Greatest Generation Throwback Thursday

In this 1928 file photo, Leonhard (Leionhard) Seppala of Nome, Alaska, who made history when his team of Siberian huskies helped bring a needed serum to Nome during a diphtheria epidemic a few years earlier, poses for a photo. In January 1925, sled dog relay teams delivered the serum after a deadly outbreak of diphtheria in children and adults in the old gold rush town of Nome on the state’s wind-pummeled western coast. This race against time is now marked with the annual running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Sappala and his relationship with his lead sled dog, Togo, was the subjects of a film released on the Disney+ streaming service in December 2019.

Each Throwback Thursday the Citizen Tribune shares a photo from the formative years of the G.I. Generation. Born from 1901 to 1926, the G.I. Generation is also known as the Greatest Generation that won World War II. The core values of the G.I. Generation were leading honorably and dreaming big. The G.I. Generation was molded by the first World War, the Roaring ’20s and a time of massive growth, expansion and technological wonders. They were ordinary Americans who accomplished extraordinary things and oversaw growth that built the most powerful middle class in the nation’s history. The leaders of the G.I. Generation believed in character, togetherness, humility and compassion.