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"An infantryman cannot combat shells. All he can do is get away or be dug in so deeply that none will injure him." (Memoir, page 9)

   Mark Lewis McCave
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[Photocopy] Mark Lewis McCave in uniform
War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: Company B, 353rd Infantry Regiment, 89th Division
Service Location: France
Rank: Second Lieutenant
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Mark McCave's memoir of the final months of the war takes the reader inside the trenches, as this 2nd Lieutenant tried to keep his platoon safe and whole. Although the German Army was falling back, their artillery and gas were still wreaking havoc on the Americans. Most of the casualties his men suffered come when they were on the move. On one day, so many of his McCave's soldiers were wounded that the medics ran out of stretchers and had to improvise.

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