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February 22, 2019

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The Life History of Martin Emmet Quinn
An Autobiography

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December 2, Monday, 1918 - Sent Xmas cards to Alice, Alberta, and Mrs. McAnelly.

December 3, Tuesday, 1918 - Issued a few pieces of candies. More rain and deeper mud.

December 7, Saturday, 1918 - Big review and field inspection of equipment, billet, transportation and guns.

December 8, Sunday, 1918 - Wrote Alice today and also Alberta. 19 men transferred today. 19 in and 19 out.

December 8, Sunday, 1918 - Wrote Alice today and also Alberta. 19 men transferred today. 19 in and 19 out.

U. S. Casualties up to the signing of armistice
Killed and died of wounds ................................ 36,154
Died of diseases ................................................ 13,811
Died of other causes ........................................... 2,204
Wounded ....................................................... 179,625
Prisoners ........................................................... 2,168
Missing ............................................................. 1,160
Total: 235,117

Later Report
Killed ..................... 58,478
Wounded .............. 189,955
Missing ................. 14,290
Total: 262,723
Report on prisoners had been delayed at this time.

December 10, Tuesday, 1918 - On K.P. for the next three days.

December 13, Friday, 1918 - Big review of about 3000 men. Two men from D Co. were awarded the D.S.C. (Distinguished Service Cross).

December 14 & 15, Sat & Sun, 1918 - Wrote Alice two letters and Alberta one.

December 20, Friday, 1918 - Big divisional field maneuver with equipment. About 20 kilo hike.

December 21, Saturday, 1918 - Usual Saturday morning inspection. Beginning to get ready to move. Today drew a new razor. Mud a foot deep. Rain every day.

December 23, Monday, 1918 - Left Fresnes for Corre 10 A.M. Drenching rain every few minutes. 18 kilo hike.

December 25, Wednesday, 1918 - Xmas. Chocolate, candy, cakes, cigarettes, chewing gum for dinner.

December 26, Thursday, 1918 - Small skiff of snow.

December 29, Sunday, 1918 - Football game between B & C Companies. Score 1 to 1.

January 1, Wednesday, 1919 - Football game via B & A Co.s. Score 2-0, favor A Co.

January 2, Thursday, 1919 - Reveille 4 A.M. Big mass over at Martinsville about eight kilos away, excused from retreat.

January 3, Friday, 1919 - Another maneuver at the same place as on the 2nd. Reveille 4:30 A.M. I went on guard after retreat.

January 4, Saturday, 1919 - I was on guard, No. 1 post. I heard three court martial prisoners refused to get up this morning.

January 5, Sunday, 1919 - Wrote Alice a letter. The rumor today that the lumber is in to crate the M.G. (machine gun) carts.

January 7, Tuesday, 1919 - On range fired with Vicors M.G. - 25 rounds - bursts of 5. Also five shots with Automatic Pistol.

January 9, Thursday, 1919 - A bunch transferred including Corporal Dixon.

January 24, Friday, 1919 - 1st and 2nd platoons less a few men in 2nd platoon on delinquent list for two weeks. No passes for a month, to do all extra duty.

January 27, Monday, 1919 - Snowed about 2 1/2 inches.

February 7, Thursday, 1919 - Letter from Alberta saying Eugene was killed Jan.9. 30

March 17, Monday, 1919 - Brigade review. Hiked about ten kilos to be reviewed by Gen. Morton.

March 21, Friday, 1919 - Inspected by Divisional inspector. Continued Saturday and Sunday.

March 24, Monday, 1919 - Inspected and reviewed by General Pershing between Chatlon and in the vicinity of Fresnes, France.

March 27, Thursday, 1919 - Check field inspection.

March 30, Sunday, 1919 - Snowed six inches. Rained all day the day before. Nice and slushy.

April 4, Friday, 1919 - Battalion Barrage 48 guns.

April 7, Monday, 1919 - Transportation inspection.

April 8, Tuesday, 1919 - Freddy Parks left this morning to look for billets. They say we move soon. Willie Christan fought out a grudge with Cook Peck.

April 9, Wednesday, 1919 - Turning in guns and equipment.

April 14, Monday, 1919 - Left Corre about 8 A.M. Entrained at Passvant about 11 A.M. where YMCA ladies served us hot cocoa and cakes.

April 15, Tuesday, 1919 - Arrived in Creusot, France about 7 A.M.

April 16, Wednesday, 1919 - Arrived in Tours about 7 A.M. Arrived in Lesnaus about 12 noon. Served hot coffee and cakes by Red Cross. Arrived in Beaumont, France where after leaving train about 1 P.M. we were served hot cocoa and cakes by YMCA, then hiked about three kilos to Juille where we were billeted.

April 17, Thursday, 1919 - Except for cootie inspection, off all day. Went into Beaumont. Bought a watch for 55 Francs.

April 18, Friday, 1919 - Hike inspection. Went into Beaumont and got a ring for Alice and Alberta - 26 and 28 Francs.

April 19, Saturday, 1919 - Inspection in morning. Cootie inspection in P.M.

April 22, Tuesday, 1919 - SOS equipment inspection.

April 23, Wednesday, 1919 - SOS cootie inspection.

April 24, Thursday, 1919 - Equipment inspection. The Skipper advises us to roll our bottom rolls today.

April 25, Friday, 1919 - Left Juille about 3 P.M. Left Beaumont about 5 P.M.

April 26, Saturday, 1919 - Arrived in St. Nazaire 4:30 A.M. Unloaded and hiked out to camp about four kilos. Billeted about 4 P.M. in Camp No. 2.

April 27, Sunday, 1919 - On duty until 10:30 A.M. then moved to isolation camp No. 1.

May 8, Thursday, 1919 - 309 m. - Left Camp 1 about 7 A.M. Loaded on boat about nine. Pulled out at noon. 3 P.M. still in sight of land. A very slight roll to boat. Feeling fine to start with.

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