WWI Images


PFC Andrew H. Knebel, 18th Co./5th Marines – Lost both eyes during WWI


Carl A. Besenbruch (1894-1967) – Wounded Member of the 102nd IR/26th Division


8th Infantry Division, WWI


43rd Company, 5th Marine Posed in France, 1918


An Unknown Butte, Montana Veteran of the 41st Division Poses in Studio



YMCA Workers in Bourbonne-Les-Baines, France in 1919


“Hate Belt”

YMCAGIRL011a copy

Female YMCA Worker in France


Pennsylvania Emergency Aid Worker in WWI

indian112 copy

WWI Native American Soldier: Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe (South Carolina)


Army Nurse Corps Insignia in Correct Position


Carroll Goddard Page – Lost at Sea Aboard the Mysterious USS Cyclops, WWI UVM Alumni


A Female American Red Cross Worker Poses for the Camera in Paris, France in 1918

PARIS, FRANCE – 1918: American Red Cross executive secretary Marzita Savord poses in a Parisian studio showing off her American Red Cross uniform and French coiffure. Because of her high level security clearance she was present during the Peace Treaty signing in Versailles on June 28th, 1919. Marzite served overseas for nearly two years before returning to her hometown of Sandusky, Ohio in 1921.


A Female American Red Cross Worker Poses for the Camera in Paris, France in 1918

PARIS, FRANCE – 1918: American Red Cross executive secretary Marzita Savord poses in a Parisian studio showing off her American Red Cross uniform and French coiffure. Because of her high level security clearance she was present during the Peace Treaty signing in Versailles on June 28th, 1919. Marzite served overseas for nearly two years before returning to her hometown of Sandusky, Ohio in 1921.

3rd Air Park Patch

3rd Air Park Patch


Miss Florence Spofford – Head of the Emergency Drivers of Chicago in 1918

Barney the 67th CAC Saint Bernard Mascot

Barney the 67th CAC Saint Bernard Mascot

Unteroffizier Grießbach as a POW in France

Unteroffizier Grießbach as a POW in France

My first major cover photo!

My first major cover photo! Photo is of Mortimer Thompson when he freshly arrived from overseas service in 1918.

Morimer Thompson

Mortimer Thompson

Chaplain Roberts Williams in Germany

Chaplain Roberts Williams in Germany – SS Recipient


2nd Division, 9th Infantry Drum


Lithuanian “Forest Brother” in 1919 While Fighting the Russians in 1919


56th Pioneer w/ German Children

WWI American Red Cross Nurse

WWI American Red Cross Nurse in Uniform


YMCA Volunteer


Rare Image of an American Library Association Volunteer


2nd Division Sanitary Doctor



WWI Dietician Ellen W. Wells


26th Division, 102nd Infantry Regiment KIA Connecticut Soldier


Siberian Expedition


WWI Shriner


Wounded Marine DSC/Navy Cross Recipient



32nd Division Amputees


Helmeted Doughboy w/ 3rd Army Patch

89th Division Crisp Close Up

166th Infantry Regiment Band – Ohio

WWI Dentist Lt. Ross
Personal Dentist for General Pershing

WWI Ambulance Driver Roger Terry Bacon ca. 1917

WWI Ambulance Driver Roger Terry Bacon ca. 1917

Parker Kingsley Ellis

Parker Kingsley Ellis


1st Illinois Cavalry – Spanish American War

2nd Division Engineer065a

2nd Division Engineer Patch Variant






64 thoughts on “WWI Images

  1. Here is interpretation of the top photo showing a veteran of the 26th “Yankee” Division:
    Photo was taken post-war, indicated by the single “discharge” chevron on the left sleeve which was crimson in color. Double “overseas” chevrons above the cuff on the left sleeve indicate this man was overseas in the combat theater for 12 months (1 chevron per 6 months). Double “wound” chevrons above the cuff on the right sleeve indicate this man was wounded by enemy fire twice (predecessor to the Purple Heart). Button on the overseas cap is the AEF Discharge Pin which later also became the logo for the American Legion.

  2. Brennan: I found this site by searching for The Electric Studio. On the weekend I bought a few WWI real photo postcards printed by the company. Searching for the studio name, your site came up when I looked for images. Thanks for this work — of course I want more war photos. Great that these ended up in your collection.

    Alan Miller

    • Alan,

      Thanks for the compliment. Glad I could be of service. WWI real photo postcards are incredibly fun way to learn about WWI history as well as historic photo studios both at home and abroad.


    • Is this him?

      Name: Harry James Conway
      Serial Number: 582679
      Birth Place: Wales, Maine
      Age: 22 11/12 yrs.
      Residence: Sabattus
      Comment: Enl: NG Lewiston, Apr. 8/17. Reported for Federal Serv: July 25/17. Private. Org: 9 Co CA Me NG (25 Co Portland) Apr. 8/17 to Jan. 1/18; Btry F 54 CAC to May 17/18; Btry C 57 CAC to Nov. 8/18. Eng: Toul; Argonne Forest; St Mihiel. Overseas: Mar. 22/18 to Nov. 8/18. Killed in action: Nov. 8, 1918.

      I will try to track down a photo in the 57th CAC unit history. Give me a few weeks.

  3. Hello,
    I am currently in the process of assembling images for a book project. All images are interior formal studio portraits of african american servicemen taken from the early 1900’s through the early 1960’s. Would you be interested in adding to the mix? Of course we would credit yourself and your archive.
    Please let us know if you might have an interest.
    Thank you ,

  4. Love your site–thanks for having it! I’m looking for an image of Pvt. William C.N. Boylen, Co. L 101st infantry, 26th division. Killed at Vaux, Chateau Thierry, July 20, 1918. There’s a memorial stone (on a street ‘island’) for him–“first Melrose [MA] man with the American Forces killed in action in the World War.” but NO ONE in the city seems to know anything about him. I’ve found all I can re the family via Ancestry–no photos though and no luck with relatives. So–I’m hoping you’ve got some other lead. Thanks so much. And keep up this great site. Linda G.

  5. I just discovered this website. My grandfather was a member of the 104th infantry (Company M) and I am slowly but surely gathering information on what happened to his unit. Sadly, most of his military records were destroyed, so sites like this have been invaluable. I do know he was awards a bronze star with oak leaves (I believe that’s the honor) for leading a charge in the Argonne offensive, but that’s about it. I loved reading about how they earned the Croix de Guerre. BTW, his name was Lawrence Russett if he ever shows in your research.

    • Hello Barbara,

      Just found your message on my blog and am excited to help with your research request. I have decent access to research material and can likely track down your grandfathers info and potentially a photo of him. I have a few questions to help in my search:

      Where was he from? When was he born? I’m guessing it’s the Connecticut/RI area in the 1895-1897 time frame.

      Glad to help,

      Brennan – PortraitsofWar

    • According the “History of the 104th Inf” the army serial number of Lawrence Russett was
      (Page 501 of the History )
      Cited in the orders of the Division by general orders N°74 August 31, 1918
      by General C.R. Edwards (page383)

  6. Dear Brennan,
    I too am the granddaughter of a veteran of the 104th infantry (Mechanic Co. H.) His name was Everett Hamill Keyes, b. July 29, 1895 in Worcester, MA (from where he also enlisted in June 1917). He died before I was born, but his obituary says he earned the Croix de Guerre, Purple Heart and Silver Star. Do you know how I could verify that information? Any other information/photos you can find would be very much appreciated. Thank you!

  7. Hi – just bumped into this site while researching my mother’s great uncle, Frank J Hurley (Co. H, 101st Inf., 26th Div). He was a Corporal when he was killed in France – 24 Jul 1918. I guess he died of wounds as he was buried at the hospital – Chateau de Montanglaust. Curious if you have seen pictures of his unit before or during the war. Thanks! Kevin

  8. What a great site!

    My great grandfather, Loren C. Bow, served in the AEF during WW1. I have several priceless artifacts that I am having preserved:

    -His uniform and cap
    -Postcards he collected with his writing “on the way to the Rhine 1918” including postcards from Champlitte, Luxemburg, Echternach, Daun (Eifel), Coblenzand one with a statue holding a sign that says Sic transit gloria….something else I can’t make out.
    -His WW1 medal with bands from: Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne, Defensive Sector
    -a picture of him with his writing on the back: at Chalons-sur-marne September 10, 1918…also says 107 ammunition train, 32nd Div AEF, chauffer C. suria, El Centro Cal.
    -a picture of him with his writing on the back: at Dun Sur Meuse France, November 5, 1918

    – I have a newspaper clipping of him and others sitting together titled “Commander of Michigan Guards at Grayling”…reading from left to right member of brigade staff: Major E.H. Campbell, brigade adjutant; Brigadier-General Louis C. Covell; First Lieutenants Wallover and L.C. Bow (my great grandfather).

    I am having all of these precious heirlooms preserved and would GREATLY appreciate ANY information you may have on him or his unit, division, company, movements, etc.

    Many thanks!


  9. I am looking for any information about my grandfather Raymond Larkin Adams he was in the medical group, I have his uniform and what I believe is his medical bag. My uncle sent me excerpts from a diary he kept in France and I am trying to go through it, I only have about 10 pages.

  10. Hello,

    My grandfather William Henry Milford was in 78th division, 309th machine gun battalion. I have two large oval portraits in uniform 3/4 length. Do you have other photos of the 78th? Info regarding 309th m.g. bttn?

  11. Hi,

    I recentely adopted the grave of pvt Salvatore Buscemo (Salvatori Buscema). He was killed in action on aug 30 1918 In Belgium and was burried at the Flanders Field cemetry at Waregem, Belgium. I received his draftcard and his registrationcard but it would be fantastic if I could give the grave a face!
    He served in the 105th infantry – 27th division.
    Could you help me to find some more information or (maybe, maybe) a picture?
    thank you!
    ps: keep up the good work!!!

    Bruges, Belgium

  12. My father Louis A. Donahue, Portland, Maine was in the Yankee Division 26 Infantry/ Fought in major battles Verdun
    Chateau Thierry, Marne, Meuse-Argonne. Received a purple heart and other medals. Is there any other information
    or perhaps a picture of his division. Also there is a picture somewhere of the doughboys standing on the steps
    of City Hall in Portland Maine. I would love to have a copy of it. This is a wonderful site for World War 1 information.
    I can’t thank you enough.

    • Hello Mrs.Delaney,

      Here’s what I’ve found about your father:

      He trained in Plattsburgh and was appointed to 2nd Lieutenant on August 15th, 1917. He became a 1st Lt. on October 12th, 1918. He traveled overseas with the 101st Infantry Regiment but later took a command with the 126th Infantry of the 32nd Division after his debilitating wounds. He was earlier gassed and severely wounded at Chateau Thierry on July 18th, 1918 He was again severely wounded by shrapnel injuries that temporarily caused blindness on October 24th, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. I’m working on finding a portrait shot of him. There should be one in the unit history for the 101st Infantry Regiment.

      I also found a 1922 article talking about his run for Congress? Apparently he recieved 4,786 votes and lost out to a Republican.

      Glad to Help,


  13. Dear Brennan, Thank you for all of your efforts and your quick response. Such a glorious site. Look forward to hearing from you again. Eleanor D.

  14. Dear Brennan, Hi, I wondered how you are doing on locating a portrait shot of my father Louis A. Donahue, 126 Infantry Regiment, Yankee Division World War 1. Thank you, I appreciate and look forward to your reply. Eleanor Delaney

    • Hi Brennan. One last time. Louis A. Donahue 101st infantry but later took a command with the 126 infantry, 32 division. You had mentioned finding a portrait shot of him. That there might be one in the unit history of the 101st infantry. It has been a yr. Please let me know. I am really interested and anxious to hear from you. emdelaney3@aol.com

  15. This site is truly amazing. I am the command historian for the Maine Army National Guard, and do a lot of research on our World War I units: 103rd Infantry, 101st Trench Mortar Battery, 56th Pioneer Infantry, and the 54th Artillery (C.A.C.) You have by far the most incredible collection of photographs I have ever seen, and love seeing new ones from our units. It’s such a fascinating window into history. Thank you so much for your preservation work.


    1st Lieut. Jonathan Bratten

  16. Dear Brennan, I realize how time consuming it must be with all your searches. You have so very many requests. You were going to search for a photo in the u nit history for the 101st infantry of the 26th division World War 1, Louis A. Donahue. I would love to have this for a Christmas present for my brothers and sister. Sincerely, Eleanor

      • Brennan, guess what? In a trunk tucked away in the deepest darkest corner of my parents attic, I found some real treasures. Information I might just take copies of and send them to you. Louis A Donahue, 126 Infantry Yankee Division World War 1. Also, there in the trunk was a copy of the Dough Boys that I was looking for. My father wrote a story about the war. I wasn’t aware of that. I’ll include that as well. It’s detailed and sad and wonderful all at the same time. Eleanor D

      • Hello Brennan, I know that I am harassing you and I sincerely apologize – truly I’m sorry, I know that I’m not the only person who is vying for your attention. With that in mind, I wondered if you could possibly mail the article about my father Louis A. Donahue, World War 1, 26th Infantry Division, Yankee Division. Re: his running for Congress. I will be more than happy to send a self addressed envelope with payment enclosed. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your consideration, your time and your love for all that is Yankee Division. Sincerely Eleanor Delaney

      • Dear Brennan, has the trail run cold? Louis A. Donahue, Portland, Maine, 26th Yankee Division Thank you so very much. Sincerely, emdelaney

  17. Just found your site, It is amazing. I am perusing photos of WW1 soldiers for our local community theater production of The Glass Menagerie. The script calls for a large head shot photo of a smiling WW1″ dough boy.” Any assistance would be appreciated.

  18. Wow! I just stumbled into this great site. My grandfather, Edward M Roberts from New Britain, CT, was in Company C of the 307th Infantry. I have tons of info about his unit but no photos of him. Were all soldiers photographed by the Army? I assume any photos of him were lost in the 1973 Fire at the PRC in St. Louis.

    Ted Roberts

  19. This is an amazing site, and your dedication is a blessing to many. My grandfather rarely talked about his time in France during WWI. We know he was wounded on July 18, 1918 (according to his purple heart records), and that he was a part of the First Division. We think he was wounded near Soissons, and know that the 28th, 26th, 16th and 18th infantries were in the area on that day. Can you find out which one he was with? We have a portrait of him on which he had written over the bronze collar insigna with “1 C” on top and “B” on the bottom.

    Thank you,


  20. Sharon;
    You can download a form from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. Fill out what you know and send it in. Most Army records from 1912 to 1960 were lost in a fire but they should have a serial number and unit.

  21. Mr grandfather Edward James Brown Jr was with the 145th infantry, company M (37th division.) He was an enlisted manoriginally in the 16th Engineers who went to officers training camp in Langres, France and appointed 2nd Lieutenant on July 9, 1918. I have two photos of him, one from around August, 1918, and one from around February 1919. I find it interesting to compare the two. The first one I imagine he has a “deer in the headlights” look to him. I can email the photos to you if you are interested in them.

  22. Hi Brennan,

    I was curious if you could possibly dig up any WWI information on Edward U. Moore. He was born June 9th, 1898 in Canon City, CO. All I know is that he was severely wounded at Chateau-Thierry with the loss of his left leg. He may have possibly been in the 2nd Division but I am unsure of this.

    Much appreciated,

  23. My grandfather, Thomas G. Maguire served in Battery A of the 101st Field Artillery, Yankee Division. Happy to share info on Battery A and some pics I have, as well as connect with others with a connection to this unit.

  24. Just found your site, was delighted to read the two letters from Clarence Everett Hall. He was my grandfather. The letters were sent to his sister, Marion. if you ever find any more info about him I would love to know about it. So nice you have saved and collected so much info,. Otherwise people like me would never have the chance to see it.

    Jean Nyman

  25. Portraitsofwar – My great grandfather served with the 20th Engineers 9th Bat in France during WWI. I saw one of your comments was that this was a unit you enjoyed researching. I was wondering what type of information you have on the 20th. I have found it difficult to find resources for reference. I’d love to see pictures, propaganda, letters home, etc…I’m trying to find out more of what my great grandfather’s time was like in camps here stateside as well as in France. I’d love to bend your ear if you have the time.


  26. Hello – Very glad to have come across your site today. I am researching my Great Uncle, Harlan W. Chamberlin, who was a Private, U.S. Army, 103rd Machine Gun Battalion, 26th Division. He was from Vermont, and died on July 18, 1918 (do not know if he was wounded and then died later, or if he died on that day). He is buried at Aisne-Marne American Memorial Cemetery in Belleau Wood, France. Would you happen to have any information about him or his Division/Battalion? Would there be any photos of him or any documents to download? Thank you for all you do for everyone on this site; who are researching their departed relatives, who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their Country.

    • Wanda,

      Glad to hear from you. The 103rd MG BN is one of my favorite WWI units! Harlan was born and raised in Goshen, VT and enlisted for the war (near my home) at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester, VT. He was severely wounded in action on May 6th. He then went back into action at some point and was killed in action on July 18th, 1918 in the outskirts of the town of Givry, France. Here’s a link to their Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Givry,_Sa%C3%B4ne-et-Loire

      I can certainly try to track down a photo of him. Give me some time and I will get back to you if I do indeed succeed!

      Brennan (Portraits of War)

  27. Regarding your photo of unknown WWI soldier from Vermont. I may be of some small help. My Great Grandmother’s brother was Richard Truell Corey – from Newport Vermont. Richard T. Corey enlisted in Company L 1st VT Inf. April 1898. He served in the Spanish-American War and Mexican Border Service as well as WWI 1917-1919. I have photos to share – but I am not sure how to do that on this sight. I don’t think the photograph is Richard Corey – but perhaps you will see it differently. Let me know – and Thanks!

  28. I was hoping you could help me locate information on my grandfathers who served in WWI.
    Lieutenant Samuel Hynes Riggs. The only picture I have of him in uniform shows him as an infantry LT, two overseas chevron bars, wearing a District of Paris shoulder patch. I do have one of his infantry insignias that has a “CR” on top and a “B” on the bottom. Before he died he gave me an Iron Cross that he said he got from a German in the Argonne Forest, but who knows. I also have a red, white and blue (I thin as it is faded), Fourragère aux couleurs of his, but I have no idea what it was for or even if it was actually his or something he acquired as he is not wearing it in the picture I have of him.

    My other grandfather was Cecil Forrest Dawson. His diary has him in the 48th Field Artillery as a 1st lieutenant, but I have another picture of him as a captain after the war. His diary says he arrived in France 30 December 1917. In March 1918 he was attached to the 148th FA. Then in August he was attached to 1 BN 42nd FA.

    He discusses being assigned sent to Gas School on August 28th, then his diary skips to after the war on November 28. He says he boarded a ship in France on November 18 headed home. He begins to describe what happened after gas officer school when he returned to his unit on 7 September, but for some reason he never finishes. Trying to figure out what happened to him between 7 September and the end of the war. There is also no mention in his diary of his promotion to captain.

  29. My Great Grandfather was with the 101st US Engineers during WWI. His name was George Harmon from Portland Maine. I have his uniform and a picture of all the men who were with the 101st US Engineers. It is a huge picture. So many men. My Great Grandfather is in the picture. Not sure exactly which one he is. I was told that he was 4 men down from one of the flags and 1 or 2 men to the left or right. So I know about where he is. There are so many men in the picture. He received the Purple Heart. My aunt has his Purple Heart. I am looking into donating his uniform to the History Museum in Raleigh NC. I would love to know the details behind his receiving of the Purple Heart, but I don’t know how to go about this. I was wondering if you knew of a way for me to get this information. I would love to have the information to tell the curator at the History Museum. Thank you for your time. Kellie Watters

  30. Kellie–you might also ask at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City. Fabulous museum! It’s another place you might consider donating George Harmon’s uniform. I hope you figure out which photo is George’s. I’m still looking for William Boylen (101st-Co. L-26th div)–a photo. Good luck with your search! LG.

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