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Sync Call for Wednesday October 07 at Noon EDT
WW1 Recruiting Poster
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You Can Help the WW1CC!

  1. Make a donation to the Memorial Fund for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park We can't build this Memorial without your help!.
  2. Send a letter to the US Post Office Stamp Committee to encourage them to make a WW1 stamp series. Please feel free to use this template for your letter. Contact Andrew McGreal with any questions.
  3. We're looking for interns for the Spring semester. If you or someone you know would like to intern, please visit our Internship webpage.
  4. If you are interested in helping with state and regional organization, please let Andrew McGreal know and he will send you information on how to get involved.
  5. Shop at SMILE.AMAZON.COM! Enter the "United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars" as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to us at no cost to you!.

News and Announcements:

9th Meeting of the WWI Centennial Commission

The WWICC Commissioners will meet next Wednesday, October 14 at 10 am EDT. The meeting will be held via teleconference. The general public is welcome to dial in on the listen-only line. Dial 712-432-1000 and enter access code 474-845-614#

Update from the States

Collaboration Call Reformatted
Our State Outreach Collaboration call is changing format- It will be monthly rather than weekly and each call will now have a main topic with guest speakers. Our next Collaboration Call will be held Thursday 05 November at noon eastern. Subsequent calls will take place on the first Thursday of the month. Reminders will be sent out two weeks before and the day of. The first call will be on Veterans History Projects.

Volunteer for state outreach. Contact Andrew McGreal if you are willing to help.


Listen to our PSA!

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Our Countdown to Veterans Day campaign continues to grow! CountDownToVeteransDay.org is a WW1CC supported one-stop source for 2015 Veterans Day volunteer and activity opportunities.

This week we have added the ability for any national, regional, state or local Veterans Day connected organization to link their Veterans Day activity, event or opportunity to this #CountDownToVetreransDay resource. All you need to do is go to CountDownToVeteransDay.org, click on the “Link In My Organization” button, fill out the simple form and submit it. A site admin will review the submission and it will publish within 24 hours. Go online and check out the Veteran service volunteer opportunities already posted, and link in any volunteer opportunities you know of that are not up already.

Remember to use the handle #CountDownToVeteransDay on your social media to get the word out. One day isn’t enough to honor our veterans. We encourage everyone to look at Veterans Day not as a ‘day off’ but as a ‘day on’ to volunteer for a Veterans’ organization and to help the community.

Centennial Countdown to the Great War - New Blog Entry

Dennis Cross, one of our fantastic Kansas state outreach volunteers, publishes a monthly blog called Centennial Countdown to the Great War. As the name suggests, this blog covers events that took place a hundred years ago this month. This month’s entry covers the continuing Allied slog at Gallipoli as well as events taking place in the US and Latin America. Read the full blog here.

Upcoming Events

National World War I Museum

Telling: KC
From October 15 through October 24, the WW1 Museum will be hosting several performances of Telling: KC. This is part of the Telling Project which works across the country to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience by putting veterans and military family members in front of their communities to share their stories, giving them the opportunity to speak and communities the opportunity to listen.

The World Remembers
From October 6 through November 11, the WW1 Museum will host The World Remembers. This is an international education project whose purpose is to remember and honor the 9 million combatants (the most in any war at that time) who perished in WW1 by displaying their names in more than 100 locations throughout Europe and North America. For 1915, More than 500,000 names from 12 nations are represented for 1915. The WW1 Museum is the only location for the display in the United States.

“In the Know”
On Sunday, Oct. 18, the Museum continues its free In the Know series with Landon Rowland presenting a discussion titled “World War I and the American “Mandate” in the Middle East and their ISIS Inheritors.”

More information on all the above events can be found on the WW1 Museum events webpage.

We Need Volunteers - Next Week!

We are looking for folks to help us man a table at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting that's taking place October 12-14 - that's next week! - at the Washington DC Convention Center. The meeting is the largest of its kind, with over 25,000 attendees, and promises to be an exciting show. Volunteers would talk to visitors about WWI, Commission programs, and the WWI Memorial. Any amount of time you would be willing to volunteer would be immensely helpful.
Email Chris Isleib to get involved.

The National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park- Design Competition Update

Check out the the five final design concepts for the National WW1 Memorial at Pershing Park on the Stage II Finalist webpage. Our finalists are hard at work refining their concepts. They were back in DC today and yesterday to meet with Design Oversight Committee, the first of two Phase II Reviews.

If you are in the DC area, we invited you to come to Marvin on October 27- 5:30 pm. - 14th and U Streets. All of us from the Commission will be there and we will showcase the 5 final design concepts. Hope to see you there!

Please remember that even if we get the perfect design we can’t build it without donations. We encourage everyone on this call to consider donating. Every dollar counts double thanks to the generosity of our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, which will match your donation. You can make this memorial a reality by making a donation to the Memorial Fund. Our Great War men and women deserve a memorial. We can build it.


Volunteer Spotlight

Sara Apenowich, WW1CC State Outreach Intern
Sarah Apenowich is currently a Senior at St. Bonaventure and is is working as a state outreach intern. She found this internship via The Washington Center which serves as an intern placement service for interns. She chose this internship because she has always been interested in wartime history and believes that it is important for people to learn about WW1 because it is often seen as the forgotten war as well as wanting to learn more about it herself. She also has a personal connection to the war because her great grandfather and her great uncle both served overseas.


Shout Outs

Bob Patrick from the Veterans History Project for taking our interns on a tour of the Library of Congress.

WXGR FM - who produced and recorded our radio PSA. WOW - thank you so much for putting this together!


The Great War Channel

Would you like to see some great videos on YouTube about WWI? Check out The Great War Channel. Posting twice a week, ‘The Great War’ shows you the history of the First World War in the four years from 1914 to 1918. The host, Indy, takes you back week by week and shows you what was going on in the past. Please subscribe to see these great posts. Their lastest two videos are:

Bulgaria in World War 1 - The New Central Power: THE GREAT WAR - Special
Published on Oct 5, 2015. Bulgaria joined the ranks of the Central Powers in World War 1 in October 1915 and shortly after invaded neighbouring Serbia to support the German-Austro offensive on Belgrade. A lot of promises about territory were made towards Ferdinand I and especially the chance of getting back territories lost in the Balkan Wars was music to Bulgarian ears. Find out all about Bulgaria joining World War 1 in our special episode.

The Battle of Loos - New Offensives On The Western Front: THE GREAT WAR - Week 62
Published on Oct 1, 2015. After weeks of preparation the French and British Armies unleash a new offensive on the Western Front. Not only is it supposed to relieve pressure on the Russians on the Eastern Front but the Entente wants to achieve the decisive breakthrough. The French actually break through German trenches only to realize that they have a second line of trenches completely in tact right behind the first line. The British attack at Loos also turns into carnage even though the British use gas for the first time.


The Great War 100 Years Ago

Presented by Mr. Mike Hanlon - WorldWar1.com

100 Years Ago: Some AEF Veterans Who Helped Shape 20th Century America

In anticipation for Veterans Day. Here are some figures from the American military, who served overseas during the war and went on to make major contributions to American life afterward. For this exercise, we are not including political figures like President Truman or Fiorello LaGuardia, and most WWII military commanders, such as Generals MacArthur or Patton, since their early service is usually well-known. Also, since they are another group that is fairly well-known, I've not included the notable volunteers and ambulance drivers such as Ernest Hemingway and Walt Disney. This is in no way meant to disparage their service.

Part I: Presented 7 October 2015


Stephen Bechtel, 20th Engineers

  • Motorcycle Dispatch Rider
  • Turned father's construction business into America's Largest by emphasizing pipeline and refinery construction
  • Named one of Time Magazines 100 most influential people of the 20th Century

Philip Carret, Signal Corps; Air Service

  • Founded the world's first mutual fund called the Fidelity Mutual Trust [now the Pioneer Funds]. One of Warren Buffett's models.

Daniel Gerber, 126th Inf., 32nd Division

  • Fought at Juvigny and the Meuse-Argonne
  • Turned family business into the world's largest producer of Baby Foods

Conrad Hilton, 304th Labor Battalion, 79th DivisionConrad Hilton

  • Served in Meuse-Argonne Offensive
  • Bought his first hotel in Cisco, Texas in 1919 and built a hotel empire

Jay C. Hormel, Infantry 88th Division/ Ice Plant Company 301 Services of Supply

  • Given duty that put the experience he had gained from the family meat packing business to use. With his commander, Lt. Hormel devised a plan for saving 40% of the space used to ship meat to Europe by boning the cuts and freezing them. He was sent home to implement the successful plan and later applied what he had learned in the AEF for the business of which he became the CEO. One such product was the GI 'favorite' of WWII, Spam.

Spencer Love, Hq. Staff, 78th Division

  • Meuse-Argonne Offensive
  • He went on to found Burlington Industries

Edward Rickenbacker, 94th Aero Squadron

  • Greatest U.S. Ace of the War, Medal of Honor
  • Helped organize and eventually owned Eastern Airlines

Frederick Weyerhauser, Air Service, Italy

  • Flew Caproni Bombers, later wrote outstanding war memoir "War Experiences"
  • Heir to lumber fortune, became CEO and Chairman of Weyerhauser.

Robert Wood, Services of Supply

  • In charge of AEF ports in France
  • Later lead expansion of Sears-Roebuck, WWII Isolationist


Julius Ochs Adler, 306th Infantry, 77th Division

  • Helped capture of key village, St. Juvin, during Meuse-Argonne Offensive
  • Became General Manager his family's newspaper, The New York Times

Robert McCormick, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Division

  • Served at Cantigny and St. Mihiel Salient, Wounded at Cantigny
  • Publisher of the Chicago Tribune

Harold Ross, Railroad Engineers, Stars and Stripes Newspaper

  • Founded the New Yorker Magazine

DeWitt Wallace, 139th Infantry, 35th Division

  • Seriously wounded in groin in Meuse-Argonne Offensive, taught himself to write summaries of news articles while recuperating
  • Founded Readers Digest

Some interesting cases:

Two Nobel Laureates Closely Connected to Gen. Pershing:

Charles Gates Dawes, Bg. Gen. Chief Purchasing Officer AEF

  • Did brilliant job acquiring supplies and weapons for AEF
  • Nobel Peace Prize for Dawes Plan; Later Vice President under Calvin Coolidge

George C. Marshall, Chief Operations Officer, 1st Division, later First Army

  • Became protégé of General Pershing, did much more
  • Nobel Peace Prize for Marshall Plan

The Only Person Who Was PresentElliott Thorpe was the only person present at Germany's surrender during WW1 and Japan's surrender during WW2. He appears somewhere in this picture.
At both the signing of the Versailles Treaty on 28 June 1919 and the signing of the instrument of surrender on the USS Missouri on 2 September 1945:

Elliott R. Thorpe

  • Army intelligence officer seconded to the Paris Peace delegation. At Versailles he was a security officer, in 1945 he was chief of counter-intelligence for MacArthur and present at that signing. He is also one of the individuals who tried to give a warning of about the imminent attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

For Contribution to American Cuisine:

Ensign Helen Purviance, Salvation Army

  • Invented the modern doughnut as we love it today.

 Elsie Purviance

Recommended Books: The Doughboys by Laurence Stallings

Recommended Website: Second Army, The Doughboy Center.


Part II: To be presented November 04


Upcoming Events

If you have an agenda item to include, please email Andrew McGreal by the Monday before the next Sync Call.

If you have an event for our calendar, please submit it here.

For a listing of events and exhibits, please visit the Commission Events Page

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