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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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Michiline Resco Pershing

Gen. John J. Pershing (1860-1948) was the consummate professional soldier – utterly dedicated to duty. He didn’t marry until his forty-fifth year, to Helen “Frankie” Warren (1880-1915), the only daughter of the wealthy and prominent Sen. Francis Warren of Wyoming. The Pershings had four children in the space of six years, all while Pershing’s career took the family to Japan and the Philippines. Back in the U.S. they settled at The Presidio of San Francisco. Pershing was sent off to temporary duty at the Mexican border, leaving the family at The Presidio, where Helen and their three daughters died in a fire at their residence. Surviving was six year old Francis Warren Pershing (1909-1980). ...read more

C-SPAN3, October 11 – 13

This weekend on C-SPAN3 we see repeats of some previous programs, and at least one new program. All times are Central, as usual.

Reel America “Motor Convoy” 1919 Silent Army Film. Airs at 8:47 p.m. and 11:52 p.m. Friday evening, October 11, and at 2:57 a.m Saturday morning, October 12. ...read more

The Six-Star General?

In the middle of one lonely night in 1970 when I had the duty at headquarters I answered a telephone call from an off-post bar. It seemed that there was a hot controversy going about whether there was such a rank as a six-star general. I knew that Pershing had been promoted to a higher rank than General but I didn’t know what the insignia was so I wasn’t able to be the tie-breaker. What follows is the whole story about ‘six-star’ generals. Judge for yourself what I should have said. ...read more

WWI-themed Movies on Turner Classics for October

Turner Classic Movies has a fair number of films with a WWI theme this month. We make no claims about them being scholarly; we just post them to show how the war did influence movie-making, particularly in the decades afterwards and before World War II. All times listed here are Central. ...read more

C-SPAN3, October 5 – 8

This weekend C-SPAN3 repeats programs from previous weeks. Of course, they can also be watched online at the C-SPAN website. all times are Central if you are watching as regularly scheduled programs.

The Presidency: Herbert Hoover & Aid to Famine-Stricken Russia. Airs at 11:05 a.m. Saturday morning, October 5. Repeats at 7:43 p.m. and 11:43 p.m. Tuesday evening, October 8. ...read more

The Big Red One Comes Home

One hundred years ago (plus a few days) the 1st Infantry Division disembarked in New York, the last of the American Expeditionary Force’s fighting units to return. You can read more about the Big Red One by clicking here or here.

The 1st Division were literally the first infantry to arrive in France in June of 1917 and the last ones to leave. However, the 28,000 or so men that returned home was a substantially different group – the 1st had lost 6,020 dead or missing and 17,201 had been wounded. ...read more

C-SPAN3, September 28 – 30

This weekend C-SPAN3 repeats WWI programming from last week, with two additions. All times as usual are Central.

Reel America “Motor Convoy” 1919 Silent Film. Airs at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning, September 28.

The Presidency Herbert Hoover’s World War I Relief Work. Airs at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning, September 28. ...read more

CFA finally approves the National WW1 Memorial design

On September 9th the District of Columbia Commission for Fine Arts signed off on the Pershing Park project. The next step is to get approval from the National Capitol Planning Commission. It is still hoped that the project can be completed by November 11th, 2020. If you’re interested in reading through the final version of the design click here. ...read more

Annual National World War I Museum and Memorial Symposium

It’s coming close to the time for the National World War I Museum and Memorial’s annual symposium! Scheduled for November 1-2, it promises to be another excellent program. This year’s topic: 1919: Peace?

For more information, use this link: https://www.theworldwar.org/learn/2019-symposium ...read more

C-SPAN3, September 21-23

After an absence of a few weeks, we have some programs from the World War I era appearing on C-SPAN3 this weekend. As usual, all times shown here are Central.

Reel America: “Motor Convoy” 1919 Silent Army Film. The post-war cross-country convoy which included Lt. Colonel Dwight Eisenhower, the trip that inspired the creation of the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s. Airs Saturday, September 21 at 9:00 p.m. Repeats Sunday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m., and Monday, September 23 at 1:00 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. ...read more

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