The Christmas Truce – 100 Years Ago This Week

Dec 23 2014

Radio host Kojo Nnamdi at WAMU in Washington, D.C. hosted a discussion on the role of African Americans in World War I, and then honored the Christmas Truce which occurred 100 years ago!

A century ago, the “Great War” began in Europe. World War I would ultimately claim 14 million lives over four years, including 499 soldiers from the D.C. region. As centennial celebrations begin around the world, one local historian is pushing to recognize the largely forgotten African — and African American — soldiers who had pivotal roles in both the beginning of the conflict and its final battle. Kojo explores the unique history of blacks during the war, and honors the Christmas Truce, a historic ceasefire which occurred 100 years ago this week.

Listen to the discussion with historians C. R. Gibbs and Stanley Weintraub online, and share your comments on these historic events!


African American soldiers of the 369th (15th N.Y.) who won the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action. Left to right. Front row: Pvt. Ed Williams, Herbert Taylor, Pvt. Leon Fraitor, Pvt. Ralph Hawkins. Back Row: Sgt. H. D. Prinas, Sgt. Dan Strorms, Pvt. Joe Williams, Pvt. Alfred Hanley, and Cpl. T. W. Taylor. 1998 print. Records of the War Department General and Special. Staffs. (165-WW-127-8). Public domain.

And for a detailed historical account of the Christmas Truce, stop by MOAA’s Battle of the Bilge blog to read more!

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Real Warriors: Coping With Holiday Stress

Dec 18 2014

Published by under Health & Living

MOAA friends, The Real Warriors Campaign, have some tips on how to cope with stress around the holidays:

From the MOAA archive: Pick up a few more ways to beat stress during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, especially for servicemembers and their families – Homefront – Surviving the Holidays!

Group exercises provide fun, motivation

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Exhibit Salutes World War I

Dec 17 2014

01. I Want You For U.S. ArmyBy Shirley Moskow, originally printed in the January issue of Military Officer magazine

During World War I, posters rallying support for the war effort appeared in all public places. The most familiar one shows Uncle Sam in white goatee and top hat. Pointing at the viewer, he proclaims, “I want you for the U.S. Army.”

“It’s the Mona Lisa of posters,” says Patrick Murphy, curator of the exhibition “Over there! Posters from World War I” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston through June 14. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the war’s outbreak, the exhibit’s more than 40 posters include examples from Britain, France, Germany, and Russia. Many haven’t been seen since the 1930s.

Reproduced countless times, the original Uncle Sam is a self-portrait painted in 1917 by James Montgomery Flagg, who was 39 at the time. He caught his reflection in a studio mirror and suddenly recognized himself as the face of America.

Another familiar poster, Joseph Pennell’s “Bombs for Liberty,” depicts New York Harbor under attack. Flames engulf the skyline. A torchless, headless Statue of Liberty sinks into the sea. Urging citizens to buy Liberty Bonds, the caption invokes Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, “That Liberty Shall Not Perish from the Earth.”

The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Service used posters for recruitment and enlistment campaigns. Posters also appealed to citizens to buy war bonds, conserve food, assist the Red Cross, donate books to military personnel, and maintain a strong work ethic on the home front.

10. One of the Thousand Y.M.C.A. Girls in France United War Work Campaign Nov. 11th to 18th

Photo above: One of the Thousand Y.M.C.A. Girls in France/ United War Work Campaign/ Nov. 11th to 18th, 1918, Neysa McMein. Photo, top left: I Want You For U.S. Army, 1917, James Montgomery Flagg

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Equine Therapy for Vets Near Kansas City, KS

Dec 16 2014

Published by under Health & Living

warhorsesforveteransAnother equine therapy group, War Horses for Veterans, is offering free transportation, hotel and meals to qualified veterans. If you’re near the Stilwell, Kansas area, consider applying to this three-day, equine and networking experience.

Veterans will have the opportunity to bond with horses, as well as each other, in a safe and comfortable environment. Prior experience with horses is not required.

Application for War Horses for Veterans.

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American Corporate Partners Mentorship Program

Dec 15 2014

Published by under Transition

logoAt MOAA, our career transition team is always looking for ways to provide opportunities for your success in the civilian world. That’s why we’d like to introduce you to American Corporate Partners (ACP). With over 100 professional mentors available, ACP can provide post-9/11 veterans with a unique year-long mentoring opportunity. To be considered for a mentorship and receive priority in the pairing process, complete an online application and enter MOAA in the referral section.

American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. With the help of business professionals nationwide, ACP offers veterans tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling, and networking opportunities. To apply for a mentorship, visit

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