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In 1917, when the United States entered World War I, Wyoming sent 7 percent of its population, 11,393 soldiers, off to war. Facing new advances in weaponry, including the use of chemical warfare, soldiers experienced what was then called the “war to end all wars.” The soldiers of Campbell County bravely enlisted, some as young as 16 years old.
These courageous soldiers not only faced war in the trenches but also fought against an influenza pandemic that killed more American military personnel than did enemy machine guns and artillery. On display at the Rockpile Museum until January 19, 2019, Campbell County in the Great War highlights several of the local young men that fought valiantly, providing brief insight into what they witnessed “over there.”
Join us on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. as Gillette resident and military historian, Command Sgt. Major Greg Bennick (Ret.) will present his research and lead a discussion of America's role in the Great War and how it forever changed our country.