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  • VALOR presents the history of Kiffin Rockwell, who along with his brother, Paul, volunteered for the French Foreign Legion immediately upon the start of World War I in August 1914. After a year of fighting in the trenches both brothers were wounded. While Paul, owing to the severity of his wounds, became a war correspondent based in Paris, Kiffin gained admittance into the French aviation division, where he soon became a noted aviator. In April 1916 Kiffin joined a newly formed squadron of American volunteer pilots, which eventually became the famous Lafayette Escadrille. Kiffin became a celebrated member of the American unit as it fought against German aviators for control of the skies during the battle of Verdun in June and July 1916 and in other sectors of the front. This presentation relies on Kiffin Rockwell's war letters and photographs of the Lafayette Escadrille from U.S. and French archives to relate the remarkable experiences that Rockwell had as a volunteer fighter prior to America's entry into the war.


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