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WWI Program on Godfrey & John B. Chevalier Aug. 13th

The Friends of Chevalier Auditorium and Gene Mack Gym are pleased to announce an additional event in this summer’s series of exhibits and programs commemorating the centennial of World War I.

In conjunction with the Medford Public Library and the Medford Historical Society & Museum, the Friends are presenting “Brothers in Flight: Godfrey and John B. Chevalier,” a tribute to two of Medford’s outstanding Navy aviators in the Great War, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 13, at Grace Church, 160 High St.

Lt. Commander Godfrey Chevalier, namesake of Chevalier Theatre in Medford Square, commanded the first naval air station in France during World War I, and later became the first American flyer to land a plane on a moving ship.

His older brother John B. Chevalier also was a Navy aviator and Commanding Officer in World War I. John’s legacy includes a rare collection of original photos from his time serving in France, which have been published in a new book, “John B. Chevalier: WWI Aviator,” by his grandson, Mark Chevalier of Annandale, Virginia.

In this program, Mark Chevalier will share some of these never seen photos in a talk and slide show on his grandfather’s WWI career and his family’s legacy in aviation history. The photos feature World War I personnel from the U.S. and its Allies, aircraft on the ground and in flight, aerials of war zones, bombing damage, and even some family photos from the Chevaliers’ home in Medford (the family lived on Bradshaw Street and later Summit Road, and attended Grace Church).

The program is free and open to the public. You may RSVP on the Facebook Event Page.

Please also note that a copy of Mark Chevalier’s book, as well as other memorabilia on the Chevalier brothers, is on display through August 27 in the Historical Society’s excellent exhibit of World War I uniforms and artifacts. The exhibit is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. at the Society, 10 Governors Avenue.

In addition, a display of century-old World War I posters is on exhibit at the library during regular hours.

– Information from Ken Krause, Friends of Chevalier Auditorium and Gene Mack Gym Board of Directors

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