#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Philip Frank Lund



Army Veteran Philip Frank Lund is today's Veteran of the Day.

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Philip Frank Lund, who served in the 6th Regiment of United States Engineers during World War I.

Philip Frank Lund grew up in Deep River, Connecticut. His father had worked in a company that manufactured tool parts, so Lund was familiar with tools and carpentry from a young age. At the age of 20, he left his hometown to work as a carpenter in Hartford, Connecticut. He later lived in Savannah, Georgia and Palm Beach, Florida.

After the United States entered World War I in January 1917,  Lund wrote a letter to his congressman inquiring how someone with his skill set could be of service in the war. In response, he received a letter from Brig. Gen. W.M. Black, Chief of U.S. Army Engineers, stating that he might best serve his country by joining one of the newly formed engineering regiments. Lund then enlisted with the Army Engineer Corps and served with Company A, 6th Regiment of U.S. Engineers of the American Expeditionary Forces. After receiving training, Lund and his unit went to the Western front in France and eventually made their way forward into Germany.

While serving in the Army, Lund kept a diary in which he recorded the weather and his activities of each day. Lund and his company continued to advance through France and into Germany until the war’s end in November 1918.

During his service, Lund received a Silver Star and Purple Heart.

After returning to the U.S. in August 1919 upon discharged, Lund returned to Florida to work as a carpenter at Palm Florida hotels owned by Henry Flagler, a prominent Palm Beach industrial tycoon. After Flagler’s death, Lund became the partner of Chalker and Lund Construction Company. In the 1930s, Lund left to start his own construction company that built custom homes in Palm Beach and Jupiter Island. Lund passed away in Jupiter, Florida, in 1978.

We honor his service.


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Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.


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Writer: Sarah Concepcion

Editor: Joseph Cardinal

Graphic artist: Whitney A Moore

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Comments

  1. Arnold Cabral    

    Veteran who read this can you please email your Senators or Representative contract Veteran Affairs Committee passed a new Benefit Law for Disabled Veterans who definitely need a Dentist know how to G4 implants for free because they don’t have one work at Veteran Medical Centers or have a contract with Veteran Administration because they are Veterans who is need to have G4 implants and one who is need to Disabled Veterans who is need to have a Dentist know how to G4 implants don’t get the G4 implants it would cause really bad Health Problems plus it really bad Gums Disease also it may cause Cancer…Don’t Surrender Semper Fi.

  2. Thomas William Cornfield    

    ya, you people always talk about War Veterans..When if fact you completely Egnor The Cold War Vets and just for a point of view “WE KEPT THE RUSSIANS HOME!!!!” No one else in all of the wars since WWII. from an Army Vet 73/85

  3. fakaza    

    #VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Philip Frank Lund more respect

  4. Richard Gregson    

    god bles thank you for your service

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