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Exhibition Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I

Richard Thomas Crump, Company G, 3rd Infantry. Photograph album page documenting ambulance corps training. Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (043.00.00)

Richard Thomas Crump

Very little is known about Richard Crump's life, aside from the meticulous scrapbook he assembled documenting his World War I service as an ambulance driver. The album begins with his days in training at the University of Virginia, including the page shown here with its photographs of an orderly drill in pleasant surroundings. The later photos in the album, which show the ravaged French countryside in San Sulpice and Wailley, damaged ambulances, and buildings reduced to rubble by German shelling, are in stark contrast to these earlier images.