World War I Gold Star Database
During World War I, mothers of Alabama soldiers who died in service or who were recognized for distinguished service were awarded Gold Stars by the federal government. The Alabama Department of Archives and History used the Official Bulletin, published by the U. S. Committee on Public Information, to identify these soldiers, then sent out biographical questionnaires to their families. Many families responded by sending completed biographical forms, letters, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The goal to compile a publication honoring these individuals was never realized. This database is made up of this material, along with the information from the Official Bulletin.