Paul Fauck with French Villagers

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Collection Paul Fauck
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Description Gelatin print on cardstock of Paul Fauck with French Villagers.
Year Range from 1917
Event World War I
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1918
Medium Photographic Paper
Neg # 23348
Notes Outdoor view of three Doughboys sitting on a bench with a French family. Two of the soldiers and a woman are working with straw or wicker, a third soldier is reading a paper. Two children are sitting on the bench also. A house is in the background. Paul Fauck, Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division, is the soldier sitting at right.
Paul Fauck was born in Germany circa 1892. His family came to America and settled in Oshkosh, WI. Paul enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard on March 16, 1912. He was listed as a twenty year old laborer, blue eyes, dark hair, dark complexion, and five feet seven and one half inches tall. He was promoted to Corporal on June 3, 1916. He served in Texas during the Mexican Border War 1916. In 1917 he transferred to Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division, and served in France during World War I. He was accidentally killed on June 3, 1918. Harold Smith wrote of his death saying, "Paul Fauck was found dead one morning in the trenches shot through the head. But we gave him a decent burial." A history of Company C, states that, "on the 3rd at about 9:15 A.M. occurred the first death in the Company. Pvt. Paul Fauck was accidentally killed while inspecting his pistol. In some unknown manner he discharged the gun while looking in the barrel. The bullet passed through his head causing instant death."
Object ID P1935.32
Object Name Postcard, Photographic
People Fauck, Paul
Place France
Print size 3.5" x 5.5"
Subjects Group photographs
World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Title Paul Fauck with French Villagers
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