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World War One

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into The Great War, known to later generations as World War One, from May to August 2017, the West Virginia State Archives presented a collection of photos of West Virginian in service to our country. When the United States entered the war in 1917, West Virginia eagerly assisted in the cause. West Virginia supplied 58,000 service members. On the home front, bond drives and parades were staged as well as the development of city of Nitro. This town grew from farm land into a viable city almost overnight to produce gunpowder.


Photograph, Confederate Veterans and World War I inductees of Pendleton County, 1917. R. Ruddle Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, World War I parade in Hinton complete with horses, cars, and floats, undated. Robert R. Keller Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Pay wagon in Nitro, December 13, 1918. William D. Wintz Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Army motorcycle and sidecar, undated. Jack Feller Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Soldier wearing gas mask, undated. Jack Feller Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Dr. Florien Vaughn of Wyoming, County, circa 1917. Archives Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, World War I soldiers and sailors pose at the corner of the Hardy County Courthouse in Moorefield one year after the armistices, November 11, 1919. Carol Wilson Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Corner view of parade of World War I inductees leaving Parsons for Camp Lee, Virginia, September 1917. Jane Barb Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Red Cross vehicle in Parsons Fourth of July parade, 1918. Jane Barb Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Red Cross nurses in Parsons Fourth of July parade, 1918. Jane Barb Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Workers in railroad cars at Nitro, 1918. William D. Wintz Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Nitro workers march in a bond parade along Kanawha Street in Charleston, 1918. William D. Wintz Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, World War I Bond parade along Virginia Street in Charleston, undated. William D. Wintz Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, World War I caused a horse shortage and Nitro required approximately 2,500, both draft and riding. One shipment that came from the west had not been broken. Since many workers were ex-cowboys they held a rodeo and broke the horses, entertaining the men at the same time, 1918. William D. Wintz Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Four soldiers on Front Street in Hinton, circa 1918. Clarence Pierce left front row. Summers County-Steve Trail Collection. Photographer: Ed Hicks
Photograph, This circa 1899 image shows Dalton Edward Brady, a veteran of Spanish-American and World War I, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in Cunel, France, during World War I. Carl Brady Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Ray O. Skidmore, World War I, undated. Pearl Skidmore Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Arthur Greenlee of Mason County demonstrating rifle work at Quantico, Virginia, August 1918. Arthur Greenlee Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Arthur Greenlee with group of friends from Pelham Bay Hospital where he recuperated from injuries suffered on November 1, 1918, in France. Arthur Greenlee Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Men leaving Sistersville for World War I, 1918. Glen Wells Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Future governor Homer Holt served in the coastal defense obtaining the rank of Second Lieutenant during World War I, undated. Julia Holt Coyle Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, World War I parade in Fairmont, undated. Elizabeth Windsor Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, World War I troops marching at Fairmont fairgrounds, 1917. Elizabeth Windsor Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, World War I military funeral, Mt. Rose Cemetery in Marshall County, undated. Marshall County Public Library Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, World War I doughboys from Wilsonburg, circa 1917. Arbury Levi "A.L." Mike Swiger and Charles Wesley Davis in wheelchair, both injured by poison gas, at a U.S. Army hospital in France. Larry Schneider Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Gay Don Rusmisell in World War I uniform, circa 1918. Maryalice Bragg Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Ray Lambert and Carl Woods posing on an artillery piece, World War I. Manoka Woods Cox Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, World War I era military trainees. Frances Price Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Ersel C. Booth of Garrett’s Creek in World War I uniform. June Ashworth Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Liberty Loan parade with “tank” float made by Fairmont Plaster Company, October 1918. Archives Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Bond parade along Virginia Street, review of troops marching downtown. Archives Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Explosives Plant “C” Area U in Nitro, December 16, 1918. Traverses and gun platform, 75mm range. Archives Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Soldiers of the 308th Ammunition Train. Front row, third from right; Conrad Clyde Lowry from Shade Creek, Fayette County. Terry Lowry Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Officers relaxing in barracks in France, circa 1919. From left to right: Capt. Karl C. Pritchard of Huntington, Capt. Cox, Lt. Geistly, Capt. Lalubie, an unnamed French Officer and Lt. Denton. Karl C. Pritchard Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Officers of Evacuation Hospital 30; Captain Karl C. Pritchard of Huntington second from left, front row. Karl C. Pritchard Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, West Virginia contingent of American Legion marching on Avenue des Champs Elysees, September 9, 1927. Archives Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Jennings Bryan Lambert of Pendleton County, circa 1918. Sylvia Myers Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Second Lieutenant Harry Layne of Guyandotte served in Mexico during World War I. Honor Roll of Cabell County West Virginia: An Illustrated Historical and Biographical Record of Cabell County’s Part in the World War, West Virginia State Archives
Document, Telegram reporting the death of Private Ray O. Skidmore. Pearl Skidmore Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Document, Arthur Greenlee’s Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps. Arthur Greenlee Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Howard Blackburn Campbell of Burnsville in Europe. Howard Blackburn Campbell Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Hubert Methany Campbell of Burnsville in Europe, circa 1917-18. Howard Blackburn Campbell Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Plane flown by Howard Blackburn Campbell during World War I. Howard Blackburn Campbell Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Victory tank in Morgantown, April 30, 1919. Clara Jane Seckman Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Company L leaving for mobilization. April 4, 1917, Morgantown. Clara Jane Seckman Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Lt. George Dayton first West Virginia Officer killed in World War I, circa 1917. Paul Buxton Martin Collection, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, James A. Poindexter entered the Army November 12, 1905, serving in Co. G, 9th Cavalry, for more than 13 years. Honor Roll of Cabell County West Virginia: An Illustrated Historical and Biographical Record of Cabell County’s Part in the World War, West Virginia State Archives
Document, Proclamation by the mayor of West Union calling for a rally to honor the men leaving for Camp Lee, September 15, 1917. John J. Cornwell Papers, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, 1st Class Signalman George F. West served on the U.S.S. Housatonic in the North Sea. He was wounded in a mine explosion in September 1918. Honor Roll of Cabell County West Virginia: An Illustrated Historical and Biographical Record of Cabell County’s Part in the World War, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Top: Draft No. 651, from Huntington prior to leaving for Camp Sherman, Ohio, June 21, 1918; Bottom: Huntington men prior to leaving for Camp Custer, Michigan, August 5, 1918, Huntington. Cabell County. Honor Roll of Cabell County West Virginia: An Illustrated Historical and Biographical Record of Cabell County’s Part in the World War, West Virginia State Archives
Photograph, Lt. Louis Bennett Jr. of Weston served with the Royal Air Force. He was West Virginia’s only ace pilot of the war. Many memorials are dedicated to him, including “The Aviator” that stands on Linsly School in Wheeling. Goldenseal Collection, West Virginia State Archives


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