With the really cold weather outside, I decided to use this opportunity for some more macro photography. If you've followed this blog for any length of time, you are aware that I have a fairly large collection of action figures. While these are very similar to G.I. Joes, they are more like models because they are pretty detailed. I have various figures that represent different eras of history. Probably the bulk of my figures are repesentative of World War II, I do have a few from other eras.
Anyway, the cold weather got me thinking about a point in American history. Many people are familiar with the Battle of the Marne, Meuse-Argonne and Belleau Wood but there seem to very few people that are familiar with US troops being used in Archangelsk and Vladivostok.
In May of 1919 (6 months after the end of the war), the soldiers were finally allowed to return home. The campaign in Russia 110 men their lives. Many of these bodies had to be repatriated well after the war. By all accounts, the men fought bravely in a stupid cause.
There is a pretty neat memorial to these guys at the White Chapel Cemetary in Troy, Michigan.