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DISPATCH: January 16, 2018

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January 16, 2018

Doughboy statue sparks NJ historian's mission to photograph WWI monuments

Erik Burro

For years, Erik Burro would pass the statue of a WWI U.S. soldier every day on his commute just a few blocks from his city home and office but he paid it little attention. His realization in 2016 that the centennial of U.S. entry into World War in 1917 was approaching the following year made him stop and take a closer look at the Burlington statue depicting a Doughboy, and the memorial hall behind it. The visit to the statue triggered his curiosity and eventually led him to become a man on a mission to find and photograph other World War I monuments, first in South Jersey and then statewide, a quest that has resulted in traveling photography exhibits of major WWI monuments in the state. Read more about Burro's "Legacy of Remembrance" here.

Are you regularly passing by what could be a lost World War I memorial in a city, town, park, or cemetery? Stop and take your own closer look. Check on the National World War One Centennial web site Memorial Map and see if your local memorial is listed. If not, join the Memorial Hunters Club by submitting the memorial for inclusion on the national map. Here's how to submit a found memorial. 

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"Learn more about this war and its continued impact on us today"

Timothy P. Brown

Author/historian Timothy P. Brown has an interest in World War I, and his interest led him to a unique aspect of the war -- football. The game was in early stages of development at the time of the war, but it was already a nationally-popular pastime to play, and to watch. It was also a growing symbol that brought context and high-relief to the actions taking place in the war, and to the people who were fighting in it. His new book, Fields of Friendly Strife, follows the players of the 1918 Rose Bowl, on the field, and on the battlefields. Timothy Brown gave us some moments to discuss the book, the war, and how football was more than just a game.

Naval War College Museum unveils exhibit to teach about World War I


The U.S. Naval War College Museum in Newport, RI has unveiled a new exhibit to teach people more about World War I. It focuses on the Navy’s role in the war, using the career of Navy Adm. William S. Sims to tell the story. Sims commanded U.S. naval forces in Europe during the war, and his family donated artifacts for the War College exhibit. The Navy’s role in WWI was the learning ground where the officers who became the fleet's strategists in World War II figured out how to coordinate complex operations and forge relationships with allies. Sims went on to lead the war college. He changed the curriculum based on his experiences during the war and influenced a generation of naval leaders. Read more about Admiral Sims and the Naval War College exhibit here.

Unsung heroes of World War I: how carrier pigeons saved American lives

Cher Ami

Unsung heroes of World War I, the carrier pigeons of both the Allied and Central Powers helped assist their respective commanders with an accuracy and clarity unmatched by technology. The National Archives has a vast collection of messages that these feathered fighters delivered for American soldiers. Using these messages and the history of the carrier pigeon in battle, we can look at what hardship these fearless fowls endured and how their actions saved American lives. One of the most impressive things about the war records of the carrier pigeons was how widely the birds were used. Their service as battlefield messengers is their most known use, and the pigeons found homes in every branch of service. Read more about these essential feathered flying communicators here.

‘Astounding’ WWI painting on loan from UK coming to National WWI Museum

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent (self-portrait at left) was an American artist, considered the "leading portrait painter of his generation" for his evocations of Edwardian-era luxury.  But he is remembered for his work as a combat artist in WWI.  Asked to create a work embodying Anglo-American co-operation, the 62 year-old traveled to the Western Front in July 1918, where he encountered "a harrowing sight, a field full of gassed and blindfolded men" that inspired his amazing "Gassed." The painting, currently on display at the Frist Center in Nashville, will make one more stop in the U.S. -- at the National World War One Museum and Memorial  in Kansas City -- before returning to the Imperial War Museum in London. Read how a special space and special welcome are being prepared for the monumental work.

Travel Documents for post-WWI Gold Star pilgrimages held at National Archives

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On March 2, 1929, President Calvin Coolidge signed PL 70-952. That law authorized the War Department to arrange for trips, designated as pilgrimages, by the mothers and widows to the overseas graves of soldiers, sailors, and Marines who died between April 5, 1917 and July 21, 1921. Congress later expanded eligibility to include the mothers and widows of men who were buried at seas or whose place of burial was unknown. After World War I, more than 30,000 American dead from that conflict remained overseas, buried in U.S. cemeteries. The passage of the law resulted from the work of the mothers and widows of those servicemen and their supporters who pushed for the pilgrimage to the gravesites at government expense. The resulting trips took place between 1930 and 1933. To facilitate travel by the mothers and widows, the Department of State established the “Special Pilgrimage Passport.” Read more about these unique travel documents.

World War I Centennial Ceremonies scheduled at ABMC sites in Europe

Cantigny American Monument in France

To commemorate and remember America's role in World War I, American Battle Monument Commission sites in Europe will host a variety of centennial ceremonies in 2018. Commemorations will kick off Memorial Day weekend 2018 with special ceremonies at Somme American Cemetery, Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Cantigny Monument. The ceremonies will continue throughout the year, ending with the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. The ceremonies will mark the 100th anniversary of key events, such as the first World War I U.S. Offensive, the Battle of Belleau Wood, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, and more. All the ceremonies are free to attend and open to the public. Read more about the planned ABMC centennial memorial ceremonies here.

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.

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Highlights - Episode #54

1917 key events in review |@ 01:30

Wilson’s 14 points |@ 07:50

Crisis for the allies - Mike Shuster |@ 11:45

A Century in the Making - Sabin Howard |@ 16:45

Speaking WW1 - Tank |@ 25:00

The Education Program - Dr. Libby O’Connell |@ 26:30

100 Cities / 100 Memorials Round #2 deadline |@ 32:40

The Chaplains Corps in WW1 - Dr. John Boyd |@ 33:15

American Women Physicians in WW1 |@ 39:10

PAFA at Frist |@ 40:30

The Buzz - Katherine Akey |@ 41:15

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Benjamin Britten's Musical Masterpiece, War Requiem. Part 1: Interview with Tenor, Paul Groves

This week's WWrite blog post features the WWI musical masterpiece by British composer, Benjamin Britten–War Requiem.We hear from the world-renowned tenor, Paul Groves, on the unique performance of War Requiem at Europe's premier opera house, the Lyon Opera in France. Part poetry, party liturgy, part theater, see the ways in which this operatic representation has wowed the world. Through the lens of WWI, Groves talks about Pink Floyd, Hiroshima, Wilfred Owen, education, and his family's war history. Not to miss!

World War I Centennial 2018 Silver Dollar and Air Service Medal Set

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FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: These combination coin and service medal sets will only be available for 1 month. ORDER NOW. $99.95

The COIN design, titled “Soldier’s Charge,” depicts an almost stone-like soldier gripping a rifle. Barbed wire twines in the lower right hand side of the design. Inscriptions include “LIBERTY,” “1918,” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

The SERVICE MEDAL design depicts an iconic SPAD XIII, a World War I fighter flown by many Americans and valued for its speed, strength, and firepower, viewed from the top and side. The inscription “SPAD XIII” identifies the aircraft.

These sets are limited to 100,000 units across all five medal product options, and can be ordered only between noon ET on January 17, 2018, and 3 p.m. ET on February 20, 2018, unless the limit is reached prior to that date. Production will be based on the orders received within this window. Fulfillment of these sets will begin in late May 2018.

Produced by the US Mint, the World War I Centennial 2018 Uncirculated Silver Dollar, the Proof Silver Dollar and the 5 service medal combination sets are all available for a limited time directly from the US Mint.

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Oscar Lubchansky

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

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Submitted by: Gene Fax {Grandson}



Oscar Lubchansky born around 1896, Oscar Lubchansky served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

An AEF Veteran’s War Stories

These stories were told to me by my grandfather, former Sergeant Oscar Lubchansky (d. 1958), 2nd Battalion, 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, American Expeditionary Forces.

Whether they are historically accurate is debatable, but they are an accurate representation of a veteran’s memories. At this late date, second-hand memories are all we’ve got.

American soldiers had an insatiable appetite for fresh eggs. Whenever Lubchansky and his comrades were en route and a halt was called, the soldiers would crowd around the kitchen door of the nearest farmhouse shouting, “Oofs! Oofs!” The farm wives would be frightened at first, but would soon figure out that the Americans wanted des oeufs and would pay for them. After that, all went well.

Read Oscar Lubchansky's entire Story of Service here.

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