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100th Anniversary of World War I

From: domainremoved <Thomas>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:03:37 -0700

UPDATE AS OF Sep 10, 2018 (as best as I know)

 

Purpose

To enhance Veteran’s Day activities in the San Francisco Bay Area by connecting persons and groups with historical knowledge of World War I with local communities and Veterans organizations to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice of World War I on the San Francisco Peninsula.

 

General

 The San Francisco Peninsula was active in the war effort. Camp Fremont, located in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Stanford was one of 32 Army training camps in the United States to train National Guard soldiers. Thanks to the Menlo Park Historical Association and author Barbara Wilcox, much of the history of Camp Fremont and the SF Peninsula is documented. The story is exciting, and this is a great opportunity to share this important time in history with veterans and the community. Many WWI records are digitized and available through Ancestory.com. The San Mateo County Libraries and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Centers have free access to Ancestory.com and can assist persons to search records of ancestors that were part of the war effort.

 

Knowing our history is a good thing. With Camp Fremont and the ability to locate digitized records, this history becomes tangible and personal.

 

 Barbara Wilcox, wrote a book as a graduate student at Stanford, World War I Army Training by San Francisco Bay, The Story of Camp Fremont, published 2016. Jim Lewis and Bo Crane of the Menlo Park Historical Association are planning an event specifically for this occasion in Menlo Park.



My nephew asked if anything was going on locally to commemorate the 100th Anniversary. I am a retired Army Officer and involved with veteran activities. My regimental affiliation is with the 159th Infantry Regiment whose crest includes the fleur-de-lis for its participation in WWI. I served on active duty at Hunter Liggett Military Reservation, and later drilled at Fort Hunter Liggett with the California Army National Guard. The post was named after Lieutenant General Hunter Liggett who served under General Pershing in WWI. He retired in San Francisco and is buried at the Presidio of San Francisco. I was again involved with Hunter Liggett in 1995 as the Base Realignment and Closure officer for the National Guard Bureau. Through Ancestory.com I was able to find my uncle’s draft registration and his name on a ship manifest. I also found my aunt who served as a nurse in WWI.

 

Resolution to Honor and Commemorate the 100th Year Anniversary

Marci Dragun, Senior Legislative Aide to Supervisor Warren Slocum, District 4 graciously volunteered to draft a resolution for the County Board of Supervisors to recognize the 100th Anniversary of World War I and Camp Fremont. Marci will be contacting Jim Lewis, President of the Menlo Park Historical Association and Barbara Wilcox to assist with the resolution.

 

This resolution, or a similar version, can be adopted by other cities and towns in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

 

Points of Contact


Representing

Name

Phone

Email


Menlo Park Historical Association

Jim Lewis / Bo Crane

650-330-2522

mphistorical_at_(domainremoved)


Author of book on Camp Fremont

Barbara Wilcox

510-372‐7755

babspmalone_at_(domainremoved)


County of San Mateo, District 4, (Legislative Aide)

Marci Dragun

650-599-1021

mdragun_at_(domainremoved)


San Mateo County Veterans Commission (President)

Hank Sherf

650-464-0856

hscherf_at_(domainremoved)


Veterans Administration, Palo Alto (Public Affairs)

Michael Hill-Jackson

650-849-1222

michael.hill-jackon_at_(domainremoved)


VA, Golden Gate National Cemetery (Avenue of Flags)

Kathy McCall

650-589-7737

Kathleen.mccall_at_(domainremoved)


United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County

Gene Fanucchi

 

GBF22SJ_at_(domainremoved)


American Legion Post 105, Redwood City

Romie Bassetto

650-207-0426

Post105rc_at_(domainremoved)


American Legion Post 82,

San Mateo

AC Ralston

650-533-5519

Alpost82_at_(domainremoved)


Stanford Historical Society

Laura Jones

650-725-3332

historicalsociety_at_(domainremoved)


Palo Alto Historical Association

 

650-329-2353

paha_at_(domainremoved)


California Military History Curator

SGM Daniel M. Sebby

916-768-4249

daniel.m.sebby_at_(domainremoved)


California National Guard (State Adjutant General)

Major General David Baldwin

 

david.s.baldwin.mil_at_(domainremoved)


San Mateo County Libraries

Joanna Arteaga La Spina

650-323-0362

Arteaga_la_spina_at_(domainremoved)


Menlo Park Family History Center

David Ellison

650-704-6118

fhellison_at_(domainremoved)


 

Thomas Weissmiller

650-218-6386

tarzantom_at_(domainremoved)

 

 

Veterans Day Activities (currently known – there maybe more)


Day, Date & Time

 

Sponsor / Location

 

More Information


Sun, Nov 11

10:30am

Avenue of Flags /

Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno

https://sites.google.com/site/avenueofflagsggnc/


Sun, Nov 11

11:00am

Menlo Park Historical Association / TBD

https://sites.google.com/site/mphistorical/home/

https://sites.google.com/site/mphistorical/home/camp-fremont


Sun, Nov 11 11:00am

United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County

http://www.uvcscc.org/

 


TBD

VA Hospital, Menlo Park

 

 

Feel free to exchange ideas and share. This is a real opportunity showcase our history.

 

61 days to November 11, 2018

 

 

Tom

Thomas Weissmiller (Weiβmϋller)

US Army, LTC (Ret)

US Volunteers, COL, G3

San Mateo, CA 94402

H: 650-375-8311

C: 650-218-6386

 



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Received on Tue Sep 11 2018 - 10:02:38 PDT

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