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March 25, 1919


General Denies Report that Camp would Be Abandoned


Much rumoring has been rife during the past week, more than usual that is, on the subject of abandoning Camp Upton. Plenty of soldiers have already done it and many more are seeking to, but this report had it that Upton was to be taken over by Devens. The report, naturally, emanated from Devens.

Gen. Nicholson, camp commander, laughed when he saw the story in a Boston paper on which all the conjecture was based, and said that Upton would be doing business for many a month, and plenty of it. The story from the Boston paper is given here with and, even though there is no offical basis for it, the perusal may give an occasional thrill.

It says:

CAMP DEVENS.- Camp Upton, New York, is to be closed and its activities transferred to this camp, according to information made public here recently. It was stated at camp headquarters that no official advices have been received as yet, but they are expected soon.

60,000 More in Camp

All New York States’ soldiers are to be discharged from this camp. Most of the force now stationed at Camp Upton will be sent here, it is further stated. Maj. Gen. McCain issued a statement through his executive officer, Col. A.G. Lott, that the new arrangement would have no tendency of interfering with the plans for the reception of the Yankee division.

Battalion commanders of the depot brigade learned the proposed increase of demobilization activity at this camp at a meeting this afternoon when a memorandum was read. This new plan will make likely an increase in the population of the camp to possibly 60,000. It is expected that when the Twenty-sixth Division arrives in camp that this figure may be reached.

Tents are to be used to accommodate the men in excess of the 12,000 which is originally intended to send here each month for demobilization. An important significance attached to this plan is that the port of Boston would receive more troop ships. It is reported that six transports will arrive within a week. Officers returning from Washington state that there is a report current among officer that President Wilson indicated on his return through Boston his appreciation of the advantages offered in the use of that port for disembarking troops.

Too Far to New York

It is recalled that three majors of the Inspector General's Department made a thorough survey of the accommodations of this camp very recently. As was pointed out by one of the officers, no more troops can be shipped to Boston than can be handled by existing sanitary arrangements. It would be too far to send soldiers to New York for disinfection and examination, it is stated.

Because all of the men from norther New York were originally mobilized at this camp, it is not thought strange that a choice had been made of Camp Devens to demobilize New York soldiers.

This plan is not thought to include the Seventy-seventh Division, it is asserted, which, like the Twenty-seventh Division, not at camp Mills and Camp Merritt, is composed of New York soldiers. It is believed that Camp Upton may not be closed up entirely, but that the barracks may be used by homecoming divisions as a rest station before proceeding further for demobilization and discharge.




Just before the 106 Infantry sailed for home the following promotions were announced:

     To Major: Captains Francis Jaeckel, Ames Brown, Niles Larsen.

     To Captain: 1st Lieutenants Waldemar Busing, Erdman Brandt, York W. Brennan.

     To 1st Lieutenant: 2nd Lieutenants Harold C. de Loisell, Raymond McMurray.


Wounded Sergeant Models with Left Hand


The above picture tells a strong story of the spirit of America's wounded soldiers who have come home to learn anew the business of life. It shows Serg't Joseph G. Gotzen, a patient in the Upton base hospital, with the figure he modeled, using only his left hand. His right arm is in an aeroplane sling, a memory of September 15, during the St. Mihiel drive. Serg't Gotzen had never done modeling before, although his bent has been somewhat artistic. He did considerable illustrating before entering service.


Will Improve Taxi Service in Camp


To improve the taxi service in camp, new regulations have been promulgated from Camp Headquarters in regard to ordering automobiles by telephone.

When the taxi stand in the Twelfth Street (Extension 137) is asked over the phone to send a car anywhere, the name of the person wishing to use the machine must be given. The taxi dispatcher in return will the give the license number of the car which is to be sent. Then, if the machine fails to appear or if any delay or trouble is experienced, a report is to be made to the Camp Service Officer, Extension 221, giving the license number of the delinquent taxi driver.

To safeguard the taxi drivers, the person ordering the car must use the machine when it is sent or pay the driver 25 cents for his trouble in calling.




Notwithstanding the fact that he has been working in Camp Upton since this cantonment was a few barracks and trees, Cecil Woodruff, age 18, of New York, who is temporarily assigned to the 152d Depot Brigade, enlisted in the service for three years the other day.

Pvt. Woodruff is an ex-jockey and has ridden horses in races on several tracks on Long Island. For this reason he stated that he intended to make application shortly for a transfer to the cavalry division of the army.




About 70 per cent of the 27th Division now are New Yorkers. The others are replacement troops. General O'Ryan asked that the division parade in a body, and said that the replacement troops had the same spirit as the fighting New Yorkers.


Women Here to Recruit "Cops"


A detachment of the Lafayette Battalion, and Organization of women commanded by Col. Adelaide McConnell, visited Camp Upton recently in behalf of a campaign to urge honorably discharged soldiers to join the New York City Police Department. The women, who made the trip in one of the battalion's motor cars, were Lieut. Martha Riefe, Corp'l Virginia Sickert and Corp'l Elisa Riefe.

The New York Police Department is organizing a battalion of soldiers and sailors with a view of training and equipping them to pass the coming civil service examination for appointments as patrolmen. Salary and working conditions are good and members of the force are taken care of when ill or incapacitated for further service and pensioned for life after twenty-five years service. Promotion to the highest rank is always open to every policeman.


New York Division Comes Here For Mustering Out


Upton's most noteworthy piece of work since becoming a discharge camp begins this week with the mustering out of twenty-thousand men of the Twenty-seventh Division. They are due here immediately after the parade which is taking place to-day, the greatest demonstration New York has seen for years, and the most notable historic parade since Northern Soldiers marched on Pennsylvania Avenue at the close of the Civil War.

Preparations for the Twenty-seventh's coming have been going forward here for over a week. The camp was practically cleaned of troops the last of the week, the last of the Ninety-second Division) colored) being discharged or transferred. Everything will be done to speed up the discharge machinery so that New York's fighters cab go to their homes in the shortest possible time. So that the important physical examinations might be done with the greatest dispatch, fifty medical officers and a hundred enlisted men of the division came here to augment the medical staff of about the same number of officers and men under Capt. W.F. Schmaltz. The enlarged corps of examiners will work in day and night shifts and is expected to reach a capacity of five thousand men a day. At that rate, the entire division will be examined physically within four days of arrival here and the first discharged troops should be on the way home on the fifth. The time consumed in mustering out the entire division should not exceed six days. The bulk of the division comes here-twenty thousand. The remaining seven thousand five hundred were transferred in detachments to camps near their homes.


Camp Wins Fight on Liquor Sale


The camp authorities have just won a fight to prevent the resumption of the sale of bottled liquors in Patchogue. State Excise Commissioner Herbert S. Sisson refused to approve a resolution of the Town Board of Patchogue revoking the ban previously laid upon the sale of bottled intoxicants, at the request of Gen. Bell.

When the War Camp Community Service in Patchogue discovered the attempt of the Town Board to change the existing regulation, Maj. Ferris, the Camp Morale Office, was appealed to. He placed the matter before Gen. Nicholson, who informed the Mayor of Patchogue that he would prohibit enlisted men from entering Patchogue unless the Board rescinded its action. Commissioner Sisson settled the matter, however, by disapproving the Board's proposal.

It was the action of the Patchogue authorities in the forbidding the sale of bottled liquors that caused the withdrawal of the military police force which formerly maintained there.




Pvt. Percy Sweet, a member of the First Cavalry, from up-state, was the first Twenty-seventh Division man who "Went West." He was killed on July 16 in the village of Nieurlet which was bombed by a German aeroplane while the 106 Machine Gun Battalion was quartered there. Twenty-two other members of Company D, 106th Machine Gun Battalion, were wounded by the bomb which killed Private Sweet.




The second in the series of sketches aiming to expose the complicity in publishing this weekly soldier cheerosheet shows the busy reader Puck-- and conceals nothing. Puck is shown in the characteristic of drawing a woman. Which is what he does most of the time. At least so our scouts who sleuth him when he goes on pass to New York to buy art materials report. They also bring back word that he draws pretty good ones. Puck's pen has nothing on his line of allurements, those doughmen who have followed him in T. & C. week by week know that he wields no feeble pen.

Puck is an officer, so it isn't safe or comely to speak disrespectfully--he wears two chevrons on the ol'sleeve and is a genius at ordering the troops around. During his career, by his own confession, he has been a mess corporal, an editor, and advertising solicitor, a reporter, an artist and a tax collector, and when he was asked if any other data should go into this obituary he observed in that sly way of his'n: "Tell them I'm married  and have seven children all depending on me."

Next Week: The Associate Editor.


Dances at Yaphank Proving Popular


The dances for enlisted men in the War Camp Community Service club house at Yaphank are proving very successful. Since the regular Wednesday dances have been abandoned in camp, two dances a week have been held in Yaphank, one on Wednesday evening and the other, as had previously been the custom, on Fridays.

The Camp Morale Officer has given his support to these dances and the Camp Morale Orchestra provides the music.

Girls from Patchogue attend one of the weekly dances and the other is graced by the presence of girls from Sayville.

Admission for soldiers is by card given by the War Camp Community Service.




First Radio Mechanic--Gee, we've got a scale over at the laboratory that is so delicate that you can't stand close to it, for fear that the heat from your body will make it give an incorrect reading.

Second R.M.--I need one of those scales to weight my money now.--Judge.




Lieut. Gilson's Liberty Theater during the past few weeks has been rolling up business which has broken every house record for the year the popular War Department house has been operated. One night's paid admissions totaled 2,869 and represented in bulk the largest money ever passed through the Liberty's box office window. The week of shows by the Billy Allen Company brought a large patronage. Vaudeville opened last week's offerings and continued four days, with a change of bill the third day. "Stop! Look! Listen!" a popular New York comedy success was Lieut. Gilson's offering March 22nd and 23d.


Barnard Girls Entertain


Alumnae of Barnard College entertained recently at Y.M.C.A. Hut No. 34, the ladies offering a varied program of solos, ukulele duets, dances and -par excellence-refreshments. The cake and cocoanut sunshine into a Saturday afternoon which might have been dull without the entertainment and refreshments.




A number of Upton soldiers took part in the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade. They were given special leaves by Gen. Nicholson and went in on the ten o'clock train in the morning of the parade. At one-thirty they assembled at Forty-fourth Street and Fifth Avenue, joining the military section. It was marshaled by Maj. Michael Heaney, camp provost marshal, and the assistant marshal was Capt. Cecil Hooke of the Quartermaster Corps.




A farewell party was given five members of the Training Cadre of the 14th Company recently. Serg't Herman L. Fergenson, Serg't William J. Crowley, Cook John Bogatto, Mechanic Romulus J. Doire and Pvt. Lester R. Sass are the lucky ones; they are now ex-members of the "Fighting Fourteenth."

Capt. J.H. Hahn, 1st Lieut. William D. Fales, 1st Lieut. William D. Fales, 1st Lieut. Harry S. Kelly, and Second Lieuts. Charles W. Davies, Colin R. MacKintosh and Charles Lafferty were present.

  A vote of thanks is due Mess Serg't Gustave Messer for the splendid manner in which the affair was handled.

Speeches were made by all officers present and by members of the Training Cadre. It goes without saying the masterpiece was delivered by Pvt. Sass. That's the best of being an "Atmosphere Actor."

The affair was closed by a speech by the Captain, who spread much joy by announcing that all applications for furloughs would be honored in due time.




"Thank God we were with the British."

This was the fervent remark of one Captain of the 27th Division when he arrived in New York from the battle front. It expressed the sentiment of the rank and file of the division, also, for during their battles together. Tommies and Yanks became fast comrades-in-arms and learned to respect one another after the fashion of men who have faced death side by side and observed the true worth of one another's character.

The Australians, too, the "Ozzies" of the combines forces which defeated the Germans, were much beloved of the Yanks, and between them, also, a lasting friendship grew.

The tactics of the English and Australian soldiers, in fighting machine guns, were adopted by the Americans, who previously had always charged an m.g. nest with a grand rush. But, after observing the method of the others-one man at a time being sent out to sneak up on the gun, our men changed their tactics, with consequent saving of life.




During the drive on the Hindenburg line, one battalion of the 107th Infantry advanced so far that they had the Germans between them and the Twenty-seventh Division's lines. Airplanes carried food and ammunition to the battalion, and finally the Australians came up and relieved the former Old Seventh Regiment fighters from Manhattan.


Praise For O'Ryan


What one member of the Empire Division thinks of his divisional commander is revealed in his letter to a friend at home. An illuminating extract follows:

"Maj. Gen. John J. O'Ryan, commanding the Twenty-seventh Division, is one of the coolest men under intense fire of all kinds you could ever imagine. When a German shell struck the ground within ten feet of him recently and killed four dispatch riders and wounded Maj. King, the General calmly lit another cigarette and never budged. He has proved a most level-headed and efficient commander."




A little red brick school house at Montfort, France, served as a club for enlisted men of the Twenty-seventh Division while they were resting up after breaking through the Hindenburg Line. A count with a real title presented the school building to the Yanks for the purpose to which it was put. In a number of centres in France the enlisted men had their clubs, where they were in full charge, and they were unique institutions.

Cigarettes and tobacco were given away at these clubs, through the Red Cross.

To the particular hut here mentioned the Red Cross gave newspapers, writing material, games and magazines. Also cocoa, for which soldiers show a fondness. The Twenty-seventh men moved in a Boche piano taken on a mopping up expedition into some village, and on one wall they hung an American flag, beneath which 100 men of the division were buried. Blackboards and metric system charts on the wall and small crucifixes were not disturbed, but were left to add their attractiveness to the club interior.




One of the big things which the British taught their American cousins in the war, according to the 27th officers, was how to eat bully beef. When first the Yanks of that division were placed with the British command, they were fed quantities of tea, cheese, jam and bully beef--which is Army for corned beef. The Yanks got so much bully beef they began to kick strenuously, in a polite sort of way, for they knew only one method of preparing it.

It was then the Tommies found their way to the Yanks hearts, in the accepted manner--through the stomach. The British showed the Americans a number of new and toothsome ways in which to cook bully beef, and turned out a pudding made of it which leaped into high favor in the O.D. ranks.




One thing which the British soldier taught the men of the 27th, when they fought side by side, was how to apreciate tea. Tommy always has to have his tea, as the world knows, and when 4 o'clock came in the afternoon he was just as apt as not to sit down in the middle of a barrage to brew a cup.

"A joke was a joke,” an officer of the 27th writes, "but tea was tea. It was the one thing to which Tommy could look forward the whole day. He had been in the war so long, you see, that he had comes to a happy philosophy of life which taught him that there was no use in being any more uncomfortable than you had to."




Men from the 102nd Engineers formed the first unit of the 27th Division to return to New York. They came in aboard the transport Rochambeau. Colonel Cornelius Vanderbilt, now a Brigadier General, originally commanded the 22nd Engineers, which later formed the nucleus of the 102nd.




Inquisitive doughboy on French troop train (to one of our colored soldiers repairing the road): "What town is this, bo?"

"I don't know. White folks they done shot all the name off this place."--Judge




War presents many coincidences.

History is full of them, and an interesting one of the lately-concluded hostilities occurred when the 27th Division "hopped the bags" on their way to meet the Germans defending the Hindenburg Line.

As the whole world knows, the 27th and the 30th American divisions broke that line, smashed it, in fact, so wide open, that it was never plastered together again. One of the enemy units opposing the crack former Guardsmen of the Empire State was a crack Hunoutfit- the 27th Division of the German Army.

It was a case of 27th versus 27th, and the better division won. The conflict was a bitter affair, for even the fact that both divisions were designated by the same numerals imparted no iota of brotherly love to the contest. But the German 27th was pushed out of the way and the American 27th pushed on to victory!




No wonder the Twenty-seventh Division, along with the Thirtieth, took one-tenth of the total number of German prisoners captured by the American Expeditionary Force with such men as Wasyl Kolonoczky in the New Yorkers' ranks.

Kolonoczky holds the record in the division for gathering in Huns. At the last counting his total bag was between thirty and forty Germans.

His citation reads as follows:

"During the operation against the Hindenburg line east of Ronssoy, France, on September 29,1918. Pvt. Kolonoczky under a heavy shell and machine gun fire left the shelter of his trench, and, going forward under a heavy, thick smoke and returned between thirty and forty prisoners."




There is a change of attitude among Twenty-seventh division men toward the often reviled P. and N. railroad (by courtesy). After a few days of travel on French chemin-de-fer, the "Punk and Noisy" or "Perhaps and Never" line loomed up as one of the great achievements in railway engineering. Every railroad in La Belle, as you might say, France is tres P. and likewise very N.


Brooklyn to Honor Dead Warriors with Arch


Brooklyn will honor her dead warriors with one or more suitable memorials, perhaps with an arch at the foot of Ocean Parkway.

Flatbush is planning to erect another memorial to her sons at Kings Highway and Ocean Parkway.

The site at the foot of Ocean Parkway, perhaps the most ideal spot for a memorial in the borough, was originally selected by the memorial committees of Local Boards 57 and 58. But representatives of the local board said they had learned the Brooklyn Victory Committee was planning to utilize this location itself. Accordingly the local committee have changed their plans.

The two local districts are to organize a drive to raise $50,000 for their joint memorial. Inasmuch as each district has in the neighborhood of 30,000 inhabitants it is anticipated there will be no considerable trouble in raising the funds. Mrs. Clarence E. Waterman is chairman of the drive committee, and will announce shortly the method by which the money will be raised.


Two D.S.C.'s Awarded Here


The first presentation in camp of the Distinguished Service was at the base hospital Red Cross convalescent home recently, when two patients received the honor from the hands of Brig. Gen. Nicholson. They were Maj. Horatio N. Jackson, of Burlington, Vt., and Serg't James S. Cain, of Troy, N.Y. Maj. James L. Wheaton, base hospital commandant, read the order awarding the crosses.

In pinning the cross on Maj. Jackson's breast, Gen. Nicholson testified to the merit of the award, as a personal observer of the officer in action. The major was surgeon of Gen. Nicholson's brigade, the 157th, and was attached to the 313th Infantry. During the drive on Montfaucon, although he had been twice hit, Maj. Jackson continued directing the operations of wound-dressing parties. While personally attending to wounded man a shell killed his patient and shattered his arm. He wears three wound stripes.

Gen. Nicholson lauded the heroism of Serg't Cain, who was in the Fifth Machine Gun Battalion and led a rescue party through shell-swept territory, to help comrades buried by a shell explosion, near Medeah Farm, October 4th.

In the first row of seats were several decorated men and officers who are patients in the base. Detachment nurses and medical officers, reconstruction aides and enlisted men of the medical detachment comprised the audience. The General, in brief address, complimented the patients and staff of the hospital for the wonderfully buoyant and cheerful spirit he encountered in a tour of inspection and lauded especially the reconstruction section for its work in rehabilitating wounded.

Eric Dudley, the Camp's genial "song and dance artist," as the General called him, was asked to lead in some songs, which he did with his customary enthusiasm and savior faire, although the invitation was a complete surprise.




Several clever boxing bouts were an attraction last week at Y Hut 35. Young "Bullie" Smith, of Tulsa, Okla., who claims the lightweight championship of the A.E.F., was in camp with the casuals of the 92nd Division (colored). On two successive night he fought a four-round exhibition with "Nap" Burd, of Chicago, and also knocked out "Kid" Boyd, of San Francisco, in the second round in another exhibition.


Miss Loheed to Welcome Her 37th Friends Back


Good news for the 27th men who remember Spartanburg-and who doesn't? Miss Bertha M. Loheed, director of the four Y.M.C.A. building in Camp Upton, is planning a particularly warm welcome there for her countless friends among the division. Miss Loheed established the Y.W.C.A. Hostess House at Camp Wadsworth, Spartansburg, S.C., where the division trained, and remained there until the middle of last June, after the last unit had sailed for France.




"Here is a pretty good original joke that I heard the other day," writes an officer in France. "We were out on a road march the other day, and as we stopped to feed the horses, and as one of the men was putting a nose bag on his horse, he remarked to a friend: "Do you know, this horse has more sense than any horse I ever saw. Why, the first time that I put a nose bag on him he closed his eyes and helf his breath, thinking that it was a gas mask."




The new Physical Director of Y Hut 31, John Stroh, formerly assistant of the Bedford Branch, Brooklyn, to Fred Schultz who was former camp director here, has had extensive experience in the gym. He is an expert diver and swimmer.

The popular and widely known physical director, Kreatzer, now director of Hut 36, formerly worked with Stroh.




Among the famous men who have left Upton in the lurch with the general exodus to civil like is one yclept Jack Dunn, Jr., Esq., of Baltimore, whose father, Jack, Sr., is President of the Baltimore ('Orioles") Baseball Club. Jack, Jr., has fought the Battle of Camp Upton for almost a year and has been conspicuous in every branch of athletics.

During the baseball season he starred on the line officers' team against all comers, and played several times on the Upton first string. In the big Fourth of July meet last year he easily won the officers' spirit a big field of old-time college stars. On the Upton football team in the east, Jack Dunn was one of the back-field stars who helped contribute to the team's many victories.

On Liberty Day last fall, Jack had the unique distinction of playing baseball in the big game in the morning and starring in the opening football game in the afternoon, scoring the first touchdown of the game before he was carried off with an injury.


Engineers Are Good With Fists


Fighters from the 317th Engineers furnished some fast boxing bouts recently at Y.M.C.A. Hut 34, with an audience of four hundred enthusiastic for the battling. The results were:

Wm. V. Amos won decision from Kid Samuels; Chas. Fleming won decision over Serg't Johnson; Bert Johnson took the decision over Kid Evans; Pvt. Cooper won the decision over Serg't Dodson.



                       By G.A.P.


Lieut. Col. James E. Abbott has left camp and Upton has lost a man who always fostered athletics and did a lot to stimulate the spirit of sport. When Col. Abbott took hold of organizing and supervising the athletic program of the camp in addition to his many other duties, he bit off a larger morsel than most men could easily masticate. There was a decided slump in morale following the armistice, and the job of injecting "pep" into the boys was no sinecure. However, with the assistance of a staff of capable athletic directors he went to work, and coordinating the activities of all other organizations, he put across one of the most comprehensive programs of all-round athletics ever attempted in any military camp.

The football field was constructed and the successful Upton team managed under Col. Abbott's direction. He made a specialty of inter-company boxing and basketball in camp was stimulated.


It is doubtful if the Camp Mills boxers will complete their schedule and return to Upton for the final meet. This gives Upton the decision, of course, but there would have been more satisfaction for the Upton fight fans to see the last battle. The other camps also appear to have petered out.


And while we're on the subject of boxing. Tex Rickard is joy-riding all over this great and glorious republic looking for a spot where he can induce a couple of hundred thousand elusive "iron-men" to flock his way when he stages the big fight. Camp Upton may not be able to offer a big enough cash guarantee to bring the big battle this way, but there certainly have been some record crowds on the side of the hill above the old boxing stand. And we have seen several brave boys knocked cold without receiving one penny for the fight. That's the difference between Upton sport and "sport."


The baseball players are beginning to work out on the back lots again. In a few weeks we will see the old "pep" returning when the inter-battalion baseball games start.




Mayor Burns of Troy, N.Y., has promised to charter a Hudson River steamship and convey the 300 members of the division who lived in Troy before the war, to that gay city of song and dance, as soon as the whole division is settled in Camp Upton. A big entertainment is scheduled for the native son's up there.



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