Son of George & Emily Proctor Mandell.
He began studying at Harvard in the fall of 1915 and trained with the Harvard Flying Corps in 1916.
He left during his 2nd year in order to enlist in the military. Having been accepted as a pilot, he then went to M.I.T. for more training. He was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant & was shipped overseas in December of 1917.
He was part of the 20th Aero Squadron & fought in the battle of St. Mihiel, where he earned a citation for "devotion to duty".
On November 5, 1918, he was flying in formation when his plane crashed. He was able to right it before it landed in a field near Martincourt in Meurthe-et-Moselle.
His observer (Lt. Fulton), helped pull him from the plane. A few German soldiers had witnessed the incident & came over to where Lt. Mandell & Lt. Fulton were. They brought first aid kits with them and before taking Lt. Fulton away, they promised to send medical help to Lt. Mandell. He was left unconcious beside the wreckage.
Later on, a different German soldier came across the wreckage & Lt. Mandell. He shot Lt. Mandell multiple times with a rifle, killing him.
Eventually a group of US Marines found him & buried him where he had been killed. Some time later, he was moved to a small churchyard in the town where he died.
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