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Camp Claiborne, La. - T-5 Sam Kellman, a member of the 780th Engineer Petroleum Distribution Co., EUTC, was a lance corporal in the Royal Canadian forces during the first World War. Kellman enlisted at Montreal in 1914 at the age of 14, after an attempt to enter the U. S. Army (had failed).

He fought for two years on the Meuse front and near Metz, where he recieved a leg wound. Later he was gassed on the Gaza front in Egypt where he was captured by the Germans and held a prisoner for two years. He wears the Victory Cross and King George Medal, awarded to him for saving the life of a major during an artillery barrage.

YANK 31 March 1944