Life at Sea

April 26, 1918 - Full diary entry:“One more transport with us today. Am assigned to a life boat. Sea getting rough tonight.Transferred to bunk in steerage. Feel a little sea sick.”Well, he’ll always have memories of those two nights in the 2nd-class cabin.More from From Doniphan to Verdun: The Official History of the 140th Infantry:For … Continue reading Life at Sea

Bon Voyage

April 24, 1918 - Full diary entry:“Leave Camp Mills 6a.m.Loaded on English S.S. Adriatic.There are 12 ships going across. 33,000 men.Assigned state room 2nd class.”Robert certainly could have had a less comfortable trans-Atlantic voyage. The Adriatic was one of the largest and finest passenger ships of the era. This is from the US Army WWI Transport … Continue reading Bon Voyage

Packing up

April 22, 1918 - Full diary entry:“Issued steel helmets. No work.Burned straw bunks and loaded barrack bags on freight train.No mail yet. Wrote cards saying I had arrived “over there” safely.”I just have to laugh a little, although I suppose it wasn’t at all funny for Robert. “Here’s your helmet, now please burn your bed and load all … Continue reading Packing up