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In Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of American Involvement in WWI
April 26, 2017

George King - WWI Ambulance 255:     The  Spirit of the American Volunteer

When Oscar Anthony Lasigi drove Ambulance 255 in the bat- tle of Verdun, he would never have expected that in 2013 an ambulance bearing the same number would be in the Inaugural Parade for President Barak Obama....

The resurrection of Ambulance 255 began when George King III became captivated by the little-known story of how private Americans found a way to help the French before America decided to enter World War I: With the need for a light, reliable, simple and small vehicle able to manage dam- aged roads & terrain, France was gifted 1,200 Model T Fords -

- donated by the U.S. and driven by American Volunteers dur- ing the years 1914 to 1917. Volunteer drivers, most of them college students or recent grads, signed up for six months, paid for their own uniforms and their way to France, where they drove to the front lines -- risking their lives, with many paying full cost.

Join us on Wednesday, April 26, as Mr. King shares how this story of unparalleled volunteerism inspired him to embark on an extraordinary five and a half year project, including exten- sive research culminating in a 2009 trip to France to see the only original American Field Service (AFS) ambulance still in existence and over two years dedicated to creating the most accurate vehicle possible.

The guiding mission of todayís Ambulance 225 is to support of the recruiting efforts of public service volunteer organizations and encourage young people to volunteer in service to their communi- ties and country.

 

 

May 24, 2017 Eury Cantillo - US Submarines in WWI