Category Archives: World War I

June 5, 1917: A Close-up on the Mechanism of War

by Joe Scarry When I wrote about my grandfather’s WWI service — and the reason he enlisted — someone asked, “Don’t you suppose he was drafted?” This led me to discover the Selective Service Act of 1917, and learn about … Continue reading

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November 11, 1918: Another Veteran for Peace

by Joe Scarry I don’t know what induced Granddaddy Melker to serve in WWI. I know there was a lot of talk about patriotism, and the pressure on US people of German descent to prove their loyalty was especially strong. … Continue reading

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