Remembering the Doughboys

U. S. Army unit on Walker Memorial Library steps, Westbrook, 1917 (MMN #82210)
U. S. Army unit on Walker Memorial Library steps, Westbrook, 1917 (MMN #82210)

New Maine Memory Network contributing partner Walker Memorial Library in Westbrook has been adding some great images to the database. Like this one–a unit of World War I U.S. Army soldiers assembled on the front steps of the Library in 1917. Westbrook lost 19 of the 398 men who served. Zoom in on their faces to see just how young some of these young men really were.

The 100th anniversary of the Great War begins next year. We are marking the occasion early with Thursday’s noontime book talk by Richard Rubin, author of The Last of the Doughboys. Both the book and Rubin himself have been getting great reviews around the state. Don’t miss it!

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