Diary, April 20-26, 1919
Apr. 20-Sun Easter. got up early. went to depet & left at 8. went
to KlenisBerttlingen, changed train & crossed border into Belgium,
stoped at city of "Arlon". Had a fine dinner here. saw very old
castle like Cathedral. saw an ancient church & new cathedral.
beautiful city, many Belg- soldiers and a great many fine looking
women. at 1:45 we went to Lux. City. stayed there an hour or so &
got to Ettelbruck after 4 PM. Band playe[d] church & concert at
Diekirck. I pressed my clothes. Saw ruins of an ancient church at
x Apr 21. Mon- Big insp. for cooties & physical by SOS inspector.
Said this was the cleanest co. he ever inspected. insp on field of
Hdq Co. GM & ret. Played going thru town. let Elmer have 5 Fr.
sent to sets of cards to Mother. cool today.
Apr 22 Tue One big day. up early 9 oc out. while 33rd Div. massed
in reg. formation on field by Ettlebruck, formed by 12. Had bite
to eat at 1:3 Gen Pershing, Bell, Sect War Baker came. They rode
in review. then dismounted & band w[as] inspected by Pershing.
Then we played while the whole div. [ ] inspected. The 8 bands
were massed & divide into 2 sections. Inf. bands - 4, in one - art
& 101 Eng. band in other. 350 musicians. Entire band played Star.
S. Banner. Distinguish & other medals were then given to men by
Gen Pershing with a hand shake. Gen Bell got medal. Then Reg.
passed in review in column of companies, bayonets fixed, wonderful
sight. Areoplane manuvored & took pictures for over an hour & did
some stunts. Then we massed around reviewing stand. Gen Per gave
us a fine speech & then Sect War Baker gave a few word address
which we all appreciated. His first sight of a massed Division.
civilians lined entire field. The most impressive sight I've
witnessed. Bands played all afternoon. Wolf came in this evening.
Congressmen Harrison, McKinley, Madden, Ex Gov. Yates & Persh. 9
yr. old son & other Ill. men [ ]
Apr. 23. Wed Show down isnp. by Col Meyers. then GM & ret. cars
coming in for us. went to see Alice tonite. at noon had complete
phy. & cootie insp. time going slow. Rec letter from Maude Apr 1
Apr 24 Thur Loafed all morning. GM in afternoon. Many 5th Div.
fellows here. washed our windows, sig. clothing slip. 2 new Id.
tags. Taylor rec. good news f[rom] home. No more mail to leave
here. Had a walk to Warken and saw Ettelbruck Electric power
house. Boilers under the Engines. Very small plant.
Apr 25. Fri. mopped out & rid our selves of all old magazines &
letters. G.M. got a bed from now on. Chief gave us doo Fr for a
treat because he rec his commission as 2nd Leut yesterday. We have
do nuts cognac, & a keg of beer. Big time tonite & Lieuten[ ]
Haight is celebrating with us. 130 Inf. left this morning at
10:38. Have Kaiser painted on our dru[m] head now. Todays paper
gave big account of insp.
x Apr. 26. Sat Bath. this morning. Shoe sewed, cases packed. GM &
ret. rainy. washing done. got 4 Div. Pictures. got letter from
Mother Apr 7. Then we played for the boys leaving tonite. 123 Mch.
Gun Bn & M Co.