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Joyce Kilmer
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Joyce Kilmer

Joyce Kilmer(Alfred) Joyce Kilmer was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and educated at Rutgers College and Columbia University. From 1909 to 1917 Kilmer was employed with the staff at New Standard Dictionary, and also worked on various periodicals such as The New York Times and The Nation. His first volume of poetry was published in 1911 and received high acclaim, and his 1914 collection Trees and Other Poems included his lyric poem "Trees" that won him popular recognition. In 1917, Kilmer enlisted as a private with the 7th Regiment, National Guard in New York. Soon after he transferred to the 165th Infantry, a part of the Rainbow Division, and was promoted to Sergeant on the Western Front. While scouting for enemy guns, Kilmer was shot in the head and killed. Following his death, Kilmer was awarded French Croix de Guerre.

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