DISPATCH: October 10, 2017

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October 10, 2017 


WWI Commemorative Coin design unveiled at Washington, DC ceremony

Hamby coin

On October 9, 2017, the U.S. Mint officially unveiled the design of the new collectible commemorative coin that marks the 100th anniversary of American participation in World War I. The unveiling was hosted by the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Army, Ryan McCarthy, and took place at the National Meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA), in Washington DC. At his side, representing the U.S. Mint, was Mr. T.V. Johnson, the Mint's Director of Corporate Communication, along with Mr. Terry Hamby, the Chair of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission (left). Read more about the design, and when and how this "tangible way to be a part of this special centennial period" will be available for purchase.

"These are the stories of true American heroes and we felt their stories needed to be told."

Thomas Perry

We recently caught up with documentary filmmaker Thomas Perry, to talk about his latest project, Arizona Heroes of World War 1. Thomas has many year experience making military documentary films, and he has a particular interest in World War I. He found rich sources of untold World War I stories in his own home state of Arizona, and decided to showcase them. Read more about how this video came to be, and what Perry learned about Arizona and WWI while making it.

Heroes behind the masks: American sculptor gave WWI soldiers new faces


Anna Coleman Ladd was an American sculptor who studied sculpture in Paris and Rome before WWI. After the war broke out, she devoted her time throughout giving soldiers whose faces  were disfigured (by gas, explosives, or other wounds) artistic prosthetic masks. See this London Daily Mail article featuring before and after photographs that show how WWI soldiers’ horrific facial injuries were surgically repaired, then covered with the sculpted prosthetics that Ladd developed. 

Sir Hew Strachan headlines upcoming Symposia at National WWI Museum

Sir Hew Strachan

Coming to the National WWI Museum and Memorial this autumn will be a pair of symposia, featuring world-renowned speakers, including historian, Sir Hew Strachan. The programs will examine the entry of the U.S. into World War I and the conscience objector movement. There will also be a bi-partisan panel discussion on the future of American political parties featuring former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. Read more about these two upcoming WWI events here.

How a WWI-era boxcar gift from France moved to a new home in South Carolina

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A historic and ornate World War I-era boxcar donated full of gifts to the state of South Carolina after World War II made a final journey on October 7 from Columbia to Bishopville’s South Carolina Cotton Museum and Lee County Veterans Museum. During both World Wars I and II, the narrow gauge boxcars were a main mode of transportation in France and much of the rest of Europe, moving troops, hauling supplies, and evacuating wounded. The boxcar, part of a 49-car “gratitude train” from France that sent one boxcar to each of the 48 states and the District of Columbia as thanks for the United States’ participation in World War II and America’s aid afterward, has been largely unseen by the public. Read how the relocation to a new home will bring the historic boxcar into view.

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 site, iTunes, Google Play, and TuneIn.

Americans join French Foreign Legion years before America enters the war

Episode #40 Highlights:

Ask Alexa: “Play W W 1 Centennial News Podcast” |@ 01:00

Second Liberty Bond drive launches |@ 02:00

Spy ring in Palestine - Mike Shuster |@ 06:25

War In the Sky - RiesenFlugzeug - behemoths of the sky |@ 10:10

Great War Alliance Forum |@ 13:05

Follow up on Cardines Field rededication |@ 13:55

Holding talks about WWI in communities - Richard Rubin |@ 15:15

Speaking WWI -  This week: “Booby Trap” |@ 21:30

100C/100M in Ridgewood, NJ - Chris Stout |@ 23:10

“Rendezvous With Death” - David Hanna |@ 28:30

Pershing/Lafayette statues rededicated in Versaille |@ 34:40

Trek through the Dolomites - WWrtie Blog w Shannon Huffman Polson |@ 36:00

The Buzz on #CountdownToVeteransDay -Katherine Akey |@ 36:55

Wwrite Blog Post This Week

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"God Armeth the Patriot."
These words come from Thomas Croft Neibaur, the first Mormon to receive the Medal of Honor during WWI for his heroism during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, one of the bloodiest battles in American military history. 

Writer Benjamin Sonnenberg returns to WWrite this week with another riveting short story, inspired by Neibaur's letters home. Delve into Neibaur's legendary experience in WWI with this captivating, well-researched, fictional narrative. Not to miss!

Running out of time to order your WWI Commemorative flags for "Veterans Day"

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There is only a month left and the stocks are running low.

We thought we would run the flags one more week for Veterans Day. 

You don't want to pay rush shipping charges and HERE is the only place you can get these official WWI Centennial Commemoration flags.

There is just enough time to order a dozen of these WW1 Centennial Marker Flags for your local remembrance ceremonies.

The durable ground stake nylon flag measures 8 inches x 12 inches and commemorates the centennial of the "War that changed the world". You'll not only be remembering your local WW1 doughtboys, but you'll also be contributing to them all as part of the flag proceeds go to building America's WWI Memorial in Washington DC.

Or proudly fly the full size, 3 foot by 5 foot WW1 Centennial commemoration flag at your Veterans Day ceremony.

Either way, it is now #CountDownToVeteransDay. There is  just enough time to get ready - but stocks are running low! Order your WWI Centennial Commemoration flags today.

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

Flag At Legion Headquarters
Flying in front of the American Legion Headquarters 2017

Take advantage of the
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Double Your Donation - Soldiers

William "Bill" Connolly 

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



Submitted by: T. J. Cullinane



William "Bill" Connolly served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917 - 1919. 

Remembering Our Family’s World War One Veteran

William Alfred Connolly (September 6, 1895 – May 13, 1962)

Long before he was wounded while serving as a Sergeant in the Quartermaster Corps during the First World War, Massachusetts native William A. “Bill” Connolly had somewhat the reputation of a daredevil. Whether he was acting on a dare or fleeing from a ruler wielding harridan of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Connolly jumped from a second story window at St. Joseph’s Institute at 43 Green Street in Lynn. He somehow survived unscathed, at least until he returned to school the next day….

Bill was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas F. Connolly and Ellen (Logue) Connolly. When Bill was just a toddler, his mother died after falling down a flight of stairs. Bill and his younger brother Steve, who would one day become the writer’s grandfather, were taken to the nearby city of Lynn to live with relatives. As we read above, Bill was educated by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, but as they say, “it didn’t take.” When Congress declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, Bill was 21 years of age and living at 45 Eutaw Ave in Lynn.

Read William "Bill" Connolly's entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family's Story of Service here.