Do You Know Who Roosevelt Field Was Named After?

Sunday, November 11, 2018, will be the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War – a war that claimed more than 16 million lives.

Did you know that Roosevelt Field (a former airfield and current shopping mall with office complexes located in Garden City, Long Island) was named after one of those fatalities?

Lt. Quentin Roosevelt, the youngest son of President Theodore Roosevelt, was killed in aerial combat over France on Bastille Day (July 14, 1918) Рless than four months before the armistice.

In 1919 the airfield, which Lt. Roosevelt trained at, was renamed in his honor.

Six US Army Air Service airmen, all 1915 graduates of Harvard University, at Hazelhurst Field, Mineola, Long Island, New York. Sitting (right to left): Roderick Tower, J. R. Richards, J. H. Baker. Standing (right to left): Quentin Roosevelt , H. P. Trainer, T. J. D. Fuller, Jr.

Credit: National Air and Space Museum Archives, NASM-A-38602-D.

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