2018 Year of the Veteran

Why 2018? Why the Year of the Veteran?

View this 5-minute video for highlights of our 2018 campaign on behalf of Dutchess County Veterans. Click on video to play, then click on “four corners” square at bottom right of screen for fullscreen (see below right).

Click on image below to see list of county-wide WWI Veterans as stated in 1919

Year of the Veteran in Dutchess County: My Submission
You are welcome to share your stories here, scanned photographs or documents. Please describe in as much detail as you can with reference to how it relates to Dutchess County. We are in some instances able to go anywhere in the county with a "mobile history van" that allows us to capture oral histories and scan documents and photographs. Your contact information It Is helpful in case we have questions. By submitting here you give permission for the Duchess County Historical Society to share this content online or in exhibitions or in printed material. Please contact me if you have any questions. bill.jeffway@dchsny.org

From the State

New York State World War One Commission Website Now Online
By: Keith Swaney, New York State Archives

The New York State WWI Centennial Commission website www.ny.gov/WWI now contains links to oral histories with WWI soldiers and free access on Ancestry.com, through a partnership with the New York State Archives, to information compiled from federal WWI military service records for Army officers, enlisted men, sailors, Marines, and nurses who enlisted or were drafted in New York. This service information is particularly valuable because most World War I Army service records were destroyed in a 1973 National Personnel Records Center fire. New York’s information, however, exists for exploration only because, shortly after World War I, New York’s adjutant general gathered the military records for New Yorkers.

Updated regularly, www.ny.gov/WWI includes a statewide calendar with more than 40 WWI events and exhibits. Commemorating this year’s 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, www.ny.gov/WWI features resources on the significant role New York and New Yorkers played in the war, and a digital tour of New York historic sites connected to the war. Visitors can search through the Roll of Honor that includes more than 13,000 New Yorkers who died in World War One, profiles of the 25 New Yorkers who were awarded the Medal of Honor – the nation’s highest military honor – and information on regiments that served.

Additionally, on the website, New Yorkers are encouraged to share stories and photos of loved ones who served in the war, or submit an event that honors those who served. More than 500,000 New Yorkers served in World War One. Visit www.ny.gov/WWI to learn more.

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