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"Cannot express myself in my letters home the way I should like to; Old Boy Censor is all eyes and has no regards for sentiment." (Diary, page 52)

   Alfred C. Harrison
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Page from typed copy of Alfred Harrison's diary [detail]
War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Battalion Sanitary Detachment, 22nd Regiment, US Engineers of the 27th Division; 102nd Regiment
Service Location: France
Rank: Corporal
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Like many combat soldiers, Private First Class Alfred C. Harrison kept a diary of his experiences, writing descriptions of the French people and countryside, noting variations in the weather, and recording the constant boom of guns in the distance. In order to disguise his diary in the event that he was captured behind enemy lines, he wrote his journal entries on scraps of paper and kept them tucked into the lining of his trousers. After the war, he was awarded a Silver Star for his bravery in the trenches.

»"My Diary: Being a chronological record of my experiences in the World War" by Alfred C. Harrison
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