Tallahassee doctor publishes book of father's World War I photos
via the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper (FL) web site
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri — Over 200 remarkable pictures taken by a young American soldier during World War I are featured in a new book published by Tallahassee surgeon Dr. Charles E. Moore.
Dr. Moore presented the first copy of the book to the Missouri State Historical Society in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on July 28, 2022.
Moore’s father, the late Paul Handy Moore, a native of Charleston, Missouri, and later a resident of Tallahassee, volunteered in 1917 for service with the French army and documented his experiences as an ambulance driver on the battlefields of France in a photo album created more than a century ago.
Those pictures, along with comments the elder Moore made in a daily journal in 1917-18 and an excerpt from his autobiography are all included in the book, which is titled “Brancordier, Section 646” – the name of his military unit.
“Brancordier” is the French word for stretcher-bearer.
At age 19, soon after graduating from Culver Military Academy in Indiana, Moore volunteered to join the French Army, hoping to become a pilot. When he arrived in France in the summer of 1917 aboard a French steamship, the air corps assignment did not materialize; and he was assigned as an ambulance driver.
Throughout his time of service, Moore took many photographs with an amateur camera and kept a daily journal. The tiny pictures in his carefully annotated photo album have now been enlarged and included in “Brancordier” along with the journal entries.
According to Art Wallhausen, associate to the president (emeritus) of Southeast Missouri State University, this combination of words and photos provides an unusually complete picture of what a young American soldier saw and experienced as he picked up wounded soldiers from the trenches and brought them to temporary hospitals behind the lines while dodging shells and shrapnel.
Read the entire article on the Tallahassee Democrat web site.
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