Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day - Soldiers of the Great War

As we celebrate Memorial Day, this is a time to remember the men and women who died in the service of the United Stated Armed Forces.

My great-uncle Julius Councill was killed in action on August 12, 1918 in a horrible battle in Fismette, France. While researching Julius' service, I came across a book called Soldiers of the Great War available for free on Google books.

Soldiers of the Great War - Volume I - Alabama to Maryland
Soldiers of the Great War - Volume II - Massachusetts to Ohio
Soldiers of the Great War - Volume III - Oklahoma to Wyoming and Supplement

Dedication from Soldiers of the Great War
The purpose of the book was to present a complete and accurate record of all US soldiers who lost their lives in Europe during WWI. There are many photographs of the individual soldiers and a text listing each soldier by name, their rank, how they died (killed in action, died of disease, died of wounds, died of accident, or wounded in action), and where they were from. The book is in three volumes and is arranged by state, but the photographs are not in alphabetical order and there is no index to them. The third volume contains some extra photographs from different states and there is an index to this supplement. Julius served in a Pennsylvania unit, but was listed in the Maryland group, which is where he was born.

I don't have a picture of Julius, so was really hoping to find one here. Unfortunately, I didn't find him in the photographs, but as an example of the text listings, here is the page listing Julius.

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