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Keywords: War Ships

Historical Items

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Item 19107

Bar Harbor with War Ships

Contributed by: Jesup Memorial Library Date: circa 1910 Location: Bar Harbor Media: Postcard

Item 40309

Camouflaged ships, Casco Bay, 1918

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1918 Media: Watercolor on paper

Item 50314

Tug of war, Portland, 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1920-07-01 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative


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Prisoners of War

Mainers have been held prisoners in conflicts fought on Maine and American soil and in those fought overseas. In addition, enemy prisoners from several wars have been brought to Maine soil for the duration of the war.


Great War and Armistice Day

In 1954, November 11 became known as Veterans Day, a time to honor American veterans of all wars. The holiday originated, however, as a way to memorialize the end of World War I, November 11, 1918, and to "perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations." Mainers were involved in World War I as soldiers, nurses, and workers on the homefront aiding the military effort.


World War I and the Maine Experience

With a long history of patriotism and service, Maine experienced the war in a truly distinct way. Its individual experiences tell the story of not only what it means to be an American, but what it means to be from Maine during the war to end all wars.

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Highlighting Historical Hampden - Ships

Ships 'Katherine May,' Hampden, 1919 Item 28033 infoHampden Historical Society

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Highlighting Historical Hampden - Ships

Ships The schooner Victory, Hampden, ca. 1898 Item 28115 infoHampden Historical Society

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Highlighting Historical Hampden - War of 1812

Both American ships burned in the Penobscot at Hampden, either set afire by their own crews or by the British.

My Maine Stories

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The only letter to survive World War II
by Cyrene Slegona

Only one of many letters my father sent to his wife remained after he came home from World War II.


My father, Earle Ahlquist, served during World War II
by Earlene Chadbourne

Earle Ahlquist used his Maine common sense during his Marine service and to survive Iwo Jima


Learning to fly and instructing cadets at West Point during WWII
by Vera Cleaves

West Point during World War II