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RHGS: Detroit's Own Polar Bear Soldiers of WWI with Mike Grobbel

Event Type: RHGS
Date: 5/21/2019
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM
Description:
 One hundred years ago during the winter of 1918-1919, 5,200 U.S. soldiers - the majority of them from Michigan - were stranded in a sub-arctic region of North Russia, engaged in bitter combat with the Bolshevik Red Army. They had arrived in Archangel, Russia on September 4, 1918 and their battles continued long after the Armistice was signed on November 11th. Eventually they were withdrawn from this obscure military intervention in June of 1919, but not before 230 men lost their lives.

Today the “Polar Bears” are no longer with us, but they and their service to our country have not been forgotten. Their war dead are memorialized with a monument at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, MI, where they are commemorated annually with a Memorial Day service conducted by the Polar Bear Memorial Association.

Join us to hear Mike Grobbel, president of the Polar Bear Memorial Association, tell the story of the men of the American North Russia Expeditionary Force that included his own grandfather.

Location: Erin Auditorium
Other Information:
 Everyone is welcome to attend.
No registration is required.