Saturday, November 7

The Stars and Stripes, World War I

We usually go for the big databases here at Free Genealogy Tools.  Today's entry is a small one, but it represents a big event.  Even if your ancestors aren't specifically mentioned herein (and chances are, they won't be), this is still something that touched their lives.

During World War I, the Stars and Stripes newspaper (1918-1919) was printed for a total run of 71 weeks...71 issues aimed at the doughboys of what was officially called the American Expeditionary Forces, or simply the AEF.

The entire set of newspaper archives is available online at the Library of Congress.  It's worth a look.  Issues can be fully searched, or you can simply browse by date.  In typical LOC fashion, accessing the newspapers is a bit on the clumsy side, but if you just pull up the pdf of the page (or the full newspaper) of interest, you can easily peruse the whole thing.

There's also a nicely-done Closer Look at the Stars and Stripes, which tells some of the back story of the newspaper itself.

If you're fortunate, you might find mention of one of your ancestors who was sent to fight the huns in WWI.  But even if you don't, you'll get an exquisitely detailed rendering of the language and tenor of the times, right down to the inaguaral issue message from General Pershing, declaring that the soldiers were the lucky Americans, given the honor to serve their country in a way that few will ever experience.

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1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Mr. Alexander Simon,
Professional Militorian,
Sir William Place,
Suite #305C,
8820-85 Street,
Boonie Doon,
Edmonton, Alberta

Why The Vietnam War Was Won,
By The Marine-16!

This one of the finest was created here in Edmonton, Alberta!
Here in Capital City it can be proven authentic created in the
Provincial Archives of Our Province!
This magnificent Lock-and- Stock Cannon killer #1 is all
Roman Catholic built and designed here again as the
Canadien Troop #Two invaded Hanoi in the 'Nam!

On March 8, 1965 the Viet-Cong was forwarded 30 new
Sub-2s; a Soviet comparable, again created here;
main similar kill is the ability to fire at enemy at
night using 'infra-red' sensing. The Saigon Government
bought 3-million units; from this sale America netted a
$306-million dollar profit from The Canadien, mostly,
Albertan Municipalities!

On the eve of June 1, 1969 and it was here in lower east-side,
north Edmonton that City Council sold 10-million units of the
M-16; this sale financed our Spring Budget to net a major
influence on housing for Canadien need including children's
clothing for the poor by an Mr. Ivor Dent!! (who, ran three
Mayors here with a majority win!!).

As for the conclusion of The War of 'Nam;
two nations produced 80-million units of fabulous design;
Ours and the US! This War was costly;
from the US (America); 10-million souls are said,
to have died in protecting two nations from a
Communist take-over!

The best confirmation is The US Archive in Atlanta Smithsonian;
stated Canada during The Viet-Nam War significantly supported,
by selling the M-16 at half the profit in exchange for lower housing
material. As in two shades of Texan love for one and other;
two dogs best pedigreed won our heart of Democracy!!(!).


Mr. Alexander Simon.

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