Of the 32,083 Maine men who served in World War I, approximately twenty-four did so as enlistees in the United States Marine Corps. While Maine marines at that time represented only a small percentage of servicemen, they participated in some of the most significant battles in the war, battles that boosted the morale of the Allied forces in Europe, bolstered military recruitment efforts in the United States, and, by many estimates, helped turn the tide of the war. In the following article, author J. Michael Miller offers a remembrance of some of these marines by naming them and providing an account of their deaths. He also provides context for the conditions under which they served and imagines what they may have experienced by examining the recollections of war correspondent Floyd Gibbons, whose reporting elevated the profile of the marines, both at home and abroad. In doing so, Miller also provides an overview of some sources on Maine in WWI, which other researchers might find useful for future projects. Miller retired in 2016 from the Marine Corps History Division after over three decades of service, including as director of the archives. He is currently writing a multi-volume history of the marines in WWI.
Miller, J. Michael. "Maine’s Marines: The Search for Remembrance of the Great War." Maine History 52, 2 (2018): 203-228. https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/mainehistoryjournal/vol52/iss2/6