It is with great regret that we announce the death of Mr. Paul Osborn of Dartmouth and Montclair, N. J., having been struck by a shell in Champagne, while driving his ambulance to the Poste de Secours, on the night of Thursday, June 21st. Mr. Osborn left Paris with Section 28 on June 17th, and met with this fatal mishap on the following Thursday. Two days later it was found necessary to amputate one of his legs and he died from the effects on Thursday June 26th. His burial was attended with all the honors of war and some sixty American Field Service men from neighboring sections were present. General Baratier also attended and made the following address:
"In the name of the 134th Division.
"I salute the soldier OSBORN, who came, at the outbreak of war, to stand by us and to aid us in the triumph of Right, of Liberty and of Justice.
"He has fallen on the soil of France, for France!
"In him I salute the army of the United States of America which will soon fight with us. In him I salute this fraternity of arms which unites us already, which will rivet even closer in the future the bonds uniting the French and American peoples --- bonds, which will be more indissoluble than ever!
"The same ideal inspires and leads us forward. A mighty voice has called to us. We are the champions of Right and of Liberty. We are fighting to save the Liberty of the World.
"May this work of justice be itself the supreme reward of those who die fighting; may it be the consolation of those who weep for them.
"At this moment, my thoughts go out to you who have come to bid a last farewell to your brother and I wish to express to you the part that we take in your sorrow.
"My thoughts go out, too, to your parents, who, over there, on the other side or the Ocean, will learn of the Sorrow which has stricken them. I know that words have no power to lessen a mother's sorrow, but I know, too, that the thoughts of the ideal which she inspired in the heart of her son, will be able, if not to dry her tears, at least to transform them; for it is through these tears, the tears of all the mothers, of all the women, that Victory will come, this Victory which will assure the peace of the world and which will he theirs more than any other's, since they will have paid with their hearts.
"Soldier Osborn, sleep in the midst of your French comrades, fallen like you in glory; sleep on, wrapped in the folds of the flag of the United States, in the shade of the flag of France!"
This is the fourth man who has been killed by shell fire, although several others have met their death at the front through accident or hardship.
Powell Fenton, who has been with the service for two years and a half, was cited for the second time in Salonica.
On June 14th, Section 13 was cited for exceptional valor and courage in the field and the following men received the Croix de Guerre for especially distinguished conduct:
RUBINKAM, H. Wynkoop.
General Gouraud, who was present, stated in his address that "no other influence had contributed so largely to changing the American opinion since the war began."
From so great a soldier these words may be indeed stored among the archives of the Field Service and should encourage every man in the service to remember that he is an American on foreign soil, fighting his own battles and that of his Allies and of humanity, and more than ever before to do better than his best!
Both Allen H. Muhr, and Pierre Fischoff, of this Section, received the "Croix de Guerre" for especially distinguished conduct. --- Muhr, the chef of Section No 14 is one of those who have served longest with the Field Service, and will be remembered by many, as having been controller before he went out in the Field.
Letters from drivers of ambulances to the donors of the cars should be addressed to John H. Mac Fadden Jr., 21, rue Raynouard, who will forward them on to the proper people. These letters are often the only means at hand of keeping the history of a Section, and in the majority of cases, are copied and put on file. It is hoped that these letters will come at frequent intervals, as the appreciation of the recipient well repays the small effort on the part of the writer.
July 11th, 1917.
The following represents the list of the men who arrived on board S. S. Rochambeau on July 4th, and who have registered for the American Field Service.
Allen, R. Mc. --- Aupperle, E. V. --- Allen, H. B. --- Brunner, R. E. --- Burnett, T. L. --Breed, F. N. --- Bingham, M. L. --- Beardsley, G. E. --- Bailey, K. A. --- Barnett, J. A. Baldwin, J. C. --- Cave, H. S. --Collins, D. C. --- Campbell, D. L. --- Cowan, A. M. --- Canney, J. H. Jr. --- Cohn, R. A. --- Collinson, A. E. --- Case, W. W. --- Cahill, L. B. Jr. ---Cooke, C. B. --- Cuskaden, F. S. --- Dowley, K. C. --- Donahue, W. R. --- Dresser, S. R. --- Elmore, E. P. --Eagan, W. H. --- Eckman, E. S. --- Ely, D. --- Eoff, G. E. --- Donaldson, R. A. --- Dwyer, J. L. ---Day, K. H. --- Doolin, P. R. --- English, W. T. --- Frick, F. C. --- Fairbanks, M. --- Fletcher, J. P. --- Ferguson, G. --- Fields, R. N. --- Farmer, J. C. --Griesener, E. P. --- Gammon, J. A. --- Gilger, L. C. --- Gardner, W. K. --- Goodwin, G. W. --- Gores, W. W. --- Gardere, G. P. --- Gibbons, W. C. --- Gillies, G. C. --- Garrett, R. H. --- Henschel, J. E. --- Hailvey, H. W. --- Hollmann, R. --- Harkins, H. H. Jr. --- Holmes, F. W. --- Harter, H. B. --- Hall, I. G. Jr. --- Herndon, C. --- Hickson, L. M. --- Holtz, K. W. --- Hopson, H. H. Jr. ---- Harvey, K. A. --- Hall, G. W. --- Harding, G. R. --- Hunt, W. P. --- Horndon, S. W. -- Henderson, R. J. --- Hall, H. R. --- Hyde, I. B. --- Hunkins, C. H. --- Ingram, E. C. --Irwin, J. M. --- Ingraham, A. C. --- Johnson, W. Mc. --- Jack, A. --- Jones, W. C. --Joffers, J. N. --- Killey, G. --- Knight, R. L. --- Kendall, C. B. --- Kreutzberg, J. --- Kline, F. I.. --- Kline, B. G. --- Kane, C. E. --- Kohlhepp, Norman. --- Kerr. H. B. --- Lamade, G. R. --Lamade, R. M. --- Lentell, P. W. --- Landon, D. S. --- Low, R. W. --- Love, E. W. -- Mawha, J. K. --- Magruder, T. M.---Milliken, J. R.--- Moses, I. G.--- Murray, W. C. --- Mills, W. H. --- Meissner, H. G. --- Miller, M. J. --- McKay, J. R. --- MacDonald, W. G. -- MacDonald, D. F. ---- McGowan, J. T. --- Moss, J. S. --- Nash, E. G. --- O'Connell, E. C. --- Phelps, E. J. --- Patton, J. L. --- Penfield, W. E. --- Penfield, W. G. --- Peterson, P. T. --- Pierce, H. P. --- Resor, W. E. --- Robertson, C. D. --- Root, G. W. --- Reed, D. A. --- Robert, J. C. --- Ross, G. H. --- Rodgers, F. H. --- Robeson, F. K. --- Sheetz, F. H. --- Samuel, E. M. Jr. --- Samuel, E. Jr. --- Selick, H. E. --- Smith, F. N. Jr. --- Sloman, F. H. --- Sturgis, N. K. --- Souther, J. W. --- Schwartz, S. G. --- Stinson, R. --- Saunders, S. A. --- Smith, L. G. --- Tarpley, D. G. --- Tomlin, J. A. --- Taylor, R. G --- Thomas, A. L. --- Tedford, J. H. --- Temple, R. --- Roweend, W. S. --- Towle, W. C. --- Thayer, O. A. 3rd. --- Thompson, V. C. N. -- Tedford, M. E. --- Turnbull, T. 3rd. --- Tonkin, G. E. --- Travis, J. W., --- Venable, E. C. --- Walker, F. B. --- Warren, H. B. --- Wells, R. C. ---- Warren, L. --- Walker, F. B. --- Weber, J.--- Wesson, D. M. --- Weeks, J. S. --- Weller, H. S. --- Zacharias, G. W.
All of Section N° 10 is either returning to Paris, or being transferred over to Section N° 3, both of which are of course in the Orient, and a contingent from the Leland Stanford University is going to take its place.
Thirteen other men from Stanford are also going to Salonika, to fill up the places of old ambulance men returning here, because their term of service has expired.
Mr. A. D. Dodge a long time connected with Section N° 8; afterwards its Director, and now only a few days returned from the Officers' School at Meaux, has been appointed assistant to Mr. Piatt Andrew.
The American Y. M. C. A. 31, avenue Montaigne, has been open for several days, and its Officers have kindly put the premises at the disposal of the men of the American Field Service.
The usual amusements of a club are to be found there such as billiards, tennis, squash, reading rooms, etc..., and soon it is hoped that tobacco and cigarettes will be sold at minimum prices.
Perhaps one of the most valuable assets of the club is the fact that lessons in various European languages may be obtained there.
At the request of the Grand Quartier Général, Captain Aujay visited the Headquarters of the Field Service, 21, rue Raynouard, on the 4th of July. Over two hundred new recruits lined up for his inspection.
In his address Captain Aujay compared the Field Service with a river which was the fore-runner of the great American host to come, the first of which has already arrived on the soil of France.
Mr. A. Piatt Andrew replied with a few words of thanks in behalf of the Field Service, stating that it had always been a privilege to serve this country, which in former times had done so much for us.
In the afternoon Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt served tea to all those present at the Headquarters.
The representative of General Pershing, Major Church visited the rue Raynouard on July 7th for the purpose of inspecting the premises and men.
On July 2nd Section N° 14, which has been on the Field since March 19th 1917, received the following citation:
"The S. S. IJ. 14, composed of volunteers of the United States, has given the example of courage and the deepest devotion, since its arrival at the front. It particularly distinguished itself at Verdun and at the Plateau of Moronvilliers, pushing forward, in spite of the bombardement, till near the fighting lines, in order to assure a quick evacuation to the wounded."
Frank Edward; Lamond, Roy D.; Lauvill, George Richard; Lee, Schuyler Carteret; Lind, Muir Whillas Long, Perrin Hamilton; Love, Ethelbert Wickes; Lybolt, Fred Avery; McDonald, Duncan Friedley Jr.; MacDonald, William Garrard; MacAllister, Thomas Francis; MacCampbell, John; Minty, John Emery; Neynaber, Raymond Adolph; Osgood, Guyor Wilner; Rathbone, Alfred Day 4th; Rigby, Henry Black; Ross, Gilbert Nelson; Slater, Ellis Dwinnell; Starret, Ralph Ward; Thieme, Frederick John Jr.; Thompson, Leland Stanford; Upson, Edward Russell; Wesley, Charles Kenneth; Wheeler, Arthur Livingston; Wilson, Charles Oscar; Wilt, Glenn, A.; Wodd, Harry Dale.
Bailey, G. S.; Barnette, W. L., Burton, J. Y.; Cooke, C. B.; Chase, C. R.; Davis, C. S.; Donaldson, R. A.; Eagan, W. H;. Elmore, E. P.; Frick, F. C.; Gardere, G. P.; Gardner, W. K.; Gores, W. W.; Goss, R. E.; Harter, H. B.; Hall, G. W.; Harvey, K. A.; Holman, R.; Ingraham, A. C.; Irwin, J. M. Jack, A.; Kendall, C. B.; Landou, D. S.; Mawha, j. K.; Magruder, T. M., Neissmer, R. C.; Mendum, C. A.; McGowan, T. J.; Nash, E. C.; Penfield, W. H.; Penfield, M. C.; Phelps, E. J.; Rodgers, F. H.; Samuel, E.; Slowman, F. H.; Spencer, D. Y.; Tedford, M. E.; Towle, W. C.; Wallace, H. A.; Warren, H. B. Warren, L; Weller, H. S.; Welle, R. C.; Wesson, P. M.; Knight, R. L.
The first groupment of Captain Mallet's transport service of American volunteer drivers of munition transports is now completed and consists of nine sections of sixty men each and twenty-five five-ton truck cars, making a total of five hundred and forty men in all.
The second groupment is in the process of formation, the first section of which has already gone out to the front and the rest are in training at the camps of Dommieres and Chavigny.
The Officers of the first groupment are : T. M. U. 526. --- A. Stanley C. Garman; T. M. U. 526. --- B. John R. Hurlburt; T. M. U. 526. --- C. Harry E. Cox Jr.; T. M. U. 133. --- D. Edwin H. Adriance; T. M. U. 133. --- E. John H. Brown; T. M. U. 133. --- F. Henry H. Houston; T. M. U. 184.--- G. Charles A. Caesar; T. M. U. 184. ---H. Harold B. Barton; T. M. U. 184. ---I. Dews Dunham; T. M. U. 242. --- K. Thomas H. Dougherty; T. M. U. 537; Charles J. Farley; S. S. U. 20 John R. Fisher; S. S. U. 20 Edward I. Tinkham; Parc Billancourt E. T. W. Moss.
July 18, 1917.
The following men arrived back from Salonique from Section 10, on July 11th --- Philip Rhinelander, Robert Wood, Gordon Mackenzie, Wells Robinson, James Harle, Harry Batchelor, George Le Bon, and Hamilton Lillie. This leaves fourteen men of Section 10 still there, but they are expected to sail about the twentieth of the month (as it was impossible at the time to let them all leave at once).
During the nine months of work which the section saw James Harle of Knoxville, Tenn., Frank Fitzsimmons of New-York, Kimberly Stuart of Saginaw, Mich., John Ellinston of California, and W. D. Swan of Boston received the Croix de Guerre for bravery and distinguished conduct. John Ellinston was signalled out for the special distinction of the Palm.
Fifty chassis and three cases of spare parts intended for the American Field Service went down when the S. S. Orleans was sunk last week. This was an unfortunate to say the occurrence least, but not necessarily a fatal one as there are a number of chassis at the Parc and the rue Raynouard waiting their turn to he turned into ambulances.
Section n° 30 left the rue Raynouard for the front on July 16 under the leadership of M. R. S. Richmond. The rest of the section was composed of Adams C. W., Anthony E. A., Beebe J. O., Bingham W. J., Bourdon O. H., Buel R. W., Clinch N. B., Curry R. H., Dadmun H. H., Davis H. H., Emmons G. G., Freening A. B., Gaston K. S., Goodspeed H., Harris G. de L., Hutchinson J. D., La Motte L. H., McDougal R. D., Manning E .A., Shepard H. W., Squibb P., Stuart J. F. E., Wendell F. T., Wiswall H. C., Wooldredge J.
The whole of the section was given a short time ago by Mr. William Mitchell of the New-York Cotton Exchange.
The following men arrived last week on the SS. Touraine; and signed up with the American Field Service; Anspach, Ralph; Armstrong; Roger Newton; Broughton, Daniel Carl; Barry, Carl Jr.; Barnett, William l'Engle; Baker, John Adams; Brown, William Edward; Brown, McClary Hazelton; Brown, James Snodgrass; Brickley, Arthur Joseph; Blum, Walter; Bartlett, John Foster; Bristol, William McLaren Jr.; Brown, Sylvester; Block, Morrice Floyd; Bunn, Charles Horatio Jr.; Bagley, Roswell Park; Burton, Julian Young; Banks, Richard Varian; Chase, Charles Robinson; Curtiss, Charles Gould; Couig, John Dalton; Clark, William Dearborn; Cahill, Paul Ambrose; Compton, Eno; Coleman, John Haward; Calkins Bernard Clinton; Carothers, Thomas Adams; Campbell, Harry Cordon; Dunn, Lambert Louis; Dickey, William Cox; Dann, Alexander Porteous; Davis, Clifford Selmer; Doying, Bidwell Granfield; Fowler, Raymond Percival; Flickinger, Bart Prentice; Field, Donald Pierson; Graham, James Edward; Goss, Richard Earl; Graves, Daniel Augustus; Gage, Holmer Jr; Griffin, George Truman; Garvin, George Kinne Jr; Hood, Henry German; Hood, George Weels; Hohl, Willard Hoffman; Harper, Horatio Joe; Hills, Edward Ernest; Haskell, Cidric Lawrence; James, Emerson Wallace; Kuhn, Jerome Hill; Kenney, William Howland; Kent, Orlow Elbert; Keplinger. Samuel Miller; Lawrence, Warren Francis; Lepper, Reginald Heber; Logie, John Bruce; Laughlin, Philibert Edward; Lowry, Edgard Kingdon; Lord Francis MacIntyre; Meadowcroft, Kirk Platt; MacKenna, Nichols, Philip; Munson, William Herbert; MacDonald, Summer Bigelow; Mitchell, Arthur Julius; Nagle, William Stephen; Orcutt, Philip Dana; Olson, Malcolm Gracile; Ogden, Henry Bradley; Pelham, Edward Lawrence; Peltz, John Dewitt; Paul, Morris R.; Palamountain, Philip Ryder; Paterson; Thomas Walker; Parcy, Donald Bellows; Paxton, Charles Francis; Remington, Dempster Coleman; Rogers, Alden; Ryan Joseph Francis; Romer, Alfred Sherwood; Rose, De Ellwyn Maxwell; Space, Victor Aplegate; Stafford, James Bluette; Stackhouse, Howard Gibson; Spencer, Daniel Young; Stevens, Danton Joseph; Schlager, Charles; Savory. Robert Lockwood; Scoles, Donald; Salinger, Richard Benjamin; Shaw, Alfred Philipps; Shepard, Chester Dewitt; Stude, Louis Sherman; Taylor, Warren Earl; Trask Everett; Thomson, Arthur Edward; Urban, Raymond George; Van Buren, Henry James; Wallace, Henry Ashley; Winslow, Edward Nichols; Wolfe, Avery Royce; Woeden, Benjamin Dunham; Whittle, Sherman Leland, Whiting, Lloyd Morris; Wallace Robert Alexander, Jr.; Wilkinson, Morton Herbert; Williams, Irving Jr.; Young, Walter, Leroy.
The week before last it was our painful duty to announce the death of Mr. Paul Osborn of Dartmouth and Montclair, N. J. A short time before that, on the 15th of June in fact, B. R. Woodworth of Germantown, Pa met his death while flying in an aeroplane at the front. We are now obliged to add to these catastrophes by announcing that G. Frederick Norton of Goshen, Orange County, N. Y. was killed on the night of July 12th while waiting at the reserve post of section I. The post consists of house where the men were accustomed to sleep while waiting for a call to go up for the wounded and on the night of the 12th those who were there were awakened by the French firing at a fleet of taubes returning from a bombing raid on a town behind the lines. One of the machines dropped a bomb, the pieces of which killed Norton instantly. Owing to the nearness to the German lines the funeral took place at night and was attended by memRathbers of neighboring sections and a few of the French troops. Mr. Norton was 40 years of ago and is recorded on his application as a farmer.
On the 15th of July Harmon B. Craig of Section 2 was also gravely wounded while performing his duty at the front. He was taken immediately to a neighboring hospital but died shortly afterwards. Mr. Craig was 21 yrs. of age, from New-York City, had been a student at Harvard and joined the Ambulance Service on February 19, 1917.
The third and last we hope of these misfortunes occurred on the night of the 14th when Charles M. Ashton, Jr. of section 28, was badly wounded but fortunately not killed. No details are given as yet.
Section 60 composed of French ambulances and driven by American Field Service men left the camp at May for the front on July 14th. under the leadership of Charles A. Butler, former Sous Chef of Section 13.
Section 70 also composed of French ambulances and driven by our men left on July 15th from Versailles under the leadership of Arthur J. Putman, formerly a driver in Section 19. Mr. Lynn A. McPherson who used to be Sons Chef of Section 19 has temporarily taken charge of that contingent.
The following is a list of drivers of n° 69 and 70
Ball, Robert Randolph; Beardsley, George Earl; Brand, Henry Norman; Campbell, Donald Lincoln; Cohn, Ross Alexander; Crawford, Alexander Loller; Day, Harold Redfern; Donahue, William Ross; Gilger, Lewis Chapman; Gilger, William Carroll; Goodwin, George Waite; Hamilton, Henry Montgomery; Hicks, Edward Livingston; Holtz, Raymond; Howe, Burr; Kneeeland Spaulding, W. ; Swasey, J. M.; Sproul, W. D.; Schenk Strobel, C. E.; Toole, W. F. ;Weeks, R.; Weeks, E A. Jr.; Peffers Wheeler, S. S.; White, B. C.; Whiting, J. L.; Wiggins, J. G.; Wilkinson, J. H.; Wright, L.; Young, A. O.
Last week, Colonel Church, the representative of General Pershing, in the Medical Department, accompanied by Mr. Andrew, visited a number of the Ambulance Sections at the front, and this week, Major Sanford of the Quarter Master's Department was shown the Transport Sections. Both officers expressed their surprise and admiration for importance and the efficiency of the American Field Service.
On Sunday 22nd. the Canadians met the American Field Service boys on the diamond of St. Cloud, with perfect weather and all propitious for a stirring tussle. We went in first and promptly proceeded to get three men on bases with two outs but the last man fanned out, giving a result of nil. When the Canadians stepped up they did not succeed in passing a man to second. At the end of the second inning the score board still showed a cipher for the Kangaroos and the American Field Service. In, the third inning we did nothing, but the Canadians in short order filled the bases. At that precise moment the ball was wafted to the in-field causing a most unfortunate mixup between the short and second with the result that all three men got home with two out, the third man striking out. In the fourth inning there was nothing doing for us but the Canadians succeeded in passing a man to third and then knocking him home. In the fifth we took a decided brace and started to hit hard with the result of five runs giving us a lead of one. From then on both teams started to play ball and it was a see-saw until the end of the game when the score was 9 to 8 in favor of the Canadians.
July 25, 1917.
This is the fourth edition of the "American Field Service Bulletin" and as yet there have been no contributions from members of the Service. Perhaps the Editorial Staff has not made it entirely clear that they are following to the last degree the traditions of a "Free Press". We have tried each week to give to the sections at the front all the news which transpired at the Rue Raynouard, and what scraps we could from the front, but there have been no responsive signs of journalistic instinct from those who are living under "shot and shell". This seems hardly fair and we would like to make a request that this "sheet" be used by all the Sanitary and T. M. sections as either a means of communication, announcements, or news; that is to say, if any section wishes to announce the fact that it is the proud possessor of a base ball pitcher who can put the pellet across the diamond with the precision and speed of a soixante quinze, he has only to write the fact on a piece of paper and mail it to the Editor American Field Service Bulletin, 21, Rue Raynouard, Paris. Or if Section No so-and-so should by any chance give a banquet to Section No. Something-else the y have only to follow the same mode of procedure. The only censor whom this sheet has to fear is the one who looks at all the letters and journals going through the post. It is therefore useless for any one to write that on such and such a date in the "Bois-de-Repos" thirty-five aeroplanes were brought down by the unerring rifles of a T. M. section or other spicy hits of gossip of the kind. We only beg that you do for us what we are trying to do for you, that is give us news of this little community known as the "American Field Service" and that cannot be done unless we have the cooperation of all concerned. Please let us have a deluge of M. S. next week.
Mr. Paul B. Kurtz of Philadelphia who has been with the service for seventeen months has at last sent in his resignation with the intention of joining the Aviation. Mr Kurtz was for about a year with Section 1 where he received the croix de guerre. He was then removed to Section 18 as Chef, where he is now to be replaced by Mr. William Slidell.
Mr. K. L. Austin of Lausanne for two years and tour months with the American Field Service has sent in his resignation. Mr. Austin was at first with Section 4 and then with Section 8.
One of the most frequent questions which has been flying around the Rue Raynouard from the lips of irate permissionnaires is: "Where are my photographs which I left with Oakes?"; Mr. Oakes being for a short time the official photographer of the American Field Service. Up to date it was thought that these valuable films, composed generally of eleven different poses of the owner of the kodak in his new uniform and one of the premises of the Rue Raynouard, had been for some mysterious reason purloined ,s a sacred memento by the said Mr. Oakes. It appears now however that this is not the case. Mr. Oakes left to join the Aviation somewhat hurriedly and gave all the films he had in his possession to be developed and printed to Emile Barriere, address, 1, rue de Provence. We would therefore suggest to any one who has films which he gave to Mr. Oakes to write immediately to the rue de Provence and he should stand a good chance of recovering his pictures
Several complaints have come in lately from the front as regards the sending out of mail to the different sections from the post office department at the Rue Raynouard. We would like to state that several thousand letters are handled here daily but no letter remains more than twenty four hours without being forwarded on to its owner. It must not be forgotten that every time a section changes its quarters it also probably changes its parc and if that information is not transmitted to the proper authorities, the mail will still continue to go to the old address, thereby causing a delay of several days. It is no strange thing for a letter to take six or seven days before reaching here from the front especially if it comes from a busy sector, as when there is a lot of work to be done, of a more serious nature, mail is one of the first things to suffer.
The City Club of New-York having raised some $ 40.000.00 for a complete unit sent twenty-one men from that City on June 30th. They landed in Liverpool July 12th and arrived here the 21st. After the usual training at the Camp, they will go out as a complete ambulance section.
Mr. B. K. Neftel Cdt. Adj. and Ora McMurray a driver in S. S. U. 17 received the croix de guerre for exceptional bravery on June 30th.
The following men arrived last week and signed up with the Field Service: Brown, H. C. Jr,; Carbaugh R.; Crooks, J. B.; Douglass, O. B.; Emerick, J. P.; Flamand, A. E.; Lilienthal, T. M.; Mc Call C. H.; Shainwald, R. H.; Wilcox, R. C. Wood, K. A.; Ives. Walter; Barrett, Hinman; Lyons, Jos. H.; Ackerman, Ed, B.; Birmingham, Arch.; Call, Donald M.; de Vore. Weber G.; Etgen, Wm. C.; Ferguson, M. J. C. ;Holbrook, Newberry; Luqueer, Jno. T.; Mungan, Jno. T.; Paynter, Edw. B.; Reaser, Robt. A.; Salter, Thos. M.; Schloss, Malcolm; Standing, Alec. G.; Schweinler, Carl.; Vickers, J . H.; Valentine, C. I.; Townsend, B. C.; Lewis, T. W.; Durant, D.; Stevens. P. W.; Davey, A.T.; Corcoran, P. J.; Bradley, G. W.; Battles, J. P.; Battles, R. O.; Baum, G. L.; Baumgartner, F. T; Bliss, J. I; Bothwell, M. T.; Brown, C. L.; Brown, E. ; Butler, F. P.; Chappell, D. A.; Conant, R. ; Crosby, H. G.; Davenport, K. C.; Dean, L. S.; Finney, E. D.; Fussel, R. H. ; Fox, F'. M.; Fay, A. O.; Fearing, C. R.; Eisenhart, J. R.; Esselen, H. B.; Estabrook, L. T.; Grandy, C. C.; Griffin, A. H.; Hagler, K. D.; Hanavan, M. L.; Hannah, F. A.; Hartley, J. K.; Hobart, J. C.; Honig. L. D.; Howland, G. E.; Humphries, C. B.; Hurd, R. E.; Irish, C. C.; Johnson, E. M.; Kaiser, S. B.; Kent, Le Roy; King, L J.; Kuech. J. T.; Kurth, F. W.; Leidgen, N. C.; Leidgen, C. O.; Leonard, C. C.; Letarte, A. C.; Locke, H. A.; Lovering, R. W.; Mc Carthy, T. S. B.; May, A. R.; Moran, L. J.; Nash, A.V. G.; Olmsted, F. N.; Olmsted, W. H.; Phelan. W. F.; Page, F. S.; Packard, K. S.; Palmer, R. B.; Pellitier, J. A.; Perrons, H. C.; Pratt, J. H.; Prudden, E. D. ; Rathburn, G. St. J.; Reynolds, N. H.; Reopell, C. A.; Roope, W. H.; Reagan, J. B.; Samuels, M. H.; Sando, F. B.; Saville, B. W.; Schwartz, M. H.; Shaw, C. A.; Shuman, W. D. W. ; Scudder, E.; Smith, D. M.
Addressed to Mr. Henry Furst, Villa Mori, Mornia di Pisa, was received from a driver in the Field Service. Being unable to decipher it, he would like to know who his correspondent is?
Gentle Reader, last week I chose the Post Office for the theme for a few lines of this humble sheet. I wrote with knowledge, having gone into the matter beforehand. Since then seven days have elapsed, and since that time the Post Office has taken me in as one of themselves ---revealed to me secrets which have so filled me with astonishment that it is my duty as well as pleasure to make you as wise as I am.
What will you say for instance when I tell you that on their records they have twenty Browns, fifteen Johnsons, and about as many Smiths. It therefore gives rise to some contention as to who shall get a letter when it only hears the address of "Buddy Brown" or "Speed Johnson". But these intricacies go much deeper than that. There is one Millen, eight Millers and two Millets. Far be it from me to cast aspersions on either the hand-writing or habits of the families or friends of the "boys at the front", but supposing just for example, that the best "pal" of one of the above mentioned gentlemen should have his hand shaking just the least bit in the morning when he writes to his friend "far away". Oh! what a cause for dispute for the Post Office boys! They have therefore requested me to put before you the following:
First; that all packages coming from Paris shops shall bear their full names and if possible their B. C. M address.
Second; that mail coming from America should as far as possible bear their full names or at least their initials and not their nicknames by which they were familiarly known at College.
Third; "We have our own troubles. Don't grouch! but if you have something to complain about write to us and we will try and put it straight".
If I were you I would take their advice as there are now about two thousand men in the service.
Registered letters or parcels are being held by Mr. Cartier for the following men at Rue Raynouard: Sidney G. Mason, J. C. Walker, Frederic Sakstain, Elbert Duzram, D. W. Carlos Harris, Boyd (2), Wheeler, Cook and Brown. No initials for last five.).
August 1, 1917.
Once more we are obliged to add to the ever lengthening list of deaths which have been occurring lately among the men of the American Field Service. B. R. Woodworth was the first to be killed on the 15th of June, Paul Osborn followed on the 21st. Frederick Norton was killed on July 12th and, H. B. Craig on July 15th. Last Sunday night, July 29th, James Wilson Gailey, a Princeton senior, age 21, New Park, Pa. was killed while performing his duty with Section 66. He entered the service on June 9th, 1917. Perley Raymond Hamilton of the same Section, age 24, of Clinton, Mass., was killed at the same time. He has been with the Field Service since May 26th. No further details are known as yet.
Section 71 composed of French ambulances and driven by American Field Service men left on the 31st of July under the leadership of Poland R. Speers, former chef of S. S. U. 14. The drivers of this Section are Anspach, R.; Battles, J. P.; Battles, R. O.; Baum G. I..; Bliss, J. I.; Brickley, R. T.; Brown, G. S.; Chapell, A. C.; Conant, R.; Crosby, H. G.; Fay, A. O.; Fearing, G. R.; Fox, F. M.; Honig, L. D.; Kaiser, S. B.; James; Keplinger; Leonard, C. C.; Lewis, T. W.; May, A. R.; Moran, L. J.; Munson; Packard, K. S.; Paul; Phelan, W. F.; Rogers, J. A.; Rose; Salinger, R. B.; Spaulding. W.; Samuels, M. H.; Sando, F. B.; Space; Sproul, W.; Swasey, J. M.; Trask; Wallace, R. A.; Weeden; Weeks, E. A.; Wright, L; Weigarten; King; Bloch.
S. S. U. 31 left the Rue Raynouard for the front on July 28th under the leadership of Mr. C. C. Battershell. The entire section was presented to the American Field Service by the New-York Cotton Exchange. The drivers of the Section are Bingham, M. L.; Coleman J. H.; Gage, H.; Hagler, K. D.; Hood, H. G.; Kent, O. A.; Kielty, R. J.; Lewis, H. W.; Loomis, O. E.; Mc Grath, F.; Meadowcroft K. L.; Mills, M. B.; Nash, A.; Pond, A. W.; Schlager, Chas.; Olcutt, P. D.; Weber, J.; White, B. C.; Wolff, Avery Royce; Wholey, W. F.; Wooley, D. F.
Mr. Charles M. Ashton. Jr. of Section 28 who was badly wounded on July 14 th is now progressing favorably and with great rapidity.
His condition indeed has become so encouraging that he has been evacuated to Paris.
The corps d'Armée citation of Section 3 has been recently raised to an Armée citation. It is our belief that this is the first time in the history of the war that a sanitary section has received a distinction of this kind.
G. Lebon, mechanic of Section 10 who rendered such signal service while in the Orient has been presented with a gold watch by the fellow members of this section in proof of their esteem and appreciation. Mr. Lebon under the most trying circumstances imaginable was never once found wanting in his ever readiness to help those less skilful than himself, and succeed in making himself one of the most popular men in the section.
A cable has just been received that 86 barrels of oatmeal were sunk on their way from New-York last week. It is with relief, however, that our readers will learn the fact that this has been reordered and will shortly be on its way once more to the shores of France, with we trust a more satisfactory result.
Mr. W. de R Bigelow, former Cdt. Adj. of S. S. U. 4 joined Mr. Andrew's staff last week. It is the intention that he and Mr. Dodge shall assist in the closer relationship between the Rue Raynouard and the sections at the front. Mr. H. G. Iselin has been appointed his successor in Section 4.
One hundred and twenty-five men are expected at the end of this week on the S. S. Chicago to swell the ever increasing numbers of the American Field Service.
John Worthington Ames, Jr., Edward John Maurice Diemer and Raymond James Whitney of Section 2 have just received the croix de guerre for exceptional bravery.
Charles Freeborn, one of the oldest members of the American Field Service, has, we regret to say, sent in his resignation in order to work at the American Relief Clearing House. Mr. Freeborn, a few months after beginning of the war in 1914 offered himself and his car to the American Ambulance Field Service. For a long time he was staff driver to Mr. Andrew, taking him at a moment's notice to any part of the front where necessity called. Some 18 months ago Mr. Freeborn was made Adjudant of the Paris Ambulances at which time the Field Service was still connected with the American Ambulance at Neuilly, and just about the time of the separation when the Field Service took up its headquarters at the Rue Raynouard, he was entrusted with, the delicate and difficult mission of taking over to America and exploiting there the moving pictures which Mr. Andrew had had taken of American Field Service in France. Through this means Mr. Freeborn was successful in raising a large sum of money in California. After six months of this work he returned to Paris and was assistant to Mr. Robert Moss at the Parc at Billancourt. He was then Cdt. Adj. of S. S. U. 2 from where he has just come. Mr. F. D. Ogilvie also an old member of the Service will replace him, and Mr. J. Boit is appointed as Sous-Chef.
Last week Jack Magnin and A. G. Carey returned from Section 3 in Salonica.
The American Field Service suffered another crushing defeat on the Diamond from the American Red Cross Military Hospital No. I on Sunday the 29th with a score of 8 to 3. Prettyman did great execution for Neuilly and hit out two doubles and a one. In the 3rd round Cress went into the box and held Neuilly in great shape. It is a lamentable fact that the Field Service never has a fair show because they do not get a chance to practice.
The following men arrived last week via England and signed up with the American Field Service : Alkire, A. D; Alkire, B. W.; Barton, F. E.; Bloom, F. J.; Caldwel, F. T.; Clark, I. M.; Conway, A. F.; Coulston, G. S.; Fullington, J. F.; Guy, J. E.; Hooker, R.; Huey, L. C.; Johnson, R. B.; Kirk, C. B.; Loring, S. M.; Mc. Ginty, F. C.; Magee, C. C.; Manley, J. B.; Millholland, J. C.; Nash, Jr. F. P.; Northon, K. B.; Phelps, W. E.; Rogers, H. R.; Schenk, H. T.; Simons, R. S.; Strong, E. H.; Tusler, H. S.; Tinkham, C. M.; White, V. S.; Roberts, J. C.; Muhlhauser, F. P.; Schneider, L.; Torbenson, A. P.; Neisley, P. Storer, E. S.; Gibb, J. R.; Wolf, J. F.; Winne, R. F.; Post, D. J. Collier, C. W.
A small first aid box in Cabin 164 on the last trip of the S. S. Espagne. Owner can apply to John H. Mc. Fadden, Jr., 21, Rue Raynouard.
with assurances that the " American Field Service Bulletin " has been received with enthusiasm, and we are encouraged to believe that contributions will be forthcoming in due time. It could hardly be expected that a Section in the midst of an attack should sit down as one man and bring forth a masterpiece. We know also the mails from Paris to the front are at the best not very regular. Therefore, we feel no discouragement that more news has not been sent from our T. M. and Sanitary Sections.
Perhaps it will not come amiss to add a word as to what this paper is going to mean in the future to all the men who have served with the American Field Service. To begin with it represents a detailed history of this now historical Service, which many of us will be glad to have at the end of the war. Another point even more important is that through the instrumentality of this paper the whole Service is going to be combined in a manner which has never existed before. In the past, two Sections perhaps not more than ten miles apart were as ignorant of each others doings as if they had been at the opposites poles. No one ever knew when a new Section went out or what was transpiring of interest at the Rue Raynouard. The most exaggerated reports were always current of men killed and cars blown up and rumors of all kinds and descriptions invariably wrong, were not infrequent which often gave rise to discontent. By means of this paper, containing short statements of all events of interest happening in our community, this will be done away with and you will be able to know as nearly as possible what every other Section is doing.
At first we started very modestly by printing one hundred copies of the paper on the mimeograph machine but in the fourth edition we decided to have the paper printed with sufficient copies for every man in the Service. The idea was then received so enthusiastically that it was decided if possible to enlarge and elaborate the "Bulletin" by asking for contributions from the front of news items, poems, stories, or even drawings. We then came to the stumbling block of expense and found that without some help from the outside such an elaborate undertaking would be impossible. Last week we wrote to the Head of every Section telling him to ask each one of his men to subscribe to the paper at two francs for three months, which would make it about fifteen centimes per copy. The manner of paying for the paper can he done through each Section Director by means of his accounts with the Paymaster's Department at the Rue Raynouard. We have tried to point out to you the inestimable value of this paper and we now ask you most earnestly if you will not give us your support by subscriptions, thereby making this undertaking possible. Unless this is done we will have to keep the Bulletin on the very modest lines on which it is now running and send only one or two copies to each Section. Do not forget that this paper would also be of interest to your family and friends and that when you have read your copy you can send it to them. Two francs is not much to ask so please show your spirit and give us the help which is essential.
August 8, 1917.
This week is the turn of Section 29 to suffer in the long list of mishaps which have occurred in the American Field Service. On the night of August 3rd. Julian Allen, Cdt. Adj. of Section 29 was at the relay post of their poste de secours. Having just received word from there that another car was immediately needed, he left the abri to give the necessary order to John V. Newlin who was waiting with his ambulance. At that moment a shell exploded smashing the car to pieces and wounding both Allen and Newlin. Allen's injuries we are glad to report are but slight and he will be evacuated to Paris in a few days. Newlin, however, sustained more serious injuries and died from their effects in a hospital at the, front on Sunday night, Aug. 5th. He came from Whitford, Pa., was a student at Princeton University, and was 19 years of age.
On the afternoon of August 1st. an exciting game of Baseball was played by Sections 13 and 19. After ten innings the hoodoo number went so defeat at the hands of Section 19 to the score of 18 to 17. The following played for 13: Knowles, Hinds, Simpson, Hunt, Snow, Herrick, Egger, Scannel and Grinson, Playing for 19 were : Symonds, Somlin, Kittredge, Wilcox, Jathro, Ives, Smith, Bigelow, Taliaferro and Loughlin.
The following men have left Section 13, at the expiration of their enlistments and have entered the French Aviation Corps: Harold Hines, Indianapolis, Ind.; Thomas Cassady, Chicago, Ill.
Philip Roan, Ft. Madison, Iowa, and Frank Dempsey, Chicago, Ill., have left the service for America. their time of service being up.
On July 24th, Section 13, American Field Service, held an interesting athletic meet with Section 13, of the English Ambulance Corps. Of the principal events the Englishmen won the foot-ball game by the close score of 3 to 0. Jack Grierson starred for the Americans. The Americans won the relay race by a good margin.
A wrist watch, gold face, Waltham with black leather strap is being held for a Mr. Jones; an antique plate in a packing case for Monsieur Lane; a dress-suit case, brought from America for Addison Fordyce; and a pair of khaki trousers from the Galerie Lafayette for Mr. Seymour. Communicate direct with the Post Office should any of the owners read this.
It is worth recording that Section 8 now has a goat. Do not try and "get it" however, as it is not that kind of a goat, but one with four legs which they are pleased to call their "mascot". Here's hoping it brings them all the luck in the world.
Should you fear the hurtling shell or the bomb dropped from the soaring taube, do not suffer further discomfort. Pay a visit to Section 4 and win the confidence of Mr. Fletcher. Have five minutes private conversation with him and you will he able to introduce all the comforts of home into the head-quarters of your Section, for from Army to Army and from Sector to Sector, as far in fact as the war zone stretches, he is known as the "Master Trench Builder".
Perley Raymond Hamilton and James Wilson Gailey who met their death on July 29th, received the following citations:
HAMILTON, Perley Raymond, Conducteur, Engagé volontaire Américain, Section Sanitaire Américaine No 66:
"Très bon conducteur, dévoué et courageux, a été tué dans l'accomplissement de son service alors qu'il chargeait des blessés au poste de secours de V..., le 29 Juillet 1917, a 5 heures du matin."
GAlLEY, James Wilson. Conducteur, Engagé volontaire Américain, Section Sanitaire Américaine No. 66:
"Evacuant 6 blessés graves dans la nuit du 25 au 26 Juillet 1917, s'est trouvé bloqué dans V... par l'écroulement d'une maison et les trous d'obus. Bien que la route fût extrêmement bombardée et malgré les gaz, a couru jusqu'au poste voisin et a ramené une voiture de renfort dans laquelle ses blessés ont été transbordés, puis évacués. Tué le 29 Juillet 1917, par un obus tombé sur sa voiture pleine de blessés.
The details of the death of Hamilton and Gailey are now known and appear to be the same sad story of all such mishaps. Early on the morning of July 29th Hamilton was sitting at the wheel of his ambulance at the dressing station while Gailey was closing up the back preparatory to taking two stretcher case and two sitting cases to the hospital. The shell killed both Americans instantly and also the two sitting cases, but curiously enough the stretcher cases were untouched.
William Gorham Rice. Cdt. Adj. of Section 66, Durbin W. Rowland, John Woodbridge and John Rothermel of Section 66 have all receive the croix de guerre for exceptional bravery.
G. Frederick Norton who was killed at the front on July 12th. has been given the croix de guerre with palm.
S. S. U. No. 32, presented by the City Club of New York and driven by men chosen from its membership left the rue Raynouard for the front on August 2nd, under the leadership of K. Vosburg. The rest of the Section is composed of: Ives, W.; Lyons, J. R.; Ackermann, E. B.; Barrett, C. H.; Bermingham, A. N.; Call, D. H.; de Vore, W. G.; Etgen, W. C; Ferguson, J. C.; Holbrook. N.; Luqueer, J. T.; Mungan, J. J.; Paynter, E. B.; Reaser, R. A.; Salter, T. M.; Schloss, M. B.; Standing, A. C.; Schweinler, A. G.; Vickers, J. H.; Valentine, T. J.; Townsend, B. and Cox, Mechanic.
The remaining members of Section 10 arrived from the Orient on August 5th. More explicitly, they came from the town of Koritzu in Albania by camion to the shores of the Adriatic where they spent tour days on the island of Corfu, from there they took transport to Italy and finally arrived full of health and good spirits in Paris. Their names are : Bruce McClure, Edward Fryer, John Ellingston, Gordon Ware, Girard Gignoux, Joseph Richardson, Mark Brennam, Frank Fitzsimmons, Russell Willard, Kimberly Stuart, Selden Seater, Francis Kendall, Donnison Swan and Robert Clark,
It will surprise many of our readers to know that the Camion Service, started not three months ago has now some eight hundred men on its roll. During the past few weeks they have carried literally millions of shells in one of the most active sectors of the French front.
Needless to say that every boat load of volunteers brings more recruits for this rapidly growing branch of the Service.
The following men have arrived from America and signed up for the American Field Service : Amick, G. E.; Arthur, F. T.; Atwell, C. A.; Baumer, L. J.; Baldridge, C. L. R.; Belden, A. B.; Bell, J T.; Bentley, W. H.; Best. T. G.; Black, B. F.; Blessing, A. V.; Brower, Bull, W. D.; Burrell, Boggs, W. S.; Benson, M. M.; Bowers, C. D.; Brown, H. F. J.; Butler, L. W.; Bass, C. F.; Bowen, R. S. Jr.; Caney, R. D.; Cable, J. L.; Gailey, D. M.; Caloway, C. H.; Cassett, G.; Crease, A. P. Gueva, S. J.; Cobbs, R.; M.; Corboy, L. W,; Cahill, W. L,; Cahill, H. S.; Cram, P. P.; Dow, L.; Dolan, T.; Davisson, V. C.; Duvall, S. O.; De Courcy. H.; England, M. J.; Escallier, E. F.; Etter, L. W.: Fonda, B. H.; Fry, T. C.; French, J. T.; Gallagher, H.; Goddard, C. G.; Goodrich, F. P.; Gilder, E. M.; Hees, W. R. Jr.; Heider. L. R.; Hunter, R. L.; Hansen, H. S.; Homan, H. N.; Hartnett, B. E.; Hayes, L. S.; Henry, A. K.; Harrington, G. P.; Irish. F. C.; Kuhn, J. S.; Keefe, P. D.; Kellogg, C. R.; Kendall, E. D.; Laughlin, F. B. Jr.; Lanpher, H. C.; Lansing, F. E.; Lord, K. A.; McCoeight, W. N.; McPhail, J. D.; McClean, W. S.; Mack, W. K.; Monteagle. K.; Mitchell, R. P.; Nickel, J. L. Jr.; Naylor, E. L.; Naslund, E.; Peffers, H. W.; Parker, J. I.; Powers, W. E.; Pruyn, S.; Prescott. B.; Peck, C. B.; Prosser, J. C Reiser, R.; Ryan, T. S. Ramsdell; Renfrew, W. H.; Rogers, G, F. L.; Spencer, W. L.; Smith, G. B.; Squire, R. W.; Stauffer, I. H.; Starr, C. B.; Steere, T. S.; Stark, C. H.; Shinn, L. B.; Swigart, J. Jr.; Stevens, M. L.; Scherf, C. W.; Sprague, A. C.; Sutphen, D. A.; Trotter, S.. L.; Tilton E. H.; Wait, L. A.; Wallower, H. H.; Wells, J. K.; Witcomb, P.; Wheat, C.; Williams, G. H.; Woodend, R. A.; Wilkinson, L. E.; Welty, D. O,; Wilks, A. P. : Wing, F B.; Woed, P. E.; Woolverton, J. H.; Wallace, F. E.; Walworth, J. C.; Yule, S. B.
In the edition of July 25th we had an article asking for contributions from all the Sections at the front, and as yet the response has not been overwhelming. However, as can be seen by this week's paper two Sections at least have not hesitated to come to the fore with literary efforts. Since printing the first request both Mr. Andrew and Mr. Galatti have visited various Sections and have come back.
From "The Sussex Patrol"
The Ford is my Car;
1. Never rise until starting time and then rush out and ask "why the hell there aren't sausages and eggs for breakfast".
2. Be sure and leave pet-cock at bottom of radiator open when filling with water.
3. If your motor fails to start stand in middle of road and yell for the Tow Rope. After a rope has jumped out of the supply car and crawled into your hand, tie one end to the limb of a tree. (b) Climb a stone wall and tie the other end around your neck. (c) Jump off stone wall.
4. After you have started your motor, climb into the seat and make yourself a bread and cheese sandwich. Never put your hand out as a signal that you are ready --- it might get frostbitten.
5. After the convoy is "en route" make no effort to follow the car in front of you. You'll never see the country by following the beaten track.
6. If you must break down, break down in front of a café. This is by order of the Mechanical Department.
7. If you are in doubt that the car behind you is following at the proper distance, jam down all three levers and listen. A loud crash means "Yes".
8. When an irresistible object meets and immovable body, leave your car headforemost and pray the Lord to land in a soft spot.
A long felt want has at last been filled. The New-York and Boston offices have lately sent over representatives in order to inquire into the regulations and needs of the American Field Service as they really exist. This will do away with much guessing and uncertainty which has hitherto existed. Men will not be arriving full of wrong information and uselessly equipped with all kind of things which cannot possibly be needed over here.
On the 21st of December 1916 a detachment of six cars under Louis Hall was sent to the Vosges. This act incorporated one of the greatest compliments which the American Field Service has ever received. Two weeks before Section 3 under Lovering Hill had been working in that district and received a sudden order from headquarters to pack up and come back to Paris preparatory to going down to Salonica. In twenty-four hours every thing was packed up and ready for the start and in another twenty-four hours they had arrived at Versailles. This left the Medecin Chef of the district without his ford cars to negotiate the steep hills and bad roads of that country and it took him but a short time to realize that the large French ambulances were but a poor substitute. A request therefore came to the Rue Raynouard to send out as soon as possible some more Fords to take the place of Section 3. This was the reason for the birth of that Section known as the "Vosges Detachment". The original drivers were Nordhof, Hammersley, Miller, Howe, Ward and Debouchet who were replaced at the expiration of their time by Lindsley, Collie, Richards, Harrington, Wilson, and Phinney with J. R. Greenwood formerly of Section 8 as their Chef.
On August 8, 1947, the Detachment ceased to exist, all the cars being sent back to Paris by train, from which probably a new Section will he made up.
It is a decided encouragement to the Editorial Staff that prompt responses to the appeal for subscriptions to the "Bulletin" at two francs for three months have already been received.
Section 70 started off with twenty-five subscriptions, Section 2 with thirteen and Section 68 with twelve.
S. S. U. 65 has received the following fine citation:
ORDRE GENERAL No 176
La Section Sanitaire Américaine 65
"Pendant la période du 10 Juillet au 1er Août et en particulier
pendant les journées des 14, 23, 31 Juillet et 1er Aoˆt, ces volontaires quoique voyant le feu pour la première fois, ont avec un sang-froid parfait et un courage qui ont fait l'admiration de tous, assuré le transport des blessés sur une route continuellement bombardée et soumise à des tirs de barrage extrêmement violents. Ont honoré leur patrie et merité la reconnaissance de leurs camarades de combat francais."
Général MENVIEL, 68th Div. 10e Armée
The following men have received the croix de guerre for distinguished conduct at the front: Charles W. Ishell, S. S. U. 28, York Stevenson, Cdt. Adj. Section 1, also Hugh Elliott and Robert Howard Gambel of S. S. U. 1.
On account of the rapid increase of newspapers and packages which are readdressed to sections at the Front from the Rue Raynouard through the rue Pinel (B. C. M.), the officer in charge of the mail department there has notified the Post Office of the Field Service that no packages exceeding 10 kilos in weight will be received for shipment. A supplementary order was received at the same time that packages too bulky to be put into the mail sacks will, henceforth, he accepted only at the discretion of the B. C. M.
Men at the Front who have been receiving their letters irregularly should remember that when important military operations are going on in their Sector, mail is often held up somewhere along the line until orders for its delivery are received from the Divisional headquarters Letters for men in Sections are now sorted at the rue Raynouard according to Sections and delivered to the rue Pinel in packages, each package having a tag with the stamp of the section to which the letters are being sent. Heretofore each letter was stamped separately and it was found that letters occasionally disappeared in the sorting at the Paris Post Office. The possibility of error at the Post Office at the rue Raynouard has been greatly reduced by the new arrangement.
All men coming to Paris, even for a twenty-four hour permission should make certain that their correct nailing address is in the card file of the Post Office at the rue Raynouard. Too often men leaving the service expect clairvoyance from the Post Office in readdressing their letters.
Approximately 10.000 letters and post cards are being received each week.
A fine idea was recently adopted by S. S. U. 19 which might, with profit, be copied by every one of our Ford Sections now at the front. They have written a short and inclusive diary from May 15th, the date on which, they left the Rue Raynouard, up to the present time. One hundred copies of this are to he struck off and sent to all the donors of cars in that Section, which of course will take the place of the much hated letter from the driver to the donor for sometime to come and will be tremendously appreciated by them. It is to only a few that letter writing is a joy, and to most of us these letters to the donors are looked upon in much the same light as a visit to the dentist. However, from another point of view, a half hour with pen and paper is but small return for the handsome generosity of $1600 which so many people in America have given to make this organization possible. Let me take this opportunity also to correct the impression which many of us may have that all these cars have been given by rich people. This is not the case. Just as many have been given at very real personal sacrifice as by those who do not feel the loss of $1600. To give you an example, I know personally of one ambulance now at the front which absorbed one half the capital which the donor had.
The diary of Section 19 starts first of all with a list of its personnel giving the number of the car each man is driving, where he came from and what college he went to, if any. It then gives a short outline of the preparation of the cars at the Rue Raynouard, the start from Paris and the final arrival at their first headquarters in the field. Uninteresting dates are of course skipped but where anything of interest took place it is noted briefly. The following are a few extracts which will give you a good idea of how it is written:
"June 3rd. The Germans shelled La G. . . one of our postes. No one was injured. "
"June 5th. Dougherty was taken ill with paratyphoid and removed to V . ." On June 20th. There is an account at more length of a narrow escape of several members of the Section, from a shell exploding.
"July 3rd. In honor of the Fourth all Americans of the French Service were granted two days of permission. Sixteen men of S.S.U. 19 went to Paris for the Fourth. The others with the exception of the men at the poste spent a festive day at the Chateau."
So on the diary continues ending up finally with a poem which will surely stir the hearts of those at home. Let us hope that this hint will he taken and further diaries be forthcoming very shortly.
All orders from Section Directors requiring measurements will please be in the French metric system and not in the American feet and inches. Otherwise mistakes are unavoidable.
S.S.U. 66 opened their career on the Diamond by beating S.S U. 65 10 to 4 in an eight innings game.
Another new Section, S. S. U. No. 6, is in the course of formation and will probably leave for the front in a week or ten days.
The following outstanding mail is at Mr. Cartier's office, 21 rue Raynouard waiting claimants. Registered letters : Sidney C. Mason, T. M. F. Black, D. Grune, J. C. Walker, Gardner Gurmons, D. W. Caries, E. C. Auguaim, Elbert Augram, Ed. Stover, Brown, no initials. Edward Samuels. From the Kodak Company : J. Taillington, James Trivin, and P. E. Mc Kenzie, Boyd, Downing, Wheeler, Harris and Gooke, with no initials. Many of these names have been wrongly-spelled by the writers of the envelopes.
Section 33 under the leadership of Mr. Gordon Ware, who has only recently returned with Section 10 from Salonica, left for the front on Wednesday, August 15th.
This makes the twenty-third Ford Section now in the field and eight Sections composed of French ambulances but driven by our men.
The second course for officiers organized by the French Army for selected members of the Service and situated near Meaux, has just finished with the following officers graduated:
Alexander Acheson, Ardsley-on-Hudson, Cornell, John H.. Atwater, New York, Amherst, Alton F Baker, Gates Hill, Ohio, Cornell, Edward G. Bangs, Berkeley, Cal., California University, Allen S. Browne, Boston, Brown University, Robert A. Browning, Buffalo, Cornell, Paul Cadman, Berkeley, Cal., California University, Fred J Daly, Cambridge, Yale, F. J. Dusossit, Brookline, Mass., Dartmouth, A B Gile, Hanover N. H., Dartmouth, Chauncey R. Hood, Berkeley, Dartmouth, Horton P. Kennedy, Anaconda, Mont., Dartmouth, Warren T. Kent, Clifton Heights, Pa., Cornell, Robert E. McKenzie, Canton, Ohio, Cornell; John C. B. Moore, Cambridge, Mass. Harvard; Rees T. Scully, Pittsburgh, Pa. Princeton; Walter G. Sisson, Potsdam, N. Y., Dartmouth; Edward Sponagle, Gloucester, Mass; Edward I. Tinkham, Montclair, N. J., Cornell; William E. Westbrook, Ogdensburg, N. Y.
The course itself is one of the most comprehensive and practical imaginable. When one listens to the accounts given by these twenty men it makes one wonder indeed that so much could be crowded into one day. The bugle sounded at 5:30 a. m.; at 6 o'clock breakfast was served; from 6:30 to 7:30 was study hour from 7:30 to 9:30 lectures in the technique of motors, learning every part of the engine and being able to draw it. From 9:45 to 10:45 further lectures on map reading, the automobile service of the French Army, "Service de Place" which included the government of town under military rule, "Service Interior" which was the conduct of troops in the French Army, their discipline, punishments, organizations, and duties of soldiers and officers. 11:00 lunch was served. 12:30 on alternate days the whole squad was taken out in convoy where their lectures on map reading were put to practical tests. This would last the whole afternoon. On the other alternate days from 1:30 to 3:30 there was work on various types of chassis, taking them apart and reconstructing them again. From 3:30 until 4:30 more lectures. From 5:00 to 6:00 drill, all the orders being given in French. At 6:30 came supper and from 7:30 to 9:30 study, by which time bed was a welcome place.
The course lasted for five weeks and every man in the squad took his turn at being officer of the day. It was he who gave all the commands and was responsible for the convoy. Any one having passed successfully through this time of magnificent training is a very useful member of the American Service. Thus far no man has failed to pass his examinations in the two squads which have gone through the school.
The following men have arrived from America and signed up with the American Field Service.
Names of those sailing en August 3rd.
Abbot F. K., Clark S. A., Clark H. R., Clark C. G., Conway C. J., Cook F. W., Corson B. B., Coughlin J. A., Cousins R. E., Cox R.H., Creighton G. W., Crockford J. R., Darrah F., Dearborn W. W., Drew E. H.. Fahnestock W. W., Fay S. A., Fitzgerald R. J., Garrett H.F., Gelshenen W. D., Golding J. E., Goodwin J. E., Granata W. H., Hamilton J. H., Henderson R. J., Higgins R. A., Hitchins J. B., Hunt W. W., Ingham E. S.. Jameson C. H., Jewett R. R., Kahn H., Keatley D. J., Knowlton P. C., Langfeld A., Marshall O. S. Mcgowan H. E., Mcnerney H. T., Moore, O'brien J. J., Otis J. F., Palen W. E., Parks W. A., Parsons F .E., Reid H. H., Rice O.S.J., Scott R. W., Ryan T. A., Shelton A.W., Shirley A. A., Smith W. M. P. J., Spencer H.E., Vories H F. Jr., Wanuelson, Watkins, Webster, Whitbeck C, A., Woodell J. L., Emanuelson E: L..