We’re strolling down memory lane to the Prohibition Era for this piece. Some of you may know it as the Roaring Twenties. 

But this isn’t the version you’d usually hear about with flapper girls, bobbed hair, and jazzy tunes. We’ll get to those, but our story has a twist. It has the grit, the action, and the unlikely heroes — the World War I veterans

Prohibition wasn’t just about turning America dry and causing a massive uproar. It’s a saga of resilience, ingenuity, and rebellion.

It’s a story where our doughboys, fresh from Europe’s muddy trenches, found themselves at the center of a new war, waged not with bullets and bayonets but with bottles of forbidden booze and law enforcement badges.

Between swigs of bootlegged whiskey, late-night runs smuggling hooch, and trading military uniforms for either speakeasy suits or the badges of law enforcement, these war heroes found themselves navigating a world that was changing faster than a fox-trot tempo.

Setting the Scene: The Aftermath of the War to End All Wars’ 

First things first, let’s set the scene. Picture this: It’s the early 20th century. America emerged from World War I, also known as the “Great War” or the “War to End All Wars.” 

Over 4 million American soldiers had served, and now they were back home, forever changed by their experiences in Europe’s muddy trenches and gas-filled battlegrounds. 

They’ve faced the horrors of war, and now they’re expected to return to ‘normal’ life like nothing happened.