Field View from an American Soldier in WW I
"Field View from an American Soldier in World War I" will be presented by Dave Westrick on Wednesday, November 15. Sponsored by the Waterville Historical Society the free program will be held at Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Road at 7 p.m.
Using copies of combat art and an extensive collection of artifacts, including weapons, uniforms and gear, Westrick as historical interpreter will provide a glimpse into the life of the doughboy and the experience that changed the world one hundred years ago. The young American soldiers came from small towns and farms. Most had never seen a city. Very few had ever been in a foreign country. None of them were prepared for a modern war. Despite the shock and horror of poison gas, machine guns and trench warfare, the Americans prevailed.
Westrick is a retired communications consultant and historical researcher. He serves on the board of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission and the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor and lives in Maumee.
Refreshments will be served following the program.