WWI U.S. Army Doughboy - Kenner

WWI U.S. Army Doughboy - Kennerloupe
1803 Minor St.

The inscription on this marker, erected in 1995 by Treasure Chest Casino, reads:

Dedicated November 11, 1995

The United States had a regular Army of only 200,000 men when it declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. 

With a need for a larger army, Congress passed a Selective Service Act that made all able-bodied men between the ages of 21 and 30 subject to military service. The government put nearly 4 million men in uniform and sent about 2 million soldiers overseas as members of the American Expeditionary Force. 

WWI infantrymen were called "Doughboys" because of the similarity of the buttons worn on their uniforms to a popular Civil War era doughnut called a "doughboy".

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