World War I

Canteen<br />

Salvaged equipment traveled through the AEF salvage depots, including the one Franklin D'Olier supervised.

When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, D’Olier offered his services to the Quartermaster Corps, believing his experience in the textile industry would prove useful in the war effort.

He was commissioned as a captain and served at the Boston Quartermaster Corps Depot until receiving orders to go to France in August of 1917.

D'Olier was assigned to command the first salvage depot of the American army in France with 12 personnel.

Lt. Col. Franklin D'Olier and his staff at Lyons, France.

(Textile World Photo)

His work earned D’Olier a promotion to lieutenant colonel, a Distinguished Service Medal and a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from France.