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|
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.
Major A. Piatt Andrew.
21, rue Raynouard,
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.
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.
Says the man engaged in business
While the army clerk in Paris
And his former comrade grumbles
Then his car rolls by some cannon
And the dirty, frozen poilu
While the stalwart shock divisions
But the curse goes even further
So, although you re quite heroic
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.
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're more, much more, than I am now, or ever hope to be,
You called me your poor "enfant" Ah, your
heart is made of gold.
But, ah, perhaps in losing him your love increased its bounds
Yes, be my mother, let me feel allegiance doubly due,
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.|
I DON'T KNOW
Oft times when asked my views, in days of yore
But on my word, these books and magazines
Another warns aloud against all hope
Some men insist we cannot cease to fight
So is it with a premier's overthrow
B. C. WOHLFORD, (S.S.U. 18.)
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 a flick of her pretty hand
And socially she is some lass
But we can't reach Paris any more
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).
A million better men than I have passed,
Tell me no more someone will fill my place
What if indeed a long range German gun,
Place in my hands the glittering bayonets steel,
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
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.
|Curtis, Edward P,||S.S.U. 15||
|Rich, Vincent L.||
|Weeks, Francis D -1||
|Wick, Myron C.||
|Burton, Julian Y.||S .S.U. 70||
|Frick, Frederick C.||
|Samuel, Edward, Jr.||
|Warren, Henry B.||
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.
|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.|
Le 19 February, 1918.
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)
THE SONG OF THE ALLIES
From Canada's far mountains,
What though with lying phrases
Can we. whose homes are lighted,
Waft winds Louvain's sad story
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
David DARRAH, Reserve Mallet.
|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.|
When you've had a howling ride
But when with slide and slip
Some people talk and rant
You can throw in rocks and dust
She's a whiffle little chose,
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.
February 27, 1918.
Am glad to announce to you that old S. S U 9. has just been cited for the second time in the following terms,
"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."
We get a formal ceremony tomorrow or the day after.
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.
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 STOVE
Around our barracks stove at night
All discipline that's ever tried
Around our stove we make a fuss
You 'd think a crowd of anarchists
L. WARREN (S.S.U. 18)
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,
March 5, 1918.
American Field Service Bulletin
21, Rue Raynouard
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.
H. P. TOWNSEND,
1st. Lt. A. A. S.
AS SHERMAN SAID
You offer twenty francs
We quaff the good champagne
As to girls we woo them
We are a restaurant de rat
«Ah Oui » is the section French
We're working very hard
Robert M. SCHOLLE,
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,
No, I don't believe
W. E. POWERS,
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).
COMMISSIONS IN THE QUARTER MASTER CORPS
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||
|A F. Holmes||
|R M. Hutchinson||
|M. P. Kaiser||
|P. L. Lansing -||
|C. F. Meyer||
|M. C. Rhodes||
|J. W. Storrs||
|F. M. Talmage||
|William E. Bown||
ON THE AMERICAN SOLDIER DYING
I have a faint presentiment of death,
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 InfantryYaphank, 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.