Exactly one hundred years ago, our soldiers were fighting the deadliest military battle America ever waged.
This battle killed in action over 26,000 men, wounded an additional 95,000, and inflicted unimaginable terror, destruction and suffering that never ended for some.
It was deadlier than the Battle of the Bulge, the invasion of Normandy and Battle of Okinawa in World War II. It killed more than three times the men in the battles of Gettysburg, Spotsylvania and Chickamauga combined.
Sadly, many Americans cannot name this ghastly campaign nor the war in which it occurred: World War I’s colossal Battle of the Meuse-Argonne.
The Meuse-Argonne, sometimes called the Meuse-Argonne Offensive or Battle of the Argonne Forest, lasted seven weeks in northeastern France involving 1.2 million “doughboy” soldiers fighting in the American Expeditionary Forces during the Great War.
Our part in this final offensive helped bring about an armistice in the War to End All Wars at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, a day we now observe as Veterans Day.
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