Forgotten Soldiers of World War I: America’s Immigrant Doughboys

The United States is a nation of immigrants, and the US Army during World War I certainly reflected this. Irish, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Cuban, German, Armenian, Greek, Russian, and Turkish immigrants, among others, all had come to America in search of work, citizenship, or both.

As a result, they too became part of the US military during the war. Join us for the “All-American” story of the approximately 800,000 foreign-born soldiers who served in the US military during World War I with author and Virginia National Guard Command Historian Al Barnes, as he discusses his book “Forgotten Soldiers of World War I: America’s Immigrant Doughboys.”

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