Mr. Speaker, April 6, 1917- 100 years ago, the House of Representatives voted in support of the United States’ entrance into World War I. The Great War was considered to be the war to end all wars.
Four million Americans, including 200,000 Texans, proudly served during World War I. Boys who grew up on Texas farms suddenly became men as they found themselves in the muddy, rainy, and bloody trenches an ocean away.
The life of a Doughboy was hard. Soldiers were constantly bombarded with artillery and machine gun fire. They often faced the danger of traipsing over the trenches and crossing no man’s land, repelling the enemy.
In the midst of battle and in the face of the enemy, our men displayed tremendous gallantry. Four Texans were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their heroic actions.
Their names are: Daniel R. Edwards, David E. Hayden, Samuel M. Sampler, and David B. Barkley. One hundred and one years later we still remember the brave warriors of WWI. World War I changed our nation, our people, and our world.
And that’s just the way it is.