The stories of 10 famous people who served in World War 1

Humphrey Bogart Casablanca

World War I ended 100 years ago Sunday. 

Beginning in July 1914, the Great War lasted more than four years and killed an estimated 8.5 million soldiers and 13 million civilians. 

And of the more than 65 million troops that were mobilized during the war, a handful of them were very famous, especially during the time period. 

Here are 10 famous people who served during the Great War.

SEE ALSO: The history of the US Army’s uniforms since 1776, in images and depictions

1. Ernest Hemingway

Born in 1899, Ernest Hemingway was a leading American journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist.  

Turned away from the US military because of an eye defection, Hemingway joined the American Red Cross as an ambulance driver during the war. 

In 1918, Hemingway was injured by mortar fire in Italy, and his experiences during the Great War led him to write „A Farewell to Arms.“

He received the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature. Hemingway committed suicide in Ketchum, Idaho, in 1961. 



2. Humphrey Bogart

Born in 1899, Humprey Bogart was an American actor known for films such as „Casablanca“ and „The Maltese Falcon.“

In 1918, Bogart joined the US Navy, and spent most of his time during the war transporting troops back and forth between the US and Europe on the USS Leviathan, according to 

There is some debate about whether Bogart’s lip scar, which gave him a lisp, came during war-time. 

Some said a German prisoner punched him, others that it was caused by shrapnel from a German shell that hit the Leviathan. Bogart himself said it happened when he was a kid, and that Hollywood played it up to make him appear tough. 

Bogart died from esophageal cancer in Los Angeles in 1957. 

3. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Born in 1896, F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American writer most famous for the novel „The Great Gatsby.“

In 1917, Fitzgerald dropped out of Princeton to join the Army and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.

But Fitzgerald never saw combat, as the armistice was signed shortly before he was deployed. 

Before the war ended, Fitzgerald was nervous that he would die in battle and often wrote in his spare time in the hopes of leaving a legacy. These writings were the groundwork for his later novel “This Side of Paradise.”

Fitzgerald was also friends with Hemingway, and the two writers spent much time as expatriates in Paris during the 1920s. The two friends were also part of what Gertrude Stein dubbed the „Lost Generation,“ a term she coined to define the generation that came of age during the Great War.

Fitzgerald died of a heart attack in Hollwood in 1940. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Source: Business insider

Kommentar verfassen