US troops in Vladivostok, Russia, 1918-1920

President Woodrow Wilson dispatched troops at the end of World War I, 1918, until 1920 in the far-east Russian city of Vladivostok. Known as the American Expeditionary Force Siberia, it took part in the ongoing Russian civil war.

Among the key goals of the 8,000 men strong force was to guard one billion dollars’ worth of American military equipment stored at Vladivostok and Murmansk, and to help the Russians organize their new government.