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"I was able to get kind of a nice picture…" (Audio interview, 17:58)

   Emil David Edgren
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Emil Edgren in uniform [ca.1945]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 162nd Signal Photographic Company; 3908th Signal Service Battalion
Service Location: Fort Ord, California; Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; New York; Iceland; England; France; European Theater
Rank: Technician Four
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Shipping out to the European Theater in World War II, Emil Edgren encountered a few obstacles on his path to serving with the Army Pictorial Service. After finally securing a spot, his persistence paid off: he was rewarded with plum assignments and met many of the war’s notables from behind the lens. His time with the APS involved more than just portraits of generals and royalty: he took one of his most impressive shots--of an 82nd Airborne soldier during an ambush--while on the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge.

Interview (Audio)
»Interview Highlights  (3 clips)
»Complete Interview 
Download: audio (76 min.)
»Photo Album  (50 photos)
»Untitled Memoir: 1941-1945
 Official Documents
»View List (2 items)
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 Audio (Interview Excerpts) (3 items)
Stationed in Europe for over three years; taking pictures of the Queen and General Eisenhower, other notables; talking with Eisenhower. (01:48) Always wanting to be a photographer; finally making it into the Army Pictorial Service. (01:36) Taking photos of the Battle of the Bulge; photographing the 82nd Airborne; circumstances surrounding one of his most notable images. (01:17)
 Official Documents (2 items)
Undated letter from President Roosevelt to soldiers of the U.S. Army U.S. Army Pictorial Division Photo Caption Sheet 

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  October 26, 2011
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