Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

France To Honor ‘Les Sammies,’ Uncle Sam’s World War I Troops

“It was 100 years ago this month that U.S. “doughboys” arrived in France. The French are remembering the Yanks who went “Over There” to help them fight in World War I with a series of commemorations.

A hundred years ago this month, American soldiers known as doughboys began arriving in France to fight in World War I. As NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley reports, all year long, France is going to be remembering Uncle Sam’s troops.

The Atlantic coast town of Saint-Nazaire celebrated the 100th anniversary of the arrival of General Pershing’s American Expeditionary Forces with jazz concerts, exhibits and fireworks. Saint-Nazaire was the largest port of embarkation for the more than 2 million American soldiers who would arrive in France between 1917 and ’18.”

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