Nebraskans in World War I
"The Great World War" began in August, 1914. The United States did not join the conflict until 6 Apr 1917. The Armistice was signed "at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month", 1918.
"Soldiers of the Great War: Memorial Edition" Nebraska portion of this three-volume set. Transcribed by Susan Anderson, Keith County Volunteer Coordinator.
List of Nebraskans that died while serving in the military during WW I from NSHS Journal "Nebraska History and Record of Pioneer Days", Vol II, no. 1. Make certain to read about the Society's collection of materials related to WW I in this same issue. Note: Other issues of this journal are now available!
See "Nebraska History and Record of Pioneer Days", Vol. I, no. 2 - the Table of Contents includes: Sergeant Anderson, of Funston (photo ID of WW I pictures at NE & Camp Funston), History and Patriotism (in schools), Who started the War?, NE House of Representatives Service Flag (representing members, & sons of members that were in the service).
Base Hospital 49 "University of Nebraska Hospital Overseas" from Nebraska History & Record of Pioneer Days, Vol II, no.2 - includes lists of officers, enlisted & nursing personnel.
Nebraska Alumni Killed in WWI - ALHN website by Virginia A. Cisewski
History of Western Nebraska and Its People by Grant L.
Shumway, 1921 -
of Nebraska, 1918 Yearbook - Strong emphasis on WW I
(which was still in progress). List of students, alumni and faculty
serving in various capacities related to the war effort. Letters
from service men and snapshots. Information from assorted training
camps and military bases. List of bases.
New Laws on "Sedition,
Sabotage and Home Guards", passed at Special Session of NE
Legislature, March 26 to Apr 8, 1918
Pilgrimage for the mothers and widows of soldiers, sailors, and mariners of the American forces now interred in the cemeteries of Europe - Nebraska List provided by Kathy Monical.
General John Joseph Pershing (1860-1948) Graduate of University of NE Law School in 1893. Commander of the American Expeditionary Force to France in 1917. Briefest of bios includes quotations, and a speech by Gen. John J. Pershing. For a large portrait of the General, use this link. (from "Victory ... Burt County Nebraska in the World War").
Eddie Rickenbacher Speaks in Omaha (from Plattsmouth Journal, May 22, 1919)
EA Dubois & wife, from Plattsmouth Journal 1918
WWI Draft Registration
To see samples of the draft registration cards for 1917 and 1918, visit Gary's Martens site on Lincoln Co., NE. It provides advice and address to secure records from NARA in Georgia.
Draft registration material is available for some
counties, prepared and donated by Ray
Banks from the original draft registration cards.
Thank you, Mr. Banks! Check the USGenWeb Nebraska
Archives for the following counties: Arthur,
Banner, Blaine, Garfield, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Keya Paha,
Logan, Loup, McPherson, Perkins, Rock, Thomas and Wheeler.
If you would like to volunteer to type the draft list for a county, please contact Bill Wever to secure the data copies.
Information By County
Boone County WW I Soldiers, Sailors and Marines (does not include casualties) RG18 Files (kept at NSHS)
"In the World War 1917-1918-1919 Buffalo County Nebraska" published by Oliver F Brown Publishing Company, Kearney, Nebr., 1919.
Burt County People in World War I This site is part of county page by Bill Wever.
Burt County WW I Soldiers, Sailors and Marines (does not include casualties) RG18 Files (kept at NSHS)
Frontier County Veterans Burials
Knox County World War One Inductees
Knox County War Casualties
Lancaster County Honor Roll "WW I Veterans Who Fought For Us" - brief bios & photos related to servicemen of Lancaster County.
Lincoln County The Nolan Brothers
Madison County Honor Roll published by Walter Krenzien of Norfolk, NE.
Merrick County Honor Roll (from 1921 Atlas and Plat Book of Merrick County, NE) Book includes two pages about draft board, Red Cross, etc.
Nuckolls County WW I Honor Roll
Platte County Veterans burials
Saunders County - "Honor Roll - 1917-1918-1919" book about both the veterans and activities of the citizens in WW I
Saunders County Military page
Leading Facts of American History by D. H. Montgomery, 1920 (pp 411-432) - "The Great European War", "Our Men Reach Europe and Do Their Part in the Great War", etc. Some maps included, pronunciation guide to battlefield names.
NARA World War I Records
The Great War Society (website devoted to WW I)
Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures American Memory from the Library of Congress
Overseas burials - American Battles Monument Commission page Honor Roll of World War I Dead - Data base by name, gives death date with grave location, a view of the cemetery.
WWI Timeline America at War
Note: There is a rumor (we know of no published statement of facts) that the great "Spanish flu" epidemic of 1917-1918 can be traced to Camp Funston, KS. This was the army base where many Nebraska draftees underwent basic training. Thousands died of the disease, and thousands more died younger than would have been expected because they had suffered permanent respiratory damage. For an overall info page about the epidemic, please see The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Molly Billings.
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