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Yesterday There Was Glory: With the 4th Division, A.E.F., in World War I

Description: Memoir describing historical events and personal accounts of Gerald Andrew Howell based on his experiences during World War I, originally completed in 1946 : "His narrative was a study of a small group of American soldiers attempting to survive some of the most ferocious combat of the 'Great War.' He included information on the movements and activities of his 39th Infatry Regiment and the 4th Division, but Howell kept the focus of the story on his squad, a typical cross section of the A.E.F. {American Expeditionary Forces]" (p. 2) This edited version has some introductory and supplementary information and has made minor corrections to the original text. Index starts on page 338.
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Date: September 2017
Creator: Howell, Gerald Andrew & Patrick, Jeffrey L.
Partner: UNT Press

[WWI Soldiers Photo]

Description: Photograph of four soldiers, during World War I, was taken at Camp Bullis, Leon Springs, Texas in 1918 while on maneuvers with the 359th Infantry, 90th Division, as is indicated by the hand written information below the photograph. They are identified from left to right as Captain Vanderkooi, Lieutenant Rex Cunningham, Lieutenant Sam Williams, and Lieutenant Dan Leiper.
Date: 1918
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Well Done Men]

Description: Postcard with a photograph of an airplane flying over the Statue of Liberty, addressed to Mrs. John H. Carper, at 818 Austin St., Houston, Texas. The postcard indicates that John H. Carper will be returning from service at Camp Mills and he'll write home as soon as possible.
Date: May 23, 1919
Creator: Carper, John H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Field service postcard]

Description: A pre-printed field service postcard. The postcard has explicit instructions on how to fill out, saying the postcard will be destroyed if extra information is added, and to include only a date and signature. The handwriting at the bottom of the postcard is signed by John H. Carper and dated August 16, 1918. Carper has crossed out generated sentences, stating he is quite well and has received someone's letter dated July 18, 1918. On the back of the postcard, the addressee is Mrs. John H. Carper at 818 Austin St., Houston, Texas.
Date: August 16, 1918
Creator: Carper, John H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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America Goes Over [Part 1]

Description: First of 5 reels documenting the activities of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, with footage featuring shots of European soldiers fighting and the entrance of the United States into the war with soldiers being drafted and trained. It also includes cartoons by famous A.E.F. artist Wally.
Date: 1927~
Duration: 16 minutes 06 seconds
Creator: United States. Army. Signal Corps.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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Establishing the American Way of Death: World War I and the Foundation of the United States’ Policy Toward the Repatriation and Burial of Its Battlefield Dead

Description: This thesis examines the policies and procedures created during and after the First World War that provided the foundation for how the United States commemorated its war dead for the next century. Many of the techniques used in modern times date back to the Great War. However, one hundred years earlier, America possessed very few methods or even ideas about how to locate, identify, repatriate, and honor its military personnel that died during foreign conflicts. These ideas were not conceived in the halls of government buildings. On the contrary, concerned citizens originated many of the concepts later codified by the American government. This paper draws extensively upon archival documents, newspapers, and published primary sources to trace the history of America’s burial and repatriation policies, the Army Graves Registration Services, and how American dead came to permanently rest in military cemeteries on the continent of Europe. The unprecedented dilemma of over 80,000 American soldiers buried in France and surrounding countries at the conclusion of the First World War in 1918 propelled the United States to solve many social, political, and military problems that arose over the final disposition of those remains. The solutions to those problems became the foundation for how America would repatriate, honor, and mourn its military dead for the next century. Some of these battles persist even today as the nation tries to grapple with the proper way to commemorate the nation’s participation in the First World War on the eve of the conflict’s centennial.
Date: August 2015
Creator: Hatzinger, Kyle J.
Partner: UNT Libraries
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[Letter from a Army Wife to a Adjutant of the Army]

Description: A letter from an unidentified army wife, self-described as "World War Wife" to a Adjutant of the Army where her husband is stationed, circa 1918. In the letter she is requesting the money that her husband is making while in the army to afford clothing and food for her family.
Date: [1918,1919]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[Letter from Chaplain J. E. Doherty to Miss Shafford, October 13, 1918]

Description: Letter from Chaplain J. E. Doherty to Miss Shafford, October 13, 1918. In the letter, Doherty is inquiring about their friend in the war and their well-being. Writteno on the envelope reads "Letter, 1918, With U.S. Flag On it, Concerning the well-being of a friend of Miss Shafford in World War".
Date: October 13, 1918
Creator: Doherty, J. E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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Congressional Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, and the Distinguished Service Medal Issued by the War Department Since April 6, 1917 Up to and including General Orders, Number 126, War Department, November 11, 1919

Description: Book containing the names and deeds of the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, and the Distinguished Service Medal awarded for actions during World War I. It includes information such as whether the award was posthumous, the person's rank, and their company (if applicable).
Date: 1920
Creator: United States. Adjutant-General's Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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The War with Germany: A Statistical Summary

Description: Book containing statistical figures regarding the United States of America's conflict with Germany during World War I, including statistics for casualties, expenditures, and ordnance. Index starts on page 151.
Date: 1919
Creator: Ayres, Leonard Porter, 1879-1946
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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What Libraries Learned from the War.

Description: Pamphlet containing lessons learned by librarians during their service in World War I. Topics covered include how men were not influenced by books or libraries, that libraries must be organized, and that libraries could be used to foster the understanding of world problems.
Date: January 1922
Creator: Milam, Carl Hastings, 1884-1963
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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