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REGIMENTAL NEWS NOTES Gossip and Pertinent Facts Relating to the Camp Life of the Various Regimental and Company Units.

317TH INFANTRY Company A. Two of our cooks went to Hopewell the other night. They received the command, "Hands overhead, raise!" at the point of a pistol, and left their watches and pocketbooks. The boys of Company A have organized a stringed orchestra, and already have about a dozen instruments. and now music fills the barracks, and will be quite a source of pleasure to us when we do our turn "over there." Private Massie Mason took Private Smiley out for a little hike last Thursday. We certainly hope it improved Smiley's health.

Company B. Acting Sergeant Averill insists that O. D. means outside diameter. Corporals Banks and Bruce and Privates Turner, Cope and Kaylor have threatened to play basketball. Corporal Stultz has developed the theory that when the command, "Take interval to the right—march," is given, the only thing to be done is guide right, while Private S. Fields says, "they put up their arms." Private Oscar Dotson has grown so military that when on post, leather leggings, even on civilians, bring forth his snappiest salute. "Baby" I. Fields has sufficiently recovered from his recent injury that he is over to shoot pool again. Private Cope is unable to decide whether he is going to be a champion prize fighter or a trained nurse.

Company C. Acting First Sergeant Davis went to Richmond the other night for the avowed purpose of calling on a certain young lady. We have learned that when he arrived in Richmond this soldier of unquestioned bravery was stricken with "cold feet," and the aforesaid young lady was deprived of the sergeant's company. The banjo has come into its own in the company. We are regaled at night after mess with the sweet strains of the "Louisiana piano." There is one thing certain, and that is if the Kaiser had to sit and listen to some of the would-be artists on the banjo here, he would soon realize what the real horrors of war were. The company at last has its barber chair back in commission. Private Smoker, from Pittsburgh, has taken charge of the shop, and now we can have "all the comforts of home" without the trip to Petersburg or to another company barber shop. There were two good barbers in the company at one time, but as soon as they commenced work in that line they were made noncommissioned officers! The following men have been appointed noncommissioned officers and first-class privates: To be sergeant—Corporal James A. Rosenbaum. To be corporals—Privates Virgil S. Hicks, Judge Collier, Samuel F. Wood, Edward E. Stoffel and Jumbo Smart. To be first-class privates—Privates Claude N. Otey, James A. Trice, Edmer R. Elsaesser, Arthur B. Robertson, Redmond L. Walker, Henry C. Garrett, Joseph C. Haley, Balford V. Comer and Jackson A. Berkley. Instead of the old familiar whistle from the first sergeant, we now eat, sleep and breathe by the sound of the electric bell. A perfect code has been worked out, whereby we may be ordered out in overcoats, rifles or any combination you please. There is no limit to the combinations of "longs and shorts." It is possible to get the company out into the company street now in pajamas and armed with toothbrushes. Cook Varney has been unlucky in love again—for the tenth time!

Company D. Lieutenant Dugan has boxing carnivals nearly every night at the "Annex." Corporals Terrell, Black, Ewing and Payne and Privates Bradley, W. H. Fitzgerald, Talbot, Woody and Giles are among the keenest of the gladiators. Three newcomers in our ranks hail from Pennsylvania. They are stepping fast in an effort to get on even terms with the rest. The "headquarters platoon" was out for practice the other day with Jimmy Gordon holding down a rifle and a pivot. We are forced to believe that Private Hannah has cold feet, since he sleeps under four blankets. Sergeant Russell is back on the job, after a severe spell of sickness. Things have taken on a more natural appearance in and about the mess hall. Private Zed Huffman wants the first sergeant to let him get something to prop up his bed with so he can put his shoes under it at night.

Company E. The boys of Company E are having their first experience on outpost guard duty. We hate to see some of our old friends leaving us for parts unknown. We will expect Corporal Johnson to show us how to box before very long now. It seems that the boys at the officers' training camp have forgotten us already, as they never put in their appearance these days. Yes, Gary has returned, and he is the same old Gary. Lots of scenes this week remind us of last September. Rookies are seen drilling all around.

Company F. Privates Alta M. Mills and William G. Agee have been transferred to the march replacement detachment. Sergeant Samuel S. Thomas and Corporal Bland M. Hughes have been transferred to a heavy tank company. Thomas is very much pleased at the transfer, now that he can see his Philadelphia girl. Sergeant Wesson has been a little sick for the last few days, but we think "Old Doc" Pugh has him on the road to recovery now.

Company G. Corporals F. S. Dunnaway and T. C. Lyndamood put on an act at the Hippodrome Theater on amateur night. As on previous occasions, they brought home the bacon $5 first prize. The privates had a good laugh at the expense of a few N.C.O.'s, when they encroached on officers' preserves for a drink of water. As they were coming out a guard commanded, "Halt!" He put the boys under arrest, and arranged them in two lines to march to the guardhouse. The corporal and officer of the guard were called, and the non-coms eventually were released. Speaking about army eats. The following in-treatment we received from Mess Sergeant John Arbor and his staff Washington's Birthday. It speaks for itself: Breakfast—Oatmeal, ham and eggs, fried potatoes, stewed prunes, bread and coffee. Dinner—Chicken a la king, chicken broth, apple sauce, asparagus tip, sweet potatoes, cream potatoes, Waldorf salad, fritters, chocolate cake, ice cream, pears, bananas, oranges, coco, cigarettes. Supper—Steak a la minuet, green peas, peaches, coffee, bread, fruit cake. Among the N.C.O.'s taking special instruction: Automatic Arms School, Corporal Bookerman; Grenade School, Corporals Carroll and Clatterbaugh; Bayonet School, Corporals Dudley and Greaver.

Company H. Private Sayers and Sergeant Buck are still with the company - and pay day came. Yes, we can make it for another month.

Private T. C. Starnes is working on a set of sideboards for the pool table-benefit of Sergeant Surface.

Why girls leave home - Shelton.

Sergeant Newbill is quite an attentive churchgoer of late - and there's just as much noise in the third platoon as ever.

The sergeants were given a cage recently, and Guthrie doesn't get the idea - unless it's so the rest of the men can't get to them. He's bee saving peanuts recently - and some one heard him having some tickets printed. He'll "fresh down" later.

Private Stone has reported for duty from the convalescent ward, much improved in looks.

Company I. Mrs. J. W. Henson, Jr., visited her husband, Lieutenant Henson, in camp last week.

We regret to note the illness of Lieutenants Framer and Ackerman.

Sergeant Vest and Corporal Jones visited in Charlottesville.

Private Roy W, Gary has returned, after an illness at his home, Wealthia, Va.

The company has secured boxing gloves, and, judging from the way the men are engaging in terrific bouts, we think the company will produce a Sullivan or two.

J. M. Newton, of Pocahontas, Va., visited his son, Sergeant J. A. Newton, and his nephew, Lieutenant Newton, of the Division Quartermaster Corps.

Company L. The boys grew tired of Private William M. Pentecost's watch-trading proclivities, so now he leads a dog's life. When he isn't tied in bed to keep him from trading watches in his sleep, the blankets are pinned together so he can't get in, or he runs his bare feet into a cold pile of canteen cups and condiment cans, under the cover.

We were sorry to lose two good men by the transfer route, Privates Lawrence S. Patton and Clinton Hillman. They have gone to the Sixty-fifth Engineers.

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Company M. It is difficult to make Corporal Brown believe that the old philosopher who said: "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise," was telling the truth.

Sergeant Etter proved himself to be left-handed beyond a doubt the other day, when he proceeded to bring the company in for mess. The company always executes a column left, but this time he gave column right and marched them away from their tempting chow.

Private Ayers has a movement on foot to furnish cuspidors for the men, since it is easier to clean them than to clean the entire mess hall for three weeks in succession.

Private John R. Satterfield was a railroad man before coming to Camp Lee, and it seems that he has become a student, by mail, of the University of Virginia, since all his letters seem to come from Charlottesville.

Corporal Patrick insists that men excused from retreat shouldn't salute when "To the Colors" is being played.

Machine-Gun Company. Sergeant Walter H. Richardson is always anxious to see the holidays come, as his wife is visiting his sister at Hopewell.

Private Robert L. Gibson and Alvin T. Board were lemonading around Petersburg and Hopewell.

Private Frank D. Lowman and Mechanic Moore attended church at Petersburg.

Sergeant Palmer C. Rakes has been suffering with rheumatism of the left jaw bone.

Corporal Mangus has begun to look natural since he shaved off that mustach [mustache].

All the boys in this company have played safety first, by taking $10,000 war risk insurance each.

318th INFANTRY Company A. "Slim" Grimsley says he is expecting his discharge soon. The government won't furnish him a bed that he can sleep in without shutting up like a jacknife, so he guesses it's going to let him go. At home Slim reposes on the plate rail every night.

Corporals Fitchett, Lenz and Bradley have been promoted to be sergeants.

By the way, if any one should see a pack mysteriously walking down Middle Road, it is safe to assume that Sergeant Fitchett is furnishing the motive power. For several weeks we have been writing about the Company B phonograph overhead, and regularly the editor has seen fit not to print the remarks. Well then, since these remarks, valuable as they are, are withheld from a public thirsting for this correspondent's priceless work, we will address the editor alone. Dear Sir, - The B Company phonograph is as pestiferous as ever, and has just completed the two millionth rendition of "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

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Company C. The hospital list is not so large since the weather improved.

The company is glad to have Corporal C. O. Johnson back from Base Hospital, after an attack of pneumonia.

Corporal Craun and Private Crouch, from Loudoun County, have returned, after an extended sojourn at home, due to illness. They were taken sick while on pass in January.

The company has taken to boxing of late, and we expect to develop some champions.

Company D. It seems that some one has a grudge against our company, as they are trying hard to relieve us of all our officers. We are very much afraid we are going to lose Lieutenant Bebout, as they trying their best to get him down to the Division School of Arms as bayonet instructor. We hope, however, that it will be arranged to keep him with our company.

The reception and banquet held at the Jefferson Hotel, in Richmond, by the members of Company D on Washington's Birthday was greatly enjoyed. After the reception a hop was given, many Richmond girls participating. Among the attractive features of the even was a fox trot demonstration by Private Wingfield.

We do not understand why Sergeant Fleet took such a long walk out on West Washington Street, Petersburg, one evening last week. he tells us he has walking for exercise.

While in Petersburg one evening last week, Private Wingfield went to a dance. While there he met Private Hinman's girl, who asked him if he knew Sergeant Hinman of Company D. Private Wingfield replied, "No, m'am, I don't know Sergeant Himna." "What?" she said. "You are in D Company, and you don't know Sergeant Hinman, that great, big, fine-looking young man, with stripes on his coat sleeves, a big sharpshooter's medal around his neck, a leader in the Y. M. C. A. ?" "Oh!" Private Wingfield replied, "you are talking about the first sergeant. Yes, I reckon I do know him."

Company G. We lost one of our "song birds" this week, when Corporal Book was transferred to Headquarters Company.

Our men "killed" every one of H Company's men in the attack on our position during the sham battle last week, and in the obstacle contest five of our men finished and one of F Company's men. Our men got the money.

The slogan for this company is: "If you want to stay with this company, you have got to soldier." And the men certainly at doing it.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Hugh E. Clougherty to be corporal and his attachment to the office force.

We are wondering why Corporal Booth looked so sad when he returned from Petersburg last night. Rumor has it that an officer beat him to it.

The practice which the company had in pitching tents last week was thoroughly enjoyed, and in the contests "red" Thomason won when it came to striking tents and getting equipment put away. Curtis and Atkinson won in pitching tents.

Company H. The company is still decreasing, and if the present state is maintained, we will not have men enough left to execute "squads right" for Lieutenant Rodgers.

Sergeant Coard wishes to inform those who are not already cognizant of the fact, that his nose is improving rapidly.

Privates Daley and Marshall returned this week, after an absence of almost two months. They were fortunate enough to be inhabitants of an island in the Chesapeake Bay. When they went home Christmas that terrible weather set in and they were literally frozen in until a few days ago. They say old "Robinson" had nothing on them.

We can't understand why our company clerk finds such enjoyment in nightly trips to Petersburg. Maybe the moving pictures are exceptionally good.

Congratulations to "Daddy" Jett upon the arrival of a splendid ten-pounder at his home last week.

Company I. Sergeant Nichols thinks it is still 1917. He'll change his mind when we start on the fall drive.

Sergeant Ashby hasn't recovered from his trip to Richmond yet, but Lynchburg letters certainly revive him.

Sergeant Schulte says he hopes he will live to see the time when he gets a week-end pass again.

Corporal Goodley, Privates Goldberg, Tolley, Baird and Gray were transferred to a tank unit at Camp Meade. Good luck to the crowd, and we all hope we will meet them "over there."


All of Company I's men did "bunk fatigue" in a military manner on Washington's Birthday.

Sergeant Sherwood is again riding the "gravy train," but he has several close seconds.

Company K. K Company had its first experience in living in the field while on outguard duty for five days, relieving F Company, February 14, and being relieved by K Company of the 317th the following Monday. The detachments lived in tents and cooked on field ranges. The nights were chilly, but all the men liked the life, and are willing to go back to it any time.

Mechanic Brady and Corporal Booker were transferred to the tank unit.

Corporal Miller, Privates Adams, Rich, Carpenter and Russell have been transferred to the Headquarters Company, this regiment.

Sergeant Lynch, while at a Webb estate on outguard duty, in addition to his other duties, officiated as nurse to the family cow. Corporal Baber superintended the hauling in of the fodder for said beast.

Private Wood, at the hydro-electric plant, challenged a muskrat, and kicked because he had to do kitchen police.

Bugler Simpson, at the filtration plant, made a good adjutant to Cook Pearson, while Robbin was chief entertainer to the lady visitors at Wilcox dam.

Company L. The men have welcomed with great pleasure the first appearances of spring. The tactical walks which the noncomissioned officers have taken with the company commander and the war problems which are being worked out under the direction of the officers, have added a new interest to army life.

We would suggest for the benefit of C. B. Harwood that "Taps" be dispensed with. It would also be highly desirable if reveille would be deferred till later in the day.

Under the direction of Lieutenant Greer, with Corporal Gatewood as assistant, much interest boxing is being developed among the men.

Company M. Corporal Chilcotte says that he is getting very familiar with the ways and wonder of a dental surgeon. He has been relieved of only eighteen teeth within the last few days.

Corporals Evan McMullan, Ralph E. Wolfe and Fred Bauserman and Privates Lawson F. Bradshaw and Basil A. Brown were transferred to Headquarters Company.

Private Albert Cave, now in the convalescent barracks, paid a social call to Company M barracks last week. Lieutenant Sipe came into the squad room, whereupon Private Cave called attention, but, forgetting he was in the army, remarked in the old-fashioned country style, "How do you do," which caused an uproar of laughter both from the lieutenant and the men.

We were very sorry to lose one of our best men, Private Frank S. Brown, who died of pneumonia, February 18. His body was sent home for burial. The body was escorted to the railway station by two squads of men from the company, and Private James H. Thrift accompanied the body home. The company bought a large flag, with which the casket was draped. He was a fine young man, of excellent character, and his soldierly qualities were equally as good.

Our company is recovering from the shortage of men, as they are now returning from the hospital as fast as they went some few weeks ago.

The mocking bird squad, better known as the vocal talent of Company M, will participate in the concerts to be given by the 318th Regiment.

Machine-Gun Company. One of the most enjoyable military dances of the season was given by the headquarters and Machine-Gun Companies of the 318th Infantry at Liberty Hall, Petersburg, February 21. The hall was decorated in red, white and blue, with large monograms of each company on separate sides of the hall. Eight members of the regimental band were there to furnish the music, which was very highly praised. The dance started at 9 o'clock and ended at 2. Refreshments were served during the intermissions. The grand march was led by Captain Randolph of Headquarters Company, and his wife, followed by Captain Cuthbert, of Machine-Gun Company, and his partner. The committee who organized the dance was made up as follows" Hugh D. Cooke, chairman; S. H. Dozier, J. A. Clibourne and F. J. Coleto, of the Machine-Gun Company, and Bowman, Hopkins and Murray, of Headquarters Company. The dance was such a great success that another may be organized some time soon.

Privates Askew, Powers, Mathews and Sorey have returned to the company from the hospital.

Sergeants Pair and Burns and Privates Lamberson, Stevenson and Goodwin have joined the tank unit.

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Supply Company. The evening of February 22 the "Mule Skinners" of the Supply Company held in their barracks a celebration in honor of George Washington's Birthday, a dance and dinner, conceded to be one of the most elaborate celebrations of its kid ever held at Camp Lee. Very quickly one of the squad rooms was converted into a dance with the most elaborate decorations. Red, white and blue were the prevailing colors, with flag-draped portraits of "The Father of Our Country." The music, furnished by the 318th Infantry Orchestra, was so striking that those who never danced before had to "shake a foot." The ladies - they were here, special cars being run from Richmond and Petersburg. The chaperons were lieutenant and Mrs. Berg, Sergeant and Mrs. Moody. Amid the rejoicing of the party, Captain Nunn announced that Lieutenant Berg had in his pocket travel orders to proceed to another post. Momentarily it cast a gloom over all who knew him, but the spirit of a soldier is to make the best of everything. Lieutenant Berg held in the regiment a position few men can fill We regret to see him go, but at the same time he carries with him our best wishes, and we hope to meet again on the field of Flanders, even we might say, "in the heart of kaiserdom."


Company A. Company A held an interplatoon field meet that was like the old P. A. A. meets back in Pittsburgh. Spirit marked all the events, and rivalry was stronger than Jim Haggerty in the tug-of-war. The first and fourth platoons lines up against the second and third platoons, and the first and second came out victors. The prizes were given by Captain Obear and Lieutenant Richie. Captain Obear gave the winners a box of Rameses cigaretts [cigarettes], and the prize presented by Lieutenant Richie was a trophy that is to be one of the many to come to the company in the future. After the meet, mess was something real. Ice cream and cake with real coffee came as a second course. Sandwiches were served, and they in turn were sandwiched in between speeches. The tug-of-war was one of the best features of the day. Corporal Dolan and Corporal haggerty were the heavy men of their respective sides. Both were towers of strength. Dolan looked like one of the pyramids of Egypt, and Haggerty resembled a grizzly bear in action. It was some tug, but the weight of the first platoon was too much for the second platoon. The three-legged race was a wonder. Not one of the three legs turned sky-ward. Duncan and O'Niel were the speed merchants, closely followed by Campbell and Marvin. The riding relay was full of disasters. The first platoon had too much weight to carry, and spills were numerous. The third platoon easily won the race. Probably the most exciting event was the medicine ball relay. It was the best two out of three, and it was not until the last man had finished that the winner could be named. Benson and Hensler were the lights hidden under the bushel. Both of them missed the ball and made the race sway first to one side and then to the other. In the lockstep the first platoon gave itself away. It was easy to see that some of them had served time, or had profited much by their training here. In perfect cadence they swayed up the course, winners with speed to spare. Broad jumping proved to be another stumbling-block for the first platoon. The actual jumps were good, but twice men fell backward, and took several feet off their jump. Gleason, of the third platoon, was the best individual jumper in the match. Sergeant Casey didn't win any contest by himself, but he was in nearly all of the events. His mighty pull was felt in the tug-of-war, and his broad back carried a man in the riding relay. He was the leading spirit of the meet. This meet is only a preliminary to a meet between Company A and Company M, to be held March 4. Company A is mourning the loss of two more officers, Lieutenant Horsley and Lieutenant Farquahar have been transferred from the company. They were given a dinner by the men of the their platoons before they left.

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Forty-three "rookies" have been added to the company, and are getting initiated into K. P. and the other joys of life.

Company C. All the men of this company regret the loss of Captain Nalle, as he was like a second father to the boys, and they appreciate the kindnesses he showed them. Out of a bunch of raw recruits in five months he has made a first-class company, and we will never forget the patience and time he has spent to our advantage. We extend to him our best wishes for success in his new organization.

This company has received fifty-seven new men thus far from the new draft. Among these are very god singers and ball players, and the company should profit in every way. We welcome them to our midst, and by the spirit they have so far shown in their work and drills we believe they will keep up the good name already established by Company C.

Herm Meyer, known as "The million-dollar kid," has been drilling a squad of rookies the last few days, but refuses to enlighten them on the subject of "How to cop a million-dollar heiress."

We miss Privates Daun, Devlin, Friel and Holmes, who were transferred to the Headquarters Company. They come to visit us every now and then, and we were fortunate that they were not transferred out of camp.

"Iggy" Friel, recently transferred to Headquarters Company as a signaler, states that he is going to get a horse to assist him in his work. He will get a little hoarse if he continues to hell, "Read 'em and weep."

The dogs of Camp Lee had a battalion parade last week, and the cadence was nearly perfect. Their captain double-timed them around the camp in squad formation for several hours.

Sergeant Carter had occasion to use his best table eitquette [etiquette] on Washington's Birthday, as his wife was a visitor at mess. His usual "pass me everything on the table, thank you," was not heard during the entire meal. He suggested that Washington's hatchet be used to carve the steak, but our cunning mess sergeant fooled him by serving hash.

Company E. The advancement of two of our officers has caused considerable comment among the men. Lieutenant Brokaw has been appointed adjutant of the Third Battalion, and it is with much great that we see him leave. Lieutenant Horne has been wearing a silver bar lately, and no doubt will fill his predecessor's office in a fitting manner. Lieutenant Tilghman has been transferred to Company I, and with him go our best wishes.

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Washington's Birthday was celebrated in a mild way in the barracks. Private Cavanaugh, boxing instructor, commenced his duties by instructing two rookies in the art, much to the amusement of the spectators. Private Harford claims it was a very eventful day for him. He had the pleasure of meeting a number of ladies at the Hostess House, and said the day was very well spent, as it was his first opportunity of shaking hands with a lady since leaving home. Privates Horrocks and Porter enjoyed the distinction of addressing the pupils of Prince George (Continued on Sixth Page.)

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