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“The runs here are pretty long from this
post. We are at a "Smistamento”

or distributing post.
The men are brought in here, bandaged and shipped right out again to all the
various hospitals. The latter are all around. There is one for serious cases
only 4 kilometers away and then there are two or four others all over 35 kilometers
distant. That makes quite a run in a Ford  because we must count the
return distance too. Yesterday I did about 155 kilometers from 5pm on till
1am. That’s about the same as from home to Hoboken, then back home and down to
Hoboken again.”

American ambulance driver in the Piave River sector, Italy – text and photo : University of South
This week, the US Centennial Commission’s awesome podcast is dedicated to ambulances.

Ambulance! Episode
2 – Here: The American Medical Operations in Italy

‘July 21-22 1918 – Packed-up & left at 4.3…

21-22 1918 – Packed-up & left at 4.30 am, traveled a few miles, halted
until after dinner. News of the great advance at the front! Crossed the
Marne, entered Chateau-Thierry. Everything wrecked. Living in mansion, slept in
big bed.’

ambulance driver’s diary in Chateau-Thierry, France – Franklin & Marshall College – Photo: July 22
1918, France American trucks and ambulances’ halt in La Ferté-sous-Jouarre,
on the way to Chateau-Thierry.
– Note to the left of the photo the fender & tire of a Ford ambulance. La Contemporaine.


There’s nothing I don’t
know about Fords by now.” 

“My Ford has a temperamental disposition, poor dear, and
we can never tell what she will do next. She has really been awful
to my nerves during this last month, as I have driven her every day, and
every day she has done something. There’s nothing I don’t know about Fords by
now. First, her carburetor leaked perpetually for a week, so we changed the
carburetor. Then she had three tire-changing fits, so we got new ones. You’d think that would be enough, but no, we took
her all to pieces and cleaned out the carbon, for the second time in two weeks,
and put her together again. She wasn’t a bit grateful, and the next day dropped
off her gasoline pipe for me. I must say to her credit that she had the sense
to do it in the garage doorway, and not at the Place de l’Opera or the Champs Elysees
or the Arc de Triomphe – why add insult to injury ?”

WW1 American lady ambulance driver in Paris, France “Back of the Front in France: Letters from Amy Owen Bradley”
Photo: 1918, France,  American ambulance drivers working on a Ford – Radcliffe
Institute – Harvard University

“Wow, it is hot — both weather and shells comi…

“Wow, it is hot — both weather and shells coming over, the Hun must have their
dates mixed and are trying to celebrate the 4th of July but we will set them
right at midnight tonight when we start our third drive.

The Marines are doing all
the good work here but are paying dearly for it, and they not having any ambulances
we are called on to do the work. Some large ambulances which came here to help
out are too big to do the work but the little old Fords sneak up
close to the lines, always on the go and for good work! General Pershing commanded
us for our excellent work.”

July 1918, American ambulance driver “somewhere in France”, probably in the Chateau
Thierry sector
. Pennsylvanian Voices of the Great War – Photo: July 6th
1918, Chateau-thierry sector – American ambulance drivers carrying a wounded soldier
from a first aid post to their ambulance, to transport him to the nearest
hospital. The National WW1 Museum & Memorial

‘June 1918, Alsace – I am condemned to f…

‘June 1918, Alsace – I am
condemned to four days at a tiny post on a remote mountaintop. Even in the
middle of the day it’s cold. The post looks like a lumber camp clinging
precariously to the steep slopes.  As for
the road to reach the post, it makes you revise your definition of a hill. It’s
steep and winding, 12 km long, taking more than one hour for the car to climb
it in low gear. I hope I won’t have any trips at night because my car has no
lights and the hill is something to think about even in daylight. This hill has
already played havoc with the breaks of all the
cars. The lieut suggested that we drag big logs behind us to slow us up…

looks as if every Ford in the lot might be in the scrap heap before long…’

Of Battles Long Ago: Memoirs of an
American Ambulance Driver in World War I
– Photo: Alsace  mountains, an American ambulance driving
up the actual road described in this entry.

‘June 12 1918 –  Worked on car all day. …

‘June 12 1918 –  Worked on car all day. Pretty tired after work. Fine
weather continues. Wonderful sunsets. Stays light until 10 P.M.’

In Rambluzin, Meuse, American ambulance driver’s diary – Diaries of Samuel Keplinger – Photo: France, WW1 American ambulance driver working on his ambulance in the sunset.

“Friday May 17 1918  &nda…

“Friday May 17 1918 

– There’s a place to swim here.
Also ample opportunity for washing!”

American ambulance driver’s diary en repos in Epense, Marne, France – photo: May 17 1918, Epense, sweet pic of ambulance drivers going for a swim in a US White truck. Note the Ford ambulance parked in the courtyard. Text & Photo:
Diaries of Samuel Keplinger

“May 2 1918 – Called fo…

“May 2 1918 –

Called for racing thru town. 8 kilometers speed limit. Was going only 30!”

American ambulance driver’s diary in Argonne, Verdun sectorDiaries of Samuel Keplinger – Photo: Spring 1918, France, American ambulance rolling vite through town.

‘April 29-30 1918 – Duty at Oulche. No w…

‘April 29-30
1918 – Duty at Oulche. No work. Return to Oeuilly – Washed car at river. Shaved and bathed. Repaired bunk. Sent letters

American ambulance driver in Picardie, France –  Special
Collections Department, Stewart Library, Weber State University – Photo: WW1, France, American ambulance driver washing his “boat”. American Field Service Archives

“March 31 1918 . Cars are stationed at new pos…

“March 31 1918 . Cars are
stationed at new postes–-two cars at Herbéviller, three at Benaménil and two
at Domjévin.”

In Meuse, France, American
ambulance driver’s log – Record of S. S. U. 585
– Photo: WW1, France, American ambulances and 2 drivers, parked and ready to