My Fifteenth post of Signal Corps Photographers in World War One.
This post has a number photographs of individual photographers, note the rubber leggings (hip boots) on many of them to assist in dealing with the mud. The photo of two Sgt’s 1st Class digging a foundation - I’m guessing is posed - don’t remember may senior enlisted digging ditches, etc.
The caption for the group shot was too long for the metadata file. The list of individuals in the photo follows:
left to right: Sgt 1cl A. J. Mann; Cpl J. G. Jones, S.C. Motion Picture Photographer; 1st LT. Wm Fox, S.C. Still Photographer: Cpl. Paul Bogart, Ass’t; and Master Signal Electrician Gare Schwartz.
The last two photos are of Lt. Ralph Estep and the last picture he took. Following is the caption information that accompanied the photos in the Archives files:
WAR PHOTOGRAPHER KILLED IN ACTION.
Lt. Ralph E. Estep, S.C., Photographer, was killed four days before the signing of the Armistice, November 7, 1917. Lt. Estep was formerly a news photographer on Leslie’s Weekly. NARA Ref#; 111-SC-30596.
The last photograph made my Lt. Ralph Estep of soldiers of a 42nd Div patrol, advancing toward enemy trenches. [Lt. Estep was killed by an H.E. shell immediately after taking this picture. Other men were dying near him for the last notation in his note book read: “Burst, Dead”] NARA Ref#: 111-SC-32333
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