MS C 117-diary-002

A typed war diary entry.

commission for of course they will have a most difficult time to get them transported since they were no so included. The Chief

Surgeon’s Office had also prepared to send a base medical supply depot to France and promised to get it off at the earliest

practicable date, not late than June 10th. As soon as I reported to General Pershing, he told me he had asked for me personally, which

is a source of much great satisfaction to me. Colonel Bradley is to be the Chief Surgeon of the Forces in France, which is another

source of great satisfaction to me. He will make an excellent Chief Surgeon and I know of no one for whom I would prefer to be a first

assistant. While the stay in Washington was unsatisfactory in many ways, I was greatly impressed with the consideration and great

affection with which I was received by so many many people in Washington. It really made a great impression on me which I will not

forget. The same expression of friendliness exists with all the fine men who were assigned to General Pershing’s Headquarters. I left

Washington the night of May 27th, arriving in New York the morning of the 28th, proceeding to Governor’s Island and we embarked on the

“Baltic” for Liverpool on the afternoon of the 28th.

Ship Board
The “Baltic” is a magnificant, twenty-three thousand ton ship with seventeen knots to her credit. Our accommodations were excellent.

She was loaded down with about twenty-three thousand tons of food stuffs. We went away down the Bay in a large government tug to board

her. The trip over was without incident. After leaving New York, apparently we turned north and about noon on the 29th we practically

stopped and hung around outside Halifax Harbor until one o’clock of the morning of the 30th when we received orders to proceed. Nobody

knows the way in which we proceeded to England. I know the weather was extremely cold for a while and afterwards got warm. The general

opinion was that we were coming to the north of Ireland but about the time we thought we were going to turn south we actually turned

northeast and then it dawned upon us we had been greatly mistaken and had come far south in our course. On the way over many questions

were discussed. We examined Mount for his promotion. We gave typhoid and para typhoid at stated intervals to all officers, clers and

enlisted men. This treatment was instituted at Washington, on the afternoon of May 23rd. I was on a board headed by Colonel McCarthy

to consider the question of a port in France. When we figured up the requirements, I was quite surprised to lean that it will take

fifty thousand tons of freight a day to supply an army of a million men in France. This, in all probabilities, is an underestimate but

it shows the stupendous task. We were instructed as to the method of procedure in case we were torpedoed and were told very frankly

about the time we would arrive in the dange zone. We arrived in this zone about eight o’clock Tuesday afternoon, May 5th. The next

morning we found an American destroyer on each side of us, and the next morning we found

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