France pays tribute to WWI WHI, Joseph Landhart, 100 years after his remains returned to American soil –

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France pays tribute to WWI WHI, Joseph Landhart, 100 years after his remains returned to American soil – fr


NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Last Sunday, the Consul General of France in Louisiana, Mr. Vincent Sciama, members of the American Legion and representatives of the National Park Service and the US Department of Veterans Affairs celebrated HOMECOMING ’21, a national centennial commemoration marking the return home after the death of World War I in America. They gathered at Chalmette National Cemetery at the grave of Private Joseph Landhart of the 801st Pioneer Infantry, an isolated unit which served in France. Private Landhart’s body was brought back to the United States and buried in his hometown 100 years ago.

In September 1918, the 801st Pioneers boarded the transport ship MANCHURIA and shipped overseas to the war zone.
From September until the end of the war in November 1918, Joseph and his unit served in support of American forces engaged in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. In the words of a pioneering infantry officer, “They did everything the infantry was too proud to do, and the engineers too lazy to do.

The war ended on November 11, 1918, but unfortunately our losses continued, due to the global influenza pandemic that raged from 1918 to 1919.
On December 23, 1918 – two days before Christmas – Joseph Landhart died of pulmonary tuberculosis – a condition most likely related to the flu.

The ceremony is part of an international campaign to honor American returnees from World War I by paying homage to their final resting places across the United States, using a new map and online database compiled by volunteers . The campaign began with ceremonies in Cherbourg, France, and Antwerp, Belgium; American ceremonies also take place in New York Harbor (Hoboken), Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Houston and San Francisco. Learn more at: ww1homecoming21.org.

WHO: The Honorable Vincent Sciama, Consul General of France in New Orleans; Representatives of the National Park Service and the US Department of Veterans Affairs; Chiefs and members of the American Legion.

WHAT: Wreath Laying and Historic 1921 Coins Placement on Headstone (US & French)

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