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Ralph Hauenstein - First U.S. Officer into Paris - WWII

Hauenstein's public service began in 1934. That year, at the age of 22, he sensed that war would break out in Europe and inevitably involve the United States. The next year, Hauenstein was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and became commander of an all-African-American Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Michigan.After two and one-half years on active duty, Hauenstein returned to civilian life and became city editor of the Grand Rapids Herald. In December 1940, one year before the attack on Pearl Harbor, he returned to active duty. During the Second World War, he rose to the rank of colonel and served under General Dwight D. Eisenhower as chief of the Intelligence Branch in the Army's European theater of operations. In 1945 he was among the first Americans into liberated Paris, war-torn Germany, and Nazi concentration camps. The destruction convinced him to work for better international relations and peaceful solutions to conflict.For more on Ralph, or The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at GVSU visit
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