More on the 100th Anniversary of World War I
Was watching more videos yesterday on World War I, and found this one that was particularly delightful for me. Poeple learn differently, and I'm always been the type who can go easily from big picture down to little, but not so much from little to big. Although my World War I knowledge is probably better than most, it's not all that great when it comes to big picture stuff, so this video was AWESOME for that:
Props to the guy from Epic HIstory, those are really well done.
Anyway, as I said yesterday, my friend Doug Sterner had Facebook'd some stuff about World War I fighter pilots, and one of those he posted about was Quentin Roosevelt, the son of former President Teddy Roosevelt. Although I would usually find a better starting point than Wikipedia, there's actually a fairly interesting bio of him on there:
All the Roosevelt sons had military training prior to World War I. With the outbreak of war in Europe in August 1914, there was a heightened concern about the nation's readiness for military engagement. Only the month before, Congress had belatedly recognized the significance of military aviation by authorizing the creation of an Aviation Section in the Signal Corps. In 1915 Major General Leonard Wood, a friend of Theodore Roosevelt since the Rough Rider days, organized a summer camp at Plattsburg, New York, to provide military training for business and professional men at their own expense. It would be this summer training program that would provide the basis of a greatly expanded junior officers corps when the Country entered World War I. During August 1915, many well-heeled young men from some of the finest East Coast schools, including Quentin Roosevelt and two of his brothers, attended the Camp. When the United States entered the War, commissions were offered to the graduates of these schools based on their performance. The National Defense Act of 1916 continued the student military training and the businessmen's summer camps and placed them on a firmer legal basis by authorizing an Officers' Reserve Corps and a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). Quentin, just out of the rigors of Groton and Harvard, did not really enjoy the training, but stuck it out anyway.
After the declaration of War, when the American Expeditionary Force was organizing, T.R. wired Major General "Black Jack" Pershing and volunteered to form a division and have his sons accompany him to Europe as privates. Pershing, who was a friend of Roosevelt dating back to the Cuban campaign, and had served under him when T.R. was Commander in Chief, accepted the proposal, but the War Department, and President Woodrow Wilson, overrode the decision. Roosevelt took the issue to Congress, but Wilson prevailed. In the end, all four of Roosevelt sons served in World War I as officers, but Colonel Roosevelt spent the war making speeches for the Red Cross.
With American entry into World War I, Quentin thought his mechanical skills would be useful to the Army. Just engaged to Flora, he dropped out of college in May 1917 to join the newly formed 1st Reserve Aero Squadron, the first air reserve unit in the nation. He trained on Long Island at an airfield later renamed Roosevelt Field in his honor.
Roosevelt would then go to France, where his life would unfortunately end abruptly: