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Company 'I', 1919
Young American men found themselves soldiers in France in WWI

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U.S. Entered World War I
April 6, 1917

On April 6, 1917, the U.S. joined its allies--Britain, France, and Russia--to fight in World War I. Under the command of Major General John J. Pershing, more than 2 million U.S. soldiers fought on battlefields in France. Many Americans were not in favor of the U.S. entering the war and wanted to remain neutral. However, the U.S. eventually did enter the war. Do you know how the war began and why the U.S. became a part of it?
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CREDIT: El Juan Studio, photographer. "Company "I", 102 Inf., 2b Div., A.E.F..," ca. 1919. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Call Number PAN US MILITARY - Army no. 215.
AUDIO CREDIT: Murray, Billy, performer. "Over There." George M. Cohan, words and music, 1917. Motion Picture, Broadcast and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress. Call Number Edison 50443.