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"In my opinion, they were sorry to see us leave. We [were] a benefit to their society." (Interview, 25:51)

   Robley Henry Rex
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War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Army
Unit: Company B, 5th Infantry Regiment; 8th Infantry Regiment
Service Location: Camp Zachary Taylor, Kentucky; Fort Meade, Maryland; Andernach, Germany; Coblenz, Germany; Metternich, Germany
Rank: Private First Class
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At the age of 18, Robley Henry Rex had never ventured more than about 10 miles from his home in western Kentucky. So when Army recruiters offered him the chance to travel, he enlisted. After training in Kentucky and Maryland, he shipped out to Germany to serve with the Army of Occupation. Had he been a couple of years older, Rex might have faced German troops in battle. Instead, during his post-war service he found the German people to be warm hosts to the Americans.

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