WRITE FROM FRANCE
Plymouth County Soldiers Tell of Life At Front
See Many German Prisoners
One Tells of Being Billeted in a Historic and Picturesque Old French
Are Boosters For the Y. M. C. A. Workers
A member of Battery
F, First Regiment, F.A.R.D., Camp Jackson, S. C., sent the Sentinel the
following story concerning a Merrill boy :
"This is a plain tale and soon told, as old Kipling used to delight in
saying before the war changed his style and methods of administering
Came out of Merrill, Iowa, one morning early in April, a youngster
stocky of build, cheerful of disposition and smiling countenance. He
and many other Iowans were volunteering for the service. They were to
go to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wis., for special
training in a government course.
The boy was Ernest W. Hauswald. He didn't know a machine gun from a
custard pie or a six inch howitzer from a mothball in winter time. But
he kept his mouth shut and his chin and chest out and rapidly they
turned him into a soldier.
Two months after he'd entered the army he was sent across country
diagonally to this South Carolina camp. Two weeks after he had been
assigned to a battery of heavy field artillery he had been promoted
from private to mess sergeant, one of the highest non-commissioned
officers in the army.
His business is to see that 300 husky artillerymen are kept satisfied
three times a day and are kept husky day in and day out. He orders the
food for this crowd, superintends it's cooking and serving, buys when
the market is right, saves money for the battery fund by his
administrative ability. In fact, his position calls for the genius and
ability of a manager of a good sized metropolitan hotel.
And everyone from the battery commander to the lowest private in the
rear rank swears to the fact that Mess Sergt. Hanswald has that
Which all goes to prove that in the army of democracy these days it's
worth that brings reward and mighty rapidly, too."
-source: LeMars Sentinel Newspaper, LeMars,
Plymouth Co., Iowa; 10 September 1918