the Emory Unit to die in France during the war. O'Brien is recognized as a hero nurse for her exemplary service and dedication to treating her soldiers. Click here to read more about O'Brien's heroic and selfless service in World War I, and the honor paid to her a century later.


World War I veteran’s struggle after Army service led to "Shazam!"

Captain Billy

The Warner Bros. super hero film “Shazam!” currently playing around the nation is based on a character whose origins begin with an Army veteran’s little-known struggle a century ago to adjust to life after World War I. The world’s mightiest mortal was introduced by Fawcett Publications as Captain Marvel, the alter ego of kid reporter Billy Batson, in a comic published from 1940 to 1953. But before the fictional captain, there was Captain Billy, a real-life former WWI soldier and newspaper reporter whose humor magazine for World War I veterans shocked 1920s America and launched a publishing empire spanning magazines, comics and paperbacks. Click here to read the entire story of Captain Billy and his publishing legacy with its roots in World War I.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

Remembering Veterans:
Senator Jon Tester on the Hello Girls Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019

Senator John Tester

In April 12th's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 118, Senator Jon Tester of Montana joined the show to discuss a new bill, S206, otherwise known as The Hello Girls Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019, that would finally give the Hello Girls the formal recognition they deserve. Click to hear Senator Tester talk about the bill, what it is, the connection to Montana, and how people can help get this properly deserved honor bestowed on these pioneering women who served so successfully and then struggled to be recognized and to receive veteran's benefits.

WWI Remembered:
Alan Axelrod on George Creel, America's Chief Propagandist - Part 2

George Creel

In April 12th's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 118, author Alan Axelrod returned to finish an expansive interview on George Creel, the publisher of the government's Official Bulletin and one of the most powerful war-time Americans. Allen Axelrod, the author of Selling the Great War: The Making of American Propaganda, joined Theo for Part Two of their conversation about George Creel, discussing the post-armistice period, and then Creel's later life.  Click here to read the entire transcript, and discover why the "man who sold the war" ended up as a footnote in its history.  (Did you miss Part One? Click here to read the entire transcript of that podcast program.)


WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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USS San Diego

Episode #119
Highlights: The Sinking of the USS San Diego

Host - Theo Mayer

100 Years Ago This Week - Host
| @ 02:25

Germany receives the allied dictates - Mike Shuster
| @ 10:55

The Polar Bear Expedition - James Carl Nelson
| @ 14:45

War Memoirs from WWI: Charles Carrington  - Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 22:10

May 2, 2019 Memorial at Cypress Hills Nat. Cemetery - Alain Dupuis | @ 27:55

The sinking of the USS San Diego - Dr. Alexis Catsambis | @ 32:30

Minnesotan Doughboys Remembered - Susi Adler
| @ 41:25

New Education Newsletter - Host
| @ 49:55

Highlights from the Dispatch - Host
| @ 51:10


Literature in WWI This Week

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The Weariness of the Thing - "The Boys Who Live in the Ground"

By Connie Ruzich

*Connie Ruizich from Behind Their Lines visits WWrite this week!

Of the American aviators who flew over enemy lines in the war, only fifteen percent were left after the signing of the armistice. Donald S. White, one of these few survivors, served as a pilot on the Western Front with the 20th Air Squadron.

He was cited for “exceptional devotion to duty” as a bombing aviator as “he had served in a day-bombing squadron in every raid since the squadron had been called into active work during the severe fighting in the Argonne.”

For this post, Connie Ruzich shares her rare discovery exclusively with WWrite: White’s poem about his service, a poem that seeks to speak “for thousands of his fellows.” Read “The Boys Who Live in the Ground” followed by Ruzich’s analysis this week!


Doughboy MIA for week of April 22

Vance Shankle

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday's Doughboy MIA this week is Corporal Vance Shankle, DSC. Born 03 November 1893 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He was a mill worker with the famous Cannon Company when America issued its first draft call.  Rather than wait to be called though, Shankle enlisted in September, 1917. Interestingly, his local draft board continued to list him in the newspapers among those who had failed to report for their physical as late as February, 1918 and it took a visit from his brother, Brooks, to straighten it out!

Shankle was sent to Camp Jackson for induction and then on to Camp Sevier, where he was assigned to Company K, 118th Infantry, 30th Division and with them departed for overseas service on 11 May 1918 from New York.

In France, Shankle was quickly promoted to Corporal for his fearlessness in action over the summer months of battle, and on 17 October 1918 he made a permanent mark on the history of his regiment, earning the Distinguished Service Cross:

SHANKLE, Vance (deceased) No. 1312113 Corporal, Company K, 118th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action near St. Martin Riviere, France, October 17, 1918. When the advance of his company was held up, he volunteered to go forward with another soldier, to reduce a machine gun emplacement. Advancing in front of our lines, these two soldiers attacked the enemy position, destroyed it, and captured three prisoners. Corporal Shankle was killed in action shortly afterwards.

Corporal Shankle’s name is among the 333 names which grace the Tablets of the Missing at the beautiful Somme American Cemetery at Bony, France.

Want to help shed some light on Corporal Shankle’s case? Consider making a donation to Doughboy MIA and help us make a full accounting of the 4,423 American service personnel still listed as missing in action from WW1. Make your tax deductible donation now, with our thanks.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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Canvas and Leather Tote

Function and style are combined in this lightweight and compact Canvas & Leather Tote. You can show your American pride while carrying this Made in the USA dark khaki tote. Plenty of room for keys, wallet, tablet and documents. A distressed “U.S.” imprint is prominently displayed on the bag and an exclusive fabric garment label commemorates the U.S. Centennial of World War One.

Tote features: Constructed of touch dyed canvas and lined with 400 denier nylon. Handles made of 6 Oz. top grain oil tanned leather, backed with 1” webbing. Handle is attached to bag with distinctive “X” tacks. Dimensions: 18.5” W (seam to seam) x 13.5”H x 5.0” T-bottom style gusset.

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.


Antonio Mastropietro

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

 

Antonio Mastropietro

 

Submitted by: Frank Mastropietro {Nephew}

Antonio Mastropietro was born in1895 in Cercepiccola, Italy. Antonio Mastropietro served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

Antonio (Peters) Mastropietro was born in Cercepiccola, Campobasso, Molise, Italy on August 22, 1895, the eldest son of Pasquale Mastropietro and Carmela Antonelli. At a young age, he and his family came to the United States and took up residence at 36 Hulin Street in Mechanicville, NY. He attended School 3 on Saratoga Avenue.

While employed as a winder at the Strang Mill, he enlisted in the Marine Corp under the name Anthony Peters on July 7, 1917. He was shipped overseas and served as a rifleman with the 8th Co., 5th Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division.

Read Antonio Mastropietro's entire Story of Service here.

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April 16, 2019

Maquette detail

New National World War I Memorial sculptural maquette arrives in DC

It was an exciting day in the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission office on Friday, April 12!  We took delivery of the beautiful new updated sculptural maquette, created by sculptor Sabin Howard. This new scale-model maquette was crafted at the Pangolin Foundry in the UK, and incorporates a number of updates to the design for the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC. This maquette also includes new details like the surround wall -- along with a suggested Archibald MacLeish quote. This will help greatly with finalizing detail planning and closing in on the final look of the project. Click here to read more about (and see additional photos of) the new maquette.


Actor from Newburyport, MA will be part of the National World War I memorial

Paul Emile Cendron

A Newburyport, MA city native has found himself at the center of a living history of World War I. The United States World War I Centennial Commission has been working to produce projects and activities commemorating the Great War’s centennial anniversary ever since it was created by an act of Congress in 2013. Sculptor Sabin Howard has been commissioned to create the National World War I memorial in Washington, DC, and has been using a first-of-its-kind, 160-camera “photogrammetry” rig to do so. Howard has been working along with roughly 35 actors who are portraying Word War I soldiers for the project, and Newburyport native Paul Emile Cendron is one of those Doughboys. Click here to read more about how a Massachusetts actor from a small town will play a big role in the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC.


American Legion Post 43 renovation completed: "A culmination of the history of the military in Los Angeles."

York father & son

Our friends at the legendary American Legion Post 43 in Los Angeles have great reason to celebrate. They recently completed a multi-million dollar top-to-bottom renovation of their landmark clubhouse -- not the least of which was their spectacular 1920's-era theater space. To kick things off right, they agreed to host, as their first major event, the multi-day annual Turner Classic Movies TCM Classic Film Festival.  The film that was picked to introduce this year's film festival was none other than Sergeant York, the classic Gary Cooper film produced in 1941. And of course, to introduce this great film, the film festival picked none other than our friend, Colonel Gerald York, grandson of Sgt Alvin York, and his uncle, Andrew Jackson York, son of the WWI hero. Click here to read more about the reconstruction, the new mission, and the grand opening of the American Legion Post 43 clubhouse.


Coast Guard to award Purple Hearts to USS Tampa crew killed during WWI

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Anna Bonaparte was 4 years old when her father James Wilkie died on board the USS Tampa on Sept. 26, 1918. Though she didn’t have many memories of her father, she constantly spoke about him and his service in the Coast Guard, said her son Wallace Bonaparte. Next month, Bonaparte, a former Army captain, will travel from his home in Charleston, S.C., to Washington to receive a Purple Heart in honor of his grandfather, as part of an initiative to recognize the 115 service members who died more than 100 years ago on board the ship. Anna Bonaparte died in 2012, and Wallace can only imagine how proud she would have been to see her father receive a medal for his service. Click here to read more about the upcoming Coast Guard ceremony, and the Coast Guardsmen who will receive their long past-due Purple Heart medals.


Torrington teen to travel to France to study Connecticut’s role in WWI

Lucas Rodriguez

A soldier from Torrington, CT who died in WWI will be honored this summer by a local high school student as part of the Connecticut State Library’s “Digging Into History“ project. Lucas Rodriguez, 16 (left), will join a group of other teenagers from the state who will travel to France where certain American soldiers faced the German army for the first time. The group will volunteer in the village of Seicheprey where the troops dug trenches into the forest soil in April 1918 as a measure of protection. As part of the history project, Rodriguez is researching the military history of John Ryan, of Torrington, with the help of the Torrington Historical Society. Click here to read more about the Connecticut State Library project, and how Rodriguez's interest in WWI was kindled by stories he heard from his family about their military service.


Virginia students bring 100-year-old World War I sheet music back to life

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The University of Virginia was in the national spotlight this month for becoming the National Champions of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. We are thrilled for them -- and we were also thrilled to find out that they have a special World War I-related project underway at their campus! As part of collaborative project called “ReSounding the Archives” between UVA, Virginia Tech and George Mason University, students from each school researched and analyzed World War I songs from UVA’s archives, and George Mason students recorded studio versions. Click here to read more about how this remarkable World War I musical project has become a resounding success.


From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

WWI Remembered:
Alan Axelrod on George Creel,
America's Chief Propagandist - Part 1

Alan Axelrod

In April 5th's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 117, author Alan Axelrod joined the show to speak at length about George Creel, the publisher of the government's Official Bulletin and one of the most powerful war-time Americans. Axelrod is the author of more than 150 books,  and one of those books that Alan wrote is called Selling the Great War: The Making of American Propaganda. It's the bio of George Creel. Podcast host Theo Mayer and Axelrod had such an interesting conversation that it had to be broken out into two parts. Click here to read the transcript of part one of the discussion of George Creel, the man who sold America on World War I.

Post-War Transatlantic Flight 

Alcock and Brown

In March 29th's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 116, host Theo Mayer told the story of the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean; a tremendous feat made possible by innovations in the flight technology that resulted from The War That Changed the World. On June 15, 1919, John Alcock and Arthur Brown (seen at left, taking mail in Canada for delivery to the UK) flew into history and a nice payday as they successfully crossed the Atlantic non-stop in spite of fog and ice. Click here to read the entire transcript of the discussion of how the aftermath of World War I had profound effects on technology and new technology-driven industries like aerospace.


WWI Centennial NEWS Podcast

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Over There - George Cohen patriotic WWI anthem

Episode #118
Highlights: American Music in WWI

Host - Theo Mayer

100 Years Ago This Week - Host | @ 02:10
Peace Treaty Draft Goes To Print - Mike Shuster | @ 09:05
George Creel: Selling The War, Part 2 - Alan Axelrod | @ 12:55
War Memoirs from WWI: Florence Farmborough - Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 24:20
“Hello Girls” Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019 - Senator Jon Tester | @ 30:00
New Website: American Music In WWI - Joshua Villanueva | @ 36:05
Featured from the Dispatch - Host | @ 44:55


Literature in WWI This Week

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History Between Humor and Tragedy: Musings on Robert Graves' Memoir, Goodbye to All That

By David James

For Afghanistan veteran and writer, David James, there is something profoundly important to remember about the tragedy WWI, though sometimes the easiest way to deal with tragedy, if not by outrage, stoicism, or escapism, involves a disarming sense of humor and irreverence.

James brings up these four issues in his post by focusing on Robert Graves’ memoirs Goodbye to All That, which traces Graves' early life in England, his participation in the trenches of WWI, and his post-war experiences.

Read History Between Humor and Tragedy: Musings on Robert Graves' Memoir, Goodbye to All That at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

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"It's the Flu!" American war worker uses dark humor to describe reactions to the deadliest pandemic in human history.

An estimated 1/3 of all humans worldwide were infected with Spanish influenza in the 1918-1919 pandemic.


Doughboy MIA for week of April 15

Zibbia Wilson

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday's Doughboy MIA this week is Private Zibbia Wilson. Sometimes also spelled Zibba or Zibbia, Wilson was born 15 April 1895 at Mill Springs, Floyd County, North Carolina, the son of Thomas and Doris Wilson. At the time he was drafted, he was a farmer, working on one of two farms his family worked. Tall and slender, with blue eyes and black hair, on his draft card he initially tried to claim exemption due to nervous indigestion. Nonetheless, he was inducted and sent to Company E, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, sailing for France on 12 May 1918 from Boston, Massachusetts. The circumstances behind Private Wilson’s MIA status are unclear, but one report has him dying of disease while another has him killed in action. Nothing else is known at this time.

Want to help us shed some light on Pvt. Wilson’s case? Consider making a donation to Doughboy MIA and help us make a full accounting of the 4,423 American service personnel still listed as missing in action from WW1. Make your tax deductible donation now, with our thanks.


Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

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Fly the WWI Centennial Flag on Memorial Day

On December 19, 2014, Congress passed legislation designating Pershing Park in the District of Columbia as a national World War One Memorial. The Act authorizes the World War One Centennial Commission to further honor the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War One by developing Pershing Park into the National World War I Memorial.

This WW1 Centennial Flag is made of durable nylon and measures 3'x5'.  This flag has the iconic Doughboy silhouette digitally screened onto it and has 2 brass grommets to hang the flag.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item are designated for this endeavor. You can show your support, and help promote the efforts, by proudly displaying your custom flag. A Certificate of Authenticity as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial is included.

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


Terzo Cenci

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

 

Terzo Cenci

Submitted by: Margaret Cenci Frontera {grand-niece}

Terzo Cenci was born in 1890. Terzo Cenci served in World War I with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

TERZO CENCI – IMMIGRANT & PATRIOT

Terzo (translated to "Third," was the "third" child) Cenci was born at 11:30 p.m. on September 23, 1890 at No. 56 Via del Corso, in the city of Terni, Umbria, Italy, to Agostino Cenci and Alessandra Formiconi.

In 1903, Terzo, his uncle, Bernardino Formiconi, and Bernardino's new bride, Rosa Modestini, all came to the United States from Italy on the same sailing of the S.S. Prinz Oskar. Terzo travelled in steerage, Bernardino and Rosa did not. The ship left Naples, Campania, Italy on December 7, 1903, and sailed into New York harbor on December 26, 1903. Terzo was 13 years old. He arrived at Ellis Island with $20.00 in his pocket and was going to join his older brother, Dante, who was living at 112 Elmer Street, Trenton, NJ.

In April 1912, the Cenci Family moved north to New York City, residing for many years in what was then known as Italian Harlem. Private Terzo Cenci was enrolled in the National Army on August 24, 1917.

Read Terzo Cenzi's entire Story of Service here.

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