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"Take all you want but eat all you take." Sign above mess line, photo 20

   Robert Lee Olen
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Portrait of Olen with camera
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 10th Mountain Division
Service Location: United States; Italy; European Theater
Rank: Sergeant
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The photographs of Robert Lee Olen, a sergeant with the Tenth Mountain Division of the U.S. Army serving in Italy during World War II, are evocative and eloquent testimony to the power of images. A Christmas 1944 gathering at Virginia's Camp Patrick Henry, Red Cross workers offering doughnuts to GIs, a card game aboard a ship - these and other scenes show servicemen at leisure and almost belie the dangerous circumstances that define their lives during wartime.

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