War to End All Wars: World War I and the American Expeditionary Force (AEF)
Speaker: Gary Augustine, Historian
On April 6, 1917, the U.S. Congress voted to declare War on Germany thrusting the U.S. into the horrendous maelstrom of the Great War: a War in which millions perished. When the armistice concluded the War 53,402 Americans had died in combat, while another 63,114 had died of disease and of other causes with the bulk of the deaths concentrated in the last few months of the War. Who were the men of the American Expeditionary Force? What did they do to defeat Germany? Nearly forgotten, this War profoundly impacted the World political scene for over a quarter of a century and still casts a dark shadow that lingers today in the Middle East and the Balkans. Join the speaker as he tells the history of the courageous men of the American Expeditionary Force who fought the War to end all Wars.