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A shack that housed the offices for the Signal Corps in Suippes, France. Myron Moses worked there, and in the photo he demarcated the window to his office in the building. On the back of the photo, Myron has written to his parents:

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    A shack that housed the offices for the Signal Corps in Suippes, France. Myron Moses worked there, and in the photo he demarcated the window to his office in the building. On the back of the photo, Myron has written to his parents:
    A shack that housed the offices for the Signal Corps in Suippes, France.  Myron Moses worked there, and in the photo he demarcated the window to his office in the building.  On the back of the photo, Myron has written to his parents: 

Mom 'n Dad -- This is our Signal "shack." The fancy [underlined in the caption] fence was set up by the POWs, under the architectural direction of Ralph Colton.
Love, Myron

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    A shack that housed the offices for the Signal Corps in Suippes, France. Myron Moses worked there, and in the photo he demarcated the window to his office in the building. On the back of the photo, Myron has written to his parents:

    Mom 'n Dad -- This is our Signal "shack." The fancy [underlined in the caption] fence was set up by the POWs, under the architectural direction of Ralph Colton.
    Love, Myron
    Photographer
    Myron Moses
    Date
    1945 September 01
    Locale
    Suippes, France
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Josh Norek

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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Josh Norek

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    Biography
    Myron "Mike" Moses was born around 1920. At the age of 17, he co-wrote the lyrics to "Everything Happens to Me," a song later recorded by such artists as Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. He sold the song for a mere fifty dollars. In college, he played pitcher for New York University's baseball team. In January 1942 Mike enlisted as a private and a mere thirty-eight months later rose to the rank of captain. The Jewish GI was on the beaches during the invasion of Normandy, and the U.S. Army mistakenly sent his parents a letter that Myron was Missing in Action and presumed dead; he had actually been separated from his unit on D-Day and found himself in another platoon. During the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, shrapnel hit Myron's backside. The very first day out of the military hospital, a V2 rocket hit him in London, sending him back the same day to the recovery ward. He later participated in the "crash-through" into Germany. At one point, he was captured along with other Americans by the Nazis. Because he was a Jewish GI, Myron had to be especially careful because Jewish GIs could even be treated differently. He explained to his grandson, Josh Norek, "I escaped with a few other American prisoners at night by knifing the guard and fleeing the camp." Eventually, he did witness the carnage of the Holocaust and was a first hand witness of the concentration camps.

    For his service, he wore five stars, received two Purple Hearts, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Toward the end of the war, he served as an officer in charge of stock control for the Signal Corps. He later supervised the Signal Corps work in the Assembly Area Command at Rheims, France. During his time in the Signal Corps, Myron took many photographs as an amateur and sent them back to his parents. He never photographed for the company.

    Myron eventually had five children and he passed away in 2003.
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