Omer Osborn ’18, the central figure in this photograph
from about 1918, served in Italy in the First World War
as a member of the United States Army Ambulance Corps,
Oberlin Section #587. Osborn is pictured with ambulance
unit members Chester Graham ’17, Earl Hope ’13,
Verne Bingham (ex-’20), and Arthur Limbach ’18.
Along with many of his fellow ambulance unit members,
Osborn was awarded the Cross for Merit in War by the
Italian government after the armistice was signed in
1918. Osborn is featured in an exhibit describing the
work of the Oberlin ambulance unit, currently displayed
in the fourth floor hallway of the Mudd Center, outside
the College Archives. For more information on Oberlin
College’s role in World War I, please see the digital
collection Oberlin College and Military
Service in World War I.