World War I: The Cost of Freedom

Battery F of the 56th Coast Artillery Regiment

Soldiers from Battery F of the 56th Coast Artillery Regiment pose for a group photo upon their return from France in early 1919. Many of them were Connecticut National Guardsmen from the New London area who had been called to active duty. Zoom in to see detail of each soldier in the photo.

Photo courtesy of John Ruddy

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World War I: The Cost of Freedom

Soldiers from New London experienced horrors, heroics in World War I

Soldiers from New London experienced horrors, heroics in World War I

Capt. Charles T. Senay steadied his Springfield rifle, aimed at the machine-gun-wielding German moving toward him, and fired. The bullet sailed high into the air. He aimed lower, fired a second time, and missed again. “The third time I aimed at his feet and took the top of his head off with his helmet,” Senay later wrote. The 26-year-old was one of hundreds of young men from New London who fought in World War I, which began 100 years ago this month.

New Londoners in World War I made the supreme sacrifice on land, at sea, in the air

The day the United States entered World War I, Carl Stephen Newbury, 18, enlisted in the Coast Guard. Newbury was one of hundreds of young men from New London who fought in the war, and among the 40 or so who lost their lives. New Londoners died on land, at sea and in the air. They died of diseases and in accidents. They died over there and close to home.