World War I: Remembering ‘The Great War’ War Memorial Museum in …

November 10, 2014 - photo frame

SONESTOWN –

As a renter and boss of a Endless Mountains War Memorial Museum in Sonestown, Jack Craft is fighting his possess battle.

It’s a fight opposite time.

Craft is seeking to keep a long-ago war, World War we (1914-1918), in a open consciousness.

With a veterans from that fight now deceased, a commencement of a fight a century old, and an importance currently mostly placed some-more on World War II, a charge is a severe one. Craft wants to make certain that time doesn’t lifeless – or erase – memories of “The Great War.”

On Sunday, Craft hosted a reverence during his museum in Sullivan County to “remember and compensate reverence to those who fought and died” during World War I. It also focused on a finish of a war, Armistice Day, now Veterans Day.

Standing amid his countless artifacts from World War I, Craft remarkable that he binds a reverence any year as a remembrance.

“It’s kind of a lost fight anymore,” he lamented.

In his museum, Craft has amassed a collection of World War we equipment that would expected make a Smithsonian proud: helmets, uniforms, medals, weapons, postcards, even “Trench Art” combined by soldiers in a trenches, such as a design support done of bullets. He acquires a equipment during auctions. To hold one of a equipment – a soldier’s coat, a helmet, a tip of a bayonet — is to hold a past. Chills run down a spine.

Jay Baumunk and Jasmine VanNoy of Canton, who have been training about World War I, attended a module Sunday during a museum. It was their third time there.

“You mostly hear things about World War II,” Baumunk said, observant how that fight and a Nazis beget a lot of interest.

He associated a story of how his mom once waited on a World War we veteran, Thomas Towner of Canton, in a 1970s or 1980s, while operative as a clerk during a Canton Pharmacy in Canton.

“She gets that pile in her throat when she talks about it,” he said.

An online necrology creatively printed in The Daily Review records that Towner died during a age of 90 on Saturday, Aug. 3, 1985 in a Skilled Nursing Unit of a Towanda Memorial Hospital. The necrology records that he was an army maestro of World War I, portion with a 79th division, 316th battalion in France.

VanNoy was meddlesome by a ditch crusade of World War I.

“It’s unhappy all a things that came with it. They were tired, hungry,” she commented. She looked by a span of stereoscopic binoculars during some photos of a trenches, giving her a glance into a fear that a soldiers endured. “You can see how terrible it was,” she said.

Baumunk, meanwhile, was frightened by how a soldiers suffered “Trench foot” in a trenches.

Also, a arrangement during a museum of a World War we appurtenance gun nest done an sense on him. It facilities authentic World War we artifacts and depicts a infantryman on duty.

“That was some genuine dart wire, too,” pronounced Baumunk, on looking during a display.

For VanNoy, a museum has given her discernment into World War I, and “how heartless it indeed was and how people try to exaggerate it (through cinema and a media). we find that offensive since these were genuine people who were in genuine situations, and a lot of them didn’t come back.”

On a opposite during a museum, a wartime book of “The Stars and Stripes” was accessible to peruse – carefully, of course, given a age of a paper.

One title read, “Pick and Shovel Lay Armistice Barrage as Yanks Forge Grimly Ahead in New Battle of a Argonne.”

“The truce went into outcome on a morning of Nov. 11, 1918, though American infantry are still fighting a conflict of a Argonne,” a essay read.

A postcard in a box was meant to offer declaration to those behind home. Showing an painting of a soldier, it read, “Don’t each worry about me. I’ll be home.”

Another postcard showed a infantryman sharpened during a Kaiser, who attempted his best to evasion a fire. “In France, we’ll make them dance,” it read.

Chris Emery, an partner during a museum, pronounced that 99 percent of a equipment in a museum are authentic. The museum also includes equipment from other wars as well.

Of World War I, he said, “it was only a terrible war,” with tighten hand-to-hand fight in a mud. He pronounced a soldiers fought for feet, instead of miles.

He suspicion a mustard gas used in World War we “must have been terrible.”

Even a horses and mules wore gas masks, Craft and Emery forked out. A bag for these gas masks is on arrangement during a museum.

On Sunday, Emery was tender that a 92-year-old World War II veteran, Robert Pidcoe of Muncy Valley, visited a museum for a World War we tribute.

He pronounced Pidcoe’s father fought in World War I. A sketch of his father, PFC Robert I. Pidcoe, is on arrangement during a museum.

Like Craft, Emery believes World War we and a sacrifices done by a soldiers needs to be remembered.

“They will forget it, if we don’t move it adult each so often,” he said.

He thinks some people aren’t informed with World War we since it happened so prolonged ago, and it was a discerning fight for a United States. The U.S. didn’t get concerned in a fight until 1917.

Craft, meanwhile, thinks a larger bid needs to be done to teach immature people about World War I.

“I’d like to see schools do more,” he said.

This Veterans Day, he pronounced people should simulate on dual things about World War we – it was a biggest war, adult to that date, and it was called “the fight to finish all wars.”

As for because he collects equipment from World War we and other wars, Craft pronounced he was “cut out to do it.”

“I adore a story partial of it, really. These veterans were my heroes, flourishing up. It’s a approach of vouchsafing them know they aren’t forgotten.”

Eric Hrin can be reached during (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.

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