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The Life History of Martin Emmet Quinn
An Autobiography

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July 30, Tuesday, 1918 - Arrived in Rawlins, Wyoming 6:30 A.M. Larmie, Wyoming 10:35 A.M. Off for exercise. Arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming 1 P.M. Thirty minutes liberty. Arrived in Julesburg, Colorado 5:30 P.M. Arrived in Sidney, Nebraska 6 P.M.

July 31, Wednesday, 1918 - Arrived in Manilla, Iowa 8:30 A.M. Perry, Iowa 11 A.M. Off for thirty minutes exercise. Crossed Mississippi River into Illinois 5:30 P.M. Arrived in Chicago, Illinois 10 P.M. My turn standing guard.

August 1, Thursday, 1918 - Pulled into Toledo, Ohio on guard 10 A.M. Pulled into station 12 noon. Had swim in Lake Erie. Water pretty cold. After the swim the Red Cross gave us pie and lemonade. Pulled through part of Pennsylvania between noon and 6:45 P.M. At this time we arrived in Dunkirk, New York. We got off and stood in ranks while train was cleaned up.

August 2, Friday, 1918 - Arrived in Albany, New York 7:30 A.M. Arrived in New York City 11 A.M. Got off train and marched onto Ferry on Hudson River. I am feeling pretty bad. Crossed river about 4 P.M. where I saw Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, the Woolworth building. Also several transports loaded with troops. One was the Fatherland, the biggest boat afloat, a German ship. Got off Ferry at 5 P.M. We were served coffee on Ferry with cake by the Red Cross. Also on train coffee and a sandwich before leaving at noon on Ferry and about seven on train at Long Island City where we left Ferry and got on train. Left Long Island City for camp 8:30 P.M. Arrived in camp Mills about 10 P.M. Got off train at Hempstead about an hours walk from camp.

August 3, 4, & 5 - Spent in getting our overseas equipment and turning in our old stuff. I have been feeling pretty bad ever since leaving Chicago.

August 5, Monday, 1918 - Left Camp Mills for Minnesota Hospital. My temperature 103.2. Went over to hospital in Albany. W. Rucker went as far as there with me. Arrived at Hospital 9:30 P.M.
From the 5th to the 22nd of August, I spent in the hospital.

August 22, Thursday, 1918 - Left hospital in morning by truck with a bunch of others for Camp Mariot. Passed through Brooklyn and New York City along River Side Drive where I saw Grant's tomb. Arrived in Camp Mariot at noon.
From 22nd until the 30th, I spent at Camp Mariot in Casual Co. I.

August 30, Friday, 1918 - Orders to pack up. Left Camp Mariot after dinner for Camp Mills. After getting off train, we had pretty hard hike to our camp. Got in about ten. They had a hot supper for us when we pulled in.

August 31, Saturday, 1918 - With a regular outfit again. 327 Machine Gun Battalion Co. B. 84 Division.

September 1, Sunday, 1918 - Left Camp Mills 2 A.M. Arrived in New Haven 6:30 A.M. The Red Cross served us with coffee and cakes. Arrived at Hartford, Connecticut 8:05 A.M.

September 2, Monday, 1918 - Arrived in Springfield, Massachusetts 8:40 A.M., Brattleboro, Vermont 1:15 P.M., St. Jonesburg, Vermont 4:08 P.M. Crossed boundary line into Canada about 8 P.M

September 3, Tuesday, 1918 - Arrived in Quebec, Canada, about 7 A.M. Red Cross served us with coffee before getting on boat at 9 A.M.
Embarked about 10 A.M. We were handed our "Landed Safely Overseas" card as we went on to be filled out by us. They were posted when we landed in England at Washington after they received cable that we had landed.
On board S.S. Orita. Quartered on upper troop deck, section 2, mess table 25. Dinner 3 P.M. 1900 men on board, 1100 white and 900 colored troops.
Fire broke out 10 P.M. next to a store room of high explosives, about 70 tons. The fire department got there in time or it might have been another Halifax affair.

September 4, Wednesday, 1918 - Lying at anchor in the St. Lawrence River. Everything seems an awful muddle.

September 5, Thursday, 1918 - Burial service for an engineer, one of ship's crew. We are now putting out to sea. She looks pretty big. Boat rocking slightly.

September 6, Friday, 1918 - Lying in my hammock. Feeling pretty tough. Nearly rammed by cruiser this morning at Reveille. Pretty close call. Boat rocking more than yesterday.

September 7, Saturday, 1918 - Sick all day. Sea running higher than ever. Didn't eat anything today. 10:30 P.M., just off guard. The toughest guard I hope I ever have to stand.

September 8, Sunday, 1918 - Feeling some better. Sea calmer but awful foggy.

September 9, Monday, 1918 - Fine day today. Feeling better. Only slight sea running but nothing tastes good yet. Picked up another convoy at retreat. We are about twenty-two vessels now.

September 10, Tuesday, 1918 - Cold rain with wind. Ship rolling a great deal. Feeling a lot better. Little headache. Feeling chilly.

September 11, Wednesday, 1918 - Cloudy. Not much wind. Boat rolling some. Ship crew getting boats in order. Feeling pretty good. Picked up a Quebec paper dated the third. Read it through and enjoyed it.

September 12, Thursday, 1918 - Cloudy. Cold and wind with rain. Stayed below most all day.

September 13, Friday, 1918 - Feeling pretty sick. Sea running higher than any time yet. I didn't eat any dinner today.

September 14, Saturday, 1918 - Fine day. Picked up a convoy of sub chasers and destroyers. We are in danger zone now. I am on K.P. today. Feeling some better today. Orders to sleep on deck tonight for safety.

September 15, Sunday, 1918 - Rain and fog. They say we are fifteen miles from Irish coast. Saw a lighthouse or the light last night.

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