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Remembering Michigan’s WWI soldiers’ sacrifice 100 years later

Jul 24, 2018

Joseph Bachus (center) in Belfort, Alsace, France with 1st Sgt. Patrick Walsh of Ann Arbor (left).
Credit Richard Bachus

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One.

Michiganders were an important part of that hard-fought victory. Thousands of men fought in France with the 32nd Division, known as the "Red Arrow" Division.

Among them: Joseph Bachus, grandfather of author Richard Bachus. The elder Bachus, a native of Ann Arbor and Harbor Springs, led his men into the trenches and received a battlefield promotion from General John Pershing.  

Richard Bachus wrote the novel Into No Man's Land based on his family's experiences during World War I. He joined Stateside to talk about the novel, his grandfather’s history, Michiganders’ contributions to the war effort, and the public’s memory of World War I as we approach the centennial of its last days.

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