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African Americans and World War I

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February 8, 2016


Harlem's Rattlers Authors on Chicago TV

Chicago - From its beginnings in the 15th New York National Guard through its training in the explosive atmosphere in the South, its singular performance in the French army during World War I, and the pathos of postwar adjustment—Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War reveals as never before the details of the 369th's experience, the poignant history of some of its heroes, its place in the story of both World War I and the African American campaign for equality, and its full importance in our understanding of American history. Jeffrey Sammons & John Morrow, Jr., discuss Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality at Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago. Air dates: Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:00am (WYCC); Sun Apr 3, 2016 5:00 am (WYCC).


“No one gets left behind.” Doughboy MIA is now live

The Doughboy MIA project is now live on the WW1CC web site. Creation of author and “Historian of the Lost Battalion” Robert Laplander, Doughboy MIA is a comprehensive research site for those American service members still in a “Missing in Action” status from World War 1. The site’s research vitals include: statistics; information on the cemeteries in France; information from the Doughboy MIA resource collection and other resources where available; informational articles (including the story of the North Russian expedition 1918-1921 and the MIA's from there); links to related MIA sites and resources; and finally, the most up to date and accurate roll of all U.S. MIA's from WW1 available. A blog will provide regular updates on news and activities involving WW1 MIA's. Doughboy MIA is intended to stand as a permanent record of the U.S. MIA from the First World War. “As we approach the 100th anniversary of our participation in that war, it is imperative that we prevent these men from being lost in time,” says Laplander. “A man is only missing if he is forgotten. I won't let these men go missing.” Check out Doughboy MIA now.


“You have to get it right on your first shot.”

Joe Weishaar and Sabin Howard visited Washington D.C. two days after the unlikely partnership between a novice architect and an experienced sculptor was selected to design the new national World War 1 Memorial. Check out this interview where the design duo talk about the big surprise of being selected, their big plans for the Memorial, and the big job ahead to build it.



47 Days

Dr. Mitch Yockelson, a member of the Commission’s Historical Advisory Board, will publish his new book Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in 1918 on March 1, 2016
. You can read more about the book at Mitch’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/fortysevendays/) and Twitter page (https://twitter.com/47DaysBook), including reviews, photographs and speaking engagements. A website and a YouTube video will be added shortly. The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon and through other book seller websites.


Commemorative Baseball Cap

Baseball Cap

Hat features: Navy with white Doughboy embroidery.100% cotton, structured hat with contrasting pancake visor, sweatband and taping. 6 panel soft crown, pre-curved bill. Velcro closure features U.S. flag emblem on this exclusive commemorative hat. One Size Fits All. Proceeds from the sale of this item will help to fund the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.

A Certificate of Authenticity as Official Merchandise of the United States World War One Centennial is included.
See this and many other items in our Official Merchandise Shop.


Subject of an upcoming Book Talk at Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago...tune in!
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