Wounded soldier photos are some of the hardest photos to find in the collecting field. Often times a collector will come across a photo of a veteran wearing a wound chevron, or occasionally a shot of a soldier with a cane. In this case, I was able to pick up a grouping of photos taken at a Paris photo studio showing an assortment of wounded vets who recently were treated at a local Paris hospital. They hobbled over to a studio on Christmas day of 1918 to have their photos taken. These shots were some of the most expensive I’ve ever purchased, but they were well worth the investment. This is the more subdued of the four photos, but took me a long time to research and I wanted to post it for the internet community.
I was tipped off by a Dutch friend of mine (thanks Rogier!) that his photo may be of a Dutch-American given his last name of Haan. Starting with the basic ancestry.com search of a name and hometown I was able to find a few bits of info. His name was Albert Haan and was born in 1893. I had to search a bit to find the census records for him, as they were listed under a misinterpreted/transcribed name of Hoan. Anyway it appears that Albert became an Army informant for the Veterans Association after the war. He is listed in a 1922 court case where he (and another veteran from my photo grouping) is listed as an informant. Anway, he is listed as being employed by the US Army in the 1920 Census and is shown as having a wife named Frances L and a daughter named Frances L. His daughter was only 2 months old at the time of the census. His wife appear to have been born around the turn of the century. He is listed as having been born in Holland in his earlier census entry, but mysteriously switched his place of birth to Michigan in the 1910 and 1920 census. He must’ve been able to hide his accent!
His Veterans Affairs death file lists the following:
|Birth Date:||12 Mar 1893|
|Death Date:||30 Nov 1986|
|Enlistment Date 1:||13 May 1910|
|Release Date 1:||12 Mar 1914|
|Enlistment Date 2:||15 Jul 1917|
|Release Date 2:||24 May 1920|
Sounds like he served early in 1910 and was released in 1914. He likely served with the Michigan National Guard at this point. He re-enlisted in 1917 and served until may of 1920 with the Army.
He had one daughter named Frances who was born in Washington D.C. in 1920. Albert was shipped back to the States in 1919 and was busy rehabilitating at Walter Reed Hospital between 1919 and 1920. Sounds like he had at least one “special visit”. He also had a son named Carl in 1922 while living in Washington D.C.
At some point the family moved from Washington D.C. to West Virgina where they apparently spent the rest of their lives. The daughter, Frances Louise Haan appears in the 1939 and 1940 University of West Virginia yearbooks and can be seen below. Quite the stunner for 1940!
I wonder if Frances is still alive? I can’t find any info on her past 1941. Ancestry.com has no information regarding her marriage or future life. She may still be alive and may be able to shed some light onto her father’s war service. I hope a family member finds this post!
Carl J Haan is harder to track down. I do know he enlisted for the US Army in July of 1942. He was surprisingly listed as an actor as a profession! This is the first time I’ve seen this!
|Name:||Carl J Haan|
|Race:||White, citizen (White)|
|Nativity State or Country:||Dist of Columbia|
|State of Residence:||West Virginia|
|County or City:||Kanawha|
|Enlistment Date:||1 Jul 1942|
|Enlistment City:||Fort Thomas Newport|
|Branch:||Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA|
|Branch Code:||Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA|
|Term of Enlistment:||Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law|
|Component:||Army of the United States – includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of|
|Education:||2 years of college|
|Civil Occupation:||Actors and actresses|
|Marital Status:||Single, without dependents|
Amazingly he served in the US Army Air Force in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam! Quite the lineage! This family continues to surprise me. Sadly he passed away on March 22nd, 2000 and is buried in Cameron Memory Gardens in Cameron, MO. His wife Eleanor passed away in 2002.
|Name:||Carl J. Haan|
|Last Residence:||64469 Maysville, Dekalb, Missouri, United States of America|
|Born:||4 Apr 1922|
|Died:||22 Mar 2000|
|State (Year) SSN issued:||North Carolina or West Virginia (Before 1951)|
2 thoughts on “WWI Photo – Wounded 32nd Division Captain Poses in Paris Studio on Christmas 1918”
What a surprise. Albert E Haan was my grandfather. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. My father, Col. Carl J. Haan, Ret., had a long and storied career in the military. My son, Carl J. Haan ll, discovered this website and photo. If you are interested, I have lots more info I would be glad to share. Thanks for the picture and bio.
Sincerely, Carl J. Haan Jr.
Now I know why the internet is awesome. It’s sites like this and information that lead us to things we need to learn. 🙂