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Learning About Our Ancestors Segment, Part 8 - Sosthenes Behn, Founder of IT&T

Learning About Our Ancestors Segment, Part 8 - Sosthenes Behn, Founder of IT&T

Louis Richard Sosthenes Behn (Jan 30, 1882 – June 6, 1957) was an American businessman who held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) at the time of his death as a veteran of the US Army.

Sosthenes was born in the island of St. Thomas, then part of the Danish West Indies. His ancestry was German on his paternal side, and French on his maternal side. He served in the United States Army and was commissioned a Captain June 19, 1917 while serving in the Signal Corp. He served with distinction during World War I. (History does not indicate that he bypassed the rank of Major.)

Behn served with the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in France until February 1919. He was given command of the 232nd Field Signal Battalion, Chateau-Thierry, St. Mihiel, Argonne. In recognition of his meritorious service during the WWI, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM).

He was a telephone executive, president, and founder of the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation (ITT), one o

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