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The Wyeth brothers: squadron commander / architect and divisional translators / poet / spy

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 01:31 PM

(left): MARION SIMS WYETH (Princeton: Class of 1910).  Entered army October 30, 1917, Garden City, New.York, 1st lieutenant, Air Service; stationed Garden City, October 30, 1917 to January 7, 1918; Camp Servier, South Carolina, January 7 to February  18, 1918; Kelly Flying Field, San Antonio, Texas, February to May 1918; commanding officer, 238th and 244th Aero Squadrons, Waco, Texas.  May to June 1918;  commanding officer, Aero Construction Company, Garden City, June to August 8, 1918; sailed for England, August 1918; American Rest Camp, Knotty Ash, Winchester, England; American Aviation Camp, Emsworth, Sussex, England, September to November 14, 1918; returned to U.S., November 21; discharged January 1, 1919.  ~~~~~~~~~~~  When Marian Sims Wyeth entered the service in 1917, he was already a distinguished architect, having studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he was awarded the Prix Jean LeClerc in 1913 and the Deuxième Prix Rougevin in 1914.[  After the war he moved to Palm Beach, Florida, where he founded the firm of Wyeth and King.  Among his most famous buildings are the Shangri-La mansion in Honolulu (currently a museum for Islamic art & culture), the Florida Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee, and Mar-a-Lago, home of the current US President, Donald Trump. 

 

(right) JOHN ALLAN WYETH, Jr. (Princeton: Class of 1915):  Entered army December 28, 1917, New York, NewYork, 2nd lieutenant, Corps of Interpreters; assigned 33rd Division, Divisional Headquarters, Camp Logan, Texas, January 3 to May 1, 1918; Camp Upton, N.Y., May 1 to 6, 1918; sailed for france May 1918; operations with British on the Somme until August 20, 1918, then at Verdun; Army of Occupation, Germany and Luxembourg; detached from 33rd Division and stationed at Paris, April 1919; returned to U.S. July 1919; discharged October 23, 1919.  JA Wyeth published a book of poems in 1929, entitled This Man's Army: A War in Fifty-odd Sonnets, which soon vanished into obscurity.  It was rediscovered some sixty years later and was reprinted by the University of South Carolina Press, with extensive historical annotations.  Wyeth's poems are currently giving rise to a growing body of serious academic scholarship, especially in England, where he is increasingly viewed as the most important American poet of the war.  For more information, see The War Poetry of John Allan Wyeth, at http://johnallanwyeth.blogspot.com/   ~~~~~~~~~~~  Wyeth was part of the Princeton literary circle which included Edmund Wilson and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  After the war he was associated with the Bloomsbury Group in London and also lived for a time in the America colony at Rapollo, Italy, where he was friends with Ezra Pound.  There is a sizeable body of circumstantial evidence which suggests that, throughout the 1930s, while pursuing his avocation as a landscape painter in southern Germany, Wyeth was simultaneously gathering intelligence on the Nazis for either Britain or the United States.

 

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 03:08 PM

"translators" should be singular.  Thanks for the change.




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