The Great War: Tulsans During WWI

The Great War: Tulsans During WWI

through November 11th (Armistice/Veterans Day)

100 years ago, the United States entered World War One nearly three years after the war began. Like the rest of America, life in Tulsa changed quickly. Men were recruited to join the military or to serve local support organizations operated under the Council of Defense. Women served as nurses and made supplies for the Red Cross. And everyone participated in voluntary rationing and supporting War Bond drives.

  • Members of the 6th Aero Squadron Based on Ford Island, c. 1918
Ford Island is a very small island in the center of Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii. (2006.040.149)
  • WWI Postcard (2017.044
.061)
  • Soldier, Volunteer, and Sailor Pose on Steps of the 
War Savings Bank while Raising War Support, 1917
(1978.004.013)
  • Crowd at War Bond Rally, 4th and Main, 1917
(1978.004.020)
  • U.S. Boys Working Reserve, c. 1919
(1978.04.47)
  • Interior of War Savings Bank, 4th & Main. This building was the headquarters for sales of war bonds and stamps during WWI. (1984.022.002)
  • Member of the Tulsa Ambulance Company 
Modeling his Gas Mask while in France, c. 1918
(2002.008.226)
  • Building Converted to Barracks for the 6th Aero Squadron During WWI
The white rolls visible above beds are mosquito nets used by the group in Hawaii.
(2006.040.124)
  • World War I Tank, c. 1918
Photo taken by Tulsan J. P. Watson who served in the 6th Aero Squadron based in Hawaii
(2006.040.125)
  • Soldier Looks Down the Sights of His Rifle, c. 1918
(2006.040.147)
  • Soldiers Posing in Front of a Building Being Used as a Red Cross Hospital, c. 1918
The building shows signs of being hit with gunfire.
(2008.008.085)
  • African American Soldier dressed in WWI Uniform, c. 1918 (2012.079.328)
  • Tulsa Ambulance Company in Neuenahr, Germany, 1919
(A1153/Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa)
  • “Welcome Home” Arch in Tulsa, June 12, 1919The newly established Joe Carson American Legion Post raised the equivalent of $50,000 to build the arch for a parade welcoming the 111th Engineers home from France.
(A1492/Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa)
  • Line of Soldiers During Review, Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, Texas, 1917. The men pictured are likely members of the 111th Engineers, 36th Division.
(1977.042.017)