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“One time when we were going a…

“One time

when we were going around

I said, “If I get a job, will
you marry me?”- She said “Sure.” And she waited for me while I was in France.”

“How many times have we not heard that the soldier at
the front wanted to get the war over with, to get out of the army, to be free to live his
own life? Or the familiar wish to buy a small farm and settle down? Or the longing to marry that girl back home and rear a family? Or the passionate
desire never to see a gun, and never to fight, again?”

Interview with a WW1 American soldier – Newsweek-Volume 133 – Back to life: the
emotional adjustment of our veterans – Photo: August 18 1919, a recently returned
soldier’s wedding –The Indiana Album

                                            “W…

                                            “What the Girl with the Lamp means to
Them”

‘She gives the first greeting to our soldiers, the Statue of Liberty, as she stands out in the wide harbor,
welcoming, aspiring. From the deck of battleship or transport they gaze on her,
for the most part silently. She is infinitely, breathlessly beautiful to them,
with her soaring gesture; she may be gleaming in the dawn, or shining under the
sunshine of full noon, or she may be grayish in the rain. But no weather can change
her significance: she is no mere figure of stone and iron; she is not merely a symbol
of freedom, of power, of opportunity. Oh, much more than all this to these men
of ours who have for so long been sick for home!

As
citizen soldiers, they want the American people to make this country all the Statue of Liberty proclaims it to be and to aspire to be.
We stand now, as individuals and as a country, breathless from the deep
emotional experience of this war. It is a moment when we
are more malleable than we shall ever be again. Now is the moment to begin over
on a higher plane, to strive toward the highest kind of patriotism; more
tolerance, more humanity, more brotherhood, more altruism— we must put all
these qualities in the government of our country and in our own lives. The
magnificent achievement of those common heroes, our soldiers, has preached us a
sermon that we need. May the Girl with the lamp light us on!’

Summer 1919, war correspondent Maude Radford Warren – Photo: 1919 “The Girl with
the Lamp” – Missouri Over There

                         “Thes…

 
                      

“These
street women realize that it is their last chance at an American”

August 10 1919 – We are usually
busy these days taking care of the navy. All the men on this side are being
given Paris leave at the rate of about one thousand a day, and I’ve serious
doubts as to the wisdom of their trying to see the beauties of Paris… These
street women realize that it is their last chance at an American and they hate
to go back to French prices so they pursue them madly from the time they land
till they are put aboard trains for Brest… The navy are much more picturesque
than the army but I’ve seen more drunk sailors in Paris than I ever saw army
men, even counting ‘Peace night’, and there were a hundred times as many, so
naturally I doubt their morale.” 

American YMCA lady in Paris, writing about a morale problem she sees amongst the Navy men – Pushing the Envelope, War Letters, Smithsonian
National Postal Museum

Photos: Summer 1919, US sailors on leave in France – Charles Rocher “Les Marins Américains” – Hoboken Historical Museum – Archives Municipales Fontenay Sous Bois
– U.S. Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command – National WWI Museum and Memorial –

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                                                      “Books are more to me than food”

WW1 Soldier’s thought – Reading and the
First World War: Readers, Texts, Archives

Note: In 1918 and 1919, American libraries were established
throughout the occupied parts of Luxembourg, Germany and in France: Chaumont, Beaune, etc. and the ports of embarkation: Brest,
St Nazaire, Bordeaux, etc. On this photo taken in 1919,
the American soldier is
reading on a motorcycle, in Le Mans, a half-way camp/city for homeward bound troops – The
American Library in Paris archives

                               “Over here, the…

                               “Over here, there is beer, beaucoup beer”

‘The country is on the bum for the man that likes his rum. They have cheated you
and me of our cherished liberty –
Don’t it make you blue, gin is taboo, whiskey too? And we can’t drink when we dine. No, not even beer and wine! Over here, there is beer, beaucoup beer. And
you bet we’re drinking! “C” Company’s drinking the beer that’s running over here. So look, here, while
there’s beer, send the word, we’ll stay here. The war is over, but we won’t go
back while they’re open over here.’

1919, against the prohibition, American
soldiers/engineers in Coblenz, Germany – A History of
the 1st. US Engineers,1st US Division
– Photo: 1919, American soldiers
drinking beer – University of Tulsa

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“They
saved the day in war”

‘They were
truly yeomen and did yeoman service. In the Marine Corps they were
equally efficient, and were known as “Marinettes” or “Lady Marines”.

These women yeomen, enlisting as reservists, served as
translators, stenographers, clerks, typists, on recruiting duty, and with
hospital units in France. Too much could not be said of their efficiency,
loyalty and patriotism.

They were the only women serving during the war who were on
the same footing as men
with all allowances and pay and clothing outfits, and
the only women eligible to membership in the American Legion.

Their uniforms were natty and
beautiful – as a designer of woman’s uniforms the Navy Department scored a distinct success, for these uniforms were copied by women
all over the country.

The last drill of the Marinettes
was held on July 31, 1919, upon their demobilization. They saved the day in
war,
and the Navy regretted the legislation which compelled the disbanding. I
do not know how the great work could have been carried on without them.’

Our Navy
at War
– Photos:  July 31,
1919

Yoeman & Marinettes mustering out – see more photos @Library of Congress

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                                                                        Seasick

‘Tuesday July 29th 1919 – we broke camp and
were off for the docks and boarded the ship Julia Luckenback for our home trip.
Bunks were arranged three in a tier. We had prize fights and concerts every
afternoon and evening. Quite a few of the boys were seasick. We arrived at Bush Terminal, Brooklyn, August 8th.’

‘The messes
they handed out made well men sick and sick men sicker. Rough weather drove us
on deck — to the rail — where many of the men became seasick and a few
got a double dose of it, causing them to turn varied shades of green.’

WW1, Voyage across the Atlantic – 15th
Field Artillery Regiment, World  War
One Memoirs
& Maryland’s 117th Trench Mortar Battery in the World
War 1917-1919
– Photos: seasick on the Atlantic – University
of Tulsa  & State Archives of North Carolina Raleigh

         “Here, Bud, have some real Amer…

         “Here, Bud, have some real American
stuff; guess that’ll tickle the cockles of your heart”

WW1 American soldiers & Engineers in
France – The Story of “E” Company, 101st Engineers, 26th Division
Photo: 3rd
Army soldier in 1919, holding a Hershey Bar – “world war I nerd”, member of The US
Militaria Forum

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                                               Summer 1919, coming home to Baltimore

‘Have
you ever lived in Baltimore? If not, you have missed a large share of the real joy of living.
There is no large city in the United States where the elements of real
happiness are so successfully interwoven with business life. Baltimore loves
the dollar; but her whole existence is not concentrated in a scramble for the
dollar. Her people love something else besides mere dollar-chasing and
profit-grabbing.

Moneymaking
and money accumulation are both respected. But Baltimoreans do not believe that
money alone makes the man. They have not lost that old-time delicious idea that
there is something about a man far better than the jingle of his coin.

As a
consequence, money alone does not fix a man’s status in the Maryland
metropolis. Personality and individual excellence are assets of very large
importance. Refinement and gentility are still counted as of influential and
desirable worth. The absence of fortune does not bar the entrance to the very
best homes in the city. Neither does money alone always work as an open sesame.
There are still existent circles of true Baltimore living in which men and women
find something infinitely more congenial than the naked brazenness of what
money can buy.

And that is the real secret of the attractiveness of Baltimore
life. The city is not a mere machine; it is a personality. It is not made up
solely of cogs and wheels; it has a heart. The atmosphere is redolent with
sentiment. The blood still runs red with feeling. Time is found for something
other than planning profits or counting dividends.

Baltimore
living! There is none
like it in any other city of the world!’

1919,
“Baltimore” Volumes 13 -14 – Photo:
Summer 1919, American soldiers coming home to Baltimore –

Maryland in World War
1

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He’s home again

‘He’s home again—the boy who donned the
khaki,

A little older, little more intent,

A little broader-shouldered and more
stocky,

A little wiser, too,..

The boyish look has changed somehow or
other;

Here is the man, the soldier-citizen—

But, oh, the gentle arms that hold his
mother,

Whose glad
heart sings, “Dear God, he’s home again!”’

 

1919, The Rochester
Herald – Photo: WW1 American soldier with his mom, his sister or girlfriend
& the family’s cat. @Niles Laughner