Tag: World War I

Switzerland: The Angel of Mercy

On this day, 140 years ago, Clara Barton is said to have established the American Red Cross in Dansville, New York [Barton…held its first official meeting at her I Street apartment in Washington, DC, May 21, 1881.]. Barton’s inspiration for starting…

Fighting Women of Fighting Men

Nurse and Director of American Red Cross Canteen Services Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt speaks with two soldiers at an American field hospital in France. Taken from the January 24, 1918 issue of the Perth Amboy evening news.

In 1918 and the world was engulfed in two extraordinary conflicts. War raged through Europe and a complicated web of treaties and mutual defense pacts resulted in countries across the globe fighting for one side or another. Simultaneously a pandemic…