Hometown Boys from Connecticut: Information and Statistics about WWI Service Members
Over 67,000 residents of Connecticut served in the U.S. armed forces during World War I. Of these roughly 1,100 died, many from influenza. The 26th Division and African American 372nd Infantry Regiment, both National Guard, drew troops and units from Connecticut. Draftees from Connecticut provided manpower to the 76th Division as well. The 26th Division fought in the Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Campaigns. Perhaps most notably, it linked up with the 1st Division at Vigneulles to cut off the St. Mihiel Salient after a daring penetration and night march. The 372nd Infantry Regiment received numerous decorations while serving under French Command in Champagne and the Vosges.
Connecticut was an important supplier of arms and ammunition. Bridgeport’s Remington Arms produced 50 percent of the U.S. Army’s small arms cartridges. Winchester Repeating Arms Company produced machine guns, and Remington Rifle Works rifles. Connecticut citizens participated heavily in fund-raising and volunteer work to support the war. Connecticut residents served at sea, and in the air as well. Second Lieutenant Ralph Talbot, for example, entered service from Connecticut, and won the Medal of Honor for daring engagements while serving as a Marine aviator.
Editor's Note: This ongoing series will feature information and statistics about World War I service members from every state. You can also find this information in our new Chateau-Thierry Visitor Center that will be opening later this year.