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artillery-world-war-i-002World War I Artillery

*macarthur-pipe-960Douglas MacArthur

In 1917 Douglas MacArthur was promoted from major to colonel and became chief of starr of the 42nd Rainbow Division in the fighting on the Western Front during World War I.  Source:  Wikipedia

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african-american-136-infantry The 369th Infantry Regiment with the American Expeditionary Force. WWI.

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  U.S. Marines.  France September 29, 1916

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U.S. Marines wearing gas masks.  France

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poster-navy-2World War One Navy Recruiting Poster

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navy-2Captain and Officers of the U. S.S. Panaman World War I

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Navy Girls on Review, Washington D.C.

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usa_infantry_verdun_wwiWWI American Infantry Soldiers

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Sergeant Stubby, World War I Dog

Stubby was a mascot for the 102nd Infantry, 26 Division.  He was the most decorated dog in the history of the United states military and the only dog to receive the rank of sergeant for extreme bravery.

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cher-ami-war-pigeonCher Ami – Dear Friend

Cher Ami flew 12 important missions to deliver messages.  On October 4, 1918 Major Whittlesey of the 77th Infantry Division and his more than 500 men were trapped and surrounded by enemy soldiers.  American artillery tried to send some protection by firing hundreds of big artillery rounds into the ravine where the Germans has surrounded them.  But the American commanders didn’t know exactly where Whittlesey and his men were and were dropping the shells right on top of the.   So Major Whittlesey sent Cher Ami with a note in a canister on the birds left leg, to the men with the artillery guns where they were located and asking them to stop.   It read:

“We are along the road parallel to 276.4  Our own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us.  For heaven’s sake, stop it.”

The Germans saw Cher Ami and shot him down.  Wounded, he managed to spread his wings and fly up high beyond the range of the enemy guns.  He flew 25 miles in only 25 minutes to deliver his message.  The shelling stopped, and more than 200 Americans were saved.  Cher Ami was blinded in one eye and a bullet had hit his breast bone making a hole the size of a quarter and his leg was almost severed.

When the French soldiers learned the story of Cher Ami’s bravery, they gave him one of their own country’s great honors, a medal called the French Croix de guerre with a palm leaf.  Back in the States on June 13, 1919  Cher Ami died of his multiple war wounds.  Today he is in the National  Museum of American History, Smithsonian institution, Washington, D.C.

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us_troops5World War I American Soldiers

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