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As announced in the Bulletin of February second, the home at 21, rue Raynouard is now open for the use of all former volunteers of the American Field Service.

There will be three regular meal served at the following hours and prices

Breakfast 7:30 to 9 Frs. 1.00
Luncheon 12:30   "  2,50
Dinner 6:30   "  2,50

Eggs, chocolate, tea, etc., will be served at all hours.

Sleeping accommodations are also ready. Cost will he one franc per night. Special Pension rate of six francs per day.

It is urged that all men communicate this notice to other former members of the American Field Service who may not have seen this Bulletin.



American Field Service
40 State Street
Boston, Mass.

Major A. Piatt Andrew.
21, rue Raynouard,
Paris, France,

January 24, 1918.

My dear Major Andrew,

I have received today a unique tribute of remembrance from the members of the American Field Service, signed by you and Captain Galatti, and expressing to me most generous appreciation of such service as it has been possible for me to render to you, and to them, in France during the past two years.

However useful what I may have been able to accomplish in America has been, I feel that in proportion to the personal sacrifice which every driver in the field has given, my contribution has been very small. My labor has been to me more satisfactory and inspiring than any other I have known, not merely because of the purpose we have had in view, but because those of you in France have made so fine a record that support and co-operation for the American Field Service were assured in whatever part of the United States we have chosen to ask for them.

May I beg you to convey to the members of the Service who have been considerate enough to offer me an honor so worth while, the assurance of my constant and true gratitude.

Sincerely yours,

Henry D. Sleeper
American Representative of Field Service



The Twenty Francs offered for the best «word picture» of life in the section. Every man in the service remembers some incident that fixed itself in his mind so that he wrote back home about it or thought he would remember to tell it to some one. Now is the chance to tell it, whether in prose or poetry, whether it is long or short, and furnish some entertainment in exchange for the good things sent in by so many of the men in the early days of the Bulletin. Incidentally, some one is going to win the prize.

The time will he extended until Monday, March 11th in consideration of the fact that mail is often delayed a few days, and the winner will be announced when the Bulletin goes to press on Monday, March eleventh.



All of the men who served in the Transport Division of the American Field Service will be interested in the announcement that a complete history of that organization is now being compiled for publication within a few months. It is the aim of the American Field Service to make this book as interesting and as historically correct as possible.

Therefore all former members of the service are invited to contribute to its pages. Copies of diaries letters relating interesting incidents of camp life, and anecdotes are most acceptable. Credit in the history will be given for all contributions. When completed this book will make one of the best souvenirs of the Great War, especially to those, who have had a part in the making of this history. It is to be published in the best of book style and form.

Pictures, illustrating the various phases of time camion service and the camp life of its members are earnestly desired. As with the articles, credit for the pictures will be given in the publication. If any of the boys, who read this notice have any photographs or information that they think will prove of interest they are urgently requested to forward, them to American Field Service Headquarters, 21, Rue Raynouard, In the case of pictures, letters or diaries, where the contributor desires their return copies will be made and the originals returned immediately.

Here is an opportunity to contribute to a book of which you will he very glad to have had a hand in the making.


         THE SLACKER

Says the man engaged in business
To the chap who haunts his club
"Oh you slacker, start-producing
Whip the Kaiser and his sub."

While the army clerk in Paris
Adding figures in a chair
Types his friends "Come, don't be slackers
Go enlist, get 'over there'."

And his former comrade grumbles
As he steers his ambulance
"Yellow slacker back in Paris
He's the softest job in France."

Then his car rolls by some cannon
And the gunners all remark
"What a smug, contented slacker
Why, his job is just a lark."

And the dirty, frozen poilu
Slowly plodding from his trench
Grunts "Artillery---oh, what slackers
Far from mud, grenades and stench."

While the stalwart shock divisions
Coming forward to attack
Sneer "Those ordinary poilus
It's a shame the way they slack."

But the curse goes even further
For the crews that man the tanks
Say, "Compared to us what slackers
Are the men who fill the ranks."

So, although you re quite heroic
And your deeds are far from tame
Don't be boastful, just remember.
You're a slacker all the same.

B. C. Wohlford (S. S. U. 18)



She was not an unusual girl. In a restaurant or cafe at home you would scarcely have looked at her twice. But in the lamplighted dining room of the hotel in the warzone she was a dream. She had snappy black eyes, hair just as black and she wore a bright yellow silk sweater coat. She was a Red Cross worker. She chattered incessantly as with two older ladies she sat there awaiting to be served,

Two American volunteers entered and their eyes surveyed all sides of the room for a table. They found one unoccupied far on the other side or the room from the damozel with the snappy black eyes. It was the closest one there was left. For the room was almost filled with blue uniforms.

The two American volunteers ostentatiously removed their gauntleted driving gloves and their soft-topped caps. They also talked and laughed with studied mirth. They had seen the girl with the black eyes before they saw the unoccupied table.

The girl too, saw them without any difficulty. Her eyes snapped flirtingly at them across the room. But the two ladies with her never so much as glanced around.

"Who's the girl ; first woman I've seen for a month", one o the American volunteers said, as Lisette, the bonne, came for their order.

"I don't know but she's a beauty ", his companion said and turning to Lisette he ordered dinner for two.

"Got to hand it to the American women, they're different," began one of the American volunteers again.

"That's so: 's she looking at us", said the American whose back was to the girl.

"You bet she is and I'm looking at her too ; wonder if she'd come over. I'd even invite the other two to get to eat with a woman again ",

"Go ask her, no harm in asking and this is war".

"Let's wait a bit. Wonder who she is? Awful young and too pretty and delicate looking to be over here in this kind of work. Look around in a minute and just see those eyes of her's snap. No, don't look now."

Lisette came presently with the soup.

"Qu'est-ce que vous voulez boire", she asked.

"Du vin rouge", said one of the Americans.

The meal continued to the coffee stage with the girl with the snappy eyes still the topic of conversation. She in her turn was not wasting any opportunities with her eyes. She was not talking much now to the other two ladies but had developed a surprising interest in looking about over the dinner guests.

"Listen, I've got to talk to that girl. We'll be back at the section in a few hours and maybe we won't get an opportunity to see a woman again till our next permission ", one of the Americans was saying again.

"I don't like the looks of those two dames with her. They freeze me. Can't get away with the same stuff here that you do in Paris ".

"I'll get away with it. I've got to talk to that girl for a few minutes ". He was rising from his chair.

Just then Simone, typically French in her beauty but certainly a beauty came in with wine for the two Americans. Simone had a wonderfully oval face, and she was blonde and svelt and chic. Lisette with less pulchritude but more skill as a waitress had been called to another private dining room to attend two French generals who had just come in.

The American settled back down in his chair as. Simone placed the wine on the table and half filled the glasses.

The girl with the snappy black eyes, and black hair passed by the Americans' table at the same time, leaving the dining room.

And she received not so much as a glance.

American Mission, Reserve Mallet.



The editor has received some "American Song Books" to he given to "Denver Boys" and will be glad to forward same to any given address. First come first served.

STORE (Adv.)

The American Field Service Store has at present for sale gold numbers for caps, the price being fifteen centimes per figure.


                TO MY MOTHER OF FRANCE

You ask me if you may not be my mother dear, of France,
You gave me tears and praise for coming here.
I've read your letter many times and each the joy enhanced
But I'm not all that you think I am, I fear.

You're more, much more, than I am now, or ever hope to be,
You're one of France's bulwarks staunch and true.
Will 1 let you be my mother? But; --- the honor's all to me;
Would, 1 might I become a worthy son to you.

You called me your poor "enfant" Ah, your heart is made of gold.
For France you gave your all ! Such sacrifice!
The one divine thing in this life, when all the rest is told---
A mother's love. You paid the highest price!

But, ah, perhaps in losing him your love increased its bounds
You love him not the less I think, but more.
And now I think that heart of yours a fountain head has found
And a largess that it never had before.

Yes, be my mother, let me feel allegiance doubly due,
To you and France and my own land so far.
May your nobleness inspire me till I worthy am of you,
May I fight for both and feel your love my star.

Reserve Mallet.



John A. Shismanian (University of Virginia '07) of Fresno, California, and a native of Kentucky, commissioned lieutenant in Foreign Legion of France has been ordered for special duty with the Legion d'Orient.



The following men have been appointed cadets in the naval aviation: Graffis, J. M. (T.M.U.. 526) ; Baker, A. A. (T.M.U. 526); Rothwell, J. L. (T.M.U. 526) ; Clark, R. H. (S.S.U. 10) ; Wagner, T. H. (S.S.U. 65) ; Stuart, K. (S.S.U. 10) ; Kane, E. W. (S.S.U. 28) ; Wilson, G. A. (Mechanic Headquarters ) ; Gilmore, W. S. (S.S.U. 12) ; Smith, E. M. (T.M.U.. 526) ; Blue, E. B. (T.M.U. 526) ; Bates, C. A. (T.M.U. 526) ; Rubinkam, H. W. (S.S.U. 13 et 3) ; White W. (S.S.U. 4) ; Gates, C. W. (S.S.U. 13) ; O'Connor, T.H. (S.S.U. 12) ; Taliaferro, A. P. (S.S.U. 19) ; Gray, J. H. (T.M.U. 526) ; Tinkham, E. I. (S.S.U. 3 et T.M.U. 356).


S.S.U. 631, Feb. 6, 1918.

Editor Field Service Bulletin, Paris

    Dear sir,

I enclose copies of citations given to six members of our Section February 2nd, at which time they were awarded the Croix de Guerre. Will you kindly publish the notice in the next Bulletin, and oblige.

Member of S. S. U. 13.

M. RAVISSE Gaston, sous-lieutenant commandant S.S.U. 13:

"A fait de sa Section une unité de premier ordre, dont il obtint le maximum de rendement. Toujours prêt à marcher, a collaboré activement au service des évacuations de l'avant dans un secteur difficile."

(Cote 344, Verdun, décembre 1917-janvier 2918.)

M. KINSLEY Alan, lieutenant S.S.U. 13 (Armée Américaine)

"Officier brave et distingué qui, par son exemple, obtint de ses hommes le maximum de rendement. Toujours prêt à marcher, a collaboré activement au service des évacuations de l'avant dans un secteur difficile."

(Cote 344, Verdun, décembre 1917-janvier 1918).

CROSBY Arthur, conducteur S.S.U. 13 (Armée Américaine); GRAF Robert, conducteur S.S.U. 13 (Armée Américaine) ; FITZ-PATRICK John, conducteur S.SU. 13 (Armée Américaine) ; TIMSON Louis, conducteur S.S.U. 13 (Armée Américaine):

"Conducteurs très dévoués, volontaires pour toutes les missions périlleuses, ont fait preuve de courage et de sang-froid, en collaborant activement aux évacuations dans une zone soumise à des bombardements répétés."

(Verdun, décembre 1917-janvier 1918).



Kimberly Stuart (S.S.U. 4 et 10) Naval Aviation Malcolm M. Dennison (S.S.U. 2) U.S.A.A.S. ; Frank S. L. Newcomb (S.S.U. 2) U.S.A.A.S. ; Paul B. Kurtz (S.S.U. 1 et 18) French Aviation; A. B. Gile (TM. et S.S.U. 28) Lieut. U.S.A.A.S. ; E. I. Tinkham (S.S. U. --- T.M.U. 526) Naval Aviation ; E. B. Blue (T.M.U. 526) Naval Aviation ; Alan D. Kinsley (S.S.U. 13) 1st Lieut. U.S.A.A.S. ; J. M. Sponagle (S.S.U. 1 et 65) 1st Lieut. U.S.A.A.S.; W. S. Gilmore (S.S.U. 12) Naval Aviation ; L. S. Taber (S.S.U. 4) French Aviation ; A. P. Taliaferro (S.S.U. 19) Naval Aviation; J. Harle (S. S. U. 3 et 10) Sgt U.S.A.A.S. ; Carl Randau (S.S.U. 14 et 10) Sgt. U.S.A.A.S. ; F. D. Ogilvie (S.S.U. 2) S.S.A. 18 ; M. A. Batcheler (S.S.U. 2 et 10) French Aviation ; Walter B. Miller (Det. Vosges) French Aviation; W. H. Rubinkam (S.S.U. 13 et 3) Naval Aviation ; Willard H. Brehaut (T.M.U. 526) 2nd Lt. F. A ; Kenneth S. Gaston (S.S.U. 30) French Artillery ; K. Rothermel (S.S.U. 4) French Aviation.




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The Bulletin has already printed a list of former American Field Service men who enlisted in the Motor Transport Division of the Quartermaster Corps and in the U. S. A. A. S.

In the following pages of the Bulletin will be found a list of some of the men who are in other branches of the Army, or Red Cross. The Bulletin hopes to be able to add to this list and will be very grateful for any information which it may receive from former members as to the work they are doing and any changes in service or promotions.

  Formerly Now
Chauncey A. Adams S.S.U. 28 Secretary in Y. M. C. A.
Charles W. Adams Jr. S.S.U. 30 2nd. Lt. in F. A.
James T. Allen S.S.U. 18 Mechanic in A. R. C.
Julian Allen S.S.U. 29 Inns of Court Officers' Training Camp, England.
Laurence C. Ames S.S.U. 68 Private, A. R. C.
Charles A. Atwell, Jr. T.M.U. 526 Cadet in Air Service.
Charles A. Amsden S.S.U. 3 Cadet in Air Service.
Ralph Anspach S.S.U. 71 Cadet in Air Service.
Roger N. Armstrong T.M.U. 184 Private, A. R. C.
Dexter D. Ashley T.M.U. 133 2nd. Lt. Royal Flying Corps.
William M. Barber S.S.U. 3 Elève aspirant in French Artillery at Fontainebleau.
John S. Billings T.M.U. 133 Aviation in America.
William T. Black S.S.U. 67 Electrical Division Technical Air Service.
Joseph Boyer Mechanic American Red Cross.
Lloyd P. Bradley T.M.U. 133 2nd. Lt. F. A. U. S. R.
Benjamin H. Burton Jr. T.M.U. 133 2nd. Lt. Field Artillery.
Gardner Cassatt S.S.U. 16 2nd. Lt. Transportation Department.
Benj. Carpenter, Jr. T.M.U. 133 Elève aspirant in French Artillery at Fontainebleau.
John VL. Chapman T.M.U. 526 Civilian in Air Service.
Coleman T. Clark S.S.U. 3 Aspirant in French Artillery.
Howard R. Coan S.S.U. 27 Driver in Y. M. C. A.
Homer Conroy S.S.U. 64 Elève aspirant in French Artillery at Fontainebleau.
Warren R. Cox S.S.U. 32 Purchasing Section, Aviation.
Sidney B. Curtis S.S.U. 4 1st. Lt. Aviation Section Signal Corps.
William T. Baird, Jr. T.M.U. 133 1st Lt. Ordonnance Dept. U.S.R.
John B. Black T.M.U. 133 2nd. Lt. Field Artillery.
Charles II. Bunn, Jr. T.M.U. 526 2nd. Lt. Field Artillery.
Arthur G. Carey S.S.U. 3 2nd. Lt. F.A. --- U. S.R.
Early B. Christian S.S.U. 26 Flying Cadet Air Service.
Harvey Conover S.S.U. 17 Cadet Air Service.
Paul H. Crane T.M.U. 526 Cadet Air Service.
Roland C. Davies T.M.U. 184 Cadet Air Service
Roger S. Dix S.S.U. 1 Flying Cadet, Air Service.
William K. P. Emerson S.S.U. 3 2nd. Lt. Field Artillery.
Leland H. Emery T.M.U. 526 Cadet, Air Service.
George S. Eveleth, Jr. T.M.U. 184 Cadet, Air Service.
James M. Fairbanks T.M.U. 133 A.R.C. Italian Ambulance.
Fauna W. Farris S.S.U. 10 Cadet Aviator, Air Service.
Hans P. Faye, Jr. T.M.U. 133 Private, 6th Field Artillery.
Albert E. Flamand S.S.U. 9 2nd. Class Petty Officer U.S. Naval Reserve Brest.
William B. Gilmore S.S.U. 2 1st. Lt. F. A. National Army.
Lovering Hill S.S.U. 3 2nd Lt. Field Artillery U.S.R.
John H. Hynes S.S.U. 68 2nd. Lt. Infantry, Intelligence Section.
Arthur K. Dearborn T.M.U. 397 Civilian Engineer to Ordonnance Department.
Clarence B. Denny S.S.U. 13 Captain in ARC.
Henry de Neveu S.S.U. 3 Interpreter Office of the Engineer Officer L. of C.
Blatchford Downing S.S.U. 16 Civilian. Attorney in Ground Aviation.
Arthur L. Dunham S.S.U. 20 Aviation Section Signal Corps.
Douglas Durant T.M.U. 397 American Red Cross.
William A. Elliott T.M.U. 133 Air Section Construction Dept.
John P. Emerick S.S.U. 9 Lieut. in A.R.C.
Robert G Eoff S.S.U. 18 Corporal in French Aviation.
William T. Eoff S.S.U. 18 A.R.C. Italian Service.
Frederick Exton S.S.U. 8 Interpreter Intelligence Sect.
Giles B. Francklyn S.S.U. 3 Private 6th Field Artillery,
James E. G. Fravell S.S.U. 64 Elève aspirant in French Artillery at Fontainebleau.
William S. Gilmore S.S.U. 12 U. S. Naval Aviation Forces.
Addison Goodell S.S.U. 68 Civilian in Air Service.
Julian H. Green S.S.U. 33 American Red Cross.
Howard W. Hailey T.M.U. 133 Civilian Air Service (Commission as 2nd Lt.).
John F. Howe T.M.U. 133 Elève aspirant in French Artillery at Fontainebleau.
George R. Harding S.S.U. 4 2nd. Lieut. Aviation Section, Signal Corps.
John S. Harlow, Jr. S.S.U. 66 Private ARC.
William D. Hines T.M.U. 133 American Red Cross.
Charles H. Hunkins S.S.U. 4 American Military Censorship.
Edward S. Ingham T.M.U. 526 Private ARC.
Terence R. Johnston S.S.U. 2 and Park 2nd. Lt Aviation Transport Service.
Arthur C. Keck T.M.U. 184 2nd. Lt. ARC.
Dr. Ernest H. Lines Medical Staff Paris Administrateur, médecin en chef, Ecole de Rééducation des Mutilés.
Travis P. Lane T.M.U. 133 Eléve aspirant in French Artillery at Fontainebleau.
Stevenson P. Lewis S.S.U. 17 2nd. Lt. Field Artillery U.S.R.
Theodore M. Lilienthal T.M.U. 397 Lieutenant Manager Splint Warehouse, American Red Cross.
Paul W. Lindsely T.M.U. 184 American Red Cross, Italian Service
John W. Livingston S.S.U. 17 Cadet Officer Air Service.
Alexander V. Lyman S.S.U. 9 1st. Lt. Air Service.
Albert E. Mayoh T.M.U. 397 Civilian in Aviation.
Raymond A. Neynaber S.S.U. 26 Civilian in Aviation,
Francis D. Ogilvie SSU 2 Section Sanitaire anglaise 18.
William A. Rudkin S.S.U. 26 American Red Cross.
Bertrand V. Saunders S.S.U. 65 Private in French Artillery.
Eugene McM. Smith T.M.U. 526 U.S. Naval Aviation.
Leslie R. Taber S.S.U. 4 U.S. Naval Aviation.
Russell L. Willard S.S.U. 10 2nd. Lt. Anti-Aircraft Artillery.
Carl Barry, Jr. T.M.U. 537 2nd. Lt ARC.
Harold S. Bates T.M.U. 526 Private Air Service Transportation Division.
Horace R. Bigelow Bureau des Autos 1st. Class Interpreter Intelligence Sect. Headquarters.
Alfred M. Brace S.S.U. 10 Editor «Franco-American Weekly».
Irving M. Clark T.M.U. 526 Lt ARC. Bureau of Refugees.
Beverley C. Anderson S.S.U. 1 1st. Class Pvt. Field Artillery.

Note A. R. C. indicates American Red Cross


                 I DON'T KNOW

Oft times when asked my views, in days of yore
Upon some point pertaining to our war
I, lacking facts, confessed «I do not know»
Resolving soon these questions to explore.

But on my word, these books and magazines
Are so confusing! One, perhaps, demeans
The German strength--- their stock of food and guns
Declares their fighters old, or in their teens,

Another warns aloud against all hope
Of early peace ; asserts the Boche can cope
With any force ; have men and food to waste
While all dissention's tied with regal rope.

Some men insist we cannot cease to fight
Till Lorraine's won for France Another claims the right
Of ownership is vague. While others urge
It must be settled by a plebiscite.

So is it with a premier's overthrow
A campaigns gain or talk of « quid pro quo »
And still, when questioned, as in days of yore
I, wise but ignorant say « I don't know ».

B. C. WOHLFORD, (S.S.U. 18.)




S.S.U. 637 (19)

Harry Williams, Charles Hoskins, George Smith and Percy Catuna have just returned from permission.

A new car was added to the Section. Dennie Nash has been placed in charge of the voiture «Velvet» Heraty and «Rus» Sloane were in charge of the Y.M.C.A. in the absence of the director. « Shorty » Loughlin has been placed in charge of the «mess». Some hustler too.

Charles Hoskins --- former chauffeur for Lieut. MacPherson has resigned in order to get back his ambulance. Eisenthuth has been appointed chaffeur to fill the place of Hoskins. Hartzell now acts as clerk of the Section.

We are glad to welcome into our midst ten new Allentown men: Alexander M. Sloane, Cumberland, Md.; Guy W. Eisenhuth, Pottsville, Pa. ; Charles E. Dougherty, Pottsville, Pa.; Charles W.. Engler, Philadelphia; Homer Lockwood, Washington, D.C.; Boyd Deardoff, Dissburg, Pa. ; Earl O. Hass, Port Carvon, Pa.; John Dosch, Bryn Mawr, Pa. ; Ray A. Grauzow, Philadelphia, Pa.; Frank S. Hartzell, Ashbourne, Pa.

The Section has adopted a new mascot or rather bought one for a can of P.A. He is a collie brown, three months old. One week after joining the Section he killed a chicken. We feel that he will he a mascot in deed as well as in name. We call him «Dix-neuf»



My heart is fairly broke,
With grief I most am chokin'
To Paris they won't let me go
And ride upon the old Metro.
It's pretty tough, it's mighty hard
Cause I'm in love with a subway guard.

With a flick of her pretty hand
She signals to the motor man.
He gives the crank a turn or two.
She gets me with those signals too,
And brakes the cars so clevery
I know she often broken me.

And socially she is some lass
For she only works in the first class
In atmosphere she fairly soaks
For she rubs against the finest folks,
And boy, if you want to ride free
Why just hit the sub --- with me.

But we can't reach Paris any more
And truly my heart is sore.
If I only thought she could care
Off to Paris I would tear
Even if I had to risk a raid
To see my Little subway guard.

Bob SCHOLLE, S. S. U. 637 (19).



Carl Vail, Dennie Nash and Bob Scholle recently had a permission. Carl and Dennis heeding the "don't annoy tile Parisians" sign hied them to Nice and Bob to Belfort. All three wrote letters back to the Section dated Paris --- but we leave Sherlock Holmes to his theories and we deal only with the facts in hand.

Please note that S. S. U 637 (19) was in C. six kilometres from E. at the time these gentlemen took their departure. Bob on his way back hit E. at ten o'clock at night and seeing no voitures about hit the hay at a nearby hotel. The next morning he wandered to the station and inquired of an official the whereabouts of his wandering section. " C. H. " was his reply. "Ils sont a C. H. " He was also made to know that the next train to C. H. was an express and poor Bob couldn't take it because he wasn't an officer. Nevertheless he clambered aboard a second class coupe and arrived as per his own schedule. He then proceeded to the "Parc" where Capt. Bigelow told him his section was at N. Back at the station waiting for his train he spied Dennie and Carl who had been told at Paris to report at C. H.

Have you your ticket from Capt. Bigelow asked the Monte Carlo boys alter explanations had been made. "Yes " quoth Robert --- "We'll all ride on the same one." Carl then ascertaining that the train would not arrive for several minutes naturally ran to where he could revitaille. In the meantime the train pulled in and Bob ran after Carl and Dennis wrenching them loose from the eats and ran back for the train which was just moving off. A first class coupe was open and they piled in. At the next station the conductor demanded the tickets. The old third class billet was brought to light. After a short scrutiny M. le Conducteur says three first class passengers on a third class ticket not very regular. "Not regular", said Bob, " but what the .... " " What the h... ", said the Conducteur and slammed the door.

And now the dear Boys are back with us. Nuff said.

S. S. U. 637 (19).


          THE EMBUSQUE

A million better men than I have passed,
So why should I have fear?
A million more complete the thankless task,
Without a tear.

Tell me no more someone will fill my place
So why should I depart?
A guilty conscience shows not in the face
But stings the heart.

What if indeed a long range German gun,
Could end me even here?
What's that to me? There women, little ones,
Who're just as near.

Place in my hands the glittering bayonets steel,
Leave some one else the rest.
Sustain it there! Until the foes I feel,
Deep in my breast.

David DARRAH, Réserve Mallet.



A. E. Hutchinson (S. S. U. 9) 2nd. Lt. Ad. Generals Office ; A. D. Dodge ( S. S. U. 8 ) Am. Red Cross ; C. Randau (S. S. U. 10) Sgt U. S. A. A. S. ; John R. Fisher (S. S. U. 2 et 20) 1st. Lt. U. S. A. A. S.; Lt. Goodspeed (S. S. U. 30) French Artillery School ; W. Howard Renfrew (T . M. U. 526) U. S. Aviation ; Donald F. Fox (S. S. U. 10 & 14) U. S. A. A. S. ; Robert L. Nourse (S. S. U. 67) 1st. Lt. U, S. A. A. S.; C. T. Clark (S. S. U. 3) French Artillery ; O. N. Kilby (S. S. U. 29) French Artillery ; G. C. Gignoux (S. S. U. 10 & 33) French Artillery; John W. Clark (S.S.U. 3) French Artillery; Russell L. Willard (S. S. U. 10) 2nd. Lt. F. A; Burnett C. Wohlford (S. S U. 10 & 18) U. S. A.A.. S. ; Walter E Bruns (S. S. U. 10 et 18) U. S. A. A. S. ; C. H. Mc Creedy (S. S U. 2) U. S. A. A. S. ; Walter Ives (S. S. U. 32) 1st Sgt. U.S. A A. S. ; E. G. Cushing (S. S. U. 4), Civil Employe U. S. Army; W. M Barber (S. S. U. 3) Eleve Aspirant French Artillery ; Harwood B. Day (S. S. U. 1.) 1st. Sgt. U. S. A. A. S.



We regret to announce that Newberry Holbrook, formerly a member of S. S. U. 32, died of peritonitis at the hospital at Essey near Nancy on the 17th inst. Mr. Holbrook was 29 years of age, a graduate of Columbia University. His home was in New-York City and he was a member of the New-York City Club Unit which was formed as a complete section of the American Field Service last July. Holbrook enlisted in the U. S. A. A. S. in Section 644.


FÉLICITATIONS We have received from Section 629 (9) a copy of the felicitations received on January fifth, by Cdt. Adj. Cogswell, Sous-Chef Machado and conducteurs, Hawkins, Coughlin, Guthrie and Bright.

Au Q. G. A., le 5 Janvier 1918.

Le General Gérard, Commandant la VIIIe Armée,
à M. Cogswell, Commandant' Adjoint de la
Section Sanitaire Américaine de la IIe Don I.

Le Général Commandant d'Armes de Nancy m'a signalé l'attitude courageuse et le dévouement dont vous avez fait preuve en coopérant à diverses reprises aux opérations du sauvetage et du transport des blessés, lors des bombardements de Nancy, notamment le 17 Octobre 1917.

Je vous adresse à cette occasion toutes mes félicitations.




T. R. Johnston, assistant to R G. W. Moss in charge of spare parts at the repair park since January 23rd., 1917, has received a commission as 2nd. Lt. in the American signal corps and has left the A. F. S. to assume his duties.


The following A. F. S. men have been commissioned 1st Lieutenant U.S.A.A.S.

Lars Potter (S.S.U. 27).
Angus M. Frantz (S.S.U. 18).
A. B. Kinsolving (S.S.U. 4).
W. J. Losh (S.SU. 10).


John H. Boyd (Headquarters) has received a commission as 2nd Lt. in the Aviation Service and has left to join his post.

Sidney R. Hodges (Headquarters) who has been in charge of the General Office has left to join the English Army.

Lieut. A. M. Hyde, (S. s. U. 10 and 26) was married on February 25th in Paris to Miss Grace K. Johnston of New-York City.



Burnett C. Wohlford (S.S.U. 10 and 18.) U S. A. A. S. ; A. M. Hyde (S.S.U. 16 and 26) 2nd Lt. F. A. O. R. C.; J. R. Fisher (S.S.U. 2 and 20) 1st U. S. A. A. S. ; J Seymour (S.S.U. 17) Sgt. U. S .A.A.S. ; Horton P. Kennedy (T. M. U. 526) 2nd Lt. Q. M. O. R. C. ; W. M. Barber (S.S.U. 3) Elève Artillerie et Fontainebleau ; Thayer Robb (S.S.U. 33) Civilian in Aviation; G.C. Gignoux (S.S.U. 10 and 33) French Artillery ; E. C. Cushing (S.S.U. 4) Civilian in Q. M. Corps U.S.A.; W. L. Young (S.S.U. .65) U. S. A. A. S. ; J. Herbert Brown (T. M. U. 133) 2nd Lt. Q. M. U. S. A.; Roger Lutz (Headquarters) American Red Cross; Harold R. Buckley (T. M. U. 526) U. S. Air Service; J. Swigart, Jr. American Motor Transport Service, Reserve Mallet ; James M. White (S S. U. 1) 2nd Lt. Engineers ; A. Magnus (S.S.U. 20) Sgt. U. S. A. A. S. ; W. J. Losh (S. S. U. 10) 1st U.. S. A. A. S. ; H. J. Kelleher (S.S.U. 12 and 3) U. S. A. A. S. ; E. H. English (S. S. U 9. and 3) U. S. A. A. S.; George J. Rockwell (S.S.U. 4) U. S. Aviation ; Sumner Sewall (S.S.U. 8) 1st Lieut. Aviation ; V. C. Neville-Thompson (T.M.U. 133) Q.M. Dept. American Motor Transport Service ; L. Buckler (S.S.U. 4) Sgt. U.S.A.A.S. ; W. J. Bingham (S S.U. 30) 1st Lt. U.S.A.A S.; J. B. Watkins (S.S.U. 15 and 17) Pvt. Medical Corps.



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Published in Bulletin No. 31. February 9, 1918

Curtis, Edward P, S.S.U. 15

Ordre Service Santé

16° C. A.
Myers, Arthur



Rich, Vincent L.



Weeks, Francis D -1



Wick, Myron C.



Burton, Julian Y. S .S.U. 70


38e Div.
Frick, Frederick C.



11 C. A.
Samuel, Edward, Jr.



11 C.A.
Warren, Henry B.



11 C. A.

The names were omitted by error from previous list of the Field Service Men who had received the Croix de Guerre.

This makes the correct total :1 one Légion d'Honneur, four Médailles Militaires, two hundred and forty-one individual Croix de Guerre and seventeen section Citations.


  Formerly Now
Edwin H. Adriance T M U. 526 1st. Lt. 7th Field Artillery.
Nat. T. Ashkins T.M.U. 184 2nd Lt. in Engineers Lines of Com.
F. N. Breed T.M.U. 537 2nd Lt. Engineers Reserve Corps.
Charles E. Bayly S.S.U. 26 Elève Aspirant in French Artillery.
Tharratt C. Best T.M.U. 526 Sergeant in American Red Cross.
Edward H. Bright S.S.U. 9 Flying Cadet Air Service.
Donald F. Bigelow T.M.U. 133 2nd Lt. Field Artillery Reserve.
John F. Bartlett T.M.U. 184 1st Lt Aviation Section Signal Corps.
Clarence E. Blodgett S.S.U. 9 Cadet Air Service.
Richard A. Blodgett T.M.U. 526 1st Lt. in Air Service.
Richard V. Banks T.M.U. 526 Cadet in Air Service.
Hugh Bridgman S.S.U. 9 1st Lt. in Air Service.
Norman S. Buck T.M.U. 526 Civilian in Air Service.
Thomas O. Butler T.M.U. 526 U. S. Signal Corps.
Alexander B. Bruce T.M.U. 526 1st Lt. Air Service.
Karl A. Burnside S.S.U. 26 2nd Lt. Field Artillery.
Fred J. Bollmeyer S.S.U. 66 American Red Cross Transportation Dept.
William N. Beaumont T.M.U. 526 1st Lt. U.S. Air Service.
John H. Boyd Headquarters 2nd Lt in U.S. Air Service.
Edwin G. Cushing S.S.U. 4 Clerk, Q. M. Corps.
Thomas G. Cassady S.S.U. 13 Corporal Pilot French Aviation.
Albert A. Cree T.M.U. 526 Flying Cadet Air Service.
George W. Creighton Res. Mallet Pvt. 5th Field Artillery.
Galen B. Croxton T.M.U. 133 Flying Cadet Air Service.
Charles M. Ceasar T.M.U. 184 2nd Lt. Motor Transport Division.
Ernest R. Dechenne T.M.U. 133 1st. Lt. 6th Field Artillery.
Bidwell C. Doying T.M.U. 184 Secretary in Y.M.C.A.
John E. Ewell Staff 1st Lt. Aviation, Aide de camp to Major General.
Gardner G. Emmons S.S.U. 30 2nd Lt. Field Artillery.
Philip A. Embury T.M.U. 133 Cadet in Air Service.
Charles H. Fabens T.M.U. 242 American Red Cross.
Wallace W. Fahnestock S.S.U. 9 Transportation Secretary Y.M.C.A.
William M. Farr T.M.U. 184 Cadet Air Service.
John B. Featherstone S.S.U. 65 Mechanic in American Red Cross.
Powel Fenton S.S.U. 3 1st. Lt. Aviation Section Signal Corps.
Glendon A. Fuller T.M.U. 184 Private in American Red Cross.
James P. Gillespie S.S.U. 12 and 19 1St. Lt. American Red Cross, Italian Service.
Conrad G. Goddard T.M.U. 184 Civilian in Air Service.
George W. Goodwin S.S.U. 69 Flying Cadet Air Service.
Charles H. Grant T.M.U. 133 Cadet Air Service.
Dr. Edmund Gros Staff Major Aviation Section Signal Corps.
Frank A. Grady T.M.U. 184 Cadet Aviator.
Albert F. Gilmore S.S.U. 2 Flying Cadet Air Service.
Warren W. Hamilton T.M.U. 526 Private in American Red Cross.
Waller L. Harrison S.S.U. 12 Cadet Air Service. and
Lawrence D. Higgins T.M.U. 133 Flying Cadet Air Service.
Harry B. Harter S.S.U. 70 Civilian in Air Service.
Henry H. Hoyt S.S. U. 29 2nd. Lt. Field Artillery.
David L. Garratt S.S.U. 66 American Red Cross, Transportation Dept.
Jonathan Ingersoll T.M.U. 397 Chief Buyer Purchasing - Section Aviation.
William McK Johnson T.M.U. 537 American Red Cross-Italian Ambulance.
Earl Donald Keefer T.M.U. 133 2nd. Lt. U.S. Air Service.
Harry R. Karnaghan S.S.U. 14 Pvt. 5th. Field Artillery.
Peter L. Kent S.S.U. 2 Inspector L. of C. and Staff
Warren T. Kent T.M.U. 251 Cadet in Air Service.
Oscar M. Kilby S.S.U. 29 Elève Aspirant French Artillery at Fontainebleau.
Henry E. Kyburg S.S.U. 64 1st. Lt. 28th. Infantry.
J. Welling Lane S.S.U. 4 2nd. Lt Air Service.
Kenneth A. Lord T.M.U. 133 Corporal in American Red Cross.
Walter H. Lillie S.S.U. 10 and 4 Cadet in Air Service.
Roger H. Lutz Staff American Red Cross.
Joseph C. MacDonald S.S.U. 16 Cadet Air Service.
Anthony H. Manley T.M.U. 526 Flying Cadet in Air Service
Allen McLane S.S.U. 12 Cadet in Air Service.
Valentine E. Macy Jr. T.M.U. 133 American Red Cross-Italian Ambulance.
John H. McFadden Jr. Staff Lt. Aviation Service Signal Corps, Assistant Military Attaché, Paris.


Union Franco-Américaine

Le 19 February, 1918.

     Dear Ed

We have seen the dope about giving diplomas to the A F. S. men who served before the U. S. entered the war, and to those who completed their engagements before the government absorbed our organization. What about the boys who could not finish their six months before the militarization arrived, yet who stuck by their sections and are here now for the duration of the war

Why not let them wear a mourning-band on their right arm in memory of the privileges which are no longer theirs?

One of THEM.


The following former members of the Field Service have been commissioned 1st. Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Service.

This is only a partial list and we should be glad to receive any further names.

H. R. Buckley (T.M.U. 526B).
E. P. Curtis (S.S.U. 15).
W. H. Taylor (T.M.U. 526).
Summer Sewall (S.S.U. 8).
J. H. Eastman (S.S.U. 14).
P. B. Kurtz (S.S.U. 18).
J. M. Sawhill (T.M.U. 526B)
J. R. Hurlburt (T.M.U. 526 B).
E. A. Hastings (T.M.U. 526A).
J. W. Johnson (S.S.U. 19).
W.B. Snook (S.S.U. 14).
M. E. Tucker (S.S.U. 14).
J. F. Woodruff (T.M.U. 526).
J. R. Edwards Jr. (S.S.U. 8 and 20).
Leighton Brewer (S.S.U. 1)
B. C. Hopper (T.M.U. 526 B).
A. B. Sherry (T.M.U. 526).
H. W. Cook (S.S.U. 16).
Sidney Howard (S.S.U. 10).
P. N. Rhinelander (S.S.U. 10)
E. T. Hathaway (S.S.U. 17).
W. S. Sparks (T.M.U. 526).
E. A. Giroux (T.M.U. 526 B).
W. C. Potter (S.S.U. 1)



From Canada's far mountains,
From India's coral strand,
Where Afric's sunny fountains
Roll down their golden sand,
From many an ancient river,
From many a palmy plain,
They're coming to deliver
Our land from Kaiser's reign.

What though with lying phrases
He fain would us beguile
Though treaties ate but «paper»
Before his purpose vile?
In vain with slaughtered thousands
Fair fields of France are strewn
The Kaiser in his blindness
Thinks God's for him alone.

Can we. whose homes are lighted,
Where Freedom's torch flames high,
Can we, whose faith is plighted
To Belgium ---aid deny?
For vengeance, righteous vengeance
His treachery proclaim
Till every loyal nation
Abhors the Kaiser's name.

Waft winds Louvain's sad story
And you, ye waters roll,
Till fierce and grim and gory
It spreads from pole to pole
Till in his conquered city,
This War Lord of the slain
This Schemer, King, Arch Traitor
Returns no more to reign.




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A number of inquiries about the Field Service diplomas have been received from men who entered the Field Service as volunteers during the spring and summer of 1917 but who did not terminate a six months engagement before the ambulance or transport sections with which they were connected were taken over by the American Army. This situation was taken into account in awarding these diplomas to all volunteers of the Field Service who came to France before American troops arrived and who served for six months, or who continued in their sections until their sections were militarized. This means that diplomas will be given to all of the volunteers who arrived in France before July 1917 and who faithfully fulfilled their engagement up to the time that they were released, either by the dissolution of their sections, or through their section's absorption by the American army.



Attention, s. v. p. All are invited to take part in the open-to-al classes, no handicaps, Descriptive Competition which is now opened by these presents: Prize offered of Twenty Francs.

Time limit is one month from date of this issue. The quantity limit is twelve hundred words for a short description of anything having to do with your experience in France to be printed in one issue. A two part story can have two thousand words approximately.



"Papa, what did you do in the Great War?"

"Well, my child, for the first six months I served my country 'chef de popote' in an ambulance section."

"Did you have many soldiers to command, papa?"

"Hush, my baby, I was elected to be commanded, commanded by a multitude. They wore soldiers' clothes, yet were no soldiers..."

And then I will launch forth upon my painful Odyssey of that spring and summer of 1917, telling of my advent to the so-called front, of my labouriously acquired knowledge of French, and of my prompt upheaval from the humble, but oh so peaceful rank of "conducteur, 2° classe" to the glorious dignity and flowing title of chef de popote".

The title was the only consoling feature of the post, and we, poor unimaginative Yankees were unable to discover a more euphonious name than "chef de popote" -- variously abbreviated by the vulgar and uncharitable.

At least, the British, with the courtly refinement bred in their very souls by three years of war, have graced the dignity with the more expressive and flattering title of "mess president".

Why could I not have been a president? (never mind the first half it is already an old joke). The word "chef" somehow brings one into much greater intimacy with stoves and frying pans and warm grease.

But nothing could alter our time honored traditions, and I held my title, wearing, as badge of office, a knife and fork, rampant over red cross on held of horizon black (color of my thought during the coming months.)

The daily course of activity brought me into close contact with those glorious, but as yet unsung heroes of the French Army, known to the world as the Quartermaster Corps, but to the American Field Service as Ravitymists.

Search through the Allied armies from trench to base hospital, from bombing plane to carrier pigeon roost, and nowhere I guarantee will you find men more willing to accept a tactful gift, or more deeply imbued with the policy and doctrine of "laissez faire ".

Watch them, under the vigilance of the officer in charge, throw the frosted cattle to the ground, and gently cleave it with axes, carefully weighing every piece and clipping of the surplus weight, that no shortage or loss to the government and our glorious cause may ensue.

Watch me slip up with my meat bag tightly clutched, and pass it to the chief chopper, who ducks behind the car and removes the bottle from the bag to his hip pocket, returning to his work, much encouraged, and merely waiting for the officer to pass down the line, before handing out a fifty per cent increase in our weight, carefully excluding all but the finest cuts.

Sugar in scarce in France but Bull Durham tobacco is plentiful in the American Ambulance, so we manage to have sweet coffee, and, preserve large quantities of jam in the fruit season.

We read of the shortage of fuel, and the shipping difficulties, but the Ambulanciers Américains must keep warm in winter, and their private rooms, office and messhalls be kept at a comfortably high temperature; --- so the art consists in leading the custodian of the coal heap into some distant corner, and telling him a good story, while the busy little assistant loads the camionnette to its full capacity on a hundred pound order.

All ingenuity is lost however on the pinard gentleman, who mans the hose near the tank wagon and siphons the rosy liquid into the section barrel, by the hygienic and effective method of applying personal suction to the end of the hose, until he has a mouthful, and then allowing the wine to take its own course.

In cold weather, the process is still further simplified, and probably made more sanitary by the official taking an axe and chopping off a piece of wine corresponding in weight to the quantity due. Careful drivers are cautioned against keeping this wine too near the exhaust pipe on the ride home.

So much for government supplies. Then we have the buying from civilians of all the various delicacies, the little things that add that last touch of flavor.

Somebody told us he thought that salt pepper, vinegar, oil and mustard just grew on the table, with the napkins and forks, until he took my job and discovered the bitter truth by personal experience.

Washing soda, seal), eggs, vegetables, dish-cloths, butter, fruit, grease, hors-d'oeuvre, cheese, such are a few of the daily requirements, and it is necessary to reconcile the tastes and appetite of the men with the limited funds drudgingly doled out by the section commander and pitilessly mangled by that bottomless sink of iniquity and waste: the cook

We have enjoyed many varieties of cooks: the cook that drank, the cook that did not drink, but also did not cook ; -- the cook that sold the section sugar for a place in the ..... sun ; -- the cook that lost his kitchen during a move ;-- and last but not least ---the cook that stood guard over the kitchen trailer with a rifle, the first time the Boche planes blew over our camp.

Oh pity the poor popotier ---of all ungrateful posts, he holds the worst. May his seat in Heaven be soft!

P. A. RIE, S.S.U. 637 (old 19)



When Dawn peeps over the low Aisne hills
And star-shells point to morning,
And screaming obus send their thrills
Through brave hearts in the borning
And then as Daylight grows apace,
And boom the guns no more.
Of things I sought, I see a trace,
And this, I say, is War.

David DARRAH, Reserve Mallet.

According to an ambulancier's letters




Edwin B. Ackerman S.S.U. 32 Volunteer American Red Cross, Italian Ambulance.
H. A. Innes Brown S.S.U. 3 1st. Lt. Sanitary Corps.
Edward O. Bartlett S.S.U. 4 American Red Cross, Italy.
Charles Bacon T.M.U. 184 Pvt. Field Artillery.
Playford Boyle T.M.U. 526 Cadet in Air Service.
Raymond L. Bond Réserve Mallet Bugler U. S. Engineers.
F. L. Baylies S.S.U. 1 Pilot in French Aviation.
W. H. Cutler S.S.U. Lt. Chaplain in 13th Engineers.
.Joshua G. B. Campbell S.S.U. 1 1st. Lt. Sanitary Corps.
John K. Conant T.M.U. 526 2nd. Lt. Field Artillery.
Greayer Clover T.M.U. 133 Flying Cadet in Air Service.
Frank Cary T.M.U. 526 Civilian in Air Service.
John H. Chipman T.M.U. 184 American Red Cross, Italian Service.
Paul R. Chappell T.M.U. 526 Cadet in Air Service, Italy.
William C. Canby T.M.U. 133 Cadet in Air Service.
Ben B. Corson T.M.U. 242 Mechanic in V. M. C. A.
Horace F. Dalrymple T.M.U. 184 Pvt. in Quartermaster Dept.
Robert F. Dickerman T.M. U. 184 Pvt. American Red Cross, Italy.
Thomas M. Doud T.M.U. 397 Volunteer in Légion Étrangère
Rowland W. Dodson T.M.U. 184 Driver American Red Cross, Italian Service.
Henry C. Evans T.M.U. 526 2nd Lt. Field Artillery.
Jacob A. Emery T.M.U. 526 1st. Lt. Field Artillery.
Horace B. Forman T.M.U. 526 Cadet in Air Service.
Frederick P. Goodrich S.S.U. 12 American Red Cross, Italian Service
Russel D. Greene S.S.U. 68 Cadet in Air Service.
A. Musgrave Hyde S.S.U. 26 2nd Lt. Field Artillery,
George G. Haven S.S.U. 12 2nd Lt. Field Artillery.
John F. Houghton S.S.U. 16 Cadet in Air Ser vice.
Andrew K. Henry T.M.U. 397 American Records Office 3rd Echelon, B. E. F.
B. C. Hopper T.M.U. .526 Cadet in Air Service.
Edward T. Hathaway S.S.U. 17 Pilot in Air Service.
Harry H. Harkins T.M.U. 133 1st. Lt. Pilot in Air Service.
Milton J.-C. Ferguson S.S.U. 32 Cadet in Air Service.
Fontaine M. Jones T.M.U. 397 Driver in American Red Cross.
Leighton Brewer S.S.U. 1 1st. Lt. in Air Service.
O. Kenan S.S.U. 2 Major M. R. C.
James S. Kuhn T.M.U. 184 American Records Office 3rd Echelon B. E. F.
Lloyd Kitchel S.S.U. 64 Pvt. in Field Artillery.
Richmond W. Kenyon S.S.U. 26 Cadet in Air Service.
James C. Hobart T.M.U. 184 Private in American Red Cross, Italian Service
Roy D. Lamond S.S.U. 69 Private in American Red Cross.
George B. Logan S.S.U. 3 Cadet in Air Service.
John H. Lundquist S.S.U. 12 American Red Cross, Italian Service.
George B. McCormick S.S.U. 17 Private in 17th Engineer-
Francis R. Mcintyre T.M.U. 184 Private in 2nd Engineers.
John Munroe S.S.U. 3 Aspirant in French Artillery.
James McAvoy Bur des Autos Cadet in Air Service.
Edward L. Pelham T.M.U. 184 Floor Director Main Warehouse Army Y. M. C. A.
Raymond P. Plummer S.S.U. 68 Sergeant in American Red Cross.
Arthur Edw. MacNamee S.S.U. 184 Pvt. in Field Artillery.
F. R. Ostheimer S.S.U. 4 Interpreter Forestry Section. and o
Frederick N. Olmsted T M.U. 397 Returned to America for Training
William B. Olmsted T.M.U. 397 2nd Lt. Quartermaster Corps Motor Transport Division
Edmund J. Phelps Jr. S.S.U. 26 Elève Aspirant French Artillery School at Fontainebleau.
Donald W. Searles T.M.U. 133 Civilian Headquarters in Air Service.
H.P. Townsend S.S.U. 1 1st. Lt. in Sanitary Corps.
Edward R. Upson S.S.U. 69 Selective Service Dept.
Robinson Verrill S.S.U. 3 2nd. Lt. Field Artillery.
David M. Wesson S.S.U. 70 Civilian in Air Service Construction Dept.
Ralph A. Woodend T.M.U. 397 American Records Office 3rd Echelon B. E. F.


          NOTRE POELE

When you've had a howling ride
Down the steep and frozen side
Of the Valley where there's nothing but your poste,
Where the snow blows bleak and bleary,
And the night falls dark and dreary,
And your frozen breath rides off, a white-draped ghost
Then you sort of stamp the hoards
And you wish the naked swords
Could be sheathed just while you got a little warm
Or the wind would blow up hot
As you leave the barren top
Of the Plateau and dip down by the ruined farm.

But when with slide and slip
The triage ends your icy trip
And you've got your blessés safely tucked within,
You jump upon your voiture
And By Jove you're really glad you're
On your way to that old smoky
           Bita Tin.

Some people talk and rant
About their central, heating plant
But the thing that always works in thick and thin
Is our little française poêle
That's neither large nor very small
It's a Soot-begetting-smoky
           Bita Tin.

You can throw in rocks and dust
And she'll burn it or she'll bust
If you let her have her head and lots of chin
You can rake her you can stoke
But By her Dirty Pipe she'll smoke
So much, she'll camouflage that modest
           Bita Tin.

She's a whiffle little chose,
Though the Keeper hardly knows
What insane caper she's in line for now
She must not be fed too soon
And when she burns just give her room
For she'll back fire and Believe Me she knows how.
When we've put the Fritz in Hell
We'll get our Poêle to roaring well
And we'll smoke the Bums from neck to very chin.
Then we'll hang the sooty Kaiser
And we'll chuck the dirty miser
In ou smoking-sooty-roaring
           Bita Tin.

Shade of Sixty- Five.



The fun has all been knocked out of it. Can't you remember when you got that grand and glorious feeling with a bulge in your side pocket where the permission papers just sort of oozed out with things written all over them that meant anything from ten days to two weeks? Biarritz, Chamonix, England, any place on the map of Europe wasn't too good for us. But GHQEAF has lost all its sense of the just and since the arrival of General Order 6749 we can't do anything for more than seven days. And it is almost impossible to break one's glasses now. Why just the other day we tried it and the Lieutenant made us put on our extra pair.

And Paris! What are we going to do now since we can't go near the Place? 21 will be deserted and these nice rooms that were going to be for us will have to lie idle And the boulevards will be deserted! For wasn't it the Field Service Boys that kept Paris full and the Gendarmes on their jobs? Though Henry has gone his bar has not. It runs, but what for? My God what for? Probably waiting for the end of the war so that those natty boys of Piatt may again live their well earned and narrowly saved lives.

No, War ain't what it used to be since General Order Number 6749 came. The only thing we have to live for new is our Field Service Diploma.

The Shade of Sixty-Five.

Just as a suggestion, Ed, before I yank this from the machine. Why don't you accept a short story or two. Make a limit to the bulk and see what the boys can turn in. We might guarantee a couple or so with evidence of more forth coming. We have a little contest within our own doors. The sergeant, having nothing else to do, sits up nights and furnishes plots.


S. S. U. 629

Convois Autos. ---A.E.F. Par B.C..M. France

February 27, 1918.

       Dear Sir,

Am glad to announce to you that old S. S U 9. has just been cited for the second time in the following terms,

La Section Sanitaire Américaine No. 629

"Section Sanitaire où tous les conducteurs rivalisent de zèle et d'entrain. Le 20 février 1918 la section, sous l'impulsion énergique de ses chefs, le Lieutenant américain Cogswell et le Lieutenant français La Gerondière a assuré l'évacuation de tous les blessés avec une rapidité, une discipline et un dévouement dignes des plus grands éloges."

Signé Illisible.

We get a formal ceremony tomorrow or the day after.

Sincerely yours,

George Russell COGSWELL



W H. Cutler (S.S.U. 9) 1st. Lt. (Chaplain) 13th Engineers ; J. M. Walker (S.S.U. 3) 2nd Lt. F. A.; B. Harper (T.M.U. 526) 1st. Lt. Aviation; Vivian C. Neville-Thompson (T.M.U . 133) American Mission Motor Transport Division; 9 Bruce C. Hopper (T.M.U. 527) 1st. Lt. Pilot in Air Service ; William J. Bingham (S.S.U. 30) 1st. Lt. U. S. A A. S. ; Harold M. Page (S.S.U. 65) Returning to U. S. A. for Naval Aviation ; Arthur M. . Dallin (S.S.U. 1) French Artillery at Fontainebleau; John W. Ames, Jr (S.S.U. 2) French Artillery at Fontainebleau ; Robert Chambers (S.S.U. 16) American Red Cross.



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The prize of twenty francs for the best « word picture » of life in the section has been awarded to Paul A. Rie, 1st. Sgt. of S.S.U. 637 old 19), who is the author of «Ravitaillement» which appeared in the Bulletin of March 9th.

The «Short Story Contest» which is now in progress should offer attractions, over and above the munificent prize money to all the ambulanciers who excel in imagination and literary ability to a marked degree.


Around our barracks stove at night
   We're mighty careless what. we say.
If anything's not done up right
We'd do it better --- by a sight,
   If we could only have our way
      Around our stove.

All discipline that's ever tried
   We're ready to resent;
We give our officiers a ride
To take the sparkle off their pride
   Or else we cuss the government
      Around our stove.

Around our stove we make a fuss
   About the risky things we've done,
Or pick the flaws in some poor cuss
Tell what we'd to if it was us---
   Why battles have been lost and won
      Around our stove!

You 'd think a crowd of anarchists
   Had gathered, were you passing by,
Or pugilistic pacifists---
And not plain amb'lance motorists ;
For, my God, how the bull does fly
      Around our stove

L. WARREN (S.S.U. 18)



S.S.U. 637 (19)

Arthur P. Ellis of Berkeley, California, replaces Mark E. Woolf lately transferred to the Quartermasters Department.

William Hope. Paul McGovern and Charles Jatho returned recently from a permission spent at Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo.

On the evening of March 1st. the section enjoyed a birthday party in honor of Lieut. MacPherson. Under the guidance of mess-Serg. Bigelow a tempting menu was provided. Cook Dosch ably assisted by Deardoff prepared the appetizing dishes. Toasts were drunk to Lieut. MacPherson and the service. Bob Scholle wrote a new section song for the occasion. Our Jazz Quartet rendered several selections.

Serg. Shaw, Ralph Cousins, Ed. Shaw and James Shepard are spending a few days at Cannes.


March 4, 1918.

    Dear Ed : ---

Once more we are about to burst forth into print. We are glad to hear that 21, rue Raynouard is to he continued and all hands are looking forward to « perms» and one francs breakfasts.

Fritz has again favored us with his kind attention and we have another new car in the section. Sh --- sh - inside dope. We have it on good authority that friend Hun is going to make an attack this year. We know a chap who has a friend who is the uncle, etc.

We are enclosing a slight offering for the art department that needs no explanation to the boys who have been there.

We have been recruited to full strength by a new draft of Allentown men and with their help are able to execute splendid drill formations. Sergt. Wallace is at Meaux and Corp. Masland is doing the honors. Outside of that peace reigns in camp.

     Yours for shorter wars,

S.S.U. 645.





March 5, 1918.

American Field Service Bulletin
          21, Rue Raynouard

                      Gentlemen :,

I enclose a tardy subscription for six months for your valuable weekly. I am very glad to see that it is keeping up the old traditions of the Field Service now that things are so much changed. It is very hard to try to keep track of ones old friends in the service, but the Bulletin serves to keep us well informed.

I regret to say that I am absolutely devoid of interesting news. J myself have descended from the command of a section to the command of a repair pare where it is my duty to fix things that others have had the pleasure of partially destroying, without the compensation of excitement except an occasional air raid.

With best wishes for a continued success, I am.

Yours sincerely,

1st. Lt. A. A. S.



You offer twenty francs
For a prize for us to win.
We render many thanks
And cajole the wary devil.
To describe with glee,
The life out in our sec.
Although it may not be
So thoroughly

We quaff the good champagne
Which the natives sell us.
T'is not for greed or gain
But for the cause they tell us.
On pay day we throw dice
And herewith we begin.
Boys who used to he quite nice
Have now sunk to this level.

As to girls we woo them
With all our youthful ardour.
One of our merry gentlemen
Was cut by a lady barber.
T'is true we love the cuties
But the cooties they love us
And behold the little beauties
We are their omnibus.

We are a restaurant de rat
That doesn't get our goat.
We make the rounding rodent fat,
He calls us table d'hote.
To see the wild and wooly front
The flivvers vainly chafe
As en repos their drivers hunt
An interesting café.

«Ah Oui » is the section French
Which all of us can say.
That's all we need in car or trench
We know it means good-day.
And since we're military
We've learned to do our doot,
Amongst that which is necessary
We now salute the Lieut.

We're working very hard
Especially under fire.
We usually carry a malade
In case we bust a tire.
Too much is enough
So we now shall close
And forward all this stuff
To buy our babies' clothes.

Robert M. SCHOLLE,
S. S. U. 637.

Section Headquarters
March 10, 1918.

     Dear Government :

This is the fourth time in five months that I have written you regarding personal equipment in the form of one readymade non-fitting army coat which you agreed to furnish me in consideration of my services in your army. I refer you to our agreement of Sept. 7, 1917 to this effect, witnessed by my fingerprints, and by the signature of your agent, the recruiting agent, who was at the time, working on a Commission basis. I might add that had I shown wisdom I would have sealed the matter with my footprint not on the papers, but on the recruiting agent.

I had hopes of your fulfilling the agreement when the underwear came four sizes too large. Also when you sent the card of identity, with my picture of my self in civilian clothes in the corner (and I must say that if I had waited for you to outfit me I would still be in the same.). However, I thank you for the card. I am always glad to know who I am.

I was almost hopeful again the other day when you sent me out one number, slightly worn from use in various institutions of penal servitude but serviceable enough --- at least for a few months, until it can be changed. But in spite of these things, no coat has appeared, and all my requests have merely come back with a blue ring around my item «One coat as per contract» and your notation, «Unable to furnish above article».

Well, Government, I have had about enough of it. My patience is about gone. Previous to dealing with you I always held the highest opinion of you. That others did likewise, I noted by the fact that very laudatory articles concerning you appeared in some of the best publications. But that sort of stuff doesn't go any more. I want to see the goods first.

I have received the barracks bag which you sent, but am sorry to say that it is not a very good fit. I cannot accept it as a substitute. Why, here it is, almost time for the big spring drive, and here I am, ready to start for Berlin at a moment notice and Kan the Kaiser! But look here, Government, as your representative you wouldn't want me to appear before the Emperor improperly clad in only an undershirt, would you?

Yes, I've got to see the goods. Therefore I hereby give notice that unless your contract is fulfilled by the 1st of April by the deliverance of one ready-made non-fitting army coat, I shall be forced to consider that the terms of the contract have not been fulfilled, and that the contract is therefore null and void. If you don't like this arrangement, you can take the matter into court and sue, and we'll see who wins.

     Yours most cordially, as ever,

Robert A. DONALDSON 18/636 N° 1020.



No, I don't believe
I have grown cynical
Or shell hardened or
Anything like that.
But it's a fact,
Shells mean absolutely
Nothing to me now.
As I said before,
I am not cynical or war-hardened.
I really can't explain it all,
Unless, yes, perhaps just because
I am comfortably ensconced
In bed with a cold
Awaiting convalescence
At Nice,
I don't give a damn
Where the shells
Do land.

S.S.U. 634 (Erstwhile 16).


(With apologies to Eugene Field, Art Young, etc.)

I am a little soldier.

I was in the Field Service. I joined it last April. I can run a car. I can put on a tire. I can change a spark plug. I can do many silly things.

I am totally inefficient.

Private Forse Rite reached France. He reached France last January. He keeps his car spotless. There is no dust on the left hind wheel. He is always on time at rollcall. He digs nice latrines. He salutes well. He can squat in two counts. He looks trig at inspection. He cannot run a car. He cannot fix a tire. He knows nothing of a motor

He is regulation.

Some, day he will leave. He is so efficient. He will go to Meaux. He will be a lieutenant. He will come back. I shall shine his shoes.

I am in the army now.

Frank G. ROYCE (S.S.U. 19 /637).




In addition to some 70 commissions already received by men in the T. M. Service, which have appeared in these columns, the following additional members of this branch of the Field Service have just received a commission of second lieutenant in the Quarter Master Corps.

C. H. Bayly

B. A. Clark

M.J. England

A F. Holmes

R M. Hutchinson

M. P. Kaiser

P. L. Lansing -

C. F. Meyer

M. C. Rhodes

H.B. Seymour

J. W. Storrs

F. M. Talmage

H. Well,

George Lamade

Leroy Kruse

William E. Bown

Roger Whitman

William Olmstead



                                  IN THE FRENCH HOSPITAL

I have a faint presentiment of death,
That 1 shall see the shores of home no more
How strange ! I sense the thought with even breath!
It brings no fears of dissolution or
No quakings at the bourne of blackness where
So many kindred souls to me have gone
The wand of nature kindly lured them there.
What they have tried, I'll try, let Death lead on.
The thoughts of home afar and those I love,
For fleeting moments oft have made me try
To stay the fleshless fingers there above
My head, --- then something softly asks me why?
«You'll sleep at peace, tho it be alien sod
A seed of human Brotherhood and God.»

Reserve Mallet.




Julian Y. Burton (S.S.U. 18) U.S.A.A.S. ; Henry Batcheler (S.S.U. 2 and 10) Naval Aviation ; Gerald E. Cress (Headquarters) ARC. ;Jack Craig (S.S.U. 2) French Aviation School at Fontainebleau ; Howard R. Coan (S.S.U. 27) Y.M.C.A. ; A. D. Dodge (S.S.U. 8) A.R.C. ; Thomas M. Deeves (S.S.U. 4) U.S.A.A.S. Philip Davis S.S.U. 10) Quartermaster Corps ; E. Huffer (Headquarters Staff) 1st. Lieut. U.S.A.A.S. ; Herbert S. Harvey (S.S.U. 17) U.S.A.A.S. ; William W. McCarthy (S.S.U. 17) U.S.A.A.S.; R. T. W. Moss (S.S.U. 2 and Parc) A. R. C. ; George Phillips (S.S.U. 3) A.R.C.; E. C. Potter (S.S.U. 27) 1st. Lieut. U.S.A.A.S. ; Carl A. Randau (S.S.U. 10) Sgt. U.S.A.A.S.-Paris Bureau; William R. Rodgers (S.S.U. 10 and 14) U.S.A.A.S. ; Roswell Sanders (S.S.U. 4) Back from Hospital at Boulogne ; Daniel V. Spencer (S.S.U. 18) U.S.A.A.S. ; Churchill C. Peters (S.S.U, 67) 1st. Light Tank Center.



William C. Appleton, Jr T.M.U. 526 Cadet in Air Service.
Charles W. Baker T.M.U. 526 Cadet Officer in Air Service.
Roswell P. Bagley T.M.U. 184 Cadet Officer in Air Service.
Donald A. Bigelow S.S.U. 17 1st Lieut. in Air Service.
Wilfred H. Brehaut T.M.U. 526 2nd Lieut. Field Artillery.
Vernon B. Chittenden S.S.U. 10 1st Lieut. American Red Cross.
John Gardner H. Crafts T M.U. 133 American Red Cross Italian Ambulance.
Edward P. Curtis S.S.U. 15 1st Lieut. in Air Service.
Lawrence B. Cahill T.M.U. 526 Cadet in Air Service.
Warren W. Dearborn S.S.U. 4 Secretary in Y.M.C.A.
Benjamin G. Dawes T.M.1. 184 Wagoner 17th Engineers.
Parker K. Ellis S.S.U. 9 American Red Cross Italian Ambulance.
Ray Fox T.M.U. 133 Cadet in Air Service.
Neil E. Daggett S.S.U. 27 American Red Cross.
Arthur P. Foster S.S.U. 70 Cadet in Air Service.
S. P. Fay S.S.U. 1 1st Lieut F.A.O.R.C. Camp Devens.
David W. Guy S.S.U. 15 Corporal Pilot French Aviation.
Bernard E. Hartnett T.M.U. 397 American Red Cross
J. Huffer S.S.U. 2 Major U. S. Aviation Service (Previously French Aviation)
Stull Holt S.S.U. 1 Cadet in Air Service
Russel L,. Hohl T.M.U. 184 American Red Cross Construction Department
Willard H. Hohl T.M.F. 184 American Red Cross Italian Ambulance
Thomas H. Havey T.M.U. 184 Cadet in Air Service
Herbert S. Johnson S.S.U. 14 American Red Cross Italian Ambulance
Harold C. Gilbert T.M.U. 133 Cadet in Air Service
Ramon H. Guthrie S.S.U. 3 and 9 Cadet in Air Service and
Franklin C. Kearfoot S.S.U. 17 Pvt. Field Artillery
Preston Lockwood S.S.U. 3 1st. Lieut. Field Artillery
Harrison Lobdell T.M.U. 397 Cadet iii Air Service
John H. Lambert S.S.U. 8 1st. Lieut. Air Service
Davis H. Mills S.S.U. 13 Flying Cadet in Air Service
Richard R. McLaren T.M.U. 133 2nd Lieut. Field Artillery
George Phillips S.S.U. 3 American Red Cress
James L. Patten S.S.U. 10 Flying Cadet iii Air Service
Jackson H. Pressley T.M.U. 133 Sergeant Signal Corps
Arthur O. Phinney Vosges Det. and S.S.U. 33 Directeur du Foyer du Soldat
Sedley C. Peck, S.S.U. 10 Cadet in Air Service
Cecil Read T.M.U. 133 2nd Lieut. Field Artillery
W. K. Rainsford S.S.U. 3 Capt. of Infantry–Yaphank, N. Y.
Robert L. Smyth T.M.U. 133 Elève Aspirant French Artillery at Fontainebleau
William J. Slidell S.S.U. 18 1st. Lieut. Air Service
Richard D. Sias T.M.U. 133 2nd Lieut. Field Artillery
Roy H. Stockwell S.S.U. 1 2nd Lieut. Field Artillery
Hiram L. Sibley S.S.U. 184 Wagoner 17th Engineers
Alden B. Sherry T.M.U. 526 1st Lieut Aviation Section
Ernest R. Schoen S.S.U. 18 1st. Lieut. Air Service
Richard H. Stout S.S.U. 1 Flying Cadet in Air Service
Walter B. Snook S.S.U. 14 1st. Lieut. Air Service
Gilbert S. Sinclair S.S.U. 12 and 3 Cadet in Air Service
Donald G. Tarplay T.M.U. 526 Civilian in Air Service
Kramer C. Tabler T.M.U. 184 Cadet in Air Service
Thomas R. Tarrant T.M.U. 526 Cadet in Air Service
William C. Towle S.S.U. 70 French Artillery School at Fontainebleau
Wallace F. Toole S.S.U. 15 American Red Cross
B. H. Tracy S.S.U. 8 and 3 Cadet in Air Service
Richard B. Varnum S.S.U. 3 Flying Cadet in Air Service
Robert C. Wigand S.S.U. 4 2nd Lieut. Field Artillery
Amos N. Wilder S.S.U. 2 and 3 Pvt. Field Artillery
Robert Whitney S.S.U. 68 Flying Cadet in Air Service
Arthur C. Watson T.M.U. 184 1er Chasseur d'Afrique Rabat Maroc.
Albert N. Willson S.S.U. 67 Secretary in Y. M. C. A.
Charles K. Wesley S.S.U. 69 American Red Cross
Ira S. Woodhouse S.S.U. 17 2nd Lieut. Royal Flying Corps
John D. Wilmington T.M.U. 526 Cadet in Air Service
Dominic W. Rich S.S.U. 15 Cadet in Air Service
George R. Young Boston Office Cadet in Air Service
Charles Le R. Youmans T.M.U. 184 Cadet in Air Service



We regret to learn from an American newspaper that Alden Davison (S. S. U. 8) was killed on December 26th, 1917, while training in American Aviation at Fort Worth, Texas.

Davison joined the Field Service in February 1916, and went out with S. S. U. 8, staying with the section six months. He was twenty two years old, a Yale student, and his home was in New York City.

AFS Bulletin Number Thirty-Seven