Camp Mills in World War One
Courtesy Jim McKenna
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Camp Albert L. Mills in World War One
Community Church of East Williston
This year is the Centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI. Camp Mills was a major training camp and embarkation point for US Army troops being sent to France. Built in less than a week in August 1917, Camp Mills was a major story for the New York and Brooklyn newspapers—the internet of the times. The soldiers of Camp Mills interacted with the local citizens of the surrounding villages of Hempstead, Mineola, Garden City, and Westbury, as well as New York City. The newspapers extensively covered the troops and the camp throughout the war and the demobilization afterwards. Jim McKenna is the former Director of Old Bethpage Village Restoration and currently the Assistant Director of Museum Operations at the Cradle of Aviation and a trustee of the Society.
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