WWI Military Records of Fishers Islanders

Military Service Records from World War I, such as this one of Howard W. Best, were written in the hand of the soldiers themselves after returning stateside, or in the hand of fellow soldiers when the ultimate sacrifice was made, provide a window on a world that is seldom recorded so systematically and so personally.

Soldiers from the coastal forts of eastern Long Island Sound, including Fort H.G. Wright, departed for the battlefields of France during WWI from the dock at neighboring Fort Terry, Plum Island, NY.