They Called Them Soldier Boys:

World War I program at library


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Friench Simpson Memorial Library

Life Outside The Book

The Friench Simpson Memorial Library is proud to announce that Dr. Gregory Ball will be on second program in our 2017 lecture series “The Lone Star State and WWI”. 

Dr. Ball will present “They Called Them Soldier Boys: A Texas Infantry Regiment in World War I” on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Friench Simpson Memorial Library.

Dr. Ball is a native Texan, born in Arlington, but living in San Antonio.  He served on active duty with the USAF from 1995 – 2006 and retired from the USAF Reserves in 2016. 

In 2009, he joined the Air Force History and Museums Program as a civilian historian working at the Air National Guard History Office in Washington, DC.  In 2011, he became the historian for Twenty-Fourth Air Force in San Antonio where he documented the Air Force’s role in cyberspace operations. 

In 2016, he was selected to serve as the Air Force History and Museums Career Field Team Chief at the Air force Personnel Center at Randolph AFB in San Antonio.  In this position, Dr. Ball oversees the education, training, and career progression of more than 300 Air Force historians, archivists, and museum curators and works directly with the Director of the Air Force History and Museums Program. 

In 2010, Dr. Ball completed his PhD in United States History at the University of North Texas, where he worked with Drs. Randolph B. Campbell, Richard McCaslin, and Alfred Hurley.  His dissertation, “Soldier Boys of Texas” focused on Texas National Guard soldiers who fought on the Western Front in 1918.  His dissertation was published in 2013 as “They Called Them Soldier Boys: A Texas Infantry Regiment in World War I,” by UNT Press. 

He is currently working on a volume on Texas during World War I for the Texas State Historical Association, which will be published in Summer 2018.  

The program is open to the public and free of charge.  For more information contact the library at 361-798-3243 ext. 208.

Individuals are also reminded that the WWI poster exhibit “Weapons of Mass Communication” will be on display until the end of August.