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Ross Abrams
The Perfect Soldier

Ross Abrams was born in Virginia in 1920. He was an art student who earned a BFA just before the U.S. went to war. He enlisted in the army and served for three years in the infantry. He was an important map maker and helped higher ups plan specific battles en route to the liberation of Rome in the Italian campaign. He refused the offer of a higher rank than sergeant. He was “the perfect soldier,” he was wounded three times and was highly decorated. After the war he and his family settled on the island of Mallorca in Spain, where he pursued the life of an artist. His wife Mary Tatum was also an accomplished artist. Ross died there in 2006 after a fall.