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First American killed in WWI
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March 28, 2013 12:01 a.m.

March 28, 1915
First American killed in WWI
The first American to die in World War I was killed two years before the US declared war on Germany. On March 28, 1915, Leon Thresher, a mining engineer, was aboard the RMS Falaba enroute to Africa when it was sunk by a German submarine. Over one hundred persons died including Thresher.

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