|Three Wounded WWI Soldiers (George Lehr on the left.)|
This poignant photo shows the injuries of three young men who fought in the American Army in France in World War I. Each man lost his left leg. The man on the left is George Lehr Jr. Born in Pottstown in 1898, Lehr was the president of his high school class and captain of the football team. When the United States entered the war he was studying engineering at Penn State. Lehr enlisted in April 1918 and was wounded in the leg five months later in the Argonne Forest. The wound became infected and because there were no antibiotics to treat it, the leg had to come off to save his life.
While Lehr was recovering in a military hospital in New Jersey, his close friend, Luther Shaner also from Pottstown, paid him a visit and took this photograph.
Lehr didn't let his injury stop him from living. He married Miss Minnie Brendlinger, a talented pianist and organist, from Limerick Township. They later moved to Harrisburg, Pa. where he worked for the Department of Motor Vehicles. Lehr died in Harrisburg on January 20, 1978.