When young George Trofimoff was growing up in Germany, his father told him tales of honor, pomp and majesty, while serving in the Czar’s White Russian army. He also somehow knew that the United States Army Expeditionary Force had two regiments inside Russia supporting the White Army against the Red Army in the Bolshevik Revolution. These stories of American help lifted a feeling of gratitude in the child toward America.
That was early in George’s life. Then, as WWII was ending and George made it to the U.S. Army regiment near the French border, the Americans gave him a job washing dishes and acting as a translator. As they moved on back to Paris, they gave him a ride. He loved Americans. In Paris, more Americans, The Society of Friends, sponsored him for immigration to America.
After living and working for almost two years in Hartford, at the age of twenty, he enlisted in the army. The Hartford Courant ran an article on July 20, 1948, which headlined, “Enlistment Is Explained By Russian.” In the article, George explained “I want to earn my citizenship. I want to give something in return for becoming an American.” It went on to say, “That was the explanation given Monday by a young White Russian from Berlin, Germany, when he was asked why he had joined the Army at the Hartford recruiting station.
I write of George’s early life in my book: “Observer: The Colonel George Trofimoff Story, the tale of America’s highest ranked military officer convicted of spying”.
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