Military Advice from 1917– send in the ukuleles!

Goodwin’s Weekly, sometime in 1917 (I think), printed the following advice…

Americans might mobilize a corps of ukulele players to terrify any possible enemy.

This advice seems to have been taken seriously … on a small scale … because on Thursday, 22 May, 1919, the Washington Times reported that Battery B of the 110th Artillery included in its ranks Corporal Taylor, the ukulele sharp. See if you can find him below.

Where's Taylor and his uke?

 Battery B was regards as the most efficient of the 3 from Washington. During the 11 months they were in France, not one of them was court marshalled. 




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Still more war related ukuleles

The New York Tribune of 11 November 1919 made the following appeal:

Veterans Want Ukuleles

Ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, violins and other stringed instruments are urgently needed for wounded service men in the Fox Hills Hospital, Staten Island, according to an appeal issued yesterday to the people of the city by Mrs. Edward McVicker, New York County chairman fo the National League for Women’s Service.

A “cheer canteen” will be opened for the men on November 18, to help them while way long winter months, and the dearest wish of the wounded veterans is to have a “ukulele band.” There are 2,500 men in the hospital, most of whom have been there a year or more.

Just the thing.

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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