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By Brendan Relaford
For the Sentinel 

County kids off to the Great War


February 6, 2019

Caption – Klickitat County soldiers, with enlistment papers in pocket, prepare to embark for Europe and fight the Huns. [Photo courtesy of Presby Museum]

On April 6, 1917, the United States joined its allies-Britain, France, Italy, Romania, Russia, and Japan-to fight the Germans, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire in what was being called "the Great War." Two months later, 20 draftees from Klickitat County began reporting for duty. When the war ended on November 11, 1918, more than 2 million American soldiers had served on the battlefields of Western Europe; about 50,000 of them had lost their lives. Among them were the 14 men from Klickitat County whose names are inscribed on the altar of Sam Hill's Stonehenge Memorial in Goldendale.

Dressed in an authentic World War I uniform, Washington State Park Ranger Mark Harris prese...

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