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"Those boys up there were still in that Hell, and the end wasn't in sight yet. Closing my eyes I could still see those mangled and bloody bodies of my buddies, and I began to wonder what it was all about." (Memoir, page 30)

   Morris Albert Martin
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Morris Albert Martin in full combat gear [undated]
War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Army
Unit: 361th Infantry Regiment, 91st Division
Service Location: Meuse and Argonne Sector, France
Rank: Private
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Twenty years after he came home from the Great War, Morris Martin set down his experiences in a brief memoir. Drafted in April 1918, he sailed for Europe that July and by mid-September, his infantry regiment was poised to go into battle. They went over the top on September 26 and the next day, Martin suffered an arm wound that put him out of commission for the duration (he eventually lost several fingers from the damage). Martin's memoir is vivid, honest, and personal, offering first-rate descriptions of the chaos of battle.

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