to Iowa in the Great War, an IAGenWeb Special Project.
This project will cover roughly the time period of the The
Great War,* 1914-1919. This project was born out of the
desire to not let the sacrifices and contributions of Iowa
during the Great War ever be forgotten. Here we are
trying to Honor those men and women who served from Iowa and
the families who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms...
the lives of their sons, daughters, husbands and fathers.
Iowa has always answered the call to do
their part in helping to preserve our freedom and the
freedom of others, and the Great War was no exception!
Over 500,000 Iowans between the ages of 18 and 45 registered
for the draft. Iowa sent 114,242 men and women to serve
during this war. One of the first U.S. soldiers killed
in combat in World War I was an Iowan, Merle Hay, from
Glidden. The first U.S. woman to die of injuries in a combat
zone also was an Iowan, Marion Crandell, formerly a French teacher at St. Katharine's School
in Davenport. She died while serving in a canteen, when an
artillery shell exploded nearby.
I hope you will join us as we
begin our journey to preserve the history of the brave men and
women who served from Iowa, as well as the great sacrifices
and many contributions of all Iowans. Please share your
biographies, military records, events, company histories,
awards, newspaper accounts of war time events, etc., by
emailing me at
the Great War has been known as WWI.