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Raymond L. SHADE
Pvt., 332nd Inf., Co. "I"
Submitted by Kevin Shade, grandson of Raymond L. Shade
Raymond Leroy Shade's WWI diary 1917-19
Left Columbus April 29th for Camp Sherman arriving same date. Was assigned to Depot Brigade April 29th
Transferred to L. Co. May 6th 332nd Regiment 83thd Division Camp Sherman.
Left Camp Sherman for Camp Merritt May 25th, Arrived at Camp Merritt New Jersey May 26
Left Camp Merritt June 6th 1918.
Went on board Aquitania June 6th laid in port two days and the 8th day of June 1918 left U.S.A. for Liverpool Eng. from New York Harbor, Cunard Dock No. 18. Was escorted out about four hours from above port by 6 submarine destroyers after that was left to the protection of our own 6 inch guns on board on either end of our ship. feed bad.
We again come in submarine waters the 12th day of June mid-ocean, none sighted however but the crew was on guard every minute working in shifts.
On June 13th saw life belts floating in water.
On the night of June 1th ship sailed around in circle waiting for convoys to pick us up and escort us into port. feed worse.
On Friday June 14th caught up with convoys three U.S destroyers who in turn took up their relative position one on either side of the boat and one in front. there was now very little chance of submarine attacks.
On the following day June 15th we arrived in Liverpool Eng. at 5:00 A.M. making the trip in 7 days flat. After unloading marched about half mile to railroad station where we entrained for Southampton Eng. arriving there same date by the England and Northwestern R.R. at 10:00 P.M. and then hiked to rest camp No.1.
On Sunday June 16th had the best meal since arriving in Europe, also first beer.
On the evening of June 16 Left Southampton Eng. for Le Havre France via the English Channel arriving at Le Havre the 17th at 6:00 A.M. unloading at Le Havre and hiked to rest camp No. 2., here we got a glimpse of the first prisoners of war that we had seen, remained at Le Havre three days.
On June 18th wrote first letter to Francis since coming over.
June 20th left Le Havre for Gen. Pershings Hdq. at Chaumont France arriving there June 22nd. without detraining moved on south about four miles to Foulain and there detrained and were moved by U.S. Army trucks to Essey Les Eaux a distance of about ten miles. here we were billeted in different quarters some in houses some in barns, others out in tents anywhere there might be any available space for a few men we were treated as best the peasants of this village could. This was then made our permanent quarters while remaining in France.
Between this and July 26th were spent miserable drilling hiking and hard work.
On July 26th left France for Italy entrained at Foulain after a ten mile hike there. The next three days were traveling by rail going thru some of the largest tunnels in the world and thru several large cities enroute.
We arrived in Torin Italy Sat. July 30th and unloading and marched thru the city. We were lauded by the people and given a regular greeting meeting several American civilians on vacations who couldn't get back to the States on account of war. We went back on the trains after marching around the city and here the Ladies Society of this city served us sandwiches and coffee and candy also chewing tobacco and cigarettes. We left as the Italian’s band played the Star Spangle Banner and the people stood along the track and with heads bare cheered us to the cars where clear thru the town. We continued the trip on in to Villa Franco where we quartered for about two weeks, we were also met here by the people with outstretched arms and the streets were strewn with flowers. we were met by the Red Cross here and were helped to sandwiches and coffee and cigarettes. we put the next two weeks in drilling.
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