Michigan In World War I
Michigan furnished more than 168,000 men and women to the armed services of the United States During the "Great War," from 1917 to 1919. Some 5,000 died in service and 15,000 were wounded. Members of the Michigan National Guard saw the most extensive as part of the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division. At the end of the war. Michiganders were part of the American North Russian Expeditionary Force, the "Polar Bears," sent to support the White Russians. Michigan raw materials and manufacturing were key to the war effort. Michiganders bought Liberty Bonds and Stamps to finance the war and increased food production. They endured shortages of fuel and food. Women used the war's emphasis on democracy to gain the right to vote in Michigan in 1918.