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Portrait of Ernest Hemingway as an American Red Cross volunteer during World War I, Milan, Italy, 1918.

Ernest Hemingway at age 19, photo taken in Milan, Italy, 1918. After high school Hemingway enlisted in WWI. He left for the Italian front in 1918. He served in a volunteer ambulance unit. He was wounded and decorated by the Italian government with the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery. During WWII, he was at the Normandy landing, the liberation of Paris and several other key moments as a war correspondent.

Ernest Hemingway during World War I. Damn, I didn't know he was also a young, handsome fellow at one time.

The American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) volunteered for the front in early 1918. He drove ambulances for two months after his arrival in the battlefield until he was wounded. Still only 18, Hemingway said at the time: "When you go to war as a boy you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed; not you.Then when you are badly wounded the first time you lose that illusion and you know it can happen to you."

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On August 22, 1864, The International Red Cross was founded as part of the Geneva Convention.  We found this photo of Ernest Hemingway in an American Red Cross Ambulance during World War I in Italy. Circa 1918.

Ernest Hemingway in an ambulance of the Red Cross in Italy, ca.1910s

Ernest Hemingway - His focus on fishing can be boring, but this photo makes me forgive him. :)

Ernest Hemingway's Standing Desk via kottke.org: 'A working habit he has had from the beginning, Hemingway stands when he writes. He stands in a pair of his oversized loafers on the worn skin of a lesser kudu -- the typewriter and the reading board chest-high opposite him.' #Desk #Standing_Desk

Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961). Born in Oak Park, IL. His father was a physician, his mother a musician. Volunteered for duty as a Red Cross ambulance driver in Italy during WW I, was wounded by mortar fire and received Italian Silver Medal of Bravery. Author, Pulitzer and Nobel prize winner. Pictured here in Milan, Italy, at age 19.