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“I have a suspicion that we are to be moved tonight… I try to write in my anxiety to keep my mind from picturing the unknown horrors of my prospective journey.” (Diary, 10/22/1918)

   Irving W. Greenwald
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Irving Greenwald [ca. 1918]
War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Army
Unit: E Company, 308th Infantry Regiment
Service Location: Camp Upton, New York; France
Rank: Private First Class
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Army Private Irving Greenwald’s diary initially seems to be mostly fact-based, without a lot of extraneous emotional content. However, his entries quickly become jam-packed with rich historical details, and contain deeply poignant passages that convey the enormity of his experiences in a few concise sentences. A member of the “Lost Battalion,” Greenwald was wounded in the Battle of the Argonne Forest, and his diary falls silent for just under a month. But he soon returned to writing, documenting his recovery and eventual return to the United States.

 Official Documents
»Discharge certificate for Irving W. Greenwald [3/1/1919]
»World War I Army Diary of Private Irving Greenwald
[PDF: 55 MB / 454 p.]

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