The Brazos County World War I Centennial Committee presents the military contributions of thirty-three veterans of the First World War from four of our county’s ethnic groups. These include individuals of Czech, Polish, German and Italian, or more specifically Sicilian, descent who are first generation Americans.
The First World War changed their lives. Many of them believed, as young men often do, that they were in for an adventure. They exchanged the farm for the military camp. Here they met others from across the United States and were exposed to a myriad of different cultures from their fellow soldiers. Together they were molded into an American fighting force. The majority of these veterans featured here made the transit to Europe on troop ships, continued their training in France and then met the enemy on the field of battle. They suffered illness, pain, frustration, boredom; some were wounded and some sacrificed their life in service to the nation that had welcomed their parents with a promise of a better tomorrow. By the time the war ended, they were Americans All.