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One night about six o'clock Summers' brother was brought in on a stretcher, badly wounded. He belonged to one of the ambulance companies. He was wounded by a hand grenade along with five others of his company. One of the ambulance companies suffered some casualties when a shell came through the roof of a dressing station where they were at work. One officer and one enlisted man were killed and four or five wounded, all by the one shell. Another one of the ambulance companies had one man killed instantly by a bullet through the roof of the mouth. He was shot down while picking up the wounded. The first Meuse-Argonne continued from September 26th to October 12th, when the wounded ceased to arrive and we made preparations to leave. Before we left the vicinity, Major Nelson wanted the company to have a sight of Verdun, which was only six miles away to the east. Verdun was the scene of the big German drive under the Crown Prince, with one million men in 1916. The attack failed. Verdun itself was in ruins but the forts which had defended it were still manned. We took the main road with the company divided into platoons of twenty men each. This was done to lessen casualties if we should be fired upon by the German artillery. Then again, they might not waste a shot on a small group of men whereas the whole company in a body would receive their attention. All went well until we entered the outside gates of Verdun. Then we heard the German guns and the shells began to fly around us. I was in the first platoon, in front rank marching with Amyotte with Lieutenant Pyle just three feet ahead. We were marching in column of two's. I involuntarily ducked behind Amyotte as the shells began to come our way. He laughed but I ducked just the same. -65-