Compiled by Elizabeth Williams Gomoll and Frederick L. Johnson
On the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I, the wartime letters and photographs of Minnesota brothers Marland and Stanley Williams provide a fresh and historically significant look at an important story: Minnesota’s military involvment in the Great War.
From the beginning of their extraordinary adventure, these bright young volunteers regularly corresponded with their St. Paul family. Newsy and reassuring, their informative letters provided the brothers’ insights and observations about military training and combat. Now assembled, this remarkable archive combines the letters and images from Marland’s large collection of photographs, documents and artifacts.