12/1/18 Letter “American Expeditionary Forces, Knights of Columbus, somewhere in France”. 307 FS Bn. Wire Company. The upcoming Christmas was to be his third away from home. He was about 100 KM away from the old front lines. (fighting had stopped), His 34th Division had been in
the thick of it including the capture of the Argonne Forest. He had been in training the entire time and had missed combat. Larry’s notes that Dad had
told him that on the day the fighting ended he was marching his section to the front lines.
12/3/18 Dad wrote from Schamplitte, France. “…we came here Monday and our group was detailed with one of the brigades for maneuvers. We worked all day yesterday and today with wire and am tired. See in the papers my old division (34th) is going home soon. I am in the 82nd now.”
12/13/18 “The President is due to land here today. Will be a grand day for France for the people of France think a great deal of Wilson. ….Saw a comical sight this afternoon. A French man was coming down the street with a donkey hitched to a small wagon. All at once the donkey got scared and down the road he came scattering stuff on the way. A soldier caught him going around a corner. The soldiers that saw it were all laughing, and the Frenchman was mad at first but then he had to laugh too. That was the biggest excitement I have seen around her yet and would have been too good to have missed.”
12/17/18 “I see the U.S. Navy is all going back to the states. Wonder if Harry is in the bunch. Hope he is. We haven’t heard anything about this division leaving. They do not belong to the Army of Occupation so we ought not to be here as long as they. Lawrence’s division has gone to Germany or they will go. For the last hour I have been talking to another guy about horses. I sure miss my funny face. Wish I had him now.”
12/28/18 Schamplette, France “Went over to the battalion yesterday in the truck. It sure was a cold ride. It is cold enough to freeze good here. …I don’t think I told you what we had for Christmas dinner so I’ll tell you now. First we rode 25 KM in a truck back to the Company. We had dishes to eat from and sat down at tables. There were three French girls dishing out the grub. They were friends of some of the men in the outfit. First we had a small glass of wine, then soup, goose, dressing, mashed spuds and gravy. I had two pieces of pie, celery, rice pudding, cookies, apples, cigars, cigarettes, candy, jelly, coffee, and we even had hard-tack. Guess that last item was just a reminder that we were still in the Army. Had all we could eat of everything and everybody enjoyed themselves? Our captain made a short speech and then one by the lieutenant. We then took the truck back here again. If I eat many dinners like that I sure wouldn’t live long; for I ate too much.”
1/4/19 Dad writes from Schamplette, France with the 307th FS Bn. “Were out on a two day maneuver; just came in last night.
1/9/19 Dad gave dates for his final trip to France via England. See under dates posted.
1/14/19 He was at Schamplette, France. He had just spent a week in Montseuglin and the evenings in Prothary
— Written by Larry Beaver