Dear Mr. Editor:
Someone wished on me the job as official correspondent of Section 65 for the "Bulletin". I suppose it will prove almost as thankless a job as editing the bloomin' thing.
Section 65 has been enjoying a three weeks repos, but goes back to action tomorrow.
No killed or wounded.
Section is in mourning over the loss of its beloved Chef, James I.. Tompson, formerly of Section 13, who suddenly made up his mind to return to America. He took with him Brewster Cleveland, affiliated with Section 65 from Section 13. Both losses are sorely felt. Section at present is in charge of Sous-Chefs Quirin and Caldwell. Our number has been increased by one by W. W. White who came over on the Espagne on April 26, but who shortly after his arrival, was stricken with hay fever which necessitated his going to Ireland for seven weeks.
We all enjoy the "Bulletin" very much, and upon me falls the task of congratulating you upon it. Keep up the good work. The Service needs the Bulletin.
An ''Old Bird" desires to express his approval of the ''Bulletin". First, as a news sheet --- Second, as a record ---. Third, as a means of enlarging Section Spirit into a bigger, broader Service Spirit. Need of a closer touch between units and between Field and the "Bureau'' has long been realized by many of the men who will hail the "Bulletin" as a means to an end.
B. F. Butler has been appointed Cdt. Adj. of S. S. U. 13 to replace P. K. Potter who has been transferred to "Mallet's Reserve".
The following men returned from Salonica on August 21st from Section 3 : J. M. Walker, Sous-Chef; Powell Fenton ; R. Guthrie; C. Winant ; E. H. English ; J. W. Clark ; C. C. Clark ; Ed. de Neveu ; Ch. Baird ; D. Sargent ; L. Cauvenet and C. Wincourt.
L. A. Mac Pherson former Sous-Chef of S. S. U. 19 has been appointed Cdt. Adj.
The S. S. U. 66 Baseball Team recently defeated Section 65 by a score of 10 to 1. Boulé, who pitched for the victors held his opponents to two scratch hits and struck out fifteen men. The work of Miner and Pounds in the infield and Chef Rice and Early in the outfield featured for 66. Stires and Chef Thompson excelled for 65. After this easy victory, 66 feels quite "cocky" and looks to arrange games with other Sections or with the American troops.
Custodian Miner of 66's mascot, "Soixante-Quinze", the feline mascot captured in the "premier ligne" by "Gen." Pershing, is having his troubles in keeping track of his charge, now that it has reached the playful age. He has petitioned for an assistant.
If Section 8 comes anywhere near 17 we will certainly "get their goat" as we have a fox who is tame as a dog, eats with the men, shares their quarters and is never in need of a leash. What have you got to say to that?
Section 72 composed of French ambulances and driven by American Field Service men left for active service on August 19th. The personnel is composed of: W. E. Westbrook, Cdt. Adj.; Abbott, F. K. ; Baumer, L. J. ; Belden, A. B. ; Black, B. F.; Clark, H. R,; Clark, C. G.; Clark, S. A.; Cook, F. W.; Crease, A. P.; Davisson, S. O. ; De Courch, H.; Duvall, S. O.; Emanuelson, E. L.; Fay, S. A.; Fonda, B. I-I.; Golding, J. E.; Goodwing, C. L.; Granata, W. H.; Hunt, V. Jewett, R. R.; Kahn, H. ; Makanna, N. P. ; Mitchell, R. P.; O'Brien, J. J.; Palen, E. W. ; Parson, F. E. ; Phelps, W. E.; Ramsdell, H, S.; Scott, R. W.; Shirley, A. A.; Smith, G. B ; Smith, W. P. Jr. ; Smith, G. B. ; Walworth, Joseph; Whitbeck, C. A. ; Whitcomb, P. ; Woolverton, J. H.; and Langfeld, A.
This makes the ninth Ambulance Section of this kind in the field.
When you join the ambulance
En repos ! En repos!
When the blessés come in thick
repos! En repos!
There's a line of trenches stretching
S. S. U. 70
There are three casualties to report this week. although happily none of them serious. Earl Osborn Cdt Adj. of S. S. U. 15 and Dominic W. Rich also of S. S. U. 15 were wounded on the night of the 17th. The first in the leg and the latter in the arm. Osborn is a Princeton graduate and comes from Garrison-on-Hudson, and Rich is a Harvard under-graduate and is from New-York. W. W. Pearl of S. S. U. 1 was wounded in the arm on Saturday the 18th. He comes from St. Johns, Michigan, and the University of Michigan, afterwards going to Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. All three have received the Croix de guerre and will shortly be evacuated to Paris.
Any men wishing to go to England for their permissions must apply by letter to the American Embassy, 31, rue Chaillot, at least two weeks in advance, enclosing at the same time forty francs to cover the expenses of a cable to the authorities in Washington. Refusal or acceptance of a request to go to England is of course entirely at the discretion of the Embassy. The letter should incorporate any reasons why the applicant wishes to go to England.
The Y. M. C. A. have started a hut at the Transport Camp where cigarettes, tobacco, chewing gum, newspapers and books are kept on sale for the men. This will be a great addition to the comforts of those at Camp.
It has been found advisable to publish to Bulletin every Thursday rather than Wednesday, which rule will be followed from now on.
It is with considerable satisfaction that we are able to report ten more sections as having subscribed to the "American Field Service Bulletin". it would seem that no stronger hint could be given to the Sections remaining who have not fallen in line on this new scheme.
The American Field Service Parc at Billancourt is once more being enlarged. All of last week and most of this Mr. Robert Moss, the Chef du Parc, has been busy changing from the old premises into new ones just twice as big and which are situated next door. There is now room for fifty chassis in the building at one time. There is a force of twenty five skilled French mechanics and when everything is in proper running order it will be capable of an output of three Sections per month. All the machinery and installation from the old premises have been transferred and added to. The next thirty days, however, are going to be spent in the reparation of ambulances damaged by shells and sent in from the front as there are over twenty cars at present suffering from this virulent disease and awaiting the hands of the doctor.
The Parc was originally started in April 1916 by Mr. Edward Salisbury one of the first members of the American Ambulance Field Service to take a Section to the Front. After about five months of this work he was obliged to return to America when his duties were taken over by Mr. Moss, who has managed the Parc ever since.
This particular branch is one of the most important in the Service. It is from here that we get our ambulances and their bodies, their equipment and all the paraphernalia with which they are prepared for work at the Front. From a small amateur workshop it has developed into a miniature Ford factory where everything is run, on the most professional lines.
A subject on which the Field Service has always been a little lax is the matter of saluting. This in many cases arises from ignorance or timidity rather then any desire to be discourteous. However, there is a general rule which every one can follow : that every man of the Field Service is expected to salute, without exception, any commissioned officer. When he is in convoy or in the company of his Cdt. Adj. or Sous Chef the salute is given by one or the other them. When an officer comes into a cantonment every man should rise and stand "at attention". Another little detail of military etiquette that it is well to remember is that any request to an officer should come through the officer immediately superior to you in rank. In other words, a driver wishing to make a request to the Colonel, that request should come through his Cdt. Adj. and under no circumstances be made by the man himself. At the Front the French officers with whom our Sections have come in contact have been extremely lenient in this respect, always listening to anything the men had to say. This should not be taken advantage of but the usual mode of procedure followed.
The following men have arrived from America and signed up for the American Field Service : Thomas, J. B. ; Smith, G. D. ; Prentrice, S. K. ; Carlisle, A. D. ; Bartlett, A, G. Bright, F. H. ; Bennett, W. B. ; Patterson, D. C, ; Means, J. M. Dicks, R. S. ; Bancrooft, H. E. ; Fulcher, P. M. ; Evans, H. C. ; Duell, W. H. ; Lawrance, E. C.; Furbish, H. O. ; Patterson, D. W. ; Skeele, F. B. ; Humphries, W. ; Warner, S. C.; Aldredge, S. M. ; Allen, C M. ; Atkinson, B. P. ; Banister, W. B. ; Berger, J. Jr. ; Blackburn, J. R. ; Burrows, G. H.; Church, W. P. ; Clapp, R. F. ; Coe, R. H. ; Collins, P.G.; Cooper, I. C. ; Coolidge, E. J. ; Dick, C. M. ; Fales, H. W. ; Greene, F. C. ; Ingersoll, J. ; King, L. B. ; Moore, L. E.; Nelson, K. P.; Norton, R. M. ; Paine, G. E. ; Reynolds, A. P. ; Robinson, C. W.; Sambrook, W. L.; Scribner, G. W. Jr. ; Singer, L. F. ; Shaffer, C. N.; Smith, G. J. ; Vail, C. W. ; Sturdy, H. K. Jr. ; Weiss, V.; Whitney, H.; Wilson, J. K.; Kaufman, I. M.
civilian clothes, but under no circumstances to try and compromise by making a melange of the two, because we are utterly convinced from many experiments that no such attempt could ever be successful.
The following men have arrived from America and signed up for the American Field Service: Doud, T. M.; Hamilton, S. M. ; La Montagne, E. C. ; Payne, A. C. ; Rogers, C. C.; Stearns, L. O.; Tapley, W. T. ; Tubbs, A. T.; Barron, W. ; Eaton, C. N. : Jackson, A. L.; Morgan, C. J.; Burroughs, R. J. ; Dolan, V. J. ; Donovan, C. V. ; Featherstone, J. B. ; Hedges, L. S. ; Howard, O. M. ;Lavender. H. G. ; Jacobson, B. O. ; Love, C. W.; Murphy, W. S.; Nash. D. P.: Ricks, C. S.; Robinette, G. E.; Skehens, C. T. ; Sudbury, G. H.; Sullivan, N.; Willis, E. H. ; Whitton J. B.
During the recent heavy fighting near Section 4, they had the misfortune to have three of their men wounded and one Brigadier. More in detail, during the night of August 21-22, Arthur B., Evans was wounded in the arm while carrying a stretcher case. His car was shot full of holes and two of the wounded men who were inside were wounded again, one of them grievously. On the night of 22-23 a German aviator dropped several bombs near their barracks with the result that their Brigadier, Bergey, was so badly wounded that he has since died. Chas Greenhalgh was slightly wounded in the forehead and Chas U. Shreve received an ugly wound in the foot. He was taken to the nearby hospital but will soon be transferred to the American Red Cross Military Hospital No. 1 at Neuilly. An éclat was seen headed straight for another man of the Section and buried itself in a large book which was lying on a table beside him, which probably saved his life.
Monsieur The Editor:
The T. M. U. 184 Sect 8 (H) has just received your "Bulletin" No. 7, Aug. 15, 17 and believe me it is some little paper. Clever is scarcely complimentary in describing "Some Psalm". And the accounts of "tight places" are also interesting --- especially the list of fellows who are arriving, you bet they're in a tight place in trying to decide which is the better Service, Camion or Ambulance, but I can say for myself that both Services are fine and the maximum of good can be obtained from either.
Our Section hasn't any "dope " to send in as of late we have been blistering our hands and sunburning our backs "waist deep" while digging our winter-quarter barracks. But since the "Bulletin" is full of baseball reports, you might note that our Section met Section D a little while ago and they had a record of "trimming up" five sections when they met us July 22 or thereabouts. Well, all we knew of baseball was what we could remember about our pick up games on the campus way back last April. Anyway we picked up a nine, walked into the diamond and "hurt their pride" by a score of 5 to 4. How's that Just a wee sample of the pep in this bunch. And then again we trimmed Section G by 7 to 4 Sunday before last. Bring on your twirlers!
Best wishes for the paper and good courage on the "dummy-making" etc. for I know what hell that is. Had experience.
On the invitation of cavalry regiments quartered at the village next to its cantonment, Section 69 was honored by an entertainment à la Française on the afternoon of July 29th. The stage was decorated with masks and wreaths inscribed to the longevity of the Americans, and French songs and dialogues constituted the main part of the program. After the first part, refreshments were passed around, and the final portion of the program ensued, which included American popular airs and college songs. The event was concluded with the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner", and "The Marseillaise".
The week following, "Soixante-neuf" invited their hosts to an American entertainment held in a grove with a natural background of waterfalls. Ukelelies, banjos and ragtime enlivened the occasion, while the University of Michigan Unit featured the event with a few of the melodies of their Alma Mater. A number of representatives from other American Sections, quartered near, attended the "fete" which was loudly applauded and proclaimed a success by the officers and soldiers of the artillery.
A new record has been established by S. S. U. 9. Thirteen men at one time occupied beds in a local hospital suffering from a disease the greatest consolation for which is to let your finger nails grow and then scratch. Need we say more?
From several requests received lately it appears that there is confusion in the minds of some as to exactly what sort of literary contributions are desired by the "Field Service Bulletin", and we now beg to make this matter clear once and for all.
First, and most important of all, we expect from each Section, to go into the column headed "Section Notes" a short account of anything of interest which might be happening to them. This would include athletic events, anything unusual or amusing occurring while moving from one place to another, casualties, the arrival of new men, a change of Section Director, in fact all the local news which goes to make up the life of a Section at the Front. Secondly : Any one with artistic ability can send in sketches, humourous or otherwise, and they will be reproduced. Thirdly Poems, will make a welcome change from continuous prose. Fourthly: Essays on any subject which might occur to the writers (not exceeding 500 words), such as life in the cantonment, the section in convoy, the poste de secours, etc. Fifthly: This Bulletin should be regarded as a means of communication between the individual and the entire Service. We cannot doubt for a moment that there are dozens of men who either during their scholastic or collegiate careers have had more or less to do with their institutional papers or magazines and it is of course from these men that we expect the most. Do not let this, however discourage those who have had no experience. We are convinced that if a spirit of rivalry can once be inaugurated among the Sections as to who shall send in the best contributions we would soon discover a field of unlimited talent and be able to produce a paper which is worth while. It simply depends upon the Sections to sit down and do a little work but as is always the case with anything new it takes some time before the situation is grasped. In order to stimulate however some of the latent talent:
Is offered for the best " SECTION NOTES" which are sent to the Editor before September 10th.
Twenty Francs for the best "POEM" before September 17th.
Twenty Francs for the best "HUMOROUS SKETCH" on any subject but not to exceed 500 words, before September 24th.
Twenty Francs for the best "PENCIL or PEN and INK DRAWING" before October 1st.
All contributions should be addressed to the Editor, American Field Service Bulletin, 21, Rue Raynouard.
John V. Newlin who was killed on August 5th had been awarded the croix de guerre and médaille militaire and Julian Allen, Cdt. Adj. of S.S.U. 29, has received his second citation.
In Ward 67 of the American Red Cross Military Hospital No. 1 at Neuilly, Commandant Doumenc of the French Automobile Service decorated Charles Isbell and Charles Ashton of S.S.U. 28 with the croix de guerre. Capt. Aujay and William Wallace, Cdt. Adj. of Section 28 and some other of its members who were on permission were also present at the ceremony.
S. S. U. No. 2 has just received its second citation.
William Wallace, Cdt. Adj. S.S.U. 28 has received his second citation. After over a year's work with the American Field Service he is leaving to go into another branch of Army life.
Since Edward Salisbury as far back as October, 1915, at the same time with several of the men who were then in his Section, received the croix de guerre, it is interesting to note that there have been one hundred and twenty eight individual citations in the ranks of the American Field Service up to the present date. There have been three médailles militaires ; John V. Newlin, William Barber and Roswell Sanders; and one Legion of Honor, A. Piatt Andrew. Sections 1 and 8 have been cited on three separate occasions. Section 2, twice and Sections 3, 4, 9, 13, 14, and 65 each once. The following is a list of the men who have received the croix de guerre: Allen, Julian (2) Sect. 429; Ames, John W. Sect. 2; Andrew A. Piatt; Armour, Donald C. Sect. 8-3; Ashton, Charles M. Jr. Sect. 28; Baird, Charles, Sect. 2 - 3; Balbiani, R. M. L., Sect. 1; Barber, Wm. M Sect. 3; Bartlett, Edward O. Sect. 4: Baylies, Frank Sect. 1-3; Bigelow, Wm. De F. Sect. 4; Blutenthal, Arthur Sect. 3; Boit, John Sect 2; Bowman, R. Sect. 1; Buswell, Leslie Sect. 2; Butler, Benjamin, Sect. 13; Campbell, Joshua G. B. Sect. 1; Carey, Graham (2) Sect. 3; Cassady, Thomas Sect. 13; Clark, Coleman T. Sect. 3; Clark, John W. Sect. 3; Conquest, R. F. W. Sect. 2; Craig, Harry Sect. 12; Curley, Edmund J. Sect. 3; Dawson, Benjamin F. Sect. 3; Dell, Stanley Sect. 4; Diemer, Edward J. M. Sect. 2; Dock, George Sect. 2; Dodge, Arthur Douglas Sect. 9; Douglas, D. B. Sect. 3; Doyle, Luke C. Sect. 3; Edwards, Brooke Leonard, Sect. 1 ; Ellingston, John Sect. 10; Elliott, Hugh Sect, 1; Fenton, Powel (2) Sect. 3; Fischoff, Pierre Sect. 2-14; Fitzsimmons, Frank Sect. 10; Francklyn, Giles Byron Sect. 1-3; Gailey. James Wilson Sect. 66; Gillespie, James P. Sect. 12; Gamble, R. Howard Sect. 1; Galatti, Stephen, Sect, 3; Gauld, Brownlee Sect. 13; Glover, J. Halcot, Sect. 2; Grierson, John Sect. 13; Hale, H. Dudley Sect. 3; Hall, Richard N. Sect. 3; Hamilton, Perley Sect. 66: Hanson, Sigurd Sect. 4; Harle, James W. Sect. 2-10; Harper, Raymond Sect. 2; Heilbuth Sect.3; John R. Sect. 2; Hibbard, Lyman C. Sect. 1-67; Hill, Lovering (4); Hitt, Lawrence W. Sect. 3; Hollister, George M. Sect. 3; Houston. Henry H. Sect. 12; Imbrie, Robert W. Sect. 1-3; Isbell, Charles W. Sect. 2N; Iselin, Henry Sect. 2, 12, 4; Jackson, Everett Sect. 3; Jepson Walter C. Sect. 9; Kelley, Edward J. Sect. 4; Kenan, Owen Sect. 2; Keogh, Grenville Sect 8, 3; Kurtz, Paul B. Sect. 1, 18; Lewis, Phillip C. Sect. 1 ; Liddell, James A. Sect. 15; Lines, Howard Sect. 1; Lovell. Walter Sect. 2; Maclane, Allen Sect. 12; MacMonagle, Douglas Sect. 3, 5; Martin, Wm. T. Sect. 2; Mason, Austin B. Sect. 8; Mc Connell, James R. Sect. 2; Mc Murray, Ora R. Sect. 17; Meadowcroft, Wm. Sect. 8; Mellen, Joseph Sect. 3; Milne, James R. Sect. 28; Montgomery, R. B. Sect. 4, 3; Muhr, Allan Sect. 14; Munroe, John Sect. 3; Neftel, Basil K. Sect. 8, 17; Newlin, J. V. Section 29; Norton G. Frederick Sect. 1; Ogilvie, Francis D. Sect. 2; Osborn, Paul Sect. 28; Pearl, William A. Sect. 1; Pierce, Waldo Sect. 3; Potter, Thomas W. Sect. 3; Putnam, J. Tracy Sect. 3; Rantoul, Beverley Sect. 4; Rice, Durant Sect. 3; Rice, Wm. G. Sect. 1, 66; Riggs, Carroll Sect. 2; Roeder, George Sect. 2; Rothermel, John Sect. 66; Rowland, Durbin W. Sect. 66; Rubinkam, W. H Sect. 13, 3; Sanders, Roswell Sect. 4; Salisbury, Edward Vand. Sect. 2; Sargent, Daniel A. Sect. 3; Scannell, Robert H. Sect. 13; Schroder, Bernard Sect. 2; Sponagle, James M. Section 1; Stevenson, W. Yorke Sect. 1; Struby, George Sect. 2, T. M.; Stuart, Kimberly Sect. 10; Suckley, Henry M. Sect. 3, 10; Swan, William Sect. 10; Taylor, John C. Sect. 2; Tompson, James L. Sect. 13, 65; Tinkham, Edward 1. Sect. 3, 4, 526; Townsend, Herbert P. Sect. 1; Townsend, Edward B. Sect. 1; Walden, Donald M. Sect. 2; Wallace Wm. H. H Sect. 4; 28 Walker, J. Marquand Sect. 3; Walker, Wm. H C. Sect. 2; Walker, Croom Sect. 12, 68: Webster, Herman Sect. 2; White, Victor Sect. 1 ; Whitney, Raymond, Sect. 2; Wheeler, Walter H. Sect, 3; Winant, Cornelius Sect. 3; Willis, Harold B. Sect. 2; Woodbridge, John Sect. 66; Woodworth, Benjamin R. Sect. 1; Woolverton, Wm. H. Sect. 1.
There is a representation of the American Field Service now occupying beds at the American Red Cross Military Hospital No. 1, Neuilly-sur-Seine Charles Ashton and Charles Isbell, Section 28; Earl D. Osborn, Cdt. Adj. and Dominic Rich of Section 15 ; William Pearl Section 1 and Cdt. Adj. Julian Allen of Section 29.
On Sunday August 26th the American Field Service beat the Canadians with a score of 13 to 12.
It was with some feeling of chagrin that the "staff" discovered there was a rival in the field in the shape of a paper produced by Section 69 and styling itself "Soixante-neuf ". Not only is there abundant reading matter, but pictures --- regular real live illustrations. If you don't believe us write and ask them for a copy.
Owing to the great kindness of Mr. E. F. Shepard the American Field Service has now been provided with a Convalescent Home for its sick and wounded. Mr. Shepard has a large country house at Chantilly and he has turned the entire third floor into a dormitory for our men with a capacity of twenty beds. Close by is the celebrated "Hospice Condé" the médecin major of which makes a visit to our patients once a week. The hospital is fitted up in the most approved style, having all the appliances for Homeopathic treatment of broken arms and legs, and those in need of this remedy receive the very best of care.
For men who are further along on the road to recovery arrangements have been made at the Country Club by Mr. Shepard for them to use the golf course and tennis grounds. There is plenty of reading matter and easy chairs, good food and quiet, or long walks in the country for those who care about it.
A more welcome addition to our organization could not he imagined and the thanks of the entire Service are owing to Mr. Shepard.
On August 27 th a third detachement of forty selected men began the severe course at the Officers' School at Meaux. They comprised the following names James W. Craig, Corp. T.M. 526 C ; C. J, Farley, Cdt. Adj. T. M. U. 397, Peloton 1; Stanley C. Garman T. M. 526 ; Goodwin Warner, Sargent -184 I; F. O. Robinson, Acting Chef 184 M ; John H. Brown, Chef 133 E; Matthew Linn Bruce, Jr., T.M. U. 397, Peloton 2 ; G. C. Calden Jr., Sargent 133 E: N. B. Curtice, Corp. T. M U. 397, Peloton 2 ; E.W. Baird, Sargent 133 F ; T. L. Preble, Sargent T. M. U. 377, Peloton 3; C. Clark, T. M. 242 K Julian K. Morisson, Sargent T. M. U. 397, Peloton 2; James P. Hahn, Sargent T.M.U. 397, Peloton 2; G. L. Edwards, Corp. 133 D ; Richmond Ordway, T. M. U. 397, Peloton 2 ; Donald Ordway, T. M. U. 397, Peloton 2 ; H. H. Howard, T. M. 433 E ; .J. G. Wiggins, Corp. T. M. U. 397, Peloton 3; H. E. Cox, Chef T. M.526 C ; J. A. Pelletier, Sargent T. M. U. 397, Peloton 3 Thomas Means, T. M. 526 B; C. H. McCall, T. M. U. 397, Peloton 3; C. U. Caesar, Lieut. 484 G; L. A. Small, T. M. U. 397, Peloton 2; Miles B. Sandford, T. M. U. 526; Robert France. Corp. T. M. 596 C; Charles G. Curtiss, T. M. 526 C; J.P.. Scott, Corp. T M. 584 H ; Donald B. Percy, Sargent T. M. 484 M ; Joseph W. Travis, T. M. 133 F ; R. C. Wilcox, Corp. T.M.U. 397, Peloton 3 ; C. B. Starr, T. M. U. 23 Dunbar M. Hinrichs, Corp. T. M. 526 A; J. R. Greenwood, S. S. U., Det A. A. ; H. L. Dunn, S. S. U. 8; W. J. Bingham, Sons Chef S. S. U. 30; F. J. Wakem, T. M. 133 D.; B. F. Buttler, S. S. U. 13.
Undoubtedly one of the characteristics of our great nation is a certain nonchalant regard for costume. There is no race on earth who are so particular as to at least seven baths a week, but having glorified the body with unguents and sweet perfumes we unhesitatingly proceed to clothe it in an garment which comes most readily to hand, usually one which would equally well fit one's father weighing some hundred pounds more than ones self. At school and college (where it is infinitely preferable to be a foot-ball star than to wear a golden crown,) we are imbued with the idea that any one looking the least bit neat or spruce could not possibly be anything in the athletic world and must necessarily be effeminate. It is a curious fact however generally discovered much later in life that it takes no longer to put on one suit or tie than another. Now comes the transformation in our country when we are all more or less clothed in uniform, thereby obliterating those horrible moments of selecting a blue or a brown suit or worrying ones head about what kind of socks will clash the most violently with ones tie.
A uniform, no matter what it represents, stands first for obedience and the most important command which can ever be given is first cleanliness and second neatness. The days have passed therefore when you can do as you like about your clothes and tell anybody who interferes to "go to". While you are wearing things of your own selection you have no one to please but yourself, but when you are wearing a uniform you must not forget for one moment that you are representing, wherever you happen to be, every other man in the Service to which you belong. No doubt the astute have already gathered from this that there have been occasions on which members of the Field Service were open to criticism. To dine at one of the first-class cafes of Paris in the breeches of a uniform, a civilian coat, a khaki tie, a blue shirt and a "bowler" is neither becoming nor artistic. It is tragic or humourous according to your point of view. And to promenade the Boulevards in an immaculate uniform with brand new puttees and a pair of dirty white sneakers is not chic. We have been asked for several weeks now to print in our pages a kind but firm request to members of the American Field Service to either clothe themselves in our honored uniform or to unhesitatingly put on
impressions of the life, work and recreations of the transport men should be sent to John Kautz, T. M. 184-G. The T. M. sections now include nearly 800 men and we desire to make a permanent record of the service of these volunteers.
It is the intention of Mr. Andrew to begin at once the preparation of a volume which will make indestructible the story of the work of the volunteers of the American Field Service, including both the ambulance sections and the transport sections. This volume should include the story of the activities of each of the different sections. Mr. Andrew asks that any member of the Service who has kept a diary, or has written scattered impressions, or who has made sketches or taken photographs which would be of interest for such a volume; send such material to him at the earliest possible date. We hope that each section will take pride in getting together a complete record of the section from the time of its organization to the moment of its being taken over by the American Army.
Regiments at a time pass through our village
Sometimes at dusk they crowd round cluttered tables,
Malcolm COWLEY. T. M. U. 526 --- B.
Our esteemed Editor in Chief, John H. McFadden, Jr., being absent from the office on account of illness, we must beg your indulgence for the amateurish make-up of this number.
The long contemplated project for the militarisation of our service is at last going to be realized. We shall, of course, lose some of our independence, but on the other hand, we shall gain in efficiency and stability. We shall be taken into the American army (not into the Red Cross) and we shall be detailed back to the French army so that there will be little disruption of the actual organisation, or in the character of the work done. Our officers will be given commissions in the American army and the men enlisted for the duration of the war. There are, of course, certain restrictions in law which may affect a few individuals, but we are given to understand that few men who have made good are likely to be excluded.
We hope that a vast majority of the men will enlist so that the sections can go on without interruption and with the same traditions and esprit de corps.
In the course of the next weeks, two army medical officers will visit all of the sections with Mr. Webster, who was formerly in our service and is now a lieutenant in the American army, to arrange for these enlistments.
The Camp at May-en-Multien was the first place visited by the American recruiting officers to enlist men of the ambulance service. More than eighty per cent of the men enlisted at once and of the balance several that did not enlist could not do so on account of anatomical deficiencies.
BALLAD OF FRENCH SERVICE
No more to stroll for half a day
They will not miss me at the play;
J. L., my friend, just now you say ---
The publican, the priest, the Jew,
Malcolm COWLEY. T. M. U. 526 -- B
The following men sailed from a port in the United States on August 28th to join this Service on their arrival : Allyn, Ash, Azarian, Berkelew, Barnard, Beck, Bixby, Blake, Brewster, Chapin, Cunningham, De Potter, Donovan, Dunnell, Durgin, Evans, Frizzell, Gilbert, Griffin, Haley, Hartswick, Herdic, Hopkins, 1Huston, Janes, Johnson, Kelley, Kleineck, Laplante, McArdell, McCarthy, McClellan, McClelland, McDonald, McDowell, McNurty, Maritz, Miner, Morningstar, Nazel, Palmer, Pangburn, Roster, Shaff, C. Smith, E. Smith, Taylor, Toll, Walton, Wight, Wilson.
Ball Game on September 2nd. whereby the American Field Service defeated by a score of 10 to 0 a team composed of the Y. M. C. A. and regulars of the U. S. Army, called the "Day Off Group." Mr. E. G. Cress was in the box for the American Field Service and ably assisted by C. H. Moore as catcher.
The following is a list of outstanding Registered letters and parcels at the office of Mr. Cartier, rue Raynouard : Letters, M. L. Stevens, and Brown, no initials; Parcels, W. Bennett McLord and Lothrop Dow; Prints, Alan S. Brown, D. W. Carles; Kodak Co., D. Grune, Reedferld or Redfield, also, Harris, Conant and Cook (2) all the latter with no initials. Also Jones (no initials) has package from Kodak Co.
I have been reading in your esteemed Bulletin about some of the tur-rible hair-raising experiences that our brother ambulance drivers have been having, so I thought I would write you a few lines to let you know what Section Sixty-five has been doing.
Our poste de secours is in plain sight of the German scout balloons, and the road leading to it is very dangerous. We have been ordered to back our cars over the last two hundred yards so that the Boche will not be able to see the Field Service emblems. This is part of the policy followed by the officials to keep the Boche from knowing how many Americans are in France. Furthermore the Germans invariably think the car is going the other way, and consequently do not waste shells trying to hit it.
Voiture 10 made a terrible trip night before last. It is thought that the Germans got a whiff of the French cigarettes which the drivers were smoking, for the road was subjected to an extremely violent bombardment. Even though the night was pitch dark, the drivers saw a huge wave of the new invisible, odorless gas, but being unacquainted with its properties they took several deep inhales to find out whether it really was what it is said to be. Seeing a great light ahead, they stopped a passing poilu to inquire whether it was the moon or a star shell. 'Je ne sais pas," replied the stranger in perfect French, "I'm a stranger around here myself. " Later we learned that the star shells were out this eventful night. I beg to state that upon the return of No. 10, we found thirty-seven éclat holes in the drivers but the car had miraculously escaped untouched.
In the cemetery near the evacuation hospital are the graves of four ambulance drivers of the Section which preceded its at this post.
Travelling in convoy, voiture number 12 is always reserved for souvenirs. The last inventory shows two machine guns, forty seven Boche helmets, five soixante-quinze shells, three rolls of barbed wire, two ordinary shell holes, and one rather rare specimen made by a bombe d'avion, non explosée.
The Section boasts of twenty flying Fiats, a camionette, a staff car and twelve tow ropes. We have made the startling discovery that by parking the cars on a hillside we can occasionally get a reasonable percentage of them to start.
Our latest inventory shows : Essence to Frenchmen for briquets, 526 litres ; for hauling blessés, 37 litres.
Hoping to go on repos soon, I am.
The personnel of Section 8 is not quite as boastful as the above heading would seem to indicate, but facts are facts and sooner or later the truth will out. You have heard of this Section's goat "Teddy", and you have seen the threat inserted in an early number of the Bulletin, that other Sections were trying to capture this splendid animal. Well, two have tried it --- and failed --failed lamentably.
First Section 14 thought it had a baseball team and had the effrontery to challenge the Section with the goat to a trial of skill. Owing to the rigid Censorship we cannot here give the true story of that game. Suffice it to say that before a crowd of bewildered French aviators, poilus and civilians, Section 8's team Captained by Owens, late sergeant of the New York Police, defeated their chesty opponents decisively, the final score being 5 to 2.
Next an English section at . . . . . . (#1) invited the heroes of the track from the surrounding country to compete together. Section 14 and the champions of the . . . . . . (#2) th corps were also among those present. Capt. Werleman again led Section 8 to victory himself, winning the high jump in striking style, While Sprague covered himself with glory by winning one first and three seconds, and Owens, Keogh and Bennett collected enough points in the other events to bring the total of Section 8 up to over half that of the meet. Pipes, bottles of wine, cigar and other trophies have kept the Section well supplied with munitions of war since this glorious day.
But Section 14, not content with its first defeat, wished to tempt Fate once more. The score 23 to 7 in favor of their old opponents speaks volumes. In kindness to them we will gloss the minor details such as home runs, triples, etc.
Meanwhile, Section 19 had been noising it about that in spite of these decisive victories they were of the opinion that Section 8 was stalling. The disproval of this slander was not slow to follow. On . . . . . . (#3) at . . . . . . (#1) Captain Owens' men again proved their prowess. The exact score of the encounter is unfortunately not at hand, being no doubt reserved among the archives of the vanquished.
(1) Name suppressed by Censor.
(2) Number suppressed by censor.
(3) Date suppressed by Censor.
The latest development in the baseball world from this quarter of the front is that Sections 14 and 19 have formed an alliance to break the unbroken chain of victories of Section 8. The result of this meeting will be published in the special red edition of the Bulletin.
It is understood that Section 8 issues a renewal of their challenge to all comers.
"Do you suppose that there are any men in the Service who have no relatives or friends to correspond with? I have been asked the question here by people who would be glad to enter into personal relations with such young men."
This inquiry comes to us through the Boston Office of the American Field Service. We don't know exactly what it means, but leave it to our reader's imagination --- Honi soit qui mal y pense --- We do not propose to compete with the "marraine" bureau of the "Vie Parisienne " but any one wanting "to enter into personal relations" can send his name and Section address to Mr. Martin W. Sampson, 40 State Street, Boston, who will do the necessary.
A pair of brown leather, fur lined, gloves have been left at rue Raynouard and can be had at the office of the Editor.
We would like to call to the attention of the men for the second time the fact that we are flooded with newspapers from the U. S. and it is very difficult to handle our ever increasing mail properly on account of this volume of second class mail matter.
Each member will be doing a great favor to the Service if he can discourage the sending from home of newspapers except such as are of vital importance to him personally. After all, the news when it reaches here is several weeks old.
As to packages we would like to call attention to the fact that they are increasing at a tremendous rate and that the fewer packages from home that one can get along with, the better it will be for everybody.
All your correspondents in America should be told as soon as possible your section address, which will greatly facilitate the forwarding of your mail as in that case it does not have to pass through the office at rue Raynouard.
Permissionnaires arriving in Paris will find at the O. S. E. office cards to be filled in with their address while on permission, in case they are not going to stay with us. It is very essential for us to have these addresses and the time for the men to sign these cards is when they first come in with their ordre de mouvement.
Mr. O. Watkins who has been connected with the Boston office of the American Field Service has spent a short time here and returned to Boston by the last steamer to take up his duties there again. We trust he will have a bon voyage and good reports to make of the rue Raynouard.
Miss Lough the talented Maréchale des Logis at rue Raynouard has left for a well earned rest in Brittany. She is being replaced by Mrs. Sharpe.
Bayard Bowie of Philadelphia, a member of Section 16, was hit in the arm by a shell fragment on August 27th. He was brought at once to the Triage and operated on within half an hour, the éclat and pieces of cloth which it carried with it being removed and the broken arm being reset. He will be evacuated to the American Ambulance in Neuilly within a few days as he is reported as rapidly convalescing.
We wish to correct an error in last week's Bulletin, as it was James A. Evans of Section 4 who was wounded in the arm while carrying a stretcher case, and not Arthur R. Evans as we stated.
Charles U. Shreve who was badly wounded in the foot by a bomb dropping near the barracks of Section 4 was taken to the hospital at Souilly where he received a visit from General Pétain and President Poincaré who shook hands with him and remarked on the good work he had done for the cause.
Has adopted as its emblem for cars the American Bison as seen on the nickels of U. S. A.
James M. Sponagle former Sous-chef Section 1, graduate of Meaux, has just taken charge as Cdt. Adj. of S. S. U. 65.
James Lounsbery of Section 13 has just been nominated Cdt. Adj. of that Section.
Martin S. Owens, member of the Honor Legion of the New-York City Police Department and driving their car in France has been named Sous-chef of S. S. U. No. 8.
In the L'Intransigeant of Friday night, August 4th, there were five head lines commenting on the Verdun attack, and one of the five head lines spoke of the splendid work that had been done there by the American Ambulances. This perfectly spontaneous contribution from our confrère was repeated in the Matin of the following day.
Wherein The Perils of The American Soldier Are Vividly Exposed.
July 2. Arrived in France today. It is just as beautiful as I expected, only cheaper, coming at twenty cents a quart, red, and thirty for the white. Trouble in ordering the drinks, however, as the people speak French.
July 3. Paris is wonderful. There is a saloon at every corner. I was reminded immediately of San Francisco. As for other matters, I will never look at a co-ed again.
July 4. Very indignant today. Marched, and people threw flowers at us on the streets. They couldn't understand it when I told them that there was some mistake --- that I was a bartender, not a gardener,
July 10. Rode on a French railway. On disembarking a fund was taken up to be sent back for the erection of a monument to Mr. Pullman. Also have petitioned President Wilson to send over a commission to rebuild these damnable little French railway carriages.
July 12. Have gone in training at X..., and received our gas masks and helmets. Three casualties today, however none of them quite fatal. They were incurred in gas mask practice. Fortunately the masks were removed in time to prevent complete suffocation. After a whiff of a gas mask I prefer to take my chances with the gas.
July 20. Today our company got into action --- at a buvette --- (French for "Bar"). By French law buvettes are only open from 11 A. M. to 1 P. M. and from 5 P. M. to 8. During our action in the middle of the afternoon we were surprised by gendarmes, and the whole company was forced to retire to the rear room. Our action, however, continued there. Gendarmes now occupy our former position. Have learned that there is one signal which is international. It is the low whistle thru the keyhole at the back door. There are many interesting old landmarks around here --- principally buvettes, unnecessary to say, we have spent much time investigating the landmarks.
August 1. Fleaing is one of the most important movements of the soldier. I spent a good deal of time a it yesterday, and killed three hundred and fifty. Am recommending myself for a military medal. Would have got more, but it got dark, so I had to go to bed with the rest. The French have forgotten one thing in their billet signs, which now read "30 hommes, 8 chevaux." To this should be added "3.000 fleas. "
August 10. Still in the rear. Great excitement in camp today. Some one brought back the wild rumor that the war is still going on. The statement is generally discredited.
August 15. Big events today. Two sob sisters from an American newspaper were out. We told them we were anxious to go to the front. They swallowed it. Also we had a great flag raising for the benefit of a photographer from another paper. He says it will thrill the folks at home. Suggested that for reciprocity's sake they do a little money raising for us. He did not take kindly to the idea.
August 20. Cured of the tobacco habit. My "Bull" ran out, and I tried smoking a French cigarette. Oh for something mild! "Home Runs" or little "Between the Acts," for instance.
August 30. Am progressing rapidly with my French. Can say "Bong jury" without stuttering or mispronouncing. The money system, however, is rotten. They haven't the least idea what one means by a "jitney" or "two bits."
However I am learning at little bit to figure in francs and centimes and sous. I never get shortchanged more than a dime any more.
August 31. The poilus around here insist upon eating garlic and then they shoot French lingo a mile a minute, and expect you to understand. Afterwards they shakes hands around about fifteen times. This latter process makes a great tax upon the company's soap supply. The Quartermaster is complaining. As the poet said "Cleanliness is not next to Godliness --- it is next to impossible."
Sept. 1. First casualty in camp, beyond pressure on the brain from our helmets, and asphyxiation from our gaz masks. Our company boob started to investigate a hand grenade. Quite a little excitement ensued. They buried him today. It will be a great lesson for him.
Sept. 5. Bad news today. We are to go to the front for practice, just to see what the high explosive shells look like. A newspaper sob sister rushed up to me and said, "Oh, you are going up to the front. Aren't you glad!" Now I hate to strike a woman, but, poor girl, they had to take her away on a stretcher.
Now that the news that we are going to the front has come you ought to see the sick list! Everyone is down with something, from toothache to sleeping sickness. But, thank heaven, no matter what is the matter with us, we aren't as crazy as the people at home, judging from the newspapers anyway. And so to bed. R. I. P.
Two more members of the American Field Service have just received divisional citations. Both were members of Section 15 and were wounded at their post a fortnight ago.
Q. G., le 19 août 1917.
ORDRE GENERAL No. 218
Sont cités à l'Ordre de la Division
OSBORN, Earl, Chef Américain S. S. U. 15:
"Engagé volontaire d'une bravoure et d'une énergie remarquables, se dépense sans compter depuis son arrivée an front; blessé pendant une reconnaissance d'itinéraire."
RICH, Dominic, Conducteur, S. S. U. 15:
"Engagé volontaire américain, plein d'entrain et d'allant, blessé avec son chef au cours d'une reconnaissance d'itinéraire, a fait l'admiration de tous par son énergie et sa belle humeur."
Le Général DAYDREIN,
Cdt. p. i. la 32e Division.
The oldest of the American Field Service sections, section 1, has received the following tribute from Colonel Pougin for service rendered in a dangerous sector during the recent offensive.
"I desire particularly to call attention to S. S. U. 1 which has evidenced the most remarkable nerve and superb courage in assuring night and day under very violent bombardment despite gas attacks and the wretched condition of the roads the transport of our wounded."
Cdt. Doumenc, head of the Automobile Service of the French Army has sent a letter of congratulations to camion section 526-C under the orders of H. E. Cox " for the calmness and courage which the men of the section evidenced on the night of July 28th, 1917 while unloading their machines at a depot under violent bombardment."
A volume describing the work of the T. M. Sections is in course of preparation Contributions of drawings or of articles giving
Q. G. 16e C. A. le 30 Août 1917
"Volontaire Américain, conducteur très consciencieux et de grand sang-froid, a donné en toutes circonstances sous le feu de l'artillerie ennemie des preuves de dévouement et de mépris du danger; a montré notamment les 28 et 29 Juin 1917, la plus grande énergie en accomplissant son service sur une route découverte et bombardée. A été mortellement atteint le 15 juillet 1917 par un éclat d'obus devant le Poste de Secours au moment où il assurait sous un bombardement des plus violents l'évacuation des blessés.
His eyes see not, no more he hears the boom
Alone in fields of poppy with her slain,
France, July 14, 1917
J. C. B. Moore has been appointed Cdt. Adj. T. M. U. 526 to replace Mr. E. I. Tinkham.
Lovering Hill, Cdt. Adj. has returned from S. S. U. 3 and John N. D'Este has been placed in charge of the Section and W. K. B. Emerson has been appointed Sous Chef.
A. B. Gile, Graduate of Meaux, takes charge of S. S. U. 28.
Charles U. Shreve of S. S. U. 4 and B. Bowie of S. S. U. 16 have been evacuated to the American Red Cross Military Hospital No. 1.
Lawrence G. Fisher, Walter S. Peterson and Earl F. Swaim have been sent to S. S. U. 3 in the Orient.
The men mentioned last week as en route, have arrived at rue Raynouard and are enlisting as rapidly as possible, preliminary papers being passed here and final oath to be taken at the Ambulance Camp at May-en-Multien. Practically all have signified their intention of enlisting. Among these men is a Unit from Syracuse.
Articles, various and sundry, lost by a member of S. S. U. 66, thru the unkindness of three misguided marmites, at 4:01 A. M., two July 26th at Vassogne, and the autre Sept. 3rd at Craonnelle, as it happened, which are, viz.
Two Automobiles (tout abîmé).
One Mandolin (tout cassé).
One Sweater (tout troué), 45 holes in it by count,
One pair pants (tout sauté).
Two bath towels (tout ruiné).
Three outfits letter paper (tout détrui).
One pair eye glasses (tout brisé).
One mess kit outfit (tout écrasé).
One pair. overalls (tout démoli).
One canteen (tout percé).
One raincoat (tout disparu).
One bottle of ink (tout répandu).
One musette (all shot up, as was everything in it.)
One suitcase (ruined and smashed up altogether with various contents).
One camera and one cap will have to be remedied.
Other items messed up were, one muffler (30 holes in it), one toilet outfit, one record book, one Bible, book of post cards, pajamas, ruined or stolen. Etc. Etc. Etc.
In fact, everything I own, including magazines, except my toilet paper, the clothes on my back and my trunk and contents left behind in camp with blanket roll, has been hit, torn, smashed ruined, or transversed by pieces of shell. What can be done?
The winner of the competition for the best "Section Notes" is S. S. U. 72. Notes were received from only two Sections and we trust that by a further offer of Twenty Francs for October 1st. that there will be a response from other Sections.
We wish to call your attention to the fact that the poem contest closes on September 17th and will state that we have so far received six poems.
Section 72 being youthful and modest doesn't like to talk about itself. Therefore it is with hesitation that it admits it has the best American Field Service baseball team in France. Any Section having doubts can have them removed by applying for a game.
Seventy two also will take any Section on for a soccer contest, a field meet or a ukelelie match. Its soccer team defeated a picked team of French professionnals on Sunday.
The forty men of Section 72 are doing active service now under Cdt. Adj. William E. Westbrook. They relieved a French Section after only four days in France and Twenty Fiat cars were taken over.
When the Section moved to the front and made camp in a battered down factory its promotion to active duty was celebrated by a flag raising. Both Americans and Frenchmen stood at attention as the Stars and Stripes were run out.
The camp presented a spotless-town appearance when the French Major de Cantonment visited it and he complimented Cdt. Adj. Westbrook highly, saying the Americans had made it the cleanest and best appearing billet in his division.
Only one of the forty men refused to enlist in the Army when recruiting officers arrived and his reason was an excellent one. Four men failed to pass the medical examination.
Cdt. Adj. Westbrook has recommended the promotion of A. B. Beldon to the grade of first sergeant ; A. P. Crease to duty sergeant ; and W. P. Smith Jr. to corporal.
P. S. No. 1
The whole Section is for the "Bulletin".
P. S. No. 2.
The only casualty so far was the amputation of the tail of "Ah Oui", the Section's fox-terrier "mascot". The Section presents an improved appearance since the operation.
Section 66 reports the. loss of another car, shot thru' the heart and every other organ by a shell which did itself the honor to explode on the ambulance. Its effective is again reduced to 16, which seems to be as many cars as the Parc thinks 44 Americans can care for. The same drivers, Kilometer and the Gambling Parson, had their previous car smashed five weeks ago. This time, by contrast, they lost a new car, that is one with a military number way up in the six thousands. Hereafter they will he asked to take out our worst junks. Fortunately neither of them were touched either time. One of the exhibits of this wreck is a copy of the Literary Digest which shows on its cover a so-called American Ambulance setting a village afire, it passes so fast, with the motor of the car on the picture torn out by a piece of éclat just where the motor of our car was dematerialized. (The morale of the motor is still excellent.) As before, everything the Long Kilometer had aboard was punctured and wrecked, while the Fighting Parson's gambled gains were not hurt.
Section 66 now occupies the renowned Theatre de la vue de l'Aisne, the cars occupying the stage with the river for a background. The loges are located on a curved bank in two tiers, each loge being occupied by a select party of from one to four of the Four Thousand. An imposing ceremony took place a few days ago when all the cars of the Section were decorated, doubly decorated indeed, by the members of the Section with Red Cross and American flags sent by Fairy Godmother Rue Raynouard. Will anyone hazard an opinion on whether the American flag should go on the right or on the left side of the car?
The ceremony was suspended by unexpected fireworks and balloon descensions.
The eleves officiers at the officers' school at Meaux participated in the ceremonies commemorating the third anniversary of the battle of the Marne, on Sunday September 9th. Eight members of the school were especially invited to represent the American Field Service at the impressive ceremony at the Hotel de Ville and on the field of the battle.
Once more the American Field Service showed their superiority in the National pastime by defeating the D. O. G.'s at St. Cloud by a score of 18 to 0 on Sunday, September 9th. The details of the Game were buried under an avalanche of homers and two-baggers which the Forester during his next permission will try to extricate. We are now leading the League and the chances for copping the pennant are very good. For the past four Sundays the Service has not lost a game, due to the support of many of the permissionnaires whose brilliant playing has made this record possible.
We are ready for Section Eight's "Goat."
Esteemed Editor of the "Bulletin":
When we wrote you last time I could not tell you where we were because it was a Great Military Secret. Now we are coming on repos and I am writing to tell you.
We were at the Chemin-des-Dames.
Chemin-des-Dames means Road of Ladies but it ain't no Road for Ladies now, unless it has been repaired recently since we last saw it. It used to go east and west on a big Plateau, but the authorities aren't quite sure where it is now, seeing as how it got scattered all over the Plateau this summer. Parts of it used to hit our Ambulances very often. You don't need any Arc-Lights to see your way around there because they've got lots of Star-Shells hanging over it, but you have to look out for the places where the Boche trenches cross the road.
The Plateau is considerable cut up. It used to be Farms but I am wondering what the Farmers will do after the War when they get to plowing up the Fields and plow up Obus non Eclaté. And how they will know where the Road was because if they go by where the Sign-posts and Kilo-stones are now they will zig-zag all over the Valley of the Aisne and the territory adjacent thereto. The Chemin-des-Dames was built for their Excellencies, the Daughters of Louis Quinze to go and see their Maid of Honor, who lived at the end of the Road. I beg to state that they wouldn't ever find their Maid of Honor now.
Our Post de Secure, where we secure Blessés, and the same ain't very secure for us, is near a Chemin going north, which used to cross the Chemin-des Dames. Now it goes over it or under it, I forget which. Anyhow there ain't any Gendarme or Traffic Cop at the Crossroads to ask you if you've got a pink Ordre de Mouvement. On that Road there is a Sign which states "To Cerny, 4 Kilos" which would be some trip, I beg to state, because Without Doubt the Boche would be very glad to see you coming to Cerny which is the Boche Post de Secure, and they would probably receive you with great Eclats. One day we were talking about what was the first thing we would do if we heard the War was over. Milt Silver says he would jump right into Voiture No. 9 and hike right over the Chemin-des-Dames to Cerny, and perhaps climb the Hurtebise Monument. But Hawley. Smith says as how they might not have heard of it yet out there, so we decided not to do that right away.
Nothing further to report except Gas. We noted in our last letter about seeing a cloud of this new Invisible Gas. We beg to report two other kinds of Gas --- (1) French essence, which we call Laughing Gas because we have to laugh when we see how it don't make our Fiats go, and which supplies the lack of water for us. (2) A New kind of gas which smells like the Cantonnement of a Battalion of Skunks and a Barrel of Cabbage. Perhaps it was only a passing Regiment of Sengalese or a Bunch of Boche Prisoners. But it is very deadly for our Medecin Chef could not do anything for the twenty men that got killed by it in our Division.
Hoping to see This in Print soon,
68° DIVISION D'INFANTERIE
ETAT-MAJOR Q. G., le 12 Aoùt 1917.
At the time when the Division was leaving for the rear to its present Cantonnement, American Sanitary Section No. 65 was relieved by the French S. S. A. 53, in accordance with the agreement between France and the American Field Service, stipulating that the American sections shall not leave the front.
This agreement emphasizes the spirit of devotion which alone inspires the Americans composing this section whom no military obligation called to the colours to serve France.
Animated solely by the loftiest sentiments : the sense of justice and right and the recognition of the services rendered by France to their country at the time of their War of Independence, they did not hesitate to leave their hearths and country to come and range themselves on our side.
The Colonel temporarily commanding the 18th Division will not allow S. S. U. 65 to depart without expressing his profound regret at being obliged to separate from it. He desires to express his profound thanks for the devoted cooperation unceasingly given during the active and sanguinary operations which took place in the CERNY sector from the 10th July to the 1st. August.
During the past week twenty six members of the Sections taking part in the active work of the last month have received the Croix de Guerre
S. S. U. 1. --- R. J. Flynn, J. C. Hanna, R. Stockwell, R. W. Tapley, J. M. White.
S. S. U. 2. --- O. Chew, E. Maclntyre, W. Gilmore, W. Dock, R. Atwater.
S. S. U. 15. - C. E. F. Clark, R. C. Paradise, L. Paine, D. Van Alstynne.
S. S. U. 16. --- B. Bowie, William Agar, J. B. Keyes.
S. S. U. 19-- Donald Beicher
S..S. U. 27. ---B. Wheeler, Cdt. Adj., Theodore Miles, Sous-Chef, L. S. Potter, Lloyd O. Colter, W. F. Anderson.
S. S. U. 4. --- E. Iselin, Cdt. Adj. (2nd citation), Charles U. Shreve, and Charles Greenhalgh.
Unknown marraine, unseen marraine
conspire, by rote acquire
Bruce C. HOPPER
|Funeral of Perley Raymond Hamilton and James Wilson Gailey in village on the Aisne. Section sixty six, General Niessel and M. Andrew in the background.|
The address rendered at the funeral services of Hamilton and Gailey by a member of General Niessel's staff has just come to hand. The officer in English made the following remarks:
Général Niessel, Commanding the 9th Army Corps asks me to give his very grateful souvenir to your brave comrades.
James Wilson Gailey and Perley Raymond Hamilton were both students and nothing obliged them to leave their home and join our army to go into danger.
But as soon as the United States understood that strength was the only method to reduce the enemies of humanity, without waiting the arrival of your brave troops, and as you all did, Gentlemen, they offered to our country their youth, their heart and their blood.
In these last hard fighting days, the French soldiers have seen you all, going to your dangerous duty---always lively and gay, just as if you were going to a sporting party. Already fighting for three years, our soldiers are "connaisseurs" in bravery, and they all say of you, that you are brave men.
The glorious death of your two friends justifies that compliment.
The Général Commanding the Army Corps wants also to pay his debt and has signed this order giving the Croix de Guerre to these two brave men, who fell on the battle field far from their country and home!
Général Order N° 243
The General, Commanding the 9th, Army Corps, mentions in "Ordre du jour" the following soldiers:
Perley Raymond HAMILTON. -
American voluntary driver --- Sanitary Section No. 66.
Very good driver --- brave and devoted to his duty --- was killed in action, when driving injured soldiers to the dressing station at V... on the 29th of July at 5 o'clock at morning.
James Wilson GAlLEY.
American voluntary driver --- Sanitary Section No. 66.
When driving six severely injured soldiers in the night 25th to 26th of July, was blocked in V... by the fall of a house and by deep shell holes.
Although the road was extremely shelled and in spite of the gas, ran to the next post and brought back another ambulance car in which he could transfer the wounded he had in charge and drove them home.
He was killed on the 29th by a shell that fell on his ambulance car, filled up with injured men.
HAMILTON and GAlLEY, in the name of the Général Officers and soldiers of the 9th, Army Corps, your brother of arms, I send you our most hearty good bye.
The Judges have decided that three of the poems have equal merit, therefore have awarded three prizes of ten francs each.
THE CAMION CARAVAN
Winding down thru
In between the rows
Homeward to remorque
Prize Winner. --- Ten Francs.
Through the tinted village creep
Blind beetles, one by one,
Prize Winner. --- Ten Francs.
"C'EST LA GUERRE!"
Oh, the sky is bright and clear
Later, by the "abri" door
Then, from out the heavy din
Down the valley, inch by inch,
A DUFFER'S DUFFLE.
A tangled mess of shirts and socks.
Prize Winner. --- Ten Francs
THE STAR SHELL
The darkness hangs like a velvet shroud
Harry B. Winsor
Car no. 423, S.S.U, 13
Mort May 8th, 1917.
You may talk about your voitures
The paint is not so good
After all the wars are past
(1) Poetic Licence 46725.
Additional copies of this will be on sale in the lobby at No. 17 Wilhelmstrasse, Berlin, after November 1st. 1917.
C. C. Battershell
WE WISH IT WOULD
Whenever the topics of talk run low,
The men on the steamers that ride the foam
You pick up a poilu along the route
Every one airily states his views
before I forget it, my reader friend,
HENRY ON THE GRANDE ROUTE
These foreign cars sound fine at home,
You've got reputation, Henry,
The other day my Fiat car
You have got the makings, Henry,
You may take the Dago Fiat,
You're not so handsome, Henry,
Robert A. Donaldson,
Still another volunteer of the American Field Service has been killed in the service of France.
Paul Cody Bentley a Harvard senior, who entered this service in May of the present year and left Paris with the Field Service section 65 in June was mortally wounded on Friday night September 14th, while driving his ambulance in the region of the Chemin des Dames. His car was hit by a German shell which instantly killed the three wounded soldiers who were being carried from the dressing station to a hospital. Mr. Bentley died at the front on Sunday, September 16th. His home was 4750 Kenwood Avenue, Chicago, Ill. He was buried on Monday afternoon with military honors at St. Gilles (Aisne).
Mr. Carson S. Ricks of section 65 of the American Field Service who was on the same car was also wounded but less grievously and his recovery is practically certain. Mr. Ricks had only been a member of this section for about one week and was the first of the members of the Field Service enlisted in the U. S. army ambulance service to be wounded.
Car No. 424 was completely destroyed by shell August 31, 1917.
Car No. 314 was wrecked September 9th. The driver P. P. Cram was gassed, lost the road and fell over a thirty foot embankment. That the car did not drop another thirty feet was due to its bringing up against a wrecked camion which had previously fallen down the same place.
Section 68 which has been working with French Fiats, has been given new Fords. The Section returned to 21 rue Raynouard this week and left again on Wednesday morning, September 19th, with enlisted men fully equipped with cars donated to the Field Service by citizens of Portland, Oregon, U. S. A. Croom W. Walker is Cdt. Adj. and John M. Smith sous-chef.
Thanks to the generosity of its officers, Section 4 enjoyed a real banquet on the evening of September 11th to celebrate the recent Citation of its Lieutenant, Chef and three of its members Those cited were Lieut. de Turkheim (who has commanded the section for two years), cited for the second time ; Chef Henry Iselin, also for the second time ; Charles Greenhalge, James A. Evans and Charles U. Shreve.
On the other hand, the Section regrets the departure of two efficient members. J. B. Fletcher has been appointed Acting Chef of Section 29 and has left for his new post, while Greenhalgh, having completed his term of enlistment, intends to enter the American Aviation Service.
CHARLES H. HUNKINS.
Bruce M. Clure, Sous-Chef S. S. U. 33 had been appointed Cdt. Adj. S. S. U. 16.
Jefferson B. Fletcher from S. S. U. 4 has been appointed Acting Cdt. Adj. of S. S. U. 29 until Julian Allen can return.
Born Sunday, August 26th, to T. M. U. 133, Peloton , now known as the Missouri Section of the Camion Service. Chef Chauncey R. Hood, who has just recently graduated from the training school at Meaux, is very proud of the infant which, besides building itself a new home and running regular convoys, has also found time to use its swaddling clothes as a baseball uniform and win three straight games.
The twenty-three Missouri boys, most of whom are from the University of Missouri were formerly with the boys of the Princeton Section, with whom they had competition in baseball as intense as their co-operation in work. When the sections were reformed, four pelotons to a groupe, the Missouri men made the basis of the extra section, which was contemplated by a dozen fellows from the California Section (P. I. of T. M. U. 133) and a half dozen men from training camp.
The young section on August 30th defeated its old rivals, the Princeton boys, by a score of 6 to 5, in spite of a new battery the latter drew in the shake-up and on September 4 walloped the Yale-Dartmouth Section (P. 2) by an 11 to 4 count. With half of the original Missouri team on permission, the section beat Princeton again on September 7th by 6 to 5.
The officers of the Missouri Section are Chef Chauncey R. Hood, Beverly, Mass. 1st Sergeant, George R. Lamade, Williamsport, Pa., 2nd Sergeant, Coburn Herndon, Plattsburg, Mo. 1st Corporal, Paul Shields, Dorchester, Mass. ; 2nd Corporal, R. S. Perkins, Gloucester, Mass.
We are housed in a horseshoe of remorques, with a tent over the center of the shoe. Our little camp is near the top of a very pretty hill, from which rockets and star-shells are quite plainly visible at night, making possible one of the most popular camp sports --- the watching of shrapnel and aeroplane manoeuvres over the lines thru field glasses.
Sergeant Lamade shifted the gears smoothly into high speed recently when he started morning and evening assemblies, and now the camp is running like a brand new Pierce-Arrow five-tonner, with a steady frictionless hum that tells of its fine spirit and great reserve strength.
B. G. KLINE,
T. M. U. 133.
The question of supplying the Italian Army with an ambulance service having been conceived it was only a matter of a few minutes to have it organized and well on its way. This service had according to all reports performed unique work. One of the drivers, after having been in a car only five minutes devised a new style of car which could jump from mountain top to mountain top. This at once made the service invaluable and decided the authorities to make the recent offensive, so that the renown of the service might he known to the world.
There have been many reasons given for the withdrawal of the service and it has only just come to light, that the Italian doctors protested vehemently and finally forced the withdrawal because the rapidity of the evacuation was so great that the men arrived at the hospital even before being wounded.
Mysteriously on the night of the 23rd. AF French brancardier who has a friend in the Etat Major who knows everything told a driver in Section 96 that a shell had burst in the middle of the cantonnement, that the fragments had hit and killed instantly all the drivers who were standing about and that the cars had all slid into the hole it made. Soon after another shell burst covering all the remains with dirt. There is a chance to get some souvenirs on a bright night.
Section 84 reports that Section 83 which is working in the next sector is composed of men who can't drive and even if they could would not go to the postes. They are only there to eat the food which the French Government gives them and which their cook can't cook.
Section 83 reports that Section 84 which is working in the next sector is composed of men who can't drive and even if they could would not go to the postes. They are only there to eat the food which the French Government gives them and which their cook can't cook.
There is a rumour that the U. S Army will take over the American Field Service.
A man who wishes to transfer from the American Field Service to the Woman Home Temperance Society must have at least bought his passage to France. This ticket must be visaed by the proper authorities.
Realizing that every man is entitled to transfer just at the moment that he thinks of it, a special service has been organized by the French authorities and a Frenchman has been detailed to follow each American driver wherever he is. He will instantly rush to headquarters where all work will stop while the case is acted on. If on the Frenchman's return the American has changed his mind the operation will be repeated. Three such tries are allowed.
The beauty of this system is that personal consideration is thus given to every member of the Field Service and allows a great many Frenchmen an opportunity to help America in this war.
Section 70 is the proud possessor of two cars visited by the obus. Car number 6 was bien démoli by a German 155 mm gas shell which entered gaily thru the roof, smashed the steering wheel, coupéd the deux pneu, and éclated with much élan beside the car, knocking a few handsome holes in it, and perfuming it well with a mixture of sand gaz liquid. A few more distant obus also added several perforated exhibits.
According to a General (there are so many of them we forget just which one it was) it is unfortunate that the conducteurs were not in the car at the time, for a croix de guerre could then have been presented for being distinguished --- distinguished by the Boche. Considering that the shell momentarily passed across the positions normally occupied by the two drivers, we think the General's estimate is a bit low. More likely it would have meant the presentation of the Médaille Militaire, and the Croix de Bois.
Car number 1 was also hit, having received an artistic incision in the side by 4 visiting piece of obus.
Both cars are the object of much admiration, and the other cars in the Section are doing their best to come up to the high standard set by these two brave voitures.
The Royal Order of Gobblers has been founded by members of Section 70, and the Alpha chapter with forty members, already installed. Besides social and religious opportunities --- its members have developed a remarkable capacity for prayer while on duty --- the Gobblers affords excellent insurance for its members. A member of the Gobblers may insure his life with the Society for the sum of $10. during period of enlistment, (for the war only) for an annual premium of 75 fr., payable in advance. In case of injury the victim may go to the French military hospitals without charge, and there, if he is foolish enough to think he can do it, may try to survive.
The Gobblers wish to expand, and will he glad to install other chapters in any sections which may in the future be working near.
The division to which Section 70 is attached possesses, apparently, a poilu with the largest briquet in existence. Said poilu, name and number unknown, tapped a car's reserve cans for a "peu d'essence pour le briquet", while the conducteur's back was conveniently turned. After the poilu had departed three cans were found empty. Can any other Section boast of a poilu with a briquet which holds fifteen litres?
Another member of the Section is at present suffering from a severe nervous shock, caused by a German 77 bursting within five hundred yards of him.
Unfortunately we have this week two casualties to report. One member of the Section was fatally injured on the night of September 10th by the éclat in his car, of a champagne cork which struck him in the head. We know the sadness with which his parents, who live in Kansas, will receive the news. The other driver on the car at the time was also injured --- by the contents. He has been removed to the hospital at Neuilly, where he is being treated for DT's. It is expected that he will recover.
A General pronounced the obsequies over the first driver, pinning the Croix de Guerre on his breast, and afterwards went to the hospital to see the other, for the purpose of congratulating him, and incidentally to take a nip at what was left of the champagne.
Beyond this action, the night was calm. Nothing more to report.
R. A. D.
S. S. U. 70.
MY BARRACKS BED
My bed is like a little boat ",
Section 70 had a cook who used to stir the food with his fingers. He died of blood-poisoning in his hand.
A tire is a thing that is hitched on to the bottom of a voiture. It is well named; it gets that way often.
The British Government states that every wounded man costs it 35.000.00. That's nothing ; think what an ambulance man costs his family.
Adam believed that the snake was a dangerous animal. He never heard an obus hiss!
HENRY B. WARREN.
S. S. U. 70.
In an interesting game at the big Athletic Carnival in Versailles on the 16th of September the rue Raynouard bunch once more covered themselves with glory and added another scalp to the already large number of beaten foes.
It was a wonderful, Indian Summer, day and there were certainly oodles of people there to watch the game and the other sports. The dusky long-haired Canucks were worthy opponents and it was anybody's game until the seventh inning when Cress walked, Rafter tripled and Goortner doubled and two runs across the plate. Cress pitched air-tight ball holding the Canadians to two hits both being singles and backed by support given by Winship, Goortner, Weekes, Van Alstyne, all being permissionnaires by the way, easily out-classed Walkingshaw the opposing slabster.
The prize was a handsome loving cup about 14 inches high, of silver, in addition to which each man received a wrist watch.
What surprised the crowd most of all and was the cause of many ah's and ooh la la's was the taking of the bomb throwing by Kelley, a new man at 21 rue Raynouard with a throw of 64 m. 20 cm. It was the first time that Kelley had ever seen a bomb. His prize was a piece of bronze statuary.
The top office kindly loaned the bunch the big- five ton Selden and about thirty men including the rooters and players journeyed forth to spend the day. As usual the French office was too busy to go.
The recruiting officers for the U. S. army ambulance service have already visited about 1/3 of our 34 ambulance sections and report in the main very satisfactory results. Recruiting officers from the Quartermaster's Department are this week visiting the 16 T. M. sections and we are happy to announce that the transport sections of the American Field Service will practically become the nucleus of the transport service of the American army in France. The school for non-commissioned officers at Chavigny will he considerably enlarged as will also the officers' school in Meaux and the American transport sections serving on the French front will be rapidly multiplied. While the American Field Service is destined to be dissolved as an entity, the work which it has organized and carried on with the French armies during the past three years will be continued and developed without interruption and upon a much larger scale. We intend for some time to continue the publication of this BULLETIN as a means of communication among the old Field Service sections and members, so long in fact as sufficient and satisfactory material for this purpose is furnished by these sections.
Every man who has remained in a Field Service section for a period of 6 months or more will eventually receive a diploma testifying to the character of the service rendered, the section to which he has belonged and the location in which he has served. These diplomas have been designed by Bernard Naudin, the distinguished artist who has drawn so many of the war posters and diplomas and contributed so largely to the artistic documents of the war. It is rumored also that medals are in preparation for the volunteers in the American Field Service who have devoted six months to this service.