--- Here we have an Am-bu-lance.
--- Is it to carry wound-ed in?
--- Only in cases of ex-treme ne-cess-i-ty, or when there are no off-i-cers handy.
--- What does the pretty red cross sig-ni-fy?
--- That signifies nothing. It affects the Boche like a red rag does a Bull. That makes it nice for the Driver, doesn't it?
--- What is under the Hood?
--- Let us look and see.
-- Oh, what is that piece of junk in there?
--- That is called the Mo-tor, a word de-rived from the Es-ki-mo mo-to, meaning "might go" and or-os, meaning "might not". Thus we get Mo-tor ; it might go and it might not."
--- Let us try and start the Motor.
--- Isn't that a funny noise?
--- Yes, it is very funny. How the Me-chan-ic would laugh if he heard it. It is only a Loose Con-nect-ing Rod, a Burnt Bear-ing and a Car-bon Knock.
--- What are all those things?
--- They are things to keep the Mechanic amused with.
--- Let us ex-am-ine the Car-bu-re-tor.
--- Oh, a pretty word. What does the Carburetor do?
--- It makes nothing out of something and sometimes not even that.
--- It is made from a few odds and Ends of Scrap-iron.
--- What do those funny white things do?
--- Touch one and see.
--- How many Cyl-in-ders are there?
--- That is hard to say. Sometimes there are three, then again only two and oc-cas-ion-al-ly they go as high as four, in number.
--- Let us find the Ra-di-a-tor. Oh there it is in front.
--- May it be touched?
--- No, leave it alone, it may fall off.
--- We will next look at the Run-ning Gear, the part held down by the Body.
--- Why is it called the Running Gear?
--- Sh, that is a Secret.
--- Yes, those are the Wheels ; they hold the Tires on.
--- Oh no, there is nothing in the Tires. Later on there may he some Nails. Tires are very useful for picking up loose Nails.
--- What is that thing under there?
--- That is called the Muf-fler. It really is a Stove-pipe in an ad-vanced stage of De-comp-o-si-tion.
--- The Muffler? is it to keep the car warm?
--- Not at all. It is sup-posed to en-able you to creep up on a Poste-de-Secours with out being heard in Ber-lin.
--- Let us next look inside the Ambulance.
--- Is it not neat and pretty inside?
--- Yes, it is not.
--- What are those Sticks?
--- They are the Stretchers.
--- Are they used to stretch things with?
--- Oh no, they prevent the Wounded from being too Com-forta-ble.
--- Is that a Blood Stain?
--- No, that is a Pi-nard Stain.
--- What is Pinard?
--- It is a Crime. In Civi-liz-ed countries it is called Red Ink. See there is a poilu with a full Pinard Gourd. In a few minutes the Gourd will be empty and the Poilu will be full. Then he will forget all about the War.
--- That is not right, is it?
--- Let us turn from the Sad Sight and look in the Es-sence tank.
--- No, Essence is not something to eat. It is a liq-uid, 30% Gasoline and 70 % Water. It is Prin-cip-al-ly used to fill Briquets with, and sometimes to run the Motor with.
--- What are Briquets?
--- They are the Chief Man-u-fac-tur-ing Pro-duct of France.
P. C. DOOLITTLE, S.S.U. 627.
April 9, 1918.
Section 629 (old Field Service No 9) pounced upon Section 644 (old 32) and walloped them in a full nine-inning game to the tune of 18 to 0 Thomson, who pitched for 629, held his opponents to three hits, While only four, of the squad managed to get to bases. Besides starring in the pitching end, Tommy collected six hits in as many times to plate and scored four runs ; Solomon collected four singles and Baxter three, the latter getting two walks besides.
Four pitchers were used by the opponents, but without success. A triple play kept them from scoring in the seventh, and a double in the ninth also held down a tally. Three weeks ago, Section 629 bumped the headquarters' team of the -----th Artillery to the tune of 9 to 8, having won the only two games played to date.
Following is the score by innings:
Batteries : Thomson and Solomon, Redman, Talbot, Wallace, Standing and Kelly.
New York Herald, April 10th
It has been sometime since you have heard from us but such ought to be an indication that work is moving along in the same old direction.
We are glad to make mention of two croix de guerre which were officially presented to our two youngest, Perrin H. Long and Ethelbert W. Love, on March 30th.
We wish to thank the officers at 21, rue Raynouard for the announcement regarding meals, lodging, etc., when in Paris, but the question now seems to be how can we get there to get them?
The number 638 now replaces the old 26.
We have added to our number ten Allentown men. namely: Lord, Hulet, Warren, Kalbach, Pyle, Spilmann, E. Johnson, T. Johnson, Jacoby and Hoffman.
Herewith is a copy of the citations for Perrin H. Long and Ethelbert W. Love as given by the General.
au P. C. D. I., le 24 mars 1918.
Le Général Commandant la 70 Division d'Infanterie, cite à l'Ordre de la Division:
------------- ,Conducteur Américain, 1re classe S.S.U. 638
Conducteur Américain, engagé volontaire, s'est toujours montré très courageux et dévoué dans des circonstances particulièrement difficiles, notamment a Verdun en octobre 1917.
S'est, à nouveau, distingué dans la journée du 21 mars 1918 en assurant de nombreuses évacuations, sur des routes tr`s bombardées et envahies par les gaz.
W. Lovell (S.S.U. 2) later Lafayette Escadrille was married in Paris to Miss du Bouchet, on the 14th of April, 1918.
'16---John T. French was a member in 1916 of the Harvard regiment and the Plattsburg Camp. In 1917 he went to the R.O.T. Camp at Plattsburg, but after six weeks' service he was discharged on the eye test. He then served with the A.F.S., as an ammunition truck driver in the French Army from July to October; 1917. When this service was militarized by the Q.M. Dept., U.S.A., he re-enlisted but was again rejected on the eye test. He returned home, and applied for training as a ground officer in the Avia. Sec., Sig. C., and was rejected' for failure in the eye test. He has now secured a waiver from the Surgeon General, and has been ordered inducted into service for training at the Government School of Aeronautics at Atlanta, Ga., in the non-flying division.
'12---.Henry K. Hardon, (S.S.U. 3,) is a 2nd lieutenant of Inf., O.R.C. He passed the Army examination as interpreter in French and German and was ordered from Camp Upton to the Army War College. After a special course there in intelligence work, he was sent to France on detached duty as military intelligence officer.
'19--John W. Lowes, after six months in Section 65 of the American Field Service, enlisted as a cadet in the military wing of the Imperial Royal Flying Corps, Camp Mohawk, Ont., Can., and is now training for a commission.
'04---Richard C. Ware, who was in the American Ambulance Field Service, S.S.U. 4, with the French Army in 1916-1917, is now the captain commanding Batt. D., 303d F. A., Camp Devens, Mass.
'16---George H. Lyman, Jr., who was in the American Field Ambulance Service, S.S.U. 9, in 1916 and 1917, is now a lieutenant in the Hqrs. Co. of the 101st Inf.
'17--William C. Appleton, Jr., who served for six months in 1917 in 'the American Ambulance Field Service, is now a cadet in the U. S. Aviation Training School in France.
'15---Hugh Gallaher, formerly with the American Field Service in France, has been transferred to the American Army, Q. M. C.
'14---J. R. Osgood Perkins, (S.S.U. 3,) is a sergeant in Battery C, 101st F. A., A. E. F.
|Ellwood H. Aldrich||S.S.U. 27||Pvt. Engineer Reserve Corps, U. S. A.|
|John Worthington Ames, Jr.||S.S.U. 2.||Artillery School, Fontainebleau|
|Richard Mead Atwater,||S.S.U. 2||Cadet Royal Flying Corps, U. S. A.|
|Joseph A. Azarian||T.M.U. 23||Secretary, Y. M. C. A.|
|Octave Peterson Beauvais||T.M.U. 537||Cadet Pilot, Aviation, S. C. U. S. R., U. S. A.|
|Harold C. Blote||S.S.U. 10||Aviation Section, S. E. R. S., U.S.A.|
|Van Duzer Burton||S.S.U. 8||Eleve Aspirant, Foreign Legion, 32° Artillery.|
|George Chandler Cavis||S.S.U. 64||Field Artillery, R. O. T. C., U.S.A.|
|Trevett Coburn Chase||T.M.U. 133||Pvt. U. S. F. A., U. S. A.|
|Bruce Cleveland||S.S.U. 65||Pvt. (1st Cl.), U. S. School of Military Aeronautics.|
|Richard Levi Cooley||S.S.U. 28||Naval Aviation, U. S. N. R. F. C.|
|H. Hoffman Dolan||T.M.U. 184||Apprentice Seaman, Navy.|
|John Tayler French||T.M.U. 184||2nd Lieut. Sig. R. C. A. S., U.S.A.|
|Guernsey Locke Frost||T.M.U. 184||Pvt. (1st Cl.), A. S. S. C., U.S.A.|
|Robert Hawley Clark||S.S.U. 10||Student Pilot, U. S. Navy, Aero Forces.|
|Jabish Holmes, Jr.||T.M.U. 537||Cadet Harvard, R. O. T. C.|
|Horace E. Huey||T.M.U. 526||Pvt. Camp Taylor, Louisville, Ky.|
|Leland Cooper Huey||T.M.U. 537||Sgt. Motor Truck Co. Camp Joseph E. Johnson, Jacksonville, Florida.|
|Paul Borda Kurtz||S.S.U. 18||1st Lieut. Aviation, U. S. S. A. S.|
|Albert Ray Kittridge||S.S.U. 19||Lieut. Aviation, U. S. A.|
|James Austin Liddell||S.S.U. 15||Cadet, Royal Flying Corps.|
|Charles Oliver Leidgen||T.M.U. 397||1st Lieut. Enlisted Dental Reserve, U. S. A.|
|Robert Bonsall Myers||S.S.U. 65||Cadet, Balloon Observation, U. S. A.|
|Aime Frederick Millet||S.S.U. 4||1st Lieut. American Field Artillery, A. E. F.|
|William Gerrard Macdonald||S.S.U. 69||Pvt. Ordnance Dep., U. S. A.|
|Thomas H. O'Connor||S.S.U. 12||Naval Cadet, U. S. N. A.|
|Earl D. Osborn||S.S.U. 15||Pvt. Infantry N. A., U. S. A.|
|Frank Howe Packard||S.S.U. 65||Ensign. U. S. N. R., U. S. A.|
|Joseph Patterson||S.S.U. 1||Cadet, U. S. A. School of Military Aeronautics.|
|Francis Harley Scheetz||T.M.U. 526||2nd Lt F. A., A. E. F.|
|Samuel L. Shober, Jr.||S.S.U. 26||2nd Lt. Ordnance Dept., U.S.A.|
|William Borden Stevens||S.S.U. 65||Pvt. (1st cl), U. S. Medical Corps, U. S. A.|
|Wilberforce Taylor||S.S.U. 16||Cadet, Aviation, U. S. A.|
|Carl Packard Thomas||S.S.U. 16||Pvt. Coast Artillery Radio Operator, U. S. A.|
|Henry Burling Thompson, Jr.||T.M.U. 133||Cadet, Aviation, A. E. F.|
|Paul Tison||S.S.U. 1. T.M.U. 526||Pvt. A. R. C. Italian Service Sect. 1.|
|Henry Trowbridge||T.M.U. 133||U. S. Aviation Det. A. E. F. Italy.|
|Winthrop Wilcox||T.M.U. 526||2nd Lieut. 2nd Heavy Tank Battalion, Gettysburg, Pa.|
|William J. Weir||S.S.U. 8||Capt. Engineers, U. S. R.|
Word has just reached the Field Service Headquarters of the death in Louisville, Kentucky, oil December 14th, 1917 of Robert Douglas Meacham, member of Section 16 from April 1917 until the section was taken over by the U. S. Army in October 1917. Meacham on returning to the States had passed his examination for aviation when attacked by appendicitis from which he died. He was a graduate of Yale and his home was Cincinnati, Ohio.
Word has been received that Gerald C. King (S.S.U. 8) died in a New-York Hospital immediately on his return from France. Mr. King entered the Field Service on February 14th, 1917 and served in Section 8 until released on account of illness. His home was 162 East 78th St., New-York City.
Word has also been received of the death of Charles Hopkins of T.M.U. 526 who was killed in an aeroplane accident while in training in France. His home was 144 Third Avenue, Newark, N.J.
Frank L. Baylies, of New Bedford, Mass., a Lafayette flier, now a member of the "Stork" squadrilla to which Guynemer belonged, has just had a remarkable escape from capture by Germans. He was obliged to land in No Man's Land after an air fight, about 500 yards from the enemy's trenches. The Germans, who had been watching his descent, began peppering his machine with bullets, while Baylies jumped from the machine and made for the French lines. Germans left the trenches in pursuit, keeping up the fire with rifles and machine-guns. Chasseurs, from the French lines, witnessing the race, opened fire on the Germans, killing one and driving the rest back to the trenches, permitting Baylies to sprint to the French lines.
Baylies, who is an athlete, says he covered those last sixty yards in time never approached before.
I am anxious to find out the way to figure out the A. F. S. number from the U. S. A. A. S. section number and vice-versa, In other words, I want to know, whenever I see the U. S. A. A. S. number designated on an ambulance how to find out what was the former Field Service number.
Old Philadelphia Lady.
Paris, December 24th, 1899.
The system of recognizing the old Field Service number from the U. S. number is to substract 618 from the U. S. number and you have the old Field Service, number. Example 637 minus 618 equals 19, old Field Service number ; or 631 minus 618 equals 13, old Field Service number.
S. S. U. 19/637.
R. T. Scully (T.M.U. 133), Civilian Aviation ; Grenville Keogh (S.S.U. 8 and 3), French Aviation Armee d'Orient ; R. T. W. Moss (Parc), A. R. C. ; J. W. Ames (S.S.U. 2), Fontainebleau ; Ralph S. Richmond (S.S.U. 30) 1st Lieut. U. S. A. A. S. ; B. Hutchinson (S.S.U. 30), Fontainebleau ; R. L. Buell (S.S.U. 15), Fontainebleau; G. Lebon (S.S.U. 4 and 10) U. S. A. A. S. ; A. T. Miles (S.S.U. 8) 1st Lieut. U. S. A. A. S. ; Maxwell E. McDowell (S.S.U. 14) U. S. A. A. S. ; Fred Hildebrand (S.S.U. 14) U. S. A. A.S. ; Laurence C. Ames (S.S.U. 68), Army Air Service; Milton G. Silver (S.S.U. 65) U. S. A. A. S. ; Fred C. Greene (S.S.U. 30) U. S. Aviation; Walter F. McCreight (T. M.U. 184) U. S. Naval Aviation ; R. Randolph Ball (S.S.U. 30) U. S. Air Service; J. S. McCampbell (S.S.U. 69) U. S. Air Service ; Parker K. Ellis (S.S.U. 9) Fontainebleau ; L. W. C. Towle (S.S.U. 70) Fontainebleau ; R. C. Wells (S.S.U. 70) Fontainebleau; Lorraine G. Smith (S.S.U. 4) U. S. A. A. S. ; Ed. R. Powers (S.S.U. 4) U. S. A. A. S.; Mark V. Brennan (S.S.U. 1) U. S. A. A. S. ; C. A. Blackwell (S.S.U. 64) Air Service; John B. Featherstone (S.S.U. 65) American Red Cross,
THE DEATH FIRES
Like sheet-lightning on the horizon
Faster, faster ; higher, higher
Like a far-off thunderstorm
Now faint, now loudly menacing,
P. C. DOOLITTLE,
The author of the following Treatise, thru experience has discovered that the Ford Manual, as published by the Ford Motor Car Company, while it may serve to give information concerning the operation and non-operation of a "milk-fed" Ford, does not fulfil its purpose in regard to that hearty perennial hybrid know as a "Flivver Ambulance". This strange monster, call it fish, animal or thing has at various times defied all the natural laws of mechanics and it was therefore necessary to delve into fields of research hitherto unknown to man to bring forward a theory of operation which might stand the test of time. In the preparation of this treatise the writer has spared everything but "du bon vin blanc" and he hopes that his contribution will be read in the same spirit in which it was written. The method of the w. k. and j. f. Ford Manual has been followed for which he duly apologizes.
What must be done before starting the car ? Answer No. 2,000,001.
Before trying to start the car fill the radiator (by removing cap at top) with clean, fresh Pinard or any similar alcoholic liquor. The alcohol in solution not only prevents freezing, but also intoxicates the machine so that it starts with only two hundred revolutions of the crank. When returning from a run, drain radiator and drink contents. (See chapter on Sa -- lubrication.)
What about Gasoline ? Answer No. 2 1/2.
Altho' the Ford car is as simple as human invention can make it, it sometimes becomes necessary to fill the tank with gasoline. If you think that your supply is becoming low, remove cap on tank and thrust lighted blow-torch thru the hole. With micrometer calipers measure the reflected image of the blow-torch, superimpose the measurements on a slide rule and you will thus obtain the exact contents of the tank. An explosion indicates too much gasoline. -
If for any reason it becomes necessary to drain the tank, turn car gently on its back and the force of gravity will cause gasoline to run out without further attention.
Our chemical experts have discovered that a two to one mixture of gasoline and nitroglycerine gives the best results for ordinary purposes. Careful drivers will always carry reserve bidons. This reserve should never be used (except for "un peu d'essence, s'il-vous-plait").
How about the oil system? Answer No. 43.
The driver should be well'" oiled " or " sa-lubricated " at all times. The machine will take care of itself.
How is the engine cranked? Answer No. 00.
Our cars were in use three years before the answer to this question was finally ascertained. No one without previous experience in a "Fromagerie" should attempt this delicate operation. -
The starting crank, if searched for diligently may sometimes be discovered protruding from the front of the car just beneath the radiator. After turning off switch, grasp crank with both hands, taking special care to place both feet on the near axle, meanwhile gently humming, "Oh, for the Life of a Sailor". Now push firmly towards the car until you feel the crank ratchet engage, then lift upward with a quick swing. This should start engine --- but it never does, therefore continue the operation until exhausted. Take another drink and begin at the point left on, this time making sore that the fenders are tight, all blankets neatly folded, and "brancards " arranged. French profanity should always accompany the second spasm. If engine fails to start now, remove spark plugs, placing them in the upper left hand pocket and fill cylinders with any high grade perfume. When this has evaporated fill cylinders with concrete and replace plugs. Turn switch on, disconnect caburetor, turn crank eighty seven times and the engine is started.
In cold weather, other methods must be resorted to. The best of these is to jack up one rear wheel, taking special care to put on need chain. To disregard this admonition is to gamble with death. When the engine is started, be sure to remove jack. Cases have been known in which experienced drivers have driven with the jack under the wheel.
Does the engine kick? Answer No. 3.
Yes. But, there is no excuse for broken wrists or other bodily injuries if directions are followed. The first principle is to get on good terms with the engine, speak to it gently in endearing terms. When the psychological moment is reached, place four grammes of "Mellen's Food" in the gasoline tank, then start engine. In obstinate cases even this will not calm the beast. If it kicks, keep the crank firmly in hand on the backfire the whole machine will turn gently over, performing a complete revolution in the air, and will settle down again in its original position.
How i the ear started? Answer No. 00-1/2.
On a hill, by releasing the brake, On the level, by towing.
How is the car stopped? Answer No. 11,111.
This is a complicated feat which should not be attempted except by those of decided mechanical genius. For amateurs, stone walls, ditches and embankments are often found very effective. Those wishing to investigate the subject further will find a technical survey of the available material in Robert W. Chambers' "Twenty Thousand Leaks in a Flivver".
How is the speed of the car controlled? Answer No. 072.
What attention does the car need? Answer No. 999.
When the car is in good condition, call the section mechanic, he will fix it so that you will not lack work for a week.
How are spark plugs cleaned? Answer No. 444.
Ivory soap and water. Ivory soap is over 99% pure and it will not harm the fairest complexion.
How is the power plant removed from the car? Answer No. 1.
Insert hand grenade and touch off.
How is the engine cooled? Answer No. 3.
Ice bags and frequent cold showers.
The Carburetor. How does it work? Answer No. 101.
How can one tell which Cylinder is missing? Answer No. 44904.6.
Unscrew each spark plug and leave it loosely in the cylinder. Crank engine. If the resulting explosion in the given cylinder sends the plug flying into the air with a sharp report, that cylinder is good. Continue until all eight cylinders have been tested.
What about the steering apparatus? Answer No. ?
The main part of the steering apparatus is the wheel--- Hold to it. Many accidents result from improper steering caused by the eyes of the driver being diverted from the road by comely French damsels. There are many remedies which might be suggested but personally we would rather take a chance.
S. S. U. 19/637.
|Earl Shinn Cadbury||S.S.U. 17||1st lieut. U. S. Air Service A. E. F.|
|Stafford Leighton Brown||S.S.U. 19||Cadet U. S. Air Service A. E. F.|
|Roland Leonard Eaton||T.M.U. 184||Yeoman, 1st Class, U. S. N. R. F.|
|John Henry Hamlin||S.S.U. 64||Cpl. Yale R. O. T. C.|
|Grenville T. Keogh||S.S.U. 3||S/Lieut. Aviation Française.|
|Richard Henry Plow||S.S.U. 1||Gunner Canadian Field Artillery.|
|Leland Burke Prior||T.M.U. 526||Aviation U. S. S. M. A. Ohio State University.|
|Paul Beck Welker||S.S.U. 16||Cadet, Western Reserve University.|
|Daniel Robbins Winter||S.S.U. 64||Yale R. O. T. C.|
A former member of S. S. U. 6 has given the Editor the following list of what some of the men of this section are doing.
William B. Byers. Pvt. 76th Field Artillery Headquarters, Camp Shelby U. S. A.
Christian Gross. Sec. F. Co. 2, 3rd O. T. C. (Infantry), Camp Grant, Illinois.
Chester L. Tallmage 2nd Lieut. Royal Flying Corps.
A. A. Dailey. Balloon Service, U. S. A. Fort Omaha.
Lawrence G. Fisher. A. R. C. Italian Ambulance.
Rowland A. Robbins. 2nd Lieut. Air Service. A. S. S. U. S. R.
Bertrand W. Saunders. Artillery School at Fontainebleau.
Henry Cooper. Artillery, 3rd. O. T. C. Camp Grant, Illinois.
John W. Lowes. Cadet, Royal Flying Corps, Toronto, Canada.
Carroll Moore. Aviation "Somewhere in U.S.A."
Frank Packard. U. S. Navy, Great Lakes Training Station, U. S. A.
Ralph Johanson. U. S. Navy, Great Lakes Training Station, Illinois U. S. A.
William W. White. Aviation (Enlisted but not called).
William B. Gemmill. Balloon Section of Aviation, Fort Omaha, Nebraska.
Robert Myers. Balloon Section of Aviation (Enlisted but not called).
Thomas Wagner. U. S. Aeronautics Detachment No. 1.
Harold Atherton. U. S. Aviation.
Hawley Smith. Infantry 3rd. O. T. C. Camp Grant. Illinois.
John B, Featherstone, Mechanic, American Red Cross.
Will be paid to whomsoever shall apprehend and return to any point in the United States of America the man in the above photograph ALIVE. Escaped from his country in June 1917, and has since been employed by the A. F. S. and U. S. A. A. S. collecting vermin, dirt, souvenirs and dissolute habits, Somewhere in France.
When last seen he was wearing a mud-smeared U. S. uniform (with coat collar turned down) and a sickly smile. Answers to number above or to almost any mathematical combination? Harmless and tractable, and will follow almost anyone going west. Will be absolutely useless to finder as value to owner is purely sentimental.
Can probably he surprised in bed at almost any hour, and can be stirred into activity only by loud explosions or the prospect of dinner. Mentally deficient at present but with kind treatment and removal of military obligations may partially recover. If in the vicinity of the front can be traced to any convenient dug-out.
In case of capture and safe return apply.
S.S.U. 636, par B. C. M., Paris.
Lieutenant Ralph Richmond, commanding Section 642 (old Field Service, Section 30), has been awarded the Croix de Guerre with the following citation:
Richmond, Ralph, Lieutenant. Commanding officer whose devotion is above all praise. Worked unstintingly from March 25 to 30, directing his vehicles as far as the most advanced elements, despite the enemy's fire. Was able to obtain from his section an exceptional result which, in spite of the circumstances, permitted the rapid and complete evacuation of the wounded.
Five other members of Section 642 were cited. They are Sergeant Junius Beebe, G. de L. Harris, Henry K. James, E. A. Littlefield and John J. Frenning.
Lt. Bob Nourse, Princeton's football player, and weight thrower of a few years ago, showed the true type of American athlete when he refused to quit under fire "over there ". Rightly does the proud honor of being the recipient of the Croix de Guerre awarded by the French government belong to the Tiger lineman and javelin hurler.
Boston Herald, March 4, 1918.
Former Field Service men at C. I. A. M. Meaux:
Le Roy L. Harding (S.S.U. 67) ; J. W, B. Seymour (S. S. U. 17) Bert E. Tremblay (S.S.U. 66) ; Russell H. Potter (S.S.U. 28) Myron T. Wick (S.S.U. 15).
Milton G. Silver (S.S.U. 65) has entered the Artillery Branch of the Army Candidates School for Officers.
Louis O. Caldwell, formerly Sous-chef of S. S. U. 65 has come from the States to Paris on business and intends to join the French Artillery.
Grenville T. Keogh (S.S.U. 3) has returned after five months service in the French Army, as S/Lieut. in Escadrille --- Armée d'Orient. Lieut. Keogh has been sent to Paris during his convalescence from fever contracted in the east. At the end of this period he will return to the Orient, unless transferred to the western front.
There's a lure in the summer landscape
When we're up at the front on duty
R. A. DONALDSON,
About every two or three days, observant persons may notice bits of paper fluttering from a barrack's window, somewhere in France. That is me, tearing up a few letters.
It is nearly a year now, that I have been over and I have been putting off this fatal moment since about the third month. But the time has come when I must relieve my feelings on this subject or burst. Naturally I have chosen the former alternative.
The more letters I read, the more my enfeebled intellect tells me, that like the cave-man and the dodo bird, the art of letter writing is extinct. There was a time when I would snatch my letters and hasten to some secluded spot where I could devour their contents at ease. But now the coming of the "vaguemestre" holds no interest for me ; no longer will I desert a delicious morsel of singe for the mail wagon. It is not that my senses have become dulled by the war, ---oh no, far from that. The reason is that I can always tell without opening them, what are the contents of the letters. I am beginning to believe that most of the people at home have a form letter which they date, sign and send out at stated intervals.
From my relatives I am always sure of:
1 new way of preventing colds.
1 new way of curing same.
1 assurance of pride in my being in the army.
1 hope I'll keep out of danger.
1 prediction as to the end of the war.
1 malediction for the Kaiser.
Those from friends of the family contain without fail:
1 call on the folks.
2 comments upon the fact.
1 wish to knit something for me or
1 notice of something on the way to me, which I never get.
1 account of the uniforms on the streets.
1 pat on the back.
From the fair and weaker sex I can expect:
1 account of a Red Cross dance.
3 accounts of teas.
2 accounts of dinner-parties and of the peaches of officers there.
1 gush over a new musical comedy.
1 "Do you know that so and so has a commission now."
1 hope I haven't lost my heart to a French girl.
1 desire to be a nurse.
1 hope I'll write soon.
But there is no use in continuing the list. I believe the above samples are enough to confirm my suspicions. What is to be done about the matter, I cannot say. Perhaps Congress will appoint a committee to look into it.
As for me, I came to the conclusion some time ago, that my father and mother are the only ones who ever could write letters anyway.
P. C. DOOLITTLE, S. S. U. 627.
"OUR SECTION COOK"
Under a shady apple tree,
The fellows from the section stand
His hair is crisp and black and long,
Day in day out, from morn 'till night,
And when at eve the soup is done,
He brings in all the things he's made,
Each morn he sees the new day come
He smiles and sings a happy song,
E. A. DOEPKE, Jr.,
The body is composed of a thousand springs,
Engineer... Hospital No. 2.
Oh what a wonderful world so bright, but still it seems ungrateful,
Aviator. Hospital No. 2.
To the Editor of the "Bulletin":
I am anxious to find out the way to figure out the A. F. S. number from the U. S. A. A. S. section number and vice-versa In other words, I want to know, whenever I see the U. S. A. A. S. number designated on an ambulance how to find out what was the former Field Service number.
Old Philadelphia Lady.
Paris, December 24th, 1899.
April 29, 1918.
Editor of the Bulletin,
Replying to Old Philadelphia Lady's perfectly just query the section poet offers the following solution with due apologies to the late Lewis Carroll.
Taking one as a subject to reason about ; (a convenient number to state)
Add ten and then ten and then multiply out
Q. E. D.
Dear old Lady,
I was struck by the simplicity of the system of your correspondant of S. S. U. 19/637, for recognizing the old A. F. S. from the U. S. number; i. e. Subtract 618 from the U. S. number. Right away I tried the system on Section 1 and to my amazement in deducting 618 from 625 I found the result to be 7; if arithmetic is a true science, the system is defective.
Seemingly a lady of your age with such a long experience should test first such problems before inserting them in order to avoid the suffering that follows.
Allow me, my dear lady, to put before you a question ; could anyone let me know the reason why new numbers have been given to the Sections? Personally I should think. "Il y a des raisons que la raison ignore".
as ever devotedly yours,
John E. Boit (S. S. U. 2) and Martin S. Owens (S. S. U. 8) have been commissioned 1st. Lieutenants U. S. A. A. S.
B. Rantoul (S. S. U. ) has just arrived in France as a member of the American Red Cross,
G. C. Gignoux (S. S. U. 10 and 33) has finished the French Artillery School and is now an aspirant in the 35e regiment d'artillerie.
The Commanding Officer of S.S.U. 632 has sent in the following copy of citations received by Donald F. Fox and Herbert E. Williams, formerly in the American Field Service, S.S.U. 14.
Le 10 avril 1918.
Le Colonel Oudry, commandant l'infanterie de la ----Division, cite à l'Ordre de la Brigade:
Donald F. Fox, conducteur américain, S.S.U. 632
"A fait preuve d'un très grand courage et d'un réel mépris du danger le 12 février 1918, lors d'un bombardement par obus explosifs et toxiques, en évacuant, malgré les gaz particulièrement sensibles dans le ravin où il avait a passer, un officier et un sous-officier grièvement blessés."
Herbert E. Williams, conducteur américain S.S.U. 632
"A fait preuve d'un très grand courage et d'un réel mépris du danger, le 12 février 1918, lors d'un bombardement par obus explosifs et toxiques, en évacuant, malgré les gaz particulièrement sensibles dans le ravin où il avait a passer, un officier et un sous-officier grièvement blessés."
|Daniel S. Landon||S.S.U. 70||Cadet, Aviation- Section Signal Corps.|
|Daniel B Lunt||S.S.U. 27||Pvt. Camp Crane, Allentown, Pa.|
|Sumner Bigelow MacDonald||T.M.U. 184||Class 1A of the Draft.|
|Berkeley S. Michael||S.S.U. 3||Flying Cadet, A. S. S. C. Camp Dick, Dallas, Texas.|
|Theodore Miles||S.S.U. 27||Pvt. 1st Class, U. S. Aviation A. S., S. E. R. C.|
|Horatio Tobey Mooers||S.S.U. 27||R. O. T. C. Bowdoin College.|
|Edward C. O'Connell||S.S.U. 1||Aviation Flying, U. S. A.|
|John Calvin Roberts||T.M.U. 397||Naval Reserve Flying Corps, U.S.A.|
|Miles Blinn Sanford||T.M.U. 526||3rd Officers' Training Camp, Rockford, Illinois.|
|R. R. Skelton||S.S.U. 10||Machine Gun Service, O. T. C., Rockford, Illinois.|
|George Sturges||S.S.U. 9||Capt. U. S. R. Infantry Camp Funston.|
|Walter White||S.S.U. 4||Flying Cadet, U. S. Naval Aviation Forces.|
|Joris MacDonald White||T.M.U. 133||Pvt. O. T. C. Royal Engineers.|
|Walter F. Wylie||T.M.U. 133||Pvt. Light Tank Battalion, W. S. N. A.|
Mr. Frank L. Baylies, formerly of Section 1, has become an "ace", having brought down his sixth German aeroplane. He is connected with Georges Guynemer's "Storks", and was flying a "Spad" when he achieved his last victory.
Mr. Baylies was offered a captaincy in the American Army, but he declined the promotion. He is now recommended for a sous-lieutenantcy. Mr. Baylies won the Croix de Guerre at Monastir. The "Stork" section is to receive the Médaille Militaire for having brought down 150 German aeroplanes.
New-York Herald, May 8, 1918.
B. Rantoul (S.S.U. 4) American Red Cross ; W. de F. Bigelow (S.S.U. 4) U. S. A. A. S. ; Powel Fenton (S.S.U. 3) 1st Lieut. U. S. A. A. S. ; William M. Barber (S. S. U. 3) Ecole Militaire de l'Artillerie, Fontainebleau ; Frank H. Herrington (Vosges and S. S. U. 33) Ecole Militaire, Fontainebleau ; Arthur O. Phinney (Vosges and S. S. U. 33) Y. M. C. A. ; Jerome F. McGee (T.M.U. 133) Air Service ; Charles A. Blackwell (S.S.U. 64) Air Service; Robert Whitney (S.S.U. 68) Aviation U. S.; John W. Ames (S.S.U. 2) French Artillery, Fontainebleau ; Robert L. Buell (S.S.U. 15) Eleve Aspirant, Ecole d'Artillerie, Fontainebleau ; Richard Buel (S.S.U. 30) U. S. A. A. S. ; Walter F. McCreight (T.M.U. 184) U. S. Naval Aviation; Gordon Ware (S.S.U. 10 and 33) 1st Lieut. U. S. A. A. S. ; Waldo Pierce (S.S.U. 3); Joseph Desloges (T.M.U. 526) Eleve Aspirant Fontainebleau; Milo H. Roblee (T.M.U. 526) Eleve Aspirant, Fontainebleau ; Joseph T. Walker (T.M.U. 133) Eleve Aspirant, Fontainebleau ; L. W. Butler (T.M. U. 526) Air Service ; David L. Garratt (S.S.U. 66) American Red Cross ; John H. Hynes (S.S.U. 68) General Staff Headquarters A. E. F. ; Robert B. Hyman (T.M.U. 242 and 397) Eleve Aspirant, Fontainebleau ; Harry B. Harter (S.S.U. 70) Eleve Aspirant, Fontainebleau ; Edward Anthony (S.S.U. 30) Civilian in Aviation.
Am enclosing seventy five francs, three months subscription for the Bulletin", 37 copies. If you will remind us when this subscription expires I will see that it is renewed, provided the war does not end before. In that case and from that point of view we hope said subscription will not be renewed, and I am sure you will be willing to forego the pleasures of editing the "Bulletin" as soon as the Kaiser admits that he has had enough.
It is impossible to state how much your little paper helps to brighten our dark monotonous paths, but please accept this as an expression of our appreciation of your loyal patriotic work.
L. A. MacPHERSON,
1st Lt. U. S. A. A. S.
"It is almost six months since I visited 21 rue Raynouard. The memory of the good time I had affords me continual pleasure, and the "Bulletin" which you have been so good to forward has kept me in touch with all the interesting doings of the Field Service.
As I have only contributed a matter of two franc to the above journal, I am enclosing another six which only proves in a very mild way my appreciation of the said journal."
Harry DE MAINE,
(Kings Royal Rifle Corps).
"Dixie" Garden, Frank Royce, and "Shorty" Loughlin returned recently from permission spent at Aix-les-Bains. They are unanimous in calling it a great place to spend permission, and praise very highly their treatment there.
Our Section is now the proud possessor of a gramophone. Invitations are now being printed for a dance. "Bill" Hope is floor director.
Books! Books! Our library has been completely read thru several times. We would like to exchange with some other Section, book for book.
Ed Shaw has been evacuated to a hospital in the interior. His health and general condition may perhaps necessitate his returning to the States. We are sorry to lose him, for he is a good comrade and an efficient driver.
Top Sgt. Rie spent his Permission at the seashore with his parents. Paris was too hot for him.
S. S. U. 19/637.
Across the calm, clear sky of God
Bow down, oh ye of high estate,
S. L. C.
Contributions are invited from all of the "littérateurs" and artistic geniuses of the old Field Service for the Special Fourth of July Number, which will be made up of poems, drawings and articles appropriate to the great American holiday:
For the Best Poem embodying the spirit of the day, a prize of Frs. 25.
For the Best Reminiscence of any previous Fourth of July celebration in any Field Service section, a prize of Frs. 25.
For the Best Design for a cover for this special number, a prize of Frs. 25.
All contributions should be in the hands of the Editor on or before June 20th.
When I'm working on my car, and my temper is'nt par, as I clean and rub and polish up the wheels, he comes and looks me o'er to be sure that ne'er before he has come to me to show the need he feels. Like a sympathetic man, he will question, "C'est un panne?" And I answer that it marches toujours bien. He will edge a little nearer, for he hates an extra hearer, and he'll put the question that I so well ken. From his pocket large and spacious, with a manner grandly gracious, he'll produce a bottle, quart-size, for the fray. And his voice that's confidential, pleading, coy and deferential, " Un petit pen d'essence pour ma briquet ".
If you murmur "Defendu", he'll produce a franc or two, which he'll flourish with a somewhat cautious hand. Though he knows beyond all guess that the men of A. F. S. won't accept that sort of largesse circumstance.
Then you know that it's no use to pull any new excuse, for he overwhelms you with torrential phrases. And you give him essence quickly, with a smile that's somewhat sickly, while you tell him mentally to go to blazes.
He will thank you with expression that knows no tongue-tied repression. You dismiss him less in anger than sorrow, for you know that if you are here, polishing your auto dear, that his cousin will be coming 'round tomorrow.
S. L. C.
S. S. U. 635. (old 17)
A MILITARY GRAVEYARD
Long, straight rows of mounds, white with chalky earth,
In each gaunt mound
S. L. C.
The following members of S. S. U. 625, formerly Sect. 1, were awarded the Croix de Guerre in a regimental citation:
Corp. Edward D. Townsend,
Privates Garneau Weld,
John T. Walker Jr.,
Rex R. Forsyth,
Harold K. Gruel,
C. P. Kuykendall,
Joseph J. Ulmer,
Their citation reads as follows : "Driver of an ambulance, on the 17th of April, charged with the evacuation of wounded, has given proof of much coolness and devotion in passing without hesitation the zones violently bombarded by the enemy's artillery."
162° Regiment, 69° Div.
The awards were made in the presence of the section on Saturday afternoon, May 4, 1918.
The following citations were received by members of old 17.
Le 12 janvier 1918.
Le général Lejaille, commandant la 97e division d'infanterie, cite à l'Ordre de la Division les militaires dont les noms suivent:
«NAZEL, John M., conducteur américain à la S. S. U. 635:
«N'a cessé de montrer le plus bel exemple par son courage. A toujours apporté le plus grand dévouement dans l'évacuation des blessés qui lui étaient confiés sur des routes fréquemment bombardées. Grièvement blessé au service de la France.»
«CONKLIN, Sherman L., conducteur américain à la S. S. U. 635
«A toujours fait preuve du plus beau courage et du plus entier dévouement. Voyant un de ses camarades en danger, n'a pas hésité à risquer sa vie pour le sauver. Grièvement blessé en accomplissant cet acte de dévouement.»
Le général commandant la 97°
The award of the fur-lined bath-tub not having yet been made, Section 635, former 17, modestly steps into the spotlight to give a few salient facts about itself.
Since the last diamond-glints from the facets of 17 in the Bulletin, we have had yarns and thrills aplenty. Ye correspondent had the unpleasant experience of being inserted, head first into the business end of an ambulance followed by some weeks in the hospital, so that he missed some of the nerve-racking excitement of a grand repos, when the thrill of breakfast is followed by the shock of dinner and the purple patch of supper.
Then we moved, mourned by the washwomen and the buvette. After the joys of convoy, we had action a plenty for fourteen days. On the first day, "Slats" Harvey, mechanic, envoy extraordinary from Brooklyn, broke friend arm when a Ford crank did a deliberately unfriendly act. We mourn our loss.
Since then we have been dodging through the pleasant environs of this well-known country. The section's Baedeker might be able to write something like this " From . . . . . . was passed along the . . . . . . road to . . . . . . On our right could be seen the beautiful . . . . . . of . . . . . . On the left by making a short dash one could see the . . . . . . where . . . . . . made his famous . . . . . . " And so on, ad nauseam.
We have received our Overseas Hats. "Shorty" Hannah claims that the original designer was blind and had the St. Vitus dance. But then "Shorty" is prejudiced by the fact that he is the Section Pessimist. The rest of us are content to suffer in sulphurous silence.
Dennis Nash is now recovering from an operation. Dennis is a human encyclopaedia when it comes to talking about the war.
The doctors say he never ceased to talk about the present offensive --- even while coming out of the ether. We are sure enough glad that he improves so rapidly.
Ed Shaw, 3rd, is singing about wild women somewhere in the Jura mountains. "Ed" is something of a naturalist and is seeking the lost tribe of amazons.
"Hap" Golden during his leisure minutes is writing a book entitled' "Adventures on a Stretcher".
Another one of our dogs has been hurt --- the one with the black head and white body. Strained a ligament. The smallest dog was recently hit in the head with a baseball. He managed to say before keeling over "That's the boy --- swat it old man." Then he took the count.
We're hopeful that we get another chance at action soon. We agree with Oscar Wilde in that trenchant couplet of his:
"Of all sad words of tongue and pen,
"The saddest are these, Repos again!"
The good old French Sargeant who has been with us so long and faithfully has been transferred. We miss his genial smile and his no less corking generosity. All luck go with him.
Since the last screed, two of the members of the section, Nazel and Conklin, have received citations. Seventeen Still Survives.
S. S. U. 636 (18).
Mr. Vivian Du Bouchet, son of Dr. and Mrs. C. W. Du Bouchet, of Paris, was fatally wounded a few days ago while in action at the front with the American army and died May 10th at the American Red Cross Military Hospital No. 1. A fragment of shell had pierced one of his lungs and other fragments had lodged in his spine. An operation was performed on Thursday by an eminent surgeon of the Val-de-Grâce Hospital but his wounds had proved so severe that there was no chance of saving his life.
Private Du Bouchet was only nineteen years of age. He had given himself to France for war work from the moment that war was declared in 1914. He was first attached to the American Ambulance, where his father was the chief surgeon, and afterwards to the American Field Service. (S. S. U. 2 and Vosges Det.) When America came into the war, he felt that he must serve his own country, although he was under military age ; so he enlisted as a private in the infantry.
In the Liberty Loan parade in Boston, fifty nine old Field Service men in their old volunteer uniforms were given a first place among the twenty two divisions. Almost all of these men are now members of one or another branch of the U. S. army or navy but they preferred to march as veterans of the field service to marching with their new and untried organizations. In every case they were given the option by their commanding officers.
The engagement is announced of Miss Claudine Huffer, daughter of Mr. William Huffer, and of Mrs. Huffer, née Gignoux, to Mr. Gerard C. Gignoux, aspirant in the French Artillery, of Great Neck, L. I.
New York Herald, May 12, 1918.
G. C. Gignoux was a member of S. S. U. 10 and S. S. U. 33.
|Joshua Isham Bliss||S.S.U. 71||Ambulance driver A. R. C.|
|Daniel Martin Bowes||T.M.U. 526||2nd Lieut. Engineers U. S. R.|
|Robert Davidson Caney||T.M.U. 526||Ambulance driver, A. R. C.|
|Charles Taylor Carll||T.M.U. 526||Aviation, Flying branch, U. S. A.|
|Harold S. Cave||T.M.U. 133||U. S. Navy.|
|John Morrison Curtis||S.S.U. 1||U. S. Naval Reserve Force Captain's Mate.|
|Richard H. Curry||S.S.U. 30||Pvt. Q. M. Corps, U. S. A.|
|Luke Doyle||S.S.U. 3||Capt. Ambulance Company 12, 1st Division, U. S. A.|
|George Kennett End||S.S. U. 3||1st Lieut. U. S. A. A. S. N. A.|
|Arthur F. Farley||T.M.U. 242||Yale R. O. T. C.|
|James Michael Killeen||S.S.U. 8||Pvt. Battery A, 101st Regiment F. A.|
|Frederick John Kingsbury||S.S.U. 16||Sanitary Corps, National Army.|
|Rollin Jay McMaster||S.S.U. 17||Officers Training School Cleveland, Ohio.|
|Elmer Jack Rose||S.S.U. 17||2nd Lieut. Aviation Section U.S.A.|
|Cedric Ellsworth Smith||S.S.U. 68||1st American Tank Regiment, Camp Colt, Gettysburg.|
|John Amar Shishmanian||Legion d'Orient, Army of France 2nd Lieut.|
|Edward Hanlin Taylor||T.M.U. 184||Dartmouth College.|
|H. H. Wallover||T.M.U. 526||Engineers, U. S. R. 2nd Lieut.|
|David Charles Winebrenner||T.M.U. 184||Cadet, O. T. C. U. S. Army Aviation.|
|Wooster Wright Webber||S.S.U. 64||Student Sheffield Scientific School, Yale.|
|Walter F. Wylie||T.M.U 133||Co. B, Light Tank Battalion U. S. N. A.|
S. S. Walker (S.S.U. 1) Naval Aviation ; W. Pierce (S.S.U. 3); J. Richardson (S.S.U. 10) 1st Lieut. F. A. ; E. J. Diener (S.S.U. 2) U. S. A. A. S. ; J. E. Boit (S.S.U. 2) 1st Lieut. U. S. A. A. S.; T. McGowan (S.S.U. 16) U. S. A. A. S.; B. Rantoul (S.S.U. 4) A. R. C. ; C. H. Hunkins (S.S.U. 4) Censorship Bureau; J. Carnay (S.S.U. 4) American Red Cross; Andrew K. Henry (T.M.U. 397) American Records Office ; F. B. Skeele (S.S.U. 14) U. S. A. A. S.; Walter Humphries (S.S.U. 14) U. S. A. A. S.; Chester Elliott (S.S.U. 9) Aviation ; Robert C. Duff (U.U.S. 9) A. R. C.
Herbert E. Bigelow (S.S.U. 19) U. S. A. A. S. ; Benj. Henderson (S.S.U. 2) U. S. A. A. S.; C. V. Donovan (S. S. U. ) U. S. A. A. S. ; Fred W. Hildebrand (S.S.U. 14) U. S. A. A. S. ; Lorrain C. Smith (S.S.U. 4) U. S. A. A. S. ; H. B. Harter (S.S.U. 70), 90e brigade, Fontainebleau ; H. L. Parker (S.S.U. 9), 45e brigade, Fontainebleau ; Robert C. Wells (S.S.U. 70), 5 bis brigade, Ecole d'artillerie, Fontainebleau ; William C. Towle (S.S.U. 70),5 bis brigade, Ecole d'artillerie, Fontainebleau.