Green-Wood Cemetery shares untold stories of WWI

A special project at Green-Wood Cemetery is unearthing untold stories of the more than 2 million Americans sent overseas to fight in World War I in 1917.



Historian Jeff Richman led the charge to discover the tales of bravery. He says he and a volunteer searched the cemetery grounds for government-issued gravestones and conducted further research online.



About one-third of the 160 buried at Green-Wood who served in WWI were brought back to Brooklyn in 1921 and 1922 after the U.S. government reversed an earlier decision to leave the bodies in France.



Pvt. William Sarlo was among those brought home in 1921 and one of the more than 100,000 Americans to perish in the trenches.



Pilot Kenneth Culbert was shot down moments after taking photos of the enemy under heavy fire.



Sisters and Red Cross nurses Gladys and Dorothea committed suicide on their ship home after the conflict ended, ostensibly driven by the brutality they witnessed on the battlefield.


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