Category: neverforgotten

‘July 5th 1918 – We are told that a numb…

‘July 5th 1918 – We are told that a number of Frenchmen in Faverolles crawled
out beyond the wire the night of the 3rd, returning 20min later. When the morning of the Fourth
dawned No Man’s Land was dotted with small American flags!’

American ambulance driver in Boursonne, Aisne, France
The Compensations of War – Photo: 1918, France, French soldiers carrying
American flags

July 4th 1918, Paris – It was a grand da…

July 4th 1918, Paris – It was a grand day, full
of heart-warming feelings. Up near the grand stand the crowd was condensed into
one huge nosegay of black bobbing heads. On the
grandstand famous personages made their appearance, ambassadors and ministers,
the great of earth. They were greeted with cheers, but not with a real ovation.
They were not the stars in this cast! Who cares for diplomats, phrase-makers,
phrase-breakers, swivel-chair-nobles when the real heroes, the French and the American poilus, the saviors of Paris, pass by? Certainly
not the Parisians.

And so they then turned their
gaze, thousands on thousands of brown Gallic eyes upon the exact point
down the street, where the American soldiers would
arrive. And suddenly a shout – not exactly a shout; rather, a big happy
hurrah—burst simultaneously from thousands of grateful happy hearts.

Here they come! Les Américains! Here they come! Strong emotion swept
the crowd like a breeze: Vive I’Amérique! Vive les Américains! And all
that excited sea of souls laughed and cried and shouted and sobbed and rocked
in glad exultation over these fine, big, clean garçons who had fought so
splendidly, so desperately, so victoriously beside their own brave poilus.

The Saturday Evening Post, Vol 191 – Photos: Independence Day 1918
in Paris. La Contemporaine. More photos of this beautiful day @ Gallica


                                                         ‘moving forward all the time

‘France is one continuous camp and the troops are coming
in all the time and every one moves forward all the time, and no one gets to
the rear except the wounded – So
you see that the whole movement is constantly towards Berlin. Everything
is moving fine over here so far and I think we have Fritz on the run, thanks to
the good work of the people back home – Here,
my people are doing their bit to win the war, they sure make good soldiers.’

Letter of James William Alston, American First Lieutenant in the US 372nd
an all-black regiment – African American Soldiers in World War
I @ DPLA – Photo: July 4th 1918, Independence Day Parade in Lignieres, Meuse, France. La Contemporaine, France.


                                                      July 4th 1918, Walking Strong

“The Fourth of July found me in Chaumont. The French people there never missed an opportunity to
show their pleasure at having us in their midst.“ General Pershing.

And a nice note from Clemenceau:

“General Pershing; The American troops who took part in the
Fourth of July ceremony
on the Avenue President
Wilson made a deep impression all over Paris. On this holiday celebrated with
such sincerity by all our Allies, the splendid appearance of your soldiers
sparked not only our enthusiasm but our absolute confidence as well. Please, transmit
to your troops, with my compliments, the expression of my true admiration. “Clemenceau.””

My Experiences In The World War –Photo: July 4th 1918, General Pershing and French officials in Chaumont. More photos of these beautiful day @ 100 ans en Haute Marne.



night was a perfect inferno”

officers coming in wounded, terribly, terribly, wounded, rarely complain. They
have endured their hardships and suffering gloriously. My heart has bled by the
things I have seen.”

June 1918, Belleau Wood, American Surgeon J.T. Boone’s letter to his wife. He received the Medal of Honor for his incessant work and heroism in WW1, especially during the Belleau Wood battle.  In one instance,
on June 25 1918, Dr. Boone
followed the attack of one battalion against enemy positions in Belleau Wood, establishing advanced dressing
stations under continuous shelling. More about Dr. Boone @ the Library of Congress –  Illustration: June 1918, US Marine regimental aid station in Belleau Wood, France –



refugee clings to her dog through thick and thin”

week, when the fleeing multitudes came to Paris from their
burning homes, we kept nurses and aids night and day at the
railroad stations, which are not very safe places at present, as they
are the objectives of the air
raids. Train loads crowded with refugees and wounded come in all night. Bless the thoughtful friends at home who supply me with money to use in individual relief. I meet so many pitiful little
families who have left everything behind. Many arrive carrying nothing but their
pets. One old woman brought her goat, which she said behaved better on the train than the children,
another hugged a rabbit, dogs and cats of course were plentiful and even little
pigs could be found, tucked under protecting arms, saved from the Boche stomach. Their calm
courage is marvelous, not a complaint was heard, not a tear shed.”

Spring 1918, E. Ashe, American Red Cross lady in France “Intimate Letters from France” – Photo: June
, Paris, beautiful photo taken by Hine, Lewis Wickes. More here about this photo – And, here,
these photos show the true American Spirit and the formidable American humanitarian
work accomplished during WW1.– Library of Congress



1918, Meuse, France – Dad and Major Ruby D. Garrett with “Commanding
Field Officers of 42nd Div.” – National World War 1 Museum and Memorial



first time I went “over the top” was on June 6th.“

“If there be any
person who does not believe there is a God, let that man go “over the
top” just once. It will do more to convince him than a thousand years of
religious meetings.

The first time I
went “over the top” was on June 6th. Oh, what a happy bunch we were shaking
hands with one another, happy and exultant in the fact that at last we were
“going over.”

Of the forty men
in my platoon that started to cross a small ravine only 100 yards across, four
of us reached the other side. That was when we took Bouresches. We were in the
line for one whole month. It is an absolute fact that the Marines stopped the great German drive, saved
Paris, and then, with over half of their number killed or wounded, drove the
Germans back and once more saved the day.”

June 1918, in
Belleau Wood, American Marines’ letter home. – Dear Folks At Home, The Glorious Story of The United States Marines in France
Illustration: WW1 song “One, two, three, boys over the top we go”
Library of Congress. Here, the WW1 Centennial News’s podcast gives a very interesting
June 1918 Overview. Here, France remembers.

The day before Memorial Day of this year, (191…

day before Memorial Day of this year, (1918), Marshal Petain wrote General

“I have invited French troops stationed near American cemeteries
to go and salute their brothers-in-arms
fallen for the safety of their Land and
the Liberty of the world. Later, when you have left Europe, rest assured that
the same rites will be rendered them and with the same fervor. The remembrance
of these valorous men will endure in our hearts.”

It did and still does. See here, Memorial Day 2018 celebrated in Chaumont, France.

Source: A Machine Gunner’s Notes – Photo: WW1, Memorial Day French soldiers, ladies & children paying tribute to the fallen American soldiers. Ministere de la Culture, France.

Memorial Day 1918 in France, Masevaux, Chaumont, Romagne


                                        “seemingly oblivious
of the impending ordeal”

stay at Lattainville at the end of May was an idyllic interlude
on the brink of the frenetic drama of the days that followed. Our American
division was now readied by the Supreme Command for the great German drive,
and it was just a question as to where and when we would be called on to parry
it. My journal evokes the unreality of these days of waiting in the
glorious landscape of the Oise when spring was at its full height. Routines
went on. The men lived in the present with their customary garrulousness and
byplay, seemingly oblivious of the impending ordeal into which they
would be plunged.’

End of May 1918, Oise, France – American ambulance driver who then became a corporal in the Army’s 17th Field
Artillery of the 2nd Division – Armageddon
Revisited: A World War I Journal
– Photo: WW1, France, American soldiers’
“idyllic unterlude”. La Contemporaine