Fort Devens Museum Continues the Conversation on WWI
Fort Devens Museum’s monthly program on March 17th
brings back a focus on the American involvement in World War I. The program picks up the extended celebration of the 100th
anniversary of the founding of Camp Devens which would become the largest U.S. Army base in New England.
Guest speaker presenting the 1 PM talk will be James Wilson of Chelmsford, a Marine Corps Veteran who has been collecting WWI memorabilia and artifacts for 45 years. He’ll be talking about items in his collection with an emphasis on a few of the 150 uniforms that he owns. He will display uniforms worn by those who trained at Camp Devens-specifically the 76th
Divisions-and the 26th
Division brought back to Camp Devens after fighting in France. Look also for a Canadian Army uniform, a uniform from the Canadian Black Watch, an American aviator’s uniform, and more. Wilson will explain what the buttons, insignia, patches, bars, and stripes can tell us about each soldier. From his talk about individual items will flow more of an understanding of World War I and America’s involvement.
Wilson studied at the Citadel earning a Bachelor’s degree in history. On active duty in the Marines, he spent 1968-1969 in the Vietnam War with the 3rd
Marine Division; and then served with a regiment on Okinawa, leaving active duty as a Captain in 1971. He was then involved in ground operations with various Marine Reserve units for 26 years, retiring in 1997 with the rank of Colonel.
This program is free but donations are appreciated. The Fort Devens Museum, open to the public from 10 AM to 3 PM on that day, March 17th
, is located on the 3rd
floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens, MA. The building is wheelchair accessible. For more information about this event please call 978-772-1286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Devens Museum
94 Jackson Road, Suite 305
Devens, MA 01434