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. 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.