July 22, 2014

The Persistence of Memory

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Lloyd Brown, a 104-year-old World War I veteran takes a moment to pause as he remembers being in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard with his ship the day WW I ended, at his home in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, on November 9, 2005.

Brown remembered Armistice Day in 1918 as few, ever so few, veterans can. "For the servicemen there were lots of hugs and kisses," he recalls Brown, a teenage seaman aboard the battleship USS New Hampshire when the fighting stopped. "We were so happy that the war was over." Brown added, "There's not too many of us around any more." An estimated 2 million Americans served in Europe after the U.S. entered the war in 1917. Lloyd Brown passed away in April of 2007, at the age of 105. World War I in Photos: A Century Later - The Atlantic

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Archeologists in the city of Arras in northern France discovered the intact remains of 24 British servicemen who were buried in 1917 during World War I.

The discovery of the skeletons, which lay side by side with their army boots still intact had evidence they were from the same town. They were unearthed during the excavations for a new BMW plant at the end of May 2001. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission who took possession of the remains, identified 20 of the soldiers who were buried together to be from the 10th Lincoln Battalion. Three others, found in a nearby shell hole, were from the Marine Infantry and one other was found buried alone.

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Varlet farm owner Charlotte Cardoen-Descamps points out different types of World War I shells that were found on her farm in just a single season in Poelkapelle, Belgium, on May 4, 2007.

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 22, 2014 10:47 AM
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Rest easy now good guardians all,
tho your time has passed,
another generation from deep sleep rises
and hears the clarion call.

You did not fight to rape
You did not fight to plunder
Your glory is still so bright
Heaven is rent asunder.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at July 22, 2014 11:49 AM

Once upon a time I worked in an electronics plant that made devices for off-road vehicles and equipment. One of these devices was a metal detector, which would be installed in European versions of the Ford-New Holland combination harvesters.

The metal detector would, one hoped, detect the metal casing of unexploded shells before they got to the threshing part of the combine. The conveyor would stop, and a warning light would tell the operator of the problem.

Aside from shells and grenades, the fields of Europe are full of metal scraps of war that frosts heave to the surface. While those are also harmful to the combine, they will not explode.

Posted by: Gordon at July 22, 2014 12:56 PM

A 104 year old man would have been 4 yro when WWI started, and 8 when it ended.

Posted by: Fat Man at July 22, 2014 1:32 PM

OOOOOps. I didn't read far enough. He was 104 9 years ago, but now he is dead.

Posted by: Fat Man at July 22, 2014 2:13 PM

My uncle John served. He never talked about it. Funny thing was his last name was Jagdfeld. 100% German, and he never shied from spelling it out for those that wanted to know.
He took me to my 1st pro baseball game. What a fine man he was. Near the end he could no longer recognize my father's sister as his wife of over 40 years. My eyes are leaking.

Posted by: tomw at July 23, 2014 11:28 AM

As stated, the Honorable Lloyd Brown was interviewed 11-9-2005, when he was 104 years old, aged in Grace. Thus he was born in 1901 at the age of zero, and was in his late teens during WW 1 when he served on the battleship USS New Hampshire.

Your face, your faith, your service are forever strung on the golden thread of honor.

Mr. Brown [your rank?, among the highest], I salute you, fingers to my forehead, palms to the sky, offering thanks and blessings to you -- you gave meaning to youth and patriotism.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at July 23, 2014 2:51 PM