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Irving Greenwald [ca. 1918]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1914-1918
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: E Company, 308th Infantry Regiment
  • Location of Service: Camp Upton, New York; France
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/101358

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“I have a suspicion that we are to be moved tonight… I try to write in my anxiety to keep my mind from picturing the unknown horrors of my prospective journey.” (Diary, 10/22/1918)

Army Private Irving Greenwald’s diary initially seems to be mostly fact-based, without a lot of extraneous emotional content. However, his entries quickly become jam-packed with rich historical details, and contain deeply poignant passages that convey the enormity of his experiences in a few concise sentences. A member of the “Lost Battalion,” Greenwald was wounded in the Battle of the Argonne Forest, and his diary falls silent for just under a month. But he soon returned to writing, documenting his recovery and eventual return to the United States.

[ World War I Army Diary of Private Irving Greenwald ]

More Resources

[ Discharge certificate for Irving W. Greenwald [3/1/1919] ]

About this Item

Title

  • Irving W. Greenwald Collection

Names

  • Greenwald, Irving W.
  • Ullman, David

State of Birth

  • NY

Home State

  • NY

Headings

  • -  Greenwald, Irving W.
  • -  World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1914-1918

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: E Company, 308th Infantry Regiment
    • Location of Service: Camp Upton, New York; France
    • Highest Rank: Private First Class
    • Dates of Service: 1917-1919
    • Entrance into Service: Drafted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Correspondence [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1918 - 1921)
  • Manuscript: Diaries and journals [2 items] -- Handwritten document (collected 1917 - 1919)
  • Computer File: Flash Drive [1 item] -- Multiple types of electronic files (collected unknown)
  • Photograph: Photocopy of photographic print [1 item] -- Photograph (collected [1917 - 1919])
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of document (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [1 item] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 03/01/1919)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [1 item] -- Photograph (collected [1917 - 1919])
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [8 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1918-1938)
  • Manuscript: Printed matter [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1918)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/101358

Cite as

  • Irving W. Greenwald Collection (AFC/2001/001/101358), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

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  • pdf

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Greenwald, Irving W, and David Ullman. Irving W. Greenwald Collection. 1917. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.101358/.

APA citation style:

Greenwald, I. W. & Ullman, D. (1917) Irving W. Greenwald Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.101358/.

MLA citation style:

Greenwald, Irving W, and David Ullman. Irving W. Greenwald Collection. 1917. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.101358/>.