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said, "Well, there is no use getting exciting. We might as well take things quietly. Find Sergeant Duncan and tell him to get all the men up and over into the dugouts." The dugouts lined the bank on the opposite side of the road about one hundred feet away. Lieutenant Pyle accompanied me to the outside door. I crossed the courtyard and climbed upstairs to the room where half the company was sleeping and found most of them sitting up in bed putting on shoes, helmets and gas masks. Everybody was wide awake. I gave the orders issued to me, for everybody to fall in outside at once. They soon began to line up. Sergeant Duncan appeared and although shells were falling within a few feet and although it was our first time under fire, everybody, from long habit and discipline, quickly formed in company front and filled up the dugouts in readiness on the opposite bank. Some of the company took shelter in a sand pit, a short distance in the rear. Others were soon hidden under the bomb proofs in the rear of the building. Being in the first squad and nearest to the large dugout, I was soon inside with Bully Eyrick, Belles, and a half dozen more of the company. We found the dugout almost filled up with infantry when we reached it. It was capable of holding about thirty men and contained about twenty infantry soldiers, who had been marching up the road when the bombardment commenced. Father Walsh, Chaplain of 320 Infantry, was in the dugout and I suppose the soldiers belonged to that regiment. As we sat there with the shells screaming outside, falling in the yard beyond us and just outside the entrance, we listened to hear each report of the German field guns firing. I forget who made the remark, but it was someone in our company, about each shell as it fell near us. The words were interspersed -52-