June 8, 1918 – Full diary entry:
“Marched 10 miles to a camp where we are to entrain.
Marching in the hot sun with a heavy pack over flint roads on poor food is no cinch.”
That really is a bad combination of factors to contend with. From Chaplain Edwards in From Doniphan to Verdun: The Official History of the 140th Infantry:
We learned the value of men like Sergeant Johnson of the Medical Corps, who kept everyone in a good humor and was of the greatest help in keeping up the morale of the men. Few men dropped out. In fact C Company reported at the end of the march that they had not lost a man, but on the contrary had gained three. Upon investigation it was discovered that three men from the hospital had joined the company en route. On June 8th the regiment landed at Critot, tired but cheering, and after another night spent on the bosom of mother earth made the second acquaintance with a French train.
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