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Report of Operations of Company "L", May 31-July 8, 1918.

Company "L", 9th Infantry
Am.E.F., France, July 26,1918.
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From: Commanding Officer, Co. L", 9th Infantry.
To: Commanding General, 2nd Division, Amer. E.F. (Through Military Channels.)
Subject: Report on operations of Company "L" during its stay at Chateau-Thierry and Vierzy.
 
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During the operations of the Division at Montreuil – and –Lions [sic] this company constituted part of the Brigade reserves, being stationed at Coupru from May 31 to June 11th at strong point Hill 201 on Paris - Metz road from June 11th to June 30th and at Tafournay Fme from July 1st to 8th.

During the tour of duty at Hill 201 the company consolidated a strong point in Bois de Triangle south of Bois de la Brigade Marine and Bouresches under heavy shell fire. The work had to be done at night and demanded the highest discipline. Wire entanglement was put up under heavy shell fire.

Often times the Boche would send over planes who would drop lights in order to locate our exact position.

Taking into consideration the activity of the sector and the nature of the work, we suffered very few casualties. It never took the men very long to get down three or four feet once we had gotten into position. One night one man had his rifle blown to pieces and another had the muzzle of his rifle blown off and thirty rounds of ammunition exploded. Both men were slightly hurt from the explosion of the ammunition but continued to work.

The night of June 30th & July 1st the Company moved to Tafournay Fme and constituted part of the Brigade reserve during the attack on Vaux, July 1st.

At 6:00 A.M. July 1st our artillery preparation started and continued with increasing violance [sic] until 6:00 P.M. when our troops went over. In a very short time prisoners commenced to come in. All the prisoners seemed very glad to accept their status as prisoners. One prisoner said "all I want to see is those rapid fire 75’s you people use”.

The night of July 1st and 2nd two platoons from this company carried hot food from Tafournay Fme to Vaux under heavy artillery fire. By the time the detail arrived at Manneaux [sic] which is situated in a deep ravenne [sic] between Hill 204 and Bois de la Morette one officer and four men had been wounded from shell fire. Mouneaux [sic] was full of gas and the Boche was still sending it over as they were preparing for their counter attack.

The road from Manneaux [sic] to Vaux was being continually shelled and covered with light machine guns from Hill 204 which the Boche still held. The food was finally delivered to the companies at Vaux about 2:30 A.M. The companies were in-trenched [sic] on high ground near the R.R. track from the R.R. bridge crossing the Paris road to the juncture of the R.R. track and Bois de la Roche. Vaux had been reduced to a mass of ruins.

On the return trip the detail lost two men (wounded) on the road from Vaux to Manneaux [sic] and two men (wounded) from Manneaux [sic] to Bois de la Moutte. Several more ammunition and ration details were furnished from Company "L" during the operations at Vaux, all of which demanded the highest type of morale and discipline from all concerned.

On the night of July 8-9th we were relieved by the 104th Inf., 26th Div. and marched to Bois de Villiers where we bivouaced [sic].

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(Sgd) George A. Davis GEORGE A. DAVIS
1st Lieut., 9th Inf.
Commanding Company "L". and 3rd Battalion during attack.
 
Records Of The Second Division (Regular) Volume 7; Operation Reports — War Diaries — Patrol Reports
Second Division Historical Section, The Army War College, Washington, D. C.
 
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