Today is Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Today in
World War I History

1917 - Corporal Robert Bralet of the Sixth Artillery became the first American soldier to fire a shot during World War I. He fired a French 75mm gun at a Germany trench about a half mile away.

1921 - In France, U.S. Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger selected the body of the "Unknown Soldier" to represent unidentifiable soldiers killed during World War I.

World War I Quote

"The Americans who went to Europe to die are a unique breed.... (They) crossed the seas to a foreign land to fight for a cause which they did not pretend was peculiarly their own, which they knew was the cause of humanity and mankind. These Americans gave the greatest of all gifts, the gift of life and the gift of spirit."
- President Woodrow Wilson

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