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"Did we do any good? We rained shots on as many of the infantry as we could… we must have helped our boys a bit." (Clipping, 9/9/1918).

   Roland H. Neel, Sr.
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Roland Neel in his flight outfit, standing in front of his plane [undated]
War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: Flying Corps, American Expeditionary Forces Aviator
Service Location: France
Rank: Lieutenant
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Roland Neel served in France with the Aviation Corps, graduating with the first class of aerial observers and entrusting his life to a technology that was still in its infancy. The use of aircraft would forever change the nature of warfare, creating a whole new front on which to fight. In an interview conducted in 1975, Neel recounted a harrowing tale of surviving enemy fire, and remembered his brother Joseph, an infantry officer who was killed in action during the Battle of St. Mihiel.

Interview (Audio)
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»Photo Album  (1 photo)
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 Other Materials (3 items)
Photocopy of Aero Club of America certificate Newsclipping, "Boche Bullet Cuts Control Wires of Lieut. Neel's Plane" [9/9/1918] Newsclipping, "Neel Died Going Over Top" [1969]

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