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"Our eats have run out, but still trying to keep up good spirits." (Diary transcription, 2).

   Albert John Carpenter
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Albert J. Carpenter [8/1917]
War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Army
Unit: Headquarters Company, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division
Service Location: Camp Bowie, Texas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; France
Rank: Private
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A 19-year-old student when he enlisted in the 36th Division of the 142nd Infantry, Albert Carpenter served in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France during the final days of the war. As a soldier in the trenches along the Hindenberg Line, he experienced the gassings, mud, and bloodshed for which the war is infamous. In a series of short but vivid entries, his diary chronicles a single month, October 1918, which he calls "the most eventful month of [his] life."

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