At Sea During the Great War: Derry's Sailors in World War One
Wednesday April 26, 2017
6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
TJ Cullinane speaks!
Along with future stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood like Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, and Jack Benny, 37 Derry residents joined the Navy during the First World War. For the first time in American history, women would also be allowed to serve. Derry’s Annie Frasier Norton answered her nation’s call and would pay with her life. Our town’s sailors would be assigned to every type of Navy vessel, from fisheries enforcement cutters hastily pressed into service to dreadnought battleships like the U.S.S. Texas. Two Derry sailors would be torpedoed and cast into the open sea. In part two of a three-part series on Derry in the Great War, local historian T.J. Cullinane will tell the story of Derry’s sailors and their remarkable record of service. Learn the fate of the first Derry woman to give her life for her country and other sailors who would serve in both World Wars during this short but informative program.
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