‘We make sure they live on’: Cayuga County Marines in the first World War

Nearly 100 Marines from Cayuga County who enlisted during the first World War were remembered Sunday through a presentation at the Cayuga Museum Carriage House Theater.

The presentation, “Cayuga County Devil Dogs of the First World War,” was delivered by Moravia native Annette Amerman who is now the head of the historical reference branch at the Marine Corps history division in Quantico.

“There’s a lot of myths, but the history itself is so interesting,” Amerman said of WWI as she opened her presentation which highlighted Marine enlistments, specifically those from Cayuga County, and different battles that took place in France.

For perspective, Amerman illustrated that from the years of 1914 to 1918 Marine Corps officers jumped from 331 to 1,503 and those enlisted skyrocketed from 10,050 to 51,316. About 9,000 Marines enlisted from New York, 94 of those native to Cayuga County.

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