A Soldier and Two Females Posing atop a Tank
A native of Deep River, Connecticut, Philip Frank Lund worked before World War I as a carpenter in Hartford, Connecticut; Savannah, Georgia; and Palm Beach, Florida. Following the U.S. entry into the war, he sought to contribute his construction skills to the war effort by joining the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He enlisted on October 1, 1917, and was assigned to Company A in the Sixth Engineers. After training in Washington, DC, in December 1917 his unit sailed for France, where it became part of the Third Division, Third Corps of the American Expeditionary Forces. In the course of his service, Lund rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class. In France he was engaged in constructing hospital buildings, barracks, and other structures, stringing wire, building machine-gun emplacements, and digging and reinforcing trenches. Following the armistice on November 11, 1918, Lund served for a time with the American occupation forces in Germany. The Sixth Engineers returned to the United States in August 1919 on the transport Manchuria. The view shown here is from an album of 100 photographs compiled by Lund during his military service. The album is part of the Philip Frank Lund Collection in the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans.
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