Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1914-1918
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: Medical Corps
  • Location of Service: France; Texas
  • Highest Rank: Major

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"From here to Chambry the fields are just full of graves. It is a terrible sight. They are all mixed up-French and German-for the fighting was hand to hand, with bayonets and rifle butts, all across that region." (Diary, May 2, page 25)

The diary of Orville Rogers illuminates a little-documented chapter in America's involvement in World War I. In 1915, three years out of Harvard Medical School, Rogers volunteered to serve a three-month stint with the Harvard Medical Unit in Paris. Between April and July he served as a member of the Army's Medical Corps at the American Ambulance Hospital, founded when the war broke out in 1914. He charted how the French were good hosts and hopeful that America would join the war. After the May 7 sinking of the Lusitania, which failed to bring the U.S. into the fighting, the French remained hospitable to him but turned sour toward the American government. Rogers paid several visits to former battlefields and was astonished at the evidence of killing on an unimaginable scale.

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[ Diary of Orville F. Rogers, Jr. [March 17, 1915 to July 14, 1915] ]
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About this Item

Title

  • Orville F. Rogers Collection

Names

  • Lugar, Richard
  • Rogers, Orville F.
  • U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar

State of Birth

  • MA

Headings

  • -  Rogers, Orville F.
  • -  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: Medical Corps
    • Location of Service: France; Texas
    • Highest Rank: Major
    • Dates of Service: 1915-1919
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Diaries and journals [1 item] -- (collected 3/17/1915-7/14/1915)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [1 item] -- (collected 7/29/1976)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/27880

Cite as

  • Orville F. Rogers Collection (AFC/2001/001/27880), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

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Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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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:

Lugar, Richard, Orville F Rogers, and U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar. Orville F. Rogers Collection. 1915. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.27880/.

APA citation style:

Lugar, R., Rogers, O. F. & U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar. (1915) Orville F. Rogers Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.27880/.

MLA citation style:

Lugar, Richard, Orville F Rogers, and U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar. Orville F. Rogers Collection. 1915. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.27880/>.