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World War I

Today in History: Sept. 18, 1914

For five days, the French and British have failed to break through the strong German fortified lines. The Germans have vainly tried to assume the offensive, but the situation remains unchanged.

September 18, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

A letter home during World War I cost 3 cents to send.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

A letter home during World War I begins with the discussion of a fire at one of the Army camps.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

A discussion of finances in a soldier's letter home during World War I.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

Evan Strain writes of his disdain for gambling in this letter. The soldiers' letters were handwritten, but later typed for easier reading.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

A postcard from France. Some were mailed individuals; others were sent in batches inside envelopes.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

A postcard from France. Some were mailed individuals; others were sent in batches inside envelopes.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

A postcard from France. Some were mailed individuals; others were sent in batches inside envelopes.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

A postcard from France. Some were mailed individuals; others were sent in batches inside envelopes.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

DOUG ROSS: World War I letters delivered multiple times

Carl Strain, of Munster, is writing a book about his family's letters home during World War I, but what the letters say isn't the only interesting part of the story.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Navy recruits in flag formation

Navy recruits in flag formation

Ethel Johns, a nurse at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in 1917, sent this photo home to her father. Her son, Hal B. Schell, of Cedar Lake, owns the photo now. There are more than 300 sailors in the flagpole alone, he said.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
13 was lucky number for Nicholas Fagen

13 was lucky number for Nicholas Fagen

My father, Nicholas Fagen, enlisted in the Marines at Paris Island. He was in the 13th Regiment. There were 13 ships in their convoy to Europe. They were attacked (I'm not sure if they were hit 13 times or attacked 13 times) and stayed afloat. They landed in France on the 13th of the month, …

August 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Good conduct commendation

Good conduct commendation

Nicholas Fagen received this commendation for good conduct soon after World War I.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Lt. Col. Guy Rowe

Lt. Col. Guy Rowe

This newspaper clipping offers an account of Lt. Col. Guy Rowe's role in saving Paris from destruction in July 15, 1918. One of the paragraphs reads, "The Huns swore and they ranted, they fired every weapon they had and then tried gas. All to no avail. The 38th stood fast until reinforcement…

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Uncle's letters to friend collected into book

Uncle's letters to friend collected into book

Don Obermeyer, of Valparaiso, shared a book of letters his uncle, Henry Obermeyer, wrote home to friend Louise Klumpe, who never married. Henry Obermeyer died during World War I, on July 20, 1918.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
War letters hit home for local intern to a British museum

War letters hit home for local intern to a British museum

A young Crown Point woman recently came to know several British war veterans in her trip to England.

August 23, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Firepower Royal Artillery Museum exhibit

Firepower Royal Artillery Museum exhibit

Purdue University Calumet intern Kaley Young researched an American World War I soldier, Vion Dunkley, for the Firepower Royal Artillery Museum near London, using Bunkley's diary provided by the New York State Military Museum. The exhibit opened Thursday, after the Crown Point woman returned…

August 20, 2014 11:09 pm
Vion Dunkley

Vion Dunkley

Purdue University Calumet intern Kaley Young researched this American World War I soldier, Vion Dunkley, for the Firepower Royal Artillery Museum near London, using Bunkley's diary provided by the New York State Military Museum. The exhibit opened Thursday, after the Crown Point woman returned home.

August 20, 2014 11:06 pm
In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

Purdue University Calumet intern Kaley Young researched an American World War I soldier, Vion Dunkley, for the Firepower Royal Artillery Museum near London, using Bunkley's diary provided by the New York State Military Museum. The exhibit opened Thursday, after the Crown Point woman returned home.

August 20, 2014 11:02 pm

Doughboy stands in tribute to U.S. soldiers of WWI and beyond

“The muffled tongue of Big Ben tolled nine by the clock as the cortege left the palace, but on history's clock it was sunset, and the sun of the old world was setting in a dying blaze of splendor never to be seen again.”

August 03, 2014 12:00 am
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