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Return of the WWI Unknown Soldier: November 9, 1921

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Return of the WWI Unknown Soldier:  November 9, 1921

On November 9, 1921, the Unknown Soldier of World War I was returned to the United States when USS Olympia (C-6) arrived at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington D.C.   The famed cruiser departed Brest, France, in a grand ceremony.  

Image:   LC-DIG-NPCC-05394:   Arrival of the Unknown Solder of WWI at Washington D.C., November 1921.  Courtesy of the Library of Congress.