Rolland S. Retelle and Friends

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Collection Rolland S. Retelle
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Description Gelatin print of Rolland S. Retelle and Friends.
Year Range from 1918
Event World War I
Year range to 1918
Medium Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Candid outdoor snap-shot of Rolland S. Retelle and Friends at Camp Hancock, GA. The men are seated on steps wearing thier pull-over shirts; campaign hats; breeches and leggings. "Rolla" is at top left and wears a gas mask. Inscribed on back: "On this picture I am right by the door. I have a gas mask on. Fritz [nickname for a German] will have to be pretty fast if he wants to gas us. We put the masks on in 6 seconds. Some speed. Rolla"
Rolland S. Retelle was born in Manistee, MI on March 30, 1895, the son of Albert Retelle. The family moved to Oshkosh circa 1896 and he graduated from Oshkosh High School and the Business College. He worked as a stenographer for the Oshkosh District Attorney D. K. Allen. He was drafted July 18, 1918 and trained at Camp Hancock, Georgia. He shipped out for France September 25, 1918. He was hospitalized with pneumonia on October 5, 1918 and died October 15, 1918 in Brest, France. He was burried in the American Cemetery, Lambezellec, Finisters, France and reburried at Riverside Cemetery in Lot 4, Block 5.
Object ID P1935.22.2
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Retelle, Rolland S.
Place Camp Hancock, Georgia
Print size 2 1/4" x 3"
Subjects Portrait photographs
World War I
Gas masks
Military camps
Military training
Title Rolland S. Retelle and Friends
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