About 1,500 former Minnesota soldiers left today for their homes in the north. As fast as transportation can be provided troops are being moved. The personnel, Captain W. B. Hankla, commanding, is working a tremendous force day and night, preparing “clearance” cards as the boys call them.
The base hospital and remount depot are the only ones not “excited.” The quartermaster corps is preparing to close out. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, December 6, 1918
Col. Dorsey Cullen, commander of the banqueting soldiers, spoke in eloquent term of the esprit de corps of those in his command and gave the men an excellent “bill of character.”
“Your record is on file in Washington,” said the colonel, “and when it is marked ‘excellent’ it is a good entrance into any position in civil life. In fact, I have been told by several large corporation that army soldier in my command who presented such a record, was sure of getting employment.”
Lieut. Dickinson, military police commander, presided as master of ceremonies.
“Stunts” and entertainment by Teal’s “U. S. Border Girls” lasted until nearly midnight. There was a fast boxing match and a good wrestling card. Music was furnished by the Red Cross orchestra and a jazz piano player from the base hospital. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, December 6, 1918
“I have insisted that every man be assigned to some unit, so as to have the honor of regular service, and not have to say, “I was unassigned.”
I hope you will all be boosters for the army and as universal training is sure to come soon you should be able to explain its benefits in your community. You all should be better American citizens because you have served under the colors.
“The army is composed of every nationality and it is certain that universal training will inspire a loftier citizenship and higher patriotism.” General Lindsay was given an ovation. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, December 6, 1918