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This page will highlight people and events happening in Des Moines during World War 1 - from 1917 - 1918.
Des Moines Historical Society of Des Moines, Iowa
REMEMBERING 100 YEARS AGO WHEN THE FIRST THREE AMERICANS WERE KILLED DURING WORLD WAR I, INCLUDING PRIVATES MERLE DAVID HAY OF GLIDDEN, IOWA AND
THOMAS P. ENRIGHT OF PITTSBURGH, PA AND
CORPORAL JAMES B. GRESHAM OF EVANSVILLE, IN
ON NOVEMBER 3, 1917.
The City Council of Des Moines renamed 58th Street as
Merle Hay Road in honor of Pvt. Hay just days after his death, on November 19, 1917, as Camp Dodge was becoming important to the war effort.