Reminiscences of the 137th U.S. Infantry

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Crane, 1919 - World War, 1914-1918 - 256 pages
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Page 5 - You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.
Page 237 - Army which is scarcely to be equalled in American history, must remain a source of proud satisfaction to the troops who participated in the last campaign of the war. The American people will remember it as the realization of the hitherto potential strength of the American contribution toward the cause to which they had sworn allegiance. There can be no greater reward for a soldier or for a soldier's memory. This order will be read to all organizations at the first assembly formation after its receipt.
Page 116 - Vigneulles and beyond Fresnes-en-Woevre. At the cost of only 7,000 casualties, mostly light, we had taken 16,000 prisoners and 443 guns, a great quantity of material, released the inhabitants of many villages from enemy domination and established our lines in a position to threaten Metz. This signal success of the American First Army in its first offensive was of prime importance. The Allies found they had a formidable army to aid them, and the enemy learned finally that he had one to reckon with.
Page 236 - Meuse-Argonne battle. Tested and strengthened by the reduction of the St. Mihiel salient, for more than six weeks you battered against the pivot of the enemy line on the western front. It was a position of imposing natural strength, stretching on both sides of the Meuse River from the bitterly contested hills of Verdun to the almost impenetrable forest of the Argonne ; a position, moreover, fortified by four years of labor designed to render it impregnable ; a position held with the fullest resources...
Page 225 - I expect to pass through this life but once. If therefore there is any kindness I can show, or any good I can do to any fellow-being, let me do it now, let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Page 116 - Our heavy guns were able to reach Metz and to interfere seriously with German rail movements. The French independent Air Force was placed under my command which, together with the British bombing squadrons...
Page 237 - Cotes de Meuse to the east, and then, on the 1st of November, your attack forced the enemy into flight. Pressing his retreat, you cleared the entire left bank of the Meuse south of Sedan, and then stormed the heights on the right bank and drove him into the plain beyond. Soldiers of all army and corps troops engaged, to you no less credit is due; your steadfast adherence to duty and your dogged determination in the face of all obstacles made possible the heroic deeds cited above.
Page 181 - At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month every year, the light of the sun beams through this shaft directly on the Unknown Soldier's tomb' (Dening, 1996: 225). Dening adds, wistfully, as he describes yet another kind of magic: 'Or it used to, before daylight saving. It is all done with mirrors now.
Page 215 - Fair by the side of the Red, White and Blue The Stars and Stripes in your streets are a-blow! Never so beautiful, now they glow In the name of that help of the long ago, Kneeling babies of France. You knelt in your streets as our flag went by — Our flag with a glory strangely new. The stars of heaven gleamed in its folds, Strewn but today in that field of blue, For you, O children of France! Dear little war-smitten children of France, In our hearts is a prayer as the flag goes by — For the flag...
Page 115 - ... western front, there had not been, up to this time, for obvious reasons, a distinct American sector; but, in view of the important parts the American forces were now to play, it was necessary to take over a permanent portion of the line. Accordingly, on August 30, the line beginning at Port sur Seille, east of the Moselle and extending to the west through St.

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