The Bayonet, 1 March 1918
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SIX THE BAYONET: CAMP LEE, VA., FRIDAY, MARCH 1 1918
REGIMENTAL NOTES CONTINUED
School. Horrocks spoke on the life of Washington and Porter taught them the military salute. The meeting closed after Porter led the pupils in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner." They expect to return on St. Patrick's Day and tell the children what the saint did for Ireland.
Corporals Heinauer and Timosky are attending the grenade school, and they surely look clever in their tin hats.
Private McWilliams, who has just returned from the hospital after an operation, has been called home on account of illness of his mother.
Private Ferrari has adopted a stray dog which wandered into the barracks. Eddie thinks a mascot is essential to camp life, and takes the best of care of him, but the animal should be taught to walk in a military manner, instead of walking sideways, as most dogs are in the habit of doing.
A number of O. T. C. men, formerly of this company, paid us a visit on Washington's Birthday. Sergeant Heckert reports that a very few ladies visit that end of camp. That is easily explained, as they very seldom get any farther than Company E.
Mr. J. Lasday ad party of two, from Homestead, visited Mr. Lasday's son, Louis.
Mrs. Edward Whitby, of Uniontown, Pa., is visiting her husband, Private Edward Whitby.
Mrs. C. V. Viss, of Natrona, is visiting her husband, Sergeant C. V. Viss.
Captain Robert E. Lea and Lieutenant Phillip Myers have been transferred to the Depot Brigade. The entire company sincerely regrets the loss of these two officers, who won a place in the hearts of their men, and we wish them every success in their new locations.
Captain O. L. Stugis has been assigned to the command of the company. Lieutenant Rutan has been assigned, and Lieutenant Youngman attached to the company.
the following firs-class privates were appointed: Olson, Lawson, Bretschneider, Henn, Ewing, Locke, Steinhagen, Bowers, Brim, Craig, Napier-kawsky, Pitsulis, Schneifer, Stevenson and Porter.
Wolf is very popular when it come to pop bottles, wooden blocks and cold shower baths.
Architect Joe Neely and Contractors Hastings and McGinn have at last agreed on the plans for the new orderly room, and, unless the carpenters' union objects to Hastings and McGinn overworking, the room will be completed shortly.
Sergeant Hoskins and Corporal Shaw received a warm welcome on Lincoln's Birthday, when they paid the company a visit. Hoskins and Shaw are two of the company's most popular men, and since January 1 have been attending the officers' training school, but in spite of the intensive training and long hours, neither has lost weight.
Lieutenant E. M. Wincher has been transferred to Company L, and is now acting captain. His ability, personality and aggressiveness have been rewarded. We regret to lose him, but as he takes up his greater responsibilities, we wish him success and hope that he keeps right on going up.
Corporal W. B. Nichols received the sad news on Lincoln's Birthday that his mother had died at noon of that day.
Private Frank R. Cevenak, alias [illegible] Chaplin, the incurable nut of the third platoon, has several hobbies, but his favorite hobby is having parades, and every night we have practice in holding a good line. We will, at least, present a good front to the enemy.
Our orderly room has been enlarged by our two efficient mechanics, Reed and Kuczynski, ably assisted by Tony Pasearello, who is somewhat of a mechanic - in fact, he was a jact-of-all trades before entering the service. The room now presents quite an attractive appearance, and it is no longer necessary to out in the hall to turn around, or put on your coat.
Much regret has been expressed over the transfer of First Lieutenant John McK. Mitchell to Company B, as he was very popular with the boys, and there wasn't one of them who wouldn't have gone the limit for him.
Mustaches and baldheads are becoming quite the rage in this company. Signs of spring, as Private Acre, the "Krazy kat" of the first platoon, mildly puts it, "by Heck."
Wanted - A little advice as to how that "rookie" in yonder squad room shall sleep in his bunk. He also wishes to know how many moves he can make before he falls out.
After some little difficulty, we have compiled biographies of Company I's leading lights. We choose First Sergeant Horwath for our first victim. First Sergeant Horwath, whose vocabulary belies any femininity his given name, "Wendel," would suggest, was born shortly before the Philippine insurrection, in a far-off land across the sea.
Though he did his utmost to enlist in that spat as a drummer boy, he was held up with the promise of being allowed to take part in any later engagement we might be dragged into. And so as he grew up, he studied the I. O. R., and in spare moments shot apples off his brother's head. In time he enlisted, when General Pershing was on the border. "Mac," as he is popularly known, was sent along.
While in the regulars he won himself a sharpshooter's medal, which he proudly displays on his weekly trips to Petersburg and Hopewell. "Mac's" favorite books are "I. D. R." and the "Manual on Musketry." His pet hobby is urging the mess sergeant to prepare him some "goulash." Another hobby is to call "attenshun" just as we are about to begin on the "chow."
Next in our hall of fame comes "Bill" Richter. Bill's job, outside of learning to do "parade rest," a movement he does with remarkable grace, is saying funny things.
His favorite monologue is on "The Army." He believes he may yet be coaxed into giving this at the "Y." some dark night.
Other lights will shine in later issues.
New recruits - old jokes being pulled again.
Company I was very loath to lose Lieutenant Leo O'Brien, who has been transferred to the Headquarters Company. In his place, Lieutenant Tilghman, formerly of Company E, has been assigned.
Corporal Billie Howat has joined the ranks of the Benedicts. On February 21 he married Miss Hanna Flaherty, of Munhall, Pa., the Rev. Mr. Love, of the West End Baptist Church, of Petersburg, Va., officiating. Corporal Howat is passing out the smokes among his many friends of the "Fighting Fourth." We all join in wishing the newlyweds the best of fortune.
Our mechanics must have taken out an option on the regiment's wood buggy, at least it appears so, for they have built a fence around it. Somebody page Houdini.
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Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Rese, of Bellevue, Pa., accompanied by their daughter, are paying a visit to the camp, primarily to see their son, "Babe,"who is convalescing at the "Base." The Reses are very popular in the company, many of the boys being from Bellevue.
The "Red Onions," an organization late formed at Company K, held its first regular meeting at the coliseum in Du Pont City, Tuesday, the 19th. The following officers were elected: First Sergeant R. B. Hutton, president; Sergeant H. W. Brunner, secretary and treasurer; Private Scialabba, first vice-president and interpreter. The following constitute the present membership, which shall be increased from time to time: R. B. Hutton, William Booth, T. Kenny, R. Miles, R Thompson, H. W. Brunner, W. Reno, I. Scialabba
Headquarters Hotel would be a more appropriate title than Headquarters Company. The "guest book" of this date shows a total of about 263 appetites.
It behooves us all to be careful of just how much ridicule we bestow upon the "rookie."For if we turn back the pages a few months, we will find that their many unsoldierly acts are merely a duplication of our own feats. And, in any even, constructive criticism would be a very good substitution for ridicule.
Here's to the "rookie" - God bless him - a fighting army can't live with him and can't live without him.
Corporal Helge G - was admitted to "a" bar in Pittsburgh. And we always thaught [thought] he was a nice boy - so responsible and settled in his ways. But we knew Sergeant Edwin S -, Jr.'s influence would finally drag him down.
Captain Hicks has been spending a few days at his home in Morristown, N. J.
Sergeant Rush is busily engaged in initiating our new mules into the life military.
We are sorry to report the transfers out of our company of Lieutenant Carr to Company E, and Lieutenant Richie to Headquarters Company.
Private Llewellyn now know what it is to be smiled upon, even momentarily, by the fates, since he quite luckily escaped a blow from the "mailed fist" of one of his charges in the stable.
The funny bone of the company has been removed in the transfer of Jim Smith to the Sixty-fifth Engineers. Jay Barkhamer is to join the American expeditionary forces soon, and our staff of wits will then be obliterated. However, Sweitzer will return shortly, and it will be up to him to fill the places of our departed gloom dispellers.
Corporal Phillips endeavored to create a soft spot in the calloused hearts of his orderly room associates by reciting for them Gray's "Elegy." When he had finished there wasn't a dry eye in the assemblage. (Cook Cattley had been peeling onions during the recitation.)
We regret to announce that Lieutenant Gill will be with us no more, as he was transferred to the Base Hospital.
We take great pleasure in announcing that Private Raymond L. Kennedy has been made sergeant; Privates Joseph M. Lewis, Joseph E. Laughlin and Ollie A Flotzmger were made privates first class; Private Carl J. Heyne was made dental assistant.
Some of the men have been asking why Private Samuels has been getting so many passes? For those who don't know, he was married January 30.
Old doctor Hanna is having the time of his young life, dancing with the high school girls of Hopewell.
We would like very much to know if Private Earl "Muzzy" Loughlin was married when he was home on his furlough, as he has not been away from camp since his return.
Miss Thelma Watts called at Company A barracks and presented to First Sergeant Dougherty a bouquet of flowers for the men of the company. The men appreciate Miss Watts's token very much, and are very sorry that they were not here to give her three rousing cheers.
While Torrance stirs the beans in a military manner, Ryan, Smith and Mikedis mark time; Mess Sergeant Semans counts the cadence.
The old timers of the company are showing the rookies how good they really are.
Corporals Madden and Bugher, Privates Gault, J. E. Robinson, C. W. Brinker, and Varney were made sergeants; Privates McNulty, Thomas, Wertz and Houghton were made corporals.
Manion is still wanting to transfer to the Salvation Army.
Mess Sergeant Truitt was sent to Richmond to buy records for the victrola and apparently has good taste for jazz stuff. We are going to sen Sergeant Duffy, Corporal Tribby and Private Augustine next week and see what they will buy. We sincerely hope they don't stop at Hopewell first, though.
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Sergeant Markey is loafing with the rookies so much that he is getting to act backward like them.
We are desirous of ascertaining what brand of perfume Private Cochran uses. Private Julian and Corporal Freye want to get some.
Private Schroeder was caught going to rifle inspection last Saturday with the bolt out of his gun. Who is the girl that causes our Henry to act that way.
The definition for the word Blarney is hard, but an illustration is easy. Just wait and see Privates Flaherty and Keady in action. Both are from that Emerald Isle. It would be hard to say they hale from elsewhere.
Corporal Ambacher, of "Keystone fame," had better leave an order for a new pair of fundamentals, as they are nearly worn out. It takes time to make shoes to order in the army.
Corporal McKenzie and Cannon have been transferred to the tanks.
One of Ford's limousines (a two-seated roadster) pulled up the serpentine driveway to the vine-covered colonial doorway of Company K's barracks and out stepped three fairies, accompanied by the utility man who was their chaperon. They arrived just in time to partake of our week-end stew, for on the morrow we had a wonderful feed, and it is always customary to have a fast day before a feast. As the self-starter was out of commission, Sergeant Daume endeavored to humor it along by winding it up, but the bus slipped off the handle, and the only thing that saved Company L's barracks was a ditch, and so the machine resumed it formal peaceful mein.
The Washington Day dinner at Company K is now history, but by the men it will never be forgotten, for everyone is of the opinion that it could not have been improved upon. Mess Sergeant Noel and his staff of cooks certainly can do things when the occasion arises, for the "eats" were great. All night long the cooks labored, baking pies and cakes under the supervision of Cook McCullough. Souvenir folders were given each man with the autograph of each member of the command. The success of these folders was due to the untiring efforts of Lieutenant Brindle.
Captain Montague, who was an instructor at the officer's training school at Fort Myer, is now Company Commander of K.
"Rip Van Winkle" Thomas went to the vaudeville show in camp the other night, and there were seven Janes. Yes, seven, for we counted them, in the jazz band. One played a bugle and, believe me, she could play. If she were only bugler in our company there wouldn't be a single man late for reveille; in fact, she would require an armed guard to go out to blow the march. The vaudeville troupe has moved to Newport News, and if Rip desserts our company we will know where to look for him.
Tom Vawter was room orderly in the upper barracks Washington's birthday, and, as it was a holiday, he had an awful time trying to straighten up into place, for none of the fellows would get out of bed.
"Do Rea Me" Colaianni got up early Sunday morning to give the boys a treat, as he received a box of the real Italian spaghetti from home and wanted to show them what the real stuff was like. He used almost every pot and pan in the kitchen, but that didn't worry him as he didn't have to wash them. In order to make it appear more realistic, nothing was spoken but the Italian lingo, as "Do Rea" had several native mixers.
One of the most astonishing occurrences happened last week, when the K. P. returned with the word from the cook that they had run out of prunes.
Corporal Sharrer's bed is more popular than the two-bit seat at a world series game, while Private Kregar is teaching his wig wag system and trying to make the other members understand him.
The Mulligan Guards have been issued their sixty-pound kit packs and they resemble the American Indian squaw with a papoose on her back.
How General Grant lived to a ripe old age, with a form resembling Corporal Griffith's is a mystery to the official board.
During Corporal Loeffler's recent visits to the Camp Library, he has been studying Victor Hugo's series of "Writing Love Letters" to take care of his vast amount of correspondence.
Machine Gun Company. ("Pittsburgh Peps.")
"It aint the guns, nor armament, nor funds that they can pay, But the close co-operation that makes them win the day; It ain't the individual, nor the army as a whole But the everlastin' teamwork of every bloomin' soul."- Kipling.
The above reflection of our friend, Rudyard Kipling, could be no more descriptive of the American idea, that were he really a native of Yankeeland, and it is this red blood that runs through our military lives - teamwork, co-operation and company spirit that has taken the place of our selfish civil life, individuality. The recruits who have just completed their first week with the company have shown a willingness to assume their place in the company that has earned for itself the reputation of being second to none.
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We take pleasure in extending the hand of comradship in the greatest cause extant.
Washington's birthday was duly celebrated by every person getting up early - even Corporal (Shake It Up) Curry honored the day by getting up, but not before he found himself under his bunk.
If there are any benighted heathens in this here army that think they know how to handle a "machine gun" in competition with the "Pittsburgh Peps," let 'em come, we're ready. even "Dutch" Weiblen knows a thing or two about "action front."
Advice to the rookies: If you should get lost around camp, just pick out a clean shave, and a real shoe shine, and follow it. You'll land at "Pittsburgh Pep's" model barracks.
Private F. H. Neary has been promoted to first-class private.
Privates Baylor, Blair, Dinges and Gall were entertained in Richmond over Saturday and Sunday.
Private Joseph G. Johns is again in our midst, after a long stay at the hospital.
Martin J. Jennings has gone to the tank service.
Our noncommissioned officers are to be congratulated for their efficient work in training the new men. We expect to have these men with us in the ranks soon.
The company has everything in good shape now, since the last inspection, for it remembers well what some of the fellows got for not coming up to the required standard.
Several of the new recruits have been assigned to the company, and, by the way some of them are showing up in drill, they will make good soldiers.
We all feel for Sergeant Rhein. Every night when he comes in after the lights are out, he has to look around to find his bed, for somehow or other - it must have legs - it never is found in the same place.
"Oats 'Em"Sandin had the misfortune to be kicked by a mule the other day, but is getting along nicely now and will be able to be around in a day or so.
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The battery feels the loss of Lieutenants Carlin and Coe, who have been transferred to other organizations.
Lieutenant Geary is in high glee, the reason being that the boys have been doing some wonderful firing on the range. He says if they go after the Huns with the same pep we will make our record in Berlin.
We regret the loss of Privates Hinkle and Lawe, who have been transferred to Camp Meade, Md. Best wishes go with them.
Sergeant Burley spent the week-end with friends in Richmond.
Lance Cook Evans, popularly know as "Extra" is now taking another degree in the K. of P.
Clendennin, (after receiving one of those thickly perfumed pink paper letters): "What was it Bryon said about love?"
Whiteman (who did not receive one of those delightfully written letters): "Are you not mixing that up with what Sherman said?"
A thrilling experience fell to the lot of "Doc" Hardin and Pewe Taylor, of B, and Web Smith and Bushie Steinbaugh, of E, when they were met in a dark street of Hopewell, that city that rivals New York, halted in a very unmilitary manner, and relieved of all property bearing the government stamp, by what looked like the most murderous and largest negroes out of captivity. The men were walking along the highways and byways looking for a movie, which they had not seen before, and unthoughtfully wandered into one of the numerous passages that is as dark as the inside of a black cat. About the time "Doc" began figuring for bearings, the blackest part of the shadows translated itself into two very dark negroes, whose ways were darker than their color. The presence of a shiny ".48" made the conversation rather lopsided, and, while the possessor of the firearm held the attention of the quartet, the others sifted their pockets to the last cent, making no allowances for their transportation to camp. Considering the length of the performance, and the costumes of the actors, this appearance must have netted the management close to $75, which is a good night's work even in Hopewell.
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This is a fairly good barometer of the closeness which the worthies of the Powder Town watch the pay time of the various regiments, and should serve as a warning to others who may be inclined to wander about unlighted streets with a full purse.
Spring, the most violently advertised star of the season, is either attempting to gain some cheap notoriety or is trying to compete with winter.
Higgins: "We are going to be cheated out of another holiday." Mahoney: "How's that?" Higgins: St Patrick's Day coming on a Sunday."
Corporal Boyles, reurning [returning] to camp, after a furlough: "I bought my ticket to Richmond and this reads Elba; what does that mean?" Cook Whiteman: "That means Richmond."
five rookies from the Keystone State are now taking treatment under our able sergeants. These are the first men from any other State, except West Virginia, in this regiment.
Ten new draftees "enlisted" in Battery C last week - all from the Keystone State.
Chief Mechanic O. A. Mays has broken out all over with smiles since his wife moved to Petersburg.
There is deep rivalry between Acting First Sergeant Patterson and Mechanic Roy Jarvis. The climax was reached on Washington's birthday, when Mechanic Jarvis went on extra fatigue duty and Sergeant Patterson immediately checked out to town. Of course "all is fair in love and war."
Mess Sergeant Davis has been compelled to make an extra order for beefsteak for the last week or two on account of the way Student Cook J. H. Trent devours so much of said tenderloin.
The battery congratulates Lieutenant Cross on his recent promotion to first lieutenant. Glad to see it, lieutenant, here's hoping for something more.
What it takes to put seven shots on the target out of six salvos D Battery proved it had. Lewis and Foley are delivering the goods on special detail.
Lieutenant Ackerman was assigned to this battery and is heartily welcomed. We regret the loss of Lieutenants Prowl and Morse, who were transferred to Headquarters Company.
Privates Keplinger and Lanham have been honorably discharged.
Appointments: Corporal Graham to sergeant, Private Langkammer to corporal, Private Darr to mechanic.
Corporals Holton and Kilnier went to the burg to entertain lonely fair ones.
Sergeant Ermentrout and Rach went to Martinsburg, W. Va., last Thursday to investigate the mysteries of that city.
Private John P. Crotty, pugilist from Lewistown, Pa., has been selected as the detachment's boxing instructor.
Sergeant Fuhrmann had his brother as a visitor to camp last week.
"Deacon" Settle spent the week with friends in Richmond, where he has several feminine attractions.
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Mess Sergeant Harley Halsted is attending to the wants of the inner man in the medical officers quarters.
A new society is being formed in the Medical Detachment, and is getting a large enrollment under the supervision of Captain Baggs and Lieutenant Riggs. Much is expected from this society. Membership term varies from two weeks to one month.
Dental Assistant James Old is entertaining a young lady friend from Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Captain Norman E. Kane, formerly adjutant of the 314th Regiment, returned from Fort Sill, Okla., where he took a course in the school of fire. Captain Kane was assigned to the command of Battery C, Vice-Captain Alfred A. biddle, relieved. Captain Biddle goes to Fort Sill this week for a course in the school of fire also.
Private Henry E. Neumann left this week for Kenokoshee, Wis., where he will take a special course pertaining to electrical appliances for motor artillery. He will be away several weeks.
Corporal John L. Ernest, clerk of Battery F, has returned from a visit to his home at Moundsville, W. Va.
Gun crews of the 314th Regiment Field Artillery this week resumed practice firing with service ammunition on the Rosewood range.
Sergeant Lipschultz, of Battery D, has returned from a trip to his home in New York State.
The men of Battery C are sorry to part company with Privates Howard Simpson, Emil Stahl, Earl S. Winter, Fred B. Kope and Mike DiFelice, who have been transferred to other organizations. Private DiFelice was one of the favorite athletes of the regiment, having won no small reputation as a boxer.
The organizations of the 314th Field Artillery have been increased in numbers with men who came in the last contingent from Pennsylvania. Our comrades from the Keystone State are already displaying quite a bit of skill at executing "squads right" and "right about,"and by the time they get their "third shot" they hope to be working on the big guns as Private Vincenzo Parpino terms the 3-inch field pieces.
Dr. E. T. Greutzner is still with us. He has received his commission as first lieutenant and is waiting for his assignment. We are sorry to lose him, but hot that he will be stationed here.
Lieutenant Millner, who has been in the Base Hospital, has returned to the battery.
Lieutenant Griner, who has been away to school, is back with us. He has been making a study of the motor which we are to use.
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Corporal Hall and Corporal Keith have returned from the Base Hospital.
Corporal Keith asked a lieutenant "When does the wind raise the top shield, sir?"
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Lieutenant McCabe has returned for duty with Battery C, having completed the course of instruction at the motor school, Peoria, Ill.
Poor "Fatty" Allen has a very hard time getting fits, but everybody loves a fat man.
They say the cooks are drilling now - no chopping wood for them.
Who did you say passed inspection with a regular Van Dyke?
Sergeant Hunley is again in our
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