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United States Coast Guard Roll of Honor, April 6, 1917 – – November 30, 1918

United States Coast Guard Roll of Honor, April 6, 1917 – – November 30, 1918 – http://www.uscg.mil/history/docs/USCG_RollofHonor1918.pdf  (PDF link currently down, webmaster contacted 9/8/17)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How many US Coast Guard members died from Pneumonia during World War I?
  • Where can I find an act of personal bravery in Coast Guard service during World War I?
  • Where can I find people with no next of kin who died during World War I?

Description:

From the introduction: ”A list of officers and men who were killed in action or otherwise perished during the war and those decorated during the war — a supplement to the Report of the Secretary of the Navy, 1919.”

This work is subdivided as follows:

  • List of Officers and Men
  • Killed in Combat with the Enemy – Entries list rank, date and place of death along with name and address of next of kin.
  • Died as Result of Accident, Collison, Drowning, etc – Entries list rank, type of death, sometimes with a sentence or two on how. Also includes name and address of next of kin.
  • Died from Natural Causes – Entries list rank, date and place of death along with name and address of next of kin.
  • List of Officers and Men Commended – All of the entries in the subsections below list list name, rank, assignment and date of action. Also includes comments regarding commendation that range from a sentence to a paragraph.
  • For Courageous and Heroic Action
  • For Efficient and Noteworthy Action
  • For Acts of Personal Bravery

Each section above is preceded by statistics on the number of officers and enlisted men in that area.

Medal of Honor Recipients from War with Spain (Center of Military History)

Medal of Honor Recipients from War with Spain (Center of Military History) – http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/warspain.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where can I find someone decorated for rescuing wounded from Cuba?
  • Where can I find individuals involved in the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba?
  • Where can I find men cited for action in the Philippines?

Description:

Listing of citations of Medals of Honor earned by servicemen in the war with Spain. Each entry carries name, rank, birthdate, birthplace, date of citation and date of action. Also carries a 1-3 sentence description of the act being honored.

Spanish American War Reading Shelf (Center of Military History)

Spanish American War Reading Shelf (Center of Military History) – http://www.history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/resmat/WWS.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What did future WWI general Pershing do in Cuba?
  • What was the role of African American Buffalo Soldiers at the battle of San Juan Hill?
  • Did the Congressional declaration of war against Spain mention the Maine?
  • How many California based soldiers commit suicide during the War?

Description:

A set of published and archival material relating to the War with Spain. Items include:

  • Black Jack in Cuba: General John J. Pershing’s Experience in the Spanish American War
  • A Declaration of War (Includes call for volunteers, regulations for volunteers)
  • Troop B in the Porto Rico Campaign
  • Statistical Exhibit of Strength of Volunteer Forces Called into Service during the War with Spain; With Losses from All Causes

 

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