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George Leslie Stout

Submitted by: Nancy Trask 

58d0a041a7520 SUI yearbook Stout after WW1

George Leslie Stout served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1919.

 

George Leslie Stout is now well-known for his WW2 service as a leader of the "Monuments Men," saving European art and archives from the Nazis. He was portrayed by George Clooney in the movie by that name. It is less commonly known that George Leslie Stout served in France during WW1. He had graduated from Winterset (Iowa) High School in 1915 and spent 2 years at Grinnell (Iowa) College. In 1917-1919, George served as a private in the Army's 88th Division Medical Corps, and spent 10 months of his 2-year service in France. In addition to his regular duties, he was in the 351st Infantry Band, and entertained the troops in a production called "The Khaki Carnival." It is likely that Stout's observations of wartime devastation to art and culture during WW1 led to his determination to develop his plans for a trained troop of art conservators to work in the field of battle during WW2.