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May 21, 2019

Fleet Week New York 2019

Commission activities honor America's World War I Vets during Fleet Week 2019

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The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, will host a number of cultural activities, and commemorative events, during the U.S. Navy's upcoming Fleet Week New York, from 22-27 May 2019. A full list of the WWI-related activities can be found at ww1cc.org/fleetweek. These events will help tell the story of the 4 million American men and women -- many from the greater New York area -- who stepped forward to serve during World War I, 100 years ago. Click here to read more about the World War I -related activities taking place during Fleet Week 2019 this week.

369th Experience

The 369th Experience Band, sponsored by the Centennial Commission, will be making several appearances during Fleet Week, including at Rockefeller Center on Saturday, May 25; at Liberty State Park in Jersey City on Sunday, May 26; and leading the the annual Memorial Day Parade in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn on Monday, May 27. Click here to find out more details and times for these performances by the fabulous 369th Experience.

Stubby AKC clip

In the run-up to Fleet Week in New York City this week, The American Kennel Club's Museum of the Dog will unveil the official bronze statue of Sgt. Stubby, a distinguished World War I war dog, which will be housed permanently at the AKC Museum of the Dog. The sculpture will be unveiled on May 23. Commissioner Dr. Libby O'Connell of the United States World War I Centennial Commission will perform the unveiling.  Click here to read more about the sculpture, the sculptor, and how Stubby earned his recognition at the Museum of the Dog.

Fall start envisioned for WWI tribute; concept for monument in D.C.‘really coming along,’ says Arkansas designer 

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The Arkansas Democrat Gazette newspaper this week published an update on the progress of the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC. The article noted that "supporters of the new World War I Memorial say they’re hopeful they can break ground this fall." “We’re getting close to wrapping up the design. We’re about 75% of the way through,” said Joseph Weishaar, the project’s architect and a Fayetteville native. “It’s really coming along.” Click here to read the entire article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette newspaper.

In search of Roman’s ‘lost boys’ of WWI


Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA was founded by Irish immigrant Thomas Cahill in 1890, and was the first free Catholic high school in the country. By the time the United States had entered World War I in 1917, the school was already more than a quarter-century old. Yet many alumni, including writer Chris Gibbons, had long assumed that there was no commemorative plaque for World War I because no Roman alumni had died in that war. However, as Gibbon's interest and knowledge of the Great War deepened over the years, he began to doubt this assumption. After he read James Nelson's book The Remains of Company D, Gibbons resolved to finally learn the truth regarding World War I and the lost boys from Roman. Click here to read how this search unfolded, and how the names of the lost boys of Roman are being rediscovered and honored 100 years after the end of World War I.

Filmmaker Daniel Bernardi and his historical documentary series for the National Cemetery Administration

Daniel Bernardi

Daniel Bernardi is a remarkable young filmmaker, and a very busy person. He is a Navy Reservist, a professor of film at San Francisco State University, and he manages a film production company specializing in documentaries. Daniel's current project, as a filmmaker, is a series of pieces for the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), which manages the nation's veteran cemeteries across the United States. These National Cemeteries are amazing historical sites, and are home some of America's greatest military heroes. -- In fact -- The Centennial Commission worked with the NCA for the Wreath Laying Ceremony for World War I heroes buried in NYC's Cypress Hills National Cemetery on May 2nd. Daniel's biggest film of this series, the WWI-themed WAR TO END ALL WARS, premiered recently at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, and will be screened there during Memorial Day Weekend. Much of the new video work done by Daniel and his team can be found on their YouTube channel. Recently we took some time to talk to Daniel about his work, and hear his thoughts on why these stories are important; click here to read the entire interview.

Indiana exhibit to highlight World War I veterans' shrine rededication

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An exhibit chronicling World War I will be one highlight of this year's Memorial Day weekend rededication of Fort Wayne's Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum in Indiana. The Shrine is a recipient of a 100 Cities/100 Memorials grant. Info on the restoration project for this memorial can be found here. 100 Cities/100 Memorials is a joint program of the United States World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. Click here to read more about the Shrine and the "The Great War: From Ration Lines to the Front Lines" traveling exhibit curated by the Indiana Historical Society.

Gone but no longer forgotten: At long last, these four World War I veterans receive a memorial service

No Longer forgotten

The cremated remains of four World War I veterans were transported in a horse-drawn carriage, accompanied by Patriot Guard Riders and a police escort, to their final resting place at the Roseburg National Cemetery Annex in Douglas County, Oregon last week. The veterans’ remains were forgotten on a shelf at a local mortuary before being rediscovered through the painstaking research of Douglas County Veterans Forum member Carol Hunt and retired Roseburg National Cemetery technician Gigi Grimes Shannon. What the two women found was one of the largest groups of unclaimed veterans remains ever to have been recovered in the state. Click here to read this extraordinary story of a dogged pursuit for justice for these four World War I veterans.

Fort Des Moines exhibit honors African-American men who served in WWI

Des Moines

Over a century ago, the first African-American officers trained at Fort Des Moines. On May 4, local members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity unveiled a display honoring members who received their commissions there in 1917 and served during World War I. The Fort Des Moines training camp was the first and only established for African-American officers and non-commissioned candidates. What began as a simple question  — "Did Phi Beta Sigma have any members who were commissioned here" — turned into a three-year project that uncovered 20 men from the fraternity who served in WWI, including nine who received their commissions at Fort Des Moines. Click here to read the entire story about the search, the ceremony, and what the fraternity learned about its World War I heritage as a result.

From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

Richard "Corky" Erie and Beth Baker
on Fleet Week 2019 in NYC 

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In May 10th's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 121, host Theo Mayer interviewed Richard "Corky" Erie and Beth Baker about Fleet Week New York. Richard is the director of Fleet Week New York, and Beth is the Director of Public Affairs for the Navy in the Mid-Atlantic and Fleet Week New York. The two of them have plenty to say about the logistics, scale, operation, and impact of Fleet Week on the city- as well as how this year's event incorporates World War I. Click here to read the entire interview, and get an inside look at what it takes to bring "12 to 14 Navy and Coast Guard ships carrying upwards of 2,600 Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen to all five boroughs of New York City, executing over 130 events in six days."

Centennial News Now:
Tom Frezza on the USS Recruit 

Tom Frezza

In May 3rd's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 121, host Theo Mayer interviewed Tom Frezza, Director of Education at the National Museum of the US Navy. Mr. Frezza spoke in-depth about the USS Recruit, a full-scale battleship replica built in New York City in 1917 to encourage people to join the Navy -- and they were able to recruit over 25,000 men into service! Click here to read the entire story about the great wooden "land ship" that sent sailors all over the planet while never leaving Manhattan.

100 Years Ago This Week: The Tragic Death of James Reese Europe

James Reese Europe

In May 3rd's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 121, host Theo Mayer reviewed some of the most important headlines from this week, 100 years ago. Among them was the death of James Reese Europe, the legendary African American band leader of the 369th Infantry Band. Already famous as an innovator and an advocate for Black musicians in New York, he's often credited for bringing Jazz to France with the 369th.  He was tragically murdered in an altercation with a bandmate. Click here to read the contemporary story of the death of a military and musical legend 100 years ago.

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 siteiTunesGoogle Play, PodbeanTuneInStitcher Radio on Demand.  Spotify  listen on Youtube. New - Comment and ask questions via twitter @TheWW1podcast

Hello Girls Cast Album

Episode #123
Highlights: Remembering WWI Veterans

Host: Theo Mayer

Germany Agrees to Sign Peace Treaty - Mike Shuster | @ 02:15

100 Years Ago: The Treaty and the League as Viewed in America - Host | @ 06:50

War Memoirs From WWI: “Will Bird”  - Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 13:10

Back Over There: Italian Immigrants Serving in WWI - Luca Angeli | @ 18:50

Fleet Week New York 2019: The Site, the Events and the Social Media - Host | @ 27:15

Living Historians from the Cutter Olympia - Laura Adie & Kevin Smith | @ 28:10

“The Hello Girls Musical” Releases Cast Album - Cara Reichel, Peter Mills & Ben Moss | @ 37:15

Articles & Posts: Highlights from Dispatch - Host | @ 46:50

Literature in WWI This Week

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Waking Up to History: John Dos Passos, the Cut-up, and World War I

By M.C. Armstrong

When M.C. Armstrong traveled to Iraq as a war reporter, he took with him the work of WWI volunteer ambulance driver and American novelist, John Dos Passos. Like Dos Passos did in 1919, Armstrong came back and began to assert his own theory of war writing based on lessons learned.

In this post, Armstrong analyzes language as a weapon in war through the ways Dos Passos criticizes journalism using fiction. Read Waking Up to History: John Dos Passos, the Cut-up, and World War I, which discusses the war propaganda machine and Dos Passos' signature "cut up" technique at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

behind their lines

Over 1.7 million American doughboys were sent to Europe to serve in the First World War.

Read one soldier’s account of the loneliness men felt on over-crowded ships as they headed towards the Great War. The writer, John Allan Wyeth, is considered one of the finest American combat poets of the war.

Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

Lest We Forget jacket

"Lest We Forget: The Great War"

World War I Prints from the Pritzker Military Museum & Library 

As the United States commemorates the centennial of World War I, one of the nation’s premier military history institutions pays tribute to the Americans who served and the allies they fought beside to defeat a resourceful enemy with a lavishly illustrated book.  It is an official product of the Unites States World War One Centennial Commission. The story of WWI is told through the memorable art it spawned ― including posters from nations involved in the conflict ― and a taut narrative account of the war’s signal events, its major personalities and its tragic consequences; and the timely period photographs that illustrate the awful realities of this revolutionary conflict. Most importantly, this book is a tribute to those who served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and what would become the Air Force. It serves as a lasting reminder that our world ignores the history of World War I (and the ensuing WWII) at its peril ― lest we forget.  Proceeds help fund the WW1 Memorial in Washington, DC.

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

John A. Dean

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


John A Dean


Submitted by: Elmer J Bott, Jr. {Legion Post Adjutant}

John A Dean born around 1893, John Dean served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service


John A. Dean was born about 1893, his mother Anna (Kelly) Dean and William Dean were residents of Butler.

John A. Dean enlisted August 31, 1917 in the Ambulance Co #33, which trained at the Van Wyck estate bordering on Lake Apshawa. He then traveled to Syracuse, New York, Allentown, Pennsylvania and lastly Camp Greene, Charlotte, North Carolina for further training.

At Camp Greene his company was incorporated into the 4th Division Regular Army. They left the United States for service overseas on May 13, 1918. In whole or part he served at Belleau Wood, Chateau Thierry, and the Aisne-Marne offensive, St. Mihiel, the Meuse Argonne in France and in the Army of Occupation in Germany.

Read John A. Dean's entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family's Story of Service here.

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