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American Red Cross - Groups - American Red Cross Commissioners in Italy. Standing at the left is John James Byrne, member of the American Red Cross Mission to Italy, Major Byrne is a lawyer of national reputation and Vice President of the State Bar Association of N.Y. retired from his profession to take up Red Cross work in Italy. Lt. Col. Robert J. Perkins (right) was regent of the University of the state of New York, as well as President of one of the largest industrial organizations in the U.s, Director of one of New York's greatest banks and President of the Neurological Institute. At the outbreak of the war he presented his yacht to the Government and became Red Cross Commissioner to Italy. Col. Apolloni, (center) is head of the Comitate Civili of Rome. This photo was taken on the terrace of the Villa Aurelia, their Italian home

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