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DISPATCH: June 04, 2019

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June 04, 2019

National World War I Memorial moves ahead with Pershing Park plan

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The Architect's Newspaper, an authoritative architectural publication that covers the United States in monthly printed issues and online, recently published an in-depth article on the progress and status of the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC. The article features thoughtful comments from the Memorial's designer, architect Joseph Weishaar, and sculptor Sabin Howard. Click here to read the entire article on where the approval process for the Memorial stands now, and when construction is planned to begin.

TV in Bingamton, NY

Elsewhere, the Memorial project received broad television coverage throughout the nation last week via Nexstar Media, the second-largest television station owner in the United States (after Sinclair Broadcast Group) with 171 television stations across the U.S. The chain broadcast a Memorial Day article on progress of the National WWI Memorial. Click here to watch the video as it appeared on NewsChannel 34 in Binghamton, New York last week.

2019 Fleet Week New York is a Wrap! 

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2019 Fleet Week New York is one for the books. Now in its 31st year, FWNY is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. This year was unique in that Fleet Week New York was also a celebration of a tradition of service. Fleet Week 2019 had a special World War I theme, and as such, included a number of activities -- concerts, exhibits, events, ceremonies, etc. -- to tell the story of World War I, and remember its heroes. Click here to read the entire article about how World War I was the Fleet Week focus in 2019.

Blue Lake, CA man who died in World War I honored in New York’s Fleet Week

USS San Diego

The story of how a Humboldt County native’s name, alongside those of five other U.S. Navy sailors, ended up on a memorial plaque in New York City on Tuesday begins in 1918 — the final year of World War I. In July of that year a mine laid by a German U-boat off the coast of Fire Island, New York, detonated against the hull of the USS San Diego. One of the sailors who perished that summer day in 1918 was 24-year-old Blue Lake native James F. Rochat, born in 1894  in Humboldt County. On May 28, the WWI Centennial Commission and the Navy hosted the memorial plaque unveiling in Times Square in honor of the six men who lost their lives - among them, Engineman 2nd Class James Rochet. Click here to read more about the cascade of events large and small that led to California-born Rochat's WWI death on the nation's East Coast, and the 21st Century honor for he and his fellow sailors who died in the only capital ship the Navy lost in WWI.

Who are the vets on the WWI Bremerton Memorial and why are some missing?

Elisabeth Demmon

Twenty bronze plaques on a chunk of concrete. It seemed a simple enough assignment for researcher Elisabeth Demmon as she copied the names of 11 soldiers, five sailors and four Marines off a memorial for those who “fought and died” in World War I at Bremerton’s Evergreen-Rotary Park. Her mission: learn who these men were. “I thought it was going to be a straightforward project,” said Demmon, a library research associate at Kitsap Regional Library working on her master’s degree in genealogical studies. “I had no idea what I was in for.” Click here to read how an apparently simple assignment turned into a remarkable odyssey of surprises through 100-year-old history in Washington state.

'Polar Bear' memorial in Troy, MI marks largely forgotten mission in WWI Russia

Polar Bear

The Polar Bears were some 5,000 soldiers of the American North Russian Expeditionary Forces, most of them from Michigan. They fought the Bolsheviks with guns and cannons in Russia's frozen northern reaches for seven deadly months after the November 1918 armistice that ended World War I. Their mission was unclear, their president reluctant, and their weaponry ill-suited for the conditions. Largely forgotten outside Metro Detroit, they were remembered on Monday, May 27 in the 90th annual WWI Polar Bear Memorial Service in Troy. Click here to read more about the remembrance a century later for the only American soldiers to ever battle Russians.

Construction set to begin on new World War I Memorial in West Duluth, MN

Duluth Memorial

A $60,000 construction project is set to begin in June for a new World War I memorial at Memorial Park to honor more than 20 West Duluth soldiers. A new concrete surrounding and a flag pole will be installed in the park on the corner of Central and Grand Ave. The memorial will also pay tribute to over one hundred fifty World War One Gold Stars members. Click here to read more and watch video about this new Midwest memorial to replace an original lost to time and vandalism.

New USS Kansas City crew attends Memorial Day ceremonies at National World War I Museum & Memorial

USS Kansas City

Crew members from a brand new U.S. Navy ship, the USS Kansas City, paid their respects at last Monday's Memorial Day public ceremonies at Liberty Memorial. It`s always a sacred time when thankful Kansas Citians gather to thank their military heroes. However, this year's gathering was unique. This year's guests of honor included the crew of the forthcoming USS Kansas City, a U.S. Navy vessel that`s due to be commissioned next year. Click here to read more about the new ship, and the Memorial Day Services at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.

Once World War I enemies, Minneapolis musicians shared bond over French horn left on battlefield

French Horn Friendship

With all its brass curves, a lost French horn wound up in what the 1927 Minneapolis Daily Star called “the center of one of the most amazing coincidents … " Wilhelm Muelbe and Fred Keller were born nearly seven years and 4,300 miles apart in the late-1800s. They wound up fighting — and playing in military bands — on opposite sides of World War I a century ago. In the chaos of the American Saint-Mihiel offensive in northeastern France in 1918, Muelbe had to abandon his treasured Cruspy French horn as the German Army retreated. Nine years later, the horn reappeared under the most amazing circumstances an ocean away. Click here to read the entire remarkable story of men, music, and the mysterious ways that Fate can move.

From the World War I Centennial News Podcast

Remembering Veterans: Luca Angeli on Italian-born Doughboys 

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In May 17th's edition of the World War I Centennial News Podcast, Episode 123, host Theo Mayer spoke with Luca Angeli about his project commemorating Italian-born Doughboys who died fighting for the United States. A native of Italy, Mr. Angeli has spent time working in the United States, following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather. His research about his great-grandfather led him into the stories of the many Italians who went "back Over There" as members of the U.S. Army in WWI, and died in their native land on behalf of their new nation. Click here to read the whole interview, and learn stories sparked an amazing research project that now spans two continents and two web sites a century after World War I.

100 Years Ago This Week: The League and Treaty as Viewed In America


May 17th's edition of the WWI Centennial News Podcast, Episode 123, World War I Centennial News researcher and writer Dave Kramer explores the story of the Paris Peace Conference not only as it played out in the halls of Versailles, in Germany's Weimar, in the United Kingdom's parliament, but also here in America's Washington, DC.  Click here to read this rich report recalling the raucous political battles in America that ultimately sent the Versailles Treaty down to defeat in the United States Senate a century 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

Womens Suffrage Storefront

Episode #125
The Century of Suffrage:

Host - Theo Mayer

Making Peace: Who Will Save Armenia? -
Mike Shuster | @ 03:00

War Memoirs From WWI: “Ernst Jünger”  -
Dr. Edward Lengel | @ 07:10

100 Years Ago: Women’s Suffrage, The Cliff Notes -
Host | @ 11:50

Raising Money for the Memorial -
Phil Mazzara | @ 19:40

Introducing the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission -
Rebecca Kleefish | @ 28:40

Articles & Posts: Highlights from Dispatch -
Host | @ 37:45

Literature in WWI This Week

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"Zone Rouge" and "The Land Remembers"

By Amalie Flynn
Amalie Flynn, author of the memoir Wife and War: The Memoir, the story of she tells of surviving 9-11 and her husband's 15-month deployment to Afghanistan, shows in her poems "Zone rouge" (red zone) and "The Land Remembers" that her experience also belongs to a universal history of war, including WWI. "Zone rouge" is the French name for the almost 120,000 hectares of battlefields that incurred major physical damage to the environment during WWI. Read Flynn, who has also published in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and TIME, as she brings a contemporary poetic eye to France's battle-torn landscapes at WWrite this week!

Behind Their Lines

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Winifred Letts enlisted as a Volunteer Aid Detachment nurse and worked in military hospitals through much of the First World War. Her poem "Spring the Cheat" contrasts the season of regeneration and rebirth with the devastating losses felt by those on the home front.

Doughboy MIA for week of June 3

Fred Allison

A man is only missing if he is forgotten.

Monday's MIA this week is Corporal Fred M. Allison, born in 1894 at Savannah, Georgia, the son of John H. and Maria S. Allison and one of four children. A carpenter’s helper by trade, he enlisted in the Regular Army on 15 May, 1917 at the Army Recruiting Station in Savannah. He was sent to Fort Logan, Colorado for training where he was assigned to Company A, 2nd Engineers on 22 May, 1917. This unit would eventually be integral to the 2nd ‘Indian Head’ Division. He departed for France aboard the SS Carpathia on 10 September, 1917 and once in France was quickly promoted to Private First Class (in December, 1917) and Corporal (in April, 1918). During the heavy fighting that summer, Corporal Allison fought through the battle of Belleau Wood and all the fighting that came after, where the 2nd Division wrote its way into history. On 19 July, 1918 Corporal Allison was killed in action. Today, he is memorialized on the Tablets to the Missing at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at Belleau Wood. Few other details are known of his case at this time.               

Want to help shed some light on Corporal Allison’s case? Consider making a donation' to Doughboy MIA and help us make a full accounting of the 4,423 American service personnel still listed as missing in action from WW1. Make your tax deductible donation now, with our thanks.

Official WWI Centennial Merchandise

Black Pique Polo Shirt

Black Pique
Polo Shirt

Inspired by the iconic image of a U.S. Doughboy, you can wear your American pride with this Made in the USA polo shirt. An informal term for a member of the U.S. Army or Marine Corps, “doughboys” especially used to refer to the American Expeditionary Forces in World War One. Largely comprised of young men who had dropped out of school to join the army, this poignant lone silhouette of a soldier in trench warfare serves as a reminder of those who sacrificed so much one century ago.

Shirt features: Navy with white doughboy embroidery. 100% combed cotton pique, 6.2 oz. pre-shrunk fabric. Shirt has 3 wood-tone buttons, and side seam design for shape retention. Mens’ sizes available S – 2XL.

Proceeds from the sale of this item will help to fund the building of the national World War One Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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

Louis Arthur "Slip" Paquette

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

Louis Arthur "Slip" Paquette


Submitted by: Thomas, "T.J." Cullinane {Town Historian}

Louis Arthur "Slip" Paquette was born in 1890. Louis Paquette served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

A Derry Shoemaker in the Coast Artillery

Few portraits in the Derry, New Hampshire Great War Soldier’s Album are more compelling than that of Louis Arthur Paquette, late of Battery A, 71st Coast Artillery Corps. Upright and earnest, the handsome young Paquette proudly displays his New Hampshire War Service Medal and First Army artillery patch. “Slip,” as he was popularly known, was born in Derry on December 30, 1890. The town records state that the industrious shoe maker enlisted at age 26 on March 8, 1918.

Like many New England soldiers, he would begin his Army career with recruit training at Fort Slocum, New York. This post was located on David’s Island at the southern end of Long Island Sound in the city environs of New Rochelle.

Soon after completing his training, he was given serial number 402214 and assigned to Battery A of the 71st Coast Artillery Corps. At this juncture, Slip was destined to spend the war manning a huge coastal artillery battery in Boston Harbor’s Fort Strong. This was not to be however, as there was an urgent need for heavy mobile artillery in the American Expeditionary Force deployed in France.

Read Louis Arthur "Slip" Paquette's entire Story of Service here.

Submit your family's Story of Service here.

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