World War I

Portrait Lucien Bersot

Lucien Bersot was executed because he refused to wear bloodied pants

Lucien Jean Baptiste Bersot, born on 7 June 1881 at Authoison (Haute-Saône) and executed on 13 February 1915 at Fontenoy (Aisne). Lucien Bersot was a French soldier who was shot as an example during the First World War because he refused to wear a bloodied pants that belonged to a death comrade. He was born in …

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First American Aerial Victory in WWI – Stephen Thompson

Stephen W. Thompson was born March 20, 1894 in West Plains, Missouri. Went to the University of Missouri as Senior Electrical Engineering, before their appeal for seniors to join the military in 1917 as the U.S. entered World War I. He enlisted in the Army and received his basic training at Fort Riley than Fort Monroe …

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