Devil Dogs and Classical Song

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March 28, 2016

This Marine wrote the book on Americans in WWI
Col. John W. Thomason, Jr., USMC, is all but forgotten now, but from 1925 through the Second World War he produced a stream of stunning stories, novels, and nonfiction, all enlivened with his inimitable sketches. Millions read him avidly. And nearly ninety years after its publication, his first book, Fix Bayonets!, remains the single finest account of Americans in battle in World War I. Read about this writer, artist, and Marine on the United States Marine Corps page of the World War I Centennial Commission site.

Memorial design team featured on C-SPAN3
Architect Joe Weishaar and sculptor Sabin Howard, the design team for the national World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C., were interviewed by C-Span | American History TV recently. The two talked about the ideas and symbolism behind the winning entry. Click here to watch this insightful program. Click here to help build the national memorial to the nearly five million men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces during WWI.

Honoring WWI soldiers through classical song
Baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan have been collaborative musical partners and friends since they met as students at the Juilliard School in 2007. Together they created A Silent Night: A WWI Centenary Tribute in Song which premiered on their first professional tour together as recitalists this past season. A Silent Night is a collection of classical and popular art songs written mostly by composers who lived through, fought, and died in the Great War. The musical project has been endorsed by the World War One Centennial Commission. Find out more about the program, and how you can help the singing continue.

Marine Devil Dog Statue - Limited Edition 12" Bronze Collector Statue.
Marine Devil Dog 12Marine Devil Dog Statue Inspired by the WWI Marine Chauchat gunner, somewhere in France late 1918.
The term “Devil Dog” has its origins at Belleau Wood where a dispatch from the German front lines to headquarters described the fighting abilities of the Americans as fighting like “Teufel Hunden”- “Hounds from Hell.”
The Marine gunner wears the AEF M1917 khaki drab uniform typically worn without collar insignia. His primary weapon is the French Chauchat (CSRG) machine gun, while a Colt .45 pistol serves as his sidearm.
His backpack is lightly loaded for the assault and he carries extra 20 round magazines for the Chauchat in a French-made haversack. His gas mask, worn in the “ready” position, helmet and gear are all U.S. issue.
A Certificate of Authenticity as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial is included.
This an many other commemorative items are available in the Official Merchandise Shop.

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