us army in world war i

The U.S. Army Chemical Corps: Past, Present, and Future

By Al Mauroni Today, newspapers and news desks use the words “weapons of mass destruction,” anthrax, smallpox, and nerve agents at least weekly, if not daily. Developing defenses against these unconventional weapons has been the mission of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps since its inception in 1917 as the American Expeditionary Force’s Gas Services.  Yet, …

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12th Engineers (Light Railway)

Shortly after the United States entered World War I, British and French commissions arrived in Washington and stated that their most immediate need was for engineer units to build and maintain railway lines supplying the Western Front. The War Department quickly responded to the Anglo-French request, and in May 1917 it directed that nine railway engineer …

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