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Worth Knowing published in the Morton Enterprise on June 7, 1918

Worth Knowing

An army corps is 60,000 men.
An infantry dicvision is 10,000 men.
An infantry brigade is 7,000 men.
A regiment of infantry is 3,600 men.
A battalion is 1,000 men.
A company is 250 men.
A platoon is 60 men.
A corporal’s squad is 11 men.
A field artillery brigade comprises 1,300 men.
A field artillery has 195 men.
A firing squad is 20 men.
A supply train has 282 men.
A machine gun battalion has 296 men.
An engineer’s regiment has 1,098 men.
An ambulance company has 66 men.
A field hospital has 55 men.
A medicine attachment has 13 men.
A major general leads the field army and also each army corps.
A brigadier general heads each infantry brigade.
A colonel heads each regiment.
A lieutenant colonel is next in rank below a colonel.
A major heads a battalion.
A captain heads a company.
A lieutenant heads a platoon.
A sergeant is next be a lieutenant

ANXIOUS TO GET OVER TO HELP IN BIG DRIVE published by Fairfax Standard June 6, 1918

Fred Bregel Writes Interesting Letter of Camp Experiences

A long letter from Private Fred Bregel to his Fairfax friends written on both K. Of C. and Y.M.C.A. stationery was received last week too late for the Standard issue. Fred’s letter was dated May 28th, at Camp Merritt, New Jersey. Following are some of his conclusions of army life.

Dear Friends:

Your correspondent was growing tired of the Southland, mainly because of the suspense as we were daily expecting order to move. Here in Camp Merritt we are doing nothing but hang around for the present. Most of us have seen quite a bit of the big city. The people of New York certainly welcome the man in uniform. The U.S. uniform is our pass to clubs, etc. We rode buses, boob wagons and taxis to see the town proper. But on our last trip, we sailed down the Hudson River, out into the bay and up East river through beneath Brooklyn Bridge, past the navy yards and landed in the city of Brooklyn to return by crossing Brooklyn Bridge into New York City. Evenings nothing is barred—cabarets, dance or show.

I have never for a single minutes regretted joining the Hospital corps and we are all mighty anxious to get into real work. I want to be there for the big drive. Army life isn’t bad after all and it gives a man a satisfied feeling to know that he is doing his part and not hanging back to let the other fellow do it all. Some may want to hang back or stay at home and accumulate a fortune while the other fellow is making all the sacrifice but I certainly would not want to be that man that stayed at home for when the war is over he is the one that will face the music and the dishonor, unless there are real reasons for his staying. Some things that we learn from home do not look very good to the man in service.

I am more than glad that Fairfax did well for the Red Cross. They certainly deserve the confidence and support of all.

I already begin to realize what the Red Cross means to us. On our trip from the South we were not permitted to purchase anything, either drinks or eatables of any kind from anyone except the Red Cross people. You will see the reason for that rule. This being the order we of course looked for the Red Cross headquarters at every stop and they never failed us. They were there every time at every stop that we made. The had tea, candy, strawberries, cake, etc., besides something to read and smoke.

Remember me to the friends at Fairfax, and I hope to hear from you when I get “on the other side”. I do not know when we are going, but address me.

Frank Bregel, Base Hospital No. 26 via New York

Editor’s Note: If you notice at the top of the article it states Fred and at the bottom is states Frank. We believe he is the same person.

Community Service Flag Dedicated published in the Fairfax Standard on June 6, 1918

Memorial Day Program Devoted to the Present Day Soldiers and Nurses

Memorial Day in Fairfax was not only a tribute to the defenders of our country in former days, but, very appropriately, it was an expression of gratitude to those who are now either on the battle front or in the training camps for the greatest cause that has ever confronted the civilized world. It was an exhibition of love and respect for the solders and Red Cross nurses of this locality in particular who have donned the armor to protect and preserve all that has been fought for and won in the wars since the landing of the Mayflower.

These sons and daughters of Liberty, who are represented on Service Flags throughout the country, such as was dedicated here last Thursday, are the wall of protection against the return of tyranny, slavery, and autocracy. Should they fall, which they will not, the war of the Revolution may as well not have been fought; the brave men of 1861 may as well have been spared their lives, and slavery been allowed to exist and expand; it would have been better that the Indians had been left in peaceful domain of the wilderness, which, through the sacrifices offered up by our forefathers, have been transformed into a land of liberty and hope, where all men have equal rights, and which stands out today as the bright light of Democracy, guiding and encouraging the world to establish that democracy and safety for mankind from pole to pole.

Without our “boys” of today all this would be lost to tyrannical autocracy. Freedom, personal possession, free thought and action, the right to progress, and the incentive for ambition would all be surrendered to a one-man monarchial power, the ruler to be succeeded only by hereditary rights. May God deliver us. Better that Columbus had never set sail for the new world.

But we have this thing of a free and prosperous land, and we intend to keep it, and to extend its principles to the sister nations that are now grappling in the death struggle. America and her allies are not yet discouraged, although the tyrant is creeping inch by inch and foot by foot upon Paris today.

And what if Parish should be taken? That would be one big and very important step toward victory for Germany.

What is that to us? The Kaiser told American Ambassador Gerard, “When this war is over I shall stand no-nonsense from America.”

That is why our soldiers are in France today, and it is fitting that we who much remain at home should pay particular tribute to the present-day soldiers, and that is why we should dedicate service flags to them. Here are the names of the honored soldiers and Red Cross nurses represented by the Fairfax Service Flag: William O. Iverson, Louis L. Ness, Neil Mundahl, Alfred Nordby, Victor S. Christenson, Carl L. Dahl, Leonard Koester, Ole Koster, Robert R. Bubholtz, Henry A.H. Kiecker, William H. Kiehn, Walter A. Schultz, Otto Schiffman, Herman H. Hinderman, Otto H.W. Kiecker, Dave Singer, John H. Lembtke, Clifford E. Whimer, Lloyd E. Whitmer, Frank B. Marlow, Edwin B. Marti, Benjamin H. Bauermeister, John S. Merkel, Cyrus E. Clarkson, James G. Blake, Wilbur Q. Blake, George Connell, Henry Bossenecker, Wilbert Lammers, Harry Fullerton, Howard Rieke, Frank Altman, Ferdinand L. Bregel, John E. Butler, William H. Bruggemann, Charles Buehler, Frank Coleman, Benjamin Dickmeyer, Henry Gramel, Peter Liebl, Henry Maxwell, Ralph Ryan, Frank Wagner, John Young, John J. Maxwell, Edward Kienlen, John Ferber, John Lang, Otto Palmer, Thomas F. Russell, John O’Connor, Math. Young, Herbert Palmer, Albert Gerardy, John Reger, Al. Mangen, LeRoy Severecce, Rudolph Baumann, Harold Michaelson, Ray Donnely, John Ploof, Ingvald Hagestead, Geo. B. Zeren, Howard Ruddy, Durwood Smith, Walter Bubholtz, Ewald G. Schmechel, Henry H. Ahle, Henry T. Schewe, Emil W. Julius, Albert Veigel, Joseph Schewe, Guy O.M. Samingson, Alma Kienlen, Palma Nelson and Clara Hinderman.

The afternoon’s program began with the singing of “America” by the audience, accompanied by the Citizens Band, after which came a pretty flag drill by children of the public school. Next was a violin solo by C. Berterlsen, piano accompaniment by Miss Beatrice Rieke.

Then came the unveiling of the huge Service Flag, which had been made by the ladies of the village. The flag measures 14×22 feet, and as it the customary form, consists of a wide red border surrounding the white center piece, upon which are placed the 76 stars, 73 blues ones for the soldiers and three red ones for the Red Cross nurses.

The flag had been placed on a roller and secured to a cross pole over the front of the platform. As the band softly played “America” two children came forward, Leona Fullerton and Horton Kienlen, and by means of ropes and pulleys slowly unfurled the banner of honor, gradually receding to the back of the platform where the lower corners were fastened. There the emblem formed a canopy during the remainder of the program, and Mayor Dickmeyer came forward and read the 76 names of those whom the stars represented.

The flag thus gracefully suspended also formed a visible subject for a most inspiring address by Rev. Deschner. He referred to the flag as an incentive for us to support those who were represented on it. And further that we should devote ourselves to the service to the extent of doing what the boys are doing by eliminating class or race distinction, and regard every citizen of whatever hereditary nationality, as an American citizen.

He further reminded his hearers that the flag stands for 76 person from our homes who have declared themselves willing, if necessary, to give up their lives in the cause of humanity. And as for our pledge, it is to support the Nation to the last dollar as a nation standing for world democracy. A poem, “The Service Flag”, was befittly brought into the program, and was ably delivered by Carrie Fullerton.

After a song by the choir of St. Andrew’s Church, and a selection by the Citizen’s Band the meeting came to a close, all, we believe, feeling deeper admiration for those represented on the Service Flag.

Editor’s Note: The names in red are on the Honor Roll for Renville County. Not listed Clarence Buehler, Calmer Melchar Carlson, Raymond Arthur Mantel and Otto Semerud. The preceding names are also on the Honor Roll for Renville County.

Letter from John L Peterson published in the Franklin Tribune August 8, 1918

Camp Wadsworth, S. C.,

August 3, 1918

Hello Julius,

Arrived safely in Camp and we are all well and like it fine. The officers and kind and considerate. They are all from the state of Maine. The quarters are clean and we take pride in making our premises look the nicest. The food is good and wholesome and that’s what counts. We got our uniforms today. We start intensive drilling at once. With kindest regards to you all.

John L Peterson
56 Pioneer Inf. Supply Co.,
Camp Wadsworth, S. C.

Letter From Florense Grimes published in the Franklin Tribune August 8, 1918

Florense Thomas Grimes born 25 Feb 1892 died 17 Jul 1968

July 24, 1918

Dear Sister,

Just got straightened out in my new home and like it fine. We left Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, about 3 P.M. Monday and got in here about 10 A.M. today. We had a grand trip except for a few little inconveniences, such as being crowded on the train. But it was nice and cool, so we got along in fine shape.

We stopped in most of the large cities on our way but of course did not see much of them as we were not allowed to get off the train except in Buffalo. We got into there yesterday afternoon about three o’clock. They have a place fixed there for the boys to take a shower-bath and we took ours.

Nearly every city we stopped at the Red Cross women and girls met us and it sure was great, all the things they gave us to eat. At Munice and Anderson, Ind., they knew we were coming, as there was a lot of boys from those places in our regiment. The largest crowds I ever saw met us at those two places. Talk about a send off, we sure got it.

It seems as though people watch for the troop trains the way we were met at all the towns and even the farm houses along the road. We seldom passed one that ther wasn’t some one out to wave at us.

I sure am sorry we did not get in here in time for me to see Hank. It sure would have been great. Would like to get over to see Leonard but don’t suppose I will get a chance as we won’t be here long, only a week to ten days is our limit. I was going to wire home but thought it wouldn’t make much difference.

Well, sis, I guess this is all for this time. I suppose I will be on my way when I hear from you, but I won’t regret it as I am one boy that wants to see this thing through and over with. Godby sis,

Your brother
Florense Grimes