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Freedom is not free. It is paid with every drop of blood, sweat, and tears of our men and women who serve or has served in the armed forces.

Patriots in History

American Volunteers of World War 1

At the outbreak of World War I, France was facing a bitter struggle for liberty. Facing unbelievable odds, the brave French attempted to save their country and heritage. During this time in America, there were some who strongly believe in the ideals of freedom and the pursuit of happiness. These brave Americans took up arms along side the French to assist them in protecting their freedoms. These were volunteers who stood firm on the ideals that men and women should be free.

A couple of years ago, a movie called Fly Boys portrayed this little know period of history. While the film focused on those who flew airplanes, there were others whose lives were sacrificed for the cause.

These men who fought in the armies of Canada, Great Britain, and France came from all walks of life. They were men from wealthy estates to men of less fortune. Whether rich or poor, all these men had one thing in common; they believed in freedom for all mankind. These men were writers, lawyers, engineers, former soldiers and sailors, boxers, butchers, explorers, and university students.

One of these men, named Paul Rockwell was seriously wounded in Champagne during the war wrote, “In the Foreign Legion about two hundred Americans are serving or have served.  The bitterest regret of my life is that so few Americans have come to aid France.” Men like Paul Rockwell served with great honor to our country and to France.  By January, 1917, seventy citations in official orders were awarded to the American volunteers who served bravely in the fight. Here are a few of the names that served and sacrificed their all for this cause.

  • Norman Prince: died October 15, 1916
  • Victor Chapman: died in June 1916
  • Kiffin Rockwell: died September 23, 1916
  • Dennis Dowd: the skilled pilot, died in an airplane accident at Bucairdrome in August, 1916
  • William Thaw: The Pittsburg Millionaire
  • Elliot Christopher Cowdin
  • Bert Hall
  • Paul Pavelka
  • James R. MacConnell
  • Edward Mandell Stone: a graduate of Harvard and first American volunteer killed
  • Henry W. Farnsworth: killed in Champagne
  • Alan Seeger: a poet and an idealists
  • John Earle Fiske: a former American soldier, died June 16, 1915
  • Russell A. Kelly: died June 16, 1915
  • Nelson Larson: died July 4th, 1916
  • Frank Clair: of Columbus, died from wounds suffered in battle
  • Rene Phelizot: of  Chicago, a daring hunter of big game, killed at Craouelle in February 1915
  • Harman Edwin Hall: of Chicago, died June 16, 1916

May we always remember that freedom is never free and that the cost was taken out of the very best of our country men and women. It is their legacy that we should honor and cherish as long as we live in this free nation.

Sacrifice for free is not duty but an honor.



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