WWI National Guard talk at Military Museum
The story of National Guard’s 42nd Division in World War I is the subject of a free presentation, “Poets, Politics and Poison Gas,” on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m., at the state Military Museum, 61 Lake St., Saratoga Springs.
The program will focus on the Aisne-Marne Offensive of July and August 1918, which was the first major American-led assault against German forces in the war. It will be presented by retired Maj. Patrick Chaisson of Scotia, a former Army National Guard officer and a writer specializing in military history.
Chaisson will also discuss many famous participants of this campaign, such as future five-star general Douglas MacArthur and poet Joyce Kilmer, author of the poem “Trees,” who served in the New York National Guard’s 69th Infantry Regiment, which was part of the division. Photographs, interactive maps, and first-person accounts of the battle will be presented.
The 42nd Infantry Division is now part of the New York Army National Guard and is based in Troy. Chaisson retired from the U.S. Army after a 26-year career in both the Active Component and the New York Army National Guard.
The program is sponsored in part by the Friends of the New York State Military Museum and the Friends of the Saratoga Battlefield. For information, visit https://dmna.ny.gov/historic/mil-hist.htm/.
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