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The sky was filled with billowing clouds on a beautiful, winter day. When I made this version, it looked like an explosion to me. This sculpture is from 1921 and pays homage to the soldiers of WWI. It stands in front of the Leavenworth court house.
Doughboy is an informal term for an American soldier, especially members of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in World War I.
Observers noticed U.S. infantry forces were constantly covered with chalky dust from marching through the dry terrain of northern Mexico, giving the men the appearance of unbaked dough. Another suggestion also arises from the Mexican American War, and the dust-covered infantry men resembled the commonly used mud bricks of the area known as adobes. Another suggestion is that doughboys were so named because of their method of cooking field rations of the 1840s and 1850s, usually doughy flour and rice concoctions baked in the ashes of a camp fire, although this does not explain why only infantryman received the appellation.
March 20th, 2013
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