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The Lore of the Corps

“Retreat?  Hell, we just got here.” So said Capt. Lloyd Williams, Virginia Tech Class of 1909, who was commanding the 51st Co., 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5 Marines) at Belleau Wood. You can read more about this incident by clicking here.

Formed in 1917, the 2/5 Marines went on to become the most decorated battalion in USMC history. They are on active duty as a part of the 1st Marine Division. more

The Location of the Sgt. York site still in dispute

The ‘battle’ over the site of Sgt. Alvin York’s heroic deeds on October 8th, 1918 continues. Recently the research of ret. Col. Douglas Mastriano, Ph. D, has been called into question, with at least one critic accusing him of academic fraud. Mastriano, the driving force behind The Sgt. York Discovery Project, is an historian who frequently appears on CSPAN and has lectured at the U.S. World War One Museum in Kansas City as recently as 2018.  If you don’t know much about Sgt. York you can read his story by clicking here, and if you’re not familiar with the saga of the searches for the site you can read more about that by clicking here. To read more about the latest news, including the accusation of academic fraud, you can click here. more

New Song From “The Hello Girls”

In November 2020, original cast members of Prospect Theater Company’s original musical, THE HELLO GIRLS, gathered at Symphony Space in NYC (with rigorous safety protocols in place) for a one day film shoot. At the end, we captured this behind-the-scenes video of a new song written to reflect on the experience of soldiers coming home from WWI… and the experience of 2020. more

WW 1 Memorial Virtual Explorer

A message from the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission:

‘On Friday, April 17, 1:00 p.m. EDT, you are invited to join us for the first public look at the WWI Memorial Virtual Explorer.  We will introduce our webinar guests to the “Augmented Reality” smart phone app that will allow you to place a 3D model of the entire National WWI Memorial being built in Washington DC into your living room to experience, explore and discover many aspects of WWI. more

KU relocates its “Victory Eagle”

Since 1982 Douglas County’s “Victory Eagle” has stood outside the main entrance to Dyche Hall on the KU Campus in Lawrence. Recently it was moved to a new location on Memorial Drive. You can read all about the “Victory Eagles” in Blair’s September 30th, 2016 post here, and you can read about the relocation and dedication here. more

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