Herman Chatkoff



Herman Chatkoff had left Brooklyn after a prolonged disagreement with his parents over his future. He had worked his way to Europe as a deck hand on a cattle boat. Arriving in Paris without a dime, Chatkoff drifted from one odd job to another; currently, he was washing autos in a garage to earn a meager living. As an avocation, the Brooklyn youth painted bad Parisian street scenes and occasionally sold one of his canvases to an American tourist with more money than taste."

~~ Irving Werstein, Sound No Trumpet: The Life and Death of Alan Seeger (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1967).

Herman Chatkoff, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was washing automobiles in Paris when the war broke out. He joined the legion almost immediately.

~~ Alice S. Weeks, Greater Love Hath No Man (Boston: Bruce, Humprhies, Inc., 1939).

Herman Chatkoff, of Maplewood, Massachusetts, served in the Foreign Legion from Au. 24, 1914, to May 1916. He entered the French Aviation Service on May 24, 1916, and earned his brevet the following September. He served at the front with Escadrille C-11, from April 25 to June 15, 1917, when he was seriously injured in a flying accident. As a result he was invalided from the service. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre with two stars.

~~ Walt Brown, Jr., An American for Lafayette: The Diaries of E.C.C. Genet, Lafayette Escadrille. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1981), p 26-7.