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The United States Army served late in World War One (1917-1918) and noteworthy characters from WW1 served such as Richard Harrow, and Jimmy Darmody.

Richard Harrow - Was a sharpshooter/marksman who therefore didn't spend any time in the trenches but suffered a serious facial injury in which most of the right side of his face was taken off (it is unclear how it happened) therefore he wears a mask over that side of his face to cover up the scaring, missing eye and missing side of his mouth, it is also possible that he suffered from PTSD or (post-traumatic stress disorder) as seen later in the seasons. He only talks about one incident during the war where he tracked a German sniper for days and put a bullet right under his eye something he then did again back in America on the request of Jimmy Darmody to retaliate for his prostitute friend who had suffered a facial scar as well.

Jimmy Darmody - Served as an infantryman in the trenches during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. His ID tags show he served with the 42nd Infantry Division as a Corporal. It is quoted in the pilot that he went over (the trenches into no man's land) so many times that they felt he was a hero, when in reality it was because he had just given up caring about his own life. He also mentions that he once shot a German soldier who then got tangled in the barbed wire so badly that for three days Jimmy just listened to him cry out, but the soldier never let Jimmy put him out of his misery. During the latter stages of the war he caught a bit of shrapnel from a German grenade in his leg causing him to spend 8 months in the hospital and have 6 bolts in his femur. He remains deeply haunted from his service, stating that he had already died years prior in the war. He often states to Nucky that 'He isn’t the same boy that left' suggesting that the war changed him heavily. Although his reasons for joining the army are often up to interpretation; whether it be shame from his sexual encounter with his own mother, his distaste for college life or the prospect of the birth of his son terrifying him.

Alfonso 'Scar Face' Capone - Claimed to be a member of the famed Lost Battalion. (that Jimmy jokes that they where so lost they thought they where in France but really where still in America showing that Jimmy see’s through his ruse.) He uses the war as a cover story for how he received his trademark facial scars, much like the real Capone.