Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas



The Kansas State Historical Society hold copies of Kansas WW1 Veteran’s official military record, evidence of a person’s military career.   In it includes when the veterans enlisted and when they were discharged. Most of them also have evidence of what units the veterans served during his/her enlistment.  In my day this document had a government number DD214.  It is a vital piece of paper that is required for any benefit due a soldier. ...read more

Black Soldiers From Tonganoxie, KS That Served In WW1

 Black Soldiers from Tonganoxie That Served in WW1


This insignia was chosen by the 92nd Division in honor of the Buffalo Soldiers that fought in the Indian War and The Spanish-American War in Cuba.


Southern type prejudices existed in the American military during WWI.   President Wilson and his administration encouraged the military to turn their backs on the black soldiers. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #30

100 years ago in Kansas, November 29 – December 9, 1917:

November 29, 1917

-Kansas was given 800 federal troops to protect industries.

December 2, 1917

-An army balloon, dragging a 6,000-foot steel cable, broke away in a high wind at Fort Omaha and made a path through Kansas, breaking telegraph and telephone wires.  Damage was reported at Newton, Herington, Fort Riley, Wamego and Council Grove.  The balloon was grounded at Meade. ...read more

C-SPAN3, November 24-28

This looks like the weekend where one can see many of the talks given at the two recent conferences at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.  All times given here are Central, and all programs can be viewed on the C-SPAN website once they air on the networks.  We’re not responsible for schedule changes. ...read more

The U.S.S. Texas is sinking

The U.S.S. Texas (BB35) is in serious trouble. For the past 69 years she has been a floating museum located at San Jacinto, TX, near Houston. Beginning in 2012, the ship began to develop serious hull leaks and now the stewards of the ship, the Texas Department of Wildlife and Parks, says that the Texas must either be relocated to a dry site or scrapped. See the full story here ...read more

Memorials to the Missing: Tyne Cot (Passchendaele)

We can truly say that the whole circuit of the Earth is girdled with the graves of our dead. In the course of my pilgrimage, I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon Earth through the years to come, than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war.” ...read more

Report from the Groundbreaking Ceremony

Under an overcast sky earlier today, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, the US Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars and their key partners broke ground for the National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park, on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, DC. The event was streamed and many of you may have watched it live. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #29

100 years ago in Kansas, November 12 – 25, 1917.

November 12, 1917

  • The 117th Ammunition Train, also known as the Kansas Ammunition Train, arrived in France.
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    Shawnee County, Kansas in WWI

    Click here for a good resource of local history, a website that reviews who served in World War I from Shawnee County, Kansas.

    If there are any other counties in Kansas that have similar websites, please let us know.

    Memorials to the Missing: Pozières (Australians on the Somme)

    The Pozières Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Memorial to the Missing is located on the Somme Battlefield in France near the village of the same name, about a mile from the massive Thiepval Memorial and a quarter mile from the Lochnagar Crater.

    The Battle of Pozières was a part of a forty-one day action wherein the British Fourth Army tried to flank the German strongpoint at Thiepval. The Australian 1st Division, recently arrived in France after heroic service at Gallipoli, was tasked with capturing the defenses at Pozières which included a bunker complex that the British mapmakers called ‘Gibraltar’ and the nearby windmill on the highest point, Hill 160, which the Germans had also fortified. ...read more

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