The World War I veteran generation founded the American Legion, the GI Bill of Rights, and the modern civil rights movement, making the war a landmark moment in the nation’s political history. The war was also a pivotal personal life event for the men and women who served. Letters, memoirs, and diaries provide a window into the extraordinary experiences of those who left everything familiar behind to do their bit. Would military service be the jumping off point to a better life? Would love endure the test of time and distance? Could Black soldiers overcome the obstacles racial prejudice created? Would one meet the test of battle? Were their sacrifices worth it?