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As significant as these sacrifices were to individuals and their families, they were largely forgotten within a generation. Perhaps this is because North Carolinians made up only a fraction of the 4.5 million Americans serving in the military during World War I, and U.S. forces were engaged in active combat in France only between May and November 1918. It is certain, however, that American men and materials, including North Carolina's contribution, bolstered the beleaguered French, British, and Empire forces at a critical juncture and helped turn the tide against Germany. It is a matter of historical debate, however, as do whether or not Germany would have eventually been defeated if the U.S. had not entered the conflict.

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