American ExperienceRalph John: The Soldier Clip: Season 29 Episode 8 | 1m 38s Just a few months before he jumped off with the first wave of the Meuse-Argonne offensive, Private Ralph John had been working on his family’s farm in McIntosh, South Dakota. His training as a soldier consisted of two days’ practice with a rifle, and a short stint driving a bayonet into a mannequin. Then he was shipped out, handed a gas mask, and sent into battle. Aired: 04/10/17 Rating: NR Buy Now:PBSBuy DVDs AppleBuy on iTunes AmazonBuy on AmazoncheckmarkAdd to WatchlistWatch Full LengthProblems Playing Video?Report a ProblemClosed CaptioningShare:Share this video on FacebookFacebookShare this video on TwitterTwitterShare this video on Google PlusGoogleShare this video via EmailE-mailEmbedEmbed Code for this videoEmbed CodeAmerican ExperienceRalph John: The SoldierSeason 29 Episode 8Width in pixels px Height in pixels px Copied to your clipboardUnable to copyLabelCopy to ClipboardClick to copy embed code for videoCloseCloseReport a ProblemBefore you submit an error, please consult our Troubleshooting Guide.Type of ErrorVideo doesn't loadVideo loads, but doesn't playVideo jumps back/forwardOnly audio is streamingSponsorship playback errorOtherPlease add more detailsCancelSubmit ReportYour report has been successfully submitted. Thank you for helping us improve PBS Video.CloseCloseClose Learn More Down Ralph John: The Soldier Private Ralph John’s training for the Great War was two days’ practice with a rifle. Eugene Bullard: An American in France An American who escaped the racism of Georgia, and fought on the battlefields of France. Woodrow Wilson: The Decider For Woodrow Wilson, the Great War was a chance for America to become a global citizen. The Great War: Chapter 1 After more than two years, thousands of American soldiers boarded ships bound for France. The Great War, Part 3: Trailer The climactic struggle and ensuing peace that forever changed a president and a nation. The Great War, Part 2: Trailer Follow America’s entry into the conflict. The Great War, Part 1: Trailer Explore America’s tortured, nearly three-year journey to war. The Great War: An Inside Look An inside look at the making of The Great War, premiering April 10 at 9/8c. The Great War: Why we made it American Experience Executive Producer Mark Samels discusses the film and why we made it. The Great War: Culture Change How WWI transformed America through those whose participation has largely been forgotten. The Great War: Transformed How WW1 to “make the world safe for democracy”—altered America’s place in the world.