Torpedoed in the Irish Sea on February 6, 1918, the British liner-turned-troopship SS TUSCANIA, sank with the loss of more than 200 persons. Aboard were American troops of the 32nd Infantry Division bound for France, along with two American Air Service squadrons bound for France. Among the survivors of the sinking were 21 men from the city of Baraboo, Wisconsin who after the war formed a club known as “the Baraboo 21”, the last member of whom died in 2001.
Local area school teacher Steve Argo recently approached the city’s Parks Commission with a proposal to honor the memory of “the Baraboo 21” with a bronze plaque within Baraboo’s Mary Rountree Evans Park. City officials have agreed to the proposal and private fundraising for the estimated $100K project will evidently begin with the goal of completing the memorial in time for the 2018 centennial.
For more details, see the news article here.