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Memorial to the Michigan Polar Bears

In mid October 1918,  99 years ago, American soldiers of the 85th Infantry Division were in the far north of Russia, near Kodish, settling in after a joint attack alongside British and Canadian forces to drive off Bolshevik ‘Red’ forces that…

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Upper Peninsula Veteran’s Memorial

A Veteran’s Memorial is a way to remember our fallen allies whom have served in some form of war (Danto). There are hundreds of these memorials Scattered throughout the world and all of them pay tribute to the lives of…

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The River Rouge Complex, WWI

During WWI, German U-boats were destroying the United State Navy Ships. At the time the United States had no submarine chasers. The Navy destroyers were managing but not very well. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Secretary of the Navy, reached out to…

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The Beginning for The Red Arrow, 32nd Infantry

The 32nd Division, known as the ‘Red Arrow’, was a division of the army made up by the National Guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin. As rivals these men did not fit together at first. In a fight for our country…

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1st infantry Division in the First World War

Under the War Department, the First Division of the United States military also known as ‘The Big Red One’ was founded on May 24, 1917 [1].This division although new was founded on existing divisions and would see combat throughout the…

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Camp Custer and World War I

Camp Custer, located near Battle Creek, MI, was a camp built during World War 1, in 1917. This camp was named after General George Armstrong Custer, the Civil War General most famous for his death at the Battle of Little…

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“Detroit’s Own Polar Bears” in Northern Russia

The United States had a late involvement in World War I, but few know that the U.S. had a small regiment of troops called Detroit’s Own Polar Bears deployed in northern Russia who remained in battle until 1919, even after…

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German Submarine UC-97

At the bottom of Lake Michigan lies the German Submarine UC-97.  It was fired upon and sunk 20 miles off the shore of Grant Park in Chicago as part of a naval exercise.  Before it was sunk, the submarine made…

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