, “April 5 1919, steaming up Boston Harbor with the Yankees on board”
‘We forgot all about everything; all we had on our minds was our homes, our
mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and sweethearts. Many of them had come for
miles to greet us. We finally pulled alongside the pier at noon, April
5, 1919, and
as it was low tide the pier looked quite high. There were many dignitaries and a group girls on the edge of the pier, all
singing “Smiles.” What excitement!
The ship was secured with big hawsers and big booms about ten feet long
were set out from the side of the
ship to the pier. A gangplank was lowered, and several dignitaries were allowed
aboard, one of whom was none other than Colonel W. C. Hayes. With tears in his eyes and full of emotion, he addressed us as follows : “our Country and New England especially
is proud of you. Your splendid record on the other side is appreciated by the whole Country.
You came through despite everything, and we know that you are entitled to every bit of the credit
which has come to you.
coming home to take your places in civil life. Conditions have changed at home since you
went away. You must prepare yourselves to think in terms of 1919 and not 1914.
The people at
home are relying on you to perform these duties as nobly as you did those in the
April 5 1919, American soldier, member of the 26th "Yankee” Division – The Yankee
doughboy – Photo: April 5 1919, steaming up Boston harbor, with the Yankees
on board – Naval History, NavSource – US Army Photo Archives