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Over 100 Coasties died in a U-boat attack in 1918. Now, the Coast Guard wants to give Purple Hearts to their descendants
On Sept. 26, 1918 the USS Tampa was struck by a German torpedo while sailing through the Bristol Channel, killing all 130 crew members, including 25-year-old Cambridge resident Francis Joseph Taylor.
More than a century later, the U.S. Coast Guard is looking for Taylor's descendants to give them the Purple Heart he received for making the ultimate sacrifice during World War I.
Movie critics everywhere are wetting their pants over 1917, a taut portrayal of World War I combat that Task & Purpose praised as the best war movie in years. For many Americans, the film will be their first on-screen exposure to the horrors of World War I, which is largely overshadowed in the American zeitgeist by the triumph of World War II. But that doesn't mean it has to be the last time state-side movie-goers step foot into the trenches.
To begin to understand the experience of World War I, as well as the similarities between soldiers that extend across all wars and eras, the Task & Purpose staff put together a list of the most visceral, engaging and informative depictions of The Great War that we know of.
Here are 7 World War I movies you should check out.
Presenting his World War One battlefield movie "1917" as a single shot had pros and cons for Oscar winning director Sam Mendes. Mistakes meant lengthy retakes but "accidents" also gave an authenticity of life in the trenches.
I didn't think a movie about World War I would, or even could, remind me of Afghanistan.
Somehow 1917 did, and that's probably the highest praise I can give Sam Mendes' newest war drama: It took a century-old conflict and made it relatable.
The new movie "1917" recreates the experience of troops on the ground during World War I through the story of two young soldiers sent on a dangerous mission to the front lines.
The movie won't get a nationwide release until Jan. 10, 2020, but Universal Pictures is inviting readers to free advance screenings at 15 military bases, as well as local theaters in more than 40 markets, before the official release.