The Grossman Files

By Noah Lucy

A photo of Grossman in uniform
A photo of Grossman in uniform

I looked at the file of a man that goes by Grossman. From a first glance he was a young man who served in the navy. Every picture I had of him was in uniform. Looking closer at the photo there seems to be four lighting bolts on his sleeve. Looking at other documents it appears Grossman was a radio engineer in the navy.  This could mean Grossman was working behind the scenes relaying information to other ships or ports. 


While none of the photos of Grossman himself were dated this five page letter addressed to him was. It was dated November 28th, 1918.  Based on the history of time Grossman received this letter just after World War 1, which I'm guessing he served in since he was in the navy. 

 

The letter was written to him by a friend. Though it is difficult to read it was signed, "Your Sincere Friend", and Grossman was referred to as "Gross", short for Grossman. The sender also used words like "hombre" which we can assume means the sender is a man. Perhaps a friend from the navy. 

The letter talks about Grossman's health and that he seemed to be in fairly healthy. The sender does talk about a "shock" Which at first lead me to wonder what news the sender was going to give Grossman. The sender then goes on to apologize for not writing more saying, "You know my limit is one letter a day", which could mean the sender is not very good at writing. Reading on, no mention of shocking news is mentioned or is readable. 

 

Since the letter was sent after World War 1 it could mean Grossman was in shock. Perhaps he was on a battle ship that saw some action. Grossman may have gone into shock from working in the radio and communication division of the navy. Could be from an electrical job gone wrong. 

 

 



Photo of crew looking at off in the distance.
Photo of crew looking at off in the distance.

Here the ship crew can be seen looking at something over head. There are also lots of visible missiles or another form of ammunition. Though Grossman can't be seen this could be a look at the ship he was one. This photo could affirm that he was on a battle ship. If it was a transport ship these objects would most likely be in boxes. 

 

The crew can be seen looking up at the sky. They don't seem to be too panicked which may indicate a friendly ship or plane is nearing. It could also be moments before an enemy   attack. 

Ship on the raging sea.
Ship on the raging sea.

Based off this photo the ship Grossman may have been on seems quite large. The camera, or boat, is tilting with water rushing onto the deck. This could simply be a photo of the ship during a storm. Meant to capture how this large vessel is no match for the sea. It could also be under fire from an enemy attack. Causing the water to become rough and the boat to rock. 

 

No crew members can be seen on the deck meaning they are below taking shelter. Since no crew is present the ship is probably not battling an enemy ship. There also doesn't appear to be any sort of weaponry meaning it could just be a transport ship.  


Grossman in white uniform
Grossman in white uniform

The photo of Grossman in his white uniform is not dated. Based on the letter he received a few weeks after World War 1 had ended it can be assumed he made it back alive. Perhaps this photo was taken at a welcome home party for Grossman. A white uniform in the military usually indicates a more formal event. He seems to be posing outside of a house for the photo. This could be Grossman's childhood home as he visits his parents or the house he owns. 

 

Since a white uniform is seen as formal attire this could be at Grossman's wedding. The bride and the rest of the party could be out of frame since this is a tight shot.

 

There is no date with the photo which could also mean this was taken before he went out to War. No matter the situation Grossman looks proud to be in uniform. It seems that he is proud to serve his country and was not drafted or forced into joining. 


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