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About this collection

After World War I, the Alabama Department of Archives and History collected materials about service members from Alabama who died in the conflict, first identifing the them in the Official Bulletin (published by the U.S. Committee on Public Information) and then contacting their survivors for more information. Many responded, and their contributions were added to the department's "Gold Star" files, named after the service flags families displayed in memory of the loved ones they had lost.

The Archives intended to use this research was to compile a book honoring the dead, but no such publication was completed. In the spirit of that initial goal, this collection provides access to the records in the Gold Star files, an attempt to remember not only the men who died, but also the families who loved them. The amount of information for each individual varies greatly, and may include materials such as biographical forms, letters, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Only names found in the files have been added to the collection, so some eligible servicemen may be omitted. There are also a few entries for individuals who survived the war but were recognized for distinguished service.

 
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