Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

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Ft. Eisenhower is coming?

The Congressional Naming Commission has released their recommendation for retitling nine Army installations presently named for Confederate historical figures. One of the recommendations is to change the name of Ft. Gordon, near Augusta, Georgia to Ft. Eisenhower, after five star General and the 34th POTUS Dwight D. Eisenhower, who grew up in Abilene, Kansas. This post is the Headquarters of both the Army Signal Corps and the Army Cyber Command. Click here to read the full press release. more

Winston Churchill’s Soldiers Part 3

Winston Churchill took responsibility for the Gallipoli fiasco (click here to read more). After his resignation from the Admiralty, the Royal Naval Division (RND) was quickly shifted over to army command. Since at the time it had only one ‘naval’ brigade and the marine brigade, it was augmented by the addition of  190th Brigade, which included the 7th Royal Fusiliers, 4th Bedfords, 1/1st Honourable Artillery Co. (an infantry unit) and the 10th Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Three of these battalions were Territorials and one was New Army. The RND was re-titled as the 63rd Division, and although this was the highest-numbered division in the British Expeditionary Force, it was the senior division in the order of precedence, as the navy is senior to the army. Thereafter, as the numbers of the ‘Naval’ brigades declined, they were replaced by soldiers. more

Medal of Honor: Charles Barger

Previously we have featured articles about all of the WW1 Medal of Honor recipients with a Kansas connection. However, we missed one.

Pfc. Charles Barger, 354th Infantry, 89th Division, was born in Galena, Kansas but grew up in Scott City, Missouri. Post-war he lived in and around Kansas City, except for a six-month re-enlistment in the army in 1921. He was then a Kansas City police officer for over 12 years, and was shot five times in the line of duty. more

Kansans in the Great War – Clyde Grimsley, PoW

We’ve previously written about the first American officer to be killed in action, First Lieut. William Fitzsimons, MC from Burlington, Kansas (you can read about him by clicking here). Another first was claimed by Pvt. Clyde Grimsley of the 16th Infantry, from Stockton, Kansas, who was one of the first six American Doughboys to be captured by the Germans. You can read more about Grimsley and his comrades by clicking here. more

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