New Feature Article Added: The Lonesome Death of Marvin Stainton

Blog readers are encourgaed to check out a new Feature Article on the website:  “The Lonesome Death of Marvin Stainton.”  The article is an excerpt from James Carl Nelson’s book, The Remains of Company D:  A Story of the Great War. Mr. Nelson’s book is essentially an effort to learn more about the war-time experiences of his Grandfather, John Nelson; but he skillfully brings to life the other members of Co. D, 28th Inf. Regt., 1st Division, AEF as well.  What caught the webmaster’s attention Continue reading →

Armistice Day Photos: NYC Vetarans’ Day Parade 2014

Pictured are WW1 reenactors who marched in New York City’s 2014 Veterans’ Day Parade.  The three people on the right of the back row are the Webmaster’s son, Graham, the Webmaster and his wife, Laurie.   The uniform worn by Graham was an original uniform that belonged to Frank Tatyrek, a native of Maplewood, NJ.  Based on the uniform details, Mr. Tatyrek served overseas in the 228th Aero squadron.  Pictured above are Al Tatyrek, the original owner’s son, and Graham Gaulke.  The uniform found its way to the Webmaster through a Continue reading →

Armistice Day Photos: Frank W. Buckles’ Funeral, March 15, 2011

Frank W. Buckles, America’s last doughboy, passed away on February 27, 2011 at age 110.  He was buried with full military honors in Plot 34 at Arlington National Cemetery; near the grave of  John J. Pershing, General of the Armies of the United States.  The funeral date was March 15, 2011.  The webmaster was fortunate to be able to attend the funeral service.            

Armistice Day Poem: One by One, by C.E. Baker

One by one old soldiers die, One by one they are no more, And their comrades mourn their loss, As they leave this mortal shore.   Standing by an open grave, One more flag-draped coffin rests, Friends and comrades gather ’round, As they pay their last respects.   When the solemn rites are done, And the chaplain turns away, Mournful notes of bugle stir, Mem’ries of a bygone day.   One by one they drop from rank, Just as did the blue and gray, Soldier Continue reading →

Happiness is… Exploring the Battlefield with (International) Friends

The webmaster and his son together with Markus Paulick and family from Germany and Wim Degrande and his son from Belgium.  In August 2014 this group spent two days exploring areas where the 28th Division AEF fought, including le Chene Tondu and areas around Montblainville.  With Wim’s knowledge and research of the area they looked at two semaphore bunkers (Blinknetzstellen), two German camps (Lager) and the Geman hospital located on the Eastern edge of le Chene Tondu.  When one moves off the beaten path, one gains a Continue reading →

Travel Tips: “To Understand and to Feel the War”

The attached .pdf file is a presentation by Dr. Paola Filippucci given to the Flanders Heritage Society entitled “To Understand and to Feel the War:  Memory and Tourism on the Western Front 1919-2011.”  It shows many of the sites that can be visited in the Meuse-Argonne with quotes from various individuals at various points in time.  Dr. Filippucci is the external Director of Studies in Social Anthropology at Emmanuael College, Cambridge University. Her research is focused on the First World War and on France. Keynote1_Filippucci (Warning:  Continue reading →