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If I tried to give places and dates I my chronicle would be just pages of French villages for I was on the Rolling Canteen and traveled around from (begin mark through) place (end mark through) village to village in a Ford truck. (begin mark through) At (end mark through) Sometimes we (begin mark through) stayed (end mark through) were billeted to one week or perhaps 2 in one village, using that as (begin mark through) a (end mark through) headquarters from which we traveled out each day to surrounding towns. At other times we spent the night in the little French hotel, then moved on with our duffle bags and caterers boilers, much as gypsies travel. I was in the Le

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mans area during most of my stay in France. The day I arrived in Le Mans, April 5, 1919, I was invited to become a member of the Rolling Canteen. I was told that the first Rolling Canteen that went out from Le Mans was met by the boys with a 40 piece brass hand. (begin mark through) I accepted immediately the Rolling Canteern was intended for the boys stationed temporarily in a village which had no Y hut. Naturally our arrival was always greeted with enthusiasm. Often the sight of our trucks (end mark through)

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On April 10 I was given my first real assignment. (begin mark through) Ruth, my partner, had as little experience as I. (End mark through) Ruth, my partner and I (begin mark through) we (end mark through) were taken to rail head at Beaumont to serve the 29th as they [detached?] (begin mark through) by an unsympathetic Y man, (end mark through) we were deposited in an open tent. (begin mark through) open on 2 sides (end mark through) whose floor was 6 inches deep in mud, & told that (begin mark through) altho there was no detail, we were expected to serve a thousand men "toot sweet." Later we became adept in the art of obtaining detail. We walked out in the mud & smiled around awhile we saw soldiers until we found some boys who weren't busy & could help us. (end mark through) When the train pulled

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(begin mark through) we were to serve hot chocolate & cakes to the 29th division as they detrained at Boumont But we could find a railhead is a busy place & we could find no un-occupied soldiers. (end mark through) but to no avail & all the soldiers were already "detailed." Finally an Italien, "Dab" we called him later, volunteered & suggested that we ask his Lieut. for (begin mark through) his services (end mark through) the services of the prisoners. They came, under guard, sheepish & unwilling but they worked, under Dab's direction.

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in we served 80 gallons of chocolate (begin mark through) to a 1000 men but (end mark through) I pray that the (begin mark through) 1000 (end mark through) men have forgotten how that chocolate tasted. I haven't. (begin mark through) The was our (end mark through) Dadabbo (begin mark through) who (end mark through) constituted himself our permanent detail. He could o the work of 3 men. (begin mark through) and (end mark through) He had no respect whatsoever for (begin mark through) my (end mark through) our ability to work because (begin mark through) I (end mark through) we could not help him lift a 20 gallon boiler. Perhaps (begin mark through) I did not (end mark through) from his point of view (begin mark through) I (end mark through) we did not work, but from (begin mark through) mine (end mark through) ours (begin mark through) serving several thousand men. We served several thous (end mark through) certainly we did. If opening hundreds of cans of condensed milk, & mixing pounds & lbs.

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