Cecil Johnson and Family

An undated photograph of Cecil Johnson and his family.

In the early years of World War I, it was not uncommon for Americans to enter into military service before the United States entered the war. Since the United States did not declare war on the Central Powers until 1917, Americans desiring to take part in the war enlisted in foreign armies. While one of the more common routes into service was to cross the border and enlist in the Canadian army, Americans fought on behalf of numerous Allied countries throughout the early war period. The large maple leaf badge on Cecil Johnson's hat shows that he was a member of the Canadian army.
Date Original
1916 – 1917
New York State Archives. New York (State). Education Dept. Division of Archives and History. World War I veterans' service data and photographs, 1917-1938. Series A0412-78, Box 4, Folder 5.
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