"The Price of Our Heritage"


In memory of the

Heroic Dead of the

168th Infantry



Homeward Bound




       The journey back home was far different from the journey going over. Our bands were playing all the day and the ship was ablaze with light at night, moving picture shows, dancing, boxing and every form of amusement was furnished to the happy men homeward bound. On the morning of April 25 we caught the first gleam of the American shore, which we had left eighteen months before. In the afternoon we moved down the harbor with the returning tide, amidst screaming whistles and bellowing fog horns. We were joyfully received by old New York. Iowa had sent a delegation, which came out in tug boats to meet and greet us and when it came alongside the giant liner, with a large sign saying "Iowa Greets the 168th," a mighty roar went up from the twelve thousand home-hungry boys and again as we passed the Statue of Liberty the boys cheered this mighty emblem of the land to which we were returning.

        At 6:30 the boat swung into dock. At 8 we said good-by to the splendid chaps in the navy, who had taken us safely over and brought us triumphantly back. We moved out to the edge of the wharf and for the first time in eighteen months we greeted those who had waited so patiently and prayerfully for our safe return. Of the happy scenes that followed I cannot write.  My readers know them quite as well as myself.  



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~ reference: "THE PRICE OF OUR HERITAGE", W. E. Robb,  1919 American Lithography and Printing Company, Des Moines, Iowa Page 415.

~ contributed by Cay Merryman for Iowa in the Great War Special Project.