Join the army. Mutilated, still in his uniform, the US flag, his friend (or not, perhaps just for the photo, 1 minute of fame). Very depressing photo.
"France. April 1918. "The horrible disfigured man of war can not cool the warmth of the friendship of his old comrade for Alexandre the blind mutile, but the Red Cross can not leave him without further aid." 5x7 glass negative from the American National Red Cross Photograph Collection, Library of Congress."