The Bayonet, 10 May 1918
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THE BAYONET: CAMP LEE, VA., Friday, May 10, 1918 ELEVEN REGIMENTAL NEWS NOTES Gossip and Pertinent Facts Relating to the Camp Life of the Various Regimental and Company Units. DEPOT BRIGADE Hq. Det. First Training Battalion. This was a week of few doings, aside of getting about 1,000 white recruits and 1,100 colored recruits things were rather quiet around these diggings. Every one is working hard, so we could have few doings for THE BAYO-net. But watch our for next week. Take note-The adjutant, entering the office this morning, inquired if anything came in. One of the clerks answered, No, sir; and the adjutant walked out again. First Company. The First Company sure is a company now. When they go on a hike with their 35 men it looks like a battalion instead of a company. First has been filled with able-bodied men for the last three months. With Sergeants Auld, Flude and Pierce back for duty from the line officers, we now have a staff of cadres that cannot be equaled in the group. The recruits of this company should feel proud and consider themselves lucky that they happened to get under the wing of these competent instructors. Sergeant Currier is on S. D. with the M. P. Good job for him, as it will save him car fare, and he will be in the districts every day that he so oftenly visited. Sergeants Sandulak and Daniels are on S.D. with the colored company. How the two can take care of 270 men is a mystery to us, but they are doing it just the same. With only five days' training under their careful instructions they were able to do their bit at guard duty, which shows very good to the credit of the instructors. What the word mess means we sure have it. The mess hall was built to feed 150 men at one time. The word we got from Sergeant Rothschild, our mess Sergeant, that just the other day he fed 450 men at one meal. That's going some, and when he can stretch 200 meals to 450 is still more than we can answer. How he does it we don't know, but he does it just the same, and all we know is that we are hungrier after dinner than we were before. Second Company. Second Company is once again filled up with new men, having received about 225 new drafted men from Philadelphia. Sergeant Petrikin is back again from his five days' sojourn in the wild and woolly west of Johnstown, Pa. Some of our sergeants are going to try and get to be officers. More power to them as second lieutenants. Privates Hoke, Santucci and Balisky are now military police, and therefore the training cadre need never be afraid to go to the wonderful city of Petersburg. Santucci and Balisky are very much experienced men in this line, both having been high officials in their home town in Italy. Sergeant McGahan has finally decided to become an officer. Sergeant Goldbloom has presented the office force with one of his pictures; it is the best thing we have, and will have it enlarged later. Sergeant Davis is very busy issuing clothing just now. In fact, so busy that he had forgotten to give any dope for THE BAYONET. Third Company. At last we have got back to our old bunks, and we hope to stay for a while. Looks like France for the Depot Brigade, as the supply officer for the Third Company is giving out full field equipment for the whole company, Sergeant Marks included, although we never see him on the drill field. We wish our newly appointed sergeant all the luck in the world, and we can only advise him to stay away from the dance halls. The new rookies are very much worried about the cut up of the Third Company, as he seems very much worried-about-mail not going out to Manor, Pa., until the division moves. Captain Matthews has great hopes for the new baseball team. Of course, we cannot blame them for not winning the first two games they played. Luck to Supply Sergeant Duncan, who is just back from ten days' furlough. Sergeant Paul Duncan just finished a three months' course at the U. S. R. Officers' Line Training School, and we all hope Sergeant Duncan will soon get commissioned. The latest reports show that in the next draft we will receive one man from Manor, Pa., and we haven't heard Sergeant Hunt say a word about that big city since. Fourth Company. Sergeant Estil Morris is fast coming into the limelight in the company. He has become especially popular since some of his recent achievements in Petersburg. He also shines in "non-com" school. He can explain anything in Field Service Regulations by the "nature of the terrain." Sergeant Morris certainly was a great help to us the last time we moved. He was busily engaged in holding down his bunk after it was moved, so no one would move it again. At doing bunk fatigue he is a close rival of Sergeant Miller, who is at present on duty with the "colors" at the 42d Company. Sergeant Hostetler has lost a great deal of sleep lately pondering over the following question: "Where does Sergeant Estil Morris get his meals while he is in Petersburg on late passes?" Our ever-busy little bee, "Major" "Ysaye" Buck will die of ennui if we don't soon get some more rejects. And if Sergeant Buck does not stop playing those cheerful melodies on the violin we will die of sorrow. They certainly are touching. They are so touching that hobnails fly soon after he starts playing. One of our satellites from the bituminous coal region of Pennsylvania, during a conversation, remarked that a friend of his could not read the language of this country because he was not born and raised here. Upon being asked of what country his friend was a native our brilliant friend replied, "England." If the amount of equipment we are getting is indicative of the future amount of work we will do in the future, we want to get transferred to a tank unit. We congratulate our newly-appointed sergeants and corporals. They are Sergeant John T. Irwin, Sergeant Edward F. Januszewski, Corporal Abram P. Hays, Corporal John R. Roberts and Corporal Joseph Msall. Headquarters Detachment, Second Training Battalion. Adjutant, Second Battalion to Eighth Company: Send in at once roster of conscientious objectors. Ten minutes later in a note from Company Eight: "Attached hereto is rester of unconscious objectors-Corporal Fulmer." Sergeants Campbell and Diefenbach went out last Sunday to take pictures, but Dieffy was unlucky enough to have a pretty girl flirt with him, so he "beat it" home, camera and all. Bashful sergeant. All good-looking ladies looking for information regarding Camp Lee and its soldiers, for some unknown cause inqure at Second Battalion Headquarters. Information as to who the magnet is that draws them here is requested. Phone 151. Camp Lee, is familiar to all the world (apparently). Sergeant-Major Derner welcomes the foreign rookies by giving them a warm hand shake. At least, when he advances his hand to take their local board papers they clasp it and smile. Hence all "wops" love the sergeant-major. Lieutenant Stewart, our ex-adjutant, writes from Texas that he is in a cavalry unity minus any horses. His present mount is a beautiful black "tin lizzard." Corporal Smith received two letters from Youngstown yesterday. That is only twelve this week. Nothing serious yet, I suppose. We can't find fault with Smith much, though, for she is surely a peach. Fifth Company. There has been a great struggle in this company for the past few days to get the best qualified man to assist Dr. Head in his duties, since Fleck joined the police force. Corporal Simmons has returned to the company for duty, after having a few weeks' vacation at the canteen. If Elmo can get his mind away from Hopewell during drill hours the company will profit greatly by his return. We have no doubt but that the art of throwing mules will be taken up in this battalion in a few days in place of instruction in bayonet fighting. For particulars see Lieutenant Sloan. Corporal Pillion dropped a neat little [illegible] the other day, but he is not worried a great deal, as he knows just where it was dropped. Sergeant James L. Dean has just returned from his ten-day furlough. It is reported that he is now working in double harness. Cook Cox-Mac, what are we going to have for dinner? Mack-Hash." Cox-We had better make another trip to town; these utensils are again getting rather worse for the wear. Who is that coming through the woods so early this morning? Why, that's Slim taking his hike in from New Bohemia. Captain Wolfe-When this addition to the orderly room is completed it will not be necessary to have any more portraits posted on the wall of the new section. When this war is over Sergeant Hellmuth is planning on several law suits. As it is now, all he can think of is "Sue." Sergeant Reed says he has gained wonderfully in weight in the past two weeks. We hope it won't be long until he is back to normal again. Sixth Company. With the arrival of new recruits, some busy times have been seen around the company during the past few days. Also that old reputation that was held by Sixth Company, in the line of drilling and doing things in the right way, is again evident. The new recruits have been doing so excellent that compliments have already been passed about the company. Sergeant Reddington, who has seen service on the farm before coming into the army, believes in planting trees real deep. But if "Rip Van Winkle" wants any information regarding the planting of trees, he is advised to see Sergeant Whiteaker, who claims to have been born and raised on the farm. Purely Personal-Sergeants Whiteaker and Kolric visited friends in James River last Sunday. We wonder what the result was of their visit. Corporal Norman wants to know who placed the fire exstinguisher under his bunk one night last week. Well, to tell the truth, "Paaky," a strange dog, must have rolled in while you were visiting your aunt in Petersburg. Seventh Company. Once more we have the rookies with us, and have started them on their military career in an endeavor that they might be able to land the Kaiser. It has been whispered around that we are to have them assigned to us permanently, but such news is too good to be true. The Seventh Company men resembled a prisoner wearing the stripes when they came from off the drill field the other day. The reason being that the officers conceived the idea of giving each man a little chalk mark for every mistake made while drilling. In a short time we hope to see some of them wearing the regular corporal or sergeant stripes. Privates Charles L. Jones and Walter H. Hayek have been promoted to corporals in this company. Sergeant Potts is busy these days picking out material for the new baseball team. There is a lot of good material to pick from in the new bunch of men, and the Seventh Company hopes to have the winning team. We have an acting corporal who will soon be qualified to act as supply sergeant. When reporting his squad he said, "One man absent, but I have another man in his place." That is the spirit that will take us to Berlin. Bill Feller is now our mess sergeant, and we all agree when it comes to preparing a menu he is right on the job. Why, we actually had hot biscuits for breakfast the other morning. Lieutenant Ritter, who has been on special duty at the mustering office, though he needed a little exercise, and got in a game of baseball the other evening, with the result that he is laid up with a sprained ankle. Sergeant John P. Vance drilled a new company during the past week. We all know that he is an excellent drill master, but, coming down to brass tacks, that army of his on the upper lip has it all over the four platoons the Seventh Company appeared on the field with the other day. He had his "mustache" army doing "squad right, right about," that even Sergeant Reddington was astonished at its marvelous performance. Corporal Rosso thinks he is a funny character, but, oh! joy, he hasn't anything on Sergeant Caldwell. Ask no questions. See Sergeant Hess. Our mess sergeant, who belongs to the Charity Squad, is simply gone "nutty, nutty" these days. We guess his "dearest" in Jackson, VA., surely must have bawled him out for not writing her for such a long, long time. Eight Company. Said Hilpert to Hess, "You see 'twas like this-." Said Hess to Hilpert, "There goes that story again." Well, any way, there were five men in a boat and the wheel came off. Sergeant George Diffenbach declares that Luther Burbank invented the grape fruit. Private Flanigan never belonged to this kind of any army before. Was it the Salvation Army you joined, Flanigan?? If any one is short of change go to Sergeant Parmelee, or Corporals Jefferson and Fulmer. They took up the collection at the Baptist Church last Sunday night. Honest, they did, you just ask Cooks Thomas McQuaide and Morris Shaffer. Captain Pitts to Private Hatch. "Do you wish to apply for the R. O. T. C.?" "Yes, sir." "For which branch do you wish to apply." "Well, sir, I'd admire to be a colonel." Company Eight is sure happy. Our officers have been assigned to use and we have a full company. Let's get the Kaiser. What does it mean when Cook Cunningham gets three pink letters and a box of candy in one day?? Corporal Fulmer-You should have seen my girl when that fellow tried to kiss her. She was the angriest I ever saw her, why she almost knocked his teeth out. Supply Sergeant Parmelle-What did she do to you the first time you tried to kiss her" Corporal Fulmer-(After slight hesitation). Well, I still have my teeth. Headquarters 3rd Tr. Bn. The officers and clerical force of this office have had few minutes we could call our own, due to the fact that our battalion received nearly a thousand new recruits this week. Sergeant-Major Deaner left yesterday on a five-day pass, being called home on account of the serious illness of his sister. Sergeant Fitzgerald recently returned from a five-day pass, reported having a fine time and is back on the job again. An old, but true saying, "There is mate for every many in this world," not true in the case of Colonel Paul Lappin, he claims the nearest mate he can find is just seven inches taller than himself. The office force is thanking Sergeant Ralph McLaughlan for taking it upon himself to have the windows in this office cleaned. Tenth Company. Sergeants Cassidy and Hamilton, who attended the third officers' training school, returned to duty with the company on Wednesday last. They spent ten days furlough after the training camp broke up, April 20. Both state that they had a fine time while home. Private Rankin will soon have another class of buglers to instruct. He hopes to find some excellent windjamers among our new men. As is usual with new men, our recruits are anxious to know when they will get their uniform. We tell them that it is the men themselves and not the uniform that makes a soldier. They still think that the uniform will do this for them. Among our new men is one who was once well-known in intercollegiate football circles. Charles O. Pratt, at one time a member of Glen Warner famous Indian team, will soon be wearing the uniform of honor. He played football at the Carlisle Indian School with such famous stars as Jim Thorpe, Powell and Arcassa. "Little Willie" McCarter has joined the ranks of Uncle Sam. Willie spends the winter playing professional basketball up in the hard coal regions at Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton, and the summer by selling ice. He will probably be sorry that he is not selling ice this summer, when the Tenth Company drill sergeants get through with him. Sergeant Elicker is broken-hearted now that he has lost his job as M. P. in Petersburg. The girls must have been too nice to you, Howard. Our non-coms were greatly disappointed that the new men were not examined on Friday, they all hoped the men would have sore arms on Saturday, thus relieving them from drill. Two days off together would be too many, boys. We would like to advise Private Cunningham to make application to attend the next officers' training camp. He falls in and forms the company very well for a man with only two months' training. Go to it boy, you will be corporal yet. Eleventh Company. We have received our allotment of 250 men from the last draft quota arriving in camp. They are all from Western Pennsylvania, and are a fine looking bunch of men. We are sure that we can make good soldiers out of them and that they will soon be ready for "over there." A baseball team has already been organized, and there are some star players on the team. We have played one game with Ninth Company, beating them by a score of 15 to 1. A schedule has been compiled for this group. Watch next week's BAYONET for results similar to the game with the Ninth Company. The Eleventh Company believes in not only beating the other team, but beating them bad. Twelfth Company. It was announced in the columns of this paper a week ago that this organization was without men. We take pleasure at this time, however, in boasting of 230 high-grade recruits. As usual-demonstrations galore that are new to military life have been executed by recruits in our vicinity. The writer observed one company executing "Count ff" by smartly snatching their hats from their heads. One of our new recruits on failing to be served butter for mess, sharply asked Mess Sergeant Hickle to produce some: Hickle without hesitancy informed the rookie that he had been unable to churn that morning, but