Moderator: Time for the first question: Did America do anything in World War 1, which ended a hundred years ago on November 11, 1918, or was it just a waste of time?
Melanie American: World War 1? Never heard of it! I vaguely remember something about Eisenhower and a war in Europe, but I think that was later – not a hundred years ago! If there was a World War 1, it must not have been very important.
Gary: “The general purpose of [the relevant] rules of practice … [requiring the appellant to provide a sufficient record] is to ensure that there is a trial court record that is adequate for an informed appellate review of the various claims presented by the parties…. One specific purpose of a motion for articulation of the factual basis of a trial court’s decision is to clarify an ambiguity or incompleteness in the legal reasoning of the trial court in reaching its decision…. Further articulation … is unnecessary whe[n] the [memorandum of decision] adequately states its factual basis, and when the record is adequate for informed appellate review of the [judgment].”
Gary: That is one reason why I decided to write a book about a significant but largely overlooked episode that helped to bring the United States into the war. The book is entitled The Yarrowdale Men and America’s Entry into the Great War. It will be published by Cheops Books next spring. A tale of high adventure and severe hardship, it relates the experiences of a group of American sailors taken prisoner in December 1916, in the middle of the North Atlantic, by a German surface raider. The Americans had been serving as members of crews aboard British freighters, each of which was armed with a small gun designed to ward off U-boat attacks
Gary: I have at least three ancestors who served in WW1, namely my grandfather Alfred Sulley, and my great uncles Francis and Willard Sulley.
Melanie American: Sounds like a lot of work. If it’s not on Google, I wouldn’t know how to find it.
Melanie American: I guess it was important to defeat that bad guy, Hitler. But then it might have been better not to run into him at all, not even in a dark alley let alone on the battlefield.