Harry Goes to War

Conflict: World War I

Did you know that President Truman was the only U.S. president to serve in combat during World War I? (Eisenhower also served during WWI but was stationed stateside.) Harry Truman had joined the artillery of the Missouri National Guard in … Continue reading

Sergeant Stubby

Conflict: World War I

In the spring of 1917, a small brindled puppy of indeterminate breeding wandered into a training session of the 102nd Infantry at Yale University. The dog—soon named Stubby for his short tail—made friends with the soldiers and became their unofficial … Continue reading

The Greatest Single Hero

Conflict: World War I

Deemed by General Pershing as the “greatest single hero in the American forces” of World War I, Samuel Woodfill—a shy, modest man—would probably never have achieved national fame if granted his own wishes. As one reporter recounted, “It was evident … Continue reading