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“With heavy shelling going on, we just felt our way by a pale moonlight over that field never knowing when the next shell would land near us.” (Memoir, page 25)

   Louis W. Rosen
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Louis Rosen in uniform, France [ca. 1918]
War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Army
Unit: Headquarters Company, 306th Field Artillery Regiment, 77th Infantry Division; 88th Aero Squadron; 496th Aero Squadron; 102nd Photographic Section
Service Location: New York; New Jersey; Massachusetts; France
Rank: Corporal
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Described by his son as a “basement inventor,” Louis W. Rosen developed a mechanical device for automatic movement of film, and after being drafted into the Army, he hoped to serve with a photographic section in France. Instead, he spent much of the war repairing telephone lines with the 77th Infantry Division, securing temporary duty in a photographic unit only as the war was nearing an end. In two lengthy letters to his parents, written shortly after the armistice and later collected in his memoir, he describes life on the front, living under constant threat of enemy artillery, mustard gas and aerial attacks. While Rosen survived the war uninjured, he had many close calls, noting, “Very often would I witness a shell land in a spot where I had been only a short while before.”

»Photo Album  (8 photos)
»"A Tale of Me and the War" by Louis W. Rosen
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 Other Materials
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 Official Documents (2 items)
Certificate of promotion to Corporal [2/1/1919] Honorable Discharge 
 Other Materials (2 items)
Map of France detailing Rosen's service overseas Poem by Rosen, "Might is Right" [11/11/1918] 

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