A Salute to Long Beach
Veterans in the Great War
By Tim Grobaty
The following are excerpts from Grobaty's Sunday Press-Telegram Column who I thought did an excellent job of reminding us why we celebrate Veteran's Day.
The Great War ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 in Campiegne, France, and in Long Beach, as in thousands of other cities in the world, it was time for celebration. It was celebration weighted with the horror of one of the most brutal wars in history.
Everyone in the city knew at least one young man or woman who had fought in the first World War. Long Beach's population in 1910 was less than 18,000, and the young town, then almost entirely made up of immigrants from other cities and states, sent about 2,000 young men off to fight for the Allies.
By Armistice Day, 33 Long Beach soldiers were killed in action, another 6 died of wounds, four died in airplane accidents, 20 died in accidents and 14 from the great flu epidemic that heaped additional woes upon the world.
In past years on Veterans Day, we've shared some brief stories of some of these troops. We'll probably never run out. Here a few more, taken from the book, "Long Beach in the World War."
Grobaty goes on to write a short paragraph on 13 individuals who served. It really brings the gravity war home and to life. If you would like to read further, Click here for the link the Press-Telegram online archives.
Enjoy Your Week,