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Richard Thomas Crump

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1914-1918
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: Company G, 3rd Infantry
  • Location of Service: France
  • Highest Rank: Private First Class
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/37553

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We know very little about Richard Crump's life, aside from the meticulous scrapbook he assembled documenting his WWI service as an ambulance driver. The album progresses from his carefree days in training-shiny uniforms, vehicles, and equipment, and a gang of friends-to the ravaged French countryside in San Sulpice and Wailly. Crump was clearly amazed at the destruction of such cities as Dammartin and Remiencourt, given the numerous photos he took of buildings reduced to rubble by German shelling. He also recorded life in the trenches of Cottenchy and V├ęzaponin. Additionally, he gave us images we don't usually associate with WWI: German POWs, French villagers, and the aftermath of war. The French countryside was littered with abandoned war materiel, from light artillery to tanks, trains, and planes. We can also imagine, from the photos of the ambulances, how much the reality of war differed from his training. Crump's ambulance, easily recognized by its "Blue Devil" insignia (a symbol of the infamous French soldiers known as the "Chasseurs alpins"), is little more than a shell of a vehicle in his album, with its shredded tarpaulin and jury-rigged framework.

[ Photo Album ]

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[ WWI photographic scrapbook by Richard Thomas Crump ]
[ A veteran medal issued by the Union Nationale des Combattants in France. ]

About this Item

Title

  • Richard Thomas Crump Collection

Names

  • Tredway, Elizabeth
  • Crump, Richard Thomas

State of Birth

  • KY

Headings

  • -  Crump, Richard Thomas
  • -  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: Company G, 3rd Infantry
    • Location of Service: France
    • Highest Rank: Private First Class
    • Dates of Service: 1918-1919
    • Military Status: Veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran served as an ambulance driver.

Materials

  • Photograph: Original photographic print [2 items] -- Photograph (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Scrapbooks [1 item] -- (collected unknown)
  • Artifact: Artifact [2 items] -- (collected unknown)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/37553

Cite as

  • Richard Thomas Crump Collection (AFC/2001/001/37553), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Wars & Conflicts

Service Branch

Location of Service

Service Unit

Highest Rank

Discharge Status

Gender

Interviewee

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

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

Manuscript material:

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

Recording:

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

Photograph:

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

Computer file:

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

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), 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:

Tredway, Elizabeth, and Richard Thomas Crump. Richard Thomas Crump Collection. 1918. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.37553/.

APA citation style:

Tredway, E. & Crump, R. T. (1918) Richard Thomas Crump Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.37553/.

MLA citation style:

Tredway, Elizabeth, and Richard Thomas Crump. Richard Thomas Crump Collection. 1918. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.37553/>.