American Experience

Ralph John: The Soldier

Clip: Season 29 Episode 8 | 1m 38s

Just a few months before he jumped off with the first wave of the Meuse-Argonne offensive, Private Ralph John had been working on his family’s farm in McIntosh, South Dakota. His training as a soldier consisted of two days’ practice with a rifle, and a short stint driving a bayonet into a mannequin. Then he was shipped out, handed a gas mask, and sent into battle.

Aired: 04/10/17

Rating: NR

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