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WWI chaplain Albert D. Bell of York

Albert D. Bell was the only army Chaplain from York to lose his life in the World War. That is the closing sentence in the memorial to Chaplain Albert D. Bell; appearing on page 120 of the book “York County … Continue reading

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WWI veteran James Franklin Schuman

James F. Schuman is another York County veteran, appearing on the WWI memorial tablets at the York Fairgrounds, however is not among the 197 York Countians honored on the World War I panels, fronting four columns, at the York County … Continue reading

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Yorker Jeannette Zinn a national WWI Patriot

Jeannette Zinn is one of 197 York County patriots who gave their lives in national service during World War I. Her name is included among the four WWI panels fronting the columns of the former York County Court House; now … Continue reading

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York WWI Veterans buried near Eiffel Tower

Two WWI soldiers from York County are buried four miles from the Eiffel Tower in America’s first permanent overseas cemetery. The Suresnes American Cemetery is located high on Mont Valerien, just west of the Paris city limits. The 1919 National … Continue reading

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First York County WWI soldier dies in France

Walter L. Fitzgerald was the first York County WWI soldier to die on foreign soil, doing so on January 5, 1918. Private Fitzgerald is buried in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery just east of Fere-en-Tardenois in France; within Plot C, Row … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during May 2016

Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. This single graphic, features illustrations from all top 10 posts; however giving greater space to the higher ranked posts. If you … Continue reading

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French Alliance of 1778 ratified May 4th in York, PA

The Treaty of Alliance with France, during the Revolutionary War, was both signed in France and ratified by the Continental Congress while York was the seat of government for the new nation. Without France’s significant military aid, provided by this … Continue reading

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German Submarine Mailed Letter at Newport then Sank 6 Ships

During the second year of WWI, a German submarine entered Narragansett Bay and dropped anchor in the harbor at Newport, Rhode Island; all within the shadow of the United States Naval War College and a host of U. S. Navy … Continue reading

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Earliest Jeeps Built 75-Years Ago for WWII

During an October visit to Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, I was enlightened with the latest research and identification of the earliest Jeeps. A few weeks after that visit, I attended a York County Heritage Trust symposium on General Jacob L. … Continue reading

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First Balloon Ascensions in America

Aeronaut James Mills—first to fly in York County This Library of Congress illustration is from the “Journal of my Forty-Fifth Ascension, being the First Performed in America, on the Ninth of January, 1793;” printed by Charles Cist in Philadelphia, 1793. … Continue reading

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