CO. D MEN MAKING GOOD IN WORLD WAR
Captain Haynes Says His Men Played Heroic Part in Battle of March
In a letter
to his home paper, the Centerville Iowegian, Captain G. C. Haynes
of Co. D, tells of the splendid bravery of his men in the battle
of March 5, in which Alva F. Eaton of Humeston lost his life.
The letter, which was dated March 14, will bring an added thrill
of pride to every resident of this community to read this letter
and see what the captain thinks of the men in his command. It
make Liberty bond buyers feel like throwing a few more bonds into
the fight against the kaiser.
Following is a portion of the letter as published in the
Centerville Daily Iowegian:
I have just gathered up a bundle of papers to send over to the
hospital where a number of the men are with minor ailments and
six or eight with slight wounds received during the recent
engagement Co. D was through.
I would like to give you the full details of the show but would
not be permitted to do so. I can say, however, that no troops in
this or any other war ever did better service than the men of D
and B who
were on the line. It was simply wonderful the way the officers
and men stood the test. The French colonel who was in command
could not believe that they had seen no previous service.
"Impossible, new troops do not fight that way."
I have heard a modern bombardment described and at the time it
sounded very realistic, but compared with the real thing it is
absolutely nothing. I have been informed that during the time the
show lasted, we got all the Germans had and I can readily believe
it. Of course our artillery gave the Germans all we had and no
doubt did them just as much harm as they did us. It sounded like
turned loose and as a matter of fact was all hell turned loose,
but in spite of it every man in Co. D who was on the line was at
his post ready and eager to come in contact, or go over the top,
or what was left of the top, at the word.
In spite of our losses, and you perhaps know before this what
they were, there is a wonderful feeling of gratification in
having such men under your command. Every man on that line on
played a heroic part and too much credit can not be given them.
We have been here for about a week resting and think we will have
another period of training before hitting the line again. One
thing is certain, when the American troops once take over a
will be something doing every minute.
With the exception of a few men in the hospital who are doing
well and will soon get out, every man in the company is well.
Note: March 5, 1918 was the Battle at Lorraine, France
~source: The Humeston New Era Newspaper,
Wayne Co., Iowa, Wednesday, 17 April 1918