Paul Rockwell




Paul Rockwell was with the legion during its first winter in the trenches, but was later invalided out of the army and spent the rest of the war in propaganda work for the French. He lived for the most part at Mrs. Weeks's Paris home.

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

Paul A. Rockwell, of Asheville, NC, and his brother Kiffen volunteered for service in the Legion in August 1914, perhaps the first Americans to do so. Paul was wounded in the trenches near Chemin-des-Dames in the first winter of the war. Invalided from active service, he served in the Allied Press Mission of French GHQ and continued his work as a correspondent for the Chicago Daily News. In 1925 he volunteered as an observer-bombadier, flying in Brequet bombers, during the Rif Wars in Morocco. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Force in North Africa, Sicily, and Europe. He retired from the AAF as a colonel. He is the only American to be decorated with three French Croix de Guerre: for World War I, the Rif Wars in Morocco, and World War II. He is also a commander of the French Legion of Honor.

~~ Walt Brown, Jr., An American for Lafayette: The Diaries of E.C.C. Genet, Lafayette Escadrille. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1981), p 44.