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The Great War remembered, 100 years later
Impact of World War I was felt in Hall, and in history
World War II veteran P. Martin Ellard shows a photo of his dad, World War I veteran Pope Ellard, taking part in an early 1990s July Fourth parade in Gainesville.
The 29 names inscribed on the American Legion plaque proclaim the Hall County troops’ “ultimate sacrifice” in World War I, but their stories are tucked away in state records from the era. Silas Dunnegan was killed in the trenches during the Battle of Argonne, Hubert Ledford was killed in his first battle and Daniel McKinney took a machine-gun bullet in the Battle of Château-Thierry. And though he’s not on the plaque, a book produced by the state, “In memory of the Gallant Sons of Georgia,” shows Albert Parham died “together with every man in his company” on the Argonne front on Oct. 7, 1918.