Gulfport Youth Who Saw Service

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Title

Gulfport Youth Who Saw Service

Alternative Title

Alexander M. Roberts Returns After and Exciting Time on The Front

Subject

World War, 1914-1918
Veterans--Florida

Description

A newspaper article published in The Gulfport Daily Herald on February 19, 1919. The article describes the capture of Alexander Roberts by German troops, his subsequent imprisonment and his safe return home.

Born on October 13, 1895 in Mexico City, Mexico, Roberts grew up in both Gulfport, Mississippi, and Havana, Cuba, traveling between the two cities. Roberts enlisted in the aviation branch of the United States Army when the United States entered World War I. His plane was shot down over Belgium and he was captured on his first mission. Roberts worked as a pilot during the interwar years. He was drafted in 1942 and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He served as an official aide and aviation advisor to the United States Army. He died in Tampa, Florida, on July 23, 1988, and is buried at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.

Creator

Gulfport Daily Herald

Source

Digital reproduction of original newspaper article: “Gulfport Youth Who Saw Service: Alexander M. Roberts Returns After An Exciting Time on the Front.” Gulfport Daily Herald, February 19, 1919.

Publisher

Gulfport Daily Herald

Date Created

1919-02-19

Date Copyrighted

1919-02-19

Format

image/jpg

Extent

560 KB

Medium

1 newspaper article

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Gulfport, Mississippi

Accrual Method

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Mediator

History Teacher

Provenance

Originally created and published by the Gulfport Daily Herald.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Gulfport Daily Herald and is provided here by RICHES for educational purposes only.

Curator

Ortiz, Samuel
Cravero, Geoffrey

Source Repository

Gulfport Daily Herald

External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017. https://today.ucf.edu/va-selects-ucf-historians-archive-stories-deceased-veterans/.
Tuchman, Barbara W., and Robert K. Massie. The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I. 2014.

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