By Alan D. Gaff
During this targeted background of the "Lost Battalion" of global struggle I, Alan D. Gaff tells for the 1st time the tale of the 77th department from the viewpoint of the warriors within the ranks. On October 2, 1918, Maj. Charles W. Whittlesey led the 77th department in a profitable assault on German defenses within the Argonne wooded area of northeastern France. His unit, created from males of a large mixture of ethnic backgrounds from long island urban and the western states, used to be now not a battalion nor was once it ever "lost," yet as soon as a newspaper editor utilized the time period "lost battalion" to the episode, it caught. Gaff attracts from new, unimpeachable sources--such as sworn testimony through infantrymen who survived the ordeal--to right the myths and legends and to bare what rather occurred within the Argonne wooded area in the course of early October 1918.
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Twenty-seven-year-old Yap, son of a Congregational minister of Chinese descent, taught his bunkmates to play the ukulele and regaled them with stories of how he had played on the first Hawaiian baseball team to tour America. On the other hand, there were hundreds of Chinese in the ranks of the Seventy-seventh Division. Chin Wah had owned the Oriental Hand Laundry on East 155th Street until he received his draft notice. Wah sold his business for $300 and set out for Camp Upton. Sing Ing, Wah’s pal, wanted to go along.
C. ” This was a noble assertion, but rather naive. ” The sheriff, district attorney, and local judges urged county supervisors to beef up law enforcement dramatically and ask for assistance from the New York State Police. 36 In reality, New York soldiers generally were well-behaved, thanks in part to those social organizations that offered a variety of diversions to fill off-duty hours. Foremost among them was the Young Men’s Christian Association, which operated a headquarters building, a threethousand-seat auditorium, and eight “huts” scattered throughout camp.
There were men wearing Panamas, smashed derbies, and top hats that looked as if they had been stolen from corpses. Despite an admonition to come attired in old clothes, some arrived dressed in dinner jackets, Palm Beach suits, starched collars, silk stockings, and Sunday-go-to-meeting outfits. ” Some draftees proudly sported remnants of uniforms from bygone days in the National Guard THE DRAFT An early Camp Upton street scene. S. Official Pictures of the World War. or at military school. One former Marine wore his old dress uniform, complete with an Expert Rifleman Medal on his chest.