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Kentucky and the Great WarWorld War I on the Home Front$
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David J. Bettez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168012

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168012.001.0001

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“Over There”

“Over There”

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Kentucky and the Great War

David J. Bettez

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter covers some of the Kentuckians who served abroad with the military or with civilian relief organizations such as the Red Cross. Kentucky claimed two Medal of Honor recipients: Willie Sandlin and Samuel Woodfill. Several Kentuckians received the second highest military award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross, and some received foreign decorations such as the French Croix de Guerre. Kentuckians held high command positions, serving as generals and admirals. Kentucky military men fought on the Western Front, in northern Russia, and in Siberia. This chapter describes the experiences of Kentuckians who wrote letters home, several of which were published in local newspapers. One such soldier was Reuben Hutchcraft of Paris, a young lawyer and former state representative who was killed in the last days of the war.

Keywords:   Willie Sandlin, Samuel Woodfill, Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Reuben Hutchcraft

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