History Museum opens The First World War exhibition on 100th anniversary of Armistice

Paris and Oren Crockett, ca. 1919, Seaman Paris Crockett of Roswell joined the Navy and patrolled the Mexican Coast on the gunboat USS Vicksburg. His older brother, Private Oren Crockett was a runner for Company C, 8th Machine Gun Battalion, and was award

John Brockman (right) and a friend, ca. 1917, Camp Funston, KS, John Brockman (right), whose letters are highlighted in the exhibition, lived on a farm where his family grew corn, wheat and beans, when he was drafted as a private. He grew up in the small

Tomas Rivera, ca. 1919- Private Tomas Rivera was a 35-year-old school teacher from El Rito, when he enlisted in May 1918. He fought in France, returning home in June 1919. New Mexico Council of Defense. World War I, Series 18.1. New Mexico Adjutant Genera

Byron, George and Floyd Wells, ca. 1919- The Wells brothers of Roswell were all Corporals, and they enlisted in 1918. Byron was the oldest and was in the Air Service. George, and Floyd were in the army. Floyd Wells, the youngest of the three, was awarded

Cornelius M. Cruz, ca. 1919 - Private Cornelius Cruz of Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Indian Pueblo), a musician and a carpenter, was in the 5th Cavalry, troop E. In his service report Cruz wrote that his ancestors had been experienced warriors, fighting the Na

Servando Gonzales (left, with violin) and fellow musicians, ca. 1919 - Private Servando Gonzales, of Tijeras, played the violin with other musicians in his division, the 19th Infantry, Company E. New Mexico Council of Defense. World War I, Series 18.1. N

Nathanial Frucht, Château-Thierry, March 1919, The battle of Château-Thierry was one of the first battles the American Expeditionary forces fought, and a number of New Mexican soldiers highlighted in this exhibition participated in the battle, named for t

The Red Cross and Native American women giving “the boys” fruit, cigarettes and handkerchiefs, ca. 1918. Courtesy of the Center for Southwest Research, UNM, No. 000-885(8)-0012

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